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5 Days Safari Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

  • The Saraii Village, Randunu Kele Watte, Weerawila, Hambantota District, Sri Lanka.


Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

Expect an authentic unadulterated experience of real Sri Lanka. Food is a central part of life in Sri Lanka and Saraii Village loves sharing authentic local meals with the choice of Western cuisine if you ask for it. Saraii is one of the most ideal hotels near Yala Sri Lanka to discover the unique bio-diversity of the dry zone. Expect resident peacocks, lizards, and amphibians who are part of the very own eco-system. Come and join this amazing experience!


  • Safari to Yala National Park
  • Special anti-stress meditation
  • 6 yoga and meditation sessions
  • Bicycle tour to the lakes and temple
  • Full body massage with medicated oil
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Bonfire barbeque dinner
  • Breakfast by the lake

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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The mud chalets are designed in line with true Sri Lankan rural homes, which means an open-air concept. Saraii is the best place to escape the sizzling heat thanks to the cool cover of a man-made mini canopy of over 1,000 trees. You will enjoy a truly rustic stay with the feel of a private home in the wilds thrown in.

All rooms at Saraii Village have, free Wi-Fi, extra beds, a lounge, fresh linen, free natural toiletries, tea and coffee, room service, a private bathroom, and luggage storage. The lounge spaces are uniquely Sri Lankan in their design which means you can expect open spaces and not air conditioned rooms, mosquito nets and not poisonous repellants, a rustic collection of furniture, a comfy range of cushions, and mattresses and mats to sleep, chill, and lay on.

Tree house suites

The large tree house suites are Saraii’s newest addition to the collection of treetop experiences. The tree houses are large enough and laid out to house even eight guests. Each tree house suite comes with two floors with an extra-large bed and inbuilt bathroom upstairs and a large spacious lounge downstairs. The suites are perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway or for friends who travel in groups.

Superior tree house

The superior tree house is located among Saraii's oldest tree houses with two floors providing room for three to four persons. The superior tree house is built on a sturdy old Palu tree, the tree house is 25 feet high and lives up to its name, known for giving its guests an immense feeling of safety high up in the leaves. Once you clamber up the ladder you will discover why it's also a guest favorite. The superior tree house is a popular choice of accommodation amongst eco lodges in Sri Lanka and is also great for groups who want to bunk down together and families with kids.

Deluxe tree house

The deluxe tree house is easily the coziest tree house at Saraii. Built for a maximum of three persons, this is a true hideout in the leaves. Each deluxe tree house at Saraii has a little survival box from binoculars, a cool box, and first aid kit. The deluxe three houses are perfect to look out of your tree house hideout with your morning tea or coffee, seated on the cushions spread out on the floor of your tree house.

Mud chalet suites

The mud chalet suites are large and spacious with bigger than king-size beds and are perfect for the visitors wanting to stay grounded. The mud chalet suites are cozily placed for comfort. One faces the rising sun and is surrounded by garden patches of organic fruits and vegetables. The other is tucked away in the corner of the man-made forest. The mud chalet is private and spacious with a fan for additional cooling and mosquito nets. The cushioned outer porches of each suite at the eco lodge, allows guests to put their heels up and just enjoy the surroundings or catch up on some reading. The original mud chalets are unique in how they are built, using the age-old practice of mud walls that literally breathe. The walls absorb the cold and moisture at night, which help keep the interior cool during the heat of the day.

Superior mud chalet

Tee superior mud chalet stands apart and alone but is best placed for privacy, comfort, and simple relaxation. Lovingly designed with antique doors and windows and its own private bathroom The superior mud chalet is a home by itself for couples wishing to just stay in and enjoy the peace and quiet or for the lazy guest looking for a quiet read, a comfortable bed, and breakfast in bed. The spacious area of the superior mud chalet also makes it perfect for groups of friends wishing to spend their holiday time together. The chalet has its own collection of board games, books, and a great collection of tea and coffee that will keep you up for those late night conversations.

Deluxe mud chalet

The deluxe mud chalets are small and beautiful, nestled under the tree house suites, the cozy couple of deluxe mud chalets are perfect for those romantic escapes. Colorful and comfortable, each of the deluxe mud chalets are well appointed with some creative niches and fittings and are lovingly crafted with some artistic nooks that add detailed authenticity to each chalet.

During this retreat, you will practice different styles of yoga and meditative techniques under the guides of an experienced teacher. You will get Abhyanga, a traditional Ayurvedic full-body massage and you will explore the amazing nature, culture, and cuisine of Ceylon.

