Named as a tribute to the surrounding milieu of the Yala National Park which houses the highest density of leopards in Asia, Cinnamon Wild Yala sits adjacent to the park boundary and could very rightfully be positioned as an extension of the park. A property that was first established in 2002 as an eco-friendly resort for wildlife enthusiasts visiting the Yala National Park, Cinnamon Wild Yala opened its doors after an extensive re-construction and refurbishment as a world-class game lodge, conceptualizing the unique architectural features of the 'Wild' into its rustic exteriors and luxurious interiors.
The main restaurant offers a variety of both Eastern and Western delicacies. The main bar faces the villu, where guests could enjoy their favourite local or international beverage over a friendly conversation and also offers a range of snacks and fresh fruit juices. The observation deck bar situated on the top floor of the hotel not only offers drinks to quench one's thirst, it also offers a 360' view of the forest and the Indian Ocean.
Designed to four star accommodation standards, the chalets are spacious and enjoy an almost 360 degree view of scrub jungle, located well away from the public spaces to give ample privacy but nevertheless in close proximity for fellowship and gatherings if needed. The rustic luxury of the well-appointed rooms will surely transcend your expectations and many lucky visitors have seen leopards on the rocks which border the hotel.
Located adjacent to the Yala National Park which boasts of the highest leopard population in Asia is the Cinnamon Wild Yala. The resort is located approximately 288km south of Colombo in Kirinda which is about 27km away from the gateway of the park in Palatupana. The best option is to drive or hire a vehicle from the airport while you can lessen the distance by taking the Southern Expressway which currently ends in Galle.
The Cinnamon Wild Yala provides guests with a number of chalets to choose from. 60 jungle chalets are on offer with luxury 4 star amenities while the interiors are more towards a camp style with similar furniture, mosquito nets and woven palmyrah accessories. The 8 beach chalets are uniquely constructed on stilts while the view of the sea and surroundings are beautiful. The entire structure is built of wood emanating a rustic yet luxurious feel. All chalets consists of an in-room safe, balcony/terrace with views of either the jungle or the sea, air-conditioning with individual temperature control, IDD telephone, flat screen television with cable connection, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, bottled drinking water, luxury bathroom amenities and a hair dryer.
The main restaurant 'Tuskers' at Cinnamon Wild Yala is a non-air conditioned venue but a variety of cuisines are available to choose from. The 'Pugmarks' is the main bar of the hotel while the Peacock bar is the rooftop bar where you can enjoy local and international drinks in the evening. In house chefs make sure that you are provided with the best culinary delights even in the wild. An eco friendly game lodge, Cinnamon Wild Yala provides you great views of the surroundings along with luxury conveniences to enjoy a memorable holiday. The hotel also boasts of a large outdoor swimming pool where you can enjoy a swim in hot weather or even laze around in the warmth of the sun.
Guests can enjoy morning walks whilst touring the Lakes nearby. The environment that surrounds these water bodies is perfect for nature lovers young and old. Cinnamon Wild has its own naturalists that will help you walk through nature trails and witness breathtaking views of the surroundings. You can come across a variety of birds and wildlife while you might be able to spot leopards along the way as well. For the wildlife enthusiast, Yala Safari Jeep Excursions. The park comprises of over 200 species of dry zone birds, mammals and leopards. You can also witness sloth bears, Asian elephants, spotted deer, jackals, mugger crocodiles etc. Jeep safaris can be organized in the night as well with night vision goggles.