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Hotel, The Village

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Asian, Sri Lankan
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Opposite Giritale Lake, Giritale, Polonnaruwa 51026, Sri Lanka
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Visited Trinco and on the way back stopped at the Girithale hotel. It was a pleasant surprise as I had never been there. The hotel was above the lake and had beautiful views. The rooms were good. Dinner was great and breakfast the menu had a good selection of local and western food. The staff were friendly and the service... More 

Thank Dilky C
Leeds, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016

My friend and I came here towards the end of lunch service so we weren't expecting miracles, but even so what we were served was lovely indeed. Having been at a cooking class the previous day, nothing here could even begin to compare to how good the previous day was, but even so there was very pleasant food including pumpkin... More 

Thank StraightTalker28
Singapore, Singapore
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569 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 402 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We visited The Village on our day trip to Polonnaruwa and thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The buffet was well priced and offered numerous dishes to sample, most of them vegetarian. We had dishes made of pineapple curry, jackfruit, brinjal, lady fingers, manioc, banana flower, pumpkin, mango curry, bitter gourd and asparagus in addition to chicken and beef curries. Upon realizing... More 

Thank Traveleator
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2016

This hotel is one of which Geekos tours use! Please stay away from it! Most people on my tour had creepy experiences with the staff. Ranging from staff waking up a single female to fiddle around with the electrical box to her room, to having staff be in a couple's room when obviously they shouldn't have been there. My particular... More 

Thank 980Claudia
London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2015

This restaurant was a recommended stop if you like locally cooked Sri Lankan curries. Buffet style with lamb, chicken dishes, nice vegetable curries and dahl (lentils). Very good service, friendly staff and very reasonably priced.

Thank clive g
Munich, Germany
2 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2014

Visit this place to have real sri lankan lunch. Should than x to my tour guide for taking us in to this place.

Thank rochelled826
Kandy, Sri Lanka
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2014

For this place i like for everything no words to say because everything is excellent the staff is like family members and this restaurant have a wonderful chef when i go to polonnaruwa i can't escape this place with out have my lunch.

Thank priyantha2014
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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469 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

We stopped here for lunch and were greeted by friendly staff who could not do enough to ensure we had what we wanted. We had the Sri Lanakn curry buffet, a choice of some 7 or 8 different curries plus two rices which you could have as much as you wished. We had the vegetarian options which were some 5,... More 

Thank David A
South America
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307 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2013

Since we had a delicious dinner we came back the next day to enjoy their amazing lunch buffet! They are beween Habarana and Polonnaruwa, on the left side when traveling towards Polonnaruwa, in Giritale, shortly before the 21st Junction/mile post, just tell your driver. The lime juice alone was the best we had in Sri Lanka, and they serve fresh... More 

Thank Lifevoyagers
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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280 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2012

From the road at night, you would probably miss this but it would be a tragedy if you did. It was undoubtably the best Sri Lankan food we had in a month long stay in the country and also the best value. It is on the right hand side travelling from Habarana facing the lake. The ambience may not match... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Sri Lankan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Opposite Giritale Lake, Giritale, Polonnaruwa 51026, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  North Central Province  >  Polonnaruwa  >  Giritale
  • Phone Number: 0779007755
This was without doubt had the best local food of anywhere we ate during a month in Sri Lanka. The food cost was 700 rupees each plus beer and the "rice and curry" consisted of 16 different dishes plus rice. ( have pictures to prove it)There was also a fruit plate for desert. Our driver took us there and ate with us (he ate for free!) as we were fed up with hotel buffet food. The restaurant is on the main road from Habarana in Giritale town, and it also has accommodation although we didn't check this out. It can probably seat 60 and also serves lunch as well as dinner.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?