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Bentota: Yala National Park Safari Jeep Tour

1. Bentota: Yala National Park Safari Jeep Tour

Head off on a wildlife and nature adventure on a Jeep safari tour in Yala National Park. Keep an eye out for indigenous animals, including sloth bears, jackals, and more. Learn about Sri Lanka's most-visited park from your local guide. After your hotel pickup in Bentota, sit back and relax in your car as you make your way to Yala National Park. The park is Sri Lanka's second-largest wildlife park and an important nature reserve for around 50 butterfly species and many bird species. Upon arrival, embark on your safari drive by Jeep, keeping an eye out for local leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Spot other indigenous animals, such as sloth bears, jackals, mongoose, axis deer, buffalos, wild boars, sambar deer, and hares. After the safari, journey back to Bentota to be dropped off back at your accommodation.

From Bentota: 2-Day Tour to Wild Wonders and Galle Fort

2. From Bentota: 2-Day Tour to Wild Wonders and Galle Fort

Day 1: Bentota-Weherahena-Yala Upon starting your journey at 4:00 AM from your hotel in Bentota, you will be met by your designated chauffeur guide. After exchanging formalities at your hotel, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle in which you will proceed to Yala. En-route, visit the Mirissa fisheries harbor, and partake in a whale watching tour. Whale watching in Mirissa is one of the most sought-after activities in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is one of the best places to spot blue whales after a short period of time from the harbor. Mirissa is one of the best places to see not only blue whales but also sperm whales and dolphins. Visit Weherahena Poorwarama Raja Maha Viharaya is situated in the Matara District of Sri Lanka, about 6 kilometers from Matara town. This unique temple is known as the first tunnel temple in the world. The temple hosts a massive 130-foot Buddha image that was built following the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa eras. It also consists of all the main features of a Buddhist temple, such as the pagoda, a sacred bo-tree and a Samadhi Buddha statue. Following this tour, you will proceed to Yala National Park, one of the best national parks in the world to spot leopards. Here you find a large concentration of leopards in a small geographical area. Yala is home to many species of wild animals such as leopards, elephants, crocodiles, and monkeys.  Day 2: Yala-Galle-Hikkaduwa Early in the morning, you will proceed to Yala National Park to go on a lovely jeep safari. Yala National Park is the second largest on this island based off the southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. You will get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bears and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Later, visit the Galle Fortress and Hikkaduwa Beach. Galle Fortress is the best preserved Dutch fort in Asia, and it is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites on the island. The Dutch Fort is a fortified city built in the 1600's and is home to hundreds of houses, palaces, shops, churches, museums, bars, pubs, hotels and much much more. On completion of this day, you will begin your journey back to your hotel in Hikkaduwa.

Yala National Park: One-Way Private Transfer to Colombo

3. Yala National Park: One-Way Private Transfer to Colombo

Make your trip easy with a one-way private transfer from the Yala or Tissamaharama area and your accommodation in Colombo or Negombo. Avoid unnecessary stops with a direct transfer service. Meet your driver at your accommodation in Yala or Tissamaharama. Be greeted by your driver and get help with your bags. Sit back and relax in a comfortable vehicle on your 4-5-hour journey. Arrive at your destination 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: Sunset Tour by Boat & Beach BBQ Dinner

4. 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.

Sri Lanka: 3-Day Private Nature Trip to Belihuloya & Yala

5. Sri Lanka: 3-Day Private Nature Trip to Belihuloya & Yala

Day 01 7:30: You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo or other selected cities ( see the departure point) and driven approximately 4 hours to reach Belihuloya. 12:00: Arrive at Tree House Chalets and check in for lunch. After lunch, you will enjoy the surrounding of the hotel and spend couple of hours at leisure. 15:00: You will start your walking trail to the village with your guide. You will walk through beautiful paddy fields and the friendly welcoming breeze that blow through. (Unpaved muddy path and possible leech bites can be expected) Meet the villagers and peep into the rural village life. Enjoy a tea session with them before say goodbye! 18:00: Arrive back at your hotel refresh with worm water shower before enjoying your BBQ dinner at roof terrace. Spend the overnight Stay at Tree House Chalet. Day 02 Wake-up early in the morning and experience the sunshine over the mountains whilst discovering the wonder of nature surrounded by the chalet. 7:30: Enjoy your breakfast. 8:30: Your guide will take you through another memorable walking trail to Pahantudawa Falls, a marvelous creation of nature in a mini canyon like geographical setting nowhere can be seen in Sri Lanka, located about 1.5 km from the hotel (Involves a somewhat adventurous, challenging short climb walks) 10:30: Arrive back at the hotel and get refreshed before leaving to Yala. 12:00- 13:00 You will enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant on the way to Yala. 15:00: Arrive at Yala Junction where you will start your evening game drive at Yala National park to experience the wildlife treasure in one of the best homes for Leopards and other animals in Asia. 18:30: Check in to Leopard Nest Campsite and enjoy your private Alfresco shower followed by drinks and appetizers around the campfire. 21:00 Dinner will be served at one of many locations available through the camp. Dine under the stars for an unforgettable evening meal in the jungle experience. Stay overnight at Leopard Nest. Day 03 Wake up around 5:00 am to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee. Leave the campsite at 05:30 am and start to trek through thick bushes with a pathway access to a wonderful lake which offers breath-taking views and bird watching opportunities. If you are fortunate enough, you will encounter wildlife like elephants; Deers; palm squirrels; wild boars; etc. Also, you will confront both endemic and migratory birds; butterflies and lizards and land monitors slithering around the lake. Capture the splendid views of wildlife and nature to take back home. Don’t forget to ask your naturalist to share his adventures in the wild during the trek. Enjoy breakfast at a private location by a lake whilst listening to the singing of birds and feeling the fresh breeze. Return from the nature trail and check-into the campsite to refresh your souls before leave. You will check out at 11:00 am and be transferred back to your hotel.

Yala: Private Yala to Weligama & Mirissa Transfer Service

6. Yala: Private Yala to Weligama & Mirissa Transfer Service

Your private car transfer from your hotel in Yala, Tissamaharama and Kataragama to your hotel in Weligama and Mirissa will begin as your driver arrives to your hotel lobby. This journey takes approximately 3 hours depending on the traffic and weather conditions, as you take the shortest and fastest available route to reach your destination on time. Your transfer drivers speak English, however they are not the guides who can conduct sightseeing activities. You will be free to talk to the driver, and can stop for refreshments whenever you need. All vehicles have been insured, and you will be riding in a Toyota Axio, Allion, Prius, Honda Insight, Vezel, or similar.

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

7. 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.

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.

Bandaranaike Airport (CMB): One-Way Transfer to Yala

9. Bandaranaike Airport (CMB): One-Way Transfer to Yala

Make your trip easy with a one-way private transfer from Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB) in Colombo to to your destination in Yala National Park. Skip having to arrange transportation after a long trip.  Meet your driver in the airport arrivals hall. Find your driver easily, as they will be holding a placard with your name written on it. Board a comfortable car with plenty of room for you and your luggage. Let your driver who is used to the local driving culture navigate through traffic for you. Have all the highway tolls paid by your driver. Sit back and relax on the drive to your accommodation in Yala National Park. 

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2 day trip yo yale park andGalke

Well organized. Nice and very flexibel guide. Good accommodation. Thx