Day 1

  • Check-in
  • Lunch
  • Ayurveda therapy
  • Yoga and meditation session
  • Dinner

Day 2

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Ayurveda therapy
  • Lunch
  • Bicycle tour
  • Anti-stress meditation session
  • Dinner

Day 3

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Ayurveda therapy
  • Lunch
  • Ayurveda therapy
  • Yoga and meditation at the evening
  • Dinner

Day 4

  • Morning yoga and meditation session
  • Breakfast
  • Ayurveda therapy
  • Lunch
  • Yala safari
  • Bonfire barbeque dinner

Day 5

  • Breakfast by the lake
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Ayurveda therapy
  • Check-out

Yoga sessions

Start the day with a yoga session in open air. The yoga asanas and pranayama will help you to develop strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, and gracefulness. To activate the metabolic processes in the all body's systems, dispose of back pain, posture and spine problems, get rid of the toxins and improve immune system, give a pleasant massage to internal organs, and to keep your mind and body in harmony. You will get a new experience with the special anti-stress meditative techniques.

Meditation sessions

During the anti-stress meditation sessions you will learn how to concentrate on the present moment and stop the flow of chaotic thoughts, how to calm down the mind, let it be free from worries, fears, and anxiety; and how to enjoy real peace and harmony.

Bicycle tour

During the three-hour bicycle tour, you will explore the amazing nature and culture of Ceylon and you will visit beautiful lakes famous among bird-watchers, an ancient Buddhist temple, and a traditional village tea-house.

Safari excursion to the Yala National Park

You will start the safari at 14:30, and you will come back around 19:00. Yala is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka and the home to the world's highest density of leopard, large herds of elephant, sloth bear, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodile, and many others forms of wildlife.

One safari to the Yala National Park and one cycling tour to the local lake and temple are included in this retreat.

  • Isakova Anna

    Having practiced Yoga for 8 years, I started teaching after completing the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Course. In Thailand, in 2014, I continued my practice and learned Thai Massage. I spent 5 months in India practicing at the Sivananda Ashram and completed an Ayurveda Therapist course at the Ananda SPA Insitute. I deepened my Yoga learning through the 10-day Vipassana Retreat in Kandy. Through practicing various styles, I've learned 'how' you practice matters more than 'what'. You can experience mindfulness with simple activities - washing dishes or jogging. For me, Yoga is a way of life.

This retreat will be held at the Saraii Village in Weeravila, Sri Lanka. Saraii Village is located in Weerawila, in a prime spot amongst other Tissamaharama hotels, not far from Tissamaharama and Kataragama. This area is famous for the beautiful lakes and ancient temples, and known as "Yala gates". Saraii is one of the most sought after Weerawila hotels nestled inside a private estate in the middle of the dry zone.

At Saraii, the grounds have large green trees that are rare in the dry zone, which is known for its biting heat and lack of shade cover. Today, Saraii's garden is a haven for all visitors and that includes the birds, squirrels, insects, reptiles, and amphibians. Saraii is home to a total of over 1,600 trees. They include endemic hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, halmilla, ebony, burutha, sooriyamara, kaya, margosa, and other species were planted along with different types of fruit trees, mango, oranges, passion fruit, pomegranate, and papaya.

A key difference from the animals you spot in the wetlands is their color or the lack of it. Most of Saraii's residents except for the birds take on shades of brown, black and grey in keeping with their arid surroundings. Some chameleons take a vivid orange and red. Many small mammals such as squirrels and birds, especially peacocks from the area, visit Saraii thanks to the abundance of trees and fruits.

The lakes and tanks around Saraii are home to hundreds of birds and winter migrants. Also, in the larger lakes you are bound to spot other amazing bird species. Saraii is in close proximity to the most prominent water resources in the area, which attracts a considerable number of animals during the dry season. The most common animal of the area is the feral Buffalo.

Nearby places

  • Bundala National Park, 12 kilometers
  • Colombo, 250 kilometers
  • Kirinda Beach, 22 kilometers
  • Wirawila Bird Sanctuary, 1 kilometer
  • Cycling
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Stargazing
  • Swimming nearby
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake nearby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mosquito net
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served three delicious locally sourced meals including a special traditional Sri Lankan breakfast by the lake and a bonfire barbeque dinner. Food is a central part of life in Sri Lanka and at Saraii Village; you will find some mouth-watering surprises on the homegrown menu of the resident artisan cooks that will serve you authentic Sri Lankan meals with an occasional diversion to a Western dish whenever you may demand it.

The authentic Sri Lankan meals are from a seasonal menu that is decided by what's growing in the local garden, what's selling at the local market, and what can be found locally. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be an abundant spread of local fruit, traditional Sri Lankan curries and salads, lots of bread and rice, and even a Western spread for those who don't favor the spicy cuisine. At Saraii Village, you may also enjoy vegan specialties, snacks, and special drinks for an additional cost.


