|Pidurangala - Kurulu Uyana|
Facts in brief
Flexible depending on occupancy.
includes manager/naturalist, house-keeper, guide and cook.
Activities and Excursions :
Bird watching, walking, hiking, picnics and wawe (tank) baths. Excursions to the Minneriya, Kaudulla and Hurulu Wawe wildlife parks, Sigiriya, Pidurangala, Dambulla, Ritigala, Polonnaruwa archeological sites.
Pidurangala – bordering Sigiriya. Closest main town is Dambulla ( 20 km)
Travelling from Colombo :
4 hour drive, 175 km of tarred roads, 2 km of very well maintained village road.
Accommodation and service :
6 rooms for a maximum of 16 adults and children. All rooms have attached toilets and hot water. Separate driver’s quarters are available.
Custom prepared Sri Lankan and western meals will be served in the dining area. Tea, coffee and drinking water is provided free of charge.
|Nalinika, Colombo, Dec 2007|
This open format bungalow has three bed rooms, a dining and lounge area. Up to 8 adults and three children can be accommodated comfortably in Welang which is given out as a single unit. We designed this specifically for family and friends to relax together in comfort while being close to nature. The attic we included for additional sleeping space has become the most popular spot with the kids! We also added a small pantry with a refrigerator to this bungalow.
Three individual cottages – named after three of our favourite resident birds Shama, Iora, Mal Koha – share a common lounge and dining area along with a little pantry. The cottages, each with its own verandah, are designed to maximise the impact of the forest. As our attics seem highly popular, we added one at Weera as well. It leads off the lounge area and can be used for additional sleep space or for reading, writing, bird watching…or playing games on a rainy day.
In keeping with our philosophy of minimising energy usage all our bedrooms have fans rather than air conditioning. Given the jungle setting, we have provided mosquito nets for our guests.Rooms have attached toilets with hot and cold water.
Food has always been a vital part of our family holidays … part of what makes up our travel memories! At Kurulu Uyana too our cook will prepare a wide variety of Sri Lankan as well as western dishes.The village flavor predominates in the Sri Lankan food, and there is a distinct ‘Sri Lankan touch’ to the western dishes.
Rooms are offered on Bed and Breakfast, Half Board or Full Board basis.In the tradition of Sri Lankan wildlife bungalows, when booking Welang we also give the option of bringing your groceries which our cook will prepare for you. We can also pack you a picnic lunch should you be spending the day exploring.
Reading up on what we see has always added to pleasure of exploring this island.We have started a little library at each of our Back of Beyond retreats. In addition to some of favourite books on Sri Lanka - its history, nature, wildlife, folk tales and culture – we have thrown in a few pulp fiction…after all what is a holiday without a little bit of brainless reading!
The library at Kurulu Uyana will also help you identify the birds and trees around you as well as bring you up to date with the latest debates on who built Sigiriya…
Kurulu Uyana is surrounded by forest that is typical to the north central plains of Sri Lanka. It is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Our staff are specially trained to help you identify birds, butterflies and trees in the forest. As our property borders an elephant path, elephant sightings are possible, especially during the dry season.
- Srinath and Vasantha, Colombo, Feb 2008
- Sri Lanka Natural History Society, October 2007
The forest merges with the villages and historical sites of Pidurangala and Sigiriya. Walking and cycling along the red earth roads are an ideal way of exploring. But please take care as there are elephants around…
Picnics and wewa baths:
Sri Lankans have a partiality for relaxing in inland waters. There are a number of wawes, (ancient man-made lakes or ‘tanks’), that are ideal spots to spend the better part of the day doing very little!
|National Wildlife Parks of Minneriya, Kaudulla, Hurulu Wawe: Less than one hour drive from Kurulu Uyana.
Minneriya, famous for its ‘Gathering’ when herds of over 200 elephants move to the open grasslands, and its neighbouring park Kaudulla are beautiful parks well worth a visit. The recently opened Hurulu Wawe Park is also waiting to be explored.
The ancient Sri Lankan excelled in the art of combining nature with human habitation. To explore an archeological site is in fact to marvel at how human construction can enhance rather than destroy nature. Ritigala and Kaludiya Pokuna, are all worth the effort of climbing if only to prove it is possible for us to live as one with nature. You can also visit the famous sites of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa.
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