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How to Spend 2 Days in Yala National Park

How to Spend 2 Days in Yala National Park

With careful planning, two days are enough time to explore three of the area’s parks: Yala, Uda Walawe, and Bundala. See lots of animals (maybe even a leopard), spend the night in high-end safari tents, and get a taste of village life or Buddhist history along the way. Here’s how.

Day 1: Into the wild

**Morning:**Animals are at their most active around dawn and dusk, so aim to get to the Yala area the night before, ready for an early-morning game drive. Start the day in the wetlands of the less-visited Bundala National Park, looking for sea turtles, monkeys, elephants, crocodiles, and a wealth of birdlife.

**Afternoon:**Head to either Uda Walawe (known for elephants) or Yala (famous for leopards) for a classic safari camp experience. On your way, join a cultural village tour followed by a local meal, or check out Sithulpawwa Rock Temple, once home to Buddhist hermits.

**Night:**Savor the magic of tented camp living, with rangers to ensure your safety. Dine and drink around a campfire, shower alfresco, then sink into clean linens on a teak bed as the sounds of the wilderness echo around you.

Day 2: Safari and sunset

**Morning:**Rise before dawn and enjoy a light snack before your game drive. The goal is to spot Sri Lanka’s big three—leopards, elephants, and sloth bears—but even if some of these are elusive, expect to see deer, crocodiles, and much more. Refuel with a leisurely breakfast back at camp.

**Afternoon:**Time to experience the park you haven’t yet visited. If you spent the night in Uda Walawe, opt for a leopard-spotting safari in Yala. If you spent the night in Yala, discover Uda Walawe’s jumbo herds, and stop by the Elephant Transit Home orphanage.

**Night:**Wrap up your stay in the area with dinner under the stars. Feel the romance of a 4-course dinner on an Indian Ocean beach, surrounded by fire torches; gather around a roaring bonfire; or take a sunset cruise.

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Udawalawe National Park Private Safari

Udawalawe National Park Private Safari

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See the wild elephants and other wildlife of Uda Walawe National Park with an experienced private guide in a sturdy 4WD-vehicle. Located just south of the Central Highlands, Uda Walawe features a dramatic landscape that provides prime opportunities to see herds of wild elephants, with viewing that rivals the famous safaris of East Africa. Uda Walawe is also home to other animals such as water buffalo, wild boar, fox, toque macaque, and jungle cats including leopards. A safari in this national park is a must-do while visiting Sri Lanka.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$19.21
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$19.21
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Private Day-Trip to Yala National Park Including BBQ Dinner on the Beach

Private Day-Trip to Yala National Park Including BBQ Dinner on the Beach

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Experience the incredible wildlife of Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park during this 6-hour private excursion. Scout for elephants, bears, leopards, and deer in a park considered to be among the best in the world for up-close wild animal encounters. Cap off the trip with an evening beach visit with included wine and a barbecue dinner. All entrance fees, dinner, and a bottle of wine are covered.
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  • 6 hours
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Yala Village Life Exploration tour by tuk-tuk from Hambantota Habour

Yala Village Life Exploration tour by tuk-tuk from Hambantota Habour

Explore the rural villages of Yala by tuk-tuk from Tissamaharama. Tour begins by exploring the bat nest area and will proceed to see most scenic lakes in the area. After visiting the lakes, you will be taken into see the pottery making where pots are made by villagers. After that you will be taken to a village house to see the life style of rural villagers. There you will be able to taste traditional foods made by the villagers. Experiencing the village life in Yala with “The MICE Team” will be and remarkable experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.80
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$71.80
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Sithulpawwa Rock Temple Tour Through Yala National Park

Sithulpawwa Rock Temple Tour Through Yala National Park

Explore an ancient rock temple in Yala National Park with ease on this tour. As you travel in a jeep through the park, try to spot leopards, elephants, and other wildlife. Ascend the rock and reach Sithulpawwa Rock Temple, including ruins that are more than 2000 years old. Enjoy a panoramic view over Yala National Park. Tour Starts from your hotel - 03.00 PM
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$28.21
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Private Half Day Safari at Yala National Park with a naturalist

Private Half Day Safari at Yala National Park with a naturalist

This Half Day Game drive to Yala National Park is a 3 hours game viewing opportunity with a Naturalist. The leopards, Elephant, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Hanuman Langur, Toque Monkey, Stripe-necked and Ruddy Mongooses, Wild Boar, Golden Jackal, Land and Water Monitor and Marsh Crocodile can be seeing during your Safari. We provide light refreshments and water bottles during the safari.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Half Day Safari at Bundala National Park

Half Day Safari at Bundala National Park

No serious birder could miss Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka’s birdwatching hot spot. Expect to see more than 150 avian species, plus monitor lizards and marsh crocodiles, with  large flocks of flamingoes during the migration season. Find your way through the maze of lagoons to the good stuff, which can include elephants, deer, and wild boar, with the help of a guide on this convenient door-to-door game drive.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00
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All Inclusive Private Safari at Yala and Bundala National Parks with Lunch

All Inclusive Private Safari at Yala and Bundala National Parks with Lunch

Double your animal sightings on this special full-day, two-for-one wildlife tour, which includes private safaris at both Yala and Bundala Natonal Parks. Join an experienced driver in a comfortable, 4WD jeep as you cruise through the nature reserves by both morning and afternoon, spotting leopards, elephants, monkeys, and other fauna. Tours include a hot, tasty lunch with Sri Lankan and international dishes.
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
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$143.50
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$143.50
Price varies by group size