Acres and acres of lush green forest. Your own luxury open-air suite. A waterfall hidden in the jungle. Mountain climbing elephants. Walking Safaris. Yeah, you heard it right!
And it’s right here in Sri Lanka! And it was THE most unique experience we’ve ever had so far in our adventures around the island!
Where exactly is Ahaspokuna?
Built in a 2260-acre land of pristine wilderness in the mountains of Belihul Oya, Sri Lanka, Ahaspokuna Bush Walks Camp is Sri Lanka’s first, all-suite , luxury , private bush walks safari camp.
There is no motorable road directly to the camp. The camp is located on a small hill inside the jungles and reachable through a fairly easy hike of 15-20 minutes through the forest. There’s a small house in the village where you can safely park your vehicle during your stay.
Prior to your stay, the camp manager will contact you and give you the exact directions to the camp. Once you arrive at the house where you park your vehicle, they will come and escort you to the camp.
The campsite is built in such a way that the wildlife is not at all disturbed, and they can roam freely in and out of the campsite. There are elephant fences around each accommodation unit which are activated at night. We loved their concept of sustainability and living in harmony with nature.
The camp is reachable only by foot, which guarantees peace and quiet for the wildlife, environment and to us.
Ahaspokuna has a very interesting history dating back centuries, to the Uva Rebellion of the Kandyan Kingdom.
This is how Ahaspokuna has got it’s unique name:
“In the Sinhalese language (spoken in Sri Lanka), “Ahas” means “Sky” and “Pokuna” means “Pond” or “Pool”. Ahaspokuna is so named in reference to the lake here, high up in the hills, that is only fed by rain water. A former settlement that sprung up on its shores was subsequently also named “Ahaspokuna”. Today, the jungle tide has washed over where people once lived and the camp provides a wilderness retreat for those in search of something different.”
Ahaspokuna by Eco Team
The Accommodation Units
There are only three tented suites at Ahaspokuna as of now. The tents are gigantic, it was so, so spacious. Ours was two-storied, with lounging areas both on the ground floor and the upper floor. The bedroom has a king-size bed. The bathroom is also inside a separate tent, right next to the bedroom.
Disclaimer: The below images are from the official website of Ahaspokuna
Each accommodation unit has a lounge, a sleeping tent, a bathroom that has hot and cold water, a romantic star bed/day bed for you to relax or sleep in during the day or night, and the first-ever bush bathtub in Sri Lanka that overlooks the grassland in the 1000 sqm of private space protected by an elephant fence.
This spacious four-poster bed is a wonderful spot to relax during the day, and to stargaze during the night! You could see hundreds of thousands of stars at night and fall asleep under the stars while wild elephants roamed in the jungle outside!
The next best thing at Ahaspokuna is this outside bath they’ve set up for each tent. They call them “Wild Baths” which is super accurate in my opinion.
Perfect for soaking in a bubble bath while enjoying the view and, if you’re lucky, to spot some peacocks dashing through the bushes!
The Bush Walks
The bush walks, also called Walking Safaris, were something that I instantly fell in love with. There are no man-made roads here, nor safari jeeps. You get to spot wild animals in their own natural habitats while walking on the pathways that the animals themselves take!
We were very lucky to spot two sambar deer, two wild elephants and numerous birds including an owl during our bush walk. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t butt-scared that we would run into a wild elephant any moment. But once I observed that second elephant, my fear went away. They truly are gentle giants. If we don’t harm them, they will never harm us
It was truly a memorable experience. What we loved the most about it was that we never disturbed the animals. We left them in peace and observed them quietly and carefully. This, I feel, is the best way to do safaris.
Our 7km walk over the small mountains permitted some of the best views we’ve seen in Sri Lanka.
Our next stop during the bush walk was the hidden waterfall in the middle of the jungle. It’s called “Gan Ella”, and it was such a beautiful little waterfall.
Ahaspokuna is the best escape for those who want to reconnect with nature while enjoying the comforts of a luxury resort. Being nature lovers and eco-conscious travelers, this place is without a doubt one of our favorite escapes in Sri Lanka.
A few things to keep in mind when you’re booking the resort:
The campsite is inside the forest, a 15-20 minutes walk from the main road. There’s no network signals (only sometimes you get a weak little signal), and WiFi access is limited. They only get electricity from the generator, so the power supply is limited for a couple of hours at night (From 6pm-10pm). But they do give you extra power supply on request depending on your requirement.
For more information, visit their official website.
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