Eco Lodge near Sinharaja Rainforest, Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka

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  • Description

    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Hospitality/Tourism
    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.

  • Help

    Help

    To start our new Yoga Shala and offer retreats/classes from March 2020 we need help with marketing and would be glad to find an experienced Yogi/Meditation teacher with online/social media skills to partner with us.

    We need help to look after guests (if we have some) and eventually decorative art work for our new Yoga Shala incl. garden work around the building.

    Daily we need to sweepings around the houses and keeping the paths clear of weed.

    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

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Currently the accommodation are two Hammocks incl. a Mosquito Net situated in the new Yoga Shala next to our sacred banyan tree and near a river. There is a bathroom and open air waterfall shower nearby. We have not many Mosquitos and nothing dangerous here so sleeping outside is a nice way to enjoy nature.
    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

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    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