The SpaceKumbukRiver has won the travel Oscar as the world’s leading eco-lodge and is among the world’s top 10 most unusual hotels. It is also among the top getaways for adventurous honeymooners. Nestled on the banks of a secluded river on the northern edge of Yala, nature’s pristine glory makes the location picture-perfect and a haven for nature lovers.
While our eco-styled Elephant Villa may be the reason why we are famous, if you want to be mesmerized by nature from the comfort of a star-class abode, pick the Tree Luxuria, the hot favorite among many visitors.
The lower deck of the cabin is air-conditioned, has an extra large bed with an additional single bed, TV, fridge, nice bathroom with hot water and a glass wall that gives a panoramic view of the river below.
Dining is in the open lounge on the top deck overlooking the river and beautiful greenery. Rates are on full board basis and we offer a combination of delectable local dishes coupled with some popular western fare. Also offered are traditional herbal beverages according to availability and Sri Lankan tea & coffee. Guest AccessGetting to KumbukRiver from Colombo, Galle, Yala, Hill country or Arugambay is simple with a great road network. Final 2kms of access way, however, is an ‘off-road’ experience especially when it rains. In case, if the road is not motorable at the time you arrive, we provide parking facility in the village and offer a free pick-up on a mini tractor or a tuk-tuk, depending on road condition. Many visitors find this an adventurous experience. Interaction with GuestsOnce in the eco-resort, you are in a world of your own, surrounded by the beautiful wild. It’s a place to just relax and unwind. You may play in the river, explore nature trails or be amazed by the birdlife. Our Lodge Manager, come to be loved by all visitors, will be your host as he wax eloquent on wildlife and local history. He will be happy to accompany you to a nearby Suspension Bridge and on nature trails at no extra charge. Many guests opt to visit the Yala National Park or the Udawalawe Elephant Park from KumbukRiver. Other Things to NotePlease check on the availability before you make instant bookings. KumbukRiver is part of a social responsibility initiative and guest rates are currently subsidized, considering the costs involved in maintaining such a unique concept off-the-beaten track. The setting allows you to be at one with nature and our staff epitomizes true Sri Lankan hospitality.
Even though KumbukRiver is about 65 km to the Katagamuwa entrance of Yala National Park, it is a distance you may anyway have to traverse through if you are arriving from the hill country on your way to the south or east coast or travelling from south to hill country. Geographically we are located on the Yala Buffer Zone on the banks of a river that is the official border of the park though you have to drive to the Katagamuwa or Palatupana entrances. Visitors going south wake up around 4am to visit Yala on their last day at KumbukRiver while visitors coming from the southern coast will first have their safari and reach us in the afternoon for their 1st day. We are in a village called Okkampitiya in Buttala, just 16 km to Wellawaya, the gateway to the hill country on one side and the southern coast on the other, or Colombo through Uda Walawe National Park.
New gate to Yala is a short drive from KumbukRiver:-
On the Buttala-Kataragama Road, a breezy drive from KumbukRiver is the latest entrance to Yala National park. The good news is that on this block, there’s much less traffic inside the park unlike through Katagamuwa and Palatupana.