We stayed at Wali Kukula Nest only for night, as the base for our trip in one side of the Sri Lankan Cultural Triangle. Which was rather unfortunate because the place was amazing. ‘Wali Kukula’ is the local term for the Sri Lankan jungle fowl which is endemic to the island and is the country’s national bird.
Wali Kukula Nest is located in Sigiraya, an ancient city built in the first century in the town of Dambulla, 168 kms away from Colombo. I chose the resort for its location to the Sigiraya Rock Fortress; Lion’s Rock is a mere 2.4 kms away. The guest house is a little hard to find in the dark as it is a little far off the highway (about 200 m) and the road itself was more of a dirt road; however our sedan car rental managed well. The guest house has a garden because it is, in my own words, ‘in the middle of the forest’. However, that only adds to its wonderful charm.
Instead of rooms in a large building, the guest house has multiple bungalows scattered around the edges of an open green space. We ended up in a large double room with a huge bathroom and an outdoor seating area. There was also free WiFi in the rooms.
The accommodation comes with free breakfast of Sri Lankan food at the on-site restaurant of the guest house. They also offer a selection of Asian dishes. There is a large open space for relaxing and mingling with other guests. Parking is also available onsite. A swimming pool was in the works as of our visit in February 2018. No word yet if this has been finished.
Breakfast was served in the restaurant and was presented in one of those tiered stands like the ones used in afternoon tea. We were offered a selection of Sri Lankan delicacies that included idiyappam or string hoppers, pol roti, and pani pol (Sri Lankan pancakes). There were also fruits and really good coffee. Since we only stayed for a night (a shame, really), we were unable to try the other meals they offered.
The staff at the guest house were very warm and accommodating. The owner especially, a French lady named Tatjana, met us at midnight to the guesthouse when we arrived. It made us feel welcomed right away, especially that we were only there for a night. She was with us during breakfast with the other guests and she made sure everyone was comfortable.