The Ark: heavenly refuge firmly on the map (or should that be off the map?) in scenic Sri Lanka

 

The Telegraph UK spotlights The Ark retreat in rural Sri Lanka in its featured ‘Rooms with a mountain view: 10 holiday homes in the middle of nowhere’ roundup.

In rural Sri Lanka, a ‘watch-hut’ is adopted as an elevated refuge for the farmer to protect the cultivation overnight. The Ark’s unique and elevated sitting allows a breathtaking view of the estate, the valley below and hills beyond.

It sleeps up to six, and the whole place can be reserved by a couple of nature-lovers or a bigger group. “When you take refuge at this earthly, yet magical eco haven, it is completely yours, until you leave.”

 

Meanwhile, the Telegraph’s ‘23 reasons to visit Sri Lanka’ piece highlights diving with whales in Kalpitiya, while 5,800 elephants and the biggest concentration of leopards in the world tops the wildlife checklist.

Down south, “sleepy Galle is a haven for grown-up backpackers, with Dutch colonial architecture, jewellery shops, ice cream parlours and an almost complete dearth of nightlife”.

And on the foodie front, Colombo’s top seafood restaurant Ministry of Crab “serves knockout sweet, succulent and spicy Sri Lankan crab in what is one of the capital’s most beautiful buildings”.

 

Also topping the menu are our hoppers, “a thin, crepe-like batter that’s infused with coconut milk and spices and crisped into a bowl shape to hold fried eggs. It’s versatile enough to serve as a breakfast dish, quick snack or hangover cure”

Fantastic scenic train journeys also get a mention. “A newly reopened train route from Colombo to Jaffna promises an eye-opening journey through Sri Lanka, while “the railway journey between Kandy and Ella is also one to remember”.

Last but not least, “in the south east of the island, Arugam Bay is a crescent of golden sand that offers barrelling breaks during summer days and beach parties galore on balmy nights. In winter, drag your board to Weligama”.

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