Breath-taking property that is true magic on a full moon night fanned by the paddy field, which produces the hotels delicious red rice. A place that delivers the true orchestra of nature with its colourful dragon fly flitting across the water lily pond, insect singing from the eaves, continual haunting bird song and monkeys calling for us to join in the fun of the jungle setting as they swing from tree to tree. The conductor of these amazing experiences is none other than Prabath Head Butler of KB (Jetwing Kurulubedda), who is often mistaken as a general manager due to his incredible service levels and ability to day after day deliver unforgettable trips with his team that want people to return often to this very special place.
Realising my passion for both adventure and knowledge he set up a boat safari with local expert Krishan at 6am. This was to be an unforgettable river boat experiencing as not only did we see loads of birds at sunrise, which is when they are the most active but also learnt first hand about the true village life and culture of the area. This trip can be done again in the evening at 4pm to enjoy the sunset and even a chance to see the local one-metre rare river crocodiles. In addition to being the best guided river trip and believe you me I have been on many, as it was my birthday they turned the national flower the blue water lily into the most stunning necklace. They also showed me many secrets like the wild hibiscus, which is mountain yellow in the morning and by evening it has turned into a fiery red colour. I learn how the incredible iconic Sri Lankan masks are made from the Balsa wood trees in the area, due to being soft wood when cut it acts like clay so you can carve it and then dry it out in the sun before painting it with natural forest dyes.
On the trip you can see ten different types of lizards and a chameleon that changed its colour as it moved through the undergrowth, and even a catfish in the evening if you are lucky. My favourite birds were the little black cormorants that followed the boat diving and catching small catch fish that wiggled in their mouths as they followed behind us enjoying how the swirl of the boat made catching fish all the more easy.
If you stay long enough Prabath the wizard of Jetwing Kurulubedda will reveal many more fascinating secrets about his hometown Galle, with special trips to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Galle Fort, or organise more fun jungle river experiences like catching your own fish and cooking it. He loves the garden as much as his team who try to serve as many home grown things as possible. In fact keeping it natural is their motto, so that even the welcome drink is from the home garden trees. I had no idea that this area has 17 different varieties of mangroves and between serving you the most delicious meals either in the tree house or by the aquamarine pool Prabath will be telling you other unforgettable stories.
Over the couple of days I stayed being indulged in my every whim and fancy I learn that there are sixty types of birds to be found here, hence the name of Jetwing Kurulubedda, which means birds jungle paradise, of which 20 are migrant birds, and best seen in January and February.
Call in advance to book a trip or discuss special meal arrangements with Prabath – Tel:0770438735