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Habarana Eco Lodge
To begin a day at Kamatha is like slipping into a child’s drawing: odd-shapped trees interrupt fields of paddy. The sky is crayoned a solid, royal blue with a brilliant sun; layers of white puffy clouds extend in endless vistas to the next valley and the next again. There are no sounds but the scented breezes whishing lightly across the fields and the occasional flinch of some tiny, prehistoric creature under dry sticks a few paces ahead.
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The owner of this property was incredible, one of the best we encountered on our way. He would do everything to make you happy. He showed us super great spa and meditation center.
Kamatha Eco Lodge offers a relaxing and refreshing experience of “the real Sri Lankan life”. Our community lies a little way from the well-beaten tourist trail and yet offers access to all the wonderful sights and sounds of Sri Lanka. Kamatha is situated in Habarana, in the heart of the Cultural Triangle tucked away in the midst of an ancient agricultural village and the forest. It offers easy access to the most sort after locations in Sri Lanka (Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Caves, Ritigala Forest monastery, Trincomalee beaches and most famous elephant safari parks in the world Minneriya, Kaudulla and Hurulu Eco Park)
Kamatha is situated a mere 15 minutes away from the Minneriya National park where one can witness The Gathering: Sri Lanka's great elephant migration- truly one of the world's greatest wildlife events.
It's a story that's attracting tourists from around the world to witness a stunning wildlife spectacle, In north-central Sri Lanka's Minneriya National Park, hundreds of elephants travel each year to the shores of an ancient reservoir built by a king more than 1,700 years ago. They've made the trip for centuries, coming from across the region to bathe, mate, socialize and, most importantly, to feed as part of an annual event known as "The Gathering." During the dry season (July through early November), the water in the reservoir recedes. In its place, lush green grasses grow, providing a veritable feast for the hungry pachyderms. Between meals, the elephants head into the reservoir, spraying themselves with the shallow, muddy water
"Where else you can get so close to so many wild elephants at once?" asks James Thomas, a lawyer visiting The Gathering from Melbourne. Watching massive herds of elephants bathe as the sun sets over the nearby mountains is an experience I'll never forget."
‘The Gathering’ is one of the most unforgettable and fantastic events in the international wildlife calendar.