Podi Hoona

Welcome to The Little Gecko Luxury Campsite

The Little Gecko Luxury Campsite introduce the traveler to a variety of different adventures in carefully selected exceptional landscapes in Sri Lanka. Experience the many moods of exotic Sri Lanka with its dramatic landscapes, rustic and unexplored rural surroundings. Rediscover yourself ...search the elusive leopard in the golden hue of the evening sky in Yala, meet Vedda from the far reaches of legendary kingdom Uva , enjoy calm evenings in sandy beaches, or simply curl up in your ‘tent with a view’ and so much more . . .

ABOUT OUR Campsite

Reminiscent of a bygone era, the Campsite dishes up generous doses of romance, exploration and intrigue. With tours from the Yala guides or just a candle lit dinner under the stars, the Campsite will give you something to remember for years to come.

While the cottages are designed for families in mind, the layout of the cottages and tents provides for privacy and solitude for couples and smaller groups visiting this lodge. Whether you are a couple looking for an exclusive, romantic, private safari or a large family looking to be together, the Podi Hoona Campsite is the place to stay.

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Excursions

One Day Safari's from the Campsite

There are various National parks within near proximity of the Campsite. With our own dedicated safari vehicles we are able to offer very competitive day trips to them all. All our vehicles are equipped with power to charge equipment on the move and for each person there will be a lunch box and adequate bottled water supplied. A dedicated guide and driver will be provided to ensure that you have the best possible trip. Examples of itineraries are attached and any queries or bespoke quotes can be requested via the booking team via the email address Thelittlegeckoyala@gmail.com


Day trip to Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the Second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Located slightly off the main safari route,a lovely, quiet park in Southern Sri Lanka.In addition, It is most famous for its Leopard , Sloth Bear, elephant and various bird species.
Therefore provides a serene environment for game viewing, birding and radiates authentic safari atmosphere.

Leave the lodge bright and early at 5:30am. If you are staying at the lodge make sure you eat a good breakfast and collect a lunchbox for the trip ahead. The drive to Yala is about 30 mins and you will arrive at the gate at approximately 6 am. Registration at the park should only take 20 minutes.
After enjoying a morning in the park, seeing the parks famous large herds of elephants and a Leopard or two, stop for lunch at the Beach at 12:00pm and relax over the Ocean view. After a short break of an 2 hour your will return to your safari drive.
Leave the park at about 17:30pm and return to the lodge by 18:30pm. If you are staying at the lodge get freshened up for some dinner or just sit by the campfire and just have a coffee.

Example RATE: Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $189
Includes:
Park fees, transport in open Safari Jeep , professional English speaking guide, professional driver, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, full day game drive – 2 Lt of water per person per day, Breakfast , Lunch during safari.
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips.

Half day Safari To the Yala National Park


Example RATE: Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $149
Includes:
Park fees, transport in open Safari Jeep , professional English speaking guide, professional driver, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, full day game drive – 2 Lt of water per person per day, Breakfast
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips.


Day trip to Bundala National Park (A Ramsar Wetland)

Bundala National Park is one of the most popular bird sanctuaries in South Asia.
The park has a large variety of habitats, making it possible to support a wealth of wildlife in its small area.
The most famous spectacle in the park is the Elephants, which are occasionally seen along Bushes,and Lakes.
Other animals found in the park include buffalo, , Spotted deer, Wild Boar, Mongoose Salt water Crocodile, Marsh Crocodile, Land Monitor and Monkeys.
Bundala National Park contains over 200 bird species. Common water birds to be seen here are pelicans, spoonbills, geese, Water fowls and the migratory flamingos, which arrive in hundreds of thousands creating one of Sri Lanka’s great natural sights over the Indian ocean.

Leave the Campsite bright and early at 5:15 am. If you are staying at the Campsite make sure you eat a good breakfast and collect a lunchbox for the trip ahead. The drive to the gates of Bundala is about 45 mins and you will arrive at the gate at approximately 6am. Registration at the park should only take 10 minutes. After registration drive to the beach and enjoy the wildlife along the way.

After enjoying a morning in the park, seeing the beach and a Elephant or two, stop for lunch at the at 12:00pm. After a short break of an hour your will return to your safari drive.
Leave the park at about 17:00pm and return to the Campsite by 18:00pm. If you are staying at the Campsite get freshened up for some dinner or just sit by the campfire and just have a coffee.

Example RATE: Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $189
Includes:
Park fees, transport in open Safari Jeep , professional English speaking guide, professional driver, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, full day game drive – 2 Lt of water per person per day, Breakfast , Lunch during safari.
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips.

Half day Safari To the Bundala National Park


Example RATE: Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $149
Includes:
Park fees, transport in open Safari Jeep , professional English speaking guide, professional driver, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, full day game drive – 2 Lt of water per person per day, Breakfast
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips.


