Extended Family » Galkadawala - Forest Lodge, Habarana, Sri Lanka
  • Wake up to the Symphony of the Forest. © Wake up to the Symphony of the Forest. © Courtesy The Sri Lankan Pocket Guides
  • Bright sunny morning...breakfast... © Bright sunny morning...breakfast... © Courtesy The Sri Lankan Pocket Guide
  • Golden rays of Sun..gentle breeze....breakfast.... © Golden rays of Sun..gentle breeze....breakfast.... ©
  • In harmony with nature © In harmony with nature ©
  • Sun beams and morning dew. © Sun beams and morning dew. ©
  • Mid day shadows ... breeze from the lake. © Mid day shadows ... breeze from the lake. ©
  • Views through a dappled world of branches and flowers. © Views through a dappled world of branches and flowers. ©
  • Watch the birds as you shower. © Watch the birds as you shower. ©
  • In harmony with nature. © In harmony with nature. ©
  • Unwind ..... . © Unwind ..... . ©
  • After the monsoon rains.... © After the monsoon rains.... ©

SECOND BUNGALOW


For additional guests a new residential node, of rough-hewn logs and re-cycled material, straddles the meandering lengths of water on boulders, stubs and columns created in the "Tampita Vihare" (temple) or "Ambalama" (resting place) tradition. The ground floor of this unit is composed of a series of different levels, with wide decks under cover or others open to the sky. The decks have been fabricated with the remains of the re-cycled cable-trunking used previously. The ground floor comprises living/lounge/dinning and pantry areas with open decks as an option for outside dinning on moon-lit nights. The first floor contains two bedrooms with attached toilets and a common balcony with distant views of the village tank (lake) through a dappled world of branches and flowers.

The residential enclaves are surrounded and separated by lush vegetation that has sprouted over the years. Guests may mingle in alternative locations on site , venture out to the rural countryside, or beyond to heritage sites which invariably beckon them.

The increasing popularity of this woodland retreat has encouraged Maulie (the owner) to take up residence here in quarters overlooking a dredged water-body by the entrance courtyard to promote home-like hospitality.