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.
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.
AMBA Estate, Ella
Rustic charm nestled in Sri Lanka’s hill country. Enjoy an authentic stay in the highlands whilst supporting a wonderful initiative.
Ashburnham Estate, Elkaduwa
Set in the midst of a working tea plantation on the edge of the Knuckles mountain range.
Avana Retreat, Mai Chau
A hidden gem in the mountains and forests, Avana Retreat, offers incredible natural surroundings with many activities and a Cloud Pool.
Back of Beyond Pidurangala, Sigiriya
A beautiful eco villa hidden amongst dense jungle near Sigiriya.
Bar Reef Resort , Kalpitiya
Eclectic beach property on the deserted sands of Kalptiya Peninsula with dolphin and whale watching.
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...
Flameback Eco Lodge, Weerawila
Gorgeous, luxury tented lodge in the middle of a bird sanctuary with diverse wildlife experiences.
Gal Oya Lodge, Sri Lanka
Surrounded by a stunning national park, Gal Oya is an environmentally responsible all-natural lodge experience.
Jetwing Kaduruketha, Ella
Sri Lanka's first agro-luxury resort, set among 50 acres of paddy fields.
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.
Leopard Safari's , Yala
Get back to nature with an overnight safari adventure with Leopard Safaris.
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.
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.
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.
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
Luxury 'Cocoon' tents on the edge of Yala. Your perfect base to explore the park and the rugged coastline around here.
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.