“Diyabubula means “bubbling fountain” – there is a bubbling spring on the property. Diyabubula also symbolizes the power of the earth and the creativity bubbling up in this magical location.”
Diyabubula, the Barberyn Art & Jungle Hideaway, is a small luxury lodge, a boutique hotel consisting of five villas, located near the town of Dambulla, in central Sri Lanka. Renowned Sri Lankan artist Laki Senanayake designed the place as a hideaway to compliment his water garden. He chose 100 year old railway sleepers as basic building material. This wood, seasoned by sun and rain over a century, has been combined with sleek and beautiful timber sourced from all over Sri Lanka, and hand-crafted right at Diyabubula.
Activities at diyabubula
Bird Watching at Diyabubula
Diyabubula is an “armchair bird watchers” paradise. A lot of birds are resident in Diyabubula. Others are migratory birds, from the Northern Hemisphere, flying South, helped by the North-East monsoon. Each year, these birds spend the winter at Diyabubula where they enjoy the abundance of food and the warm climate.
Excursions near Diyabubula
Dambulla – the cave temple
The largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, this UNESCO world heritage site has caves under a vast overhanging rock with intricately painted ceilings and Buddha statues in different postures.
Sigiriya – painting rock art, fortress architecture and landscape
Sigiriya is a UNESCO world heritage site dominated by a massive rock on top of which King Kasyapa built his fortress and palace. He decorated the walls with frescos, including the famous heavenly maidens.
Polonnaruwa – ancient city
Also an UNESCO world heritage site, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archeological sites in Sri Lanka It includes the great lake Parakrama Samudraya, a testimony to Sri Lanka’s ancient irrigation systems.
Rose Quartz Mountain
ituated deep in the jungle, the Iron Wood Forest and Rose Quartz mountain range (Namal Uyana) is considered one of the oldest & largest rock outcrops in South Asia. The seven mountains are situated 180 to 300 meters above sea level and, according to archaeological research findings, the pink quartz dates back more than 550 million years.
Minneriya National Park
During the dry season (from July to October), the Minneriya Wildlife sanctuary is a feeding ground for elephants, and herds of up to 200 elephants start to gather there.Lonely Planet has ranked this “gathering” of elephants as the 6th greatest wildlife spectacle in the world.
Ritigala Forest Reserve
An ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain range, Ritigala is a forest reserve with medicinal herbs, ruins and rock inscriptions dating back to the 1st century BC. At the summit of the mountain range is a patch of vegetation with healing herbs, distinct from the dry-zone flora of the lower slopes. This gives rise to the legend that it was a chunk of earth from the Himalayas dropped by Lord Hanuman as he carried the earth with medicinal herbs for Lord Rama’s brother Lakshmana, as written in the ‘Ramayana’.
There are three Villa Types
Made from rail sleepers and other recycled wood, each water villa has two floors. The spacious bedroom is upstairs. It has a king size bed and offers every comfort to appreciate the huge dramatic painting as well as the beautiful accessories, all created by Laki Senanayake.
The artful en suite bathroom is equipped with a rain shower and a toilet. There’s a dressing area, and a balcony overlooking the lush forest.
The Bamboo Grove
Another original idea of Laki: The Bamboo Grove villa has a semi-circular transparent roof under a canopy of bamboo – you can actually watch the stars of the spectacular night-sky from your cozy double bed. Water is flowing beneath the villa, which also has a balcony and an en suite toilet/shower.
The Tree House
A truly original creation by Laki, the rafters of the tree house are living Arcunut trees. They have been trained to grow at an angle, thereby building the structure for the roof. The ground floor has a bedroom with a double bed, and a sitting area with a day bed. On the upper level, you’ll find a single bed under the living triangular roof. A bathroom with toilet on the upper level complete this “lookout”. Enjoy your view of the walled courtyard, the pond and the forest beyond.
The small and cozy dining room of our boutique hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your comfort at Diyabubula means everything to them: if you like to get some refreshments or snacks outside meal times, their chef will be happy to produce everything your heart desires. Fresh fruit juices and tea are available all the time.
In accordance with the Barberyn philosophy, we do not serve meat, and we do not serve alcohol. We serve fresh vegetables, fruits, fish and seafood, deliciously prepared by an experienced chef and his staff.
Breakfast comes international style – start the day with Western dishes as well as Sri Lankan specialties. Lunch could be a Sri Lankan meal of rice with a range of curries and fish. If you desire just a light meal, order spaghetti, lasagna, or anything else – just inform the chef in time. He will prepare all dishes freshly. Dinner will be Western style – consisting of a starter, soup, main dish and dessert. Every day, our chef will discuss your choice of dinner menu with you.
City - Dambulla
Category - Tree House in Sri Lanka
Distance from Colombo - 175 km (4 h 4 min Drive)
Distance from Airport - 151 km (3 h 25 min Drive)
Price Guide - Rates on Request
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