Chena Huts, Yala

Enveloped by dunes and fringed by luscious jungle at the ocean’s edge in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, you’ll find The Chena Huts, the first luxury safari lodge in Sri Lanka. Yala National Park in the south east of the country provides a rich & beautiful backdrop to an intrepid leopard safari. A ruggedly beautiful region teeming with wildlife, here you’ll explore lowland dry scrub and plains,  long stretches of pristine coastline, punctuated by rocky outcrops. With only 14 luxuriously appointed cabins hidden throughout the bush and along the shore, here you’ll feel at one with nature without compromising on comfort.


If you have an adventurous soul and yearn for an experience well off the beaten track, you will love The Chena Huts remote location hidden amidst the jungle on the edge of Yala National Park. From Galle it’s scenic three hour drive to the park or five hours from the International airport of Colombo. As soon as you arrive in camp the adventure starts, you’ll meet your private guide and jump into a Jeep for your daily game drives which will position you perfectly for prime viewing of elephants, exotic birdlife, water buffalo and leopards, just to name a few. Pull wildlife into focus from a safe distance and capture images you will never forget. You’re also within walking distance of the secluded beach and a lake.

Your Room

After taking a walk on the wild side, it’s time to unwind in total comfort and luxury at Chena Huts. This unique resort gives you a taste of local Sri Lanka tradition with a twist. Relax in your plush accommodation, one of the 14 elegantly-appointed, climate-controlled cabins, all endowed with stylish natural interiors and sumptuous soft-furnishings. Each cabin has its own private deck and plunge pool – a great spot to listen in on wildlife chattering in the surrounding canopy and, at night, star gazing up at Sri lanka’s glistening galaxy.

Why we like it

We love the action packed days spent viewing Sri Lanka’s incredible game. But after those long days you’ll be feeling ravenous. Luckily Chena Huts has all the bases covered with flavorsome fine dining which will be set up in spectacularly out of the way locations surrounding the lodge. We know nowhere better to spend the magic hour before nightfall, sipping cocktails in your private pool, watching out for gleaming eyes in the undergrowth across the clearing from your very own jungle hut, soothed by the sound of waves crashing on the palm-fringed beach nearby. Paradise, in a (coco)nutshell.