“ Intimate hotel in Waddagala, Sri Lanka. „
Our second destination on our Sri Lankan holiday was Siranraja Rainforest and we stayed very closeby at a lovely place called Rainforest Edge. This was such an interesting and rustic place and unlike anywhere that I have ever stayed before! It's probably one of the least accessible places I have stayed in the heart of Sri Lanka where the roads are so unmade that it takes for ever to travel even a few miles. Also when we arrived it was at the end of a rough stony windy track that, although probably less than a mile in distance, takes well over ten minutes to cover in a mini van! The journey is worth it though as the setting is spectacular and the welcome and hospitality is very warm.
As soon as we stepped out of our van there were friendly people to take our luggage and also we were given a welcome drink. It is a very small place and its aim is to be self sufficient. They grow their own fruit and vegetables that are served up in plenitude at breakfast and in the wonderful Sri Lankan curries that you are given in the evenings. It's wonderfully cooked fresh food and there is so much of it. Even my fussy daughters found quite a few dishes that they were able to enjoy. They say on the website that once you are staying at the Rainforest Edge, you are treated like one of the family, and we were certainly made to feel that way. I really loved the friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
The main eating and socialising area is all outdoor although under a thatched canopy. There is also a lovely natural swimming pool and all of these places look out onto spectacular views. My daughters spent many happy hours in the pool although they weren't too keen on swimming in the rain. And yes, it does rain a lot especially in April! When the rain does come down, it really comes down in torrents although these rainfalls do seem to be restricted to the afternoons! There is also a small spa at very reasonable costs run it seems by just one person. I did take advantage of a back massage which was probably a lot more intense than I expected but felt good afterwards. This cost the equivalent of about £15 for more than thirty minutes.
The room that we stayed in was quite basic but charming. There are no televisions or phones in the rooms as this is in keeping with the harmony of nature. We had a large balcony with stunning views which was perfect for my bird watching husband to sit and feast his eye on numerous different birds. The en suite bathroom was a bit of a surprise though as there was no back wall so we were half toileting and showering outside. Talk about getting back to nature! I wasn't too sure at first but it was perfectly private and I did soon get used to the idea. We did make sure that we kept the bathroom door firmly shut though which obviously worked as we did not get any livestock in our room which I found quite surprising. The beds were comfortable and clean and we had two very good night's sleep while we stayed there.
Overall, the Rainforest Edge is a remarkable and unique place to stay and is in a beautiful setting. It really is a 'get away from it all' type of place and ideal for visiting the rainforest which is less than ten kilometres away. I thoroughly recommend it as a place to stay.