Cinnamon Wild Yala

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Cinnamon delivers an altogether different side of paradise with our Yala wildlife resort – Cinnamon Wild Yala. The rustic resort is located 335km from the airport and sits on the border of the Yala National Park, complete with a tribe of resident grey lemurs who might just think it fun to jump on your roof in the wee hours of the morning!

 The road leading to the hotel is a narrow, dusty one, bordering the massive lake with crocodile, pelican and deer that live in perfect harmony with the hotel. Cinnamon Wild Yala’s strategic location also means that an elephant, wild boar and other feral friends come regularly to visit us from the park next door – and if you’re really lucky, a leopard may pass you by. Stand still, hold your breath and feel your heart pound in your chest. For the lover of the wilderness, the symbiosis of resort and wild will make you feel right at home and give you that rush of adrenalin you’re looking for.

Please Note:

  • Block 01 of the Yala National Park will be closed for two months starting from 1st of September to the 31st of October 2018, however, Block 5 of the National Park will still be made open for safaris.
  • During this period, guests can also visit the following National Parks with a similar biodiversity: 
    1. Lunugamwehera ( Located  63 km away  100 minutes drive from the hotel)
    2. Bundala (Located  20 km away  30 minutes drive from the hotel.)
    3. Udawalawe (Located  88 km away  120 minutes drive from the hotel)
    In addition, we will continue Night Safaris, Night walks, Nature walks, Visits to the Fishing Village, Visits to Chenas and Kirinda. This can be arranged by the hotel at an additional cost.
    Arrivals after 09:00 PM are not advisable due to the roaming animals, and low visibility.

Renovated in 2011 and featuring interiors by local artist Meena de Silva, this forest lodge resort houses 68 chalets including 8 beach chalets that are right by the Yala beach, built on a 10-foot elevation, giving you the perfect vantage point from which to view a stray elephant go by. Our wild exteriors and plush interiors combine to create a memorable and comfortable stay here at Cinnamon Wild Yala, and you’re bound to have a myriad story to take back home with you.

 Our Green Globe-Certified resortalso features great safari options including the island’s only infrared night safari showing you an altogether different side of the wilderness, bringing out the big hunters in search of their nightly catch and feed. When it’s time to heed the call of the wild, contact our resident expert naturalists from Nature Trails. Not only are they highly skilled trackers, they are also passionate about what they do, with a love for conservation and every being they encounter on their journey. Nature Trails is our award-winning wildlife and adventure tourism division, and our naturalists each have years of experience in the field.

 One of the coolest things about being here is the buzz of the evening; everyone returns from their respective safaris, burning with excitement to share what they have seen over a hearty dinner or relaxing drinks.

Cinnamon Wild Yala isn’t your average resort experience. Coming here is like coming home to nature.


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