Unravel your senses to the most spectacular eco lodges embossed in a lush eco garden in Weerawila; nestled amidst the gleeful chirps of endemic bird species, the immaculate waters of the bordering lake will miraculously freshen your spirits.
Flameback Eco Lodge is nestled within the Weerawila Bird sanctuary located in southern Sri Lanka, southwest of the Yala National Park. At an altitude of 20 meters above sea level and consisting of wetlands and reservoirs, Weerawila attracts a diverse range of bird species each year to roost and nest.
Being aptly located alongside the Weerawila (tank) reservoir within the sanctuary, Flameback Eco Lodge wondrously attracts thousands of local and migratory birds who roam across the sanctuary, which is home to both aquatic bird species and jungle dwelling birds.
An authentic experience awaits you in Weerawila, unbridled with the charm of an idyllic fishing village, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Quiet and tranquil, this small town is conveniently located and is central to some of the most renowned wild life parks anc cultural heritage site of Sri Lanka.
Situated on the banks of the evergreen Weerawila lake, the eco kissed charming lodges draw their inspiration from the intimate mosaic of the picturesque mother nature, where the luscious forests meet the flowing lakes offering adventure, culture, variety and stunning scenery at every turn.
Each of the 7 luxury tented lodges reflect exquisite indigenous heritage of the eco-kissed mesmerizing surroundings. The rustic appeal is thenceforth complimented with understated elegance and modern conveniences.
These tented eco lodges are privately located pods hidden in a luscious garden, bordering an enchanted lake. Each lodge allows guests to be in close contact with nature and the great outdoors, without losing an element of luxury and comfort.
Our exclusive Honeymoon Suite and Deluxe Lodges will unveil your senses to the sights and sounds of endemic birds as dawn breaks. You will have nothing less than viewing pleasure from the privacy of your elevated teak sun deck within our luxurious glamping escapade.
Illustriously eco-friendly in its’ soul and function, the in-house restaurant standing on a raised platform extending to a wooden deck looking out on to the lakes, offers an arresting fusion of international and traditional local cuisine passionately designed by our Executive Chef.
Whether it’s a typical western or authentic Sri Lankan breakfast, to a steak or mouthwatering Asian fusion, you’ll have a fine dining experience under the stars to with a variety of specialty a-la carte and set-menus in the restaurant.
A well stocked bar with selected spirits, fine wines and fresh juices are available to compliment your dining experience.
If you want to indulge in private dining experience , you have the choice of dining on the spacious deck of your lodge or by the pristine banks of the lake with plenty of unique locations to dine in private.
Whether it’s a 5 course fine dining experience or a BBQ dinner by the lake, we will ensure that you will experience a unique meal under the stars.
Upon request, you can also extend your taste buds with the unforgettable venture into the surrounding village to mingle and enjoy a freshly made Sri Lankan meal with a family in their home within the neighboring local community. By having these meals you will help make a contribution to the local community as well.
Traditional Sri Lankan lunch by the lake
Indulge in a freshly made authentic Sri Lankan prepared by a local village expert at the traditional mud house by the lake and savour the mouthwatering cuisine in the shades of the trees near the lake.
Rejuvenate your senses in our traditional and authentic Spa. A rich fusion of holistic therapies that brings serenity and relaxation to mind, body and soul. Rejuvenate your senses in the tranquil setting of a bird sanctuary with traditional oils and essences blended with greatest care.
Flameback Eco Lodge together with experienced yoga teacher Jessamin, brings a whole new experience to the holistic art of yoga by hosting 5 retreats throughout the year with a focus on luxury and relaxation, bringing Sri Lankan yoga retreats to a whole new perspective. Indulge in a journey of relaxation, wellbeing and delicious culinary delights that will energize your mind and body.
While you reel in the tranquil lush surroundings of the bird sanctuary and magnificent lake, Jessamin will assist you to get your mind & body into a peaceful balance.
Stumble upon the elusive wildlife while embarking on an exciting game drive with our in-house game ranger while experiencing the carefully curated activities we offer in harmony with the local community.
Start the day to a Vinyasa flow yoga practice sighting a spectacular sunrise over the lake, while enjoying the evenings over a candle-lit delectable dinner, a campfire or an evening at the spa to relax and rejuvenate.
