A new retreat for safari aficionados
Posted on January 23rd, 2011

 Wijeratne

A Sri Lankan couple who spent over 20 years in the UK have returned to their homeland and built a holiday cottage for eco-friendly wildlife enthusiasts which is set to rival big-name hoteliers in south-east Sri Lanka.

Designed and built by Mr and Mrs Wijeratne from Colombo, Mayasha is a retreat near Rhuna (Yala) National Park which will attract safari lovers who want to remain a short distance from nature, but also close to a town’s amenities.

Mayasha is set in open scrubland, with Tissamaharama just 10 minutes away and the Yala entrance 20 minutes in the other direction. With a journey time of just under five hours from the country’s capital, Colombo, owners Ananda and Nedra Wijeratne have spent three years preparing the cottage for visitors who “enjoy nature at its most peaceful”.

“We initially built it as our second home; a retreat for both of us to get away from the hustle and bustle of Colombo,” said Mr Wijeratne. “However, we soon realised that holidaymakers and residents wanted somewhere different to stay when visiting Yala and so thought of making our home available to them.

“With the Kataragama hills in the distance, several local temples, the Indian Ocean and excellent wildlife all around, it is the ideal location as a base for several days while exploring all around or just spending time in the jungle.”

The private country cottage can accommodate a maximum of six people, with running water, electricity, fans and a television meaning western life is never far away for those who still want a little luxury.

As well as its close proximity to Yala National Park, Uda Walawe National Park is an hour away; giving guests a further option to consider while on holiday. With discounted jeep transport into the jungle also on offer, Mayasha offers the country’s inhabitants and tourists nature-friendly accommodation at affordable prices while still providing everyday necessities.

Mrs Wijeratne added: “We moved back to Sri Lanka in 2000 after spending 22 years working in the UK. It’s a great feeling to have invested in a second home, but then to share it with others who, like ourselves, love animals, wildlife and quiet surroundings.”

For further information or to make a reservation, visit http://mayashaholidaycottageyala.yolasite.com/.

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