Things to Do
"Galkadawala" an ancient agro based village is situated in the centre of the Cultural Triangle 10.5 km from Habarana. It has also over the years developed into a stronghold of bio-diversity with rich vegetation and
water-courses transforming the once barren landscape into chequered patterns of verdant paddy fields and pockets of jungle glades.
The residential enclaves are surrounded and separated by lush vegetation that has sprouted over the years. Guests may mingle in alternative locations on site , venture out to the rural countryside, or beyond to heritage sites which invariably beckon them.
The increasing popularity of this woodland retreat has encouraged Maulie (the owner) to take up residence here in quarters overlooking a dredged water-body by the entrance courtyard to promote home-like hospitality.
Since it is in close proximity to the main cultural/historical sites and wild-life parks, tours have been arranged to these sites with the help of the local community in their safari jeeps and
The distances to the sites are approximately
Ritigala forest monastery (15 mins)
Manakanda forest monastery (25 mins)
Dambulla Temple cave paintings, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Kaudulla or Minneriya National Parks (30 mins)
Polonnaruwa, Huruluwewa, Awkana Buddha statue or Kalawewa( 45 mins)
Anuradhapura or Mihintale ( 50 mins)
Wilpattu National Park via Anuradhapura (1.5 hours)
Trincomalee (1.5 hours)
Batticaloa or Kandy (2.5 hours)
Trekking, Walking & Birding
The characteristic bio-diversity of these parts give ample opportunities for personal exploration. The area abounds with endemic creatures of all types, including 133 of the 453 avian species and 50 of the 230 species of butterflies of Sri Lanka which are recorded at Galkadawala . The network of tanks (lakes), with the special emphasis to the lake by which the lodge is sited, irrigation canals, village roads and foot-paths are “veins” along which you may stroll at leisure or trek with purpose, and so enjoy the natural habitat where species of all kinds interact with each other
Galkadawala is an ideal setting for Yoga. Guests are welcome to practice on their own or a yoga teacher can be arranged to visit you individually or as a group. The the tranquility that surrounds Galkadawala and the way the teacher would guide you through this ancient way of life is such that Yoga can be experienced in it's true sense, connecting your mind with body not merely as an exercise.
In such surroundings eating becomes a special pleasure to be indulged and remembered . To sit down under candle-light to a homely village fare with vegetables and ingredients gathered from neighbourhood gardens at the end of an eventful day, is a memory indeed to carry home.
Meals at Galkadawala are ovo-lacto vegetarian. On request we are only too willing to prepare vegan or gluten free meals.