Kumbuk River Resort

Buttala, Moneragala, Sri Lanka

An eco resort where you can sleep in a treehouse, elephant or converted truck, near Yala National Park.

Key Points

  • Choice of 4 properties sleeping from 2-10 guests, all uniquely designed and offering tranquillity near Buttala.
  • Eco friendly properties made from natural resources and materials with riverside locations and free breakfast.
  • Visit Yala, Sri Lanka's famous wildlife sanctuary.
  • Enjoy a refreshment at the Tea House or delight in traditional or western cuisine.


Tucked away in a warm and green corner of paradise is the famous Elephant Villa plus Tree Luxuria, Jungle cabin and Elephant Deluxe Chalet. Unique accommodation in a natural setting. Warm up your senses for a discovery that will surely make you head to Kumbuk River – the eco extraordinaire.

Welcome to the world’s biggest elephant, the eco-lodge extraordinaire in the shape of a giant elephant. It has 2 large bedrooms and lounge area and other living spaces that promote togetherness for a group or family. There is electricity - although minimal lighting - and a bathroom with hot water and 2 toilets. Sleeps a maximum of 10 guests.

Time stands still in this exclusive eco enclave bordering the Kumbukkan Oya, a river that never runs dry. Situated 250kms from Colombo, in the gem-rich Okkampitiya. Nestled on 14 acres of natural bliss on the edge of a sleepy farming village.

Priced at US$260 for up to 4 guests with US$45 per each additional person - with free breakfast. 

Tree Luxuria is spectacular, build encompassing 2 trees and with the largest bed in Sri Lanka. The cabin is air-conditioned and the shower cubicle has hot water jets.

The treehouse sleeps a maximum of 4. On full board the cost is US$180 for 2 and US$45 per additional person with free breakfast. 

The vintage Morris BMC is a converted truck by the river named Jungle Cabin. It is a compact, air-conditioned, cosy cabin for 4 with panoramic river view. Costs US$160 for 2 and US$45 for every additional guest.

Elephant Deluxe cabin is an eco friendly air conditioned cottage with private courtyard that sleeps 2 - 4 guests. With a spacious double bed and 2 single love beds with glass windows overlooking the beautiful gardens, you may never want to leave! Add to that a flat screen TV, fridge and coffee maker, this cabin offers simplistic luxury. 

Costs US$120 for 2 guests with free breakfast and US$45 per additional guest including free breakfast. 

By visiting Kumbuk River Resort you can explore the riverfront and miniature island and trek to the other side of the property which is Yala, Sri Lanka's most famous wildlife sanctuary. You may spot an elephant or peacock, or other animals on a night drive. Alternatively relax in the herbal plunge pool.

Conforming to the eco-concept, in building the resort they have endeavoured to use material and resources found in the area without disturbing the habitat.


Room Types

Whole property for 5 or more




 Shower - outdoor




 Air conditioning

 Dining area

 Sofa bed

Paid Extras




Nearby (within 5 miles)

 Country walks


 Lake / River


 Book a beauty treatment

 Book a massage

On Arrival

 Included - Linen


 Coffee machine


Shared Facilities

 On-site restaurant


 Quiet location

 Small site (2-4 accoms)


What is special about KumbukRiver?

It is a one of a kind eco resort that offers a truly authentic Sri Lankan experience and really needs a 2 or 3 night stay at least to be fully appreciated

What is there to do on site?

You can enjoy a massage, go on a hike to ancient ruins, try a cookery class or have a ride on a fisherman's raft.

Is KumbukRiver close to Yala National Park?

Geographically it is right on the edge of it, but the closest entrance it about 40kms away.

Is there internet and wifi?

You can find enough internet to receive whatsapp messages but it is sporadic so don't rely on it. Instead connect to the nature around you.

Can you arrange a safari for us?

Yes we can help you book a safari and even arrange transport from the resort to the park gate.

Nearest Airport/s


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