The prizewinner on the menu is the giant lake prawn that sits half way across your plate. A guest favorite for BBQ or savory curry, the lake prawn, is followed closely by the range of vegetarian dishes that would awe the choosiest vegan. A mouth-watering range of organic vegetables are matched by a special range of greens, salads, and fruits, which are served at every meal.


At Saraii Village, you will have a full range of local snacking options. You may speak to the staff about getting your own sandwiches and salads or try out some more adventurous options like bakery rolls, the famous "malu paan" or fish bun, the popular garlic infused potato snacks plus the coconut chili salad called "pol sambol".

Special drinks

Drinks on demand might find you always sipping something tropically sweet fruity or even spicy. While the kitchen is not short of its own list you are welcome to share your recipes for fresh fruit smoothies, tropical infusions, and of course the tea and coffee. Telling them early will allow the staff to go find any seasonal ingredients in time for whizzing up your drinks and smoothies.

Angler's potluck fishing

The local fisherman set out each morning to cast their nets or to check on their overnight bait. Your task will be to help them out, watch out for that giant lake prawn and the crocodiles that rise to catch an early snack on your fishing tours in Sri Lanka. If you already have your own fishing gear, then advice on the best spots from the locals is all you need. Set the hook, mend your line, watch your drift, and haul in your catch.

If you are not a fan of fly-fishing you can always cast a different kind of net. Throw nets or "visi del" are a popular form of fishing, you can either watch or participate. You may let the team cook up that fresh catch with a tantalizing array of southern spices. The regular accompaniment of manioc and pol sambol sprinkled with some homemade lime pickle is literally a hot favorite or you can also cook your own fish the way you like it as well.

Barbeque by the beach tour

At Saraii, you may have several activities to choose from before you enjoy your quiet night by the lake. You may go out for an evening boat ride and catch some fresh fish for the grill or stay ashore and prep the site until the crew makes a jolly landing. You can light up your site with a nice array of Saraii lanterns or ask for those extra cool solar lights from Saraii that are definitely smash, trod, and baby proof.

Beach tour

Kirinda beach is near from Saraii and is easily one of the most attractive beaches in the Southern coast. Made famous for being the landing place of Queen Viharamaha Devi, considered one of ancient Sri Lanka's great heroines.

Bike tour

Cycling is a popular mode of transport at the Sri Lankan village and although the bicycles you will find at Saraii maybe a little tougher looking than your average village cycle, the challenge will be to ride in the dry heat with only a warm breeze to cool you down. For those willing to explore, Saraii is a treasure trove of bike paths that run through local homes and fields, some of which has not been discovered yet.

While the main highway is probably the biggest safest main road, it is recommended to take a guide from the hotel for more scenic roads, which run through shrub jungles paddy fields, and even around the Wirawila Lake.

Bird watching tour

Saraii is close to the Wirawila Bird Sanctuary, which is about one kilometer away, and the Bundala National Park. Both are well known bird watching hotspots, making Saraii the perfect base to set out on Sri Lanka bird watching tours. Arm yourself with a set of binoculars and take a boat along the Wirawila Lake at dawn, which is the best time for observing bird life in the dry zone.

The Bundala Bird Sanctuary is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka; it is home to over 197 species of birds like the greater flamingo that migrates in large flocks.

Chill and relax under the night sky

At Saraii, you may relax under a night sky without the sounds of traffic and the light pollution of the city, you may explore wide-open spaces without concrete and cables to block your view and just chill to the sounds of nature at its best.

Lake tour

Going out on a motor-less boat with just the swish of the oars is almost meditative early morning. Dawn is the perfect time to go across the Wirawila Lake just as the sun warms and sparkles on the water on one of the most memorable Sri Lanka eco tours that you will ever have. If the fishing tours prove too adventurous you can always grab a paddle and help the local fishermen steer their boats, who will be your cheerful coaches. Early morning and late evenings are the best times to set out in a boat unless you fancy the dry heat and merciless sun, which even the local fishermen dare not weather.

Religious tour

You may appease the Gods or simply observe the rituals of the most elaborate religious procession on the island. It’s a melting pot of colors, sounds, sights, and smells. You may take pictures or join the procession or do both. Katharagama is best known as a city of pilgrimage and one of multi-religious importance, the city becomes a teeming gathering place for thousands of devotees during the months of July and August when it hosts its annual procession.

