“My next stop provided a stark contrast as I was whisked off to Yala National Park to stay at Wild Coast Tented Lodge. Entirely different in aesthetics, yet impressively created by the same mastermind who dreamt up Ceylon Tea Trails and Cape Weligama, the property seamlessly blends into its rugged surroundings with cool and quirky touches, such as an entrance gate disguised as a fallen tree. In keeping with the natural environment, wild animals roam freely here, something which became particularly apparent when an elephant wandered onto the beach during our candle-lit dinner, and we were rapidly encouraged to make way for the large mammal. Many other animal sightings were had during game drives and nature walks, with the closest encounter occurring during an outdoor cooking class which became extremely popular with hungry resident monkeys.”
After a few days in the mountains, Henrietta was ready to explore Sri Lanka’s abundant wildlife. From the comfort of a jeep, she headed into the depths of Yala National Park for a safari. Sri Lanka’s most famous National Park, you can expect to see elephants, leopards (it boasts the world’s highest concentration of leopards per square kilometre), sloth bears, crocodiles, and wild boar.
A visit to this vibrant country wouldn’t be complete without getting hands-on in the kitchen, and Henrietta excitedly participated in a cookery class where she mixed her own spices, seasoned the ingredients, and cooked her own lunch under the watchful eye of one of the property’s chefs.