Luxury hotel holiday Rainforest Eco Lodge Sinharaja

The four star Rainforest Eco Lodge is an impressive creation that holds the natural beauty of the Sinharaja Rainforest in Sri Lanka at its heart. Chalets built from recycled materials overlook the dense forest on one side and the lush tea patch on the other, with private terraces and panoramic windows that let you appreciate these views throughout the day. This location enables you to spend afternoons exploring the forest, seeking out waterfalls and wildlife, before continuing with your tour of Sri Lanka and venturing south towards Galle.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide if part of tour or private car transfers only
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Rainforest Ecolodge, Sinharaja

Rainforest Eco Lodge is a unique 4-star property in a stunning location surrounded by the wild Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Delicious, fresh Sri Lankan food and comfortable, cosy accommodation and a wide variety of activities afford guests a truly unique experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In the countryside, in the Sinharaja Rainforest, approximately 62 miles northeast of Galle

Closest airport Bandaranaike International Airport

Distance from airport 129 miles

Hotel facilities and services

Lobby, Lounge, Restaurant, Bar, Tea patch, Access to Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Unique activities at the Lodge include fish therapy.

Land sports

The Lodge offers experienced guides who are available to take you bird watching, trekking, and on nature trails.

Out and about nearby

While staying at the Rainforest Eco Lodge, we would recommend devoting your few days to exploring the nature around you. Walk beneath the trees, taking in the sounds of the wildlife and the smells of the flowers and trees, seeking out the waterfalls, and then relax on your private terrace or in the main lounge in the evenings. The Sinharaja Forest is home to almost half of the total number of mammal species in Sri Lanka, as well as a huge number of endemic birds. Those who are looking to explore the area a little further out might travel to the lakes of the Udawalawe National Park, to the nearby Maduwanwela Walawwa, or to the small towns of Deniyaya, Kaella, or Laudaradola.

Sports nearby

Trekking, Walking, and Swimming in waterfall pools.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Chalet for 7 nights

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code EXH1924

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Rainforest Ecolodge, Sinharaja

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Chalet for 7 nights

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code EXH1924

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Rainforest Ecolodge, Sinharaja

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to The Rainforest Ecolodge in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 5 hours’ drive from Colombo airport and is either a stay in its own right, in which case you will have a car transfer to the hotel and back, or it is stayed at as a coast extension at the end of a tailor-made touring holiday, in which case you will approach the hotel from a different location.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Chalet for 7 nights

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code EXH1924

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Rainforest Ecolodge, Sinharaja

Highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In addition to relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of other things to see and do in this region. In and around Wadduwa: Fishing life along the coast; Long beach walks; Kalutara – famous for its historic Bo tree, grown from a sapling of the Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura, and Gangatilaka Vihara Temple - the only Buddhist shrine in the world which is hollow; Kalu Ganga (river) and Bolgoda lake; Richmond Castle – a 19th century spice plantation mansion, built for a regional Governor resembling an Indian Maharaja’s palace design, now open to the public. In and around Bentota/Beruwela: Watersports at Bentota/Beruwela on the Bentota river (there is a well-equipped centre offering a range of motorised and non-motorised water sports, including diving); Bentota mangrove river boat trip; Long beach walks; Brief Garden – home and landscaped gardens created by Bevis Bawa, the artist brother of Geoffrey Bawa. Behind a bamboo hedge lie walled gardens, bowers, lawns, sculptures and a Japanese garden; Lunuganga Estate – the home of celebrated Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa; Aluthgama – shops and market; Galapita Vihara Buddhist Temple - 12th century, 5 km upriver. Inland: Singharaja Rainforest; Plantations, farming and craft villages. Between Bentota and Galle: Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery; Buddhist Temples – e.g. Kumarakanda Vihara; Balapitiya –boat trips on Madu Ganga river and lagoon – birdlife, water monitors, islands; Mask carving and painting in Ambalangoda; Moonstone quarry in Meetyagoda; Beach walks; Hikkaduwa - tourist shops and restaurants, lower budget; Fishing trips, Snorkelling and scuba diving, waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing and sailing – at Hikkaduwa (12 km from Galle). Wherever you stay on the south-west coast, day excursions can be made to historic Galle, Buddhist temples, Sinharaja Rainforest, Ambalangoda mask factory, the Kosgoda turtle hatchery. The water sports facilities at Bentota/Beruwela (or Hikkaduwa) are within an hour’s drive from any of the hotels.

Cultural highlights of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

In the small towns and villages that straddle the main trunk road and railway line, Buddhist temples sit alongside churches and mosques whilst livelihoods are gained through a mix of tourism, trading and fishing, farming and skilled crafts. It is fascinating to stroll along the beach and watch the fishermen preparing to launch their brightly-painted boats, later seeing them return with their catch. A venture into the hinterland reveals a world of lush plantations, tropical forests and lagoons. The rural villages are often known for a particular skill such as furniture or mask-making and weaving using dyed reed. Wadduwa, Bentota, Beruwela and the stretch of coast between Bentota and Galle all offer golden sand beaches, small fishing communities and watersports. Further inland, the Sinharaja rainforest is the only large undisturbed rainforest left in Sri Lanka where over 800 of the island’s endemic species of flora and fauna can be found.

Climate of Bentota, Wadduwa & the south west coast

The south-western part of Sri Lanka is the wet tropical zone. It is warm and humid all year round. Sea breezes make the coast a little cooler. The sunny, dry season is between November and March with average temperatures at around 26C. The south-west monsoon brings intermittent torrential rain, winds and rough seas, normally in May, June and July, with temperatures of up to 32C.There is also changeable weather during September and October. Humidity fluctuates between 70% in the day and 90% at night, which can be oppressive in built up areas.

Travel around the region

We include private transfers with all our holidays to Sri Lanka, and a personal chauffer with all our touring holidays. Driving Distances: Colombo International Airport to Wadduwa – 1.5 to 2 hours (56 km), Colombo International Airport to Bentota – 2 ½ to 3 hours (90 km), Colombo International Airport to Galle – 3 hours (150 km), Wadduwa to Kandy – 4 hours, Bentota to Kandy – 4.5 hours (180 km), Colombo to Wadduwa – 45 mins to 1 hour (30 km).

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