Dehi Gaha Ela is named after the `ela’ (stream) that flows at the edge of the property, and is one of three Back of Beyond properties, all owned by a Sri Lankan ardent nature lover. It is an eco-retreat suitable for those of adventurous backwoodsman spirit. Guests can sleep in a tree house or wooden cottage on stilts that incorporates the natural landscape, including trees and large granite boulders. The small wattle-and-daub restaurant / lounge area is positioned in a central clearing overlooking a manmade pond. The estate borders the jungles of Minneriya National Park where deer, sambur and elephant are free to roam. Go on a nature trail with the in-house naturalist and on the way back, cool off with a dip in the Dehi Gaha `ela’. Meals are sumptuous traditional rice and curry cooked in clay pots. Life at this truly back of beyond eco-retreat is unhurried.