Sri Lanka’s 8 jungle stays would make you want to pack your bags now!

Sri Lanka’s 8 jungle stays would make you want to pack your bags now!

Most times, the idea of going away on a holiday is to escape the hustle and bustle of the city one lives in. For some, a beach holiday, reading a book while the sun kisses the skin is an ideal break. For others, being amidst trees, getting lost in a jungle, listening to the birds chirping and breathing in the fresh air would do justice to the break. If you fit the latter, this post is for you.

Here is a roundup of the best jungle stays to check out if you plan to Visit Sri Lanka. Hope your bags are ready!

Ella Jungle Resort, Ella

Tarzan and Jane would have loved this place and probably called it, home. Spread out over 150 acres and surrounded by jungles, waterfalls and mountain streams, this specialty stay is for the ones who really want to disconnect with the modern day lifestyle.  Enjoy the outdoor showers, watch monkeys in their natural habitat and just be. Incredible isn’t it?



Tree Tops Jungle Lodge, Buttala

This hidden gem is off the beaten track and provides real experience of staying in the jungle. With no electricity and meals prepared the native style on woodfire, this eco-lodge is just 6 km’s away from Yala. Witness elephant’s including tuskers up close, wandering in their habitat – eating, roaming, trumpeting, while you sit and sip on some coffee. No Instagram to put up a picture just yet. That can wait till you go back home.


Heritance Kandalama

This premier 5-star accommodation doesn’t need selling. A luxury hotel that isn’t built to stand out but blend in with nature, monkeys pay to your balcony as if they are climbing trees in the jungle. An architectural masterpiece by the late Geoffrey Bawa, this hotel sits at the heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, close to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Rain Forest Eco lodge, Deniyaya

If adventure is what you seek, this lodge has it covered from the word go. Right from the path to reach this unique accommodation, which contains 9 tight hairpin bends with stunning views in all directions, to rooms made from recycled shipping containers that are surprisingly comfortable combined with fascinating walks in the rainforest to witness unique wildlife such as the purple-faced leaf monkeys, blue magpie and giant millipedes, this remote eco stay is a gratifying experience.


Cinnamon Wild, Yala

A stay at this forest lodge resort is not an ordinary experience. Build on a 10-foot elevation, this resort houses 68 chalets that are right by the Yala beach. Crocodiles, pelicans, leopards, elephants and grey lemurs are some of the wildlife that one can spot during their stay at this resort. Cinnamon Wild also offers infrared night safari, providing a different experience to witness the wild.


Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya

This lodge has been built using natural materials that are sourced locally making it an eco-friendly stay. Spread across 20 acres of private forest, boat rides, drive around the jungle or a nature walk are some of the things to do. Highlight of staying in this lodge is to witness elephants swim from one island to another. Want something fancy? The lodge has its own helipad. Ichiqoo can fly you there to save drive time. Ask us.


Ark, Mathugama

This modern-day accommodation blends beautifully into the untouched natural setting of Mathugama. An elevated estate villa is built on a raised terrain of a 40 acre at the start of a jungle with breath-taking view of the estate, the valley and hills beyond, this is a great location to discover the magic of wilderness. Want some private time with your loved one? Look no further.



NidiKumba Forest Retreat, Thanamalwila

We love secrets and NidiKumba offers just that! This private, magical, serene and hidden hotspot on the Kiridi Oya river offers wilderness in your backyard. Geckos and frogs on the walls is a common sight. Witness lizards, iguana, monkeys, peacocks, buffalo, butterflies and birds are all around the area. Go on a forest walk, witness birds, or just take a dip in a river. This place is a magical find.


If luxury is what you seek, you need to check out the top 12 luxury holiday experiences in Sri Lanka.

If you want to experience Sri Lanka wildlife, check out our adventure package here.

With so many beautiful places to stay, catering to the likes of the luxury seekers to the backpackers, Sri Lankan Jungle has some hidden gems for the explorer in you. Come, travel with Ichiqoo and experience the wild of Sri Lanka. See Asia differently!


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