Diyabubula, a ‘secret eco-paradise’ in Sri Lanka, was created as a personal retreat by artist Laki Senanayake


Laki Senanayake

The “secret eco-paradise” resort of Diyabubula in Sri Lanka was originally created by artist Laki Senanayake as a personal retreat.

Since being acquired by Barberyn Resorts it is now a place where guests can “connect with the wilderness”.

Writes Ines Fressynet for EuroNews LivingIt website: “Because it remains quite a confidential address … the place is rarely fully booked and you could even have the ‘hotel’ all to yourself.”


She notes that “Laki inherited this piece of land back in 1975, turning it into his own eco-paradise amidst a population of rare exotic birds, playful monkeys and lush tropical forest”.

It is also located close to major Unesco World Heritage sites.

Says Ines: “It takes 45 minutes to reach the majestic fortress of Sigiriya, from which the view over the region is breathtaking, and the beautifully preserved ancient city Polonnaruwa is also nearby.”


Meanwhile, The Gathering at Minneriya, and Kaudulla National Park, 40 kilometers to the north, “offer another kind of sight: wild animals to admire in their natural habitat”.

During The Gathering, hundred of wild elephants make their way to the natural tank of water to drink.

Diyabubula comprises five independent accommodations which “keep the wildlife away whilst offering guests a chance to connect with the wilderness”.

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