Saraii Village

If you are looking to experience authentic rural living in Sri Lanka, Saraii Village is where you should be staying while touring Yala and nearby places in the South. For the adventurous travelers, sometimes it’s not just about seeing new things and places, it is more about seeking something off the beaten track. Saraii village touches the soul of such travelers by offering a rustic experience in an ultra-eco-tourism kind of concept. This private estate is camouflaged underneath a canopy of trees, offering exclusive mud chalets and tree houses imitating the open air concept of rural homes in the neighborhood.

In Hebrew, the word ‘Saraii’ means ‘the essence’. Saraii Village offers guests just that – the essence of authentic Sri Lankan lifestyle. The hotel promotes sustainability, eco-tourism and encourages guests to blend with nature in order to experience something different.

The restaurant at Saraii – Spice Lounge provides a philosophical approach to dining. Fresh organic ingredients for the meals are plucked straight out of the Saraii garden. Local culinary geniuses aim to delight guests with authentic tastes of their homes. Although the menu does not offer a wide variety, the range that is offered guarantees sensory exploration to exceed your expectations.


Saraii Village offers accommodation in five tree houses and five mud chalets broken down into the following categories:

  • Superior Mud Chalet
  • Superior Tree House
  • Tree House Suite
  • Mud Chalet Suite

As you enter the three-acre property, you will see only hardwood and fruit trees within which these tree houses and mud chalets are nestled. The tree houses are named to go with their themes – Loft, Nest, Sky and Crib. The mud chalets give guests an experience of living in a ‘gama gedara’ (homes found in remote areas of the country). Although the accommodation is designed to exhibit village life, all modern amenities are available in every room – tea/coffee making facilities, hot/cold water baths, telephone, fans, mosquito nets, bathroom amenities and Wi-Fi connection.

Although there are just ten rooms, the hotel can accommodate up to 60 guests because each room has a king size bed and for additional guests, extra mattresses and linen will be provided. Air conditioning is not needed in the rooms at Saraii because the trees provide a natural cooling environment for guests to sleep comfortably.

Hotel Facilities

  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Spa
  • BBQ by the poolside

At Additional Costs:

  • Pottery learning
  • The opportunity to ‘cook your catch’ after an exciting fishing trip experience
  • Curd making lessons
  • Cycling Tours
  • Bird Trails


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