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“Calm and Tranquil” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ging Oya Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Waikkal B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kilgarvan
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Calm and Tranquil”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

After travelling through the bedlam that is Colombo, we arrived at the gates of Ging Oya Lodge as soon as we passed through a sense of peace and tranquillity passed over us and it did'nt stop for a week. The lodge is small and enchanting set in a Mangrove forest next to a river. The bungalows are well equiped, clean, and quiet.The large pool was deserted and comfortable.The whole place exceeded our expectations due to our hosts Leo and Myrjam. They take great pride in what they do in a relaxed manner, nothing is too much trouble. The great breakfasts set you up for the day while Leo varies the dinner menu but always to a high standard (the best curry and rice in Sri Lanka and we have had a few). The dogs are friendly and good fun as is Elodie the cow. All in all the whole experience will leave you a different person, don't just stay at the start or finish of your holiday, stay a few days and embrace the whole location, it will surprise you.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

Enchanting is my first impression, and last too ! Really nice small hotel, set in a very green environment, and family run, by Leo and Myrjam, this is a place to Relax ! Not too far from the Airport or Negombo, it is an ideal place to get away from the crowds. The rooms are well equipped and the food and service was quite nice. Definitely well worth the money spent. The beach, if one wants to go there is nearby too.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Jakobstad
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

Arriving or leaving Sri Lanka Ging Oya Lodge is the perfect first or last stop.

Near the airport this very architectural hotel, set in a very lush palm- and mangrove-forest, close to the river, offers you more than you can dream of in this price range. Most five star hotels lack Ging Oya's atmosphere. Here your eyes rest on beautiful details in the architecture while you are having a cold beer or a delicious meal prepared by the host and served by the hostess.

They have together planned and built the hotelIt and you can see that they have done it with love and taste. They are also very friendly and will solve whatever problem you might have.

Ging Oya is the perfect place to calm down. Children will love the pool and the dogs not to mention the cow.

This was by far the most pleasant hotel we stayed in during our three week long Sri Lanka trip

Jan-Erik and Nina Bäckström

Room Tip: All the rooms are in separate identical buildings. All are very spacious.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights at the beginning of our bike-travelholiday on 20-21 dec.'12 . And all so stayed at our last 2 days ( nights) on 11-12 jan'13 . So we know after sleeping on 12 different places( in 24 days) that Ging Oya Lodge is the best place, best price and quiet place .....always ready for a talk , for information, and the food is more than excellent . In a oase of rest !!! Everything very clean , excellent service . Every meal excellent , comprehensive breakfast , creative variety dinner , top quality !!! More than enough.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2013

This is a great place to stay to chill out for a couple of days.lovely breakfast with homemade jams and yogurt. The food is excellent and very good value10euros for a 3 course meal. The owners are very pleasant and helpful and even posted a book which I had left behind. The pool is a good size and very clean and the grounds have cool quirky pieces of art throughout the property In comparison to other accommodation I stayed in in Sri Lanka this was very reasonably priced.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 2 nights at the beginning of Jan. Excellent place to stay. Individual bungalows on the banks of Ging Oya river. So peaceful. Rooms were large airy and immaculately clean. The owners Leo and Miriam are extremely friendly and helpful. Even patched up my husband's fingers when he scraped them. The food is scrumptious. Ate breakfast, lunch and dinner both days. The best food so far in Sri Lanka. Would stay there again

  • Stayed January 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2012

Leo and Myriam are the most obliging of hosts who welcome you into their home which happens to be Ging Oya Lodge. Nothing is too much trouble and they find time to talk to their guests. The accommodation is in very well equipped spacious bungalows which are shaded by trees and give a good view from their verandahs of the river with its interesting wildlife. Leo takes great care to produce excellent and interesting dishes from the freshest of ingredients. The Lodge is well located being only an hour from the airport or Colombo and it is in within half a days journey of Candy or Anuradhapura and so is well located to begin or end a holiday in Sri Lanka.If you want a quiet beach they are a short bike ride away.For me above all although it has all the modern facilities Ging Oya Lodge retains the charm of a more spacious age.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Ging Oya Lodge
Address: Davindu Mawatha | Kammala North, Waikkal 61110, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Waikkal
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Waikkal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the banks of the Ging River, surrounded by luscious vegetation and resounding with birdsong, Ging Oya Lodge is unique in every way.The Lodge is a family-run guest house where your stay will be a relaxed, peaceful experience in an intimate environment. The rooms are spacious and luxurious bungalows tucked into the lush greenery, each equipped with all modern conveniences. Each hosts its own verandah where you can repose and take in the stunning surroundings.The beach is a short walk or kayak-trip away and is rarely visited by other tourists, allowing you to enjoy the sun and sea in a natural setting. Should the quiet become too much, a trip in a local tuk-tuk will soon have you in the bustling heart of nearby Negombo where you can experience the colourful local markets or simply absorb the atmosphere of the popular tourist beaches. ... more   less 
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Ging Oya Lodge Sri Lanka/Waikkal

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