Sri Lanka eco lodge accommodation
02 NIGHTS: US$ 132 p.p./p.n.
03 NIGHTS: US$ 123 p.p./p.n.
04 NIGHTS: US$ 119 p.p./p.n All inclusive service packages: all meals, refreshments, local landscape walks with tracker team, access transfers.
Description of Sri Lanka eco lodge accommodation
Set within 25 acres of regenerated jungle and protected conservation forest, connected to Yala West National Park, this Sri Lanka eco lodge is part of a camp style set up with tented chalets and a central mud hut restaurant designed to work in harmony with the environment and the local community.
This is a unique and completely off the tourist radar experience and definitely worthwhile for any responsible travellers interested in becoming immersed in the real wilds of Sri Lanka rather than purpose built resorts and all-inclusive hotels.
The eco lodge is really remote and requires fresh water to be pumped from a well and candles and hurricane lamps to subtly illuminate the evening bereft of electricity.
A highly trained team of six local people provide individual service and help guests understand the true nature of wild Sri Lanka as opposed to what you might discover on a wildlife safari i.e. animals, by nature, are shy and want to keep undetected so don’t come expecting to see animals in abundance, just respect their survival instincts and you’ll get along fine.
Of course, there’s no denying the sounds of wild Sri Lanka and the early morning chorus of some 165 species of bird will leave you in no doubt as to their existence in the same way nocturnal grunting and calling will open your eyes wide with wonder.
Nature trails and birdwatching help you piece together the lay of the land surrounding the camp with organised safari tours of Yala National Park providing wildlife experiences which are much more proactive but none the less rewarding.
Day to day lifestyle
Here at the eco lodge we follow the rhythm of the jungle and adapt to the local lifestyle with siestas in the shade allowing guests to rest in the midday heat whilst walking and tracking activities tend to occur organically rather than following a strict plan.
We don’t have any extra guides or guaranteed itineraries and as there are just six members of staff, all of which are experienced jungle trackers, you’re just as likely to go on an early morning or late afternoon explore with the waiter or the steward just as much as the camp director or operations manager.
Rooms, food and facilities
The camp itself is situated on the wild side of a protective elephant fence, surrounded by tropical foliage and savannah style grasslands, with the emphasis on being at one with nature and experiencing a totally different lifestyle in the wildest location possible.
Accommodation comes in the form of three large tents raised on sand filled platforms which feature a covered veranda and living space complete with a couple of chairs, king size bed and folding tables. Tents also have running water as well as an inside toilet and shower.
The communal dining area consists of a traditional thatched mud hut restaurant with plenty of seating and viewing areas to encourage guests to socialise with each other and the camp team or just relax and scan the foliage for birds or signs of wildlife.
Local cooks serve up Sri Lankan curry style dishes which are mainly vegetarian although meat and fish is available upon request and when conditions are favourable.
Outdoor dining can be arranged depending on: guest wishes, the weather and the presence of elephants, with wine and more courses always available depending on pre agreed plans.
How to find us
Travel to the town of Buttala which is around 10kms from the eco lodge. Once you’re in Buttala you’ll be transferred to the eco lodge. More travel details and arrival procedures will be provided at time of booking.
Sri Lanka public buses provide an ideal means of getting to Buttala. The nearest train station is Ella which is about an hour’s drive.
1 Reviews of Sri Lanka eco lodge accommodation
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2017 by Nicola Round
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Our stay was an absolute dream from start to finish. Kamal and the team made us feel so welcome and the food was superb. The most memorable part has to be the wildlife we saw. At the camp, and on our walks, we saw so many different birds as well as lizards, snakes and giant squirrels! And the team are very knowledgable about birds in particular. We did three safari trips in to the National Park and were lucky enough to see leopards as well as elephants, water buffalo, crocodiles, eagles, wild boar, mongoose and so much more.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
If you are looking for a unique, peaceful, wonderful place where you can be totally immersed in nature then this is the place for you. But if you are looking for nightlife and you can't live without a hot shower then it's probably not for you.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Unforgettable. A truly special place, we are so grateful to have experienced the accommodation and the wonderful team. Thank you!
PlanetWe have created our location to be a natural part of our wild surroundings.
Our operation is based on a philosophy of minimalism: the more discrete and low impact the better.
A self-imposed restriction ensures that any hotel like development and expansion is avoided. The camp set up is preserved as a small and special lodge and with only 3 accommodation units.
This is the best way to keep the original, pure, jungle experience as well as a precondition for managing the place without electric light (which would spoil the experience and discourage wild animals from moving close to the camp).
In January 2002 we opened for tourists and began using ecotourism as a way forward. A tool to conserve the environment through creating new nature based jobs. Simply by using the nature in a constructive – not destructive way in the local area which is a wilderness, forest as well as slash and burn cultivation area north of the Yala National Park.
By inviting tourists to come and live with the jungle lodge team in the wilderness it is our aim to create awareness amongst the local community and authorities about the special value of the natural environment outside the Yala National Park itself.
We do not follow any blue print project implementation program and we are economically 100% depending on the arrival of visitors. But we are always working to use our influence and network so as to preserve this unique piece of nature from the threat of destruction.
We are very passionate about preserving our local area as elephant habitat but also working for co-existence between humans and elephants. Through our local community based organization working for preserving biodiversity in an effort to pushing development planners to consider nature conservation as a modern, constructive idea ...
Preserving wild, natural habitats and forests outside the national park is the most important way to solve the 'human-elephant conflict', the main threat to the Sri Lankan elephant population.
The camp is situated in a border area between protected areas and human habitation as well as farming areas so this area is also a place to witness this part of life in remote rural areas. That is why we refer to our approach as ‘reality tourism’.
PeopleAll staff members are from the local area and trained and educated for tourism at the lodge, using their natural sense of hospitality.
We consider sustainable small scale nature based tourism an important contribution to the environmental threats to the area and work to build awareness of nature tourism as a tool to use the local environment in a constructive way as an alternative to using nature in destructive ways.
Small scale responsible tourism is generating a new type of income in the the local community and we have proven this is a different way to use the local environment in a positive way compared to traditional land and forest use. At the same time the management depend on the local knowledge of the jungle which the local staff team possess.
We are conscious about using simple technology only as it can be handled, repaired and managed by the local staff.
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