61 EUR

Galakadawala Forest Lodge

Maulie de Saram Welcomes you.

My good friend and architect Vijitha Basnayaka suggested that we should find a land destroyed by man as a base for the project. This is contrary to the norm, where tourist ventures are built on picturesque sites. He firmly believes that we over consume everything, that we use to the extent that our planet cannot sustain it. As a practice he reuses building material to the maximum and he designs according to materials available.

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Our accommodation

The emerging concept echoed the early watch-huts that studded the Dry Zone, built on trees or silts by Chena – Cultivators to protect their crops from animals. It also recalled the platform of logs erected on a massive Kumbuk tree overlooking the Village lake from which Hema, over 50 years ago, surveyed the distant herd of trumpeting elephants ambling to drink and splash in cool clear waters watched by monkeys on the fringe of trees.

These memories prompted the design of similar decks amongst a tangle of branches to catch the first dappled rays of the early morning sun, to capture the strain of bird-song at dawn and to observe the frolics of mischievous squirrels during the day. The evening sunset yields to the darkness of the night, transforming the perfect but hectic day spent in exploring cultural sites, to a flickering world of fireflies under a star-lit sky with a stillness punctuated by the hoots of unseen owls.

birding.....trekking ...... kayaking ....... learn how to cook Sri Lankan food ......
sightseeing in the Cultural Triangle, visit Minneriya, Kaudulla, Hurul/Eco, and Wilpattu National Parks.

The rates mentioned are inclusive of breakfast and tax.
Lunch or dinner is Euro 9 per meal per person. For children between 6 to 12 years Euro 4.5 per meal per child. For children below 6 years lunch or dinner is free.
Please inquire from us for triple, family room and off season rates. Off season is April, May, June, September, October and November.


The offered prices are per room per night. Please contact host for further information.

Our specialities & attractivities

Body and Soul

  • Ayurvedic Food
  • Breakfast
  • Dietary Foods
  • Full-Board
  • Half-Board
  • Home Cooked Meals
  • Lactose/ Glutenfree
  • Sri Lankan Breakfast
  • Vegetarian/ Vegan


  • Architecture
  • Herbal Plantation
  • Historic Place
  • Sightseeing
  • Temple


  • Nature
  • Safari
  • Scenery
  • Wildlife


  • Yoga

What we offer

Facility Hotel

  • Breakfast
  • Cooking Courses
  • Family Room
  • Family/ Kids
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
  • Laundry Service
  • Organized tours
  • Parking
  • Pets live on this property
  • Relaxing
  • Tranquility

Facility Room

  • Double Bed Kingsize
  • Non-Smoking Room
  • Twin Bed
  • View

The Galakadawala Forest Lodge spirit

Maulie de Saram

From a song, we used to sing at school when we were very small, the very core of moderate consumption … Mé gasé bohō, pani dodam athey … “There are many oranges on this tree. The branches are heavy with ripe oranges. But two oranges are enough for my sister and me. We are not bad children who would pluck too many oranges.”

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