Buttala shines with KumbukRiver
KumbukRiver continues to put Buttala in the spotlight as its jewel in
An ancient bastion of Dutugamunu fame, Buttala was a forgotten
backwoods post until the Gam Udawa concept rode its way there, only to
fade into obscurity yet again.
The KumbukRiver Resort
KumbukRiver emerged as the contemporary landmark which put Buttala on
the world map. The spotlight is now back on Buttala as it braces itself
to host the iconic national exhibition Deyata Kirula.
Nestled on the banks of a lively river on the edge of Yala,
KumbukRiver, a 16-acre eco-resort in Buttala, is Sri Lanka’s
highest-awarded tourism brand and continues to be in the eyes of the
Made famous by a 40 foot-tall, two-storeyed eco-villa in the shape of
an elephant, KumbukRiver has won a travel Oscar as the world’s leading
eco-lodge at the coveted World Travel Awards.
It has also been picked by Times-Online as one of the world’s best
green places and been included by Rough Guides in a special book titled
‘Clean Breaks: 500 new ways to see the world,’ and most recently was
named amongst the top 20 most unusual hotels in the world. This
spectacular and exclusive up-market eco-lodge also includes two other
chalets in its sprawling location.
The KumbukRiver concept has been conceived keeping with the ethos of
responsible tourism. The resort uses no electricity at present, and
refuses to do so just to add to its theme providing an incredibly unique
The atmosphere that emerges nightly in the warm amber light is an
experience not to be missed for the sake of modern amenities, and
probably recaptures life during the days of Sri Lankan kings. “Once you
enter the resort property you are in a world of your own. KumbukRiver
brings a touch of class and luxury to the usually rugged eco holidays,”
a KumbukRiver spokesperson said.
“Visitors will discover a new meaning to life as they experience a
memorable holiday in a new light. You have a whole river to yourself,
16-acres of privacy, great Sri Lankan food, mild weather and