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Yala National Park
Yala National Park is the second largest national park in the country and the number-one most visited. Its immense area, nearly 400 square miles, and is designation as a wildlife preserve make it one of the country's foremost destinations for safaris. Extending far inland from Sri Lanka's southeast coast, Remote Lands recommends accessing Yala from nearby Tangalle.
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Once a center of learning that hosted 12,000 monks, Situlpahuwa Rock Temple has been reinvented and rebuilt, and is now a place where pilgrimages are carried out. Nearby is the Magul Maha Vihara, a Buddhist cave complex that dates back to the time of Christ.
Yala National Park Safari
Yala is the second largest national park in the country and the number-one most visited. The park is home to more than 40 species of mammals, perhaps most notably, one of the highest concentrations of leopards, which are rarely seen, in the world. Other creatures you may spot include elephants, different monkey species, peacocks, and a wide range of birds such as parakeets, blue-faced Malkoha birds, black-headed Ibises, painted storks, grey herons, and white-throated Kingfishers.
Gear up for the best day of your life and celebrate your love in style with an unforgettable honeymoon on this romantic tour of Sri Lanka. Spend quality time together in historic cities and scenic wildlife and kick off your married life with a picture-perfect wedding day on the beach.
Get back to nature with this comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka’s finest – and most beautiful – natural sights. From low-lying rainforest to rolling tea terraces, national parks to coastal villages, this eight-day excursion will highlight the best of Sri Lanka’s incredible and varied wilderness.
Step back in time without leaving any luxury behind on this 14-day journey through Sri Lanka’s most important heritage sites. Picnic atop an ancient rock fortress, take an exciting safari through Yala National Park and visit the revered UNESCO site, Anuradhapura. This adventure offers insight into ancient cultures.
Experience Sri Lanka’s natural beauty on this luxurious 16-day adventure. Observe wild elephant herds in their natural habitat, trek in the lush Sinharaja Rainforest, explore multiple UNESCO sites, hike through an ancient monastery and still have plenty of time to unwind by the turquoise sea in stunning Galle.
Spend an unforgettable 10 days touring the beautiful island of Sri Lanka for a romantic honeymoon filled with stunning sights and spectacular scenery. From ancient ruins to whale-infested waters, this trip is packed with treasures that will guarantee your newlywed life starts in style.
Set right on the coast in southern Sri Lanka, Chena Huts occupy seven acres of the rainforest and dunes beyond Yala National Park, so its 14 cabins are surrounded by unspoilt beauty and natural wonders. With the ocean on one side and the country’s oldest natural reserve on the other, to stay here is to utterly escape into nature. In thatched huts with private pools, guests will find a little oasis of comfort and convenience, where crisp bed linens and wifi come as standard and flamingos and storks wade in the lake nearby. Nautical-themed Basses restaurant offers fine dining on the beach or in romantic private locations, and the poolside bar serves cocktails from behind a waterfall. Guests seeking a little pampering during their stay in paradise can retreat to the spa for a range of indulgent treatments, to heighten the sense of peace and tranquility.
Returning to the golden era of colonial British safari explorers, Leopard Trails offers the jungle experience in comfort and luxury, as the intrepid adventurers of the 1800s enjoyed it. Romantic and elegant, their tented camps are located in two of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful national parks, Yala and Wilpattu. While the former is famed for its roaming leopards, the latter draws nature enthusiasts for its populations of deer, sloths, bears, elephants and a solid contingent of leopards of its own. A stay at Leopard Trails allows guests to retreat to their beautifully-appointed canvas safari tent at night, to emerge in the morning, well rested and right in the midst of glorious flora and fauna. Delicious meals, meanwhile, are cooked freshly and served al fresco for a complete sense of immersion in nature.