Tree Tops Jungle Lodge

Overview

Tree Tops Jungle Lodge is a tented lodge inside the Weliara Jungle in Buttala bordering Yala National Park. This is real off the beaten track property where you could come across wild Elephants who roam the area, the property is basically in the jungle. (Not in a protected reserve)

If you fancy walking in the jungle to see wild Elephants and other species, bird watching, eating traditional food and enjoy the non-commercial hospitality of the village staff, this is the place.

Please note, though Tree Tops Jungle Lodge is located bordering Yala National Park, it is a not an option when visiting Yala National Park as the park gate is 1 ½ hours away.

Two or three nights at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge will bring you the best of jungle experience you can have in Sri Lanka

Location

Situated in the remote town of Buttala, 1 ½ hours drive from Yala National Park/Tissamaharama area, completely off the standard beaten track, the lodge is a special and non-touristic place to stay and is about the location and experience rather than just another accommodation option.

Accommodation

Tented style rooms. Four chalet type canvas lodgings with bathroom and toilet inside the tent, good space for a large double bed and a verandah outside the room with folding chairs and tables.

Meals

Freshly cooked by the village staff. They specialised in traditional Sri Lankan meals such as rice, fried lake fish, fresh vegetables and fruits. The Tree Top cooks prepare delicious traditional Sri Lankan vegetable curries over a wood fire using exotic ingredients such as banana flower, manioc, green bananas, jack nut and fruits, with curry leaves found in the jungle.

Things to do

Jungle walks and Jungle walks, is the thing to do when staying at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge. Go walking in the woods with the staff to see wild Elephants and bird watching. Weliara jungle is home for many migratory, resident and endemic birds.

Staggering 163 bird species have been recorded in the Jungle of Tree Tops Jungle Lodge, 10 of them are endemic. The rare Oriental Scops Owl is very common and this small owl often makes a defining background sound at night, the calls heard most after rain and if there is no wind.

For those interested in Buddhist rock monuments there are two first class attractions close to Tree Tops Jungle Lodge: Buduruvagala and Maligawila. Being remote and off the crowded beaten track, these monuments are not objects for mass tourism - and they can be highly recommended as alternatives to the much more famous archeological monuments in the cultural triangle.

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