Yala Elephant Reach

Location: Southern & Southwest Coast | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ Less than £100 per person per night

You may not have imagined you could have a safari in Sri Lanka, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at Yala Elephant Reach. Nestled amongst Sri Lanka’s most diverse national park, the real reason for coming here is to see the huge gatherings of wild elephant, but you’ve also got a high chance of seeing leopard, not to mention the endless array of colourful birdlife.
Perfect forFamilies and couples who want to experience Sri Lanka’s wildlife in a comfortable and stylish lodge.
In the knowYala Elephant Reach has a traditional ‘ela’ (a hut built on a tree which is used by chena farmers to watch over their crops) and here you can spend a magical evening, with the sound of the farmers singing folk songs below.

Recommended for...

  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Family-friendly
  • Lodge

Hotel Overview


South east province of Sri Lanka, in Yala National Park.

Rooms at Yala Elephant Reach

The sound of bird song and chattering monkeys flits through the 35 rooms at Yala Elephant Reach, making you feel totally enveloped by nature. Connected by forested paths, within a collection of traditional chalets, the rooms are simple but elegantly decorated and make peaceful little havens after a day of exploring.

Food and facilities

The huge pool is what sets Yala Elephant Reach aside from some of the other jungle lodges: shaded by frangipani trees, and with large hammocks to laze in. As for the food, there’s a mixture of a la carte cuisine and wholesome grub, along with BBQ feasts and delicious seafood. Settle down to the sounds of the jungle with an evening cocktail by the pool, or let them bring you dinner in your room.

Activities at Yala Elephant Reach

Wildlife spotting is of course the main activity at Yala Elephant Reach, as you’re taken out in a jeep through the dense jungle, open savannah, and wildlife teeming waterways. Get ready for the extravagant display of the male peacock, followed by the highlight of the region which is the huge gatherings of wild elephant by the waterhole. Yala is also the place you’re most likely to spot leopard, along with rhesus monkeys, spotted deer, sloth bears, and a kaleidoscope of birdlife.

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