For eco-tourists and nature lovers, getting off the beaten track in Sri Lanka is not only a passport to a wonderful experience, but also peace of mind—knowing they are treading lightly in Paradise.

And it doesn’t get more off the beaten track than Back Of Beyond, a minimalist eco resort with a footprint barely visible on forest floor and riverbank—the lightest of light-touch tourism.

Located within sight of the spectacular Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress, it describes itself as “a small secret place for all forms of wildlife—elephants, sambhur, birds and butterflies—to visit … a nature lovers dream”.

“When we found the bubbling Dehigahaela bubbling its cold clear water into the warm slow moving KiriOya in what looked like a corridor of rain forest in the middle of the dry zone, we knew we had found a Back of Beyond retreat.

“We have barely touched the 7 acre land, as we decided to build even more minimally than at our other retreats: tree top houses, boulder cottages, and a long house for families, everything that dreams are made of.”

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Perfect escape

Review website Yamu agrees. Writes Aisha: “About half an hour away from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dehigahaela is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

“An eco-lodge, Back of Beyond offers an immensely comfortable stay surrounded by wildlife in all its glory. For me, this is really the best place to stay in the vicinity of Sigiriya.

“Well designed mud and wood cottages in the middle of the jungle that, with their open and swank modern bathroom fixtures manage to feel almost luxurious.”

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