The many places to explore while on the property will provide glampers with an authentic camping escapade with an unforgettable experience of being ‘one’ with surrounding mother nature. From the moment you arrive, an escort will greet and assist you with luggage and usher you to the exquisite glamping Lodge.
At Flameback Eco Lodge, you will unearth the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure with a myriad of facilities inclusive of:
Infinity edge Swimming pool
Surrounded by the lush gardens with incessantly stunning views of the lake festooned with teak sun beds for relaxation
Roam around the gardens savoring the deliciousness and freshness of the air, scenery and environment will have you longing for our outdoor activities which include, Bird Watching treks & nature trails with our in-house naturalist, cycling adventures and fresh water fishing in the lake.
with great impetus in protecting mother nature, we house an organic vegetable and herb garden yielding fresh vegetables and herbs throughout the year to provide our Chefs with a delectable variety to make their fresh cuisine each day.
The entrance house with its clay walls and Palmyrah roof is a ideal cozy spot for the guests to interact with the local arts and crafts made by the talented local artists.
Hand painted canvas paintings of endemic birds and wild life are exhibited with other handicrafts while certain afternoons are filled with live demonstrations of local talent.
Local Cookery demonstrations
Cookery demonstrations done by a local village expert together with our Head Chef, will let the guest partake in an exciting session of preparing local food while identifying local spices and herbs followed by an authentic mouthwatering meal.
Try out your talents with a talented local palmyrah weaving artisan to weave an authentic authentic handi-craft which you will get to take home as a souvenir
Flameback Junior Naturalist
Our ‘Junior Naturalist’ programme involves the Juniors partaking in activities around the hotel and lake surroundings with our in-house naturalist to guide them on the importance of conserving nature, sustainable tourism practices and bird spotting.
‘A Junior Naturalist certificate’ is awarded at the end of the programme to encourage the future generation to appreciate the importance of protecting Mother earth!
Out-door activities and Excursions
A stay at Flameback offers you an opportunity to embark on many activities and adventures to ensure a unique and exciting escapade.
Our experienced in-house naturalist will ensure to deliver a wide variety of unique nature trails and bird watching hikes. Embark on a game drive in the comfort of a modern safari jeep with an experienced tracker to experience wild life and nature in abundance.
Weerawila Bird Sanctuary
Nestled within the Weerawila Bird sanctuary, Flameback Eco Lodge is a heaven for endemic bird species. With our expert in-house Naturalist, we invite you to be game to discover some of the rarest birds around.
Apart from the surrounding peripheries, we will arrange extraordinary excursions within the Weerawila bird sanctuary.
A composite of succulent wetlands, the bird sanctuary attracts over 200 bird species, including the Majestic Junglefowl, Ceylon Woodshrikes, Great Cormorant, Egrets, Swallows, Barbets and many more colourfully chirpy winged species, where our naturalist will show you what to look for while regaling you with noteworthy facts and stories from the bush-hikes.
Debarawewa Lake Bird watching nature trail
Accompanied by our naturalist take the 10 minutes safari jeep drive to the Debarawewa lake. Experience an unseen ecosystem beyond a man made haven, with dense woodlands, crystal clear waterways alongside the lake to enjoy the scenery, the biodiversity in the form budding life; both flora and fauna.
Arm yourself with a set of binoculars, as you spot Black-headed ibis, Crested Serpents, Eagles, Rosy Starlings, Large Egrets and Red-wattled Lapwings.
Bundala National Park
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks.
The Bundala National Park has been identified as an outstanding bird habitat in the South Indian and Sri Lankan wetlands. 324 species of vertebrates have been recorded in the national park, which include 32 species of fish, 15 species of amphibians, 48 species of reptiles, 197 species of birds and 32 species of mammals. 52 species of butterflies are among the invertebrates.
Yala National Park- the wildlife excursion
With its variety of biomes – spectacular monsoons, thorn garnished hedges, grasslands, freshwater and marine wetlands charted by the sandy beaches of the untouched south-eastern coast, it is the largest and by far the richest insignia in biodiversity, boasting of 44 different resident mammal species and one of the highest leopard population densities in the world.
Being home to over dozens of reptile species including turtles, crocodiles, flying snakes and elegant fan-throated lizards, Yala also witnesses no less than 215 resident and migrant species, of which the magnificent peacock is one of the most common.
Lunugamwehera National Park
The national park is an important habitat for water birds and elephants. This national park also serves as a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park.
