Polwaththa Eco Lodge is a rustic nature retreat situated on an 11-acre fruit and vegetable plantation north of Kandy. Life is simple here in Wepathana. The Sri Lankan owner who is originally from this Kandyan village and does much to benefit the surrounding village community. His Dutch wife is an ardent trekker and happy to guide or accompany guests. The Lodge follows eco-friendly practices of recycling wastes, harvesting rain water, and organic farming. There is no mains electricity here – solar power is used to light up a few bulbs and provide hot water into the bathrooms. Relax on the veranda and take in the sounds of nature; go on a trek with a picnic lunch in hand; or visit the nearby village and learn of traditional Kandyan crafts. This peaceful and rustic holiday retreat is a nature lover’s paradise.
Accommodation is in five simple, earthy cottages, which are scattered at different levels hugging the hilly terrain. Two are built on stilts which gives a feeling of being in a tree house. Each cottage has a private veranda with wonderful views of the surrounding wilderness and some have views of the scenic Mahaweli River at a distance. Each of the rustic cottages has a spacious bedroom furnished with twin beds opening out to a private balcony with lounge chairs and a table. The attached bathrooms have h/w shower, wash basin, and w/c. Red Dot recommends cottages three and four which are built on stilts and have better views. Cottage four is at the highest level on the hill and has views of the Mahaweli River at a distance.
The restaurant, built with wood and thatched roof, is located a short walk from the wooden cottages. Traditional Sri Lankan rice and curries are served here made with fresh vegetables from their own home garden or purchased from the villagers. Food is cooked in clay pots over a hearth in traditional style. Some Western and Chinese dishes can also be whipped up by the chef upon request. Other facilities include a TV in the restaurant with cable channels and telephone.
Why We Like It
A truly escapist eco-retreat with beautiful walking trails.
Polwaththa Eco Lodge is in the remote village of Wepathana, which is approximately 45 minutes north of Kandy.