Aranya Resort, Yala
About Aranya Resort, Yala
Located over 300km away from the busy commercial life of Colombo is Aranya Resort in Yala which offers guests a relaxing and unique holiday experience. Ideal for the nature lover, this resort is found adjoining the Yala National park and offers guests� views of the surroundings. With eco-friendly chalets and a tree house adorned with simple yet comfortable amenities, the resort is a haven for tourists and locals heading towards Kataragama. From delicious Sri Lankan cuisine to a relaxing atmosphere by the pool, Aranya Resort offers total serenity and seclusion amidst the vast jungle of Yala.
Location of Aranya Resort, Yala
Located serenely bordering the katagamuwa entrance of the Yala National Park, the Aranya Resort is spread out over a large 6 acre land which is secure yet surrounded by the natural wilderness. This resort is located about 305km South of Colombo in Yala which is famous for its national park that attracts many adventure and nature lovers all throughout the year. A mere 5km away is the sacred town of Kataragama.
Accommodation at Aranya Resort, Yala
With the ability to comfortably house a number of 27 adults the Aranya Resort in Yala comprises of 4 eco lodges and a well built tree house. Each lodge as well as the tree house consists of a separate washing area with a mirror, as well as fans and mosquito nets inside. There is an outdoor sky shower area secured from the sides while the toilets include modern fittings. Bed linen and soap are provided.
Mandakini - with the ability to accommodate 9 adults, this cottage consists of 6 single beds and fans inside the room while there are 3 single beds outside. A few yards away there are 2 separate toilets and 2 open to the sky bathrooms. This entire cottage is situated overlooking the pool and the jungle.
Arana - Ideal for 8 adults, the cottage consists of 5 single beds outside with mosquito nets and a single bed indoor again with a mosquito net and fan. There is a single toilet that is attached to the cottage while the two outdoor showers are found under the trees. This too overlooks the pool and the jungle.
Gagana - With clear views of the 'Vadasiti Kanda', the pool and the jungle, this cottage can accommodate up to 10 adults and consist of 2 double beds inside with mosquito nets and fans, 6 single beds outside with mosquito nets and 2 toilets and 2 open to sky showers outside the cottage.
Mandara - This cottage is air-conditioned while it is ideal for two adults. It consists of 1 double bed and a fan while there is a toilet and shower area just outside the cottage. It also includes a television with local channels while there is hot water available.
Ruk Arana - Is the tree hut and consists of a ladder to climb up. This unit offers the best views while the toilet is found a few yards away.
Facilities at Aranya Resort, Yala
Away from civilization, the Aranya Resort in Yala is a safe haven offering you a peaceful and all natural surrounding enabling you to enjoy every bit of your holiday in the wilderness. The resort consists of a restaurant 'Makaranda' where you can enjoy mouth-watering Sri Lankan cuisine as well as delicious western dishes. The restaurant also includes a lounge area with satellite television and stereo facilities. The adjoining area of the restaurant is beautifully lit up with lanterns during the night and can be utilized by guests to enjoy a BBQ. The latest addition to the resort is the beautiful outdoor swimming pool where you can enjoy dips in warm and sunny weather.
There are many activities that you can enjoy while in Yala and they include Safari tours to the Yala National park, pony rides through the resort’s own locality and mountain biking through forest trails which are also crowd favourites. Other optional activities include jogging paths, nature walks, day trips to the Sithulpauwa temple, bird watching, trekking to the sacred Vadasiti Kanda, elephant watching during the season and also river bathing. A visit to the sacred shrine of Kataragama is also an important part of the entire journey.