We kinda loved everything about this place, the Gem River, the lodge with its beautiful architecture, details and materials, the restaurant, what a place! As always, the people make the place, and at Gem River the warmth and service is just perfect. Carla, Ajith, Uncle, the "house-monk", genuine hospitality!! Even Boon the Dog attributes to your stay here. The food is great (together with Ranga from Talalla beach house, uncle provided us with the best food in Sri Lanka!).
Carla and Ajith have a keen focus on sustainability which is needed in Sri Lanka, they are working on a project on sustainable farming in Kataragama: hope it works out fine!
We went on the full day safari, which was another perfect day, perfectly organised, comfortable, and yes; we saw a leopard!! Yala has an abundant wildlife scene. Go for the temple at dawn for some extraordinary views over the national park.
Thanks Carla & crew at gem River for a perfect stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on the border of Yala Nacional Park. It's an ecological place, built in a natural way for a responsible tourism and safari. Bordering the Gem Menik River where guests can enjoy the clean water and refresh body and mind. We organize responsible safaris in Yala NP, we go from Kataragama entrance which is more quiet and wild and we go far from the crowded and busy jeeps to observe the wild life and vegetation. We offer visits to the ancient temple - Situlpowa in the jungle. We have at one's disposal free bicycles for tours long the lakes and we help the guests to explore the local area. We guide the guests to a visit in the Kataragama multi-religious site and participate in the daily Pooja. We have 4 comfortable rooms (one is a large family suite) with terrace and sitting area all built in a rustic style using renewable and natural material. We serve Sri Lankan cuisine prepared daily and cooked on an open fire with terracotta pots. We share a comfortable and traditional atmosphere where everybody are welcome to join for a relaxing experience in harmony with nature and wildlife for an unforgettable stay and experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gem River Edge - Eco Home And Safari Sri Lanka/Kataragama