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Relax and discover the real Sri Lanka

A tranquil tea estate bungalow off the beaten track near Kandy with mountain views, swimming pool, gardens teeming with birds and wildlife and top quality home cooking. The area is great for walking and trekking of all grades, from easy to challenging. Rated in the top 25 B&Bs in Sri Lanka by Trip Advisor users. Book direct with us for the best rates E: jungletide@gmail.com T: +94779810631 Please note that the reduced rates do not apply if you book via Trip Advisor or any other intermediary body which charges us commission.

“Spotless, very comfortable and an excellent deal” – The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka, 2015 edition

Jungle Tide is owned by a British couple, Jerry and Sally. Sally, the daughter of a tea planter, was born in Sri Lanka. Our resident staff, Martin, Rani and Noni, are renowned for their positive attitudes, love of children and brilliant cooking. We are always glad to help people plan the rest of their Sri Lankan holiday. Free extras include wi-fi, books and games, use of the kitchen and fridge for your snacks and drinks, and unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water. Please note: Rooms can be booked for a minimum of two nights. Booking of the whole bungalow must be for a minimum of one week.

Book direct through this website! It works for us – we don’t have to pay the commission required by online agents. It works for you – you pay a lower rate than you can get through a booking agent and we can give you lots of free advice. And it works for Sri Lanka. You will be putting your money into the local economy not some multinational. E: jungletide@gmail.com T: +94779810631

 

The recent terrorist attack

The terrible events of Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka brought horror and misery to thousands of people and we want to express our deepest sympathy with the many people who were personally affected by death and injury within their families.

What about the aftermath? Is Sri Lanka safe? Should people still come when the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and several other governments say “only travel if your journey is essential”?

The FCO website is clear that it is you and not they who decide what is “essential”. Although we have had a number of cancellations, many other people have written to us, saying they will not cancel. They refuse to give in to terrorists, and choose instead to stand in solidarity with the vast majority of the good, gentle, and innocent Sri Lankan people. We applaud both your courage and your logic!

However we acknowledge that travellers face a real difficulty in obtaining insurance if they choose to travel against the advice of their government. There is at least one company which specialises in insuring travellers who want or need to visit places where their governments advise against non-essential travel. Voyager High Risk is one option (you just need to select Zone D) and it is also possible to obtain temporary health insurance – which is what concerns most people – in Sri Lanka.

The costs are higher than “normal” travel insurance but these are offset by reduced accommodation costs as hotels and guest houses including Jungle Tide lower their prices. So our clear message is: If you personally feel it is safe to travel, then do not let insurance issues put you off. Please come!

From here, it feels safe – there are a comforting amount of police on the streets, bag checks are done when entering major buildings. Those tourists who have still come are finding it far less crowded than usual. You can experience national parks without being in a traffic jam of jeeps. You can climb Sigiriya without being in a crocodile of people. You can experience Sri Lanka in all its wonder and beauty as it was before the tourist boom got going a few years ago. They do say that “fortune favours the brave” after all!

Would you like more information or to talk with us please contact us for free advice on your trip.