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St. Petersburg, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have come a long way from Ella and almost made it to the spot of the hotel. But the road due to rain was not very good for Toyota aqua clearence. The manager sent a jeep to lead us to the spot. Our small car made it without help. The hotel has 5-9 villas and a lounge area with... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear Nick! Thank you so much for your great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us at Dehigaha Ela - including the adventure, wilderness and service. We hope to welcome you back with us soon. Have you also heard about our other beautiful eco lodges? Kind regards, The BoB-team More 

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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a trip of a lifetime - Dehigaha Ela - Back of beyond. On arriving at the hotel, we were greeted by Kasun the Manager. He was very friendly; the staff had given us a lemon drink which was the best fresh lemonade we had so far in Sri Lanka. The staff are well trained and were like angels... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear NatnZin! Thank you so much for your great and detailed review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us in Dehigaha Ela - including the elephants, jungle sounds, fish spa, slow food and offline time. See you next time in the Back of Beyond =) Kind regards, The BoB-team More 

Brisbane, Australia
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2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Wife and I had an opportunity to stay at this wonderful place to experience staying in one of there magnificent tree houses. You get to take yourself back to what you enjoyed about your childhood living the life with nature. Management and staff were so friendly helpful with any needs and question that you may ask of them, a... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear Brett and Jo-Ann! Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us in Sigiriya at Dehigaha Ela, including the tree house, the service and lots of childhood memories. We hope to welcome you back soon. Have you also heard about our other beautiful eco lodges? Best regards, The BoB-team More 

Athens, Greece
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

I stayed with a group of 17 people for a week. The place was great for our purpose and our research project. In Back of Beyond there are amazing treehouses and cottages surrounded by a river and a pond. I stayed in a treehouse and the sounds at night were like being National Geographic documentary. The place is surreal. Most... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear Angelo! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are very glad to hear that you and your group enjoyed your stay with us at Dehigaha Ela - including the direct contact with nature, the food and the service by Kasun and his team. You are right, one feels like being in a National Geographic documentary. We look... More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I am a big fan of Back of Beyond locations for their simplicity, tasteful settings, amazingly friendly staff, and absolutely delicious food. Dehigaha Ela is certainly no exception to these criteria, and I have visited this place three times in as many months. The property is located in the middle of the jungle, with two creeks bordering the premises. Once... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear Prasanna! Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are glad to hear that you enjoy the Back of Beyond experience and your stay at Dehigaha Ela - including the Kon tree house, the home-made food, the bird songs and fish spa. I will certainly forward your kind words to Kasun and his team. Welcome back soon to... More 

Durban, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 10 October 2016

we spent one night in one of the treehouse and really enjoyed our stay, the staff were very friendly and welcoming, the food delicious and the Tree House just perfect, it was a really wonderful experience and I would love to return someday.

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us and sharing your experiences! We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us in Dehigaha Ela - including the tree house, the food and service. We will be more than happy to welcome you, your family and friends at Back of Beyond next time. Have you also seen our other beautiful eco-retreats? Best... More 

Perth, Australia
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Dehigaha Ela (English translation: Lemon Tree Creek) was our second experience staying with the Back of Beyond group. We stayed in the tree house for the first night and in the cabin the second night (only because tree house was pre-booked by others for second night). What a great place!! Situated right on the edge of the jungle and seemingly... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear Dudley, thank you so much for yet another wonderful BoB-review! We are so glad that you got to experience another one of our hidden jewels - the jungle, wildlife and waking up in a tree top. Also sending your regards to Mr Kasun and his team. Time seems to fly in this place and you are not alone with... More 

