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Rakwana Rest House: Traditional Rest House

The 9th Edition of the Lonely Planet guide to Sri Lanka, said the following:

Early evening drinks in the grounds of the charming Rest House set above the village of Rakwana. Don’t expect to meet up with any other tourists.

Well obviously, after a write-up like that it became popular and we of course met other tourists but they were Australian and after they got over their instinctive mistrust of the English, we got on well and had a great night.

Whatever the cliental, the Rest House at Rakwana remains the best place to stay (and have a beer) in this part of the world.

The Rest House is a traditional pavilion style bungalow dating no doubt from the British era. It has a bar, a dining room, a veranda where you can sit outside and drink your Lion Lager and it is in a nice spot on a small hill just on the edge of town (an easy walk in but away from the noise) all of which makes it a good place to stay.

There are other places in town, which don’t look quite so salubrious so make sure you end up where you really want to be. There are only three or four rooms and its in Lonely Planet now, so give them a ring to make sure there is a room and if you are going to be late phone again while you are on your way to make sure they don’t give it away to someone who turns up on spec.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Jungle and Rain Forest, Backpacking, National/State Park
  • Written April 14, 2007

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