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22/10/2017 12:48 AM
Contribute directly to our Forest Healing Project

You can now be a part of Polwaththa's Forest Healing Project (FHP).

The 5-hectare land in which our 12 Lodges stand is fully covered by a range of trees, some of which are unknown to even the locals.  “Polwaththa” in the local language means coconut estate which was so, until we allowed nature to take over, letting other endemic trees share the land, thus converting it to what is now called a “Kandyan Forest Garden”. 

We have now gone beyond our boundaries in promoting re-forestation by purchasing our neighbour's barren lands – so caused by the felling of trees for quick money, in a program called the “Forest Healing Project” where we re-introduce endangered plants and live in harmony with the forest – more information can be found in the previous post. Besides the benefits to the local community and the environment, this project helps to off-set the carbon foot-print of our visitors, especially of those taking long-haul flights, by planting new trees. So, feel good when you are staying with us, knowing that you are contributing in some way to becoming carbon-neutral - a burning issue that will soon determine the future of our planet. The partnership with a few like-minded Dutch individuals has given this project an international flavor and the scope to make a major contribution towards this cause. 

To support the Forest Healing Project we have constructed 2 lodges which can now be booked. This is an opportunity for you to get involved and directly contribute to this project. 

The Victoria View Cabana 
(starting from US$ 91,-): An even larger bedroom and balcony built from wood, commanding a breathtaking view of lake Victoria surrounded by majestic mountains. It also has a kitchen with refrigerator & electric kettle and the “cell” - a small bed-room below the cabana with the same great view – total 5 beds, 450 meters from the restaurant. When taking the somewhat long walk to and from the restaurant on this jungle-path, you will be accompanied by a “guard”. Alternatively, you could have authentic Sri Lankan meals at our affiliated village home 150 meters away or even have them brought to your room for a nominal extra charge. When taking this room, you will be directly contributing US$ 15,- per night to the Forest Healing Project.

The Corner Lodge
(starting from US$ 77,-) So called for the remoteness. Made from cement bricks and covered by clay with veranda – 2 beds, jungle view, 500 meters from the restaurant - guard provided for this walk, kitchenette - mini fridge and electric kettle. Option to have meals at our affiliated village home 100 meters away or be served by them in your room for a nominal extra charge. By staying here, you will be directly contributing US$ 10,- per night to the Forest Healing Project.

14/03/2017 09:32 PM
Polwaththa's Forest Healing Project

It has been 8 years since the Ellegala family (Sri Lankan/Dutch) started Polwaththa Eco-Lodges in their ancestral village near Kandy, Sri Lanka. The prime objectives of this venture was to protect the environment and uplift the livelihood of the villages which was achieved by hiring rooms to tourists. However, the surrounding lands were subject to deforestation by the owners of those lands for quick money which sadly continues even today. Although "buying" their trees to ensure the survival of the trees met with limited success, the only practical and permanent solution was to purchase their (now barren) lands for re-forestation. 

With a generous contribution - in both funds and expertise from Henk Kieft from the Netherlands, the Forest Healing Project (FHP) was launched in October 2016 with the purchase of 2 hectares (5.5 acres) of barren land close to Polwaththa Eco-Lodges. Within the first 3 months, almost 300 new plants were planted, consisting of large forest trees - some endemic, wild flowering trees, Arabica coffee and a range of fruit trees, complete with protective nets against damage from wild animals such as deer, porcupine, wild-boar and monkey. 

We can happily say that our efforts were worthwhile since almost all the new plants are doing well and we are well on our way to get the forest back. This investment, if restricted to re-forestation, has no return, and over a period of time, will be a drain on resources. In order to be self-sufficient, a few cabanas, fitting with the surroundings, are being built to generate an income to meet the expenses of maintaining the project. 

If this works to it's true potential, FHP could purchase more such lands to further expand on the re-forestation project, or in the least, make it viable. At a time that the whole world is conscious of Global Warming, this project provides an ideal opportunity for those tourists taking a long flight to Sri Lanka to off-set their Carbon Foot-print (at a least a part thereof), by planting a tree. 

