If you wish to experience living in harmony with flora and fauna you need to visit #Galkadawala in Sri Lanka. It is an #ecolodge created by reusing old building material and surrounded by forest and lakes around in Habarana district in central part of Sri Lanka.
I stayed at this place for 4 days and was truly happy about my decision. Days felt super long and i felt that time has stopped. You could just relax and watch and observe so many different animals and birds around. It was crazy good!
Why and who should stay at Galkadalwala?
It is a true #experience and not just a hotel you will stay in. This place has a history and a soul to it.
It is an #ecolodge and they take this seriously. You have only basic necessities like the fan-cooled rooms come with a mosquito net, wardrobe,bathroom and seating area. You can hear all insects and see various animals and trust me it is not easy to live in harmony with them, especially when you live in cities.
Meals are a tasty spread of #Sri_Lankan_vegetarian_dishes. Think of it as you are a guest in someone‘s home and they are sharing their meal with you. No wastage of food is appreciated and no fancy long menu to order your food from. They have their own small #kitchen_garden and you get to enjoy basic yet palatable Sri Lankan food. I loved their food! There is no better way to truly know a culture than to know about their way of living and food.
So if you are one of those who cannot live without pasta,pizza or your favorite cousine sorry folks, but this place isn‘t for you.
You can even learn Sri Lankan cooking from their chef Som. He knows very little english but when you know ingredients you don't need much of language to communicate. They barely charge anything for it and encourage you to learn. I really liked to learn cooking a different cousine with all basic equipments. Trust me you won't get a better #private_cooking_class anywhere else in Sri Lanka.
In the evenings you can enjoy #nature_walk to nearby lakes. Who knows maybe you are lucky enough to catch sight of elephant, mountain lizard and local animals. Drink fresh #King_coconut water from the house of the guide. This too is again free of cost but being a gentleman we can always tip the staff isn't it?
On request packages can be arranged where you can enjoy #Sigiriya rock fortress visit or enjoy a day at a #Kaudulla or #Minneriya National Parks. Other historical sites are #Ritigala forest monastery (15 mins away), #Manakanda forest monastery (25 mins) or #Dambulla Temple cave paintings (30 mins)
How to reach there?
By cab: You can hire a cab. it is 4-5 hours away from Colombo.
By Bus: From the Colombo Central Bus Stand in Pettah, Polonnaruwa/Battcaloa (Route 48) and Trincomalee (Route 49) buses pass Habarana. Bus Route No. 48 – Colombo/Pettah, via Kurunegala, Dambulla, Habarana, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa. Bus Route No. 49 – Colombo/Pettah via Kurunegala, Dambulla, Habarana, Kantale and Trincomalee. From Habarana take a tuk tuk to Galkadawala. The same bus routes are operated by both government and private bus operators.
By train : From the Colombo Fort Railway station, the Batticaloa/Trincomalee Train which leaves daily at 6.10am a.m. will arrive at PALUGASWEWA Railway Station at 11.00 a.m. A tuk tuk will bring you to Galkadawala Forest Lodge which is only 3km away.The Train from Batticaloa/Trincomalee on it’s way to Colombo stops at PALUGASWEWA at 9.30 a.m. daily.
With all these details and my personal experience am sure you can make an informed decision and enjoy this special stay at Galkadawala. In the end here is the video from my stay at this relaxing ecolodge. Hope you enjoy it :)