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Yala National Park
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Distance from Colombo : 305km
Distance from Air port : 335km
Trasfer time by Car/Van : 7 hours from Colombo
Highlights : Leopards, Elephants, Sloth Bear, Deer, Crocodiles and wide variety of Birds.
Yala National Park is famously known for its highest concentration of leopard in the world.  
Yala national park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka.  
The park is primarily shrub jungle with rocky out crops that dot the park, along with several salt and fresh water lagoons.  
Rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon usually from May to September.  
At the Yala national park visitors could spot leopards, elephants, sloth bear, Sambar and spotted deer, jackal, mongoose, wild boar, wild buffaloes, langur and macaque monkeys.  
Yala is also famous for its bird life. There are around 130 species of birds that have been spotted at the premises including black necked stork, sandpipers, pelicans, egrets, hoopoes, parakeets and bulbuls. One could spot peacocks as soon as they enter the park unlike the evasive jungle fowl, the national bird of Sri Lanka.Outside of the park are several other fascinating birding locations for ornithologists.
The coastline forms a major nesting ground for marine turtles.
Yala has been centre-stage to many BBC and Discovery Channel documentaries.  
Sithulpawwa rock temple has a history of over 2200 years.  
It is believed that this rock temple once housed around 12,000 Arahants (monks that have achieved enlightenment in Buddhism).  
Maha Sithulpauwa rock is 400 feet in height and it houses an intricate cave complex and the dagoba situated on top of the rock; the dagoba is believed to have been built by king Kawantissa.  
The rock temple was a place of worship for devotees as well as a centre of Buddhist scholarship.  
The rock temple is famous for its early Brahmi script, ruins of the preaching house and the fragments of paintings that can be viewed at the image house.  
45 minute drive from Yala Village.  


  Magul Maha Viharaya  
Here lies the remains of an ancient Buddhist temple, is located to the south of Sithulpauwa.  
It is believed that the temple is located on the spot where king Kavan tissa married Vihara Maha Devi. 'Magul' refers to wedding in Sinhala.  
The Magul maha Viharaya is situated within the Yala national park and visitors could view the ruins without paying an entrance fee.  
One could combine a visit to Sithulpauwe and Magul Maha Viharaya as they are located closely together.  


  Kataragama Religious City  
Kataragama is a very unique place of worship due to its religious significance to pilgrims from four major religions.  
Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and even Christians come here to seek divine intervention.  
July / August is when this city comes alive for the Kataragama festival.  
Kataragama stirs into life daily during the puja times, which are held at 5am, 10.00am and 6:00pm.  
2 Hours of site seeing at Kataragama will give a wealth of experiences about the colourful local religious culture.  
It takes around 1 hour to get to Kataragama from Yala.  
  Debara Wewa Tour  
Guests leave the hotel early morning with a packed breakfast for 'Debara Wewa'.  
This is a man-made tank that is the cornerstone of the village  
It is also an ecosystem rich in biodiversity.  
Proceed along the bund of the lake where you can join the local community and the wildlife as they wake up to another day.  
Depending on one's luck seeing a crocodile basking in the morning sun could be possible.  
Debara Wewa is active with birdlife, butterflies and dragonflies.  
Stop to have breakfast at a shady spot with a serene view of the paddy fields and the lake. The Debara Wewa tour lasts for two and a half hours.  


  Kirinda Beach Net Fishing  
Leave the hotel after an early breakfast for nearby Palatupana, a quiet beach located 35 minutes away from the hotel.  
Join the local fishermen as they draw in their 'Maadala' or large beach net, which is laid out during dawn.  
Experience this unique method of local fishing and interaction with the fisher community.  
  Other Nearby Locations  
Bundala Bird Sanctuary  
Kalamitiya Bird Sanctuary  
Kumana Bird Sanctuary  
Udawalawe National Park.