Sri Lanka eco lodge accommodation



Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

We 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’.

The Impacts of this Trip

All 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.


1 Reviews of Sri Lanka eco lodge accommodation

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

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 travelers booking this vacation?

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 vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes absolutely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Unforgettable. A truly special place, we are so grateful to have experienced the accommodation and the wonderful team. Thank you!

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