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Polwaththa Eco Lodges-Kandy Sri Lanka

Overview of Polwaththa Eco Lodges-Kandy

Polwaththa is a unique and authentic experience that offers you the best of traditional Sri Lankan village culture. Polwaththa means "coconut estate" which indicates that you will be surrounded by coconut palm trees and a variety of other trees that provide a lush greenery throughout the year, giving you a living-in-the-jungle' feeling.

The jungle is filled with wildlife that include 61 different species of birds of which 16 are endemic. Monkeys, barking deer and the giant squirrel roam about during the day while wildboar, owls, flying squirrels and bats appear at night.

The jungle and environment provide a calm and tranquil atmosphere in a comfortable temperature zone ranging from 20-28ºC . This experience is enhanced with a personalised service of a truly traditional style.

Our vision at Polwaththa is to practice true ecotourism while maintaining a degree of discretion to protect our unique identity and provide adequate safety to our guests. We started in 2010 as one of the first to introduce ecotourism to the Kandy region, and we hope our philosophy will be an inspiration for others to follow.

The idea to start this project came from within the family, primarily Nihal who has vast experience in the tourism industry. He had a vision to set up such a sustainable tourism project from the time he entered the tourism field and since then, we have been working closely with the local villagers, educating them, learning from them and establishing ourselves as a genuine ecotourism business.

We are located 19km from Kandy in  Nihal’s ancestral village of Wepathana, within a tranquil jungle in contrast to the busy town of Kandy. For the exact location and how to get here please use the link ‘Location and Route’ on the left.

At the heart of the operations are the local villagers. Their involvement at the planning stages, construction stages and their traditional hospitality with their ever-smiling faces contribute immensely towards the success of our project. Of equal importance is respect for the nature and protection of our environment and how we ensure this can be seen under 'Our Ecotourism Practices'

Accommodation of Polwaththa Eco Lodges-Kandy

Superior Lodges


The Wood Cabin

This is our wooden lodge which is situated closest to the restaurant (approx.30m). It is made purely from wood and is built on pillars giving a tree house feel. It is one of the most popular lodges and has been nicknamed by guests as Tarzan’s Tree-House.

Sleeps max. 2


The Brick House

As the name suggests, it is made of brick and entirely done by the villagers with our own clay and baked at site. This lodge is approx.60m from the restaurant and is close to the Wood Cabin which makes it ideal for those who wish to take two lodges close to each other. This lodge is also accessible for wheelchairs.

Sleeps max. 4


Parrot Lodge

This lodge with a large wooden balcony is made from clay and colour-washed with Dolomite, a natural product which combine to make the temperature inside the lodge cooler than outside.


From a large tree close by where the Wood-peckers initially pecked their holes, flocks of the Layards Parakeet and the Hanging Parrot, both endemic to Sri Lanka, compete with each other for their nesting places - hence the name “Parrot House”. The lodge is located approx.90m from the restaurant.

Sleeps max. 3


Corner Lodge

This lodge is also made from clay with a veranda and is situated in the corner of the property. Although far (approx.100 m) from the restaurant, it is close to the entrance and gives a true living-in-the-jungle feeling.

Sleeps max. 4


Lake View

This is one of the most popular lodges among honeymooners due to it’s isolation and the breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding mountains. This too is built with clay and has a large wooden balcony. It is approx.120m from the restaurant and ends with a short climb.

Sleeps max. 3


Superior Room Facilities:

  • Tea and Coffee making facilities including milk powder and sugar
  • Umbrella per person
  • Torch per person
  • Wardrobe
  • Towels and bed linen
  • Reading Lamp
  • Room Telephone

Mudhouses

The 2 mud houses are the newest addition to Polwaththa. The entire lodge and the veranda are made from clay by the villagers in their traditional style. They face an abundance of trees instead of the open view as seen from the superior lodges.The  beds and cloth-hangers are made from Coffee branches after pruning.

Sleeps max. 2


Facilities:

  • Tea and Coffee making facilities including milk powder and sugar
  • Umbrella per person
  • Torch per person
  • Cloth-hanger
  • Towels and bedlinnen

Dormitory

The dormitory is built from locally produced bricks and is suitable for a small group or a large family who prefer to stay together. It is situated close to the entrance and is approx.150 m from the restaurant. It has 5 beds, 3 showers and 2 toilets .

Please note that the dormitory is only available for groups of 3 or more persons

Sleeps max. 6


Facilities:

  • Tea and Coffee making facilities including milk powder and sugar
  • Umbrella per person
  • Torch per person
  • Towels and bed linen

Facts of Polwaththa Eco Lodges-Kandy

City - Kandy

Category - Hideaways

Distance from Colombo - 120 Km (3.30 hour drive)

Distance from Airport - 150 Km (4.30 hour drive)

Price Guide - Rates on Request

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