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KumbukRiver is Sri Lanka’s highest-awarded resort, winning the island’s only Travel Oscar as the world’s leading eco-lodge. It has been mentioned by international media as one of the world’s top 10 most unique hotels, while The Daily Telegraph lists it among 23 reasons to visit Sri Lank, and Rough Guides includes it in ‘500 New Ways to See the World’.

However, for KumbukRiver’s management, its best accolade is the high ratings it has received on Trip Advisor from guests from far corners of the world who credit the eco resort on the northern edge of Yala as one of the most authentic experiences of their life. From its amazing location on the banks of a secluded river to some of the world’s most uniquely luxurious eco accommodations, KumbukRiver adds to its fairytale offerings with a host of excursions and activities that drives home its reputation as one of Sri Lanka’s ‘most authentic’ experiences.

One of Sri Lanka’s most respected media, marketing and military strategists, and creator of this unique resort, Dinesh Watawana says that Buttala is a rare gem and KumbukRiver is bringing the spotlight to this historic but forgotten land of wonders. It’s the land that fed the army of Sri Lanka’s legendary King Dutugemunu, and is replete with ancient temples, monasteries and tell-tale signs of an ancient civilisation strewn across its vast wilderness- which includes the unchartered expanses of the Yala National Park. The sights and sounds that beckon visitors include these experiences of life, unplugged in the heart of one of the most virgin provinces in the country.

Buttala is strategically placed between Yala and Ella, offering an unmatched base camp to the wildlife park coupled with great attractions. The Galge and Yala West Gates are just about 25km on the Buttala-Kataragama Road, with the more famous Katagamuwa just a short drive from these gates.

KumbukRiver is famous for its Elephant Villa, but its incredible Tree Luxuria is among the most popular. Also among the resort’s unique luxurious accommodations are its Boat House and Jungle Cabin.

For more information, visit www.kumbukriver.com.

This article originally appears on DailyFT.

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