Nelumpure is a village really off the beaten track, in an area well known for its abundance in wild elephants. But Nelumpure, because situated not very far from Habarana, simultaneously is eminently suitable as a starting point for many day excursions and study trips. Not only nature expeditions are possible in this region. Starting from Nelumpure all World Heritage sights of the Cultural Triangle zone and some more secluded attractions can be reached and explored on one-day trips. Nelumpure therefore is suitable even for village holiday stays of several weeks. But for observing the wildlife close to Nelumpure at night, again, we recommend to stay here in those periods of a month with more moonshine available.
Sinharaja rain forest
Kanneliya small rain forest
Pinnawela elephant orphanage
Dry zone south
Yala NP camping-safari
Bundala NP bird watching
Kumana NP birds and wildlife
Okanda village life and beach
Rufus Kulam remote lake
Lahugala NP with heritage site
Gal Oya NP lakeside wildlife
Udawalawe NP wild elephants
Ussangoda serpentine rock
Dry zone north
Minneriya NP elephant gathering
Kaudulla NP elephant gathering
Habarana oxcart excursions
Nelumpure authentic village life
Mihintale ancient sanctuary
Namal Uyana ironwood sanctuary
Rasvehera monastery and wildlife
Tabbowe lake near Wilpattu NP
Horton Plains trekking hotspot
Bambarakanda 240 m waterfall
Adam's Peak pilgrim mountain
Hakgala Botanical Garden
Kitulgala white water and birds
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Meemure village life and trekking
Knuckles Range trekking highlight
Randenigala NP alternative camp
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Nelumpure is a special village life destination offered by Team Sightseeinglanka for guests who can largely do without comfort. Nelumpure village is a perfect place for participation in authentic Sri Lankan rural life.
Guests have the choice whether they live in a house with a Sinhalese family or wish to take a seperate modest accommodation in the village only for themselves. On request, some nights can be spent in a tree house to watch the roaming elephants in the moonshine. But those guests with a restless sleep have to be warned that the balustrades of such tree houses are not perfectly safe, and the shelters are often placed very high in the tree.
The villagers of Nelumpure are not heavily involved in the tourism industry, they have rarely seen visits of foreigners. Therefore, pestering or racketeering is less probable than at tourist hotspots. The families living in Nelumpure are modest farmers who like turn out to be helpful without ulterior motives. They behave in very disciplined, cautious and considerate way towards foreign guests.
food and cooking
Only native Sinhalese food will be prepared in Nelumpure, the villagers will not try to offer international fares. However, on the guests's request it could be less spicy, advice concerning the use of local Chili should be taken into consideration in case you join the cooking, as it is of a different quality. The villagers like to invite guests to enjoy a barbecue of freshwater fish from surrounding ponds and lakes.
Anyone interested in small private introductory cooking classes will be welcome in Nelumpure. Learning Sri Lankan style cooking in a similarly familiar manner can be offered by sightseeinglanka at many more locations, for example on Kalpitiya island in the west, which is well-known for water sports and dolphin-watching and within day-excursion-distance of Wilpattu National Park, or in Tissamaharama near in the deep south of the island, close to Yala and Bundala national parks.
The area is characterized by traditional Chena cultivation, it can be studied perfectly well in Nelumpure. This area is a focal point of the conflict between humans and elephants. The guest will definitely notice some nights loudly shouting farmers warning each other of approaching elephants. You can see them using firecrackers trying to drive elephants away from the fields. This is not always helpful for your peaceful sleep, but an immersive experience of one main problem of local farmers that shapes their daily lives and threatens their income.
Encounters between man and elephant are often fatal. The animals are even shot by farmers sometimes, although this is strictly prohibited. On average there is one human being killed by elephant attacks in Sri Lanka every week. The observance of security instructions by experienced group leaders of sightseeinlanka and by local residents therefore is an indispensable condition for a safe vacation in this elephant area.
Sightseeinglanka will secure guided walks. In particular, a trekking in the Ritigala ridge of hills is possible, but because of the thicket and slopes quite difficult. Mountaineering skills are certainly not required, but a good level of fitness.
A Sri Lankan health care station for injured elephants is located near Ritigala. The first one of its kind is at the Uda Walawe national nark in the south, a third at Horopatana on the road from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee. Unlike Pinnawela's elephant orphanage such an "elephant hospital" does not take wounded animals on a permanent basis, it only makes them fit again and prepares them for the re-introduction into the wild.
A stay in Nelumpure is inexpensive, because no costs for Wildlife Authorities is to be payed, and traditional food can be provided for usual local prices, without restaurant surcharge.
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