Habarana, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka
 
 
 
 
 
 
A great escape to nature ©
A great escape to nature ©
The lodge simple, rustic and peaceful. Courtesy Rahula Perera.©
The lodge simple, rustic and peaceful.
Courtesy Rahula Perera.©
Watch birds … Read a book … Meditate ©
Watch birds … Read a book … Meditate ©
Jungle sounds of a moonlit night … dine …unwind. Courtesy Rahula Perera.©
Jungle sounds of a moonlit night … dine …unwind.
Courtesy Rahula Perera.©
Retreat in the forest. Courtesy Rahula Perera. ©
Retreat in the forest.
Courtesy Rahula Perera.©
Hospitality and warmth. Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil. ©
Hospitality and warmth.
Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil. ©
Setting sun against the swaying trees. courtesy Sanka Sammna. ©
Setting sun against the swaying trees.
courtesy Sanka Sammna. ©
Nesting birds .... crickets ... candle light. Courtesy Sanka Sammna. ©
Nesting birds .... crickets ... candle light
Courtesy Sanka Sammna. ©
Galkadawala lake. Courtesy Lekha Suraweera. ©
Galkadawala lake ... water lilies, dragon flies and of course birds .....
Courtesy Lekha Suraweera. ©
A friend and Bindu. Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil. © Tank (lake) break of dawn ©
A friend and Bindu. Courtesy Sylvie Dubreuil. ©

Tank (lake) break of dawn ©
Candle light and fireflies. Courtesy Nisayuru Basnayaka.  © Evening shadows, flickering oil lamps and the rustle of leaves. Courtesy Rahula Perera. ©
Candle light and fireflies.
Courtesy Nisayuru Basnayaka. ©

Evening shadows, flickering oil lamps and the rustle of leaves.
Courtesy Rahula Perera. ©
Mist … bird song … breakfast.  Courtesy Matthew Dols. © Painting by a friend, K D Lakshman ©
Mist … bird song … breakfast.
Courtesy Matthew Dols. ©

Painting by a friend,
K D Lakshman ©
View from the (tank) lake. Courtesy Laxshman Nadaraja. © Wake up to the cry of Jungle Fowl, monkeys and the birds in the trees ©
View from the (tank) lake.
Courtesy Laxshman Nadaraja. ©

Wake up to the cry of Jungle Fowl, monkeys and the birds in the trees ©
Simplicity © Lulled to sleep by the call of the Brown Fish Owl ©
Simplicity ©

Lulled to sleep by the call of the Brown Fish Owl ©
Open the bamboo shade and watch nature at work right there from your bed © Lake at dawn; peace and serenity ©
Open the bamboo shade and watch nature at work right there from your bed ©

Lake at dawn; peace and serenity ©
From Palugaswewa to Galkadawala … paddy fields and the Ritigala mountain ©
From Palugaswewa to Galkadawala … paddy fields and the Ritigala mountain ©
Tourism should ideally, in countries such as Sri Lanka, be a means of renewing abandoned environments which once supported cultural heritage. In these circumstances, the vitality of our value systems combined with the tranquil balance of our lives could be shared with guests who seek our hospitality. It is only then that the experiences they seek for which they travel to distant lands, may be truly fulfilled.

The pursuit of this endeavour brought Galkadawala to the fore. Maulie, her architect Vijitha Basnayaka and their uncle Hema, contributed to a common vision of re-discovering, nourishing and moulding a landscape that once flourished but was no more. They sought many sites, which though neglected deserved upliftment. Their trail brought them finally to Galkadawala, which at first displayed typical Dry Zone characteristics inflicted by the slash, burn and plant modes of cultivation adopted by rural colonists. Over many decades such approaches denuded the land, sustaining thereafter only a cover of scrub jungle.

From the outset, the aim was to transform this barren patch to a jungle habitation, creating a haven for guests to enjoy a setting in which Man and Nature lived in harmony with each other - the pastoral scene of the rural peasantry in which animals, birds, reptiles and insects also have their due place.