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Jungle, waterfalls, Knuckles mountains and much more

The idea to start this project came from within the family, primarily Nihal who has vast experience in the tourism industry. He had a vision to set up such a sustainable tourism project from the time he entered the tourism field and since then, we have been working closely with the local villagers, educating them, learning from them and establishing ourselves as a genuine ecotourism business.

We are located 19km from Kandy in  Nihal’s ancestral village of Wepathana, within a tranquil jungle in contrast to the busy town of Kandy. For the exact location and how to get here please use the link ‘Location and Route’ on the left.

At the heart of the operations are the local villagers. Their involvement at the planning stages, construction stages and their traditional hospitality with their ever-smiling faces contribute immensely towards the success of our project. Of equal importance is respect for the nature and protection of our environment and how we ensure this can be seen under 'Our Ecotourism Practices'

Nihal’s Dutch wife Nel, is responsible for arranging the stunning treks on offer and taking care of our many pets. She also helps handicapped people through her experience as a physiotherapist. She has her village shop which promotes local talent.

Founder and C.E.O. of this project. Nihal has been working as a tour leader for a leading Dutch Travel Organisation since 2001 and oversees all of Polwaththa's operations. Time permitting, he gives free English classes to the villagers and watches cricket - only when Sri Lanka has a chance of winning!

Remon, their only son, moved back to Sri Lanka after completing his degree in Tourism in the Netherlands. He is responsible for the marketing and sales of Polwaththa. His love for Rice & curry and Arrack combined with his fluent Sinhalese makes him  more Sri Lankan than Dutch. He currently lives in London with a plan to settle within 2 years.


The Team