If anyone is interested to participate in this project or would like to know more please feel free to contact us. 

We look forward to your participation.

13/12/2016 09:11 PM
Online Feed from our Visitors
Wondering if you can see more pics? Well, here you can see pics taken through the lenses of our visitors. We have now collected pictures from Instagram users who are basically doing the job for us! Thank you!

04/09/2016 05:12 PM
Introducing Polwaththa's Home-Stay

The website is coming soon but here is what you can expect..

Kandy, the last kingdom and the second largest city of Sri Lanka, is visited by almost every foreign tourist to this country for her rich history, culture and beauty, and by large numbers of domestic tourists as pilgrims to the Temple of The Tooth (of The Buddha).
Nestled between mountains,  450 meters above sea level, the climate is relatively mild. Rain-fall is mostly from November to mid January (North-East monsoon) and to a lesser degree, from May to August (South-West monsoon).
In recent times, Kandy and her surroundings have become more popular amongst foreign tourists for the rich flora and fauna. Mountains, ever-green jungles, water-falls, rivers, rice-fields and tea-plantations are common sites just outside the city. Together with a local community whose lives are strongly influenced by the Buddhist way of life, where hospitality to strangers comes naturally to them, the Kandyan area has become a must-stay place for all those who love nature and culture.

The first of the Polwaththa Home-stays called “Polwaththa (Superior) Home-stays” - so called for it’s spacious new rooms with large verandas offering more comfort, is located 16 Km East of Kandy from where villages replace towns and water-buffaloes replace tractors, stretching right up to the East coast of Sri Lanka where the best beaches are. To offer a fine blend of nature and culture, this Home-stay is built in a small village, surrounded by trees and mountains and hosted by a typical village family who will enthusiastically show you how they live. For activities based on nature and adventure, guests can participate in all the treks offered by Polwaththa Eco-lodges (www.polwaththa-ecolodges.com) situated just 400 meters from the Home-stay. The two guest rooms are detached from the home – far enough to provide privacy when required (to both the guests and the host) and close enough to provide a real experience in village life in Sri lanka.

29/02/2016 09:46 PM
Gallery 1.1

Want to see what you can you expect? Check out some of our latest photos.

19/04/2015 05:47 PM
Our very own Coffee.

We grow our own Coffee, both Robusta and a type of Arabica in our 6 hectare land. Only the ripe berries are plucked and sorted to remove the bad-quality berries.

Thereafter the berries are sun-dried and pounded in the traditional way to remove the husk and cleaned again.The berries are then roasted in the traditional way on a hearth until they turn to dark brown - almost black in colour.

We now have a blend of Robusta and Arabica which is gaining in popularity.

A blender and sifter then convert the roasted beans into a fine powder.

The coffee is then immediately packed into glass bottles (Jam bottles re-used after cleaning and drying well).

The old-fashioned Italian Peculator is often used to cater to small numbers. 

Our coffee powder is suitable for Cappuccino and espresso. 

Simply check out Trip Advisor to find out what our guests think of it. 

15/10/2014 08:10 PM
What to think about when visiting us

As we are very unique in relation to other hotels in the Kandy region  there are certain things to consider. 
a)       Plenty of soft T-shirts and shorts - please understand that the Sri Lankan culture is very  different to the West which require ladies to wear their shorts down to the knees and cover their bikinis with a T-shirt when bathing/swimming in public areas, but swimming in a bikini is fine in less popular areas (please speak to your guide on arrival)
b)      Rubber slippers
c)       Walking shoes for trekking
d)      Swim-wear to swim in rivers and also waterfalls!
e)      Light rain-coat in case of rain.
f)    Insect Repellent in case you are fearful of small bugs when walking around. (All lodges are sealed and sprayed to avoid insects indoors)

08/07/2014 10:00 PM
Sounds of Polwaththa
Want to hear the sounds you can expect? Just listen to our teaser.