Lodge in Habarana

Harmoniously built in a forest setting from recycled materials, this serene ecolodge is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, with nature (outstanding birdlife and the odd elephant) very much on your doorstep – which is the local tank. Maulie, your amiable and well-informed host, is very knowledgeable about the area and Galkadawala's vegetarian (only) food is a real highlight.

The five quirky rooms are simple, with sides open to the elements, but are well designed and comfortable; think rustic chic. It's 4km down a dirt track, from a turn-off 6km west of Habarana.