Get Up-close and Personal with Sri Lankan leopards

Since 1938, Yala National Park has lured travelers with the promise of seeing Sri Lankan leopards in the wild.

Photo: Tim Evan-Cook

Ever since it was first designated back in 1938, Yala National Park has lured travelers with the promise of seeing Sri Lankan leopards in the wild. There’s now another good reason to go, thanks to the opening of Resplendent Ceylon’s much-awaited Wild Coast Tented Lodge whose 28 tented “cocoon suites” come fitted with four-poster beds and handmade copper bathtubs.

Photo: Tim Evan-Cook

References to the surrounding landscape and its resident critters are easy to find: the lodge itself is laid out in the shape of a leopard’s paw, while the open-air bar and restaurant—which serves up gourmet Sri Lankan cuisine on daily-changing menus—take their shape from the boulders strewn across the adjacent golden-sand beach.

Photo: Tim Evan-Cook

Inland, game drives take guests to Yala’s less-visited corners in search of Asian elephants, elusive sloth bears, and of course, those famous spotted felines.

Resplendent Ceylon; tented suites from US$384

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