Ride a safari Jeep around Yala National Park, the second largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka in search of leopards, elephants, bear, crocodile and many other creatures. Arrive before the crowds for better wildlife viewing at the park, with early morning pickup from your hotel. Your return trip includes a lunch stop and optional visit to many attractions.
Time : 6:00 am
COLOMBO / YALA
Meet and greet by Seerendipity tours representative (06.00) and drive for Yala. En-route visits,
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.
Sea turtle Conservation project
The first stop on this trip is the sea turtle conservation centre, which is run by a non-governmental organization. You can witness many species of endangered sea turtles here you will be educated about sea turtles by the volunteers gathering here from all around the world.
Madu River Estaury
Bentota river is one of the most popular attraction on the west coast and popular river for boat trips. Here you can witness a large tract of mangrove forest as well as many species of animals such as crocodile, monkey, snakes, lizard etc.
Hikkaduwa beach and marine sanctuary
Glass bottom boat tour lasts about 30 minutes giving you the opportunity to witness the fascinating underwater world of Hikkaduwa, which is home to a large number of exotic fish species as well as a coral reef.
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 Ruhuna 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.
Just before the Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary you will be stopping at the mast musuem and Moon stone mines in Ambalangoda.
An unique art of fishing practised only in southern Sri Lanka. The fishermen sit on a pole planed on the sea bed and keep fishing with their fishing rods while having bird eye view on the below water surface,
Over night stay in Yala>
Time : 5:00 am
YALA / GALLE/ COLOMBO
Early morning leave for your full-day Safari at Yala national park.
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 second biggest national park is divided into 5 zones. Yala is holding a prominent place as far as biodiversity is a concern. Yala is a 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 the move during the day as well.
After the Safari leave for hotel in Colombo
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