Cooling waters to soothe your soul
The river Belihuloya flowing down few meters below bordering the glenrock, is a place most guests spend longer time, sometimes days indulging themselves in activities rarely available
naturally anywhere in the world. For example, ' Fish therapy on the river', a dip or a short swim in the 'Natural pool on the river' or a 'Water therapy/ massage in a 'Natural Jacuzzi' on the
river( More details of each activity are given below).
Originating in pristine nature reserve Horton Plains and cascading through waterfalls such as ‘Baker's Falls’, ‘Galagama Falls’ and many other small falls and thumping its way down through thousands of boulders in a
stretch of over 4 km , waters of river Belihuloya reaches the valley called Ulugalathenna about 2000 meters below, where the glenrock is situated. It is this arduous journey that provides the greatest natural purification
through a natural oxidizing process making it the purest by the time it reaches the glenrock .
At the glenrock , our guests have the luxury to get the most soothing effect and relaxation to their body and soul free
of charge through the activities mentioned below.
* Available for use unless there is a severe dry spell or a torrential monsoonal rain(they have their own beauties, though) sometimes unpredictably experienced.
* We advise you to check with the staff before you go for a river activity, especially on rainy/overcast day as rains in the upper mountains could create flash water flows.
Natural Pool on the River
While the pool is not a huge one, it has a deep corner( 6.5 feet) and a shallow area( around 4 feet) and ideal for a good dip to sooth your body and soul. Also a short swim is also possible with a deep end corner too( dimensions are given below).
* Natural pool is sometimes shared by the villagers
Natural Water Therapy , Natural Jacuzi/spa on the river
Position yourself between boulders or lie down in a shallow pond on the river to give your body the effect of a spa therapy or massage and this comes naturally with the cooling effect that soothes your body and with a massage effect 'free of charge' ( there are many such 'Natural jacuzi/spa' spots giving you a relaxing ' Natural water therapy' ).
Rock Lined Pool by the Restaurant
Fed by a stream with natural water from the pristine untouched high mountains, this is a pool of a different kind and feel. Amaze your skin with chlorine free freshest natural water. The more you indulge yourself in such medicinal water, the more your skin will glow, the more your body and soul be healed.
Fish Therapy on the river
It is believed that the fish can stimulate acupuncture points and help regulate the nervous system, relax the body and release fatigue.
(Not available during extreme weather condition Or high water flows)
Read a book
Relax on your private deck/balcony, rooftop or by the river while reading a book
Gaze to infinity
Gaze at the majesty of the mountains surrounding the property as the mist kisses and graze the mountain tops. Be inspired by the nature’s wonders in its true formation at the glenrock where nature meets luxury in a mountainous backdrop
Walk inside or just outside the hotel
Take a stroll just outside the hotel, only few meters and see the photogenic mountain ranges in different angles, experience a simple lifestyle of the villager, especially the simple pleasures of life they enjoy such as freshest air, purest water, natural work out from their day to day activities, and the simplicity. You will get to see rice fields, bean and tomato fields and how the farming is done in conventional ways such as conventional water management, planting rice each plant by hand, or harvesting, preparing the fields for next cultivation etc. Also, you may see wildlife such as mongoose, monkeys, chameleons, cows, bird’s butterflies and sometimes even hawks hanging around the hotel and the vicinity.
⚹ Please note that all activities excluding the barbecues , spa therapies and excursions ( other than two village excursions , Pahanthudawa Falls and Walk to the ancient cave temple ) are included in the room rate
Take a minute off your stay at the glenrock and stroll down the mountain paths of Ulugalathenna(Tile rock valley). Dip your eyes and imagination at the winged beauty of colorful butterflies and various birds and the variety of chameleons which are rare to see in most parts of Sri Lanka. Belihuloya is a natural home for some endemic birds of Sri Lanka. Due to the eco friendly atmosphere of the hotel, these birds and butterflies could be seen from close.
Spa by the river
Sense, immerse and revitalize your mind, body and soul amidst therapeutic sounds of nature at our Spa with our signature therapies. Our trained therapists, premium products and the unique therapeutic qualities of natural immersion work in concert to give you a transcending sensory experience. (charges apply)
Stone walk foot therapy
Pamper your feet and stimulate your nerve ends with the cooling stones tingling beneath your skin by taking a walk through our stone walkway. Feel the friendly touch that your feet have always been yearning for, and connect your body to the earth.
Play a game of chess
It is the best peaceful atmosphere for complete concentration, for a game of chess with your partner while you are surrounded by the luxuries of nature.
Enjoy an outdoor barbecue
You are always welcome to a steaming barbecue either on the roof terrace dining area or by the riverside indulging with the nature and cooling waters.(charges apply)
Learn how to cook village style Sri Lankan rice and curry from our experienced chef. And of course,enjoy the meal you cooked.
Take home the skill and impress your friends/relations with such rare skill with a mouth watering meal.
Cooking your own rice and curry meal ( for two persons) -US$ 40
** Not available if the kitchen/ staff is too busy
If you are into fishing, we can provide you with a fishing rod, an assistant and transport to the lake which is about 10 km drive.
Charges - $ 60 (per couple or family)
In a clear night, you will be amazed to see the volume as well as the clarity of the stars you see from our roof terrace. The difference is the unpolluted atmosphere where there are no particles or smoke getting in the way between your eye and the star.
Free Village Tours
Pahantudawa Falls tour with guide- the glenrock provides a free tour with a guide to the Pahantudawa Falls, a marvelous creation of nature in a mini canyon like geographical setting nowhere can be seen in Sri Lanka, located about 1.5 km from the hotel (Involves a somewhat adventurous, challenging short climb walk)
Walk to the ancient Buddhist temple in the village with guide - the glenrock provides a free tour with a guide to the village’s ancient temple. The temple has a history that runs back to 1521-1581 A.D. and the walk to the temple is through beautiful paddy fields and the friendly welcoming breeze that blow through. ( Unpaved muddy path and possible leech bites)