Back of Beyond Safari Lodge,Yala, is created as a typical park bungalow with a large open verandah, for dining, lounging and sleeping, with a small enclosed ‘safe area’ for sleeping and keeping your gear. However, unlike the green painted, brick, cement and asbestos park bungalows we have been inspired by the traditional clay wall and thatch roofed homes of the dry zone to give character to our bungalows.
Each bungalow is built with mud bricks, thatched with talipot fronds and has a semi cleared garden that merges with the scrub land and jungle beyond. The character of the traditional dry zone homes is reflected in the open ‘pila’ for storytelling and star gazing. At night, the stars and the rising moon, with the sound of the sea breaking on the rocks hidden below the forested cliff is the perfect end to a long day, and a beginning of a long night of sharing ‘Yala Yarns.’
And we have gone beyond the park bungalows and traditional homes, to give you crisp linen, airy modern toilets, and a cook that will serve up western as well as Sri Lankan cooking!
It’s an peaceful home to come back to, after a safari at Yala, or a day out exploring the ancient sites of Ruhuna. To lie on the open verandah as the moon rises over the invisible ocean, is to live for a while, the romance of the remote dry zone villages.
Food has always been a vital part of our Yala holidays…part of what makes up our travel memories! In keeping with the traditions of our Back of Beyond retreats, our cook at Yala will prepare a wide variety of Sri Lankan as well as western dishes. The flavours of the coastal south predominates in the Sri Lankan food, and there is a distinct ‘Sri Lankan touch’ to the western dishes.
Rooms are offered on Bed and Breakfast, Half Board or Full Board basis.
We can also pack you a picnic lunch should you be doing a full day safari or spending the day exploring the historical sites of the South.