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Primate Centre Lodge

New Town, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
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#6 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Polonnaruwa
Built right at the edge of the Great Tank Parakrama, this beautiful bungalow can room 5families comfortably. One room sleeps 3-4 in the Hanuman Bungalow, 2each in Loris and people in 4rooms in the Main Building. You wake up to bird sounds and to macaque calls. Water birds would skim past you when you paddle the canoes in the water. It's fantastic holiday spot!! You benefit from our 40+ years of scientific study, and 18 years as expedition leaders. Different tours are tailored for families with children, retirees, students and professionals of the macaques we have been studying for the past 42years. This site is also relevant to scientists, students, educators, and anyone interested in primate biology, wildlife conservation and South Asian tropical biodiversity.
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545Neela wrote a review Feb 2020
Arnhem, The Netherlands12 contributions6 helpful votes
Situated alongside the lake an outbuilding provides a great escape into real nature. The caretaker also does guiding in the Polonnaruwa site where 3 kind of monkeys live. The many years of research already gave lots of information which the guide loves to share during 2 hours morning or sunset observations. The guesthouse food is prepared by the guides wife and is very good. The rooms are spatious and very clean. Last morning I did an optional boat ride to birds Island and I was so lucky to come close to swimming elephants as well. This place is a real treat.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from Wolfgang D, Owner at Primate Centre Lodge
Responded 10 Feb 2020
Thanks so much for sharing your experience Neela. It is always gratifying to note that our guest appreciate the knowledge about monkey lore that we’ve accumulated over many years of studying these wild animals and that we are able to pass on to you. I will tell our staff that you also appreciated their efforts in the kitchen and in keeping you comfortable in our small bright spot in nature.
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Mohan Amarasuriya wrote a review Jan 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka27 contributions
What a view from the front yard. The lake (Parakrama reservoir), an island with thousands of birds, sometimes elephants. Things to do - Monkey tours, Lorris tours, Boat ride to the Island. Only 5 km to the Archeological site. This morning three elephants were in the water 20 meters away from us. Then started swimming across the lake to the other side of the lake. Very tidy and clean rooms and washrooms. Friendly staff and great food. Homely atmosphere.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Ian L wrote a review Nov 2019
59 contributions9 helpful votes
We are a family of 5 with 2 tween boys. We had a fantastic experience in the Primate Centre and stayed at the Lodge for one night. The magic started with the night excursion to watch the loris. Though the price was a bit on the high side, the experience with Sunil and his assistant were superb. Sunil was very knowledgeable and patient with us. We spotted 4 loris that night. Lodging was not luxurious as it is a research centre but very comfortable with the necessary essentials. Dinner and Breakfast were traditional Sri Lankan and wonderful. We did the primate tour at the temple ruins the next day and Sunil's knowledge was impeccable. He did not rush us during the tour and encouraged our boys to be groomed by the macaques. The grooming experience made our boys' day! We learned so much about the primates, all thanks to Sunil!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Hugo B wrote a review Aug 2019
Heythuysen, The Netherlands58 contributions10 helpful votes
We participated in "Human Family Meets Monkey Family" offered by the "Primate Centre Lodge", a guided tour early in the morning during which we saw three different type of monkeys. It was so great to get personal explanation of a guide about the three types of monkeys. The guide was very knowledgeable! Our daughter loved it to be groomed by the monkeys
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Date of stay: July 2019
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njj747 wrote a review Apr 2019
Berkshire, United Kingdom12 contributions6 helpful votes
As day visitors to the centre we were guided by Mr. Sunil Rathnayake (Resident Manager) who gave an excellent account of the lifestyle and habit of the different non-human primates we observed. We also saw giant squirrels, hornbills, snake and interesting trees. He is an extremely knowledgable and patient man, who with the support of Samil, enabled us to see the different species. It was such a pleasure to spend time there and appreciate the stunning setting and scenery. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Vatsala D, Guest Relations Manager at Primate Centre Lodge
Responded 18 Apr 2019
Thank you for taking the time to review the Primate Research Station. We appreciate your feed back and the positive comments about our staff. Thank you and best wishes.
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USD 34 - USD 46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Sri LankaNorth Central ProvincePolonnaruwa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Primate Centre Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Primate Centre Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Gal Vihara (5.2 km), Polonnaruwa Vatadage (3.3 km), and Passikudah Beach (3.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Primate Centre Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Primate Centre Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Primate Centre Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Primate Centre Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jaga Food, Rasa Bojun Gedara, and Gami Gedara.
Are pets allowed at Primate Centre Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Primate Centre Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Primate Centre Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lankathilaka Image House (4.9 km), Polonnaruwa (3.3 km), and Sathmahal Prasada (3.3 km).