Safaris in Yala National Park

Yala is Sri Lanka’s largest national park, and is a mix of grassland, marine wetlands and verdant forests making it an ideal habitat for wildlife. It is the best place in Sri Lanka to see leopard, with some of the highest concentrations found anywhere in the world. The downside is that its proximity to the beaches of the south coast mean that it gets quite a few tourists, so its best to stay in one of the camps or hotels close to the park and go on safari early in the morning and late afternoon. As well as leopard, wild elephant is regularly spotted. Other mammals include sloth bear and water buffalo and toque macaque, golden palm civet, fishing cat and red slender loris are occasionally seen if you are very lucky. You also can see muggar and saltwater crocodile. There are 215 species of birdlife in the park, seven of which are endemic including the grey hornbill and blue-tailed bee eater amongst others.

Itineraries

Ultimate Luxury Holiday to Sri Lanka

Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Hill Country - Southern Beaches  

Sri Lanka has it all; amazing luxury boutique hotels, fantastic experiences, breath-taking scenery, sumptuous cuisine and you can even hop around in a private helicopter.

14 days from £7020 p. p.

Sri Lanka’s Tea Hills and Palm-fringed beaches

Negombo - Hill Country - Galle - Tangalle  

This journey to Sri Lanka combines the tea country with a stay on Sri Lanka’s south coast, more of a relaxing holiday than immersive tour, a way to sit-back and relax and simply enjoy the destination.

14 days from £5528 p. p.

Pottering Down the South Coast of Sri Lanka

Negombo - Yala National Park - Galle - Bentota  

Take your time, and set off on a leisurely itinerary along Sri Lanka’s south coast, letting the shoulders drop as you meander slowly from Yala National Park to Galle and the palm-fringed beaches beyond.

14 days from £3605 p. p.

Classic Sri Lanka

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Tea Country - Yala - Galle - Bentota  

This classic private tour of Sri Lanka takes in all the major highlights from the stunning cultural heritage of the north, the tea country, wildlife and laid-back beaches in the south.

13 days from £2595 p. p.

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