We had a wonderful Christmas at BofB in Piduranga, beginning with a short walk in the evening to an archeological site, excellent dinner, and then a Christmas hike at Sigiriya the next day. The staff couldn't have been more welcoming, even going to the effort of decorating a bush for our tree and carving a squash to look like a turkey. We had an entire spot to ourselves, three rooms with its own open sitting and dining area--it was perfect for our family of five. To top it off, the climb to top of Pidurangala, only a half mile up the road from BofB was absolutely spectacular. We were the only people on top of the mountain at sunset, having made our way up a steep trail, past an abandoned monastery and a reclining buddha comforting in his unadorned simplicity. Similarly, the hotel itself, with comfortable rooms, clean bathrooms, good showers, and pretty open areas was elegantly simple in its design, colors and architecture. And they have certainly solved any early problems of beer or food. We had plenty of both and the food was excellent. Terrific spot for peace and privacy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle and within 5 minutes from the Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Back of Beyond Pidurangala is situated in a lovely unfenced 4 acre forest, a mere 5 minutes from the Sigiriya Rock. Offering you the best of rustic charm together with modern comforts, this retreat is a perfect base to explore the natural environment and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Each of the 3 tastefully furnished cottages, each with its own verandah, is designed to maximise the impact of the surrounding forest. A 3 bedroom bungalow is also available for larger groups. The retreat offers many activities including bird watching, hiking, cycling and excursions to Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Ritigala etc. Renowned for its excellent service from a friendly and caring staff, it's no wonder guests keep returning to Back of Beyond Pidurangala. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Back Of Beyond, Pidurangala Hotel Sigiriya