Centauria Wild 

A small hotel with a big personality

Nature lovers and families will appreciate this comfortable hotel in breathtaking countryside near Udawalawe National Park.

The canopied entrance with steps leading up to a high-ceilinged lobby is certainly impressive, and the welcome ceremony – with new arrivals lighting a traditional oil lamp and feeding the koi carp in the pond – will stay in the memory for a long time. Nature, however, is not to be outdone here, and it’s hard to argue with the hotel’s claim of having the “best view in Udawalawe”. There’s unspoiled countryside everywhere you look – as in tree-carpeted rolling hills and a vast sparkling lake where wild elephants come to drink – and a rooftop terrace from which to soak it all in over a drink or a meal. We recommend spending one night here on your tailor-made Sri Lanka itinerary.

Why we love Centauria Wild

  • Udawalawe National Park, with its wild elephants, golden jackals and toque macaques, is practically on the doorstep

  • It’s in a tranquil setting overlooking an expansive lake backed by hills cloaked in satinwood, ebony and teak trees

  • Families will appreciate the accommodation options, the kids’ menus and other child-friendly facilities

  • There’s a swimming pool area that’s the perfect place to cool down after an early-morning game drive 

4 stars
Nov - Jun
Colombo 10½ hours
At the edge of Udawalawe National Park
Approx. 6 hours from Colombo airport



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Sustainability
  • Families
  • Good to Know

There’s a large restaurant complete with a roof terrace and a lounge bar where you can get drinks and snacks during the day.

The hotel restaurant serves dishes from around the world made, as much as possible, using local ingredients. Feast on super-fresh seafood in the roomy dining room or take a table on the rooftop terrace to enjoy the views of the lake at the same time. There are plenty of child-friendly options on the menu, too.

With a pool table and a wide choice of wines, cocktails and spirits, the large lounge bar is an inviting place to linger in the evening; you can also stop by for tea and coffee during the day.

The rooftop is the perfect place to be at sunset, whether you’re having a cocktail or an early supper with the children.

What's included

Breakfast at the restaurant.

Upgrade options

Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at the restaurant
Full Board • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the restaurant.

The spa and wellness centre has a sauna and steam room along with a menu of Ayurvedic treatments and soothing massages for aching muscles.

A small fitness centre provides a selection of cardio machines and free weights. Another option is to grab one of the hotel’s bicycles for a self-guided pedal through the lush countryside.

Many of the vegetables, fruit and herbs used in the restaurant come from the hotel’s own organic garden.

With accommodation designed for them, kids’ menus and lots to explore in the local area, families will feel welcome at Centauria Wild.

Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.

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