We happened upon Gem River Edge by chance, knowing we wanted to stay somewhere near Yala National Park but not really sure where. We couldn't have been happier with our decision to stay there. Carla was quick to answer emails and had arranged accommodations for our driver and a safari jeep tour for us before our arrival. Once we were there, the grounds were lovely and the staff warm and friendly. We spent time on the rocks and in the river, borrowed bicycles to ride around the town, and had them call a tuk tuk for us when we wanted to go to the temple.
The kitchen they have on site served the best food we had during our time in Sri Lanka, and even if the food hadn't been excellent, it was easy and convenient to not worry about going off-site to find something. We stayed in the family room which had it's own bathroom, but others staying in the private rooms seemed surprised that they had a shared bathroom - know before you go.
- 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