Built into a spreading damba tree, our tree house over looks a wild grass field ringed in by the forest. A double platform makes up the sleeping area for 3. A modern open plan toilet and shower (hot and cold water) is built at the base of the tree.
The property is around 30 minutes from Sigirya. It is in the Back of Beyond and perfect for nature lovers. It is not meant for those who are scared of and do not enjoy the outdoors. The road to the property is also rather bumpy, but it is pure bliss after you arrive. It would be better to travel in a high clearance vehicle and please plan on getting to the property before dark as there can be elephants on the road at night.
This eco-retreat, Back of Beyond Dehigaha ela, consists of 3 tree houses, 2 boulder cottages and 2 family cottages. The price provided is for the most popular Damba Tree house, whereas the family cottages and boulder cottages are listed separately and priced lower on AirBnB.
This tastefully furnished tree house is designed to maximise the impact of the surrounding environment. The reception, living and dining areas are separate, and the staff and drivers quarters are also housed separately to allow maximum privacy to guests.
Breakfast is included in our price. Other meals can be ordered from our menu. We have an excellent cook who can prepare both eastern and western cuisine.
The surrounding forest is a haven for birds, smaller mammals and larger mammals such as deer, sambhur and even elephants. Guests enjoy bathing in the two streams that meet at the border to our property. One stream starts closeby hence has icy cold water, whereas the larger stream has warmer water. The crystal clear water of the nearby stream is full of small fish that provide a natural, free foot spa to the delight of our guests. A nature trail is also available in the property.
The property also boasts of a large man-made pond that is full of lotuses and water lilies. This too attracts a wide variety of bird life and small fishes.
A butterfly garden has also recently been started at Dehigaha ela.
The retreat offers many activities including bird watching, and hiking.
There are a number of high outcrops that provide excellent hiking options. Not only are you hiking up forested areas, you also get to explore the ruins of ancient monasteries and palaces. Day safaris to the National Wildlife Parks provide excellent opportunities for elephant watching.
National Wildlife Parks: Drive one hour from Dehi Gaha Ela to reach Minneriya National Park and Hurulu Eco Park, and 1.25 hours to reach Kaudulla.
Minneriya, famous for its ‘Gathering’ when herds of over 200 elephants move to the open grass lands and its neighbouring park, Kaudulla are beautiful parks well worth a visit. The recently opened Hurulu Wewa Park is also waiting to be explored.
The ancient Sri Lankan excelled in the art of combining nature with human habitation. To explore an archeological site is in fact to marvel at how human construction can enhance rather than destroy nature. Sigiriya, Pidurangala, Nuwaragala, Kaludiya Pokuna, are all worth the effort of climbing if only to prove its possible for us to live as one with nature. You can also visit the famous caves of Dambulla.
Kalu Diya Pokuna: Less than 30 minutes drive from Dehi Gaha Ela.
Nuwaragala: 30 minutes drive from Dehi Gaha Ela
Sigiriya: Less than 30 min drive from Dehi Gaha Ela.
Pidurangala: Less than 30 min drive from Dehi Gaha Ela.
Dambulla: 30 minute drive from Dehi Gaha Ela
Accès des voyageurs
Guests will have access to the entire grounds, living area and restaurant, two streams that border the property and the nature trails.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I am based in Colombo, hence I am not at the property, full time. Our resident naturalist, cook, roomboys and stewards will take good care of all our guests.
Drivers accommodation and meals are provided at USD 10 per night.
We do not sell alcohol on the premises - you are welcome to bring your own.
Preserving the natural environment is important to us. We have retained the natural topography and vegetation that is unique to each property, and have avoided clearing land when building our lodges. We have tried to use modern methods of environmental construction and consistently practice sustainable energy use. Back of Beyond properties leave a major proportion of the land untouched, or rejuvenated as a wild habitat where needed. We are discovering how critical these ‘wild pockets’ are as refuges for wildlife, as man increasingly takes control of the natural landscape - even in the most remote areas. Please note that it is best to observe any wildlife silently with minimal disturbance to their natural activities.
By making the reservation, guests have acknowledged and accepted that they are entering a wildlife area, staying in an unfenced property, and that their stay / tours conducted might take or bring them into contact or vicinity of wild animals (including snakes, spiders, wild boar, elephants etc.). Back of Beyond staff members, associates and/or agents cannot be held liable for any encounters involving the behavior of wild animals. Thus, the stay and entry into the wildlife area and Back of Beyond property is at your own risk and responsibility.
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I am the founder of Back of Beyond - eco lodges in Sri Lanka.
Back of Beyond was an idea started due to my love for travel and nature, and the difficulty faced in trying to find suitable accommodation to suit my budget and taste.
I am based in Colombo but I travel frequently to my eco retreats in Sigiriya, Yala, Anuradhapura and near Tangalle. Hence, most often I do not get to meet the AirBnB guests, but you will be looked after well by the wonderful staff at the different bungalows.
Relax & enjoy nature!