Kalu’s Hideaway – Udawala

Hotel Address – Walawegama, Udawalawe, Sri Lanka
TP - + 94 47 4929930
Email - hotel@kalushideaway.com
Website - http://www.kalushideaway.com/index.html
Trip Advisor - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g674587-d655805-Reviews-Kalu_s_Hideaway-Uda_Walawe_National_Park.html

Nature at its best!

“Sri Lanka, a land like no other”. This statement is true for most of the instances when you go to a government office to get something done 😀 however, today’s review  is not about how to sneak your way through the system to get something done in a government office, but it is about a much better place where most of the people in Sri Lanka don’t know about.

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Location

As the name suggested it’s well hidden away from the normal star class hotels in Udawala, so you have to drive a good 20 – 30 minutes to reach Kalu’s from the town. Before1173747_610234339029201_2065183062_n (1) covering the location, the road to Kalu’s itself is worth a review. You have to go pass the beautiful Udwalawa reservoir and believe me when I say this, it’s well worth the drive through the narrow road, because the views are really amazing. Udawala is really unappreciated by most of the Lankans even though its only a 3 – 4 hour drive  (even less depending on the driver 😉 and if you have VIP number plates) and people still tend to choose locations like Nuweraliya, Anurdhapura, and Polonaruwa. There’s nothing wrong with those destinations, but Udawalawa offers a much more diverse and a chilled out environment for a unique experience. Afterwards, you have to go through a series of muddy roads to reach Kalus.

Ambiance

Kalus has it all… When you step in from their gates, everything you expect from a boutique hotel,  lush surroundings to spacious interiors and pictures of cricketing legends can b seen. As soon as you enter, you get the feeling that this hotel is run by a cricket maniac, indeed..It’s run by Romesh Kaluvitharana who happens to be a legendary player for Sri Lanka. The pool has an infinity edge to the river, and you get  better feeling than being in Kingsbury. The restaurant is facing the pool and the rooms too. Moreover, they have a pool table and a spa; gardens are landscaped nicely and the staff was nice enough to give seeds of some flowers to my mom 😀  The only downside is that I don’t really like their rooms, its not that they are not luxurious enough but its a little unexciting for such a nice hotel which blends with nature so much. They have 14 rooms in two wings all facing the pool and the river which has amazing views.

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Food and Service

Food is generally good and it is not cheap. The a la carte menu’s prices are as same as what you will get in Taprobane’s menu, however the food is up to the standard. I don’t know whether their chef is Chinese but all their dishes have  a hint of Chinese culinary elegance. The service is amazing and staff was very helpful and catered to all out needs.

 

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Rates

A full board triple bed room is priced at Rs.20,000 ($180), and a double room is Rs.18,000. However, the staff said they will give discounts to local and frequent travelers. Check Agoda or other travel websites for offers! Yea its the same price as most of the down south 4 or 5 star hotels, but Kalu’s offers you an experience at a whole new level.

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Most of the guests are Europeans who come there to Chill and go on safaris. They also have a bar/wine cellar near the pool so you can chill with a beer facing an amazing lake.

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