Back of Beyond Yala, Tissamaharama Sri Lanka, The Deep South
The Back of Beyond Yala is a truly unique villa on the edge of Yala National Park; one of Sri Lankas most popular national parks. Situated in the bush surrounded by trees and bushes, and set to the soundtrack of frogs chirping, this villa is very private and surprisingly comfortable.
Designed in a style that mimics the traditional local village huts, Back of Beyond Yala makes the most of the nature surrounding it. The villa has one fully enclosed double bedroom adjoined to a central open-air, thatched living area. Within this space are a further two single beds, allowing those who wish to enjoy sleeping out in the open, with only a small wall and a thatched roof to divide them from nature.
The staff here are fantastic and are willing to cater to your every whim. The food too is excellent and you will find yourself surprised at the quality of the rice and curry and breakfast rottis, given your isolated location.
A night at Back of Beyond is not going to include a bubble bath and champagne cocktails (unless you bring your own champagne). You will have to fight the local frogs for use of the toilet. It is, however, one of the most down to earth, quaint and truly one-of-a-kind places in Sri Lanka. A night spent here will leave you with memories and stories to last a lifetime. It is a place to be outdoors, to explore the environment and enjoy lifes simple pleasures.
Eco/Adventure - This category covers gorgeous lodges in the jungle, comfortable safari camps and dreamy, but simple, beach cabanas. These places defy conventional categorisation: what is communing with nature to one person may be terrifying bugs to another! Many of these places are very comfortable and the service generally of a very high level - but please read the website review carefully and/or talk to us and be sure to have understood what you are letting yourselves in for!
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This was an excellently organised, tailor-made trip. We stayed in friendly hotels in a number of different locations, including a mud house in the jungle, beside a lake and in the hills among the tea plantations. We had a wonderful guide/driver and visited some amazing temples, spectacular world heritage sites, lovely villages and ate delicious, freshly harvested and cooked local food. It was a fabulous holiday!