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Sleeping with Stars

With the universe dangling above our heads, wild elephants wandering by our bed, and the forest breeze dancing with our tea lights… how does one even begin to sleep? What has to be perhaps the quintessence of romantic glamping in Sri Lanka, has found its way to our ‘star bed’, just outside our suite-tent. While in the middle of a private 2260-acre forest, we found ourselves truly alone for what seemed like the first time, as the slow twinkling of stars tried to lull us to sleep.

It was one of those moments where we didn’t need to talk about it, because we were feeling it in unison. Lying in our alfresco bed and looking up into the heart of the night, I could physically feel my eyes fill with stars. I’ve been camping in Sri Lanka before, but not like this. Never like this. As the grasslands beyond bathed in a shower of starlight, I closed my eyes and traded the night for a sleepier darkness.

I awoke a few hours later and panicked at the thought of falling asleep in the middle of the forest – a forest filled with elephants and even a few leopards! It took me a moment to get my bearings, while waking up my groggy husband, but I soon remembered this was Ahaspokuna and my accommodation unit was surrounded by an elephant fence for protection (it’s us that’s fenced in, not the elephants, as they freely wandered past my bed!). Apologising for the brief dream interruption, I soon floated back into the stars.

- By Talia & Sirraj, Ahaspokuna guests circa 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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