Kulu Safaris is a chic hideaway near Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s major national parks. Through a rough and tumble road and archways of trees, the Kulu Safari campsite appears suddenly—as if you stumbled on it by surprise—but is much welcome after a long, dusty safari. A team of expert naturalists, who also double or triple up as cooks, housekeepers, and friends, guide guests in custom-made, well-stocked powerful jeeps for excursions through the jungle. The gentleman driving you across the park in the daytime might just be behind an excellent coconut fish curry at night. The hands-on ethos of the staff is contagious, and guests too are gently encouraged to participate and take in as many safaris as time allows.
The property’s sustainable project endeavors to sustain Yala’s natural ecosystem and thwart the rapid commercialization and decline of biodiversity in the area. The Kulu staff are first and foremost environmentalists – always mindful of the routes they take through the park, and the impact of tourism on the local ecology. As a result, they are able to achieve a delicate balance between sustainability and luxury, local mindfulness and global standards of hospitality. Jungle expeditions – which begin at the crack of dawn and end at dusk -- are filled with rare and extraordinary sightings. While the stunning leopard is the main draw, Kulu’s naturalists are invested in, and truly enthusiastic about, Yala’s entire ecosystem