We only stayed here from the one night on the way from Kandy to Kalkudah but we certainly made the most of our stay!
On arrival we were greeted with sweet fresh lime juice, picked straight from the beautiful garden.
We explained that we were looking to visit Sigiriya and the Minneriya National Park (to witness the incredible elephant migration) and within 20 minutes we were presented with a light lunch, and told a taxi was on its way, at a very reasonable price.
The driver was very friendly and knowledgable, taking great delight in stopping and showing us all the nature to be seen along the drive. As nice as he was however, he was also the reason for our only negative comment, which is solely due to him driving us to visit his 'friend's' wood-work shop, where we were given a lengthy demonstration of how all the ornate statues were made and treated and then asked to 'browse' the shop's wares. Suffice to say, we decided not to buy anything. It's understandable that they want the trade, and no harm done, but just something to be wary of.
The guesthouse itself was simply but tastefully decorated, perfectly clean and very convenient for the local attractions. Also, had a comfortable bed and blackout blinds so we slept very well.
Recommended for those looking for a cheap but comfortable stopover.
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- Make your dreams a reality while holidaying with your family and friends at Habarana in Sri Lanka. Le Grand Meaulnes Holiday Bungalow is situated in a 2 acre land with coconut and fruit cultivation. Besides, full of trees and brushes you may feel the cool and windy climate though it belongs to the dry climatic area. Habarana is probably the best destination for safari, wildlife, bird watching, nature lovers and situated in the centre of Sri Lankan cultural triangle. ... more less
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