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From Galle/Weligama/Mirissa : Day Trip to Ella Highlands

1. From Galle/Weligama/Mirissa : Day Trip to Ella Highlands

Start Ella tour at 7.00 a.m, Ella is pure natural beauty, with its waterfalls, greenery, and hills it is just jaw-dropping. Ella is the perfect place to go to if one wants to refresh the brain. It has many famous places and has been under the attention of tourist for a decent amount of time now. On the way to Ella our first visit is Buduruwagala rock temple. Buduruwagala is an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. Next stop is Ravana waterfall, The Ravana Falls is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. After that we will reach to Ella city, Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, it is situated at an elevation of 1,041 meters above sea level. Then next we will go to Nine Arch Bridge. It is one of the best examples of colonial-era railway construction in the country. Then time to climb little Adam speak, Little Adam’s Peak attracts many travelers who come to Sri Lanka. While climb the Adam speak take lunch at 98 Acres Resort & Spa. It is located on eye-catcher place. 98 Acres Resort and Spa is an elegant, chic hotel that stands on a scenic 98 acre tea estate, surrounded by a stunning landscape. After having lunch you can experience Flying Ravana Mega Zip Line South Asia's Longest and Sri Lanka’s first ever mega dual zip-line, located amidst the luscious green estates of Ella, Sri Lanka. And next visit Halpewaththa Tea factory. Tea while enjoying the magnificent natural beauty of the area. It is the final destination of our tour. Finally, back to the hotel.

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

2. Galle/Mirissa: 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.

From Bentota: Elephant Transit Camp and Udawalawe Safari

3. From Bentota: Elephant Transit Camp and Udawalawe Safari

See many dozens of wild elephants at close proximate to your safari jeep on the Udawalawe safari. You will never get so close to wild elephant-like in Udawalawe. Udawalawe national park is a haven for wildlife lovers, and it is one of the best places for watching elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, buffaloes, deer, and many other creatures. On your return journey visit the Elephant transit camp, where dozens of orphan elephants gather for feeding. Take a walk along the cobbled stone alleys of Galle Fort and discover medieval-period Dutch-styled constructions. Most buildings in this medieval city are now converted into restaurants, galleries, museums, hotels, and shops. Later stroll along the south coast beach and enjoy the refreshing sea breeze while taking a glimpse of endangered sea turtles. Round out the day with a visit to one of the island’s most famous mask-making cities, and learn about exquisite Sri Lankan masks for an activity-filled, full-day tour. Be picked up from your hotel in Bentota or Kalutara in the early morning and drive for around 3.5-hours to Udawalawe National Park. Get up close to spectacular wildlife as you spend 3-hours on a 4x4 jeep safari tour spotting a large array of wild animals in this animal sanctuary. Sightings include wild elephants, crocodiles, jackals, deer, buffalo, and sloth bears. The next stop is Galle Fort, a Dutch fortification and UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the houses, palaces, galleries, restaurants, cafes, and shops in this historically rich town. Take some time to look at the local stores and find typical Sri Lankan handmade products and souvenirs. From here, head to Unawatuna Beach. Enjoy a swim in the warm water or relax on the beach. Discover the cultural heritage of the island at Ambalangoda, a coastal town famous for its mask-making. Visit a mask museum and learn about the meaning of these colorful works of art and their role in traditional dance rituals and festivals. Pass by local fishing villages, harbors, and fish markets and be dropped off at your hotel between 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

Mirissa or Galle: Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari

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

Remove the hassle from traveling from Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna, or Galle to Ella with a convenient transfer service. Relax on the drive in an air-conditioned vehicle. Visit Udawalawe National Park for a jeep safari to see elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, and more in their natural habitat. Enjoy a morning pickup from your hotel in Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna, or Galle, and head straight 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 herds of elephants and more. Watch for crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalo, a large variety of bird species, and more. Snap some great photos and learn about the wildlife. Then, switch back to an air-conditioned car for the ride on to Ella, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

