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“Say hello to elephants before breakfast”
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The Other Corner
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Belgium
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“Say hello to elephants before breakfast”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

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.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Greeting was excellent, the staff are smiling and wonderful. The area was absolutely astonishing the wildlife, the pool, the walkways all situated meters away from a lake. Dhelip the environmentalist at the other corner who offers walks around the lake and a wealth of knowledge, really made our stay that much more enjoyable. Also if you get the chance to speak with the chef he also speaks well English and can tell you all about the village of habarana. The experience was overall great. But the girls did want to mention the fact that the linen felt moist and I'll be honest it wasn't the best sleeps I've had. Although CC and coke before bed might not of helped. The toilets got blocked and if I can give any feedback to the other corner....maybe add a few extra pillows on the bed. Highly recommended.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

This is a beautifully created place with several cabanas plastered in mud, in a natural environment of trees and birds. The location is fantastic with the Habarana lake on one side but easy accessibility from the main road. From the time we arrived we were pampered and made to feel at home. The cabana's were simply but comfortably furnished and vey clean and smelt of fresh flowers as we entered. The only drawback being that it was a bit too dark even with all the lights on. The food (no buffets) was fantastic, with a choice of Sri Lankan of Western available. The manager Eric, was very informative and was always around making sure things ran smoothly. All the staff were very attentive and service was excellent. We took the 'raft' tour on the lake, seeing many birds and watching the beautiful sunset, definitely well worth the money. This is definitely one of the best places to stay in this region.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at TOC for 4 nights with our 2 toddlers. The location and experience was wonderful. There are no cars, noise and minimal light, which allows close wildlife encounters from the accommodation. We had visits from monkeys, monitor lizards, giant squirrel and loads birds. The naturalist Mr Dillip is passionate about wildlife and accompanied us A bird watching trip and a wonderful trip to kaudulla national park where we saw hundreds of elephants in the wild. At the lodge, mr Eric and his team provide personal and caring service.
The only downsides are:
1)The drivers the lodge use are a bit hit and miss, and don't always know where they are going
2) the rooms would benefit from improved decor (better linen) and lighting,

  • Stayed December 2013
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We had two fantastic days at The Other Corner. It is a resort, in the middle of the jungle. The individual cabins look fantastic and you have everything you need, even AC and jacuzzi! The best thing is the jungle feeling; you fall asleep listening to all kind of owls, monkeys and frogs. Whilst having breakfast in the open restaurant, don't be surprised to see monkeys watching you closely! The staff is fantastic and they will call you if any interesting animal is spotted. Just next to the lodge there is a big lake full of wildlife. The bird watching tour offered by the lodged naturalist is a must. From here we made the elephant safari, which was amazing and the visited Sigiriya. Oh if you want to enjoy a beer in the evenings you have to buy it from a nearby shop as they don't serve alcohol.
Also expect to find little frogs in your cabin, after all you are in the jungle! staff will be there to take them out of your room!
Overall a really really cool and authentic place to stay, the best one we had in sri lanka and we would highly recommend it and hope to get back there one day!!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

a lot of mosquito & bite me over 50 times, the room got very strong smell, cup & glass too dusty & rust stain seem nobody stay for long time,this hotel exactly a forest animal / bird / insect's nose all night long, I can't sleep in the night.

Room Tip: before I was stay in Chaaya Village servise & room everything is good
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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TheOtherC0rner, Owner at The Other Corner, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Dear Sir,
Your reviews about our property is noted. We will do our utmost to improve on same.
Also we have viewed your reviews about other hotels you have stayed.
Once again I must inform you that, sorry, as requested by you will we will not accommodate additional persons in the room when it is booked on single (for one person) basis. If guest wants to accommodate additional persons, applicable charges have to be paid as per hotel policy.
I hope other hotels in Sri Lanka will do the same.
Warm regards,
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

We experienced the very best service that we have had in Sri Lanka at The Other Corner in Habarana. This place is a true Eco Resort, not just in name but in practice. Small, beautiful bungalows are dotted through trees, palms and gardens and are scattered about so you have privacy. The staff are all exceptionally welcoming, friendly and accommodating. I felt incredibly well looked after the entire time (I have stayed in countless places around the world and the service here stands out as one of the best). The rooms are a mud brick huts but are modern inside, with air-con, fans, very comfortable beds, modern bathroom, very clean and well equipped. The little pool is well looked after and as you swim you can watch monkeys, birds and large squirrels in the trees. As you sleep you can hear the the wildlife in the surrounding jungle (it is not remote, just a few minutes from town). The location is fantastic as you are within easy access to Sigiriya (and the rock next to it which is an easy climb and very cheap), ancient ruins and a wild elephant safari which the hotel can organize. Out the back is a lake where you can go bird watching and walking through the jungle with the well qualified and very experienced Naturalist who is a keen bird watcher and wildlife enthusiast. The food is also delicious (go for the Sri Lankan options were the best). We loved it here so much we stayed another 2 nights after we had gone up for a trip to Trincomalee. What a great place, I hope it never changes! Highly recommend staying here, it is by far the best hotel we stayed at in Sri Lanka.

Room Tip: The tree houses would be the most fun to stay in.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: The Other Corner
Address: Anuradhapura Road | Laksirigama, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > North Central Province > Habarana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 49 Specialty Lodging in Habarana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Other Corner 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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