Riverina Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Kaluwamodera, Beruwela, Sri Lanka
Riverina Hotel
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by RAINBOWWINGS about The Riverina Hotel

A really nice 4* hotel right on the beach at Beruwela in the south west . Spacious rooms all overlooking the pool, gardens and beach and excellent service from all the staff...from Reception right down to the gardeners. The food was buffet style with a wide selection to suit all nationalities....I just found that the western food wasnt as good as the authenic Sri Lankan, but then it was bangers and mash!! Delicious Ayuvedic curries, so healthy and so unusual, were the main stay for the evening meals where a group of SL musicians played weird and wondeful instruments whilst seated on the floor of the entrance to the dining room. Huge lizards, well huge to me, slithered around the gardens and enromous black ravens visited our terrace every morning to help us eat breakfast when we didnt feel like getting up and going to the dining room. Since writing this I have been informed that the hotel has had a complete refurb after the tsunami and is now a 5*! An Ayuvedic Spa had just opened before our arrival so it was down for a full body massage with wonderful scented oils. Amazing open air massage rooms with a natural stone bed and private shower. I also loved the little man that climbed a huge palm tree and tapped the liquid from it into a big leather bottle then came round to our sunbeds by the pool and offered us a little glass of this ,very acquired taste, glook!

Pizza or pasta

by RAINBOWWINGS about Cant remember...sorry

We were told about this restaurant by a young honeymooning couple and decided to give it a try after feeling a little curried out! They explained that we could reach it by turning left onto the beach out of our hotel , (the Riverina hotel) past the sarong shacks and there we would find this delightful terrace serving very good Italian food. Yes the food was good, crusty based pizzas and pasta that strangely resembled noodles..but anyway it tasted fine. While we were there several waiters and kitchen staff ran past us to the beach and we followed fearing something dreadful was going to happen, only to find them watching a giant turtle as she came up on the sands to lay her eggs!! What an experience. BUT and its a big BUT, when the time came to go back to the hotel, the tide had come in and it took us quite a few runs at getting past the sarong shacks without drowning!! The pizzas were better than the pasta

nice but tired 4 stars hotel

by TripAdvisor Member froglette

We have just come back from 1 week in Riverina hotel B&B. We booked last minute with 1st choice for £400/pers. We think it was good value for money and will be back even if we find riverina need refurbishment. 1 week is not enough for the lenght of the journey...
Transfert from Colombo is a long journey (2-3h depending of traffic) and drivers are crazy there...
Room (214) was large with balcony and see view. Room was not very clean. Furnitures, linen, towels were tired. Bathroom was small and need new grout...Tv chanel were good.
Bars and Restaurants were good and cheap. Vodka and coke 425rps, buffet dinner 1200rps... It is even cheaper next door at the neptune hotel (3 stars)
Food at the buffet were good according to the theme and your taste.We did not like ski lanka dinner, we loved chinese dinner.
Food in the lobby and at the beach restaurant was good and cheaper than the buffet unless special night.
Staff is as friendly as you are. Some are professional, some not at all especially at the buffet restaurant. If you tip at the beginning, you will definatly get the best service ever during your stay.
Swimming pool is a bit small when hotel is busy and water is not so clear.
Around the pool is nice but lots of sunbeds are tired.
Beach is not the nicest we have been to (ie varradero, taba). It is not private so lots of locals trying to sell you something which was annoying for our liking.
We bought stones (blue and white saphires) from the shop at neptune hotel as we find the guys nicer than the one at the riverina. They can make for you any jewell you like in 3 days from a picture (from home) or a drawing. If you can afford it, go for it!
We definately want to go back for a relaxing and cheap sun holidays. We will try to stay 2 weeks at the riverina or eden hotel next door...

