About us

Glamour camping, known as glamping, is becoming a growing trend in Sri Lanka by allowing people to stay connected to nature with the comforts of home.As part of the Beyond Escapes team, we make the difference in the wild with experienced naturalists, expert cooks and comfortable safari vehicles to give an unforgettable glamping experience with luxury comfort.

Our Ethical Standards

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Establishing core values and working to develop a culture of respect, trust and honest communication represents a vital part of operations.

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The actions and behaviors of management, and other senior staff, help steer toward proper and accepted practices.

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The ethical standards of individuals in the business are an important consideration.

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Worthy of trust, demonstrate fidelity and loyalty to clients and institutions by friendship in adversity, support and devotion to duty.

Management Team

Ruwan Ratnayaka

Founder ruwan@beyondescapes.com

Ruwan Ratnayaka is one of the few young professionals in Sri Lanka tourism who has a passion to do innovative things and work as a resource person in many of the leading national universities in the country. Having over 12 years’ excellent career record, he has won many awards including “Employee of the Month” award for 3 times at Aitken Spence Travels before his appointment as an Assistant Manager- A job that made him an extra ordinary person. Ruwan gained an in depth understanding of the tourism industry by continuing his higher education to complete Professional Post-graduate diploma in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing in UK and MBA from University of Colombo in addition to his B. Sc. Tourism Management degree from University of Sabaragamauwa.

His hardworking ability and rational thinking provided him an array of opportunities to participate in many important projects in the companies he worked and contribute to several wildlife documentaries as a ground handler including the world famous “Monkey Kingdom”.

As the founder of Leopard Nest and Beyond Escapes, Ruwan has proved his ability as a successful young entrepreneur who can think differently and provide unique experience to the travellers around the world. His knowledge and expertise will be a very good strength to make your vacation in Sri Lanka a lifetime experience with Leopard Nest.

Having over five years industry experience, Indika Paranavithana has proven his ability in making initiatives to implement new projects that makes the work easy. Knowledge about information technology and sense of operational excellence were key success factors behind his remarkable performance during the last five years.

Indika obtained his B.Sc. Tourism Management degree from University of Sabaragamuwa in 2012 and joined the industry as an intern. During his short career in the industry, he has worked as a transport manager and operations manager before joining Beyond Escapes. He has played a major role from the inception of the idea to build the Leopard Nest campsite as a unique product.

As the facilitator and implementer of Leopard Nest campsite, Indika has got so many new ideas to enhance the operations excellence that can create an adventurous holiday experience.

Indika Paranavithana

Manager Operations indika@beyondescapes.com

Lakshitha Seneviratne

Camp Manager manager@leopardnest.com

A creative and a passionate wildlife campsite specialist who thinks out of the box, bias to service, action and quality with over 25 years of progressive experience across a broad range of Hideaways and wildlife camping site operations and across diverse geographies and cultures. Possess a proven ability to combine vision, creativity and strong business acumen with well-developed employee management and leadership qualities to support the perfect and memorable wildlife guest experience.

With a pleasant natural smile on the face, Lakshitha is a hospitable person who is willing to go an extra mile to provide an exclusive service to the guests. Mr. Lakshitha has the expertise of Providing unmatched guest services exceeding the guest’s expectations, Boosting Team Efficiency, Optimization, Team Training, Development & Continuous Campsite and guest services improvement in keeping with tourism industry standards.

During his twenty-five years career in the industry, International campsite Knowledge/ Experience in luxury campsites and hideaways in South Africa, Seychelles, and the Maldives. His Knowledge and experience about wildlife hideaways & Luxury campsites has been a strong factor to enhance the level of service in the campsite and make some exciting wildlife experiences to the guests who are going to stay with Leopard Nest.

With over 15 years of experience in Television Production in Sri Lanka, Tharinda has been involved in producing a wide variety of documentary films. One of his first assignments was as a producer for a magazine style documentary show called ‘Sathi’ (The week) that highlighted sensitive topics on the three-decade civil war in Sri Lanka. Following the end of the conflict, Tharinda then worked on feature documentaries that focused on promoting Sri Lanka’s culture and heritage such as ‘Sri Lanka’s Peraheras’. He later worked as the Director of Programmes for CCF TV, an initiative by the ministry of Tourism, and broadcast programmes such as ‘Wav BadhiDeshaya’ (The Nation of Lakes) to a wider audience across the world,

Throughout his journeys as a TV producer, Tharinda captured many moments from world heritage sites on his trusty camera. Using his DSLR and drone, Tharindais able to capture moments from interesting perspectives. Much of his work focuses around Architectural, landscape and nature.  His knowledge and experience in wildlife photography and documentaries has been a strong factor to make the Leopard Nest a unique product and attract more wildlife photographers to stay with us.

Tharinda Elvitigala

Manager - Special Projects / wildlife photographer manager@leopardnest.com