• Aukana buddha statue © Aukana buddha statue ©
  • Anuradhapura. Ruwanweli dagoba. © Anuradhapura. Ruwanweli dagoba. ©
  • Sigiriya frescos © Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil Sigiriya frescos ©.
    Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil
  • Polonnaruwa. Galvihara © Polonnaruwa. Galvihara ©
  • Dambulla cave temple. © Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil Dambulla cave temple. ©
    Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil
  • Tomas will be only too happy to take you for a walk... © Tomas will be only too happy to take you for a walk... ©
  • Dambulla cave temple. © Courtesy Matthew Dols Dambulla cave temple. ©
    Courtesy Matthew Dols
  • Anuradhapura. Sri maha bodhi. © Anuradhapura. Sri maha bodhi. ©
  • Sigiriya. © Sigiriya. ©
    Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil
  • Kadulla national park. The gathering © Kadulla national park. The gathering ©
  • Minneriya elephants. 'Morning Abulutions' © Minneriya elephants. 'Morning Abulutions' ©
  • Habarana. Bathing elephant. © Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil Habarana. Bathing elephant. ©
    Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil
  • Wilpattu national park. Great thick knee. © Wilpattu national park. Great thick knee. ©
    Courtesy Lekha Suraweera.
  • KAYAKING AT GALKDAWALA LAKE © KAYAKING AT GALKDAWALA LAKE ©
  • Ritigala. Monastery © Ritigala. Monastery ©
  • Trincomalee Bay at dawn. © Trincomalee Bay at dawn. ©
    Courtesy Lekha Suraweera
  • Galkadawala tank (lake). Kayaking © Galkadawala tank (lake). Kayaking ©
  • Galkadawala Green Pigeon. © Galkadawala Green Pigeon. ©
  • Oriental dwarf or the three toed Kingfisher. © Oriental dwarf or the three toed Kingfisher. ©
  • Galkadawala. Toque Macaque Monkey ©, Galkadawala. Toque Macaque Monkey ©
    Courtesy Taco Jalkens, www.tjalkens.nl.
  • Wilpattu National Park. Leopard. © Wilpattu National Park. Leopard ©
    Courtesy Taco Jalkens, www.tjalkens.nl.
  • Galkadawala. Whiskered Turn © Courtesy Taco Jalkens, www.tjalkens.nl. Galkadawala. Whiskered Turn ©
    Courtesy Taco Jalkens, www.tjalkens.nl.
  • Galkadawala. Giant squirrel © Galkadawala. Giant squirrel ©
  • Galkadawala. Indian roller. ©, Galkadawala. Indian roller. ©
    Courtesy Himesh D. Jayasinghe.
  • Cotton Pygmy-goose © Cotton Pygmy-goose. ©
    Courtesy Kithsiri Gunawardena.
  • Kaudulla national park. © Kaudulla national park. ©
  • Galkadawala. Blue Tailed Bee Eater. © Galkadawala. Blue Tailed Bee Eater. ©
    Courtesy Kithsiri Gunawardena.
  • Orange headed Thrush. Galkadawala. ©, Orange headed Thrush. Galkadawala. ©
  • Coppersmith Barbet and Chestnut Winged Cuckoo. ©, Coppersmith Barbet and Chestnut Winged Cuckoo. ©
  • Galkadawala. Common Iora. © Galkadawala. Common Iora. ©
    Courtesy Kithsiri Gunawardena.
  • Galkadawala. Plain Tiger. © Courtesy Himesh D Jayasinghe. Galkadawala. Plain Tiger. ©
    Courtesy Himesh D Jayasinghe.
  • Galkadawala. Common Iora. © Grey Langur, Anuradhapura. ©
  • RAPACIOUS FLANGTAIL. Galkadawala. © RAPACIOUS FLANGTAIL. Galkadawala. ©
  • Palugaswewa railway station  © Courtesy Matthew Dols. Palugaswewa railway station. ©
    Courtesy Matthew Dols
  • Palugaswewa railway station. Signal system belonging to the British era, still in operation. © Palugaswewa railway station. Signal system belonging to the British era, still in operation. ©
    Courtesy Matthew Dols.
  • Road to Batticaloa © Road to Batticaloa ©
  • View of Ritigala mountain from the lake. © View of Ritigala mountain from the lake. ©
  • BRAHMINI KITE. GALKADAWALA © BRAHMINI KITE. GALKADAWALA ©
  • GREY BELLIED CUCKOO © GREY BELLIED CUCKOO ©
  • Fishing in tranquil waters. Minneriya tank (Lake) © Fishing in tranquil waters. Minneriya tank (Lake) ©
  • Galkadawala. Trekking. Horiwila Tank (Lake) © Galkadawala. Trekking. Horiwila Tank (Lake) ©
  • Gathering around the Minneriya Tank (Lake) © Gathering around the Minneriya Tank (Lake) ©
  • Gray Langur. Minneriya. © Gray Langur. Minneriya. ©
  • GREY HEADED FISH EAGLE. GALKADAWALA © GREY HEADED FISH EAGLE. GALKADAWALA ©
  • Habarana Polonnaruwa Road © Habarana Polonnaruwa Road ©
  • Kangaroo lizard, Green Forest LIzard, Common Garden Lizard....Galkadawala © Kangaroo lizard, Green Forest LIzard, Common Garden Lizard....Galkadawala ©
  • Lesser Ajutant  Minneriya © Lesser Ajutant Minneriya ©
  • PAINTED STORK. MINNERIYA © PAINTED STORK. MINNERIYA ©
  • Grey Heron and Black headed Ibis. Galkadawala © Grey Heron and Black headed Ibis. Galkadawala ©
  • Sri Lanka Grey Horn Bill. Galkadawala © Sri Lanka Grey Horn Bill. Galkadawala ©
  • Trekking along the elephant trail... © Trekking along the elephant trail... ©
  • Elephant Gathering. Kaudulla Wildelife Park. © Elephant Gathering. Kaudulla Wildelife Park. ©
  • Kolon Flower. © Kolon Flower. ©
  • Baya Weaver bird. © Baya Weaver bird. ©
  • Indian Pitta. © Indian Pitta. ©
  • Goat Scented - Passion flower © Goat Scented - Passion flower ©
  • The cry of the Jungle Fowl © The cry of the Jungle Fowl ©
  • Galkadawala Tank (Lake) © Galkadawala Tank (Lake) ©

"Galkadawala" an ancient agro based village is situated in the centre of the Cultural Triangle 10.5 km from Habarana. It has also over the years developed into a stronghold of bio-diversity with rich vegetation and water-courses transforming the once barren landscape into chequered patterns of verdant paddy fields and pockets of jungle glades.

Since it is in close proximity to the main cultural/historical sites and wild-life parks, tours have been arranged to these sites with the help of the local community in their safari jeeps and motor cycles.

The distances to the sites are approximately :-

Trekking and walking.
The characteristic bio-diversity of these parts give ample opportunities for personal exploration. The area abounds with endemic creatures of all types, including 133 of the 453 avian species and 50 of the 230 species of butterflies of Sri Lanka which are recorded at Galkadawala . The network of tanks (lakes), with the special emphasis to the lake by which the lodge is sited, irrigation canals, village roads and foot-paths are “veins” along which you may stroll at leisure or trek with purpose, and so enjoy the natural habitat where species of all kinds interact with each other.

In such surroundings eating becomes a special pleasure to be indulged and remembered . To sit down under torch-light to homely village fare with vegetables and ingredients gathered from neighborhood gardens at the end of an eventful day, is a memory indeed to carry home. In addition to enjoying the food, guests are also welcome to try their hand at preparing dishes of their choice.