Vonfidel Ranch™ is a dude ranch and premium safari operator in eastern Sri Lanka, specializing in signature riding holidays.
Our riding holiday packages provide the perfect opportunity to explore the breathtaking, wide-open spaces of the Punanai Outback near the famous Pasikuda and Kalkuda beaches in Sri Lanka. Our experienced guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey through some of the most beautiful and remote areas of Eastern Sri Lanka. Whether you're looking for a leisurely ride or an adventurous canter, we can customize our rides to meet your needs and level of experience. From horseback safaris and beach rides to spectacular forest treks overlooking paddies, our holidays offer something for everyone. With our ranch-style accommodation options and on-site activities, you can be sure that your stay will be comfortable, safe, and memorable.
Enjoy tranquility during your stay in a secluded getaway, devoid of light and noise pollution.
Our Ranch and Surrounds
Vonfidel Ranch™ is a unique equestrian property complemented by syntropic agroforestry and a permaculture food forest. We are committed to regenerative agriculture and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and this has resulted in us successfully transforming a barren wasteland into the ranch that sustains 17HH horses with comfortable Temperature Humidity Index (THI) resulting in arguably the best horsekeeping results in the island!
Vonfidel Ranch is nestled in the eastern flank of the Punanai Outback, near a creek branching out from the Maduru Oya River. The renowned Pasikuda and Kalkuda beaches are just a 20-minute drive away.
Punnāni, our greater locality, became noted in 1920 after a man-eating leopard, and this is reflected in the book titled "The Man-Eater of Punnāni: A Journey of Discovery to the Jungles of Old Ceylon" by Christopher Ondaatje.
Adventures with Horses
Vonfidel Horsemanship is the result of passion that aims to transform the aspiring enthusiast into a knowledgeable horseman or horsewoman!
If you wish to own a horse and need help, or you want to learn and become a confident equestrian on the fast track, Vonfidel Horsemanship is here to enable and empower you! We play a pivotal role in helping you realize your horse-related dreams!
As a dude ranch, we enable our guests to escape the crowds of their suburban lives and to experience a unique rejuvenation of spirit that has become known for in America.
Explore breathtaking views on Horseback
Alfie Ameer is the Chief Operating Officer at Vonfidel Ranch. He brings western and vaquero horsemanship influences to the ranch, having spent several years in Tampa and Ocala, Florida.
Anji Fernando is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of Human Resources. The rest of our team is hand-picked and trained to provide the experience, security, safety, hospitality, and happiness that you will remember for years to come!
By Air with Chauffeur-Driven Transportation
Guests would book flights to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). We also provide airport pickup to the ranch, or an end-to-end professional chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned van as a value-added service to ensure you have no transport woes throughout your stay in Sri Lanka!
The air conditioned train leaves Colombo Fort Railway Station at 1505 hrs daily.
You can book at the following site: https://seatreservation.railway.gov.lk/mtktwebslr. Select the following: (Select the following: From: Colombo Fort, To: Valachchena; pick Air Conditioned Saloon. It is recommended that you book first-class, as it is air-conditioned and seats are guaranteed. First-class is available only if you book as early as possible. Bookings can be made several weeks in advance.
By Bus From Colombo
The air conditioned, luxury coach leaves Wellawatte (Colombo 6) at 20:45 HRS every evening and reaches the disembarkation point at 0230 HRS.
Location for this bus: VV85+7QR Colombo
Vonfidel Ranch™ will happily reserve your seat, and will also arrange pick-up and transport to the ranch from the disembarkation point. Since this bus reaches the Vonfidel Ranch™ area in the early hours, the ranch administration will coordinate with the crew to wake you up for disembarkation so you can enjoy a comfortable sleep. Detailed instructions will be communicated once your booking is confirmed.