Yala National Park
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.
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.