Maulie has created a treasure here in the jungle. If you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of wherever you live I can't recommend Galkadawala more. It makes rural Sri Lanka and life in the jungle perfectly accessible from a comfortable, eco friendly vantage point.
Note that this experience is not for someone craving a resort or perhaps anyway who is afraid of insects. While we were there we woke up to the calls of peacocks, and monkey's running around. As we lounged we greeted by little frogs who hopped by our feet and different sorts of birds. At night we sat around the area by the roof, read, and watched a storm roll in. It couldn't have been more serene or peaceful. There's also a large lake nearby where one can swim (watch out for crocs) and even observe elephants coming to drink on occasion. You're also charmingly accompanied by the resident doggies on these strolls, which I highly recommend.
Food is delicious, vegetarian and all homemade. The entire lodge is beautiful, the rooms charming, clean and very comfortable. Oh there's also hot water.
Getting there can be a bit tough and the road isn't the best but Maulie is very helpful and directed our driver easily enough. I'd highly recommend you arriving by car for your time at the lodge to avoid hassles with public transport and to just make your trips around the cultural triangle all that much easier. Maulie will look after your driver.
I miss this place and would definitely visit again. This is probably one of the better hotel experiences I've had.
Bring bug spray if you can or pick up some citronella oil(which is what we did) in Colombo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in an ancient agricultural village, Galkadawala Forest Lodge is in the centre of the Cultural Triangle close to historical sites Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Ritigala and Anuradhapura, and wildlife parks Minneriya, Kaudulla, Hurulu and Wilpattu. Galkadawala offers unique experiences of Heritage, Wildlife and Eco-friendly Construction. Once deforested, consumed and denuded this land has been transformed back to a vibrant ecological habitat. Surrounding irrigation lake, waterways and forests with high biodiversity provide trekking, bird watching and relaxing. To maintain this complex ecological habitat, at Galkadawala, prominence and care is given to all creatures. Guests too should understand that they have arrived at a habitat that has to be shared by all. Galkadawala concept is not a "watering Hole" where one can "chill out" till the early hours. Retire early and be up early (be different for a few days) to get the full benefit of what Galkadawala has to offer. ... more less
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