The Other Corner

About the The Other Corner

"The Other Corner" is the wild child of Rahula Dassenaieke, a lover of nature in his own rights and a keen photographer. Rahula came up with the concept of "The Other Corner" as a place to relax with the idea of maintaining an unsullied environment for other avian and nature lovers to enjoy what is frequently termed the abundance of nature.

A family man, Rahula is also the managing director of Starron group of companies, which was founded in 1988 to cater to the demand rife at the time, and has since carved a niche for itself in the industry.

Rahula's aspiration with "The Other Corner" is that more people will come to realize the value of the natural world around us and to provide such a place as will in all probability be all too rare in the future, a place of beauty, of peace, of relaxation and an observation point in the evolution of nature.

Location

Built on a sprawling spread of approximately 5 acres, about 5 minutes drive from the town of Habarana, the chalets are located in hiding, preserving as much privacy and sanctuary as possible. The fact that there is no barrier or fences (to preserve natural trails and to reduce a much a possible the effect of encroaching on nature) erected around The Other Corner in no way diminishes the sense of solitude and peace one feels.

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation at The Other Corner are air-conditioned with modern facilities & amenities including tea/coffee service and mini fridges. Be it an intimate party of two or a larger group we have many types of accommodation to suit your needs.

Tree Cottages

The 'Tree Cottages' provide our guests with yet another unique room choice. These beautiful wooden cottages are perched above the ground and feature an outdoor deck which allows you to step out of your room & sit out to enjoy a book or admire the wildlife in the surrounding greenery.

The Lodge

Built above the ground so as to reduce the impact of encroaching on the natural trails the elephants take during the dry spell, while also providing a view of these magnificent beasts as they walk underneath, the lodge is given a natural look with clay & wood. The plank stairway & wooden furniture being the first thing a visitor notices, the lodge makes sure that guests enjoy the best of camping in comfortable & convenient surroundings. The lodge houses two family rooms with attached bathrooms and have inter connecting doors to accommodate up to 7 persons. These closest rooms to the water, allow a magnificent view of the lake and surrounding flora & fauna and offer an extensive deck area which can function as outdoor living or dining space.

Chalets

The ground floor 'Chalets' come with the option of additional beds for triple bookings and have both a front & back patio which may also be used for private dining if required. One unique 'Chalet-for-two' is equipped with a jacuzzi.

The 'Twin Chalets' have the option of being booked separately for 3 to 4 persons or have inter-connecting doors to function as one unit if you are a large group. The large modern toilets have both sunken baths as well as walk-in open showers.

Facilities

Along with the basic comforts of life that we take for granted such as pipe borne water and electricity, the lodge also provides hot and cold water as well as a modern sanitary section. Along with a uniquely attractive shower head, that brings to mind a miniature waterfall and is enticingly refreshing after a long day of walking amid the green forest gardens. Meal provided would be as requested by the visitors ranging from Local Rice and Curries to Western Cuisine, served by ever helpful attendant. wireless internet facilities will also be available for the use of laptops and other portable devices.

Dining

To best enjoy your nature experience, The Other Corner has several options on where you may dine. You can opt to dine on your private back-patio, have your food served on the upper deck of the chalets or in our open concept restaurant which has a 28 person seating capacity. Our extensive menu has a wide selection of options, including show cooking on some nights. During much of the year, guests may have the privilege of visiting our vegetable garden & hand picking produce to be cooked to order by our chefs. We also boast of a wide range of international beer and wines.

Pool

Feel the stress & strain evaporate as you bask in the crystal clear water after a day of birding & sightseeing. The tranquil pool is nestled among the shaded groves. Relax on a deck chair & sip a cool drink or ask the staff for our poolside menu & indulge in one of our delicious snacks while you feel the day give way to calm and serenity while listening to the call of the birds.

Excursions

The fact of its central location makes The Other Corner an ideal starting point to such well known tourist attractions as; Minneriya (about 15 minutes drive), Kawudulla (about 20 minutes drive), Sigiriya (about 20 minutes drive), Dambulla (about 20 minutes drive), Pidurangala (about 20 minutes drive), Ritigala (about 20 minutes drive) and the Huruwila Auyrwedic village. (about 20-25 minutes drive)