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1 bedroom

3 beds
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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 1 Double bedrooms with attached bathrooms.
The 2nd bungalow consists of 2 Triple/Family bedrooms with attached bathrooms.
In total both Bungalows can accommodate 14 Adults.
Both bungalows have electricity and hot water.

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. Our 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

The price indicated here, US$ 85 or 90 is for a Double Room.
US$ 15 has to be added for a Triple room
A family room too can be arranged for us$ 11O 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. Galkadawala has 5 listings with Airbnb for the 5 rooms. So even if one listing shows full, please check the other 4 listings

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bed: 3
Check Out: 10AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: 21 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events

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.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.

Safety features
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

56 Reviews

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Evelyn User Profile
August 2017
The location is outstanding! Surround by the nature with all its beautiful sounds. The host was lovely. I would recommend it to everyone who’s looking for break of everydays life…
Maulie User Profile
Response from Maulie:
Dear Evelyn, Thank you so much for your company at galkadawala. I enjoyed every minute of your stay.
August 2017

Pamela User Profile
July 2017
Dear Maulie, thanks for your kindness and your lovely place! We loved the room with al the windows and waking up by the sound of all animals. Monkeys playing and birds singing! You can see all the effort and love you've put in the house. Keep up the good work, hope to see you again in the future! Love, Joost and Pamela

Juani User Profile
July 2017
Lovely place, food delicious and Maulie very kind. Thank very much for your help Juani

Nadja User Profile
July 2017
The treehouse is beautiful located in the jungle. It offers all the comfort one could ask for and maurie is very helpful.

Kevin User Profile
July 2017
Peace and tranquility but you have to prepared to live with the local wildlife invading your privacy.

Phillipa User Profile
June 2017
Wow! What an amazing place! We absolutely loved our stay here!! Such a unique and beautiful experience to be completely surrounded by nature. The service was incredible and the food was so delicious!!! We really hope to stay again one day. Highly recommend!!!

Chantelle User Profile
May 2017
Our stay at Maulies lodge was peaceful and relaxing break from the hustle me bustle of traveling. Maulie greeted us with warmth and smiles and we felt very welcome. He prepared some incredible meals, egg rotti, traditional breakfast pancakes, and amazing curries. We sat back in the tree house and watched nature at its best. I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone to stay a night or two and enjoy it's beauty.

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Maulie User Profile

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%
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