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Ahaspokuna Bucket List

1. Bushwalks and Treksahaspokuna treks bush walks

  • Privacy – Instead of being amongst hordes of wandering tourists, you will only share your magical moments of seeing Sri Lanka’s pristine wilderness with the other lodge guests.
  • All-inclusive Package – All walks and refreshments for the walks are included in your stay, with up to 4 walks for every 2 nights you stay at Ahaspokuna.
  • Safety – We invite you to walk in the shoes of a bushman with leopards and sloth bears on prowl in the area, though much too shy to confront you. However, elephants are an entirely different story, thus our expert trackers keep their eyes peeled for these gentle giants. To ensure your safety, an advance party is sent out prior to bushwalks so that we wouldn't startle them en-route. Our Walking Safari Specialists have your safety as their primary concern, making your experience in the bush as safe as it is fun. All walks will be guided by a professional naturalist and experienced Bushman who’ve lived in this forested area for generations.
  • Night Walks – Our walks aren’t limited to the day, experience our night walks and access to the “hides” to see animals visiting the waterhole after sundown. Elephants regularly patronise the waterhole and we have heard the roar of leopards close to camp.
  • Bespoke Experiences – Our regular bushwalks focus more on the birds, scenery and the history of the ground you walk on. However, we are happy to customise these walks to suit your interests.

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2. Stargazing & Night Walks

Sitting alone under the stars and dreaming of galaxies far, far away may be a farfetched dream for many. But, it’s a dream come true at nights in Ahaspokuna. Inky black night skies, completely unspoilt by anything other than the galaxies of stars, surround you as you sit and sip on a glass of wine around the campfire. If you or your partner prefer the romantic privacy of having your own space, then look no further than your own star bed. It is probably one of the most romantic places to stargaze and share intimate moments.

However, if you are the kind who loves to stretch your legs after dinner and maybe embark on a starlight adventure, our naturalist will be delighted to show you around the campsite where you will see, hear, and even be a part of the nightlife in the forest. What more, you may hear the roar of a leopard or the trumpeting of an elephant marking their presence.

 

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3. Observation Points & Hides

There are some truly magical spots at Ahaspokuna, ideal for hides, making it the perfect space for observation and photography. The area surrounding the waterhole is a haven for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts who can ‘hide’ and witness the wilderness undisturbed.

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4. Learn Sri Lankan Traditional Cooking

Cook with our chef! Our executive chef is happy to share his knowledge on local culinary art and technique with a private culinary class. You’ll learn to make dishes enhanced by special ingredients and herbs, sourced directly from the surrounding forest patches.

Books to Read

 

5. Books to Read

An array of books that range from wildlife to esoteric findings in Sri Lanka and its culture, are available in your suite-tent’s private library. There is very little that can match up to curling up on a comfy settee with a good book. Just let us know if you’d like to pair your book with a cup of tea!

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6. Painting

The sheer beauty of the wilderness surrounding you could be your strongest muse. You might be naturally inspired to create your own scenery of the bush in pastels, or in shades of orange resembling that of sunlit grasslands. Don’t let amateur strokes frighten you. There is room for vivid creativity as we provide the most inspiring settings for your palette.

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7. Yoga at Ahaspokuna 

Yoga is so much more than just the physical practice. Yoga changes the way we think, feel, and relate to nature and others – and because of that, the way we live. Yoga is learning how to balance your life, and balance is the key to everything. What we do, say, feel, think… they all require awareness, and with this awareness one can achieve great heights. Like so, a lot has been written and said about yoga already. However, we believe yoga can only really be understood by experiencing it. After all, insights come with practice, not the other way around.

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Nature and Meditation at Ahaspokuna bush walks camps Sri Lanka

 

8. Nature Meditation

Nature Meditation at Ahaspokuna 
“Elevate your mind and find your soul”

Have you ever wondered why meditation retreats and monasteries are located in mountains or deep in forests? Nature meditations allow us to become more receptive to our natural environment. We stop viewing nature as inert and start viewing it as alive and breathing, filled with mystery and wonderment. Nature comes delightfully alive, rekindling our exuberance and improving our state of mind. When in nature, we can learn tremendously – nature is a place where wisdom and perception come alive. Meditating outdoors also activates our entire senses and elevates mindfulness allowing us to be more alert and wakeful.

Ahaspokuna, with its calm beautiful surroundings, is a sanctuary for you to practice Nature Meditation.

As with yoga lessons, we are happy to arrange an experienced instructor for you to learn meditation at Ahaspokuna during your stay. These sessions will be followed by discussions with your instructor about mindfulness and the Buddhist way of life. Let us know if you’d like to partake in a few yoga sessions as well.

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Massage Therapy

 
9. Ayurveda Massage Therapy at Ahaspokuna 

At Ahaspokuna, we are happy to arrange a professional Ayurveda Therapist for massage therapy at a pre-booked time. This is ideal following an adventurous bushwalk or an intense yoga session.

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Black capped bulbul at Ahaspokuna

 

10. Sighting Birds and Mammals in the Wild

Love to spot hiding feathers and furs? Ahaspokuna is filled with a variety of bright-eyed birds and mammals, just waiting to be discovered. Every suite-tent is equipped with original Swarovski Binoculars and a Birding Book, furthermore, at your request, our naturalist will guide you to spotting the rarest ones from the best view points.

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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.
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