Every time a new guest arrives at this one-of-a-kind Sri Lankan eco resort, 'mother' nature prides with joy. Welcome to a world where time stands still and beauty surrounds you.
KumbukRiver is nestled on the banks of a lively river bordering Yala, Sri Lanka's premier wildlife sanctuary, in Buttala some 260kms south-east of Colombo International Airport and 85 kms from Mattala International Airport.
This is elephant country. Where peacocks herald the day and elephants roam the nights. KumbukRiver is a haven for nature-lovers, for those who cherish participatory tourism. Here, fantasies come true while you become one with nature. You can enjoy the peace and quiet of an eco haven or explore the untamed wild. There's a whole river to call yours and if adventure pumps your adrenaline, there's plenty we can offer you as well. What you can do here in itself is a discovery.
The mammoth 40ft two story Elephant Villa you see on our grounds is the reason why KumbukRiver is famous around the world. This incredible edifice is a poignant reminder of our pristine nature and a symbol of its rapid destruction.
Elephant Villa consists of two very large bedrooms and a lounge area on upper deck with the living spaces promoting togetherness as families and friends have often discovered. There is electricity but lighting is minimal as you enjoy, perhaps, the most unique sleeping experience of your life. Made entirely of wood and straw with airy ambience, our Elephant Villa is for those with adventure and diversity on mind. This eco villa has a bathroom with hot water and two toilets in an interactive setting with nature.
Welcome to the wild with the comfort of a star-class room. Our Tree Luxuria is a spectacular, well-appointed design wonder built encompassing two trees overlooking the river. The bedroom has probably the largest bed found in Sri Lanka and a floor to ceiling glass wall offers you truly mesmerizing views of the river below. The air-conditioned cabin has a television, a fridge and a coffee/tea maker. The bathroom is a treat in itself with a shower cubicle with hot water jets and FM radio. The open upper deck is a great place to relax taking in the great vistas. Your meals may also be served here.
This vintage Morris BMC, decommissioned as part of an environmentally-friendly initiative, finds its new home by the river winding through our nature enclave. Jungle Lorry offers a uniquely luxurious stay especially for couples looking for a fairytale getaway. The cabin of the lorry has been transformed into a compact, air-conditioned, cosy bedroom with a glass wall presenting a panoramic view of the river below. An extended modern bathroom with hot water shower and an open lounge where guests get to eat and relax listening to nature's sound effects complete yet another fascinating accommodation option. Couples get to sip coffee in the driver's cabin while absorbing the romance of the nature that surrounds them.
You believe in all things natural and want a true eco experience; that's why you may want to occupy the Kumbuk Chalet. Inspired by a typical farmer's house, the Chalet takes you back in time. This humble mud and thatch abode comes with an airy bathroom and space for dining and relaxing. Its courtyard features a tree shower. Naturally, there's no electricity but solar lamps should give you the little light you need. Here you are very much a part of the nature that surrounds you.
At KumbukRiver we strive to bring you an authentic Sri Lankan culinary experience. Your menu includes traditional dishes and salads featuring ingredients that may not be all too common even for Sri Lankans while at the same time presenting you with all-time local favorites. If you don’t want to miss out on a bit of western flavor, our chef has included a few dishes to pamper your taste buds. We invite you to discuss your menu with your host well in advance, so that we can serve you better. Our kitchen is a simple village-styled operation with your food cooked the same way it was done a hundred years ago. However, we do have provisions for baking in an electric oven wherever required or in a gas burner. Meat and other perishables are refrigerated wherever required.
Explore our 16 acre river-front nature enclave and enjoy a truly rejuvenating green holiday. Take a refreshing river bath,explore our mini island or ride our paruwa/raft. Catch some fish, our staff will help you! Explore our nature trails into the forest. Go bird watching; early morning is the best time to spot peacocks. Take a hand tractor ride to the near-by Suspension Bridge and continue trekking to an old tank in the deeps of Yala buffer zone offering spectacular views. Play Hop-scotch, Marbles or one of our other board games. Spend a night in a farmer's tree hut as they ward off elephants. Enjoy a BBQ night. Visit Dematamal Viharaya, an ancient temple that according to a legend played an important role in Southern history or visit the famous Maligawila Temple. Take a day trip or over-night trip to the famous surfing town of Arugam Bay. Take a day trip to Yala National Park or continue there on to Hambantota/Galle. Take a day trip to Uda Walawe.