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Stay with the elephant shepherd.

The space

Chanaka’s is a nice little home in the middle of a garden. Guests can use a double room with fan and mosquito nets. The room has an attached bathroom, and guests can use a big living room and the terrace outside. All in all a simple, but nice and tidy place

Interaction with guests

Not too many people we know have… elephants. Chanaka does and he can organise an elephant safari for you if you like. He also does bull cart rides and boat trips, and can cook local meals upon request. Together with his wife and kids, Chanaka lives in separate quarters of the same house.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Private room


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House Rules
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1 night minimum stay

1 Review

Samantha User Profile
October 2015
We booked this home stay in order to meet local people and experience life with a typical Sri Lankan family. So we were expecting basic facilities. However, basic does not mean dirty! The bathroom had not been properly cleaned and there was no hot water in the bathroom. During the first night a shower of dirt fell from the ceiling in the corner. These things happen! We showed our hosts the next day but the dirt was not cleaned up during the remainder of our stay. Breakfast was not included in the price-perhaps we should have checked more clearly but we feel the price did not reflect the poor facilities. The hosts were quite friendly in their welcome but not overly so and we felt like they could have done a lot more. It rained very heavily during our stay and there was no where to hang wet clothes or any offer to put them somewhere else. It seems minor but when the room is small, there is no hot water and the weather is awful it added up to a poor experience. We also felt like the owner took advantage of us by arranging for us to go on his village experience, elephant ride and Jeep safari without really asking us- we were effectively taken to these places and when we said we didn't really want to do them we felt forced into it by saying 'oh the elephant is ready for you'. We were told by the owner that there was a room for the driver we had booked (many tourists have drivers in Sri Lanka as few internal flights and you wouldn't want to hire a car) but when we got there we were told there wasn't. The owner had a holiday resort but still expected us to pay. Most drivers are taken care of by homestays and hotels in Sri Lank. Overall it was a disappointing experience and not good value for money. We have stayed at a variety of places during our Sri Lankan trip for the same price with much better facilities! Including breakfast, hot water, clean bathrooms and even WiFi!

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