In Sri Lanka, a ‘watch hut’ is an elevated room or living area built up on stilts or up a tree. The purpose of these watch huts are for a privileged view of the fields in the property and to stay clear of wild elephants and other wildlife. Having a room up a tree as a hotel is nothing new to Sri Lanka, but the trend is growing. From unique and private treehouses with infinity pools to original watch huts overlooking elephant grass, there are plenty of treehouse options on the island. Read on to discover the six best treehouses in Sri Lanka.
Perched along the tree tops of the Sinharaja Forest is The Ark, a treehouse with character, creature comforts and unforgettable surroundings. Unlike other hotels where one or two of the rooms is in a treehouse, The Ark is an entire treehouse available to book privately. Visitors will never have to share, it will always be all their own. The Ark is located on an estate consisting of tea, rubber and cinnamon, approximately 14 kilometers from the town of Matugama. Spend the days exploring nature or relaxing by your pool listening to the wildlife.
The ambience at Saraii Village is as natural as you can get in Sri Lanka. The treehouses and cottages are all built in original Sri Lankan style, with little to no man-made materials in the construction. The experience at Saraii Village features a salt water pool and plenty of wildlife safely roaming the grounds. There are numerous activities available at the village, including pottery making and curd processing.
Back of Beyond was the first resort on the island to start providing treehouses as accommodation for tourists. The Pidurangala treehouse was the first back in 2007 and is still one of the favorites. Back of Beyond is close to the Sigiriya fortress and in the middle of the forest at the Pidurangala rock.
Two of the rooms at the Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela lodge are treehouses, both deeply nestled in the southern jungle of Sri Lanka. This property is the sister lodge to Back of Beyond Pidurangala and is also close to the Sigiriya fortress and Pidurangala rock. This place is a nature lover’s paradise and a great starting point to discover the Cultural Triangle
The Elephant Watch Hut is a classic jungle treehouse close to Habarana in the midst of the southern plains and jungle. The amenities at Elephant Watch Hut are simple and to the point and the enchantment of the place lays in the surroundings. Acres of grass are teeming with wildlife and the occasional wild elephant. This place is a great starting point for an elephant safari and wildlife excursion.
Huma Terra is comfort and green living pulled into one. Five tree huts perched above rice paddies surround the Ayurveda Center. All electricity is acquired through photovoltaic panels, most of the bathrooms are dry bathrooms and the living is truly half-outside, half-inside. All materials used are in accordance with ecological standards, including kitchen waste and compost.