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Reviewed 30 September 2016

My girlfriend and I were incredibly surprised by our experience in Back of Beyond. The location, even though very remote, is easily accessible from Sigiriya (and even Colombo). We stayed for three nights and enjoyed the incredibly warm welcome and the peace and tranquility of this little jungle retreat. The staff couldn't have been friendlier or flexible and made sure... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear Raphael! Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us in Dehigaha Ela - including the jungle, onion harvest and bolder cottage. We also hope to be able to welcome you back at Back of Beyond another time, for some more exploration close to nature, away from everyday life. Have... More 

London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Our van driver had not been to this place before and looked increasingly worried as we travelled along one track after another - he should not have been - this was an amazing place to visit and is thoroughly recommended. The tree houses are ingeniously constructed and all have views over the opening but are not overlooked. My children rowed... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear Justin! Thank you for your wonderful review. We are very glad that the whole family enjoyed the stay with us - including the nature and the food - and we will be happy to welcome you back at Back of Beyond for some more time close to nature. Have you also seen our other beautiful eco-retreats? Best regards, The... More 

Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

We will remember our two nights up in the tree house for the rest of our lives! The experience will be wonderfull if you are well prepeared for a real adventure. You will sleep in a real tree house which is very spacious and has a nice toilet and a shower under the hut. But keep in mind it is... More 

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BoBLanka, Public Relations Manager at Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela, responded to this review

Dear Juuso & Sara! Thank you for your wonderful review. We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay with us - including bird watching and fish spa - and we will be happy to welcome you back at Back of Beyond for some more "Tarzan & Jane" feeling. Have you also seen our other beautiful eco-retreats? Best regards, The... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka and within 30 minutes from Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Back of Beyond Dehigaha ela is situated in a circular clearing at the base of a hill, ringed in by the thick forest on the sweeping curve of the two streams. It is a small secret place for all forms of wildlife - elephants, sambhur, deer, birds, butterflies - to visit. It is an ideal location for those who dream of sleeping under the stars, of exploring the jungle and streams on foot with all its joys and little discomforts. We have of course, added the comforts and care. The entire retreat is powered by solar energy. A backup generator is also provided. All hot water is also supplied via solar energy. A biogas generator has been installed to convert kitchen waste to bio gas for cooking. All tree houses and boulder cottages in this retreat are designed to be very open to nature, with coconut thatch roofing, wooden floors, and folding bamboo tats. Each lodge maintains standards of comfort by providing fans, mosquito nets, and modern toilets. The eco-retreat consists of a 2 tree houses and 4 boulder cottages. Each of the tastefully furnished units, is designed to maximise the impact of the surrounding environment. The reception, living and dining areas are separate, and the staff and drivers quarters are also housed separately to allow maximum privacy to guests. The surrounding forest is a haven for birds, smaller mammals and larger mammals such as deer, sambhur and even elephants. Guests enjoy bathing in the two streams that meet at the border to our property. One stream starts closeby hence has icy cold water, whereas the larger stream has warmer water. The crystal clear water of the nearby stream is full of small fish that provide a natural, free foot spa to the delight of our guests. A nature trail is also available in the property. The property also boasts of a large man-made pond that is full of lotuses and water lilies. This too attracts a wide variety of bird life and small fishes. A butterfly garden has also recently been started at Dehigaha ela. The retreat offers many activities including bird watching, hiking, cycling and excursions to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kaludiya Pokuna, Wewela tank etc ... more   less 

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Address: Dehigaha Ela, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
Region: Sri Lanka > Central Province > Sigiriya
Price Range: $107 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Back of Beyond - Dehigaha Ela 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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“Tree house is highly recommended”
 of 5 bubbles NatnZin, 22 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Definetely the tree houses if you are up for closer encounter with nature. Cottages houses for the less brave.”
 of 5 bubbles AngeloP_12, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Pick the "Kon 2" if you are adventurous. All rooms are unique in their character.”
 of 5 bubbles prasannao, 11 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Book one extra day just to relax and enjoy the surrounds”
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“For long stays consider the cottages as the tree houses creak very loudly”
 of 5 bubbles 2006holiday, 18 Aug 2015 | Read review
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