The sitting area.
Galkadawala Forest Lodge, Habarana.
Hosted by Maulie
Maulie is the host.Maulie is a superhost.
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Ages 2 - 12
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Under 2
3 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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A SPECIAL OFFER FOR SEPT AND OCT 2017 - FULL BOARD (all 3 meals) AT THE SAME PRICE AS Bed and breakfast. .......
A Forest Lodge nestled in the centre of the "Cultural Triangle" and 3 Wildlife Parks.
Habarana is on the main road to Trincomalee, Passikudha, Batticaloa, Arugambay & Kandy.

The space

2 Forest Bungalows situated in the centre of the of the ancient cities (THE CULTURAL TRIANGLE OF SRI LANKA) Sigiriya, Dambulla, Ritigala, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura .
Close proximity to Minneriya, Kaudulla, Hurulu wildlife parks . 2 hours to Vilpattu Wildlife Park via Anuradhapura.
Approx 1 1/2 hours to Trincomalee. 2 1/2 hours Kandy or Batticaloa.
1 bungalow consists of 2Triple and 1Double bedrooms with attached bathrooms.
The 2nd bungalow consists of 2Triple bedrooms with attached bathrooms.
In total both Bungalows can accommodate 14persons.
Both bungalows have electricity and hot water.

The price indicated here, US$ 67 or 90 is for a Double Room.
US$ 10 has to be added for a Triple room.
A family room too can be arranged for us$ 110 to 120 for 2 adults and 2 children. Please inquire for details when making the reservation.
Breakfast is complimentary.
Lunch or dinner , a meal per persons is us$ 10. Cost of the meals for children to be determined case by case.
Above rates are inclusive of taxes.
We serve Sri Lankan vegetarian food, with egg.
Accommodation and meals for drivers are free of charge.

Please check the availability of rooms with me via Airbnb mail even if the calendar shows fully booked. I have 5 listing under Airbnb for the 5 rooms at Galkadawala. Even if the calendar of 1 listing show the place is fully booked it does not mean so. Check out the other 4 listings. ALL 5 LISTINGS SHOW UNDER THE AIRBNB HABARANA RENTALS. BROWSE DOWN AND YOU WILL SEE IT.

Galkadawala , was discovered in 2006, a land deforested, consumed and denuded by chena (slash and burn) cultivation. I decided to develop this land with retirement in mind and guided the process of nourishing, moulding and transforming the land back to a vibrant ecological habitat.
Galkadawala aim was to transform a barren patch to a jungle habitation; creating a haven for guests to enjoy in a setting where Man and Nature live in harmony with each other; in which animals, birds, reptiles and insects also have their due place. The story of success is vindicated as the area abounds with endemic creatures of all types, including 133 of the 453 avian species, 50 of the 230 species of butterflies, and 88 varieties of Ayurvedic medicinal plants of Sri Lanka which are recorded at Galkadawala.
Galkadawala, is constructed mainly by reusing “used building materials” like used timber, bricks, roofing tiles, even discarded industrial trunking.
By design, consumption of power has been reduced considerably by sensitive use of natural light and ventilation for cooling.
As there are Forest pathways and a network of lakes and irrigation canals surrounding the area it is ideal for trekking or bird watching.

Guest access

The Culture and Heritage of Sri Lanka.
The wild life of Sri Lanka.

Interaction with guests

At meal times. Also if they need any site seeing tours to be organized. If they require any information about the sites, transportation, planning tours etc.

Other things to note

Galkadawala is a place for people who appreciate nature and who would like to truly experience it.

Wireless Internet
Smoking allowed

Extra people $14 NZD / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check out by 10AM

I would like my guest to appreciate the wild life and the peace and quite of Galkadawala and its surroundings.

2) Drivers/Guides cannot have meals with the guests or entertained in the bungalows.

3) We do not have a cooking facility for guests. The pantry in the 2 bungalows can be used by the guests to make their own tea or coffee or to heat up baby food but cannot be used to make their own meals. We serve vegetarian food but in a worse case if a guest brings fish or meat WE cook it for them (that would be in the main kitchen). Fish or meat cannot be cooked in the bungalows. The smell of meat or fish attracts various animals and insects. Hence this is for your own safety. Also the vegetarian guests maybe sensitive such smells in the bungalows. Kindly understand. Thank you.


Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

32 Reviews

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Vivienne User Profile
March 2016
We had an amazing experience. This place is truly unique. It was a beautiful setting, it was an absolutely pleasure to wake up to the birds chirping and the sun bursting into our room. We saw monkeys from our roof terrace. The wildlife was so rich. Our hosts were very helpful, Maulie joining us for dinner on our first night, we ate delicious food morning and night. Maulie offered us some great insights about our surrounds. I would absolutely recommended to anyone visiting Sri Lanka to stay here.

Laura User Profile
September 2017
When you find somewhere as special as Maulie's rainforest retreat, it is hard to describe its magnificent atmosphere. Truly remote, you find yourself in the midst of all Sri Lanka's natural beauty and the inhabitants to match. Yet, the accommodation is very comfortable, and the food is wonderdul. Maulie, a veritable oracle of vision and wisdom, is a glorious woman who built the site from scratch with the help of great architects. I hope to stay again... Thank you for having us. Xx

Esther User Profile
September 2017
We were looking for an intense natural experience and we got so much more: good food, very friendly staff, a tasteful room and property in general. I definitely recommend to stay two nights (at least) at this great place, enjoy it and take walks in the surroundings.
Maulie User ProfileMaulie is a superhost.
Response from Maulie:
Dera Esther, Thank you so much for for your review. I will train the staff to speak in English and to inform guests about ordering lunch in advance. That you so much for informing about this to me. It is greatly appreciated.
September 2017

Ranjini User Profile
January 2017
Secluded location which provides a nice opportunity to unwind and be in the nature. Rooms are open air with a mosquito netting. Really delicious food and gracious staff and owner. Would highly recommend this place!

Jenni User Profile
January 2017
Maulie's place was the highlight of our trip, I would highly recommend it to anyone travelling in Sri Lanka. The food was local, fresh and delicious, the staff friendly and helpful. Even though it's out of town, arranging to go to any of the local sites was no problem. The rooms are beautiful and very close to nature.

Lian User Profile
December 2016
A very special place with special people. They did there best to make me feel comfortable. I will miss the guys here and their unique way. It's a good taste of real Sri Lanka

Meghan User Profile
December 2016
My husband and I had a great two night stay at Galkadawala. We drove straight from our landing in Colombo and although we did not arrive until nearly 2 am, Maulie and her staff warmly greeted us. We loved waking up in the jungle - a lovely way to start our holiday. Maudie was easy to communicate with prior to the trip, helped to arrange a driver for the first few days of our trip, and the food + staff were fantastic. Wonderful choice if you want to relax in nature while still being able to access popular sites in the Cultural Triangle.

Sri LankaJoined in September 2012
Maulie User ProfileMaulie is a superhost.

I am the owner of Galkadawala Forest Lodge. After 25 years in the rat race, started what I always wanted to do .... a Lodge in the wilderness where one can enjoy nature as it is. I enjoy it very much, especially hosting others who wants to experience it. I love their company!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

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