In rural Sri Lanka, a ‘watch-hut’ is adopted as an elevated refuge for the farmer to protect the cultivation overnight. In retrospect ‘The Ark’ is a contemporary style elevated estate bungalow nestled on a raised terrain of a 40 acre estate in Mathugama, 64km to the south of Colombo and just 95km, 2.45hours drive from the Colombo International Airport., where the rubber plantation stops and the jungle begins. It’s unique and elevated sitting allows a breathtaking view of the estate, the valley below and hills beyond, leaving you in lush green seclusion.
Attractions : Rubber plantations, Paddy Fields, Wilderness
What makes ‘The Ark’ unique is, yes it’s acclaimed elevated modern ‘watch-hut’ design, but that’s not all. The entire facility can be reserved for just one touring party, from a couple of nature-loving persons, to a bigger group of up to 6. When you take refuge at this earthly, yet magical eco haven, it is completely yours, until you leave.
Nature trails, Bird watching, trekking, Rain forest exploration, tea plucking and rubber tapping experience, Photography and filming, Fauna & Flora study.
Bordering the tropical Rainforest ‘Sinharaja’, ‘The Ark’ tempts both adventurers and people looking for a relaxing hide-away in a natural paradise. Our 40 acres of private reserve offer various possibilities to discover the magic of wilderness. Enjoy trekking on our reserve, let your mind, body and soul float on top of the mountains in our infinity pool or simply relax on the wooden terrace of the Ark, and perhaps the endangered
Purple-faced leaf monkey will surprise you with a glimpse.
There are no fixed meal times and the terrace or pool - side is ever ready for al fresco dining. The resident chef prepares indigenous favorites and a refreshingly creative range of fusion and authentic local dishes. You will experience the natural and untainted taste of vegetables and fruits from our own plantations and the neighboring villages.
The Ark is a rustic outdoors bungalow which has three double rooms with attached bathrooms which can accommodate 6 people. Additional 2 camp beds can be provided if required.
The hotel do not serve alcohol at The Ark, but guests are welcome to bring their own. No corkage will be charged.
The Ark also has a pool, TV, DVD player, I-pod docking station, board games. Mobile 3G connectivity is also available.
Rooms are not air-conditioned, but we have fans and protective nets are available if required.
We do not recommend The Ark as suitable lodging for children below 10 years.
Our rates are on FB basis per night. This will include limited servings of juice/ snacks/ soft drinks/ tea or coffee.
Meals are provided on a set menu basis as follows:-
Breakfast - Sri Lankan or English breakfast
Lunch - Sri Lankan
Dinner - Western
"Cyril was an excellent guide and gave us a very good insight into the history and cultures of Sri Lanka. He was always polite, helpful and prompt. His driving was always calm and controlled - unlike some of the other vehicles we saw!!! We would recommend him to others traveling to Sri Lanka. WH - UK - January 2011" Wilson Harland
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