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Early morning musings on the suite tent deck

I’m not a morning person. I usually need to hit the snooze button several times before I even consider rolling out of bed. But this morning was different. It was so strange waking up super early in unfamiliar surroundings and it took me a moment to remind myself that I was glamping at Ahaspokuna. Despite waking up at what was obviously sunrise, as I could see out of the door flaps, I felt well rested. Maybe it had something to do with the clean air. Anyways, I decided to quietly tiptoe out to the tent deck without disturbing my gently snoring wife and take advantage of my newfound morning demeanor.

What a scene it was. For a moment it was almost like I was watching the vista of an African Savannah. The sun just up over the horizon, trees and grass swaying to a gentle breeze, all sorts of birds having their morning conversations… I half expected a lion to be staring back at me from the tall grass. There are some moments in life where you go “this is it, this is what I want” and this, definitely, was one of those moments. I had agreed to come to the Ahaspokuna camps because I was promised that it would be a luxurious glamping experience and it definitely was. But even the absolute luxury of the camp paled in comparison to this gorgeous scene in front of me. Sitting there, you could easily pretend that the world had returned to a simpler time where man and nature co-existed in perfect harmony. Against the background of birdsong, bee-eaters were on the hunt, butterflies flew in complexly random flight paths, herons walked about in their own picky fashion, a couple of peacocks rooted around for food, giant squirrels chased each other everywhere and multiple varieties of birds, whose names I do not know, flitted from tree to tree in a curiously choreographed dance routine.

I was so lost in the moment that I didn’t realise the time passing by and did not notice my wife get out of bed and quietly join me. We stayed on the tent deck for a long while, almost until breakfast time, only stepping away to make a coffee and return quickly to continue watching our favourite characters scurrying about the landscape. Luxury camps in Sri Lanka promise much and they do deliver, but rarely can one deliver like this. Ahaspokuna takes glamping in Sri Lanka to an absolutely whole new level due to its fantastic location!

- By Sirraj A.H.

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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