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Yala National Park All-Inclusive 2-Day Safari

1. Yala National Park All-Inclusive 2-Day Safari

Spend the night in a treehouse at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka and look for wildlife on an evening and early morning nature trek. Benefit from the expertise of a game ranger as your personal guide. Day 1: Following pick-up at your hotel, journey towards Yala National Park in southeast Sri Lanka. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, head to the luxurious Leopard Nest campsite and check in to one of the treehouses. Enjoy lunch at the campsite's main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations before some time to relax. Get back to nature with an evening game drive and look for wildlife, such as leopards in their natural environment. Return to the campsite to freshen up before drinks and appetizers around the campfire. Dinner will be served at one of many locations throughout the camp. Day 2: Enjoy breakfast at a private location by a lake whilst listening to the singing of birds and feeling the fresh breeze. Start to trek through thick bushes with a pathway access to a wonderful lake which offers breath-taking views and bird watching opportunities.

From Ella: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

2. From Ella: Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour

Visit Ruhunu National Park and explore its 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I, established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of elephants, leopards, spotted deer, sambhur, crocodiles, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded, including the resident and winter visitors. Head to the National Park to take an afternoon safari around 1:00 PM, as the time of day when you can see leopards and sloth bears emerge out of the shady jungle and roam around. Head to great 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 your tour, return back to your hotel in Ella.

Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour From Colombo

3. Full-Day Yala National Park Safari Tour From Colombo

Visit Ruhunu National Park and explore its 126,786 hectares including the Strict Natural Reserve (Block II). The most familiar is Block I, established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and large number of elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, crocodiles, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffalo, and many other animals. More than 130 bird species are recorded, including the resident and winter visitors. 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 from the shady jungle and roam around. Head to great 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 your tour, return back to your hotel in Colombo.

Bundala National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

4. Bundala National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

Meet your guide at the gates of the Bundala National Park for your choice of a 3-hour morning or evening safari observing the home of 32 species of mammals and 200 bird species. Enter the park and on board a jeep with a driver to explore the land crowded with thorny shrubs, swampy marshlands, scenic lagoons, and golden sand dunes as you spot wildlife in its untamed glory. See the wetlands with its diverse terrain that has created a startling variety of habitats attracting all sorts of animals. Located in the southern province of Sri Lanka 251km away from Colombo, Bundala National Park offers excellent opportunities for spotting wild boar, porcupine, spotted deer, mongoose, wild buffalo, the endemic jackal, fishing and rusty-spotted cats, and a diverse range of colorful bird species of up to 10,000 migratory birds from September to March. Observe the charming brackish lagoon that holds an important part of the ecosystem. Experience sightings of the rich aquatic wildlife, including rare types of turtles and crocodiles. Apart from the wildlife, enjoy the national park’s diversity of flora, offering you the complexity of a tropical forest.

Hambantota: Udawalawe Safari and Elephant Transit Home Trip

5. Hambantota: Udawalawe Safari and Elephant Transit Home Trip

Experience all the beauty that Sri Lanka’s wilderness has to offer on a guided day trip from Hambantota or Tangalle to Udawalawe National Park. Discover the range of wildlife and rare plants then visit the Elephant Transit Home to see rescued elephants up close. Start by being driven to Udawalawe, where the game drive begins. See a wide variety of animals in their natural habitats and listen as your guide explains their habits and lifestyles. Take in the history of the park, one of Sri Lanka’s largest sanctuaries, famous for its Sri Lankan Elephants and also home to water buffalo, monitor lizards, a variety of monkeys, the occasional leopard, and more. After the safari, proceed to Elephant Transit Home, or “Ath Athuru Sevana”, Asia’s first elephant rehabilitation center, where baby elephants are being rehabilitated to return to the jungle. Witness their feeding time and see them enjoying themselves at play.

From Negombo: Elephant Foundation and Kandy Town Tour

6. From Negombo: Elephant Foundation and Kandy Town Tour

Journey from Negombo to see the elephants at the Millennium Elephant Foundation, stroll through the flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens, and see the fascinating wonders in Kandy Town on this private tour. Start by being greeted by your driver as you are picked up for your tour at 6:30 AM. Learn more about elephants at the Millennium Elephant Foundation. Play with and feed baby elephants, and watch the elephants bathe.  Next, at around 11:30 AM visit the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya and see the largest collection of orchids in Asia. Then, head to Kandy Town at approximately 2:30 PM, and have lunch at a place of your choosing.  After lunch, enjoy some technical arts tours related to gem crafting and woodcarving. Go into the Temple of the Tooth Relic at 5:00 PM and walk through the elaborately decorated temple. Head back to in Negombo at 6:30 and stop at a place of your choice to have dinner.