Day trip to Lunugamwehera National Park

Lunugamvehera is in the Dry zone of Sri Lanka, therefore the park is exposed to annual drought,relieved by the south western monsoon. The elevation of the park is 91 meters (299 ft). Out of 23,498 hectares of total land area 14 percent, that is 3283 ha, is land under the reservoir. Another 50 ha are two smaller reservoirs.Strangely enough,Lunugamvehera is underrated park due because it is uncrowded and untamed. Therefore provides a serene environment for game viewing, birding and radiates authentic safari atmosphere.
Leave the Campsite bright and early at 5:00 am. If you are staying at the Campsite make sure you eat a good breakfast or Take it with you and collect a lunchbox for the trip ahead. The drive to the gates of Lunugamvehera is about 60 mins and you will arrive at the gate at approximately 6am. Registration at the park should only take 10 minutes. After registration drive to the Reservoir and enjoy the wildlife along the way.
After enjoying a morning in the park, seeing the Reservoir and a Leopard or Bear, stop for lunch at the at 12:00pm. After a short break of an hour your will return to your safari drive.
Leave the park at about 17:30pm and return to the Campsite by 18:30pm. If you are staying at the Campsite get freshened up for some dinner or just sit by the campfire and just have a coffee.

Example RATE: Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $189
Includes:
Park fees, transport in open Safari Jeep , professional English speaking guide, professional driver, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, full day game drive – 2 Lt of water per person per day, Breakfast , Lunch during safari.
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips.

Half day Safari To the Lunugamvehera National Park


Example RATE:
Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $149
Includes:
Park fees, transport in open Safari Jeep , professional English speaking guide, professional driver, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, full day game drive – 2 Lt of water per person per day, Breakfast
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips.


OUR COTTAGES

The Peacock Nest

Built solely for the need of the larger families. Space to relax after a safari. Perfect for a family of 5

The Jungle fowl nest

Built solely for the need of the larger families. Space to relax after a safari. Perfect for a family of 3-4

OUR TENTS

The House Sparoow Nest

Built solely for the need of the larger families / Groups. Space to relax after a safari. Perfect for a family or Group of 10

The Quil Nest

Space to relax after a safari. Perfect for 2 Person /A Couple


Walking Safari to Lake Nimalawa

Walking safaris were the original safari and remain the purest form. Away from the comfort of the 4WD safari vehicle your senses suddenly awaken as the bush becomes more 'real'. Meeting animals on their terms as a participant in their world can be far more rewarding than just spectating. There are many ways to travel, but only walking gives you the opportunity to move at the pace of nature. How much more true this is of walking safaris, where chatting disrupts the spirit of the trail and confuses the senses of guides and fellow trailists. A walking safari demands you throw out all the clutter of urban life and tune into the bush, to its sounds and smells, the textures, temperature and colors: it is how animals survive, much like our ancestors did before we invented air conditioning and cars.

3 Hour Walking Safari (Private Tour)

Can be arrange upon special request. Our Walking Safari trips comes With extremely knowledgeable, well-trained guides and offers one of the most unique, exclusive and remote walking experiences in Sri Lanka

Operating Hours
06.00 am to 10.00 am
15.00 pm to 16.00 pm Everyday

Example RATE: Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $40
Includes:
professional English speaking guide, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, 2 Lt of water per person per tour, Breakfast
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips.


Bird Watching


Best campsite for bird watching in Yala National Park

With a range of endemic bird species, Sri Lanka is a great location for a bird watching holiday. A tremendous amount of ornithological research has been carried out here in the past twenty years, which has hugely increased the information and resources for bird watching in Sri Lanka. Come for great endemics, near-endemics and specialty birds.
Sri Lanka is home to 26 endemic bird species and seven proposed endemic species. The total number of bird species recorded in the island is 492 of which 219 are breeding residents. Bird Life International recognize Sri Lanka as one of the world's Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs The number of endemic species has changed many times over the years.

Birding in Yala National Park and Buffer Zone

Yala is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka.Of 215 bird species of the park, seven are endemic to Sri Lanka. They are Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lanka junglefowl, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, crimson-fronted barbet, black-capped bulbul, blue-tailed bee-eater and brown-capped babbler. The number of waterbirds inhabiting wetlands of Yala is 90 and half of them are migrants. Waterfowl (lesser whistling duck, garganey), cormorants (little cormorant, Indian cormorant), large waterbirds (grey heron, black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, Asian openbill, painted stork), medium-sized waders Tringa spp., and small waders Charadrius spp. are among the most common waterbirds. Black-necked stork and lesser adjutant are many of the rare birds that can be seen in the park. The migrant great white pelican and resident spot-billed pelican are also have been recorded. Other waterbirds attracted to the Yala lagoons include lesser flamingo, pelicans, and rare species such as purple heron, night herons, egrets, purple swamphen, and Oriental darter. Thousands of waterfowls migrate to the lagoons of Yala during the northeast monsoon. They are northern pintail, white-winged tern, Eurasian curlew, whimbrel, godwits, and ruddy turnstone. The visiting species mingled with residing lesser whistling duck, yellow-wattled lapwing, red-wattled lapwing, and great stone-curlew. Rock pigeon, barred buttonquail, Indian peafowl, black stork, black-winged stilt, and greater flamingo are among the other bird species. Crested serpent eagle and white-bellied sea eagle are the raptors of the park. The forest birds are orange-breasted green pigeon, hornbills, Old World flycatchers, Indian paradise flycatcher, Asian barbets, and orioles.

