Sri Lanka Safari at Yala National Park
Below is a two days tour itinerary that covers Yala national park and most other important places in Southern Sri Lanka. The tour starts in Colombo and you travel along the Sri Lanka coastal belt. The return journey to Colombo is via Ratnapura. You will have the option to visit a gem museum, gem lapidary, gem mine as well as a tea factory on your return journey. This two days tour include an overnight stay in Yala with one breakfast and one dinner.
Meet and greet by Seerendipity Tours representative and leave for Yala, En-route visit:
The ancient port city of Galle has a history that stretches back hundreds of years. According to Sir James tenant, Galle was the “Tarshish” referred to in the Bible as the port where ships trading with King Solomon obtained gemstones, ivory, spices and scented woods. Most certainly the place where the Galle fort now stands, as well as other areas in Galle all had historic connections which go back long before the Portuguese era. International traders, Persians, moor traders from the Persian Gulf, south Indian trader, Malay and a host of other nationalities lived and traded In Galle.
STAR FORT MATARA
Star fort and the Dutch fortress are most prominent colonial construction in Matara. Both are located near the city centre and only ten minutes walk away. Star fort houses the archaeological museum with a collection of a large number of valuable artefacts. As the name suggests star fort takes a shape of a star and surrounded by a ditch and a huge wall.
The blowhole is just 30 minutes s drive away from Matara and can be accessed very easily on the Matara-Tangalle main road. It is one of the most awesome natural attractions in the country. This natural fountain is located on the beaches of Kudawella and the waters rise up to 30 meters. The fountain came being due to the pressure generated by the high tide of the sea. The blowhole is located in a rocky outcrop, where the water is pressed through a natural hole, making a huge fountain.
Another uncrowned beach resort near Matara, that you never see so busy like Bentota or Kalutara. Still the beaches in Mirissa are well worth of making a visit. The beaches are very wide and clean providing best setup for beach holiday enthusiasts. Mirissa is not only suitable for beach hopping but also for diving, snorkelling and mainly for surfing.
KATARAGAMA TEMPLE Held in awe by Buddhists, Hindus & Muslims
Kataragama, the domain of God Skanda (Lord Murugan Katirkaman, Kadirkamam, Subrahmanya, Kandasamy, Kadiradeva, Katiradeva, Katiravel, Karttikeya, and Tarakajith) located in the Deep South of Sri Lanka, adjoining the popular Yala National Park and ancient Sithulpawwa Buddhist Monastery, is a multi-religious sacred city that contains a Buddhist temple, Hindu shrine and Islamic Mosque. Kataragama, one of the solosmasthana (Sinhala: 16 principal sites of Buddhist pilgrimage), features in the history since the era of King Dutugamunu (161-137 BC), the Hero of the Nation. Mahawamsa, the great historical chronicle of Sri Lanka reveals the participation of warriors of Kshatriyas clan from Kataragama on the occasion of the arrival of the Bo sapling of Bodhi Tree, under which Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya (Gaya district of the modern Bihar state of India), was brought to the city of Anuradhapura 2,300 years ago. Overnight stay in Yala
YALA NATIONAL PARK
Yala is considered to be one of the oldest national parks in Sri Lanka same time it is the biggest national park in Sri Lanka with 97880 hectares extent. Initially, it was used as a hunting ground during the British rule in Sri Lanka. It is said people had to pay for the hunting in Yala. As the number of animals drastically reduced due to hunting, Yala is declared as a national park in 1900 and became a safe place for animals. Yala is the biggest national park is divided into 5 zones. Yala is holding a prominent place as far as biodiversity is a concern. Yala is the famous high density of wildlife such as Leopards, Elephants, Deer, Wild boar, Bear, monkey’s etc.
Yala is considered to be one of the best places to witness leopards in the world. There were 17 ½ leopards in every 100 square kilometres in Yala national park. Block 1 of Yala National park could be home to the densest population of leopards in the world, the densities in this tiny area has maintained around a leopard every 2 sq. kilometres. Unlike most other national parks where leopards can be seen in dark Sri, Lanka leopards are in a move during the day as well.
Rates : 350 USD for two persons (minimum number of participants 2)
Above Price Includes
- Accommodation on a double room on H/B basis, hotel category 3* (breakfast, Dinner included).
- Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver guide.
- Entrance fees for the following site.
- Yala national park
- Wheel drive jeep
- Gem Museum
- Galle city tour
- Galle Fort
- Sea turtle hatchery
- Star fort Matara
- Kataragama temple
- Tea Factory
- All government taxes.
Above Price does not include
- Airport taxes (Generally included in Air Ticket) & “Electronic Travel authorization“ (ETA) Fee (US$ 20 per person)***
- Entrance fees for
- Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
- Video and Camera permits.
- Any meals not specified, throughout the tour
- Any other services not specified.