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Far Cry Kumbukkali Forest Retreat

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
8 guests
1 night minimum
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15/05/20: Sri Lanka may welcome visitors from July. We are setting up appropriate health protocols. Far Cry is a family retreat set in the heart of Sri Lanka's rural landscape, an escape from the bustle of city life. Bordered by a forest and a lake, the property is situated at the periphery of a village, preserving the sanctity of the traditional way of village life. The minimalist structure of the villa intended to keep guests as close to nature as possible, with magnificent views from every window. Sleeping accommodation is located on the upper floor and can cater to eight in comfort. It comprises of: A large air -conditioned insect-proofed family room with an en suite bathroom leading to a private covered balcony. The room has a queen sized bed that sleeps two, while two single beds...15/05/20: Sri Lanka may welcome visitors from July. We are setting up appropriate health protocols. Far Cry is a family retreat set in the heart of Sri Lanka's rural landscape, an escape from the bustle of city life. Bordered by a forest and a lake, the property is situated at the periphery of a village, preserving the sanctity of the traditional way of village life. The minimalist structure of the villa intended to keep guests as close to nature as possible, with magnificent views from every window. Sleeping accommodation is located on the upper floor and can cater to eight in comfort. It comprises of: A large air -conditioned insect-proofed family room with an en suite bathroom leading to a private covered balcony. The room has a queen sized bed that sleeps two, while two single beds can be used inside the room, or on the balcony. The room is furnished with a fitted desk and wardrobe. A large roofed deck room with open sides, leading to a viewpoint balcony – Four single berths are provided here, and occupants are served by a large common bathroom on the ground floor. The deck room doubles up as a spacious lounge during the daytime. Guests are kindly informed that sleeping on the balcony or the deck is intended for the enjoyment of a safe outdoor experience, which will include seasonal wind or rain, and the sounds of the crickets, owls and other nocturnal fauna. All rooms have panoramic views of the surrounding forest canopy affording great opportunities for bird watching and photography. Neighbouring Ritigala can be seen from the deck. Mosquito nets and ceiling fans are provided in all sleeping areas, while traditional palali (cane blinds) are used extensively for shade and protection from the elements when required. The ground floor comprises a large living and dining area which is open to the garden and the forest. Cool cement floors and minimalist furniture complemented by comfortable multipurpose canvas chairs create a campsite ambience in the most civilized fashion. You can enjoy your meals in the dining area watching the antics of birds, or lounge around over tea or drinks in the living area just enjoying a view of the manicured lawn and the surrounding forest. The two spacious tiled bathrooms are equipped with all modern conveniences such as rain bath showers and quality bathware. Solar heated hot water is available on tap. Other Things To Note.... Our 10'x14' plunge pool and outdoor showers are intended for guests to cool off in hot weather. We provide all linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware. Do note that any breakages or damage will be chargeable. Far Cry is not a self catering facility due to the need for a rigorous waste management regime in the wilderness. We have a resident cook and meal supplements can be pre-ordered on a half board or breakfast only basis. Please ask for details. In the interests of conserving precious water, we change towels and linen after 3 days. Please help us in this endeavour. Cleaning and tidying of guest accomodation and bathrooms will only be performed on request. Otherwise, staff will not access guest accomodation, except for specific urgent maintenance work, with guest permission. Wi-Fi is unavailable at present due to service provider coverage issues, Please consider purchasing a tourist data plan at he airport from a local internet service provider to enjoy inexpensive internet access during your holiday. However, if you have activated roaming on your phone, the 3G signal near and in the villa is adequate for e-mails, though not for browsing the internet. A first aid kit and stationery are available, please ask the bungalow keeper. Unless we let you know otherwise check in time is 2.00 pm, and check out time is 10.00 am. A vehicle is highly recommended for guests since public transport and taxis are not easily available. Vehicles can however be booked In advance for transfers or local excursions. Guests should not expect to walk to cycle to the nearest town, which is 4km away, for reasons of safety. The villa is accessed across a 4 km stretch of forest road, and guests are advised to avoid travelling this stretch between 6 pm and 6 am. This access road is very poorly surfaced and is ideally traversed by a van or SUV though a saloon car can negotiate it slowly. At some times of the year guests may experience mosquitoes, flies and other winged insects - usually during extremely wet or dry periods, or during harvest time. This is to be expected in rural forest settings such as Far Cry, and our staff and facilities are geared to minimize inconvenience. Please ask the bungalow keeper for a contact card which provides contact details for some useful local service providers such as safari operators, police, hospitals etc. Guests can access all areas of the villa and the garden, with the exception of the pantry and the storage areas which are reserved for staff use. Far Cry is not a self catering facility.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Yohann D
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2015
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

