On the shores of the Tissawewa, set in a large tree-filled garden, is a small elegantly simple bungalow that reflects the serenity of the Great ancient Stupas (Ruwanweli, Jetawanaramaya and Mirisawetiya) that can be seen, day and night, across the water.
To most Sri Lankans a visit to Anuradhapura is a pilgrimage, inspiring but crowded. To visitors to Sri Lanka it’s an ‘ancient city’ with a surfeit of incredible stupas and exquisite stone carvings. But to really experience Anuradhapura is to discover its well hidden tranquil spaces, which led us to return as often as possible for endless exploration and inspiration.
Back of Beyond – Water’s Edge bungalow is one of those well hidden tranquil places. Barely a few minutes’ drive from the famous ancient sites this bungalow was designed and cared for as a family holiday home, and is now open to you with all its serenity and comfort.
The elegant open plan bungalow has 3 rooms for a maximum of 8 adults. The large rooms are tastefully furnished and have spacious attached toilets with hot water showers. One room leads directly off the dining area and is particularly good for children and elderly visitors. Two rooms are slightly detached from the open lounge and provide maximum privacy for our guests. In keeping with our philosophy of minimizing energy usage all our bedrooms have fans rather than air conditioning.
The dining and living area opens out to the 2 acre park full of indigenous trees, and a small paddy field which we cultivate if the rain gods cooperate! The garden rolls down to the Tissawewalake overlooking the 3 ancient stupas in one breath taking view –a very rare photo opportunity to take back with you! Too often though, we forget our cameras as we sit on the open verandah and soak the serenity into our mind and body.As the day ends and darkness takes over from light, the three Great Stupas gently remain – glowing in the delicate light that keeps them with us though out the night. For those who rise early, the magic continues…the dawn is milky white as the night’s dew rises from the TissaWewa enveloping the stupas across the great waters. To sit quietly on the steps, watch the dawn breaking and hear the distant echo of temple drums…no words. Only an experience.