Wild Grass is a nature lover’s paradise north of Kandalama Lake in the heart of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. This luxurious eco-retreat is utterly tranquil; life unfolds here at your pace. Wake up to the call of peacock; set off on an adventurous nature trail; have a candlelit dinner enhanced by the sounds of the jungle. Wild Grass is set amidst 30 acres of unfenced wilderness that is frequently visited by rabbits, deer, wild boar and over 40 species of birds. Accommodation is in expansive villas which were built with minimum disturbance to the natural surroundings and spaced out for maximum privacy. An open-sided, two storey pavilion houses the restaurant and lounge, flanked by a large rock on one side and a lake and the magnificent Kandalama hills on the other. A strict nature conservation philosophy is followed here: much is being done to preserve the natural eco-systems, such as organic farming used to cultivate fruit and vegetables for the resort’s cuisine. Considering the distance from the accommodation villas to the main restaurant, Wild Grass is not recommended for those with mobility difficulties.
There are seven individual villas – two family villas that sleep between four to six people and five one bedroom villas for double or triple occupancy. The villas are set about 50 feet apart ensuring complete privacy and are contemporary in design with timber roofs, polished cement floors and glass sliding doors/windows that open out to the wilderness. Each villa consists of a living room with a comfortable sofa, dining room with dining table, spacious a/c bedroom with king-sized bed and bathroom with wash basin, w/c and open-air h/w rain shower. They are comfortably furnished and are equipped with flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea/coffee facilities, Wi-Fi, IDD telephone, mini-bar, electronic safe, hair dryer and reading material. Board games are available on request. There are two bicycles in each villa for, cycling to the dining pavilion or the nearby village.
One bedroom villas (ranging from 1100 to 1,800 sq ft): Two-storey villas have a lower-level living room and bathroom and the bedroom on the upper floor. Villas on one level are also available, where the living room and bedroom form one seamless space. There is also an ensuite bathroom and outdoor rain shower, external deck and balcony. Two to three guests can be accommodated in each villa.
Family villas (2,600 sq ft): There are two family villas each with two well-appointed ensuite bedrooms. The family villas can accommodate four to six guests.
Dine under stars in the main restaurant’s roof terrace or at your villa. Dining timings are completely decided by the guests and the menu includes both international and local cuisine. Special food requests (including vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free meals) and other personal preferences are accommodated by the chef. The resort has a large swimming pool and sundeck for relaxation and well-marked trails for walking, cycling and/or jogging. There is also an outdoor badminton court and mountain bikes for those wishing to explore the surrounding countryside. Wild Grass also offers guided meditation and yoga.
Why We Like It
Floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the spacious rooms enhance the natural feel of this tranquil cultural triangle escape.
Wild Grass is an eco-retreat set amidst acres of wilderness in the rural village of Kumbukkadanwala in Sigiriya, just 15 minutes away from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the ancient Dambulla Cave Temple. The journey from Colombo’s international airport will take up to four hours.
Location: Sigiriya, Cultural Triangle
Style: Wildlife Hotel
No. of Rooms: 9
Key Features: Jungle setting; wildlife; birdwatching; private rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows