Most of the hotels where we stayed in Sri Lanka had a naturalist. I believe that the abundance of wildlife and vegetation, as well as the eco-oriented Sri Lankan tourism call for that type of measure (I had never seen that before). This person is in charge of keeping an eye on the hotel’s natural surroundings as well of any nature-related activity.
At the Jungle Beach Resort, you could go on a walk every evening accompanied by the knowledgable naturalist. You would walk along the beach and to a pond inside the jungle and then climbed coral-colored rocks to watch the sun set on the Indian Ocean. He would tell you about the elephants, the spotted deers and the leopard who come by the pond every evening, but not on that day, because it’s too hot right now he would say.
We only saw the animals’ footsteps, but that was incredible enough to know that a mere ten minutes walk away from our bed, very wild life was happening.________ See more of Jungle Beach on the blog, and on their website.