We stayed here for 2 nights while visiting the Cultural Triangle. Although it is a little way out of town it was prefect, the most wonderful setting and close to nature. Yohann, the owner was incredibly helpful and was available to help organise tours and...More

Date of stay: October 2016
Thank leighkennedy05
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We were visiting from Singapore and our stay at Far Cry was absolutely fantastic. The bungalow blends so well with its natural surroundings and has all the creature comforts offered with discreetness, class and a deep harmony with the natural beauty of it's surroundings. Shanta...More

Date of stay: August 2016
Thank Tim_Joe2014
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Second visit of us for 2 days. Wish I could have stayed longer. One of the best nature retreats I have ever stayed. Cant beat the taste of Shantha's food, the cook, care taker...etc. one of the nicest human beings ever met. Will visit soon...More

Date of stay: May 2015
Thank charithamilaa
Reviewed 23 July 2016

This is a bit out of Habarana so make sure you print out the map, our tax driver wasn't totally sure where it was. But what a great place to end up. Very private on a very large property, there is a caretaker and a...More

Date of stay: July 2016
1  Thank burmans
Reviewed 23 July 2015

I died and went to heaven. I spent seven days in the heart of Sri Lanka's elephant country. Quiet, a place to be in nature in the center of some of the best national parks, birds elephants trees and village people. I went there to...More

Date of stay: July 2015
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Reviewed 24 June 2015

We stayed at Far Cry 3 nights and the place is very nice clean and quiet. We tought this was a very good choice. The location is a bit far from the Habarana village but this is perfect. The warm welcome from Shanta (host) made...More

Date of stay: June 2015
1  Thank dmjb635
Reviewed 28 May 2015

A well planned, rejuvenating and much awaited change off the chaotic routine. Happiness was awaited as my fiancé planned another surprise visit to Far Cry. We repeated our trip again this year to revisit the old memoirs at Far Cry. A warm welcome, serenity in...More

Date of stay: May 2015
2  Thank Shraddha R
Reviewed 28 May 2015

We had a great time there though it was one night we spent. Great location and landscape. Not all can enjoy the place, but exclusively for nature lovers and minds needs to be relaxed. The bungalow Keeper Shantha, what a lovely and humble human being...More

Date of stay: September 2014
1  Thank Charith1982
Reviewed 1 September 2015
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Date of stay: July 2015
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Air Conditioning
Alarm Clock
Balcony
Grill
Ceiling Fans
Suitable For Children Under 5
Deck
Housekeeping Included
Housekeeping Optional
Internet Access
Linens Provided
Mountain Views
Parking
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Staffed Property
Terrace
Towels Provided
TV
Water Views
Wi-Fi
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
If you tire of just “chilling” at Far Cry the region around Habarana and Far Cry offers many attractions. The more energetic could make excursions to the ancient monastic complex of Ritigala , the Minneriya and Kaudulla National parks for elephant and bird watching, The Sigiriya Rock, The Dambulla Cave Temple , the Ruined Cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, or even the old Port City of Trincomalee. There are many other places of historical and natural interest in the Cultural Triangle within easy reach.
Getting around
Vehicles can be booked In advance for transfers or local excursions. Transfers can be arranged by tuk tuk or minivan - pricing can be provided on request. A tuk tuk ride to Habarana (9km) costs approximately US$ 5.00 each way, while for larger groups, a local jeep can be called up for US$ 12.00 approximately each way. As an alternative, my classic Land Rover Station Wagon is also available with a driver for short excursions, for a maximum of 6 persons. Please inquire for rates.
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