'Aliya', meaning elephant in Sinhala, is an apt name for a luxurious resort immersed in lush wilderness where wild elephants roam. Modern minimalism is softened by Sri Lanka’s simple and unhurried rural lifestyle. Enter through a series of steps into a vast, gleaming white lounge and instantly, the mesmerizing views of the infinity pool and the gigantic twin rocks – Pidurangala and Sigiriya – comes into focus. Aliya resort offers luxurious rooms or tents immersed in the wilderness; international as well as traditional Sri Lankan cuisine served at their wattle & daub restaurant overlooking the paddy fields. A Paddy Museum recounts the history of paddy cultivation on the island over 2,500 years. After a long day of sightseeing, relax with an Ayurvedic massage at the tranquil spa. Aliya Resort follows strict eco-friendly policies. Sister property of Maalu Maalu Resort & Spa in Pasikudah on the North East Coast.