The Other Corner is about 15 minutes walk from the small town of Habarana and next to the Habarana water tank which is an old artificial lake - remember this means mosquitos so bring some spray. Just before the lake is the path taken for the elephant rides, which start early enough for you to say hello to a couple before breakfast!
The accomodation is best described as thatched wooden cabins with the bathroom partially exposed to the sky above (just the shower part) but with no loss of privacy. Because the cabins are surrounded by trees and that it can rain a lot at night, it can be difficult to dry out wet clothes and towels - you may need to request dry towels each day.
The restaurant is about 20m away from the cabin and I must admit, the food they served was very much to my liking - a large breakfast of fruit, toast and spicy omlette - and various curries for the evening meal including the delicious Sri Lankan fish curry. Note that no alcohol is served so if you want some, you'll have to buy it from the wine shop in Habarana.
We booked our visits to Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla as well as for the elephant safari (where we saw around 100 elephants) via The Other Corner. I thought that the price was quite reasonable and we did have a jeep to travel around in - which was great fun.
So all in all, with the very friendly service, we thought that The Other Corner was a very enjoyable place to stay, especially if you like nature.
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- Situated within 172Kms, about 4 hours drive from Colombo towards North Central of Sri Lanka, 'The Other Corner' is a place of rare beauty and tranquility. The picturesque Eco Resort is located within easy reach of National Parks, Historic Sites, Cultural Triangle and best beached in Sri Lanka. The Other Corner is an ideal layaway for tourists and naturalists, photographers alike. ... more less
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