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Author Topic: Ginihiriya wildlife department bungalow - Horton Plains (a.k.a Anderson)  (Read 24897 times)
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« on: September 02, 2009, 11:00:52 AM »

I was there last week end. Again a nice place but the surrounding is not as exciting as in the case of Maha Eliya bungalow.

It got four bed rooms. Two double rooms and two triple rooms. There were three bath rooms as well. You get hot water  and electricity, both solar powered so it all depends on the weather. Hot water system was out of order in two out of three bathrooms.  Sad It is sad how low quality the some of the construction work is, specially in bathrooms.

There are no heaters but a set of good blankets were there.

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 12:25:17 AM »

Appreciate if you could bit elaborate on the road condition. Will it be possible to make it to the bungalow with a 121???
Further, I wonder if someone can explain the current status of the bungalow and the roads PLS.......
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 10:01:19 PM »

I have so many fond memories of this place. This place used to be called Anderson Lodge back then. I was first taken there by my parents when i was about 1 year old. Thereonwards we went there 6-7 times and there was a lovely bungalow keeper there who was very helpful and even carried me all the way to worlds end and back. The place was very cosy and nicely built, but recently this place had become badly maintained, and the bungalow was extended in a very crude way which makes the place very ugly.

There is another bungalow near the park entrance which has a better view of the plains around it.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2014, 01:17:01 AM »

This is what the bungalow looked like around 1989.


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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2014, 01:24:22 AM »

Hi Ana

Thanks for adding some valuable old photos, brings back the memories... but unfortunately most of my old printed ones have been misplaced.

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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2014, 01:52:01 AM »

I should have photos taken prior to this photo. Need time to sort them out and scan.

 Nothing much changed in the building between  1986 - 1992.

  I think the furniture that is there  were what was around in 1986. I was there in 2008 and felt that the standards have dropped and the building and furniture upkeep was much to be desired.
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2014, 03:34:24 AM »

Hi All

Here are some of the pics of the place. We visited from 6 to 8 Oct 2014 and I'll leave Ana to do the feedback coz he's been to this place many times and knows it upside down...

The trip report to follow soon...

Cheers
Sri...


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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2014, 04:06:01 AM »

I did not have much expectations when we went on the 4th to the Ginihiriya bungalow as I had seen its state around 2007/8. Anyway, cant expect much from these people.

I have inserted some photos. Most were taken around 5.30 am and I have not covered the entire bungalow as we occupied only one room.

As Mithila had said earlier, the toilets are in a poor state and one is not working at all. Hot water?Huh? Its a joke as the solar geysers are not working when there is no sunlight and I think the Caretakers do not even clean the Solar panels. As I know the solar panels need to be cleaned, as moss forms due to the cold weather.

Anyway, have a look and be happy that you cannot expect very much for the price we pay.

Enjoy.


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« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2014, 07:23:53 PM »

Check the rates below:



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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2014, 08:19:09 PM »

Hi Sri

According to the chart, they seems to be robbing on the Linen charge....  Wink unless they change every day  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2014, 11:36:47 PM »

He He He! Who is not robbing these days?  Grin Roll Eyes Shocked


That charge is for the wear and tear of the linen.

We took our own linen as my experience the last time I visited was bad. Smelly and mouldy linen. This time the sheets and blankets were OK but blanket was out of a was a funny fabric.

Don't complain. "Just do it"..


Hi Sri

According to the chart, they seems to be robbing on the Linen charge....  Wink unless they change every day  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2014, 11:38:47 PM »

Hi Ana,

Great explanation !!

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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2014, 11:54:04 PM »

Here is a photo taken in Jan 2008. Nothing much has changed in 6 yrs.


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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2015, 08:33:09 PM »

More photos taken in 1986

1. Look at the garden. It was full of flowers. The Caretaker, Dharmadasa, made the difference. Sadly he was shot by the LTTE when he was in Yala.
2. The pond near the bungalow. It cannot be seen now due to the dense growth of Bowitiya.
3. Rajiv been carried by the nanny
4. Rajiv at 3 months.


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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2015, 03:07:31 AM »

1986 was more beautiful than today..thanks for your value pics
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