Back-to-nature sustainable eco-living is at the heart of lakeside Saraii Village in Sri Lanka’s deep south
Eco-tourism is the global buzzword, and it doesn’t get much more ‘part-of-the-landscape’ sustainable than the lakeside Saraii Village in Sri Lanka’s deep south.
The Sunday Times reports that Saraii “is not just about seeing the new, but about feeling and breathing in a rustic experience that touches the soul of the traveller”.
“Hidden beneath a canopy of trees deep in the heart of Weerawila, Saraii Village is a private estate featuring a series of mud chalets and tree houses designed to imitate the open air concept of rural homes in the locality.”
Saraii promotes eco-living by actively encouraging guests “to become one with nature and enjoy the simple pleasures of life, while experiencing authentic Sri Lanka”.
Its simple mud and tree houses are spread amongst three acres of hardwood and fruit trees—‘gama gedara’ dwellings with a thatched roofs that are found in remote areas of the country.
But they also come equipped with modern amenities—tea/coffee making facilities, hot water, fans, mosquito nets, telephone and, of course, the essential wi-fi.
Apart from the back-to-nature experience, it’s the food that stands out, fresh organic ingredients straight from Saraii’s gardens. While not vast, the menu includes fresh farm lunches, village cuisine and fish from the lake.
Saraii “upholds the value of the ‘Slow Food’ philosophy where they believe that good, clean and fair food should be catered to guests to experience the taste of traditional Sri Lankan cuisine”.
Meanwhile, nearby attractions include Weerawila weva, the bird sanctuary, wildlife parks such as Bundala, Lunugamwehera, Ridiyagama, and the Dry Zone Botanical Garden in Mirijjawila.
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