In recent years, many little lodges, unique guesthouses and eco-friendly hotels have sprung up to look after guests in some of Sri Lanka’s wildest off-the-beaten-track locations. They provide a fantastic option for accommodation in some of Sri Lanka’s most glorious natural environments and very often offer local employment and opportunities for sustainable, nature-friendly development.
However, these hotels might not be for everyone! They are all unified by the simple fact that they are unique. We love them all, and we think Sri Lanka does quirky, outdoors and extra-special very well indeed. From remote jungle lodges to simple homestays in long-forgotten corners of Sri Lanka, there is a fantastic range for the adventurously-minded traveller. Often these eco-resorts offer a very high-end service ethos, but do not have the mod-cons you would expect in conventional hotels: you are highly unlikely to find air-conditioning or swimming pools (at least conventional ones!), and you might find a few more bugs than usual! Eco-hotels might be perfect for some, but not so great for others. Talk to our consultants to decide if this type of accommodation might suit you, if only for a few days.
Our Sri Lanka consultants have been there and would love to help you.
Eco & Unique Resorts & Hotels in Sri Lanka
Abode, Knuckles Mt. Range
Community based tourism - life amongst the indigenous mountain people of the Knuckles Range.
Abode Hibernation, Mannar
Abode Hibernation is an off the beaten track home-stay project on the shores of Mannar island.
Ahas Pokuna Bush Walks Camp, Belihuloya
Deep in the jungles of the southern hill country lies 'Ahas Pokuna' or 'Sky-Pool' a luxury bush walking camp and immersive wildlife experience.
Back Of Beyond Dehi Gaha Ela, Sigiriya
The Treehouse - one on Sri Lanka's most creative, seductive, and remote properties in the heart of the wilderness
Back of Beyond Kahandamodera, Kahandamodera
Exquisite 'eco-villa' in the deep south, close to Tangalle. A great base for exploring the rich wildlife in the area.
Back of Beyond Pidurangala, Sigiriya
A beautiful eco villa hidden amongst dense jungle near Sigiriya.
Back of Beyond Yala, Tissamaharama
A truly unique eco villa on the fringe of Yala National Park.
Backwaters Lodge, Wilpattu
An eco-friendly, simple property set amongst the forest just 10 minutes from Wilpattu National Park.
Bar Reef Resort Alankuda, Kalpitiya
Eclectic beach property on the deserted sands of Kalptiya Peninsula with dolphin and whale watching.
Big Game Camp Wilpattu, Wilpattu
Simple yet comfortable tented camp just outside of Wilpattu, providing exciting safari and dining experiences.
Big Game Camp Yala, Yala
Comfortable tented camp and great base from which to explore Yala. Totally immerse yourself in the park's natural beauty.
Borderlands Base Camp, Kithugalla
Excellent activity centre and riverside camp in adventurous Kithulgala
Boulder Garden , Sinharaja
A hotel like no other - cut into a rocky outcrop outside the Sinharja Rainforest...
Camp Hasthi, Uda Walawe
Explore Udawalawe National Park from your comfortable base at Camp Hashi. With good service and delicious food, it makes for a relaxing stay.
Gal Oya Lodge, Sri Lanka
Surrounded by a stunning national park, Gal Oya is an environmentally responsible all-natural lodge experience.
Illuketia, Inland from Galle
A magnificent plantation estate, restored in 1992, Illuketia is one of the most beautiful places to stay in Sri Lanka.
Jungle Beach, Kuchaveli, Trincomalee
Exotic beach-side resort near Trincomalee, perfect for exploring the natural beauty of Sri Lanka's east coast.
Kalundewa Retreat, Dambulla
This small boutique hotel consists of nine chalets and a bungalow, surrounded by picturesque mountains and lakes.
Kalus Hideaway, Uda Walawe
Kalu’s Hideaway is a unique jungle retreat, owned by Sri Lankan World Cup cricketing legend Romesh Kaluwitharana.
Karpaha Sands, Pasikudah
Deluxe safari-style tents on a beautiful stretch of beach with quiet surroundings, great for pure relaxation.
Kings Pavilion Kandy, Kandy
Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature at this peaceful oasis set in the Kandy hills.
Kulu Safaris, Yala
Unique tented safari, perfect to experience Sri Lanka's natural beauty in comfort and style.
Kulu Wilpattu, Wilpattu
Combine Kulu's safari knowhow with a beautiful rustic lodge on the edge of Wilpattu National Park.
Leopard Trails , Yala
Leopard Trails offers adventurous travellers an unforgettable mobile camping experience in the heart of the jungle.
Leopard Trails Wilpattu, Wilpattu
A comfortable base from which to experience the National Park's wildlife, ideal for couples and families alike.
Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge, Knuckles Mt. Range
Charming tented accommodation overlooking the valleys of the Knuckles and surrounding tea-clad hills.
Mahoora Luxury Camping, Uda Walawe
Five stars, luxury camping set up in several locations in the Sri Lankan wilderness.
Mahoora Standard Camping, Uda Walawe
Explore Sri Lanka's wilderness camping under the stars in some of the many national parks, nature reserves and rainforests.
Mapakada Village, Badulla
The rooms and garden of this comfortable property enjoy great views over Mapakada Lake, and there are interesting experiences nearby.
Stunning jungle lodge and hideaway with unique accommodation, superb service and off-the-beaten-track excursions.
Nilaveli Beach Resort, Trincomalee
Cosy wooden beach huts set right on the sand facing a pristine stretch of beach with a laid-back atmosphere.
Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safari's, Yala
Get back to nature with an overnight safari adventure with Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safari's.
Rainforest Eco Lodge, Sinharaja
Eco-lodge perched on stilts situated in the midst of a rainforest.
Rainforest Edge, Sinharaja
Comfortable eco-lodge on the border of the Sinharaja Rainforest.
Ravana Garden, Kalametiya
Pioneering boutique hotel on the southern coast where luxurious comfort and environmentally friendly ethos happily co-exist.
The Ark, Bentota
Breathtaking views of the lush green jungle from on high make this secluded hilltop villa experience truly unique.
The Secret Ella, Ella
Nestled in treetops amongst stunning tea plantations, the Secret Ella is Sri Lanka's first luxury planter's bungalow resort.
The Secret Yala, Yala
The Secret Yala combines eco-friendly with comfy camping under the stars, tucked between Yala's jungle and the beach.
Treetops Jungle Lodge, Buttala
A wilderness luxury camping safari experience in one of the remotest corners of Sri Lanka.
Contemporary luxury resort with a sustainable ethos in a truly beautiful natural setting.
Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala
A small group of luxury 'Cocoon' tents on the edge of Yala and the rugged coastline; a great base from which to explore the park.
Wild Trails, Yala
Wild Trails is one of the more âauthenticâ glamping experiences in stunning Yala National Park.
Wilpattu Safari Camp, Wilpattu
A small but spacious boutique camp with 4 tents right on the edge of Wilpattu National Park, just 5 minutes from the entrance gates.