Rich in biodiversity the park is a habitat for a large number of wild elephants and wild buffaloes. Other species of animals that can be sighted at the park are Fishing Cat, Grey Mongoose, Bear, Wild Boar and Spotted Deer.
Fresh water fishing Excursion
If you wish for a more relaxing activity, a catamaran ride alongside a local fisherman in the Weerawila Lake is a must.
Meandering along the calm waters of this lake, with just the swish of the oars and the melodic sounds of the birds breaking the silence is a spectacular excursion. Dawn is the perfect time to go across the Weerawila Lake with the sun sparkling on the water and if you are lucky you might grab the ‘catch of the day’
Experience the transition, the unforgettable sights, food and sounds of the village folk; the simplicity of the ethnic community who enjoy a unique lifestyle that’s humble, artistic, entertaining & touching.
Witness the grandeur of a paddy field and the pride of harvesting their vital source of livelihood; the rice. Surprise your senses with a local drink such as thambili, wood apple or watermelon while you experience the sights and sounds of meticulous pottery making, chena farming and Palmeyrah weaving.
You can also opt to have a traditional Sri Lankan meal with a village family, savouring the mouthwatering delights of village cuisine in rustic surroundings; a taste of its’ own- an experience to last a lifetime.
The Kingdom of Lord Skandha- Kataragama tour
A vibrant bliss of pomp and procession, piety and religious extravagance and known as the most holy city in Sri Lanka drawing a resolute population of Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Veddah people, Kataragama is the city full of life and incessant lights.
Sacred to a local deity often identified with the resident god; lord Skandha, the city boasts of the most outlandish of legends with magic floats in clouds of incense with its’ history dating back to the 2nd century BC.
Udawalawe National Park – Elephant Safari
The sighting of wild elephants at close range; the frolic of the giants and their offspring in the crystal waters; the eventful sighting of an occasional leopard, the colossal kingdoms of crocodiles, buffalo, Sambar deer, Lizards and water monitor along with a myriad species of birds awaits you in Udawalawe National Park, a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka with an enigmatic 30,821 hectares within the dry zone which also houses an Elephant Transit Home owned by the Department of Wild Life Conservation.
Hambantota Botanical Gardens
Known as the largest in the country with a spellbinding fusion of flora, fauna, foliage and cacti, the Hambantota Botanical Garden stands gallantly on a 300-acre entirely utilized land extent, flamboyant within the dry zone amidst spasms of drought.
It is also the first and only dry zone garden and the first botanic garden to be designed and constructed by a Sri Lankan with the futuristic intent in conserving the beautiful mass of biome from being extinct.
Ridiyagama Open Zoo
The Rdidiyagama park is the first ever open safari park in Sri Lanka. It is divided in to into six zones, where carnivorous animals are in 4 zones and herbivores animals are in 2 zones. Carnivore animals such as lions, tigers and leopards can be seen in the carnivore section.
The first phase with the 35-acre African Lion Zone, 54-acre Sri Lanka Elephant Zone and 80 acres World Zone is now ope to the public.
African, Asian, Australian Zones and a small animal kingdom can also be seen with kangaroos, buffalos, Ostrich and many other species of animals can be seen while being driven in the comfort and safety of a coach or Safari Jeep with a running commentary from a Sarai guide.
Rekawa Turtle Hatchery
Five species of turtles struggle ashore to lay their eggs on Rekawa Beach. Groups are led to nest sites to witness these beautiful creatures. Rekawa Turtle Watch, situated on beachfront territory just a few kilometers east of the town of Tangalle is a hatchery and sanctuary as is the Kosgoda Project.
Currently it holds a great deal of importance to the turtle population of the world as five out of the seven marine turtle species actually nest here and most of them are those of the cosmopolitan green turtle, although the gigantic leatherback is also an occasional visitor.
Mirrissa Whale watching tour
Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday.
In the warm Indian ocean you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales as well as Common dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and Striped dolphins.
As part of our constant focus to embrace nature and community with our business practices, Flameback Eco Lodge is committed in its continuous contribution made to the environment and the community it is integrated in.
As such, we are humbled to contribute $ 1.00 from every rooming night to the hotel’s Eco & Social development fund which is in turn donated to the preservation and well-being of the Environment, Community of Weerwila and the hotel employees.
