On this tour you will be accompanied by Riza, elected Best Guide in Sri Lanka, and who has been working with Lets Travel for the past 15 years. An advisor for all the Lets Travel tours, he has conceived this exclusive itinerary for travelers wishing to stray off the beaten path and live an experience out of the ordinary. A unique voyage filled with emotions and discoveries awaits you.
A stay in a “Paela” at the Elephant Watch Hut will give you the singular opportunity to mingle with the local villagers as they go about their daily lives. Built in the trees, these platforms were originally designed for farmers who needed to monitor their land at night to defend it from wild animals, specifically elephants that can rapidly cause substantial damage to crops. The Watch Hut is nestled between the jungle and the rice fields, surrounded by the national parks Minneriya, Hurulo Eco Park and Kaudulla, all known as the playing field for Sri Lanka’s elephants. The cabins are very simple: a teak floor and roof furnished with double beds. Dinner will be served on a separate terrace on stilts, thus offering a beautiful view of the surrounding plantations. The Hut is also furnished with a cold water shower, a toilet and icebox. Meals are typically Sri Lankan, cooked from local produce and prepared by the farmers and their families. At breakfast, you will be given a choice between a Sri Lankan or Continental style meal. During your stay, you may also go fishing on the nearby lake and take the opportunity to observe the vast multitude of wild birds that inhabit the area.