Beautiful country beautiful people wonderful hotel

by TripAdvisor Member wanderin_jue

We have just returned from a fantasic honeymoon to the Riverina Hotel. After a long journey we were glad to be shown to our cool air conditioned room. The room was large and very clean with a lovely view of the sea and pool. The room was kept immaculate throughout our stay and nothing was too much trouble for housekeeping. The choice of resturants was very good, the coffee shop served casual meals but we did have on bad meal in there,but after speaking to the head waiter he sorted it out and from then on every meal that we took was excellent we were also given questionaires to fill in on the service and the food as were all other customers so they do take any complaints very seriously. The pool was and gardens were kepy very clean and the pool bar served lovely luchtime specials, such as a wonderful curry and a beer for just under 500 Rs ( about £2.50) Out on the beach you did get hassled by touts for the first couple of days but as soon as they recognised you they were just happy to chat and have a laugh. There is a guy called Ronnie (obviously not his real name) Who is outside the hotel on the beach, he can organise just about anything from trips to tuk tuks. he has a tour guides licence issed by the tourist board and was very reliable. We used First Choice for our overnight stay to Kandy and it was amazing the guide had so much knowledge and his timing was spot on we always arrived at places at the right time to get the best view. The cost between the hotel tours and the local boys was not much different but we used both as we thought it was good to put a little bit of money in lots of different pockets. Can also recommend the Golden Grill and the Aida resturants fantastic food great prices. I don't think it is worth upgrading to all inclusive if you like to venture out as everything is so cheap. Overall Great Holiday great hotel and would happily return there tomorrow. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Our perfect wedding

by TripAdvisor Member symnbarry

We have just returned from the Riverina Hotel, where we got married on 15th August. All we can say is "wow", and a massive thank you to the wedding planner (Inoka) and management team of the hotel who made sure our wedding day and experience was unforgettable. Not to mention the fact that it went without a hitch, and we were made to feel like royalty for the whole day, culminating in a fantastic five course dinner by the sea.

Wedding aside, the hotel and resort is wonderful, and we look foward to returning next year to celebrate our wedding anniversay.

We would also like to say "hi" to all the people we met over there.

Not a lot more to add to what the previous reveiwers have written. Go to the Riverina for a top class holiday, and if you want to get married there, even better!! You even get an elephant for your best man!!

Symmonette & Barry x

My holiday in Sri Lanka

by TripAdvisor Member krugerCarlisle

We have just returned from a 2 week stay in Sri Lanka. We stayed at the Riverina hotel. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. On the first day of our trip we met two very friendly lads on the beach called Ronnie and Manuel. Although apprehensive at first we felt we could trust them to take us on a three day excursion to the north to see all the sites. Ronnie was our tour guide. He was very professional and knew everything there was to know about these sites. He made sure we got the most out of our trip. He took us to two lovely hotels which were clean and the food of high quality. Following our return to the Riverina we talked to the lads daily to ask for advice on where to go for something to eat etc. They drove us to some lovely resturants in their Tuck Tuck's.(transport) Our favourite one was The Golden Grill in Bentotta. The service was excellent and the food was of high quality, we returned on several occassions!! For £7.50 we had steak, curry and two large local largers.
I like many other holiday makers would recommend that you trust the lads on the beach as they will take you to places that are not on offer by your holiday reps. They will enable you to make the most of Sri Lanka and have a taste of the local culture! However,your rep will try to deter you from doing this. I wonder why!!!


by TripAdvisor Member Grummy

Nice hotel, good food, wondeful beach .If you want to book a tour you must use Ronnie or Baba on the beach, thier tours are fantastic,
they are both exceptionally nice guys who speak excelent English. Just ask anyone on the beach for them you won't be disapointed.

Avoid if you can

by TripAdvisor Member Stoneleigh

We recently took a trip to Sri Lanka and the Maldives with Kuoni. We started in Sri Lanka with the Ceylon experience trip which was excellent. We unfortunately were scheduled to have 3 days in the Riverina to relax.
We arrived there in the evening and went straight down to eat. The restaurant was noisy, poorly laid out and felt like being in a holiday camp. The food was awfull - the salad bar was a disgrace and main courses tasted foul.
When we complained we were asked if the food was too spicy. This was not the case it was just poor food.
The room was dirty - hair in the bath and 2 dead flies in the bed.
We didn't pay for the meal and thanks to our very helpfull Kuoni rep moved to the Bentota Beach hotel the next morning. Well worth paying the upgrade.
Everywhere else was superb and could not be faulted.

