Luxury hotel holiday Cinnamon Wild Yala

Cinnamon Wild Yala offers you a 4-star hotel on the edge of the Yala National Park with comfortable and authentic rooms and a range of wildlife experiences on the doorstep. Enjoy the swimming pool and buffet restaurant, and venture into nearby Yala National Park for safari game drives.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on dinner, bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Cinnamon Wild, Yala

Cinnamon Wild is a luxury, eco-friendly hotel in a beautiful untamed location. The superb spa facilities and untamed beauty in the remote Sri Lankan countryside afford guests a truly serene and secluded experience.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location In the countryside, approximately 125 miles from Galle

Annual opening All year

Closest airport Colombo

Distance from airport About 9 1/2 hours by car

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Pool Bar, Swimming pool, 10 acres of grounds, Air-conditioned lounge, Games, Observation deck, Birdwatching at the lagoon, Lake fishing available, Laundry service, Safe deposit, Souvenir shop, Internet access in the lounge bar.

Land sports

Billiard table, Table tennis.

Sports nearby

Lake fishing, Bird watching, Cycling, Hikes.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Jungle chalet for 7 nights

From about

£1,820

Holiday Code EXH989

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Cinnamon Wild, Yala

Room descriptions

Cinnamond Wild has 61 chalets with double bed or twin-beds. Each chalet has Air-conditioning, Animal themed decor, Private veranda, Satellite TV, Mini-bar, IDD Telephone, Tea and coffee-making facilities, Hairdryer, Washroom with hot and cold running water, shower, washbasin, wc.

Jungle Chalet Single-storey, either stand-alone, two adjoining, or in a block of 4. Each have veranda and bedroom with en-suite shower room.
Beach Chalet Close to the beach, built in wood in an elevated position on concrete pillars. Narrow open steps lead up to a balcony and the bedroom and en-suite shower room. Thick vegetation can obscure sea view. Popular with honeymooners.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Jungle chalet for 7 nights

From about

£1,820

Holiday Code EXH989

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Cinnamon Wild, Yala

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to The Ashbee Hotel in Sicily, our clients usually fly to Catania airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price, or we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region. If you are staying at this hotel as part of a tailor-made touring holiday, we would include a hire-car for the itinerary.

Additional information

Children: Children are accepted, although younger children are discouraged because of the potential wildlife hazards. Children must be supervised at all times. Extra beds can be added in all rooms at extra cost. Cots are available.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Jungle chalet for 7 nights

From about

£1,820

Holiday Code EXH989

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Cinnamon Wild, Yala

Highlights of Galle and the south coast

Fascinating Galle has plenty to offer the visitor: Galle Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few living fort cities in the world; Walk around the ramparts of Galle at dawn or at sunset; Arts & crafts shopping – jewellery, lace, rush & reed, home décor, furniture, antiques, batik and boutiques; The Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Literary Festival in January; National Museum; Maritime Museum in the Dutch warehouses of Galle Fort, just re-opened; Galle Markets; Galle Cricket Stadium; Hot-air balloon ride (December to April); River boat trip. A little way inland from Galle/Koggala: Hiyare Nature Reserve (volunteering possible); Kottawe Nature Reserve; Kanneliya Forest; Samakanda (organic farm, visit, walks and lunches available upon request); Village life bike rides; Handicrafts in the villages e.g. lace-making, rush & reed, woodcarving; Yatagala Temple. On the way from Galle to Yala you can enjoy: Stilt Fishermen; Cinnamon plantations; Unuwatuna beach; Martin Wickramasinghe’s house – museum (literary and 20th century life); Koggala Lake; Hinduangoda White tea factory and estate; Lace-making – Weligama, Dickwella; Surfing – popular surfing beaches from Unuwatuna to Mirissa; Weligama Bay; Coastal villages and fishing harbours; Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching (from Mirissa); Diving (from Mirissa); Deep-sea fishing trips (from Mirissa); Provincial town of Matara (Dutch heritage – fort and church); Dondra Head and Dondra Lighthouse; Kudawala Blow Hole; Mulkirigala Buddhist temple (inland); Uda Walawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (inland); Sea Turtles laying their eggs on the beach, usually February to July (Rekawa Turtle Project); Kalametiya bird sanctuary; Bundala Nature Reserve (bird-watching mainly); Yala National Park; Kataragama – centre for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages; Tissamaharama - ancient ‘tank’ and dagobas.

Cultural highlights of Galle and the south coast

There are many places to visit in Galle and the area along the south coast of Sri Lanka. In Galle itself, Galle Fort is home to a national museum housing Dutch and Singhalese exhibits of historical interest as well as a newly-opened Maritime Museum, a lighthouse and a 17th century Dutch Reform Church. The narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture, lined with official buildings, shops and old town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels. Outside the ramparts, Galle functions busily as a provincial town and port - brightly painted fishing boats line the shore and there is a lively market area with a whole pavilion dedicated to fish. Galle and the surrounding villages are full of artisans – lace makers, jewellers, woodcarvers, painters and people making things out of coir, rush and reed. The National Crafts Council has a centre by the old entrance to Galle Fort and there are plenty of small shops selling crafts, jewellery and antiques, as well as a few designer boutiques. Slightly further afield, there are numerous beautiful beaches and fishing villages including Thalpe, Unuwatuna, Matara, Koggala, Weligama Bay and Tangalle, as well as a number of National Parks with plenty of wildlife.

Festivals in Galle and the south coast

January: The Galle Literary Festival - this 4-day festival brings together Sri Lankan and international authors from around the world for writing workshops, talks, exhibitions and more at various locations in Galle. Past guests have included Vickram Seth and Gore Vidal. July: Unuwatuna Perahera - a 7-day festival commencing on full moon day. Matara/Dondra Perahera - with dedications to Lord Vishnu. Kataragama Esala Festival - a 10-day festival when pilgrims give penance to the Hindu war god, Skanda. July to September: Kite flying on the ramparts of Galle

Climate in Galle and the south coast

The average temperature on the South coast is 32° C with 65% humidity, though it is cooler and more humid in the west, getting progressively hotter and less humid the further east you go, especially the east of Tangalle. The evenings are a little cooler and the coasts enjoy sea breezes. Rainfall is experienced mainly during the south-west monsoon from May to August. The ‘calm’ season is December to April, when the seas are general calm and there is little rainfall. Whilst the sea appears calm out of the monsoons, there are still undercurrents and riptides.

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