Full Day Bird Watching Tour (Private walking and jeep Tour )


Can be arrange upon special request. Our Bird watching trips comes With extremely knowledgeable, well-trained guides
Example RATE: Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $249
Includes:
Park fees, transport in open Safari Jeep, professional English speaking guide, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, 2 Lt of water per person per tour, Breakfast, Snacks,Tea or Coffee and Lunch
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips.

Half Day Bird Watching Tour (Private walking and jeep Tour )


Can be arrange upon special request. Our Bird watching trips comes With extremely knowledgeable, well-trained guides
Example RATE: Pax 2 people ( both non resident) - $129
Includes:
Park fees, transport in open Safari Jeep, professional English speaking guide, guide allowances, excursions as per itinerary, 2 Lt of water per person per tour, Breakfast, Snacks,Tea or Coffee
Excludes:
Accommodation costs, beverages ( not water), alcoholic drinks, items of person, tips


½ Day excursion to Kirenda Temple

Kirinda is a small village basking in the southern province of Sri Lanka. It has become one of the most venerated places of Buddhism. The beautiful beach and the temple built on the huge rock boulder on Kirinda beach are the main attractions of Kirinda. In fact you have to climb a stair lead up to the temple.

While mentioning about the serenity you can experience, a beautiful out look to the Indian Ocean can be enjoyed. Many travelers are attracted to see this panoramic view recently. It is believed that the Kirinda is the place where Princess Viharamahadevi landed after being set coastward.

In order to hammer out her father, King Kelanitissa’s sin of killing a Bhikku Prince Viharamahadevi sacrificed her life to the sea. King kelanitissa murdered a monk by putting in to an oil cauldron. It is said that the sea overflew to the country due to the sin done by the king. Today we can identify that this would be another ‘Tsunami’. Therefore Princess Viharamahadevi decided to sacrifice her life to the ocean. But she was recovered by King kavantissa who was the ruler of Ruhunu kingdom at that time. King Kavantissa married the princess and governed the kingdom.


½ Day excursion to Katargama Temple

Though this is famous as a temple it is an important tourism site of local and foreign travelers and pilgrims since past. Kataragama Vihara Complex includes veneration places of the god Kataragama, "Vishnu" and "Saman", "Bo tree" and a Buddhist monastery. So that it has become a multi religious sacred city of Sri Lanka.

The legend behind the Temple is very interesting. Therefore hundreds of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians visit this place daily. Kataragama is a clean and small city with wide shay roads, shops, markets. Menikganga, so called as River of Gems can be reached easily to have a ritual bath as pilgrims do.

They believe such a bath will vanish your diseases and pains and brings you fortune. Huge trees are providing shelter to the banks of the river. In order to enter the temple you must cross the bridge over the Menik Ganga and walk along the road about 300 m in distance.

Even though it is considered as the domain of God Skanda (Lord MuruganKatirkaman, Kadirkamam, Subrahmanya, katiradeva, Kandasamy, Kadiradeva, Katiravel, Kartikeya, and Tarakajith )Kataragama Devala was built to respect and honour in memeory of King Vimaladharmasooriya’s victory against the protugesinvasion at Sri lanka.


½ Day excursion to Sithulpawwa Temple

Sithulpawwa rock temple monastery is an edifice dedicated for religious worships in the country of Sri Lanka. In order to reach the temple, you have to travel about 30 from Yala village. The name ‘Siththulpawwa’ was derived from ‘CittalPawwa’. It meant ‘The hill of the quiet mind’. The temple beholds a great possession since 2000 years ago.

Certainly there were about 12000 arahant monks in residence around 1st century. There are 2 temples positioned on the high stunning rock. From that ‘Maha Sithulpawwa ‘rock is 400 feet in height. The Sithulpawwa dagoba, perched on the top of the rock can be toured with steep stair cut in to the rock.

This ancient tope was built by king kavantissa (100-140 A.D). Beside the dagoba is an intricate cave complex. This cave temple is 67 feet high and 30 feet long. The caves are made to provide shelter and accommodate reservations for Bhikkus. The wall paintings at the main cave belong to Anuradhapura era.

Due to the excavations few Brahmi inscriptions were found. The inscriptions proclaims that the villagers donated money to erect and maintain Sithulpawwa monastery around 2nd century. It is believed that the temple is enormous shrine for devotees as well as a centre of Buddhist scholarship. Climbing towards the rock is little bit hard but well worth. Due to the high elevation a fulgent spectacle of Hambanthota district can be from the top of rock.

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