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river island. near yala jungle

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Chalet -
1 Bedroom, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Hambantota, Tangalle, Southern Province
$45 per night and $15 per person after the first 2 people.
the chalet will be given to one family at a time, so even if you are only 2 people you will have it only to yourself.complete privacy.

This 1 acre hideaway is bounded on two sides by streams.the dry zone scrub that surrounds the house is not landscaped but we do plant native jungle trees that are a haven for birds.

It is called river island because it is very secluded and feels like an island due to the 2 waterways. yet it is in close proximity to the tissamaharama road [also called the colombo galle highway],10 minutes by tuk tuk

attractions nearby
Yala National Park 45 minutes
Bundala bird sanctuary 20 minutes
Udawalawe National Park 1hour
Kalametiya bird sanctuary 30 minutes
Lunugamvehera National Park 1 hour
Kataragama (holy site/temples) 1 hour
Usangoda beach. 45 m...
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About the Owner, nelun h
Languages spoken: English
Calendar Updated: 21 days ago
Listed since : Apr 2013
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 9 reviews and 2 properties
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Louisa Ro...
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

We booked 'River Island' ($35 per night) through Airbnb, and the isolated location right in the forest really appealed - but nothing could prepare us for the beauty and tranquillity of the spot we'd picked. The house itself was simply but beautifully decorated, huge (it could comfortably accommodate 6 - and we had it all to ourselves), and very open...

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thank you for such a super super review. you were lovely guests.


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Per R
Copenhagen, Denmark
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016 for a stay in December 2015

If you stay at River Island and want to make a Safari tour to Bundala or Yala, you should definitely go with a guide. Ask Nelun to call Pradeep Kumara (or do it your self at +94 772 261 530). He has great knowledge of the wildlife and knows every corner of the park and will make sure, that you...

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thank you per. :)


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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Me and my mom stayed here for 4 nights and I could not have chosen a better place to escape from my busy life. If you love being surrounded by nature, you will love this place. In the morning, you wake up not to the call of the rooster, but to the calls of the peacocks roosting on the tall...

Management response:

i am so very very sorry about the disastrous trip to yala. i always use gayan as he is a ranger and very knowledgeable and responsible and so far his vehicles are good. this should never have happened and i have spoken to him. he is very keen on refunding you his fee. please tell me how i could do...


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  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cooker
  • Deck
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Freezer
  • Housekeeping Included
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (8)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Patio
  • Porch
  • Private Fishing Lake/River
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Secure Parking
  • Single Beds:(6)
  • Staffed Property
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Washer
  • Waterfront
  • Water Views
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking allowed
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About the neighbourhood
attractions nearby <BR><BR>Yala National Park 45 minutes <BR>Bundala bird sanctuary 20 minutes <BR>Udawalawe National Park 1hour <BR>Kalametiya bird sanctuary 30 minutes <BR>Lunugamvehera National Park 1 hour <BR>Kataragama (holy site/temples) 1 hour <BR>Usangoda beach. 45 minutes <BR>Galle (world heritage listed fort) 2 hours<BR><BR>
Car not needed
How to get there
you could take the express bus that travels on the new expressway from colombo that gets you to galle in an hour and then the bus to udamallala about 5 km from hambantota town this takes approx 2 hours. a tuk tuk will take you to river island from there in 10 mins. call me for more detailed directions.
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, Watersports Nearby.
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