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Galle/Unawatuna/Mirissa: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari

1. Galle/Unawatuna/Mirissa: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari

Your experience begins with a pickup from your hotel in either the Galle, Unawatuna or Mirissa areas. From there, relax on your drive to Yala National Park. Upon arrival you'll go for a safari drive by Jeep, keeping an eye out for local leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Other indigenous wildlife which are able to be spotted in this park includes sloth bears, jackals, mongoose, spotted deers, buffalo, wild boars, sambhur, and hare. Now the most-visited park in Sri Lanka, Yala is also an important nature reserve for 50 species of butterflies and many species of birds. After the safari, journey back to your point of origin to be dropped off back to your accommodation.

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Yala National Park: Leopard Safari Full day tour with Lunch

2. Yala National Park: Leopard Safari Full day tour with Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel in the local area at around 5:00 AM, you will enter Yala National Park to explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. Over nearly 400 square miles, the park consistently wows visitors, with its range of lagoons, riparian zones, monsoon jungles, and more, supporting a veritable arc of fauna. As you traverse the park, get the best view of it all from a modified game viewing safari Jeep. After exploring the vast park for a few hours at the helm of your knowledgeable guide, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch at a beautiful viewing spot. Unwind for a while after lunch and get ready to enjoy your second round of the game drive.  As you criss-cross through the stunning landscape, you have the opportunity to see elephants, sloth bears, toque monkeys, wild boar, water monitors, marsh crocodiles, and perhaps the crown jewel of Yala National Park, the spotted leopard—of which the park has one of the highest densities in the world. After your full day of safari exploration, you’ll be transported back to your accommodation, thrilled at the preserved piece of nature that you have experienced.

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Mirissa or Galle: Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari

3. Mirissa or Galle: Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari

Enjoy a morning pick-up from your hotel in Mirissa or Galle and head for Udawalawe National Park, where you'll switch to an open-topped safari jeep to get the best views. See the animals early in the day at their most active. Pass by herds of elephants and watch for crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalo, a large variety of bird species, and more. Snap some great photos and learn about the wildlife. Sit down to a picnic breakfast later in the morning and then switch back to an air-conditioned car for the ride on to Ella where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

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Luxury Camping and Safari Experience in Yala Park

4. Luxury Camping and Safari Experience in Yala Park

Embark on a glamping adventure at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, check into your luxurious campsite and get acquainted with the onsite amenities. Spend some free time relaxing and enjoy a delicious lunch at the campsite’s main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations. After your lunch it’s time to head out into the wilderness and immerse yourself in the fascinating natural landscape of Sri Lanka. On the game drive, look out for leopards and elephants in their natural environment and learn about these animals from your experienced guide. After your safari, head back to the campsite to freshen up before drinks and appetizers around the campfire. Dine on a BBQ dinner and mingle with the other guests as you talk about the wonders of the safari. Wake up early on the second day to freshly brewed local tea or coffee, then head out for another game drive to search for animals at their most active part of the day. After the drive, enjoy a tasty breakfast of freshly squeezed juices and seasonal fruit before check out at 11am and the return journey back.

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From Colombo-Negombo-Bentota-Kalutara: Sinharaja Hike

5. From Colombo-Negombo-Bentota-Kalutara: Sinharaja Hike

Explore Sri Lanka's last remaining virgin rainforest with this private tour with pick up from cities in the Western province such at Colombo, Negombo, Bentota and Kalutara. Benefit from the flexibility of having a personal guide throughout the day that can provide your with facinating cultural information. Relax with a convenient pickup and drop-off service in a climate-controlled vehicle. Get a taste of the land with a local lunch. Spend 4 hours in the rainforest while visiting spectacular waterfalls, summiting Sinharaja's tallest peak, and hiking through the lush rainforest. Admire the jungle trees, orchids, and a large array of bird species.

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From Bentota: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

6. From Bentota: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

You'll be picked up from your hotel before heading to Yala National Park, a nature-lovers paradise.  Visit Yala National Park and explore its 126,786 hectares, Yala is famous for its big herds and large numbers of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species have been recorded here also. Head to the National Park to take an afternoon safari around 1:00 PM. At this time of day, you can see Leopards and Sloth Bears emerge out of the shady jungle and roam around. There are also many excellent spots for birdwatchers. The water holes and tanks are a birdwatcher's paradise, offering the chance to see the famous Peacock dance. For wildlife lovers, Yala is a must-see site in Sri Lanka. Once you've finished the tour, you'll be returned to your hotel in Bentota.

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Bentota: 2-Day Elephant, Rainforest, and Village Tour

7. Bentota: 2-Day Elephant, Rainforest, and Village Tour

Day 1: You will be picked up at 6:00AM from your hotel in Bentota, from where your English-speaking driver/guide will take you to the Sinharaja Rainforest. You'll travel for about 4 hours from your beach hotel, driving through the beautiful countryside en route to your destination. After checking in to your hotel you will be briefed before your Sinharaja trek, which lasts about 4 hours. From there your nature expert will take you through the forest whilst explaining important things to you along the way. On the same day, you will take a village tour throughout which you will also explore farmlands, lakes, temples, and much more. Day 2: Following an early breakfast you will leave for Udawalawe at 6:00AM, from where you will drive for around 2 hours. Later, enjoy a 3-hour safari at the Udawalawe National Park, following which you will be returned to your accommodation in Bentota.

