|Simple Living In The Jungle|
|Tree Tops Jungle Lodge is a real jungle experience and simple living in harmony with wild nature. The ecolodge situated 10 km southeast of Buttala is carefully fitted into impressive surroundings, the elephant tracks, bush-jungle, mature tall forest, rocky hills as well as the wildlife.|
|Completely off the standard beaten track, the lodge is a special and non-touristic place to stay and is about location and experience rather than just another accommodation option. Come for living and walking with nature in the Weliara jungles, an isolated wilderness in the remote southeast Sri Lanka. The Weliara jungle is hidden between Yala National Park and the Rahat Kanda mountains – a 20 km steep ridge of rocky hills, separating civilization from wilderness.
|Through simple, camp style living conditions, staying at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge is an extraordinary trip, back to nature. You'll be bathing at a freshwater well, there's no electricity, and meals are cooked native style on wood fire.
The minimal facilities are balanced by spotless service and a staff eager to create great experiences for visitors – be it tasty meals, jungle treks, or wild elephant spotting escorted by local trackers. All excursions are on foot with a 4-man team of local trackers including English speaking (local) naturalist of the lodge.
|The lodge is located in the Buttala area. Details regarding access will be provided with the booking and accessibility may vary seasonally so it is best to coordinate with us before meeting up.
|A Journey Back To Nature|
|Travelling from Buttala to the lodge you will have to access the lodge via a local dirt track into the jungle. At this point you'll be leaving civilization, then discovering an area of great natural beauty and finally ending up as a guest in elephant country.
We are situated in Sri Lanka's remote southeastern Yala wilderness, 8 km north of the boundary of the island's largest protected area complex – the Yala National Park. The jungle surrounding the lodge is connected to the National Park and is natural habitat for the whole range of wild animals found in neighbouring Yala and 163 species of birds are recorded in the area.
|Most prominent amongst our wild visitors are the elephants, they can frequently be observed from the lodge itself. The bush and forest around the lodge is connected to a natural part of the Yala jungles in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka, a region probably accommodating more than 500 wild elephants. Mostly during the dry season, herds of elephants moving around in the area, attracted by food and water holes. A few male elephants are resident in the Weliara jungle, from time to time elephant herds are come into the area.
|Night In Elephant Country|
|Night in the jungle is an experience of darkness and defining sounds of wilderness. Elephants frequently visit the lodge premises at night and sometimes even before the daylight fades around 6 – 7 pm. They can be heard or seen near the lodge at night, and seen as dark shadows gliding over the landscape when the moon is full. When elephants pass by they are usually very silent but occasionally they are heard breaking branches or trumpeting. This is nightlife at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge. An experience of a lifetime.
|We do offer a true jungle experience but we are situated in wilderness, not inside a safari park. Observing wild animals is not easy. Tree Tops Jungle Lodge local area is simply remote and wild and sparsely populated and the jungles and forests are part of the greater ecosystem of the Yala National Park. Yet, wildlife might be around and we expect visitors to respect the wild nature of our place and contribute to their own safety, behaving responsible and using basic instincts. Living at an unfenced lodge in an amazing landscape in the really wilds, among wildlife, is the element of adventure at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge.|
|Staff – The Jungle Team|
|What we do promise is protection and safe sleeping at Tree Tops Jungle Lodge. Our locally recruited staff team and night watchers are perfect guards and very experienced 'jungle experts', highly skilled in using eyes and ears for interpretation of the signs of nature. We’ll share this knowledge with our guests and if you stay for some days, you will gradually learn to read the jungle.|