My Sri Lanka Page

by janetra


15 of us went to Sri Lanka for my niece's wedding and stayed at the

Riverina Hotel which sadly has since been damaged by the tsunami.

Walking on the beach at night it was quite usual to almost fall over cows

asleep on the beach.

The sunsets on the beach were so beautiful and all the local people

came down to watch the sun go down.

Sri Lanka Tour August 2007 part 2

by Cacharel


Transfer from Kandy to Mahiyangana. (Mahiyangana Maha seya)
The Chetiya (Stupa) has been built during the lifetime of Lord Buddha enshrining the lock of hair given by him to God Saman and the occasion of his first visit to Sri Lanka nine months after attaining enlightenment. It is the first ever Stupa to be constructed in Sri Lanka. It was enlarged by Arhat Sarabhu to a Chetiya after receiving and enshrining the collar bone relic of the Buddha taken from the funeral pyre.
Visit Veddah village


Peradeniya botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
Transfer from Peradeniya to Tea Plantation.
Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory.
Transfer from Tea Plantation to Nuwara Eliya.
Visit Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lankas most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lankas tea country producing a significant share of the world s best tea. Sri Lanka s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.
Dinner and overnight stay at Tea Factory Hotel.


Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Horton Plains.
Visit Horton plains, which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above the sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. Visit the World s End, considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name. You can also see the beautiful Backer s falls. (Walk is about 14 km)
The park shelters mammals such as Sambhur, Leopard and endemic Bear Monkey and famous for its endemic lizards. This area is a home for over 20 endemic bird species including Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul.
Leave for Kitulgala and come back
Transfer from Kitulgala to Bandarawela.
Dinner and overnight stay at Bandarawela Hotel.


Transfer from Bandarawela to Buduruwagala and visit Rock sculptures temple. Then proceed to Ratnapura via Belihulouya visiting famous water falls Koslanda, Bridal Veil, Bambarakanda, Rawana
Visit Ratnapura. Its name remains unchanged over the years and means "City of Gems". In Ratnapura, prospecting and mining goes on everday. Visit a gem mine and a museum and strike a bargain at one of the shops.
Dinner and overnight stay at Ratnaloka Tour Inn


Transfer from Ratnapura to Sinharaja.
Visit morning - This is Sri Lanka's only remaining primeval rain forest. A single foot path cuts through the heart of its 50 sq. miles. The vegetation is many layered as in the Amazon or Congo. Rare orchids blossom and cicadas chirp. The only other sound is that of rain : 200 inches fall annually here, spread through the year.
Transfer from Sinharaja to Udawalawe.
In the afternoon, do a safari of The Udawalawe National Park by jeep. The area of this park is 30,821 hectares and is a dry zone park which was declared as a national park in 1972. This park falls within the Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces and between Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River and is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the mountain range that keep on winding endlessly on the Balangoda, Kalthota and Haputale escarpments. It has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm. and an average year-round temperature of 29.4 C. This park is world famous for its elephants seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding. In addition to the elephants, deer species such as spotted deer, sambhur, barking deer and langur, water buffalo and jackal are some of the prominent wild animals found in this park.
Dinner & overnight at Kalu’s Hideaway


Alter breakfast, transfer from Udawalawe to Bundala.
Morning visit - Bundala National Park is the latest addition to Sri Lanka's National parks which is situated 250 kms. away from Colombo. All species of Water birds resident in the country and migrant birds inhabit this park.
Transfer from Bundala to Yala.
Visit Kataragama devale
In the afternoon, do a safari of the Yala National Park by jeep. Yala is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka which is the home for wild elephants, wild boars, wild buffaloes, leopards, bears, deers and crocodiles. Large flocks of migratory and indigenous birds are also found here.
Dinner and overnight stay at Yala Village


Visit Mulkirigala caves
Transfer from Yala to Galle
Visit Wewurukannala vihare
Galle was once the chief port of Ceylon. It is still well known for hand-made lace. You can also visit the Galle Fort (spanning 90 acres) which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. This is a World Heritage Site.
Transfer from Galle to Ambalangoda.
Visit Ambalangoda. Ambalangoda is a charming seaside town on the south-western coast. It is the home of the mask carvers. These colourful masks are used by dancers performing exorcistic rituals and folk dances. There is also an old Dutch Church.
Transfer from Ambalangoda to Kosgoda
Visit the Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda which is being operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Several species of turtles, especially the endangered hawksbill are protected here. Most vulnerable of all are their eggs, which are left uncovered on beaches all around the coast. The goodwill of Kosgoda area fishermen who bring these eggs gratis to the hatchery has led to the hatching and have released around 100,000 young turtles in only two years since the hatchery opened.
Transfer from Kosgoda to Bentota.
Dinner and overnight stay at Riverina Hotel.

