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Rafters Retreat is an ecologically-themed resort alongside the banks of the Kelani river in Sri Lanka's rafting capital of Kitulgala. This rustic resort is owned by Channa, a local environmentalist and wildlife enthusiast who has created this `Robinson Crusoe’ styled retreat on his ancestral estate. His century old `walawua’ or ancestral home where he lives, is also situated on the same property. Adventure, action and nature are the essence of Rafters Retreat. Don’t expect
five-star luxury. It offers accommodation at its most basic and natural – in the form of specially designed eco-lodges resembling tree houses. The kitchen serves up traditional Sri Lankan rice and curries served at the open sided restaurant overlooking the river. Bird watching is utterly rewarding at this site with Grey Hornbills and a variety of other rare birds that can be easily spotted.
The Retreat has 12 rustic and uniquely designed eco-lodges situated six feet off the ground and accessed via wooden ladders. Each lodge opens out to a private balcony that overlooks the Kelani River. The walls are constructed out of slatted timber and the roofs thatched with palm leaves. The interiors are furnished with twin beds fitted with mosquito netting and a few other pieces of furniture made of driftwood to keep your luggage and clothing. Electricity and plumbing is available with the water channeled directly from natural springs. The attached bathrooms have showers, wash basin and w/c. Some of the eco-lodges are more spacious and can accommodate up to four guests.
Traditional Sri Lankan food is served at the open sided ‘canopy’ restaurant located on two floors and set out with rustic furniture. The cook will also prepare snacks and BBQs for dinner upon request. Meals are prepared using locally available fresh vegetables and meats. Rafters Retreat offers white-water rafting, canoeing, mountain biking and guided bird watching trails in the nearby Makandawa Rainforest Reserve.
Rafters Retreat is situated in a picturesque spot on the banks of the Kelani River in Kitulgala. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take approximately three hours.
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