Yala National Park – Sri Lanka

Yala National Park is one of the first national parks of old Ceylon. This wonderful park was established in 1938, marking almost 979 square kilometres of the parking area, which is located in southeast Sri Lanka. To this day, Yala remains one of the most popular national parks, with thousands of annual visitors.

Yala National Park

The park is remarkable due to the variety of habitats and animals recorded. It contains dry and moist monsoon, semi-deciduous, and thorn forests. And also, Yala is rich with grasslands, marshes, sandy beaches, freshwater rivers, lagoons, lakes, and marine wetlands.


Wonders abound at this truly unique national park, from wildlife like the Sri Lankan elephant, leopard, sloth bear, and around 45 mammals. Many bird species have been recorded, including at least six endemic species, around 25 freshwater fish, around 50 reptiles, and 20 amphibians.


Yala keeps its secrets about ancient civilization with over 300 old, ruined Sthupa around Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya and Magul Maha Viharaya. Also, the ancient cultural practice of Pada-Yathra is repeated yearly to finish with Skandha Kumara Temple, popularly known as Katharagama Temple. Also, seasonal spiritual dancing practices keep an exotic face to attract more visitors to the area.

Podi Hoona – The Little Gecko luxury camping lodge

Podi Hoona – The Little Gecko luxury camping lodge

The little gecko camping lodge popularly known as Podi Hoona is located on the southern border of Yala, on the side of the popular Kirinda – Situlpawwa road. Imagine spending a night back in the stone ages; all you can see are billions of stars in the sky, thousands of illuminating fireflies and magical flames of bonfires.

All you can hear is the call of the night owls and nonstop chirping crickets. We promise to give you comfortable hosting, delightful food and a wild safari to meet your fantastic friends like monkeys, leopards, sloth bears and glorious elephants.

Reminiscent of a bygone era, the Campsite dishes up generous doses of romance, exploration and intrigue. Just a candlelit dinner under the stars, the Campsite will give you something to remember for years.


While the cottages are designed with families in mind, the layout of the cottages and tents provides privacy and solitude for couples and smaller groups visiting this lodge. Whether you are a couple looking for an exclusive, romantic, private safari or a large family looking to be together,

the Podi Hoona is the place to stay with Tents with Luxury facilities; an exclusive, romantic, more personal layout, King-size beds, luxury lavatories with en-suite bathrooms, pleasant dining areas, Oriental or continental Food menus with quality service BBQ and Bonfire nights, candlelit dinners, day and night birding walks Transport and wildlife Safari, Equipment and other facilities, and Guiding.
Treasure hunt, Science and nature explore or Temples and artefacts tours.

Podi Hoona – The Little Gecko luxury camping lodge

Kirinda – Situlpawwa Rd, Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

Phone:+94 774111933

WhatsApp  +44 7555686331

Email: ecoholidays.srilanka@gmail.com

https://ecoholidays-srilanka.com

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