Villa, Southern Coast, USD 75 to 200, Eco

Location:  Aranya is an adventurous choice for Yala, a simple eco lodge that lies just outside the park's boundaries. Yala, in Sri Lanka's south-east corner, claims to have the best leopard sanctuary in Asia. Two bird sanctuaries, Bundala and the Kelametiya wetlands, are also within easy reach. Aranya is situated in the rural village of Kotchchipathana, about 5km from the holy town of Kataragama. A seven hour drive from Colombo is best done with a few leisurely stops en route. 

Description: Aranya is a small eco-lodge offering guests an opportunity to soak up the serene atmosphere of Sri Lanka's wilds. The three-acre property - which can only sleep people in a chalet, tree-hut and watch-hut -- is simple but thoughtfully designed. The Sri Lankan architect has paid special attention to space, light and colour to create a property that is both relaxing and revitalizing. Aranya, developed by former Sri Lanka cricket star Hashan Tillakaratne, aims to be a true eco-lodge and the staff are all recruited from local villages. Meals are prepared with fresh local ingredients. The property does not have national grid electricity but solar power provides lighting in the evening.

Accommodation: Aranya can comfortably accommodate eight persons in a chalet (four people - one double bed inside and one outside), a tree-hut (three people) and a small watch-hut (one person). All rooms have mosquito nets. No fans are necessary due to the open and airy design. The chalets have out door open air showers and the Tree Hut has a separate washing area a few yards away. 

Facilities: Sri Lankan rice and curries are served at the Makaranda restaurant. BBQs are organized near the Kochchipathana Lake. Meals are prepared with fresh vegetables and meats purchased at the local market. The dining area also has a TV, stereo and gas operated fridge. 

Excursions: The wildlife is the main attraction and sometimes you won't even need to leave the chalet to see a wandering elephant. Wildlife trips into the Yala National Park can be arranged in 4WD vehicles. Mountain bikes can be hired and Aranya also has two resident ponies.

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