Cadjan Wild

Experience the island’s most spectacular wilderness.  The Yala National Park’s 1000 km2 transports you to a world of elephants, bears, leopards, lizards and monkeys. Our property occupies 3 acres on the very border of the park. And our location in the remote village Kochchipathana, well away from the parks more crowded entrances, affords visitors an unspoiled gateway to this remarkable ecosystem.

To stay at Cadjan Wild is to enter the preserve of nature –  wild boar, deer and elephant wander freely and frequently through our property. At night you might even hear the call of a leopard as you lie under the sheets. Given our proximity to the natural world every part of our villa is crafted to blend in. From our  wood, clay and thatch construction to our camouflage color scheme on the outside yet inside each chalet you’ll find we’ve preserved the essential creature comforts of 21st century life.

Just sit on our cool terrace, recline on one of the many hammocks, soak in our salt-water swimming pool and peer into the jungle- this is an authentic wildlife experience.


Accommodation consists of four chalets built on stilts. Each chalet has a private veranda with jungle views and is furnished with comfortable beds dressed in fine linen and fitted with mosquito netting. All have en suite bathrooms with hot water and two chalets are air-conditioned

Green Chalet (Room 1)

Has two single beds that sleeps two guests with an attached bathroom with hot water shower.

Rust Chalet (Room 2)

Can accommodate eight and is furnished with two double and two king single beds on the ground floor and a double mattress in the loft room. The Rust Chalet has two bathrooms and two toilets on the ground level.

Mustard Chalets (Room 3 and 4)

(4 rooms which can be taken independently or together)

The two Mustard Chalets feature two ground floor rooms both with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and hot water showers.

Room 3 features a king size bed and Room 4 is fitted with two queen beds.

Rooms 3A and 4A

The two upper level rooms are laid out dorm style and with 4 single bed in each room and attached bathrooms.

The entire property can accommodate 22 guests but given the abundance of space and our supply of spare mattresses we are happy to accommodate larger groups-by request.



The in-house chef and abundance of fresh produce available  means we can provide meals to suit any taste but our specialty is authentic Sri Lankan cuisine prepared with fresh village vegetables and meats over a wood fire hearth. No alcohol is served but you are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverages. Meals can be taken wherever you want – in the garden under the shade of a tree, in the Ambalama (an open sided pavilion with a thatched roof) or in the privacy of your own lodge or chalet.

Yala Park

The main attraction of course, is the jungles of Yala. We can organize daily (or more) excursions into the park. Each excursion into the park by jeep can take up to 4 hours accompanied by a wildlife tracker. Once you’re in the wilderness just keep your eyes peeled, listen to the sounds of nature and try to spot Sri Lanka’s big 5 – Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Buffalo. Seasoned wildlife enthusiasts should consider two excursions a day to  to give yourself the best chance of spotting the wildlife.

Kataragama Shrine

Visit the sacred jungle shrine of Kataragama just 10 minutes drive from the resort. A pilgrimage site with great religious and historical significance, dedicated to Lord Kataragama known to Hindus as Murugan attracts visitors from across Sri Lanka and even neighboring India. Each day at specific times, the shrines come alive when poojas (devotions) are offered to to the Gods. The baskets filled with fruit and flowers, the aroma from burning incense and oil lamps, the sounds of dashing coconuts, clanging bells and continuous chanting – all combine to provide a mesmerizing experience.


Visit the southern town of Tissamaharama with its’ ancient reservoirs that attract many species of water birds including cormorant, purple heron, Caspian tern and the painted stork. Several ancient Buddhist temples including the Maha Stupa and Sandagiri monastery complex stand in close proximity to the town and allow you to glimpse the life of Buddhist  monasteries off the beaten path.

The surroundings

Yala is Sri Lanka’s premier national park and home to a stunning range of eco systems from coastal dunes, to scrub jungle, lagoons and open plains. With over 44 mammal and 215 bird species recorded the park has been protected for over 100 years and nature is thriving. This is the best place in the world to spot wild leopards – as the eco system supports a very high density of these majestic predators. In addition to leopard you can spot the elusive sloth bear, herds of elephants and an abundance of deer, wild boar and bird life

Cadjan Wild is located on the fringes of the remote Kochchipathana village on the road to the remote 2200 year old Sithulpawwa temple. Our property is surrounded by Yala’s characteristic dense scrub which merges into denser jungle just beyond our fence.

Cadjan Wild

(Directions are from Colombo to Cadjan Wild)


  1. Reach the southern town of Tissamaharama (accessible via the Southern Expressway and Katagama Road, the Ratnapura Weerawila Road, or via the Wellawaya Weerawila Road from the hill country)
  2. Reach the Tissamaharam Tank/Lake and take the road along the bund which curves. This road will bring you to Kataragama. You come to another clock tower with lots of fiberglass animals on either side of the road. here too keep to the right. This will bring you past various hotels etc. and past a big tank/reservoir.
  3. Follow the main Kataragama Road past the central bus stand on the right, and big car park on the left keep following this road which is the Sithulpahuwa road (which goes right through Yala.) you will come to a “Y” junction. Keep right (left ends up at the bus depot). This road will take a few bends but keep to the main road. Then you will come to a T junction.
  4. You will see KY Cottages on the left and a board saying Wallikand aramaya. Turn left here which once again is the Sithulpahuwa road. Come straight down (you will pass a few holiday resorts on this road one of which is Kadira Sevana) until you come to a temple on the left with a very tall standing Buddha statue.
  5. This is Kochchipathana (approximately 3 and a half km from Kataragama). You will also see a police check point on the right side of the road.
  6. Just before the temple you turn left onto a gravel road and take the fist right turn and follow the road which once again takes a few sharp turns. The road from this point can be a little rough but it leads directly Cadjan Wild gate. There is no signboard just knock!


Welcome to Cadjan Wild.

For help with directions call: 0777288440