From Galle: Yala Safari Day Trip with Park Fees and Lunch

5. From Galle: Yala Safari Day Trip with Park Fees and Lunch

Yala Safari Day Trip is organised by Bentota Travel Mart. Free pick up & drop off are available from following areas. adduwa , kalutara, Beruwala, Bentota, Kosgoda, Ahungalla, Hikkaduwa, Galle , Unawatuna, Koggala, Ahangama, Weligama, Mirissa, Matara, Dikwella, Tangalle & Hambantota Attractions & Activities • Yala National Park Jeep Safari (4 Hours) Inclusions • Safari Jeep • National Park Entry fees • Lunch • Free Pick-up & Drop-off • Private Transportation with English Speaking Driver-Guide Key Points Tour Starts from the pick-up point at 4.00am ( Morning Safari) & 10.00am (Evening Safari) This is an All Inclusive package & No hidden costs.

From Ella: Transfer to Mirissa/Galle & Yala Safari Day Trip

6. From Ella: Transfer to Mirissa/Galle & Yala Safari Day Trip

Combine a transfer from Ella, Haputale, or Bandarawela from Mirissa or Galle with a thrilling day trip to Yala National Park. Experience the immense biodiversity of this park on this Sri Lankan animal safari. Be picked up from your accommodation in Ella, Haputale, or Bandarawela. Relax and take in the local scenery on the drive to Yala National Park. Board an open-topped safari jeep to get the best views and photo angles. See the animals during the day when they are the most active. Watch for leopards, sloth bears, elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, water buffalos, and a large variety of bird species. Get some great shots of these magnificent creatures. Hear about wildlife and get photography tips from your local guide. Let your guide show you the spots where the animals are likely to congregate. Then, head back to your air-conditioned car for the ride to your accommodation in Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna, or Galle.

Katunayake Airport (BIA): Transfer Between Galle/Unawatuna

7. Katunayake Airport (BIA): Transfer Between Galle/Unawatuna

Make your trip easy between Bandaranaike International airport (BIA) to your hotel in Galle or Unawatuna with this professional transfer service. Get to destination sooner with a private and direct transfer aboard a comfortable minivan. Meet your driver at your accommodation in Galle or Unawatuna and travel to the airport or find your driver easily at the airport as they will be waiting to greet you with a placard with your name on it. Make your way to the well-maintained vehicle that can transfer up to 8 passengers. Relax in a spacious minivan that can carry up to eight large suitcases and two small suitcases. Let your driver navigate through traffic for you on your 3-hour journey. Avoid the inconvenience of having to book transportation in a foreign language before or after a long trip. 

Galle: Private Hotel Transfer from Bandaranaike Airport

8. Galle: Private Hotel Transfer from Bandaranaike Airport

Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle with a private transfer between Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and your hotel in Galle or Unawatuna. Take the stress out of your journey to or from the airport. Be greeted by your professional English-speaking driver, who will help with your luggage. The driver will meet you in your hotel lobby for departure transfers. For arrivals, the driver will wait in the airport arrivals hall with a placard with your name on it. This journey takes approximately 3 hours depending on the traffic and weather condition. The driver will take the fastest available route to reach your destination on time, and will stop for refreshment breaks at your request.

From Galle: Private Transfer to/from Kandy by Van

9. From Galle: Private Transfer to/from Kandy by Van

Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable private transfer between your hotels in the Galle and Kandy area or vice-versa. Relax knowing that you are traveling safely in a licensed vehicle. Your driver will be waiting for you at your hotel. Experience a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned private vehicle directly from the hotel. The journey will take approximately 4 hours depending on the traffic and weather conditions. Travel conveniently without needing to find a taxi or shared public transport from the hotel.

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What people are saying about Unawatuna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

We had a great day exploring the two national parks. Our guide Nalaka was incredible and with his 13 years experience as a safari guide managed to find not only a leopard but also a rarely seen bear! If we ever needed anything he went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable. We couldn't recommend this tour more!

Very nice activity where we were able to do 2 parks in one with enough time on site to visit Yala (being the park where we observed the most animals) and Udawalawe.

Superb adventure, the landscapes are incredible. I recommend doing it if you are passing through Sri Lanka

Highlight of our Sri Lanka Trip. Ella you must visit while tour in Sri Lanka.

Great praise, the driver was very nice and the tour was very interesting