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Back of Beyond Safari Lodge Yala Sri Lanka

Overview of Back of Beyond Safari Lodge Yala

Back of Beyond Safari Lodge,Yala, is created as a typical park bungalow with a large open verandah, for dining, lounging and sleeping, with a small enclosed ‘safe area’ for sleeping and keeping your gear. However, unlike the green painted, brick, cement and asbestos park bungalows we have been inspired by the traditional clay wall and thatch roofed homes of the dry zone to give character to our bungalows.

Each bungalow is built with mud bricks, thatched with talipot fronds and has a semi cleared garden that merges with the scrub land and jungle beyond. The character of the traditional dry zone homes is reflected in the open ‘pila’ for storytelling and star gazing. At night, the stars and the rising moon, with the sound of the sea breaking on the rocks hidden below the forested cliff is the perfect end to a long day, and a beginning of a long night of sharing Yala Yarns.

And we have gone beyond the park bungalows and traditional homes, to give you crisp linen, airy modern toilets, and a cook that will serve up western as well as Sri Lankan cooking!

Accommodation of Back of Beyond Safari Lodge Yala

Malittan Cottage : (Sleeps 5 persons) 

The open plan cottage is built to encourage you to rest with a cool natural breeze between the morning and evening safari in the National Park. The cottage has one secure room which sleeps three, an open verandah/living space with two more beds and an open dining area. A separate modern toilet and shower area serves the cottage.

As is the tradition of Sri Lankan wildlife parks, most of our guests choose to sleep out on the verandah under the mosquito nets swaying in the gentle breeze.

Keeping with the feel of Yala and the Back of Beyond philosophy, air conditioning and TV are not available in this rustic cottage.


Debara Cottage : (sleeps 7 persons) 

Our second cottage was built to meet the requests of our guests. Very similar in design to our original Malittan Cottage, Debara Cottage is larger with a secure bedroom that sleeps three and has an attached toilet. The open verandah sleeps four more. The cottage has an additional toilet with hold and cold water. 

As is the tradition of Sri Lankan wildlife parks, most of our guests choose to sleep out on the verandah under the mosquito nets swaying in the gentle breeze.

Keeping with the feel of Yala and the Back of Beyond philosophy, air conditioning and TV are not available in this rustic cottage.

Dining of Back of Beyond Safari Lodge Yala

Food has always been a vital part of our Yala holidays…part of what makes up our travel memories! In keeping with the traditions of our Back of Beyond retreats, our cook at Yala will prepare a wide variety of Sri Lankan as well as western dishes. The flavours of the coastal south predominates in the Sri Lankan food, and there is a distinct ‘Sri Lankan touch’ to the western dishes.
Facts of Back of Beyond Safari Lodge Yala

City - Yala National Park

Category - Hideaways

Distance from Colombo - 5 h 21 min (279 km)

Distance from Airport - 5 h 38 min (304 km)

Price Guide - Rates on Request

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