About This Listing
The Superior Tree house is one of Saraii’s old glories and comes with 2 floors and room for up to 6 people. Built on a sturdy old Palu tree the is 25 feet high and lives up to its name giving its guests an immense feeling of safety and comfort.
The Superior tree house is among Saraii's oldest tree houses with 2 floors providing room for up to 6 people. Built on a sturdy old Palu tree, the tree house is 25 feet high and lives up to its name and is known for giving its guests an immense feeling of safety high up in the leaves. Once you clamber up the ladder you will discover why it's also a guest favourite.
Perfect for families with kids, the Superior tree house is a favourite with every child who has stayed at Saraii and the child in every adult as well! Loved most for its view of the surroundings and the unbeatable sway of the tree every time the winds blow, The tree house is a popular choice of accommodation amongst eco lodges in Sri Lanka and is also great for groups who want to bunk down together.
Clamber up the ladder to find out just how safe you will feel in this perfect shelter in the trees.
A landing at the bottom gives you the chance to sit and enjoy a moment of quiet and catch the morning rays of the rising sun. Sit inside one of the cosiest tree houses in Sri Lanka and feel its gentle sway as the evening turns into night and hear the sound of cicadas rising into a chorus. Each tree house at Saraii has a little survival box from binoculars, a cool box and first aid kit with free Wifi thrown in for those who remain desperate for connectivity even on holiday. Look out of your tree house hideout with your morning tea or coffee, seated on the cushions spread out on the floor of your tree house and you will discover why most guests hate to leave Saraii.
Location – neighborhood description
Saraii Village is a truly unique location that provides guests an eco - agro tourism experience. Located in an agro-forestry land in Wirawila, there are both Tree Houses and Mud Chalets as accommodation options. This location is built using environmentally friendly and recycled material and is based (email hidden) philosophy.
Attractions and distance
Saraii Village is close to many interesting sites, such as the Yala Nature Reserve, Bundala Bird Santuray & Nature Reserve, Lunugamwehera Nature Reserve, Wirawila Tank, Kirinda Beach. Famous religious site, Kataragama, all located closeby, with many more attractions available for you.
Check-in time - After 1.00 PM
Check-out time - Before 11.00 AM
Meals - There's a restaurant and hang out area and our chef will be able to serve you tasty dishes, local and international...
We can arrange for responsible tours within the nature reserves and visits to places of interest around this location.
Saraii has a very homely feel to it and guests have access to all areas of the property. (Other than the private rooms of other guests) There's a large restaurant and hangout area for all guests.
Beautiful and charming location in the South of Sri Lanka. Rural village with the lake at a walking distance.
There's public transport (buses) and tuk tuks. We can also arrange for transport - private cars or vans as well. Closest International Airport is just about 15 / 20 mins away, which has direct fights to Colombo International Airport almost everyday.
Hunting of any animal is strictly forbidden. (For e.g. peacocks, tortoise, etc.)
Use the tree houses responsibly and follow instructions / guidance of the staff at the property.
Do not try to climb up or down the tree house under the influence of alcohol.
Smoking is not advised, as we like to keep our environment clean & fresh.
You can dump your laundry in the laundry bags provided.
Use of bicycles - If riding on main roads, please ensure your safety with appropriate gear.
Please ensure you are properly attired at all times so that you don’t shock/ disrespect other guests at the Saraii.
Be kind to the stray dogs that hang around, they are here as Saraii is the only place where they can get a decent meal. They are friendly and may try to act as your guide. Adopt them if you like...
:) DO NOT Keep your shoes and other property outside as the dogs may use them as a chew toy and the management cannot be responsible for this.
And Just Enjoy Nature... But Respect It...!!!
Nice tree house, but doesn't justify the high price. When we arrived, our tree house was occupied due to a double booking. According to staff this can happen due to the different booking systems. We were offered an "upgrade", i.e. a bungalow with its top integrated in a tree, with air conditioning. However, we insisted on our original booking, which we got towards the evening as the other guests had accepted the upgrade. There are 5 cabanas and 4 tree houses, of which in my opinion only 2 are really tree houses to which you climb up on a ladder, the other 2 are bungalows built around a tree, with stairs and air conditioning.
The place is nothing special, not inviting, quite plain. So is the food. There are two dogs on the premises who ask for food at dinnertime and have to be chased away by staff. When we asked, we were told they do belong to the place and if we see other dogs we should chase them away by throwing stones at them.
All in all, a bit disappointing and expensive.
I'm surprised by your comment. We work with many booking engines and we admit there was a hiccup with your reservation. As you are well aware we did all we can to get you the Superior Tree House you wanted. You went on a Safari, and by the time you were back we had the Tree House you wanted available for you.
We offered the upgrade which is about a 150 USD more than what you booked and I am unsure why you think there's Air Conditioning, because non of our units have AC's. I'm baffled why you thought we have AC's at Saraii.
We do offer two types of tree houses, one more rustic than the other, as we are trying to cater to a variety of guests. The Suite has more easier steps to climb, larger spaces to hangout and the bathroom up in the tree, which something some guests prefer.
We have Western and Local cooks, I am sure you would have been able to ask for whatever that you wished for. But since food taste is a personal preference, I am not able to comment on it.
Again I'm baffled by your comment about the dogs. Saraii does not have any dogs, there are one of two regular dogs that come to Saraii, since most of our guests feed them. They have owners in the neighbourhood, but they don't get fed. So they come to Saraii sometimes. Usually guests are very kind to the dogs.
And I categorically refute your claim that we would ever encourage anyone throwing stones at dogs. We are kind to the dogs and there are many times that we have even taken them to vets, since as Sri Lanka's, we are not people who are unkind to animals. I even have a house rule on airbnb stating the fact that all guest have to be kind to the strays. I have copied this house rule below. You can see it in all our listings. -
"Be kind to the stray dogs that hang around, they are here as Saraii is the only place where they can get a decent meal. They are friendly and may try to act as your guide. Adopt them if you like..."
I am very disappointed to hear such a comment from you.
You paid 166 USD for 5 guests. This is almost at a 50% off our normal rates.
Sad to hear that you were disappointed with your stay. We would love for all guests to have a happy stay with us. We hire local people, they may not have hotel experience, but we are trying to empower them. I would have thought that guests who understand the concept of eco tourism, would understand this fact and respect the community tourism aspect of Saraii.
You and your family are welcome if you ever wish to visit Saraii again.
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About the Host, Charitha
Founder of Saraii (website hidden) Social Sustainable Enterprise MBA graduate from the Colorado State University, US...
I set up Saraii Village as i love traveling to this part of the Island, where its close to the beach and to a host of nature reserves, lakes and historical sites... and the land being Organic is a huge plus too...
I've open up my treasued getaway to guests as i would like them to enjoy and experience it the same way i have... I am a believer that each of us can do something in our own small way to help others understand why and how to respect and take care of our environment. I welcome all responsible travelers to come see Saraii Village, which will showcase the true essence of Sri Lanka...
Bundala National Park is one of Sri Lanka's foremost destinations for birdwatchers. Bundala is internationally important as it is known to be the wintering ground for many migratory water birds.
One of the best nature reserves in Sri Lanka with leopards, elephants, sloth bears, samber deer and many other wild life and bird species. Saraii organises safari rides usually with a personal guide.