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“Secluded getaway with wonderful food”
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Richard's Cabanas
Ranked #4 of 73 Tissamaharama B&B and Inns
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Secluded getaway with wonderful food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

We had a fantastic time staying at Richard Cabanas. The host Ajith was fantastic and welcoming. The room was large, clean and modern and surrounded by nature. There were two peacocks in the stream next to our room when we arrived.

Two things for us set this place apart. Firstly Ajith's wife cooked us the most amazing traditional Sri Lankan dinner and we had a wonderful breakfast also. The food is amazing and the best we have had in Sri Lanka.

Secondly, Ajith himself was a safari guide for over 20 years and has strong connections with the safari drivers. As a result he was able to book a tour with a very experienced driver to Yala National Park. Where other drivers just drove past, ours would stop and spot something. We saw all the animals we could wish to see including a leaped multiple Elephants. This connection alone is worth staying at Richard Cabanas.

The price is very reasonable also. Highly recommended.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Truly a gem tucked away in Tissa. My parents and I stayed for three nights and used it as a base for Yala. There are two very special things about this place: Ajith (the host), and the beautiful natural setting of the cabana (by a canal, surrounded by trees and many many birds!) Ajith's wife prepared our meals, and the food was very tasty. We especially enjoyed breakfast on the verandah with hoppers and fresh fruit! Dinners were great too, and Ajith tried to accommodate all our requests. Also, several birds were nesting in trees in Ajith's garden, and it was fun to sit on the verandah and watch them (with the binoculars that Ajith lent us)!
The place is very clean, and excellent value for money. I highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Request the cabana closest to the canal.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We stayed in the beginning on June, we had 2 cabanas. The gentleman was brilliant preparing one room with balloons and a banner to celebrate our friends birthday, a table in a lovely restaurant in the town for us and a taxi to and from the restaurant and he arranged our safari for the next morning. He organized a packed breakfast for us so we could sleep in until we were to depart around 5am.
He had coffee prepared for us before our early morning safari and gave us a wake up call to send us on our way.in good time..
We only stayed for one night but of our entire trip around Sri Lanka we look back on Richards Cabanas as one of the highlights of the trip.
I would recommend Richards Cabanas as the ideal spot to stay if you are on a trip around Sri Lanka and planning to visit Yala park. Tissamaharama is not a place I would stay for more than one night however it has got a lot of culture with a large market happening in the town and a beautiful lake where large crowds gathered when you arrive into town.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

My husband and I stayed at Richards Cabanas for 2 nights on our honeymoon. Ajith was a great host setting us up with a great driver to Yala National Park. His wife makes delicious food although the menu is limited. Everything in the room was brand new and very clean. We took the bikes out for a ride around Tissa, through the city and the banana trees. Overall a really great experience and I STRONGLY recommend Richard's Cabanas!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

When it comes to customer service, sometimes the smallest places show the worlds most luxurious hotels up. Ajith and his wonderful family are so attentive and caring they really do make you feel special. From welcoming you with fresh juice, lighting incense outside your room and providing good tips on local attractions, this family really do aim to please. Ajith is a true host, plus his wife and daughter are both amazing cooks!

Real value for money rooms - comfy bed, a/c, fan & mosquito nets. Lovely bathroom all set in a beautiful quiet location next to a river.

Our only gripe - we could only stay for 2 nights!

We have already been recommending this place to fellow travellers to Sri Lanka. Going to Yala? Then definitely stay at Richard's Cabanas!!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

I was travelling with my three friends as we were doing a 14 day tour of Sri Lanka with a tour guide named Upul Hemantha from www.srilankatailoredtours.co.uk
He was one of the kindest and most knowledgeable tour guides I have ever met and it was he who arranged for us to stay in this place!
Our overall experience was great as the staff were very helpful. For example, we were asked what meals we wanted for our breakfast and dinner; furthermore, we were served those meals outside our rooms on a mini patio which was rather cosy and cute. The location was ideal as we went to the nearby Yala safari park to spot the elusive leopard, which we did!
The on suite facilities were great with a state of the art shower which was similar to the quality expected in Europe. I loved the fact that the place reminded me of a luxury bungalow which was a welcome change compared to staying in the usual bog standard hotels.

Room Tip: Ask for a room which has good lighting, The room I was in was quite dark and dingy.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Booking accommodation for Yala gave us the biggest headache....and I am really glad we chose Richard Cabanas.

Just everything is right. One can watch colorful birds from the veranda but the grass is cut short and therefore suitable for people that don't like unknown crawly wildlife. Good working AC. Nice sitting area outside the cabana. The bed were two singe beds put together (which my finance hates) but it was not really an issue and they were comfortable, non of those super soft mattresses that seem to be so popular in Sri Lanka. Great shower. Only little thing is that the light bulb in the cabana is really weak so it is difficult to see.

As great if not better is the service of Ajit. The safari we booked through him was stellar. The "private restaurant" on your own terrace wonderful and the food great, I especially enjoyed the breakfast hoppers.

I have no hesitation to fully recommend Richard Cabanas.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Richard's Cabanas
Address: 38 Galmadawwa Road | Ponchiakurudoga, Tissamaharama 82600, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Southern Province > Tissamaharama
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 73 B&Bs / Inns in Tissamaharama
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
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