The amazing Boulder Garden Resort by Sinharaja Rainforest personifies the best of eco-tourism in Sri Lanka
The amazing Boulder Garden Resort nestling beside the Sinharaja Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage site, personifies the best of eco-tourism in Sri Lanka.
It was designed by Lalyn Collure, a protégé of famed ‘tropical modernism’ architect Geoffrey Bawa.
And says Mihiri Wikramanayake on her Mihipedia travel blog: “This 10-roomed eco-boutique hotel is built in keeping with the distinctive contact with nature.”
She writes that Boulder Garden “is surrounded by the idyllic and unspoiled lowlands of the South West, and set against the lofty Rakwana mountain range providing an apt backdrop to the sculptured tea and paddy terraces”.
“In the middle of Sri Lanka’s awesome virgin rainforest is a fascinating collection of boulders that seem to have fallen from the sky.
“These enormous rocks balance precariously atop each other creating a landscape of caves and caverns brimming with mystery and untold stories.”
A two hour drive from the capital Colombo, Boulder Garden is itself an architectural icon, having won the coveted Geoffrey Bawa Award for Excellence in Architecture in 2008.
Its website notes that Sinharaja is known for being the last viable area of primary tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka.
There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to 50% of the endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.