Galapita, Buttala Sri Lanka, The Deep South
Crossing the bridge to Galapita (âon the rockâ) you enter a fairytale retreat, discreetly hidden away on a rocky outcrop on the banks of the Menik Ganga (Gem river).
What started as personal project between friends has evolved into an enchanting eco retreat.
Accommodating anything between one and twenty guests at a time, Galapita sits within 100 acres of lush, unfenced land. There are several different sleeping areas located across the rock, with the raised master bedroom, facing the river, possibly the prime location. Elsewhere, thatched huts hug the edge of the rock while the river water rushes therapeutically past. The natural rock swimming pool is even more invigorating than the tree showers in the outdoor bathrooms. Observe in closer detail the stars under which you sleep through the Galapita telescope or watch daily life unfold in the paddy fields from the vantage point in one of the tree houses. There is no electricity here oil lamps provide the light by night while solar panels heat water by day. Firewood fuels scrumptious meals and if you want music you can play the traditional drums.
Elegantly shaped traditional clay seating areas, hammocks and antiques, carved wooden furniture and statues provide comfort and decoration without detracting from the splendour of the natural environment.
Use Galapita as a base to explore Yala Safari Park through the newly opened north gate (and for thrilling night safaris) or the sacred religious town of Kataragama. Abundant wildlife surrounds Galapita and ensures you will feel submerged in nature during your time here. If you want to escape in style, look no further.
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Eco/Adventure - This category covers gorgeous lodges in the jungle, comfortable safari camps and dreamy, but simple, beach cabanas. These places defy conventional categorisation: what is communing with nature to one person may be terrifying bugs to another! Many of these places are very comfortable and the service generally of a very high level - but please read the website review carefully and/or talk to us and be sure to have understood what you are letting yourselves in for!
It was clear that Nick was immensely knowledgeable about Sri Lanka and we felt his overall service to assist in identifying the type of holiday we required was superb. All places we stayed in were brilliant but, for novelty value, the Mudhouse was one of the most memorable. From pick-up to departure we can only say that out guide and driver was absolutely magnificent. Always helpful, smiling, knowledgeable we became good friends over the two weeks.