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Experience Sri Lanka’s unique wilderness at Diyabubula

Leading Ayurvedic destination, Barberyn Resorts, have opened Diyabubula, their boutique art and jungle hideaway in Sri Lanka

Located in the heart of the Sri Lankan Jungle, Diyabubula is an innovative new destination designed to celebrate the wilderness of Sri Lanka and the works of its most renowned artist Laki Senanayake. Designed by the artist himself, the jungle hideaway has five individually handcrafted villas made from 100-year-old railway sleepers and locally sourced timber. Encompassing the surrounding environment, Laki uses the growing trees and running waters of Diyabubula to create living, natural accommodation so guests not only see the jungle, but experience it at its core. Laki’s studio is centrally located and he regularly encourages guests to join him to draw, paint and discuss the abundant wildlife that adorns the area.

Diyabubula boasts a water garden, which every year plays host to migratory birds that make the most of the generous food on offer and warm climate, making it an ideal bird watching spot. When not taking in the beauty of Diyabubula, guests can experience nature, wildlife and the mountains of Sri Lanka right on their doorstep by visiting nearby natural sites, including Rose Quartz Mountain, which is among the oldest and largest rocks in Southeast Asia. The seven mountains are 180 and 300 metres above sea level and date back almost 550 million years. Ritigala Forest Reserve is an ancient Buddhist monastery, as well as a mountain range, and a forest nature reserve with medicinal plants, ruins and rock inscriptions dating from the 1st century. Every year between the months of July and October up to 200 wild elephants come together on the receding shores of the reservoir at Minneriya National Park for the Minneriya Elephant gathering, and which has been voted one of the sixth largest wildlife gatherings by Lonely Planet.

Located in the middle of the cultural centre of Sri Lanka, Diyabubula is an ideal place from which to explore the art and architecture of the country’s World Heritage Sites, including the cave temple of Dambulla, the massive rock fortress of Sigiriya, and the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

For more information visit http://diyabubula.com/english/index.html

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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