The goal of the team and owners at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge was to be as close to nature as possible while making as minimum an impact as possible, and as positive an impact as possible on guests and to the conservation of wildlife and their habitats. With that in mind, for the lodge’s restaurant which is the only permanent structure in the camp, it was decided to make this an environmentally friendly traditional mud and thatch construction. Development is prevented in the conservation areas around the lodge and Tree Tops Jungle Lodge’s 25 acres of private forest is set aside and conserved for nature. The accommodations are 3 luxury safari tents which at 35sqm are spacious and airy with comfy king beds or twin beds, en-suite bathrooms, and solar powered lighting. Guests are cared for by a professional team whether cooking up delicious meals from the freshest local produce, to guided walks with experienced and knowledgeable trackers who love to share the stories of the surrounding wildlife as they help you spot and identify the animals and birds you encounter along the way. Off the grid and off the beaten path, life at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge is simple and stylish, and richly luxurious in the experiences of Sri Lanka’s natural world that it shares with guests.
Mr Deepal Dissanayaka (Kamal) and Lars Sorensen
Your Hosts and The Team
The Tented Rooms (3 units)At 35sqm, with a terrace, the safari tents are both spacious and airy. Made in Sri Lanka the tents have been designed with high ceilings, so guests do not have to bend and stoop when moving around inside the tent and are set on sand based elevated platforms for protection against flooding. Each tent comfortably sleeps 2 adults but can sleep a maximum of 3 adults with the addition of an extra bed. Being off grid there is no air-conditioning or fans, but again due to the roomy design and the screens front and rear, the tents are well ventilated. Lighting is solar powered, and the en-suite bathroom includes a cold-water shower, sink, and toilet with running water. A table and chairs are set at the terrace of each tent and occasional furniture within the tent includes luggage racks, chairs and bedside tables. And the timeless sounds of the forest at night come at no extra cost.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 3 rooms
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) Sri Jayawardenepura
Currency accepted: LKR
Electricity voltage: 240V
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CONTACTButtala Village , Sri Lanka , Sri Lanka
ACCESSThe team at the lodge manage all guest arrivals and transfers. Please contact the Secret Retreats Concierge to make your booking and confirm your transfer arrangements.
Airport: Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) – 250km (4h30 drive)
Train Station: Ella Train Station – 245km (4hrs drive)
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By only recruiting from our local area and training the team in-house we believe that while this supports our local community it also results in a genuinely authentic experience for our guests that we think of as “living in the wild with the local community”. The vision was to create nature-tourism based jobs where we, as an ecotourism operator, could benefit from the knowledge of the wild nature that was a resource we discovered in the local community. The simple and original idea was to provide a tourism platform where locals were able to use their old traditional knowledge, experience and skills in a constructive way instead of destructive ways that were often need in the forest, in order to survive and make a little income. Our experiential concept is to operate as an eco-camp that facilitates a living experience in wild nature, potentially amongst the wildlife. In order to preserve the original camp experience, feeling and nature in focus, our credo is: basic, simple and minimal infrastructure. Keeping the camp small and for the exclusive few is part of this conscious strategy. Our camp property is landscaped through natural rewilding combined with planting of trees as prior to our purchase of the land parcels that make up our 25 acres the property was largely used for slash and burn (‘chena’) farming. Our use of the property takes place through self-imposed restrictions and a philosophy of minimalism: a tiny camp set up and the lower impact and the more discrete, the better. Today the biodiversity on our land is quite significant and the natural vegetation makes a favourite habitat for wild elephants. They can feed on most of the plants and trees growing at our property that borders, and is unfenced merged with, mature tall dry zone conservation forest. A forest which is connected with Yala National Park. Re-wilding is facilitated by constant planting of native trees grown in our nursery run by company director Kamal. His 2-acres of family land is situated at the Kumbukkan Oya river where he pumps water for the nursery plants. This land is also an organic pepper plantation producing Sri Lankan pepper of a very high quality that is used for cooking at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge.
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