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Sri Lanka: 6-Day Adventure Tour

8. Sri Lanka: 6-Day Adventure Tour

Spend an adventure-filled 6 days in Sri Lanka, discovering the island’s natural wonders and engaging in a number of activities in the jungle and rainforest, on rivers and wetlands, and in a national park that’s a game reserve. You’ll stay in 3 or 5-star accommodation and enjoy daily breakfast and dinner, as well as travelling around the island in air-conditioned comfort. Days 1 and 2: Arrival/Kitulgala You’ll be met on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport by a representative and transferred to your eco-hotel in Kitulgala. Spend a relaxing night in the Kitulgala jungle near the Kelaniya River. Enjoy a BBQ dinner with the sound of the roaring river in the background. On the next day, you’ll experience 5 kilometers of white-water rafting on the picturesque Kelani River, which features 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. Nature lovers and bird watchers will be rewarded with sightings of the Crested Serpent Eagle, the Ceylon Spur Fowl, the Ceylon Hanging Parrot, and the Layard's Parakeet. As you trek in the Kitulgala Forest Reserve you’ll come across spectacular hidden waterfalls. Enjoy a cool dip in a stream. Overnight in Kitulgala. Kayaking is another popular adrenaline pumping activity in Kitulgala and it is one of the perfect ways of exploring the rich fauna and flora of Kitulgala. There are several places in the area where you can have a memorable kayaking experience. You can also try your hand at a spot of birdwatching and explore the rich natural wealth of the rainforest from your kayaking boat. Day 3: Kitulgala/Sinharaja Leave in the morning for Sinharaja, the last remaining rainforest in Sri Lanka. You’ll trek with a trained forest explorer and experience the untamed wilderness of a natural rainforest. Overnight in Sinharaja. Day 4: Sinharaja/Udawalawe After breakfast leave for the hotel in Udwalawe, where you will enjoy a safari tour by jeep, accompanied by a jungle tracker. You’ll be on the lookout for elephants, bears, deer, monkeys, and maybe spot some leopards too. Overnight in Udawalawe. Day 5: Udawalawe/Bentota Have breakfast at the hotel before departing for a beach hotel in Bentota/Hikkaduwa. Along the way, you’ll stop in Galle, the best-preserved colonial city on the island. Galle is one of Sri Lanka’s ancient seaports and was an anchor point for the Silk Route. The Portuguese later built a fortress on the site and the Dutch fortified it further. Today the fortress is a World Heritage Site. Visit a turtle hatchery that was set up to protect and replenish the turtles that have been nearing extinction. Eggs are gathered and hatched in enclosed areas where the birds can’t reach them. A couple of days after hatching the babies are let out into the sea at night, offering them the best chance of survival. Later you’ll explore the natural wealth of the Maduganga River by motorboat, and see the islands in the wetlands that are largely inaccessible by road. Overnight in Bentota. Day 6: Bentota/Colombo After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll depart for the airport with a stop to visit Colombo. Enjoy a tour of the city’s top sites, and spend some time shopping before heading to Bandaranaike International Airport for your departing flight.

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Yala: Sunset Tour by Boat & Beach BBQ Dinner

9. Yala: Sunset Tour by Boat & Beach BBQ Dinner

Head out onto Tissa Lake in a boat and watch the sunset. Cruise around for a couple of hours admiring the scenery and taking some fantastic pictures before settling down on the beach for dinner and drinks. Enjoy a convenient pick-up from your hotel in Yala or Tissamaharama and go out on the water for a bird-watching excursion at sunset. Explore the lake's small islands on your way to a great spot to watch the sunset. Snap some great photos of the sun going down before going to a private beach at Yala for a BBQ with torches and lanterns. Listen to the sounds of the sea in the evening with a chilled beer.

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What people are saying about Southern Province, Sri Lanka

We start at dawn and experience the awakening of nature. In the morning we saw single animals, apart from the elephants who were in a group, with two cubs. The landscape is very beautiful, all the various types of birds are fascinating. The courses have holes, but the cars used are suitable, the experienced and capable drivers warn each other as soon as one of them spots some animals or groups. Very difficult to see the leopard. Nice experience, also valid for those who want to take pictures. Excellent lunch, typical and genuine.

I thought there were animals up to the crowd, but there were very few. Two elephants were seen and a leopard lying in a tree. The roads were in poor condition after rain, the jeep broke down and there were many cars on the way - queuing.

Amazing trip! Brilliant English speaking guide that ensured I saw all the animals and easy transfers picked up directly from your hotel. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a brilliant day out.

The experience was great our driver was helpful and worked hard to show us the animals there. We were able to spot black bear, elephants, leopards, and lots of birds.

Great tour with driver Silva - I especially liked the Sinharaja rainforest and Udalawawe National Park! Hotels well chosen - except for a minor incident.