Tissamaharama: Yala National Park Buffer Zone Night Drive

7. Tissamaharama: Yala National Park Buffer Zone Night Drive

19.00 - You will be picked up from your hotel in Yala or Tissamaharama by a Team Beyond Escapes safari jeep and driven to Yala National Park Buffer zone for the night wildlife experience. 19.30 - You will start your night wildlife tour in the Yala National park buffer zone during this 2-hour. You will be able to witness night life of many birds and different kind of animals throughout this tour. 21.00 - At the end of the night drive you will be driven back to your hotel or drop-off location in Yala or Tissamaharama.

From Bentota: Kandy Tour with Tooth Temple & Gardens Visit

8. From Bentota: Kandy Tour with Tooth Temple & Gardens Visit

The day begins with hotel pickup in Bentota. Travel in an air-conditioned vehicle through mountain valleys and tea plantations to Kegalle, and take in the delicious aromas of its spice gardens which attracted merchants from all over the world to the ports of Sri Lanka.   Continue on to the ancient capitol of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1988, it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Explore the the area surrounding Kandy Lake and check out the Hindu and Buddhist temples within the Natha Devale. The next stop on the route is the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, home to over 8,000 different species of trees and plants. Finally, visit a local tea factory and relax with a cup of unblendes, fresh Ceylon tea before the return journey.

Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

9. Bentota: Colombo Fishmarket and City Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel in Kalutara or Bentota, head to Pettah, the oldest part of Colombo. Marvel at the thousands of stalls selling items from medicine to electronic equipment before beginning your driving tour of the city. Visit sites such as Beira Lake, Viharamahdevi Park, and Independence Square, where you can see one of the oldest examples of Sri Lankan architecture. The first stop of your visit is the Pettah fish market, which is the biggest fish market on the island featuring a concentration of hundreds of fish sellers. Enjoy a walking tour of the fish market. Afterward, head to the fort area and discover a mix of contemporary architecture and old-world charm with high-rise modern buildings built alongside medieval structures. Towards the end of the drive, visit the Colombo Historical Museum where you can see a large number of valuable exhibits. After your drive around the city, begin your walking tour. As you walk along the narrow and charming streets of the city center, learn more about Colombo's historical eras and their impact on the architectural ensemble of the city. Stroll past sights such as the Old Parliament, Gangrama Temple, and the Town Hall. Shop 'til you drop in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct or head for lunch at one of the area's famed restaurants. Discover examples of British architecture and learn more about Colombo's history and its remarkable growth as you visit the BMICH, the Wolvendaal Church, and Colombo's most beautiful Hindu temple. Get dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

Galle: Private Safari Day Trip to Yala & Udawalawe w/ Picnic

10. Galle: Private Safari Day Trip to Yala & Udawalawe w/ Picnic

Your experience begins with a pickup from your accommodation in either the Galle, Unawatuna, Weligama or Mirissa areas. From there, relax on your drive to Yala National Park, home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Meet your private guide and climb into a sturdy 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy sunrise at the park — the ‘Golden Hours’ of the day — and explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. Following the safari, there will be a Picnic Lunch before the drive to Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Next, stop at the Elephant Transit Home during feeding hours and take a closer look at hundreds of wild elephant babies. After enjoying the Elephant Transit Home Arriving Udawalawe National Park in the afternoon allows you to explore from 3 PM until sunset when the park closes at 6 PM. Search for the world’s most concentrated number of elephants, spotted deer, jackals, wild boar, wild buffalo, crocodiles, and many other animals as your knowledgeable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. After the safari, journey back to your point of origin to be dropped off back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Southern Province, Sri Lanka

We have engaged Beyond Escapes for our Yala Tour and it was fantastic! Not only did we manage to see numerous wild animals in the safari, the experience to stay in a tree house is great! Separately, I would like to compliment our driver, Mr Kumara, who fetched us from Mirissa to Yala Park stay, and the next day to Nuwara Eliya. (Note that Safari has its own and another driver.) Kumara is a very good guide and great driver. He showed us around and dropped us at some spots around our journey to take nice photos. 2 thumbs up for him! Thank you once again!

Fantastic experience

It passed over cane and rock in Yala and with the wild animals close to the jeep, it was a truly unique experience. Spend the night in the cutest wooden cabin on a campsite far in the jungle. Cozy with BBQ in the evening. The guide was very knowledgeable and the driver guided the jeep safely in the rough terrain. Yala is a must and the Leopard Campsite is a lovely place. 5 full fat stars from here

Those who want to experience something unique in Sri Lanka should definitely do this trip. The accommodation is great. The staff have done everything to make this trip memorable.