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From Weerawila/Tissamaharama: Bundala National Park Safari

1. From Weerawila/Tissamaharama: Bundala National Park Safari

Meet your guide at your hotel in Tissamaharama/Weerawila area or 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.

Yala National Park Budget Safari

2. Yala National Park Budget Safari

After being picked up from your hotel in the local area or Park Entrance you will enter Yala National Park to explore the light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. With your private 4WD Jeep and expert guide, the ‘Golden Hours’ of the day will be used to focus on leopard spotting, either the first 2 hours or the last 2 hours of the day. Throughout this safari, you will search for the world’s most concentrated number of leopards, sloth bears, and elephants, as your knowledgable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. The morning tour will begin at 5am from your hotel, to take in sunrise as the park opens at 6am. Whilst the afternoon option allows you to explore from 2pm until sunset when the park closes at 6pm. Situated on Sri Lanka’s south-east, hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala is a wildlife sanctuary and home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles can all be found in this rich environment.

From Colombo: 8-Day Private Tour of Sri Lanka with Transport

3. From Colombo: 8-Day Private Tour of Sri Lanka with Transport

Day 1: Airport to Sigiriya / Dambulla welcome by our English-speaking driver from hotels at Colombo and drive to Sigiriya on the way Visiting Dambulla Golden cave temple Evening Minneriya, Kaudulla, or Hurulu Eco national parks 4x4 safari according to Elephant’s availability Overnight at Sigiriya Day 2: Sigiriya to Kandy Earlier morning climb Sigiriya Rock before sun become rough which is suitable for pictures and climbing to the top and back to the hotel for breakfast after driving to Kandy on the way, Nalanda Gedige, Mathale Spice garden (only for a visit), Gem Museum and Workshop, & Hindu temple later Kandy city tour Evening View the traditional Kandyan Cultural Dance Performance and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic Overnight at Kandy Day 3: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, drive to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya (Kandy) Later to Nuwaraeliya on the way Ramboda Falls, Tea Plantation, and Tea Factory after that Nuwara Eliya City Tour Overnight at Nuwara Eliya Day 4: Nuwara Eliya to Ella After Breakfast Drive to Visit Gregory Lake and Victoria Park Garden after 12.40 train ride to Ella do the gorgeous panoramic view train Evening Climbing Little Adam’s peak Ella Overnight at Ella Day 5: Ella to Tissamaharama / Yala National Park After Breakfast Drive to Tissamaharama on the way visiting Rawana waterfall and Buduruwagala Rock Temple Evening 4x4 Safari in Yala National Park Safari (most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean) Overnight at Tissamaharama Day 6: Tissamaharama to Mirissa After breakfast drive to Mirissa on the visit snake farm Evening Leisure at the beach resort. Overnight at Mirissa Day 07: Mirissa Earlier morning 6.30 AM whale watching from Mirissa. come back to hotel and travel to Bentota and visit Sea Turtle Hatchery & Rescue Center and Later visit Galle Dutch Fort (Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards) and Madu river boat safari Leisure at the beach resort. Overnight at Mirissa Day 8: Time to Say Bye Mirissa to Colombo or Negombo Wake up to a freshly-prepared breakfast at the hotel and then get ready to check out as it’s time to say ‘Goodbye’ to Sri Lanka. You will be transferred to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo or Negombo for your onward journey back home

From Tissamaharama: Yala National Park Safari with Transfer

4. From Tissamaharama: Yala National Park Safari with Transfer

Your Yala national park tour begins early morning from your hotel. The pick-up includes free of charge if you stay in a hotel in Tissamaharama or Yala. The leopard, which is the biggest carnivore on the island is the key attraction to Yala National Park: Therefore we try our best to locate a leopard in the nation during your safari. Other Animals There are many other animals living inside Yala national park where you could see Yala Safaris. Some important animals are: Elephant, Sloth Bear, Wild Boar, Spotted Deer, Mongoose, Land Monitor, wild buffalo, sambar deer, jackal, Jungle Fowls, Peacocks (peafowls), stalks, Pigeons, Bee Eaters, eagles, kites, Falcons, pelicans, kingfishers, Snakes, Beetles, aquatic birds and many kinds of other avian fauna species.

