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Cadjan Wild
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

We stayed in the lake house at Cadjan Earth for two nights and experienced the most wonderful stay. It is a very relaxing place with a beautiful mud hut overlooking a lake where you can watch the wildlife in comfy chairs and beautiful surroundings. Every single meal we were served was fantastic and it was some of the best Sri Lankan food we had on our trip.

The hut comes with two double beds (with mosquito nets), plenty of comfortable day seating including sun lounges, fully functioning bathroom, plunge pool, lots of storage for your belongings and some games like dominos and chess to play in the evenings. There are also bikes for you to explore the local area if you so wish but we just chose to relax because it was so peaceful on site.

The service was always fantastic with friendly staff. The hut has a bell so you can easily call for attention but outside of that the staff leave you to relax which we really appreciated.

Cadjan Earth is such a wonderful experience, I would recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Flowerbright
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

This was a place with a different experience. The place had sufficient comforts to go with the basic and eco theme of the venue. There were ac in our rooms and some have fans. We stayed for 2 nights with family on a chalet with one room (not big nor small) with 2 double beds. The room had cement flooring and a wooden porch. The bathroom at the end of the room was exceptionally huge, actually too big. The shower area was open to the sky with all sides covered and with hot water. Going by the eco standards the only flaw was the level of cleanliness of the bathroom. This could have been maintained better to elevate the overall experience. The premises was unique and different. The restaurant had a couple of tables and a few worn out easy chairs. The color of the chairs were in keeping with the eco theme but definitely not washed recently. However the abodes were unique and keeping with nature. The food was not excellent but average and nicely presented. The best thing about the place was the care and attentiveness of the staff. We arrived at the middle of the night, but the staff was there to receive us and even supplied us with tea within 5 minutes without any request. We love to experience unique places blending with nature and hence the selection. We were happy with the stay and would recommend the place to appropriate travelers as this may not be the cup of tea for all types.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Indica D
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

I had booked two lovely rooms on the phone and sent my credit card details. I confirmed through a text message as well. I travelled out of country for a few days, called to confirm again and he had sold my room. It was over New Year's as well, so very difficult to find another place. So disappointed. When I tried to talk to him, he just wanted me off of the phone and he was not cordial at all. He sounded as if the internet did it and not him. DISAPPOINTED beyond belief.

  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled with family
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Thank m0rgankrajczar
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

This is a hard review to write. My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in early March, ‘17. We wanted something that would provide a good base for exploring the region’s wildlife parks and unique culture. The Cadjun is one of a number of accommodations that bill themselves as nature lodges, and it is one of the most reasonably priced for the level of comfort advertised. These factors, plus the generally positive reviews on TA, led us to book here. The lodge is reached from Kataragama through rural agricultural land via a very rough dirt road through that some low clearance vehicles might have difficulty with. There are no signs directing you to Cadjun until you are very nearly there – you or your driver might want to call for specific instructions.

We have stayed at quite a few eco-lodges around the world, and that may be why we have mixed feelings about this one. The Cadjun Wild concept and design is very appealing – it is set in an isolated rural area next to Yala National Park along one side (but 15 km from the nearest entrance, 40 or more to the main entrance), the bungalows are spread through a few acres of grounds that are kept natural but accessible, it has an open-air cental lounge and eating area, even a salt-water swimming pool – rustic comfort in a natural setting. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stays in this kind of place, even those that were far more basic than the Cadjun Wild, so we don’t expect or demand luxury. Based on our past experience, however, we were a bit disappointed and would not stay here again, though we can still recommend it to others based on a number of positive qualities.

The manager of the Cadjun was very friendly and attentive, and was clearly trying hard to give us a positive experience. He is also a nature guide and will arrange safaris into Yala. His recommendation, which is probably a good one, is to enter through the nearby Kataragama gate rather than the main entrance used by literally hundreds of other vehicles and takes much longer to reach. Your chance of seeing animals (including leopards) is at least as high and you will avoid the swarms of jeeps that congregate in the more popular blocks near the main entrance. We opted to skip Yala altogether and instead went to Bundala where we were able to enjoy the abundant birdlife with only a few other vehicles.

Our room, a “deluxe bungalow” was large, with a king bed, a desk, 2 luggage stands, and a couple of small tables. There was no storage space in the room itself, but some shelves were provided in an open-air vanity area that was attached to the rear of the bungalow and reached through interior french doors. There was no place for hanging clothes in the room or vanity. The open-air vanity area also housed a toilet on side and an attractive outdoor shower on the other. Overall, this design was clever and stylish, but needed upgrading. Also needed is storage for clothes inside the room itself. The room’s a.c. was fairly effective and much welcomed. The room had a strong musty smell when we arrived, but this dissipated after a day. A nice feature of the room was a covered deck with chairs. There is no wifi or internet at the resort.

We ate dinner here twice, and the food was excellent– some of the best Sri Lankan food of our 2-week visit. Breakfast is Sri Lankan style only. If you want alcohol you must bring your own, though the staff is happy to keep it cool and serve it to you.

One management hiccup occurred when we checked out and were informed we had to settle the bill with cash only – no credit cards. We have stayed in places that also had this policy and we are fine with it, but it was always made clear at booking and again at check-in. We booked through Booking.com and NO mention of this was made on the website. Fortunately we were able to borrow some cash from our driver, but it was unfortunate to have as our last experience of the Cadjun a negative one.

All in all, we thought the Cadjun Wild’s execution of the eco-lodge concept wasn’t balanced by the compensation it offered, but others have enjoyed it very much as evidenced by their positive reviews, and you might also. There are a number of alternatives in the area, including in Kataragama itself, that we would consider before returning here.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank NaMakani
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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

We absolutely loved this venue. It's nestled just up against Yala National Park and just a perfect location to start your safari experience.

We stayed one night, arrived mid afternoon and the staff were excellent. Laid on a fantastic lunch by the pool.

The grounds are stunning, you feel utterly surrounded by nature. There were grey monkeys running through the grounds all day, iguanas, mongoose and in the evening 2 water buffalo joined us for dinner!

The bungalows are basic, but clean, well built and just add to the feeling of camping in the jungle.

This was easily our favourite 'hotel' of the trip. I cant recommend highly enough.

One point to note, it is difficult to find and is at the end of a dirt track. I would advise booking a transfer through Cadjan Wild if possible to avoid driving round in circles!



Stayed: January 2017, travelled with friends
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