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We opened our first Back of Beyond lodge at Pidurangala to guests in 2007. Today, our Back of Beyond properties have gradually increased to five. In addition, we have undertaken to manage another two bungalows which were built as personal holiday homes. We are glad to welcome like-minded friends and guests to these seven lodges and bungalows.
The Sigiriya rock is probably the best landmark for our two Back of Beyond retreats in Pidurangala and Dehigaha ela. Back of Beyond Pidurangala hides in the forest at the base of Pidurangala rock, a mere 5 minutes from Sigiriya. Back of Beyond Dehigaha Ela on the other hand is an unique open grassland ringed in by streams, trees and hills down a maze of red earth village roads. Moving up to Anuradhapura, on the banks of Tissawewa is the serene Water’s Edge Bungalow, looking out to the ancient city.
Deep down on the south coast, between Tangalle and Hambantota, is a little village on the estuary – Kahandamodara. Back of Beyond, Kahadamodara is on the banks of the Urubokka Oya river, just as it makes its way to the sea. Moving further along the coast, just 15 minutes from the entrance to the Yala National Park, are our little Back of Beyond Safari Lodge cottages And Our Sand Dunes Campsite.
We have always practiced a policy of engaging people from the community in all our activities, from the construction phase to the operational. Most of the construction work of our retreats have been carried out by the local villagers, who bring with them a deep knowledge of the land and its people. Many who start working with us during the development phase, stayed with us as suppliers of fruits, vegetable, curd, honey etc. The villagers return to help us in subsequent maintenance work, and many of our fulltime employees are from nearby villages or neighboring regions.
Being part of the village community we participate in the village religious and community activities, often helping out the local temple and school when special needs arise.
We don’t run our own safari tours but use local jeep drivers, guides and boat operators.
There are however, some practices we do not condone with. Elephant rides, so popular in the Sigiriya and Habarana area, we strongly reject. These are businesses that hardly remit a decent income to villagers and is downright cruel to the elephants.
You are welcome to join in our community involvement, such as volunteering with the local schools in teaching creative arts, English etc. Feel free to discuss any particular interest, hobby or skill you have so that we can together approach the community and offer it to them.