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A breakfast experience in the wilderness

It was quite the whimsical experience, for as the heavy morning air thinned out with the sunrise, birds of all sizes and colours seemed to surreptitiously appear at Ahaspokuna Bushwalks Camp in flocks! Definitely leave your bird whistle at home, because you really don’t need the crowd of even more birds gathering! Particularly within the morning hours, be prepared to spot all kinds of endemic birds, from the Grey Hornbill to the Hanging Parakeet.

Turning into breakfast and a show, you’re practically birding in Sri Lanka while enjoying the most Sri Lankan of all breakfast dining experiences; pol (coconut) roti, string hoppers, pol sambol, ala kiri hodi (potato curry), fresh papaya juice, and melon jam! Factually elevating the experience further, Ahaspokuna is famed for being a glamping experience in the middle of nowhere; the only way to get to the campsite is to bushwalk through pristine wilderness. If you’re not a fan of bird watching in Sri Lanka, it isn’t unusual to see elephants and barking deer, simply because you’re living with them now!

While sipping on a cup of black tea as the Pompadour Green-pigeon makes itself present, I pondered on what possibilities my late afternoon bushwalk will bring me; since I’m practically on a bird safari while simply turning up for breakfast! As I discussed this with my personal Naturalist, Avinka, we sauntered out to the Damba Tree with a pair of Swarovski Binoculars and a birding book I borrowed from my suite-tent (this is glamping after all), to get a closer look at what should be a Crested Serpent Eagle judging by its call. Spotting it almost too easily, I was convinced that glamping in Sri Lanka really does tick all the right boxes, and I don’t just mean off your birding list.

- By Talia F.

Guest overnight stay on 24th September 2018

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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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