If you are looking for a luxury accommodation in the area of Polonnaruwa, the Deer Park in Giritale is a good choice. Situated on the bank of the blue scenic Giritale reservoir, it is in only 13 km distance from Polonnaruwa and even closer to the Minneriya National Park. So the Deer Park or other accommodations in Giritale are perfect starting point for elephant safaris, particularly during the northern hemisphere winter months, which are dry season in this part of Sri Lanka and when the world-famous wildlife event called “Elephant Gathering” takes place at the western shores of the Minneriya tank.
The Deer Park is a truely eco-friendly hotel, awarded with the Green Globe. It consists of 88 well-equipped cottages in a natural setting, all bungalows have been constructed amidst trees. Most cottages offer additional open-air garden bathrooms allowing to experience a shower under the stars.
Due to its location at the Giritale lake, the hotel garden is a perfect spot for birdwatching or simply listening to bird songs. 140 bird species occur in this area. Monkeys and squirrels can be seen regularly and sometimes the name-giving spotted deers (chitals) come close to the bungalows, too.
One highlight of the hotel is a spectacular 3-tier waterfall swimming pool very close to the bungalows. It is designed to resembles jungle ponds. The presidential suite has its own eclusive swimming pool additionally. Sports facilities include a fitness centre, a basket ball court, a volleyball court, and a squash court. Sauna and doctor on call are also available, of course.
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