Sri Lanka, Hill Country
Info : Rainforest Edge
Perched overlooking the Sinharaja Forest, The Rainforest Edge is an quality eco lodge providing a new option for those wishing to explore this area of unique bio-diversity. The lodge's seven rooms are designed with both comfort and the environment in mind, with a combination of natural and more permanent materials used in the construction. Each room has a private veranda from which to admire the spectacular view. The bathrooms have both covered and outdoor areas, with solar powered hot water and quality fittings. The rooms themselves are spacious and restful, with wood-panelled ceilings and practical polished cement floors. Located on the edge of the village of Veddegala, from your perch high up you can view the human activity that accompanies both the sunrise and the sunset.
The infinity pool is surely one of the most charming and inviting in the island. Constructed in the centre of the Lodge, it is the perfect place to unwind after a day of hiking in the forest or a place to while away the day itself. Flanked by lotus flower gardens and with spectacular views, the calm waters are the perfect place to admire the forest and resort while the shifting sun provides a spectrum of colours all around. Sun loungers can be erected in the shallow areas and there is a shady hut located next to the pool to read or doze in. There are also large swing-loungers to gently admire the view from.
Rooms are sold on full board basis, with hearty Sri Lankan food served daily. Tasty fresh vegetables and fruit are sourced entirely from the organic farms in the local area, and a standard meal here includes a plethora of curries and other local dishes. Try the fired garlic snack - the staff's "secret of the forest". The staff also prepare herbal teas and nutritious health drinks to go with breakfasts and dinners. The dining areas are covered with sloping coconut cadjan roofs and also house comfortable cushioned relaxation areas.
The Rainforest Edge has an excellent Ayurvedic centre, with highly qualified doctors and therapists. The treatment rooms are built entirely from natural materials and embody the power of the natural habitat in which the lodge is located. This would be a great place for people looking to experiment with an Ayurvedic course of a week or more, as the environment is so relaxed and peaceful. The flower and mud-baths here must have the best views of any in the island - privately located at the rear of the lodge overlooking the mountain ranges and forests below. A variety of treatment courses can be booked in advance.
The friendly and attentive staff will be keen to show you some of the trails in the surrounding area, walking you to secluded waterfalls which are ideal for swimming, however exploring the Sinharaja should be more than enough for most. All in all, The Rainforest Edge is an excellent eco lodge and provides a welcome new accommodation option in this most remote and beautiful area of Sri Lanka.
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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!
- Ayurvedic Centre
- Infinity Pool
- Local excursions
- Rainforest Expeditions
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