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Kadolana Eco Village
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

Since the moment we arrived, we knew it was going to be an extraordinary experience. With a picturesque backdrop the hotel far removed from the busy city. Situated at an elevation which observes the breathtaking scenery of Maduganga it is a must for any nature lover, backpacker or someone who would like a break from the bustling city. The infinity pool should be first for anyone to get used to the gorgeous sights and sounds of the wilderness, and it has a panoramic view of maduganga. The staff was exceptional, friendly, always smiling and knows exactly what you want.

The chalet type rooms were immaculately maintained very clean and big, with each having a different view of the river. The food was amazing, traditional Sri Lankan cuisine done to perfection with a variety of choices and succulent fruit juices to complement.

The boat safari in madu river should not be missed. Request the hotel for a boat safari and everything will be prepared in a matter of minutes. The boat will take you between islands and mangrove caves, to an isle which demonstrates how cinnamon is produced and bizarre foot massage from colourful fish.

The experience will be unforgettable.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Kanishka W
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KadolanaEcoVillage, Manager at Kadolana Eco Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Thank you for your great review on us. It was an absolute pleasure to have served you at Kadolana and we are pleased to have made your holiday memorable. We hope you visit us soon again.

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Reviewed July 3, 2014

easy access to the hotel which is located south of sri lanka through highway or train with a breath taking scenery. I enjoyed relaxing near the pool with a breathtaking view of the madu lake. It also is a place for bird watchers. To top it all up , excellent service , friendly staff & scrumptious food.:).
The rooms are excellent, as we went as a group of 12 we had a bungalow which had a very unique look. It is a place for family's or group of friends like us to definitely have a worthwhile experience ,
Looking forward to visit again...:):)

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank manitha p
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KadolanaEcoVillage, Manager at Kadolana Eco Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Thank you very much for your kind review of us. It was a great pleasure for us to serve you and your group and we are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday at Kadolana. We look forward to have you once again at Kadolana!

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Reviewed July 3, 2014

There are four things which set Kadolana Eco Village apart from the average newly popped up boutique hotel down south. 1. An elevated location filled with flaura and fauna, facing Lake Maduganga, with an infinity pool which naturally blends in with the green waters of the lake, and a cooling climate due to the surrounding vegetation. 2. The staff who were extremely friendly and helpful from the time they served us the welcome drink, to bringing us a range of board games with their suggestions on what they thought were the best. Its fair to say that they were always willing to go that extra mile to satisfy our needs. 3. The architecture; some wonderfully built chale's, coupled with a restored bungalow from the mid 20th century, reminiscent of the southern Sri Lankan architecture in the years gone by. If your going in a group, book the bungalow. There's nothing like sleeping on those spooky large beds which reside in it. 4. The food; We tried the traditional Sri Lankan offerings for breakfast, which were just perfectly spiced, and not oil laden and msg infused like in most hotels. And the juices are to die for (try the ambarella juice).. And all this within a 10 min drive away from the highway.. The perfect short weekend getaway for us Colombians..

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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3  Thank KusalL
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KadolanaEcoVillage, Manager at Kadolana Eco Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Thank you for your lovely review on us. The team at Kadolana are delighted to have served you and friends over your holiday and it is great to know that you all had a good time. Do visit us soon again.

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Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was one of the most beautiful locations I have visited in the South of Sri Lanka. Easily accessible via the highway or by train. The food was awesome and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We went as a group and they attended to our needs very well. The pool was clean and ideal size for the location and overlooking the massive river it had everything one could ask for.
I would strongly recommend to anyone who would like a relaxing holiday out of the busy world.

Room Tip: Not all rooms have A/C. So decide whether you prefer the breeze from the river or not. I would recom...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Themiya N
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KadolanaEcoVillage, Manager at Kadolana Eco Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Thank you for taking your time in sharing your kind review on us. It was an absolute pleasure to have served you at Kadolana. Hope you would visit us soon again.

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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Upon recommendation I visited this beautiful village with friends as part of our trip to Sri Lanka. The Eco Village captures every experience that should be indulged in on a trip down south. The location, surrounding rich flora and fauna and service provided by the dedicated staff makes the stay very relaxing and welcoming. The Cottages recreate the pre-colonial style of living that was standard in sri lanka, with luxurious twists expected from high class hotel rooms.

A one night stay was not enough for us to explore everything on offer, we enjoyed a boat ride through Madu River, visiting a chain of island each offering a unique learning experience of the local culture. In the middle of the river there was 'fish therapy' which will surely arouse interest as it is a great way to unwind with small fish massaging your feet in the river.

We experienced a sumptuous array of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine and cooled off in the amazing pool overlooking the river. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Hasitha D
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KadolanaEcoVillage, Manager at Kadolana Eco Village, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Thank you very much for taking time in sharing your kind review of us. It was our absolute pleasure to have served you at Kadolana and we hope you come back soon again.

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Reviewed September 21, 2013

I was sceptical about this place prior to going due to the lack of reviews I could find online. However, I was blown away by the serenity and the absolute beauty of the setting as soon as I entered the premises. This was by far the best place of our 3 week stay in Sri Lanka. The lake/river was just a hop, skip and a jump from the room. The boat ride along the river was a treat! The staff were very friendly and accommodating to our many requests. It was a fairly short walk to the beach. The tree house was my personal favourite as it was ideal to do some reading. All in all we were in perfect bliss during our short stay here! Definitely coming here for a much longer stay next time we're in the country.

Room Tip: The Eco Cabin we stayed in was an absolute gem!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

It was the ideal place to getaway after a hectic week. Great location with a perfect setting by the Madu River.The pool is clean and ideal size for a relaxing swim, with a marvelous view of the river. Really liked the view in the night as if the stars have fallen into the pool. Good food and really friendly service where they went out of the way to give the experience of catching prawns from the river itself! Loved the cosy and comfortable Eco Cottages. A really different experience that everyone loved! Thank You Kadolana Team. We would definitely come back again!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Steven H
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Additional Information about Kadolana Eco Village

Address: Andadola Road, Balapitiya 80550, Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Balapitiya
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Balapitiya
Price Range: $42 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kadolana Eco Village 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique boutique style hotel of just 8 private dwellings in a wooded area facing the Madu River. This is a dream hideaway that is rustic yet for all of the comfort you could wish for in absolute privacy surrounded by the simple woods of nature. The perfect serenity of Kadolana Eco Village will let you create a world of your own.Kadolana Eco Village lies at the edge of the Madu River in Ada Dola village, Balapitiya located between Ahungalle and Hikkaduwa, within an hour's drive from Colombo via the Southern Expressway.This makes Kadolana the perfect base from which to discover the Galle Fort, the sandy beaches, fishing villages, traditional mask carvings, cinnamon plantations, cinnamon processing and experience the famous Madu River boat Safari ... more   less 
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