For those who want to experience living close to nature, Galkadawala is an enriching place. This tranquil and rustic nature retreat offers an authentic back-to-nature experience where you can sleep in comfortable but simple surroundings to the light of the stars and hum of the animals and birds. Galkadawala is the creation of its Sri Lankan architect/owner Vijitha Basnayake who has used traditional architectural methods and strict eco-friendly ideology. This once-ravaged four acres has been transformed into an appealing tropical wilderness with more than 300 trees – Kumbuk, Tamarind and fruit trees; and over 80 species of medicinal plants. A great triumph that can now be enjoyed by all.
This eco-retreat consists of the Main House which has three bedrooms; and a separate two-bedroom rustic dwelling that was added in 2013. Both these simple dwellings are constructed entirely out of bricks, clay and recycled wood from old demolished houses; and designed with half walls and verandahs. As Galakadawala is situated in the dry zone, the lake fronting the property tends to dry up during the dry season from July to September. However, during this time birding is utterly rewarding: more than 100 species of birds and 45 species of butterflies can be spotted here.
Galkadawala is an enriching experience for those actively seeking an experience of simple rural living. Those looking for a/c, cable TV and internet will need to look elsewhere. Galkadawala can be booked as a whole or by the room. The small village road to Galkadawala through the wilderness is rustic and is best attempted by day time.
Note: Only vegetarian meals are served at Galkadawala prepared with fresh village vegetables. Also, the bedrooms on the upper floor of the Main House are reached via a steep staircase and hence, not recommended for very young children or adults with mobility difficulties.