Wild Grass Nature Resort
Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
Wild Grass is a simple eco-Lodge set amidst acres of wilderness in the rural village of Kumbukkadanwala near Sigiriya Rock. It is a nature lover’s paradise with minimal amenities, but located conveniently to explore the sights of the Cultural Triangle.
At a Glance
Floor to ceiling glass windows in the villas offer wonderful views over the jungle canopy and lake
The villas are very private, tucked away in the jungle and spaced 50 meters apart
There is an amazing range of bird life surrounding the property - make sure to bring your binoculars
Wild Grass is in a great location for exploring the nearby sites of Sigirya and Dambulla
Given the distances of some of the villas from the main building and steep steps, this is probably not the right choice for someone with mobility issues
The two-bedroom villas are great for families
Take a mountain bike to explore the local area and surrounding countryside as Wild Grass is off the beaten track there are quiet tracks to explore.Emma Mark
Enjoy a selection of delicious Sri Lankan curries, prepared by the hotel's new award winning chef (the beetroot curry in particular is superb)Lucy Bailey
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To start planning your vacation to Wild Grass Nature Resort
Surrounded by jungles, a lake and the Kandalama hills, Wild Grass is a welcoming eco-retreat where you can enjoy nature without having to sacrifice comfortable living. Utterly tranquil and immersed in the wilderness, life unfolds here at your own pace. Set off on an adventurous nature trail; visit nearby Sigiriya or Dambulla and by nightfall have a candlelit dinner accompanied by the sounds of the jungle.
Wild Grass is set amidst 30 acres of unfenced wilderness that is visited by the occasional wild elephant, rabbits, deer, wild boar and over 40 species of birds.
Accommodation here is in single story or duplex villas that have been built with the minimum disturbance to the natural surroundings. Floor to ceiling glass windows make the most of the views, although it is worth being aware this can attract insects at night time if the lights are on. Whilst they cannot get into the villa, the tapping on the glass can be a little disconcerting at first.
The single story villas are raised on stilts and so offer wonderful views across the jungle canopy. The duplex villas have a downstairs living room and upstairs bedroom and enjoy views towards the lake.
The decor is simple with wooden floors and furniture, and the beds are comfortable with soft white linen. The bathrooms are polished concrete (a Sri Lankan style-favorite!), and all of the showers are open-air.
An open sided, two storey pavilion located away from the villas houses the lounge and the restaurant, with views towards the magnificent Kandalama hills. Wild Grass have recently acquired a new chef who has won awards for his Sri Lankan curries and so it is definitely worth sampling a selection of local dishes whilst here.
A strict nature conservation philosophy is followed here and much is being done to preserve the natural eco-systems. Organic farming methods are used to cultivate fruit and vegetables for the resort’s use with the balance requirements purchased from the villagers who are also encouraged to use eco-friendly practices.
Wild Grass is an ideal get away for nature lovers who like their privacy and are looking to spend a quiet couple of nights in beautiful surroundings.
There are seven individual villas in the property; two family villas and five one-bedroom villas, each with surrounding views of the wilderness.
Wild Grass offers dining under stars in the main restaurant’s roof terrace as well as at your villa. Dining timings are completely decided by the guests. The resort has a large swimming pool. Well-marked trails for walking, cycling and/or jogging exist within the resort. An outdoor badminton playing area is also available. Mountain bikes are offered for those wishing to explore the local area and surrounding countryside.
Location & Directions
Ancient Cities, Sri Lanka
Located 175 kilometers away from Colombo, the resort is located in Kumbukkadanwala village just 15 minutes drive from the famous Sigiriya rock fortress and the Dambulla cave temple.
When to go
The Maha monsoon blows from October to January, bringing rain to the North and East, while the dry season is from May to September. The North and East are comparatively dry, with around 1000mm of rain annually. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Out-of-season travel has its advantages – not only do the crowds go away but many airfares and accommodation prices drop right down. Nor does it rain all the time during the low season.