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.
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.
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!…
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
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.