New hotel recommendations

Stella writes:

A few accommodation spots I stayed at in early 2020 that might be of interest to your readers:

Airport Green Hotel at Katunayake (Maybe about 6 or 8 rooms), near Bandaranaike International Airport
667/51 Liver Brother Road, Liyanagemulla, Katunayaka, Western 11410
+94 77 235 9441

Away from the beach, this lovely friendly family-run place, set in a peaceful garden, has big clean a/c rooms (enormous bathrooms) and excellent breakfasts. It’s about 10 mins from the airport. Shirly (man!) who runs it will pick you up outside the airport (it costs to enter the airport) in his old jeep on arrangement for $5US. They will cook meals if you ask and Shirly is happy to take you on jaunts around the place. We clocked up 31 bird species in the garden and surrounding lanes. Great place to arrive and depart from. About $US28.

Wilpattu Safari Camp On the other end of the scale, cost wise particularly, we stayed here at Wilpattu NP. It was organised as part of our bird tour so not sure how much it cost but it was upmarket glamping with very interesting informative hosts (top bird photographer). The dreadful road access is only for safari jeeps; they can transfer people to the camp.

Galway Heights, Nuwara Eliya
Probably on the expensive side (we were there as part of our bird tour and the website doesn’t give prices) but it was very nice, particularly the food which was outstanding. See

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