The “Pada Yatra” ritual is a centuries-old pilgrimage on foot. Devotees walked for over three months from Jaffna to Kataragama re-enacting legends and myths along way, sleeping and living in the open, not knowing where their next meal would come from, and choosing self-denial to answer an intense spiritual calling. While modern transport has changed the traditions, thousands still take part in the “Pada Yatra” and flock to the sacred jungle shrine of Kataragama to re-enact the same legends and rituals every year.

Other tours

You may also enjoy heritage tours to explore from temple caves to ancient monasteries, nature walks, and tours around the local organic farm.

During this retreat, you will enjoy one Ayurvedic Abhaynga full-body massage with medicated oil of 60 minutes. Other massages included for an extra fee upon request.

Abhaynga massage

The Abhaynga massage is a full body massage with medicated herbal oils. According to Ayurvedic manuscripts, this oil massage is the most important part of your daily routine to be performed every morning. The benefits are deep relaxation for the body and mind, increases blood circulation, helps to rid of the toxins, balances doshas, uses natural oils and healing herbs, provides nourishment for the skin, stimulates deep tissue and nerves, is recommended as a therapy for arthritis and paralysis conditions, and refreshes and revitalizes the body.

  • 1 Ayurvedic full-body massage of 60 minutes
  • 1 bicycle tour to the lakes and temple
  • 1 bonfire barbecue dinner
  • 1 safari to the Yala National Park
  • 1 special anti-stress meditation of 60 minutes
  • 1 special traditional Sri Lankan breakfast by the lake
  • 3 daily locally sourced meals and beverage
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 6 yoga and meditation sessions of 90 minutes each
  • Airport transfers

Driving directions from Hambantota

  • Follow the A2 highway towards Wirawila Lake.
  • Just before you hit the lake watch out for the Saraii signboard on your right. If you've passed the lake then you've missed Saraii Village.

Driving directions from Yala National Park

  • Continue on the Tissa-Palatupana Yala Road (B499).
  • Take a right turn to B422 on the Tissa Kirinda road until you reach a junction at the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya temple.
  • Take the left turn called Rubberwatte road that falls back onto the A2 highway with the Weerawila Domestic Airport (WRZ) on your left.
  • When you enter the A2 highway, take a right and go about 1.2 kilometers until you see the Saraii signboard on your right.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) or Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) on request. Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Saraii Village an inquiry.
  • Review by Saudra from Australia

    "A wonderful place, the Tree House is absolutely fabulous. We would like to have one made home too. Thanks for your hospitality and great service. Cheers to Saraii and the Team (ask for string hoppers for breakfast, so good!"

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  • Review by David & Sasaia

    "Thanks for the wonderful day in Saraii Village. We enjoyed the nature, the Tree house and the fantastic dinner Thank you Hassan & family & the cook."

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  • Review by Simone Bax from Haarlem, The Netherlands

    "We would give this yoga retreat a 9. The whole package was very well arranged including the safari and three times per day typical Sri Lankan meals. The yoga is available for every level and the instructor, Anna, guided us perfectly as well as during other tours. I would definitely recommend this to others! ", edited

  • Review by Sophie McAulay

    "I had such a lovely time at Saraii Village. My treehouse accommodation was amazing - I wish I could live there all the time!! The whole retreat was really well organised - from the yoga and meditation sessions to the amazing food to the safari. The yoga teacher, Anna, was great at challenging me in the sessions, and I learnt some meditation techniques that I will definitely be carrying on. Plus she is a great masseuse and even took me on an impromptu day trip to Ella, showing me the ropes on local buses and taking me on a breathtaking hike. Plus we visited a local village party which was an amazing experience! All the staff at Saraii Village were so friendly, warm, welcoming and helpful. I really couldn't fault the experience - I wish I could have stayed longer! And I have managed to continue feeling very zen even a week and a half later! Thanks so much to Anna, Ar Jun and all the team at Saraii. See you again sometime :)", edited

  • Review by Sarah Lawson

    "Sri Lanka is just as we imagined… lush green landscape, a bustling community and friendly faces everywhere. At Saraii Village we were placed into the local way of life, eating delicious Sri Lankan food, taking a trip to a gorgeous beach where only the locals were, and going on a bike ride and having all the local school children wanting to talk with us! The tree house was beautiful - a 'must stay' location, and the recently built pool made for a refreshing break from the midday heat. The Yoga was pitched just at the right level, with our instructor Ana listening to our needs and teaching us exactly what we wanted to know. The yoga didn’t take up all our time, which meant we could venture out and explore, and the staff were more than happy to make recommendations and arrange things for us. Our trip to Bundala National Park was incredible, and at one point we were just a few feet away from an elephant. The whole trip was effortless to organize, and all our needs were taken care of with the highest level of customer service. 10 out of 10!"

