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Elephant Camp Guesthouse
Ranked #7 of 73 Tissamaharama B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“The best curries we ever had”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Everything was super: Spacious room, clean, nice smell, comfortable bed, convenient location for a visit to Yala National Park, the kindest hotel manager ever and the food was to die for.

Yayathunga his wife is the cook, and wow.. This was the best curry we had in a 3 week roundtrip through Sri Lanka (and we had many really good ones). Weeks after we left we just kept thinking back on this amazing dinner we had at Yayathunga's guesthouse.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

Staying here (during a 3 week drive across the country) made our trip so much special!
We relied on the reviews and decided to stay at the Elephant Camp, it was the right decision. We felt like part of the family! The room was very nice and everything was really clean - we had some bad experiences during the trip.
We were lucky to get here during the new year celebrations, and some nice traditional party was taking place. The people was great, very welcoming and we took part on some traditional games - which we sucked at.
Then there is the food... Ahhhhh the food! There's no point on explaining it you MUST try. We had a lot of curries during the 3 weeks but just very few were mind blowing - this was one of them.
Do not hesitate, this is the place to be in Tissa!
All the best to everyone that makes Elephant Camp a reality.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed two nights in Jaya's Guesthouse and were very warmly welcomed. He organized assafari tour with a good driver for us and also took us to Kataragama and showed us around there. Food cooked by his wife was among the best I have eaten in Sri Lanka. I would definitely recommend staying here, the whole atmosphere is very familial, great service by everyone working here ,prices are cheap, Jaya is super nice, has great advice and can tell you a lot about country and people. Thanks for the Arrack!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Leopoldsburg, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

I must say i recall my visit to Tissa as if it was yesterday...my room was excellent,Anoma's food was the best curry i have eaten in Sri Lanka,and what Jaya is concerned..he takes care of his guest..he took me to Deborewewa market,showed me the Wewa lake,and I booked a Yala safari via him...normally I do not go for safari stuff...but...i was lucky that day..got a close up of a leopard and met some amazing co safari travellers...i told Jaya i was a funny man,and I am..
I can feel it when people care about people..it comes straight out of their heart...
well done,Anoma and Jaya..may you always feel that gladness in your hearts..I do remember both of you...greetings and a hug from that crazy Belgian...Emiel

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed just for one night in this fabulous guesthouse, but we can easily say that was the best one of our journey around Sri Lanka. The owner is just amazing, he's super friendly and just made us feel part of the family from the very beginning. His wife is an AMAZING cook, we ate her curry which is the most delicious curry we have tasted. The room was big and clean, the free wi-fi worked well compared to other places. The safari was very well organized and our guide had a really good eye to spot the animals. We highly suggest this place!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ramsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2014

We stayed here for 1 night to do a Yala safari. We were greeted with delicious fresh juice and upgraded to a larger, A/C room for free. The owners were both very friendly and showed us how to work all the appliances in the room. He checked whether we needed a wake up call for our safari and an amazing breakfast was provided for when we returned from our early morning trip.
It was clean and comfortable and good bed nets were provided.
Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Alba, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

We spent 2 nights here. Owners are very nice people and they're ready to show you the best of sri lanka.
He organized an outstanding full day safari with private jeep, breakfast and lunch included..we saw not 1, not 2......3 leopards!!!!
(2 puppies and mom).
And when we came back to the room we found on the table the best rice&curry ever tasted!!
Of course we suggest this guesthouse, see you next time!!!!!

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Elephant Camp Guesthouse
Address: Tissa-Kataragama Road, Tissamaharama 82600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tissamaharama
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Tissamaharama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are hosting guests since 2004, and it would be a pleasure for me and my family to host your stay with us.My family and I will do our best to offer you an unforgettable experience in Sri Lanka:* We have 5 comfortable, beautiful rooms AC / Non AC.* We help you organize the best safaris to Yala & Bundala National Park, with experienced drivers at fair prices.* We serve tasty homemade Sri Lankan or continental food.* We can help you get to your next destination in Sri Lanka, all major destination buses stop in front our guesthouse!Jaya and family. ... more   less 
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Elephant Camp Guesthouse Hotel Tissamaharama
Elephant Camp Guesthouse Sri Lanka/Tissamaharama

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