Eco Lodge near Sinharaja Rainforest, Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka


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  • 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.

    Besides hosting guests (which isn't all year around), we have some spices and fruit trees growing and plan 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 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

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • 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 have started to build a Yoga Shala by our sacred big Banyan tree and need a Yoga and Meditation teacher from December on.

    We also need help to look after guests sometimes and maintain the garden (which is in it's beginning stage).
    A bit of daily housekeeping like sweepings around the houses and keeping the paths clear of weed and leaves might be another task.

    Since we are close to nature, you should not be too scared of wildlife (eg. spiders, leeches). They might look scary sometimes 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