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" Elephant Watch Hut "
Just Go with the flow. It's run by local people, this is its strength and if you are inclined towards criticism it's weakness. Around 10 percent basic English is spoken here. Sometimes you may be woken up in the night around 4 am by an elephant strolling at the foot of the watch hut tree. Just continue your sleep.
Elephant Watch Hut, ideally placed to visit the nearby Dambulla, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa & amidst of all National Parks . Listening to the sounds of the forest, spotting elephants at night and eating the great home cooking prepared by Namali, Priyantha's wife or 2 other local families. A great way to get introduced to the tasteful authentic Sri Lankan kitchen! Ran Menike an expert for making Sri Lankan hoppers together with a coconut sambol is ideal for breakfast.
And when coming back from visiting Polonnaruwa or Sigiriya your private "pool" is waiting to get a nice refreshment. Also great is that the place is self containing: We have our own well for water and power is coming from solar panels. We have Hot water in the Watch Huts. Try the elephant jeep drive, Sri Lankan home visit for kids, camp fire and just feel free & relax your mind. Experience the morning sunrise together with some flying birds over the forest cover with a bit of luck. Elephant Watch Hut..
During the day there is usually someone around on the property to hand out tea or fruits. In the night listen carefully and you'll hear them very close by on some days! At night there is security present but you will feel very safe anyway. Our team clearly has invested in the local environment and knowledgeable about the local area and its wildlife. If they suggest something - go with it. If they say don't go to xxx - listen to them !
You will be hosted by Priyantha and Rohitha the owner's , two wonderful men together with Rani making your stay unique. All meals are cooked fresh Outsourced from village families.
Dining - Dinner
Transport - Preparation - Cooking 1 or 2 Persons Cost;s. Before the meals are prepared they travel to the market to buy fresh vegetables and also from there gardens. They pay Rs. 400 Daytime and in the night Rs.500 to the Tuk Tuk from where they live as transport up and down.
Cost of vegetables x Rs 250
Rice 500 Gramns x Rs 60
Gas x Rs100
Coconut 2 x Rs 160
Spices, oil, x Rs 150
Chicken x Rs 200
Pinnaple Half a Pinnapple. x Rs 200
Transport from Home to EWH and back is x 500 in the Night.
Table Water Rs 50
Cutting chopping cleaning cooking preparations for 2 to hours to 2 half hours 3 persons have to work . 2 persons they also out source. 300 per person x Rs 700
Rs 1185 Per Person ( Approx 8 US Dollars Nett PP is the Cost ) Price's of meals offered are the same for Sri Lankan's & Foreign Guests No Difference !
Pls free to hire a tuk tuk to go the Habarana Town for your meals & Return before 18: 00 hrs (Rs.250 to 300 Drop Off Only) After 19: 00 hrs hire a Jeep as wild Elephants are prone to roam the area. (Rs.500 Drop Off Only)