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  • Review by Rebecca from UK

    "“I feel I have learn a lot on what I need to work on/focus on, a lot of variety and different techniques covered. I’m leaving Saraii Village more clear-headed and relaxed than when I arrived and more stretched:) I would definitely recommend this program to similar-minded friends.”"

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  • Review by Anika from Sweden

    "“Meals was delicious. Safari to Yala National park well organized. Bike tour and dynamic meditation was very interesting. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.”"

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  • Review by Simona from Italy

    "“Our tree house and mud-shale was amazingly beautiful. Retreat program is varied and satisfying. Abhayanga massage was really good, I liked it very much. The staff are very friendly, helpful and carrying.”"

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  • Review by Vithyaa T.

    "As my first time staying in a place like this, I enjoyed the experience and definitely will be back. The bathroom was my only worry upon arrival, but it was clean, modern, well functional, and beautiful. The bedroom was stunning and all the members of the staff were great."

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  • Review by A traveler from The Netherlands

    "During our stay at Saraii Village, we slept in a mud chalet and a tree house. The rooms were very clean and nicely designed with an "inside outside" concept. The staff was incredibly helpful and took absolute good care of us, many thanks to the kitchen, who tried their best to surprise us with delicious meals. The mud chalet however is much more comfortable to stay in compared to the treehouse, even though the treehouse is more expensive. Climbing two ladders can be quite troublesome especially at midnight if you have to use the loo. Besides that, we also went for a two-hour bike ride with Amila, it was one of the highlights of our stay, cycling passed local towns, riverbeds, lotus ponds, and paddy fields. We had a closer contact with the local culture and the landscape."

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  • Review by Nalin F. from Ragama, Sri Lanka

    "We had our best holiday at Saraii, the food was delicious, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I really want to thank all the staff members for the memorable holiday we had. The breakfast at the lakeside was fantastic. Thank you guys and keep up the good work."

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  • Review by A traveler from United Kingdom

    "What an absolutely stunning setting, a very novel concept that worked incredibly well. The staff was the friendliest I’ve met in Sri Lanka and the food was amazing. We decided to do the morning fishing trip and it was fantastic. We went out with local fisherman to see what the nets had caught and then cooked and ate it all fresh."

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  • Review by A traveler from York, United Kingdom

    "If you are heading to Yala for the wildlife, I couldn't recommend Saraii Village highly enough. This was a completely authentic experience, from the setting to the delicious meals cooked in the canopy covered restaurant. You do have to get used to a few bugs, but what else would you expect when staying in a mud hut or treehouse. The staff is all amazingly friendly and helpful during our trip to Yala. Our guide was excellent. You may go for the longer trip to the park so you have a few hours when all the other jeeps have left to watch some elephants."

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  • Review by A traveler from Sri Lanka

    "Saraii Village is the perfect place to take a rest from the city hustle and hectic lifestyle. The oneness with the nature was incredible and got my peace of mind. I recommend this place to ardent nature lovers. Go there and you will be amazed."

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  • Review by A traveler from Sri Lanka

    "At Saraii Village, we had a different experience. This is truly an ecofriendly place. We loved the sky attic and the burrow mud house. The staff is very friendly and too caring about customers. The manager is a very social man. The food is really tasty. The Wi-Fi connection is too slow and there are not powerful signal from any service providers. The garden should be improved more. I think would be better if you would have a swimming pool like natural pond. Overall, the place is good. Specially recommended for foreigners and people living in towns with busy life."

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  • Review by A traveler from Colombo, Sri Lanka

    "We stayed one night after our Yala safari at Saraii Village. We were taken to our tree house after check-in and room was fantastic and well maintained. The only issue was that the bath room was separate but it’s quite understandable. The food was great. The staff is extra professional, they were there for us to do anything we require to exceed our expectations at any time. Don't miss out the magic touch of the spa done by the Russian girl. There are many activities to do for the weekend. I fully recommend this palace for weekend to have fun."

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  • Review by Mazeer M

    "My family and I spent two of our most relaxing nights at Saraii Village and it’s the most comfortable tree house experience you can find in Sri Lanka. You will feel far away from the busy city lifestyle as soon as you enter the hotel. The sound of elephants and peacocks in the background will give you an instant connection with nature and the thrill of a real tree house experience. The staff and their customer service attitude was like the icing on the cake and makes your stay comfortable and memorable."

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Weeravila, Sri Lanka

Saraii Village is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in Sri Lanka for travelers who search for the road less travelled and those who seek new adventures leaving only lasting footprints.

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