Designed to celebrate the wilderness of Sri Lanka as well as the works of one of its most renowned artists, Laki Senanayake, Diyabubula fuses visionary artwork with the tranquil environment of the jungle in a seamless and romantic way to create a secluded haven.
Enjoy a memorable stay in one of the five villas, in the middle of the jungle, experiencing the surrounding atmosphere of running waters and grand trees.
Diyabubula is the Oasis that Laki Senanayeke, one of Sri Lanka's most renowned artists created in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Over a period of 50 years, he transformed flat cultivation land into a lush forest, a water garden and an open air art gallery.
In 2012, Laki, built for the owners of Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts an Art & Jungle Hideaway - a small luxury lodge, a boutique hotel, consisting of five villas. He chose 100 year old railway sleepers as basic building material. This wood, seasoned by sun and rain over a century, has been combined with sleek and beautiful timber sourced from all over Sri Lanka, and hand-crafted right at Diyabubula. Laki designed and executed every detail of the lodge, and it is his most important work of art.
Laki shared this beautiful oasis with us, and he continued to live and work in his minimalist space until he passed away in June 2021.
We are integrating Laki's abode and studio, with our Art and Jungle Lodge in keeping with Laki's wish, so that his legacy on Art, Sculpture and Architecture and biodiversity can be kept alive. It is a precious responsibility, and we invite you to join us on this uncharted journey.