What happens when wild animals become your neighbours? It all seems too good to be true! Sri Lanka is blessed with natural surroundings, and we are able to connect with Mother Nature whenever we like. I and my husband went on an expedition to Cinnamon Wild Yala.

This is where you can be up close with nature. Occasionally, an elephant will sip water from the swimming pool, and rabbits greet you with joy! The little lake that surrounds the property has gigantic crocodiles (harmless) and a romantic dinner can be set up on the deck.

Cinnamon Wild Yala, Crocodiles at Lake
Crocodiles at the lake

Let’s take you through the property!

The Perfect ‘WILD’ Location

Cinnamon Wild Yala is basically an extension of the national park. It is akin to a game lodge, but has all the luxuries you can think of.

It is located in Palatupana, Kirinda. When you enter the Yala border zone, you feel like you are close to the forest life. The location is ideal for an adventure! If you are interested in wildlife and breathing fresh air, head to this property as it does not disappoint you.

Even the staff of the property are dressed up in jungle-theme uniforms. Although you can take your cars inside till the villa, but the staff recommends NOT to keep food items in the car. You never know! Wild animals might just steal your food.

We were extremely elated with the rooms, service, and the wonderful swimming pool. To top it up, the location was on-point!

Wild Encounters at Cinnamon Wild Yala

A video was circulated where the elephants were enjoying drinking water from the pool. We bumped into cute rabbits, and on our way, there were exotic birds and animals who greeted us.

We enjoyed the Yala safari (our own arrangement).But, the staff will be happy to make the arrangement for you. The environment is green and the rooms are comfortable.

At Yala National Park

Rooms With a Camp Feel

The snug rooms have all the amenities that you would get in a luxurious hotel. There are two categories – beach chalets and jungle chalets.

The space in the rooms is not as large, but the bathrooms are of good-size. We could see wild boars, rabbits and deer from our room.

The beach chalet has a spacious balcony and a comfortable bed to sleep on. It gives a romantic feel and you can hear the chirping of birds as well.

Cinnamon Wild Yala, Yala Beach
Beach at Cinnamon Wild Yala

The Jungle chalet is a superior room. You will have access to your own veranda. Sip some coffee and watch wild boars pass by.

Cinnamon Wild Yala, Wild Boars at Yala

Please note that security is not an issue at this property. If you feel too scared to step out after 6 PM, the staff escorts you.

A Refreshing Dip in the Pool

The property has a massive pool surrounded by trees. There are enough number of sun beds around the pool. You can soak up the sun, step inside the pool whenever you like.

The staff welcomes us with warmth and love. Everything about the property screams ‘JUNGLE LIFE’. You might as well come in contact with Tarzan and Jane.

Rabbit at Cinnamon Wild Yala
Rabbit visiting us at the hotel

Food is extremely delectable and we enjoyed all the dishes. You can enjoy local and international cuisines at the property. Compliments to the chef!

Overall, we had a wonderful stay and would love to go back for another satisfying visit. It is green, fresh, and we would recommend it to families, couples and friends.

Points to Note

  • Price: Rs.20,000 (USD 110) (Booked directly through website on Bed & Breakfast + Free Dinner (offer))
  • Visited on April 2017

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