Forum Posts


by srilankalover






by BerniShand

we stayed at the Club Palm Garden, and visited the Riverina, it was a nice hotel


by janetra

Hi srilankanlover
We stayed at the Riverina hotel three years ago when my niece got married there and would really recommend it. The rooms comfortable, staff very friendly and the wedding ceremony unforgettable. Go for it. If Ronnie is still around on the beach I'm sure he will arrange some great tours for you.


by stormy69

The Riverina is ok - we were at club palm last september. We thought it was ok but a bit "butlins" like for us. Club palm is part of a group which includes the Eden hotel a 100 meters down the beach, i would consider asking to be moved there. It will probably be slightly more expensive, but a fantastic hotel with gorgous grounds


by Nilanka

The Riverina is much better compared to Club Palm Garden. Go for the change if you are paying the same price as you will be getting something better that the original deal

advice and info on sri lanka, maldives and dubai

by troyster

Hi, Am doing a 3 centre, staying at the riverina hotel, meeru island and towers rotana in dubai. Any advice on what I 'must see or do' while here?
Also has any one got married at the riverina hotel in sri lanka? again any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks J.

RE: advice and info on sri lanka, maldives and dubai

by BluBluBlu

Check out the VT Travel Guide to those countries...but for Sri Lanka dont miss Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage!


RE: RE: advice and info on sri lanka, maldives and dubai

by JessH

For Dubai, your hotel (Towers Rotana) is located smack-bang in the middle of the city, directly on Sheikh Zayed Road. You're 5 minutes away from Jumeirah (beach, shopping malls, Jumeirah Mosque, etc.) and also only 10 min away from Bur Dubai (Dubai Creek, Textile Souk, Dubai Museum, etc.)

Hope this helps,

Jess ('c',)

RE: RE: advice and info on sri lanka, maldives and dubai

by Oscar_Nonis

Riverina is located in south-westbeach area and its better to relax

If you wanna visit some places MUST TO SEE - you hav to go in west, central and north central areas.

its upto your available time and its not take such long time to visit those cities.

any further info or advices?

RE: advice and info on sri lanka, maldives and dubai

by Nilanka

The Riverina was recently refurbished and is a nice hotel for a wedding. There is lots to see so it would all depend on how much time you have. Do send me an e-mail if you would like more info.

Plug adaptors

by Adam84

Hi guys,

Only a week till holiday, can't wait! Just wondered if someone knew if the Riverina Hotel, Beruwela has plug adaptors in the rooms, or if there is any where I can buy one before I go? I've looked on the net and in the shops but the only adaptors I can find are for europe or Australia.

Any replies greatly apprieciated,


Re: Plug adaptors

by unaS

You should be able to find either a Universal adapter (all the bits on one piece) or a collection of different adapters in a packet in any Duty Free shop on your way out.

Re: Plug adaptors

by SriLankaEnjoy

These would be available in the Sri Lanka duty free and would be relatively cheap. Visited the riverina some time back and it was a nice place at that time. Good variety of food good pool etc...

Re: Plug adaptors

by Jeananne

I have got world adaptors at Boots and Superdrug and use them all the time in Sri Lanka, they have always worked well. I too will be in SL when you are there,so maybe will see you on the beach, just ask for Ronnie or Baba as you go on to the beach and they will tell you where I am

Re: Plug adaptors

by hippychic66

every time i have stayed in a hotel in beruwalla, i have asked the room boy or reception for a loan of one they always have them readily available.


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Address: Kaluwamodera, Beruwela, Sri Lanka