Villa, Southern Coast, USD 75 to 200, Eco

Kumbuk River is one of Sri Lanka’s best-kept secrets, tucked away in a warm and green corner of the paradise. Warm up your senses for a discovery that will surely make you head to Kumbuk River - the eco extraordinaire. If you thought you have seen big elephants, wait till you see this behemoth. Welcome to the world’s biggest elephant, the eco-lodge extraordinaire in the shape of a giant elephant. Time stands still in this exclusive eco enclave bordering the Kumbukkan Oya, a river that never runs dry. Situated 250 km from Colombo, about 60 km inland from the Southern Coast, in the gem-rich Okkampitiya, Kumbuk River is Sri Lanka’s piece de’ resistance among eco lodges. Nestled on 14 acres of natural bliss on the edge of a sleepy farming village, Kumbuk River isn’t just another eco-lodge. Imagine, sleeping in the belly of the giant elephant. Feel the movement of the gentle giant when it sways gently on a windy day. Well, we think we shouldn’t say too much, after all, it must be left to be discovered.


Just eat, sleep and relax in a haven of your own. Explore the fascinating riverfront and miniature island. Go trekking on the other side of the property which is Yala, Sri Lanka’s most famous wildlife sanctuary. Spot an elephant in the moonlight; on the resort itself if you’re lucky, or catch a glimpse of peacocks roaming at sunrise. You may take a guided tour to the wildlife parks and historical sights or take a drive at night to spot a few animals. Relax at the herbal plunge pool. Tours to beach resorts, famous ancient cities, the world’s eighth wonder and other places of interest, located elsewhere in the island could be arranged on.


What makes Kumbuk River unique is yes, its elephant shape, but, it isn’t the only thing. The entire facility can be reserved for just one touring party, from a single nature-loving person, to a small family or a bigger group of up to 10. There will not be any strangers. While you take refuge at this earthly, yet magical eco haven, it is yours, until you leave.

One of Sri Lanka’s foremost ecologists has put together a participatory plan that makes you an integral part of our eco plan.  You will learn about Sri Lanka’s incredible bio-diversity, you’ll learn things you never knew about wild animals and plants.  You will receive hot tips on surviving the dangers of city life; coming your way in the shape of food, for example.  You’ll go away fully convinced of your commitment to preserving our habitat.  But not before you have planted a tree or helped a rural economy reeling under the shackles of poverty, not before you have helped a poacher to remain in his new job of protecting the wildlife.

Not before you have lived the most poignant few days/weeks of your life!


steve yu
12/29/2010 03:29:02 pm

This place is truly amazing. best thing in sri lanka

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