Kumbuk River Lodge

We’ve found you hotels in pods, hotels in boats, hotels in bullrings and even hotels in boots, and now we bring you a hotel inside the belly of an elephant. Yes, we kid you not. This unique hotel located in a 16-acre natural enclave in Sri Lanka actually consists of three individually designed eco villas – the Elephant Villa, Tree Luxuria and Kumbuk Chalet.

The 40ft two-story elephant villa, more than twice the size of a real elephant, is made entirely of wood and thatch and consists of a bedroom and lounge area, as well as a bathroom with running hot water.

The Tree Luxuria is a luxury tree house set in the canopy with floor to ceiling glass walls overlooking the river. This is no ordinary tree house though – it also contains a fridge, an air-conditioned cabin, a bathroom and a tea and coffee maker.

Kumbuk Chalet, inspired by a typical farmer’s house, is made in the traditional Sri Lankan way from mud and thatch. Although humble, the chalet is far from rudimentary. It contains an outside tree shower and solar lamps and is decorated with old wagon wheels and soft furnishings.

The unique eco experience doesn’t stop there though; the lodge also has a river walk, zip wires, a sky chair and bathing points. You’re likely to see real elephants here too, being situated in Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife destination.

Best suited to:
Those who want to be at one with nature and ensure they leave the smallest of carbon footprints possible.

You should know that:
There are a number of activities to keep you entertained such as fishing, rafting, tractor rides, barbecues and visits to the nearby ancient temple of Dematamal Viharaya.

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