Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela

Sigiriya, Matale, Sri Lanka

An eco-nature lodge with 2 treehouses and 2 cottages built around boulders, not far from Sigiryia. Sleeps 2-5 people.

Key Points

  • Choose from a long house, boulder house or treehouse at this natural retreat in the heart of Sri Lanka.
  • Delight in delicious home cooked Sri Lankan or Western cuisine.
  • Locally you can wade in the stream, take a hike, go cycling or bird watching.
  • Visit the Minneriya National Park just 1 hour away and see gatherings of elephants.


Most of us who love the outdoors have a common passion – to soak in cool clear natural waterways, to totally immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of nature. At Back of Beyond you will discover the bubbling Dehigaha Ela tumbling its cold clear water into the warm slow moving Kiri Oya in what looked like a corridor of rain forest in the middle of the dry zone.

A network of red earth roads takes you deep into isolation as chena cultivation blends with high grass and thick forests. There is an abandoned paddy field that had become a delicate green of illuk grass; a circular clearing at the base of a hill, ringed by the thick forest on the sweeping curve of the two streams. A small secret place for all forms of wildlife – elephants, sambhur, birds, butterflies - to visit.

There are 2 cottages (sleeping 2/3 guests) built around boulders and 3 tree houses (sleeping 3/5/5 guests), all carefully placed to blend with the environment and wildlife. If coming with children then a low level long house is better suited for you and offers a great space for up to 6 guests with its own boulder garden and lawn. All properties have access to toilets and a shower. 

Solar energy is used to meet all the electricity needs at the retreat. Low lighting is used throughout to minimize night time disturbance to the environment as well as to conserve energy.

The living and dining huts are set on the far side of the small lake and open space. The cook prepares a wide variety of Sri Lankan and western dishes. A picnic can be prepared for a day of exploring. Wade in the stream, hike, bike on the local red earth roads, or go bird watching. Although you are not far from National Parks to see wildlife, Sigiriya rock fortress and Dambulla buddhist caves, there is plenty to enjoy right here.

Back of Beyond have various special locations around Sri Lanka


Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms




 Shower - outdoor





 Clothes rack


 Dining area

Paid Extras

 Cookery course





Nearby (within 5 miles)


 Lake / River


 Family friendly site



Shared Facilities

 On-site restaurant


 Free parking


Can I park a car at Back of Beyond?

Yes there is parking available.

Is there a restaurant?

Yes there is a restaurant on site that offers Sri Lankan and Western cuisine.

What is there to do on site?

You can go cycling, hiking, book a walking tour, enjoy a bike tour or cookery class plus much more.

How far is Back of Beyond from the centre of Sigiriya?

It is approximately 5km.

Nearest Airport/s


Content updated on 25th October 2021 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom