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The Thick Forest

Pidurangala, Sigiriya Rock Front, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka 94 (Show on map)

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Formerly : Teak Forest

"Waking to birds singing, tree house in the leaves, cool..."

  • Shelly, United States
  • February 17, 2015
  • Area: Sigiriya Rock Front
  • Rooms : 5
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Standard Cottage
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The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Cottages
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Cottage View
Cottage View
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Bathroom
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - En-suite Bathroom
En-suite Bathroom
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Balcony/Terrace
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - View from the Cottage
View from the Cottage
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - View
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - View of lions rock from room
View of lions rock from room
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - View of the room
View of the room
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Food
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Sri Lankan - Meals
Sri Lankan - Meals
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Things to do
Things to do
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Surroundings
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Surroundings
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Surroundings
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Outdoor dining
Outdoor dining
The Thick Forest Sigiriya - Pidurangala ancient temple
Pidurangala ancient temple
Features of The Thick Forest

24-hour front desk

24-hour room service

airport transfer

BBQ facilities

bicycle rental

car hire

car park

facilities for disabled guests

family room

laundry service



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smoking area


Sports and Recreation




free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Wi-Fi in public areas


car park

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Designed for both business and leisure travel, The Thick Forest is ideally situated in Sigiriya Rock Front; one of the city's most popular locales. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Pidurangala Temple, Sigiriya Rock.

The Thick Forest offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. The hotel provides car park, family room, tours, bicycle rental, laundry service/dry cleaning to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

Step into one of 4 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as internet access – LAN (complimentary), hair dryer, complimentary bottled water, desk, daily newspaper. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including garden. Whatever your reason for visiting Sigiriya / Dambulla, the The Thick Forest is the perfect venue for an exhilarating and exciting break away.
Designed for both business and leisure travel, The Thick Forest is ideally situated in Sigiriya ... see more
Children and extra beds:
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 2-3 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.

Guests over 3 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

Airport Transfer Fee
95 USD

Check-In From
02:00 PM

Check-Out Until
11:30 AM

Distance from City Center
01.00 Km

Distance to Airport
180 KM

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Charlotte P. Couples Germany, March 2, 2015
In the jungle

Jungle, tree house and food
Really nice place, isolated in the jungle but at 20-30 minutes by foot (really nice walk on a path through the Jungle) far away from Lion's rock. Traditional food for dinner (Curry rice) and breakfast (hopper). The view from the tree house is amazing. The only weakness would be the decoration and the bath room, but everything was clean, with big towels available. We recommand.
Henrik H. Families with young children Denmark, February 20, 2015
Way to expensive

Staff is wonderfull
Henrik H. Families with young children Denmark, February 20, 2015
the thick forest

the owner set prices way to high. which is outrageous. it's a funny experience and the staff is wonderfull. can take you for a very inspiring walk around his village. and they cook very sri lanka food. but it's too expensive. the cottage is fine. but for this price you should expect sheets without holes and a mosquito net which is not realy dirty and full of holes.
Shelly D. Couples United States of America, February 17, 2015
Dirty room but fabulous jungle setting

Waking to birds singing, tree house in the leaves, cool enough at night
The stairs to our treehouse were very rickety, the room was dirty (gecko droppings), no wastebasket, and really super basic. Our room was also right by the trash area. But it was cool enough at night and there were astonishing bird songs in the morning. An elephant had come nearby during the night. The food was OK but not spicy, watered down for tourists. Hosts very friendly.
Marie K. Groups Czech Republic, January 16, 2015
unique tree houses, we love it!

natural, unique, fantastic services
Marie K. Groups Czech Republic, January 16, 2015
unique tree houses, we love it!

natural, unique, fantastic services
Christopher B. Couples Australia, January 1, 2015
Tree house heaven

Great location, exciting treehouse setup, friendly bunch
Great. Like a lot of places in Sri Lanka it is overpriced, but it's a cool tree house place, the location is great (all the rooms have a view of some big rock thing nearby), and the staff were very friendly (say hi to Sunil). Take the short cut walk to the rock (the anticlockwise route) and if you're lucky like we were you will see some amazing birdlife.
Eduardo M. Couples Spain, September 7, 2014
Real Cabin Tree with views to Sigiriya Rock

Cabin Trees in the middle of the jungle; you could spot Sigiriya Rock from the Cabin Tree.
Great, you get there at night and tasted Sri Lankan food. The tree cabins are real, with no AC but hot/cold water.
Bronwyn P. Families with older children Singapore, June 20, 2014
Basic accommodation good location

location to attractions, quiet, isolated
We booked two tree houses and were travelling with our two children (14 and 10 years). Tree house rooms basic and nothing for children to do on site. The novelty of sleeping in a tree house wore off quickly. This accommodation is probably better suited for couples, singles, as there is a nice area to sit and chat, drink wine and enjoy the quiet bush setting and Lion Rock . There are defined tracks to houses but is a track in the shrubbery no lighting. Bring head torches for better vision. Fan did stopped working after ten minutes but we had a lovely breeze which kept the temperature down and rocked the tree house gently. Bring books, cards etc if you need entertainment at night. There was driver accommodation and meals if you are travelling with a hire car. Our host, Nadala, was friendly, helpful and cooked a lovely dinner and breakfast. You need to pay extra for water and if not at meal times pay for coffee. Excellent location to Lion Rock and Minneriya National Park which were both wonderful experiences.
Rebecca D. Couples United Kingdom, March 12, 2014
Amazing views from your own treehouse

Friendly and Attentive staff, Great food, Quiet surroundings
We stayed at The Thick Forest for 2 nights in March, the treehouse iteself had amazing views from the windows and balcony of Lion Rock and was comfortable given that it was perched up in a tree. The treehouse had basic amenities which was to be expected. The walk to Sigiriya Rock from here was about 15 minutes through a well trodden path through the forest. The highlight of our stay here was the friendly staff, Ajith went out of his way to ensure we received excellent service, arranging a trip to the national park as well as cooking up a storm in the kitchen. His traditional Sri Lankan dinners and breakfasts were a real treat. Although priced a little higher than eating outside the accommodation the quality of the food all locally and freshly sourced and cooked was worth every rupee. We would stay here again and recommend to other couples and travellers who enjoy peaceful surroundings in the middle of nature.
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1.5 KM's from Sigiriya rock on Pidurangala road (Short cut to Habarana)

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  • Sigiriya Rock (8.5 Km)
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