Maintaining a zenith of awareness amongst our meticulously trained hotel team members is vital for us to sustain our commitment to the environment. As such, regular training endeavors whilst building a team learning environment is constantly advocated among our respective members.
Our team is well informed about pressing issues that pertain to the environment and are motivated to bring about change not only in the workplace but also in their homes.
Providing a comfortable environment for the employees within the work place and continuous development and training to enhance their respective career skills are part of the employee motivation factors.
We firmly believe that in order for our conservation initiatives to be sustainable over time, the local community must perceive a benefit. Thus a major part of our sustainable tourism project includes unremitting work with the community.
From activating a justifiable income earning method for neighbouring local communities encouraging community tourism by way of organic cultivation for which we at Flameback provide pertinent knowledge to impart skills with stringent monitoring mechanisms.
The communities are also rewarded by our impetus in hosting our valued guests, upon request for a delectable home cooked meal at their simplistic dwelling.
Flameback Eco Lodge procures much the food and products that are used at the lodge from local producers and suppliers. The hotel funds and provide knowledge to identifies local farmers to grow vegetable and fruit produce which in turn is purchased by us for the use of our valued guests.
Ammenites in the hotel such as laundry bags, candles and Portrait, candles and other merchandise available in the Entrance house gallery are those crafted by talented locals enabling them to earn an income from sustainable tourism practices.
Also hotel in-house acitivities such as Pottery making and Palmyrah weaving are done by talented local villagers who get to exhibit their talent while earning a livelihood.
We encourage local recruitment with fully fledged training and soft skill building endeavours to provide much needed employment and personal development opportunities for a ripening community.
Our respective teams and the communities are constantly advised on the importance on conservation measures, the ways in which we can restore the suppleness into mother nature whilst providing them the stimulus to advocate this important message in their work and personal lives.
Apart from the above, Flameback hopes to take further stride in engraving futuristic skills development programme in the vicinity of the eco lodge where in future, we will initiate English language classes sponsored by us for the youth to arm them with aptitude and confidence in their respective careers.
Meet the talented team of individuals we have collaborated within the local community that we work hand-in hand to create this unique eco-friendly glamping escapade by showcasing their skills and craftsmanship.
A sustainable footprint into eco conservation
At Flameback Eco Lodge, we have embraced a skillful multi-discipline, framework of environmental strategies aimed at making changes and improvements that benefit the environment from the onset with subtle thought put into the architecture, use of natural resources and waste disposal.
We are focused on integrating environmental sustainability in our business practices, including our day to day operations and procurement.
Synonymous with our immaculate eco entwined comforts, we ensured the use of environmentally friendly, biodegradable materials in our constructions powered by energy conserving LED lighting and natural lighting, along with a waste water water-treatment plant re- inventing and providing back to mother nature.
Following from the famous quote – ‘We borrow from nature the space upon we build – Flmaback Eco Lodge was built ‘in harmony’ with nature preserving the trees and shrubs within the land.
Natural boulders have been used as the foundation for the lodges with steel and wood used for the building structures and flames to eliminate minimal use of cement and other harmful materials to the environment.
We work collaboratively with local communities and accredited state authorities to minimise environmental issues within the area assisting in maintaining a clean environment in preserving the banks of the Weerawila lake.
Solid Waste Management is an important aspect of environmental responsibility where we adhere by our ethos of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to manage waste efficiently.
We considerately segregate our solid waste in colour coded bins that are used for storing the separated waste whilst the food waste or wet waste is decomposed in the hotel premises.
We have in place a well constructed sewage treatment plant which runs across the 7 days of the week to ensure that waste-water is treated so that it can be reused for gardening – thereby reducing the consumption of fresh water.
In our eco friendly grandeur and poise, we incessantly cooperate with our suppliers as part of our overall environmental strategy.
Our focus in supply chain engagement is the development of innovative products and programs to deliver superior performance and meet our sustainability goals whilst guaranteeing the sourcing of environmentally preferred products.
Thus, plastic products are not used for any guest or housekeeping amenities, hence using recycled paper for all housekeeping amenities and glass bottles for guest water consumption.
The hotel’s menus, stationary and ceramic ware are all locally made with wood, recycled material and clay.
We at Flameback also take pride in maintaining a state of the art organic cultivation within our lively green premises, which utilizes only natural pesticides and fertilizers, whilst we have also increased local and organic dining options by partnering with local farmers, growers and seafood purveyors.