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The Secret YalaYala National Park, Sri Lanka

Better known for its wildlife encounters than sandy shores, the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka possesses some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Tucked between jungle and a gorgeous beach on the southeast coast of the island, this ‘glampsite’ showcases the best of both attractions with plenty of luxurious trimmings to keep campers happy.

Hang around home base with your own Belvedere answering your every demand, or lie back in a private beach hut and take in sweeping views of the Indian Ocean. If booking a personal butler feels a little too posh, pull on your khakis, grab your binoculars (they’re supplied in each tent) and hit the jungle with the on-call zoologist.

During the day spot elephants, leopards and crocs on a safari through Yala National Park or go bird-watching at the Bundala Bird Sanctuary. For spiritual exploration, soak up heady incense at the Kataragama Temple and nearby shrines, or get a taste of local life in Kirinda, a fishing village.

get there

The camp is located 270 kilometres from the Bandaranaike International Airport.

  • Bathroom
  • Fan
  • Camping chairs
  • Private beach hut
  • Binoculars

Doubles start at US$190 per night.

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Avoid booking during the northeast monsoon season from about November to February.

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Tags: animal encounter, bird watching, elephants, glamping, safari, sri lanka

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