Cycling Expedition in Yala

5. Cycling Expedition in Yala

You will be picked up from your hotel in Yala or Tissamaharama by Beyond Escapes team and driven to starting point of the cycling tour. On arrival at Tissamaharama, your very own cycling guide will give you a brief introduction about this tour and safety requirements. You will cycle through The Village of Magampura and arrive to Kirinda passing some wonderful countryside scenery. At the end of the cycling tour You will be transferred back to your Hotel or drop-off location in Yala or Tissamaharama.

Yala: Sunset Tour by Boat & Beach BBQ Dinner

6. 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.

Yala National Park: One-Way Private Transfer to Kandy

7. Yala National Park: One-Way Private Transfer to Kandy

Travel between the Yala or Tissamaharama area and Kandy with a convenient pre-booked transfer service. Avoid the hassle of lugging your bags through a confusing public transportation system or having to negotiate with a taxi.  Meet your driver at your accommodation in Yala or Tissamaharama and get help with your bags. Relax in a spacious vehicle that is regularly maintained to high safety standards on your 5-6-hour journey. Arrive at your destination in Kandy faster with a driver that is familar with the area. Feel free to let the driver know if you need to stop for refreshments or emergencies. Once you arrive at your destination, get help with your luggage.

Yala: Village Cycling Tour

8. Yala: Village Cycling Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in Yala or Tissamaharama in a tuk-tuk and be driven to the starting point of your cycling tour. When you arrive, get kitted out with a bike and helmet and listen as your very own cycling guide gives you a quick safety briefing. Then, set off together as you cycle through the village of Magampura. Pass through scenic fishing villages, around the lakes, and through wonderful countryside until you arrive in the village of Kirinda. As you explore off-the-beaten-path locations, get a real sense of what village life is like for the local people that call this beautiful rural area home.  Finally, at the end of the cycling tour, hop back into the tuk-tuk and be transferred back to your hotel where the tour concludes.

Yala: Full-Day Private All-Inclusive Temple Discovery Tour

9. Yala: Full-Day Private All-Inclusive Temple Discovery Tour

Embark on a fascinating tour of Yala's temples and learn about the rituals, beliefs, and culture of southern Sri Lanka. Discover the architecture, paintings, and history of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya, Kirinda Vihara Maha Devi Temple, Sithulpawwa, and Kiri Vehera. Get picked up from your hotel and head toward Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya, one of the major monasteries in Sri Lanka. It is believed that this vihara was created by Lord Buddha himself with 500 other individuals who reached enlightenment. Drive to Kirinda and explore Kirinda Vihara Maha Devi Temple. Hear about the site's long, interesting history from your guide. The temple provides magnificent views of the sand dunes, the Kirinda fishing harbor, and the Indian Ocean. Sithulpawwa is an ancient Buddhist monastery dating back to the 2nd century B.C. and is located deep within the heart of Yala national park. Leopard and elephant sightings and the chatters of birds will serve as a gentle reminder that you are walking in the wild. The monastery complex hosts a cave with paintings over 2,000 years old and a temple atop a resident rock that rises above the surrounding wilderness. You are welcome to meditate here for a while and soothe your mind. Head to Kataragama and visit Kiri Vehera, a 6th-century B.C. ancient stupa believed to be built by King Mahasena. It is thought that this was built on the ground where Lord Buddha meditated. Return to your pickup point.

Yala: Village Tuk-Tuk Tour with Curd Making & Pottery Demo

10. Yala: Village Tuk-Tuk Tour with Curd Making & Pottery Demo

Get picked up by a tuk-tuk from your hotel in Yala or Tissamaharama by your local guide, then set off towards the starting point for your village tour. Start the route by riding around the beautiful lakes where you can stop at scenic locations to capture the breath-taking views. Keep your eyes peeled for monitor lizards and different bird species. Then, proceed to a local pottery where you can witness how clay pots are made. Make your own clay pot on a traditional wheel and take it back as a souvenir. Next, head over to see how curd is made in Tissamaharama. Discover how curd making is one of the main livelihoods of people here and meet a lady in her village house who will teach you the secrets of making a delicious curd pot. At the end of the demonstration, enjoy a tasting of fresh curd with honey.  Finally, be driven back to your hotel where you will be dropped off and your village tour concludes.

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