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Conservation

Conservation, as many of us might think, is not only beneficial for flora and fauna. When we look at it in a broader perspective, we actually begin to see that it is equally essential to us humans, just as much as it is important and necessary to wildlife.

At Ahaspokuna we follow the concept of "mini nature reserves" where we make sure that our presence in the area is making minimum impact on the land and wildlife, and we strive to preserve the environment in its purest form. We have left the age-old walking paths of Elephants untouched so that they can roam freely, undisturbed by the activities at the campsite. The Elephant Fence surrounding your suite-tent protects our guests and gives them a sense of security during their stay at Ahaspokuna. No alterations have been done to the original landscape, thus no habitats of the original residents of the area were disturbed when we moved and settled in. Since manually removing all invasive plant species in the area, allowing native plants to settle in, birdlife has become abundant. Birds being attracted to the grounds, including quite a few endemic species, makes Ahaspokuna a great location for birding. With our efforts over the years, we have managed to preserve a real specimen of submontane forest mixed with grasslands in the hills.

Reaching Ahaspokuna is done on foot, so sounds of roaring engines and fumes of vehicles would not disturb the tranquillity of the surroundings and wildlife. “Eco-friendly” and “Conservation” are not just buzzwords to us. Our purpose revolves around it. We truly believe in reusing, recycling and working with environmentally-friendly products. Some of the aspects of our structures and amenities in accommodation units are all reclaimed material. No plastic is allowed on the premises and we use only purified spring water in reusable glass bottles.

 

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A H A S - P O K U N A   

In the Sinhalese language (spoken in Sri Lanka), “Ahas” means “Sky” and “Pokuna” means “Pond” or “Pool”. Ahaspokuna is so named in reference to the lake here, high up in the hills, that is only fed by rain water. A former settlement that sprung up on its shores was subsequently also named “Ahaspokuna”. Today, the jungle tide has washed over where people once lived and the camp provides a wilderness retreat for those in search of something different.
Ahaspokuna by Eco Team



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