With its rich diversity of landscapes, Sri Lanka is a perfect place to escape to the wilderness, reconnect with nature, and appreciate an amazing luxury camping experience.
From pristine beaches and lush rainforests to remote jungles and scenic national parks, Sri Lanka has something for everyone to explore and enjoy – especially if you experience the great outdoors in five-star comfort with glamping (luxury camping). Glamping allows you to combine the fun of camping with the comfort and convenience of a hotel. You can embark on safaris, hikes, bike rides and kayak excursions, unwind with spa treatments, or visit temples, forts, and museums, all whilst dining on exquisite cuisine and enjoying air conditioning, private bathrooms, Wi-Fi, and even jacuzzies.
The ideal time to go glamping depends on where you want to go and what kinds of activities you want to participate in. Due to its tropical environment, the country normally experiences hot, humid weather all year round although conditions can vary by region and altitude. Coastal areas, for instance, are slightly cooler than those inland, with bracing sea air which can be fresh and invigorating. If you want to experience the best weather on the south and west coasts, visit between December and April. This is also when the Hill Country, with its picturesque tea plantations and spectacular waterfalls, has drier and sunnier weather. What's more, it's an excellent time to see wild animals in the national parks.
Between May and September, the climate is more unpredictable but still pleasant enough to have a memorable and exciting experience. The north and east coasts are excellent locations for trekking, wildlife safaris, climbing, birdwatching and exploring the cultural sites. You should also visit Minneriya National Park in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. Due to its location in the elephant corridor (which also connects the parks of Kaudulla and Wasgomuwa), the park offers visitors the chance to witness elephant herds all year long. However, the best time to go is from July to October because of the spectacular gathering of wild Indian elephants at an ancient water reservoir.
There are numerous glamping spots to pick from, all of which are situated in breathtaking settings across the country. Here are some suggestions:
• Camp Leopard - Yala Safari Glamping: One of the greatest spots to see leopards, crocodiles, elephants, bears, crocodiles and other wildlife is at this scenic glamping site, which is located in the buffer zone of Yala National Park. You can camp inside or outside the park in air-conditioned tents that are both comfortable and stylish, with private toilets and views of the garden. There are also safaris that will take you deep into the lush park, a restaurant that serves authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, and grilling facilities.
• Jungle Beach Camp Ahungalla: This luxury glamping site is located in the Galle District, on the golden sandy Ahungalla Beach surrounded by coconut trees and lush green vegetation. Guests lodge in bright and spacious bungalows with private bathrooms, king-sized beds, flat-screen TVs, and wi-fi. Sunrise meditation, sunset mocktails, yoga sessions, beach volleyball, surfing lessons, turtle watching, and other activities are also available.
• Nirvaan Safari Lodge: Wilpattu National Park is Sri Lanka's largest and oldest park, and it also happens to be where you'll find this luxurious glamping spot. You can stay in huge and deluxe tents complete with en-suite bathrooms, coffee and tea-making facilities, terraces overlooking the lake, and air conditioning. Safaris take you into the wild to observe leopards, sloth bears, deer, monkeys and other wild animals, plus there's a restaurant, a bar, a garden, a terrace and a BBQ, too.
• Knuckles Mountain Range: An area designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO that is home to a wide variety of flora and animals as well as tough hiking paths. You have the option of camping at designated sites or in the forest, with or without guides, and enjoying the magnificent view of the wilderness all around you.
• Flameback Eco Lodge Glamping: A spectacular eco-lodge nestled within a lush eco garden in Weerawila, near a bird sanctuary. You can stay in luxury-tented lodges with air conditioning, wi‑fi, a minibar, and a private plunge pool. You can also enjoy the restaurant, bar, spa, and outdoor pool.
• Punchi Doowa Island Glamping: Why not enjoy glamping on a secluded private island on Koggala Lake, one of the largest natural lakes in Sri Lanka not far from Galle? Staying in opulent tents with king-size mattresses, private bathrooms, and stunning views of the lake, you can also make use of the pool, the bar, the lounge, and the restaurant, and take a leisurely boat cruise.
• Araliya Cabana with Oceanview: Kalpitiya is a popular destination for kitesurfing and dolphin viewing, and this beachside glamping site is the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Large cabanas are available, each with a king-size bed, private bathroom and a view of the ocean. The site also has a pool, a bar, a lounge, a restaurant, and water sports for the adventurous.
Glamping in Sri Lanka is a fantastic opportunity to experience the island's rich culture and breathtaking landscapes. But don't forget to pack the following! – A bag to carry all of your belongings in while out and about or on hikes and excursions, weather-appropriate attire, rain gear, sun protection, bug repellent, and a torch.
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