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“True Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Panthera Lodge

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Panthera Lodge
Colombo
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“True Experience”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

We spent a couple of nights at the lodge with a large group of friends and their children.

Firstly, the location of the lodge to the park entrance was ideal at approximately 10 min. leisurely and scenic drive. It is also approximately 10 minutes drive to Kirinda town and its beaches, which makes it perfect for an alternative destination.

The lodge has quite a large area suitable for children to play with the extra benefit of being fenced, to ensure that parents do not need to worry too much about kids wandering off or unwanted guests (mostly cows, sometimes elephants) wandering in.

The lodge has an air conditioned bedroom that can sleep approx. 4 persons comfortably, for those that are not accustomed to the real experience of staying in Yala. Otherwise, the sleeping area that sleeps approx. 6 people, is open with overhead fans (nights are mostly cool anyway) and mozzie nets. The lodge was one of the original lodges with the open, wall-less concept that was synonymous with the Yala experience and really, how Yala accommodations should be.

Service was excellent. The caretaker, Liyanage is extremely accommodating to all whims, needs and wants, as long as it is within reason and with enough warning. Unless you're asking for the sun and the moon, everything else is 'can-do'. The man also cooks mean pork dishes.

Overall, with its proximity to the park entrance, enough room to accommodate a small army, a safe and secure area for kids to run around so the parents can enjoy each others company, beaches that can be accessed within a short drive and a caretaker that takes care of everything else, i would pretty much say that the whole experience was what we expected and more.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is a place where you can layback and relax with out a care in the world. It is rustic but very clean and has an feel of the wild at same time balancing it with modern facilities. Liyanage the caretake/cook is amazing and takes care of all your needs. Chinthaka also has the most amazing attitude, so willing. The atmosphere just makes you want to relax and let the world go by. The location is superb with easy access to the Yala Safari.

We will definitely be coming back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Panthera Lodge
Address: Yala Junction | Kirinda,Tissamaharama, Kirinda 82614, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Kirinda
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Kirinda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lodge type bungalow with large hall (3 shared toilets) with 6 beds, overlooking saltern (Lagoon). Air conditioned family room with 4 beds with attached toilet.Ideal for family bookings, . 15 Minutes to Yala National Park. Safari jeeps available. 5 Minutes to Kirinda Beach. 30 Minutes to Bundala National Park 60 minutes to Udawalawe national Park and 40 minutes to Lunugamvehera National Park.The sacred city of Kataragama and Sithulpahuwa temple is half an hour away.Ideal location to base, if you are diving the great/little basses or trawling. The rates are for a couple and for the whole bungalow. Flexible menus. ... more   less 
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Panthera Lodge Sri Lanka/Kirinda

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