On a journey back to basics, living with nature. We believe in basic comfort and offer a nature retreat extremely well integrated in our wonderful surroundings; the virgin forest, the rocky hills, and the wildlife. Via the dirt track to the lodge you leave the world behind and end up in elephant country. This jungle, the Weliara forest, is hidden between Yala National Park and the Arahat Kanda mountains � a 15 km long chain of steep rocky hills, seperating civilisation from wilderness. Situated in uninhabited jungle bordering Sri Lanka�s largest protected area, the 1300 km2 Yala NP, we live amidst the whole range of animals found in the neighboring sanctuary. Most prominent among our wild visitors are the Elephants. Nights in the jungle is an experience of darkness and strange sounds. When elephants pass by they are usually very silent but sometimes heard breaking branches or trumpeting. The lucky ones will hear the �song of elephants� � herds long distance communicating with sound wawes, like whales. Birders need no luck. 161 species are recorded in our area. A few of them are: Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, Alexandrine Parakeet, Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl, Grey- and Malabar Pied Hornbill, Green Bee-eater, and Baya Weawer.
Tree Tops Jungle Lodge Location
1) Get to Buttala, 11 km east of Wellawaya and 45 km north of Kataragama.
2) From Buttala to the lodge. The easiest thing to do, is simply to hire an Asian ?three wheeler? taxi. It is recommended to look for a driver waiting outside ?Aruna Stores? in the center of Buttala town, opposite the busstand. The drivers at this place are always updated on the road conditions as Tree Tops normally use one of these guys when returning to the lodge after buying provisions.
3) The first stage from Buttala to the lodge is a 4 km tar road drive on the Okkampitiya/ Maligawila road. Then turn right on a gravel road. From here 5 km journey on a dirt track. A normal van can?t drive to the lodge. Some periods visitors will have to walk the last two km, or alternatively get picked up by a bullock cart (hard rain could damage the road). This is all arranged and coordinated by Tree Tops.
4) The gravel road to the lodge leads into elephant country! Therefore, we advice visitors to arrive at Tree Tops not much later than 3 pm. In the morning don?t arrive too early - not before 10.30 am. During the hot hours in daytime Elephants generally rest and stay in the shadow of the forest and the road will be safe for travel. Late afternoon before sunset the elephants will, however, be quite active finding food and when moving around they often cross the gravel road. So, we recommend to arrive early, have a cup of tea and get tuned to the nature around us.
Tree Tops Jungle Lodge Accommodation
A real ecolodge and jungle experience in the forgotten valley of Weliara, living and walking with a team of native, local trackers and naturalists. Accommodation in simple tree- and mud huts discretely blending with bush, virgin forest and wildlife. Remote and non-touristic wilderness in Southeast Sri Lanka, few kilometer north of Yala National Park.