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Wild Grass

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Luxurious eco-lodge
- Peaceful location
- 7 rooms
- Swimming Pool

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Overview

Wild Grass is a luxurious and peaceful eco lodge north of Kandalama Lake in the heart of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. Wild Grass is set amidst 30 acres of unfenced wilderness that is frequently visited by rabbits, deer, wild boar and over 40 species of birds.

An open-sided, two storey pavilion houses the restaurant and lounge, flanked by a large rock on one side and a lake and the magnificent Kandalama hills on the other. A strict nature conservation philosophy is followed here: much is being done to preserve the natural eco-systems, such as organic farming used to cultivate fruit and vegetables for the resort’s cuisine.

There are seven individual villas – two family villas that sleep between four to six people and five one bedroom villas for double or triple occupancy. The villas are set about 50 feet apart ensuring complete privacy and are contemporary in design with timber roofs, polished cement floors and glass sliding doors/windows that open out to the wilderness. Each villa consists of a living room with a comfortable sofa, dining room with dining table, spacious a/c bedroom with king-sized bed and bathroom with wash basin, w/c and open-air h/w rain shower. They are comfortably furnished and are equipped with flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea/coffee facilities, Wi-Fi, IDD telephone, mini-bar, electronic safe, hair dryer and reading material. Board games are available on request. There are two bicycles in each villa for, cycling to the dining pavilion or the nearby village. The one bedroom villas (ranging from 1100 to 1,800 sq ft) are two-storey villas each with a lower-level living room and bathroom and the bedroom on the upper floor. Villas on one level are also available, where the living room and bedroom form one seamless space. There is also an ensuite bathroom and outdoor rain shower, external deck and balcony. Two to three guests can be accommodated in each villa. There are two family villas each with two well-appointed ensuite bedrooms. The family villas can accommodate four to six guests.

The resort has a large swimming pool and sundeck for relaxation and well-marked trails for walking, cycling and/or jogging. There is also an outdoor badminton court and mountain bikes for those wishing to explore the surrounding countryside. Wild Grass also offers guided meditation and yoga.

Considering the distance from the accommodation villas to the main restaurant, Wild Grass is not recommended for those with mobility difficulties.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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