Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Yala Safari Tour

Duration: 2 Days

yala safari tour

Spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Yala National park, one of Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife safari destinations. Drive through diverse habitats along Sri Lanka’s beautiful south coast and see some of the island’s most exciting native animals and birds in their natural environment. This overnight safari tour is an exciting addition to your holiday in Sri Lanka.

Your tour will start by driving along the south-eastern coast of Sri Lanka to the Hambantota District in the Southern Province. The main attraction of this area is the spectacular Yala National park, also known as Ruhuna National Park. Covering an area of approximately 1,260, Yala is the largest National Park in the country and is renowned for its excellent conservation efforts. This beautiful wildlife reserve is particularly famous for hosting a large number of Asian elephants as well as the world’s highest population of leopards, and it is recognised as being one of the best parks in the world in which to observe and photograph these beautiful creatures in the wild.

Aside from leopards and elephants, other animals you are likely to spot on this exhilarating safari include various deer species, grey langur monkeys, flying foxes, mongoose, sloth bears, wild boars, water buffalo, marine life, crocodiles and many more. The park also hosts a large variety of native and migratory bird species, including flamingo, Indian peafowl, waders, eagles, jungle fowl, terns, peacocks, paradise flycatchers and the endangered black-necked stork.

The diverse habitats within Yula National Park accommodate an incredible amount of wildlife. Although much of the reserve is open parkland and scrubland, many of the animals and birds can be found scattered amongst dense jungle, beaches, rocky outcrops, freshwater lakes, coastal lagoons, watering holes and rivers. The scenery here is strikingly beautiful, particularly along the coast, and there are some fantastic locations for viewing the birds and animals.

The park also boasts a number of impressive cultural ruins, which can be found dotted throughout the reserve. Ancient archeological sites such as the monastic settlement of Situlpahuwa and the Magul Maha Vihara ruins, dating from the 1st century BC, are a fascinating testament to earlier civilizations and religions.

After an overnight stay and breakfast in your hotel in Hambantota, you will spend the following day taking in the sights along the south coast. One of the highlights of the day is Weligama, meaning “Sandy Village'. This quaint fishing town is famous for its stilt fishermen, and is blessed with an idyllic sandy bay.

We will also visit the historical city of Galle, which was once the main port on the island. Here you can explore the town’s magnificent Dutch fort (an UNESCO World Heritage Site) and browse some of Sri Lanka’s oldest markets. Exploring the coastal treasures in this beautiful part of Sri Lanka is a wonderful way to round off this unforgettable trip.


Sri Lanka Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £749 per person
avani bentota + sheraton abu dhabi hotel and resort

Avani Bentota + Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel and Resort

Avani Bentota is set in eight acres of lush frangipanis and coconut palms by the golden sands of Bentota. This hotel...

From £759 per person
avani kalutara resort + traders - qaryat al beri

Avani Kalutara Resort + Traders - Qaryat Al Beri

With the most strikingly beautiful of settings, amongst green coconut groves and facing the golden sands just at the...

From £829 per person
mermaid hotel and club + rove downtown dubai

Mermaid Hotel and Club + Rove Downtown Dubai

This resort is spread across two acres of lush coconut groves and tropical gardens by the golden sands of Kalutura...

From £849 per person
jetwing beach + hyatt regency dubai

Jetwing Beach + Hyatt Regency Dubai

Jetwing Beach Resort sits beside a beautiful sun kissed stretch of beach, just outside the coastal town of Negombo. The...

From £849 per person
jetwing blue + grand hyatt dubai

Jetwing Blue + Grand Hyatt Dubai

Experience a warm Sri Lankan welcome at the Jetwing Blue Hotel. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens & a golden sand...

From £899 per person
tangerine beach + sheraton jumeirah beach

Tangerine Beach + Sheraton Jumeirah Beach

The place where "space meets light", the Tangerine Beach Hotel is a heavenly fusion of modern and ancient elegant...

Talk to a specialist


Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 09:00 - 19:00 GMT

Related articles for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka News

Browse all Sri Lanka News

Movenpick Hotel Colombo, Sri Lanka appoints new General Manager

The Movenpick Hotel Colombo in Sri Lanka has appointed a new General Manager. George Koumendakos has taken over the role at the luxury five-star hotel in Colombo city centre, and he brings more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality sector to the position. The hotel opened in January 2016 and has 219 guest rooms and suites, a spa, a rooftop bar, themed restaurant and an infinity pool.

Vogue publishes detailed guide to Sri Lanka’s tea country

In an attempt to provide avid readers with a comprehensive guide to Sri Lanka’s stunning tea country, Vogue has recently published an article on the must-see locations when visiting the region. Writer Michaela Trimble from the fashion magazine gives readers insight into the best tea-related experiences in the island.

Shangri-La Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka appoints new General Manager

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort and Spa has announced the appointment of a new General Manager at the hotel in Sri Lanka. Moshi Perera will take over the role this month, bringing more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the role. The hotel opened to guests in summer 2016, and it has 300 guest rooms including 21 lavish suites.