Accommodation, Dry Zone

Kumbuk River Lodge

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Nominated for the World Travel Awards 2007 for its ecologically sensitive construction and ethos, the small lodge is set by a river within easy reach of the north entrance to Yala and exudes simple yet natural charm.

The main lodge is built from wood and thatch in the shape of a 40ft elephant. Inside the elephant is a villa which provides a lounge area, bedroom and bathroom with hot water.

There are two other villas available to guests, the tree luxuria, is a luxurious tree house with glass walls overlooking the river and has a separate bedroom, private bathroom , air conditioning and tea and coffee facilities.

There is also the Kumbuk chalet which is slightly more rustic but still an experience to stay in, it is built to resemble a traditional Sri Lankan farmhouse and offers an outdoor shower and solar powered lighting.

Meals include a mixture of Sri Lankan cuisine and more international dishes and are prepared using fresh local ingredients.

As well as game drives in the world famous Yala National Park, the lodge also offers walking safaris along the river, zip lines, a sky chair and swimming.

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Kumbuk River Lodge 6.709212, 81.311410 Kumbuk River LodgeView

Facilities

Private bathrooms, dining room, air-conditioning,

Local Wildlife

Yala has one of the highest densities of leopard in the world enabling reliable and excellent sightings. Elephant, sloth bear, sambar and spotted deer, wild boar, stripe-necked mongoose, black-naped hare and several civet species could all be encountered on night drives. In the water holes you may see mugger crocodile, painted stork, lesser whistling teal, black-headed Ibis, Eurasian spoonbill and the rare black-necked stork. Palu trees dominate the monsoon forest vegetation of the park. (Manilkara hexandra) and thorny bushes dominate the thick undergrowth.

Optional Activities

Game drives, walking safaris, zip lines

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

If you have any questions regarding our Sri Lanka tours, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Exactly what we hoped for in a country which we already liked. UK agents always quick to respond to queries and flexible in designing our trip. Exactly what we hoped for in a country which we already liked. Highlights – six Leopards! Nearly 100 species of birds. Many elephants including family groups, as well as plenty of monkeys, deer, Crocs etc.

Mrs HA- Amersham