Eco Lodge near Sinharaja Rainforest, Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka

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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

  • Description


    We are an Ecolodge near the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot of Sri Lanka.

    On 6 acres of hill land on an old Tea Estate we are running a small, remote Eco Lodge, consisting of 6 rooms and a restaurant.

    This project was started in 2013 by two hard working nature lovers from scratch. Since about three years we host guests from all over the world for about half of the year.

    We also have some spices and fruit trees growing and love to grow more vegetables to be able to live off our land.

    We believe, that through Eco Tourism and self sustainable living we can contribute to raise local peoples awareness on the value of the rainforst and helping to give alternatives to distructive deforestation due to expanding tea plantations and other mono cultures.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Helping with Tourists
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    It's a good opportunity to learn about living simple, close to nature in a beautiful place off the beaten path. Through interaction with our workers and neighbours it is an interesting way to learn about Sri Lankan culture.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    We are in the process of establishing a vegg, fruit and herbal garden at the moment and need help with that. Since the weather can change dramatically from lots of rain to dry periods we have to either protect some plants from too much rain or sun. Further current jobs are maintenance (sweepings around the houses and keeping the paths clear of weed and leaves).

    Within the next months we hope to build a Yoga place by our sacred Banyan tree and would be happy to find support with carpentry and building work.

    Please consider your stay with us seriously since we are a hard working team and prefer people who understand that living in the rainforest is demanding yet beautiful and rewarding. Volunteers should have the right attitude, e.g. people who like to spend time in nature, doing Meditation and Yoga, reading etc.

    Also be aware that we are close to nature with all it's aspects like insects, but there is nothing dangerous to worry about in nature.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German

  • Accommodation


    The accommodation is a mud hut situated nearby a river and with big rainforest trees. The room has currently two bunk beds and can accommodate up to four people.

    Due to the mild climate we have only few mosquitos at night time and don't need AC or Fan.

    We cook vegetarian food like rice and curry.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve is the local attraction where tours can be arranged on demand.

    Uda Walawa is popular national park mostly visited to spot elephants, it's about 2 h by bus from here.

    In the nearby village Kotapola is the locally famous ancient buddhist cave temple Getabaruwa Dewalaya, situated on a hill (458m above sea level) which is worth a visit. Or just take a relaxed walk on our local Batandura road and experience authentic village life. You won't find any tourists here and the locals are often surprised to see "white faces".

    About 3 hours by local bus down south you can enjoy the sea with some good Surf spots around Weligama, Midigama, Matara and some other places. About 6 to 7 hours by bus up north the higher hillcountry is a popular aera to visit.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Yoga with Catherine by the banyan tree
The upper area with rooms and reception
Mud house and accmmodation for volunteers
Area around the Banyan tree with the foundation of the Yoga Shala
Our local chef preparing coconut rotis
View over valley and upper garden
Waterfall shower
The garden around the mud house

Host ref number: 766775677146