Yala National Park, Tissamaharama

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Embark on a safari into Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s most popular national park and a bustling wildlife sanctuary, housing an array of wild animals. The second largest national park in the country, it boasts one of the highest densities of leopards in the world, so if you’re lucky you might spot this elusive predator. Driving through the semi-arid plains and grasslands, you'll almost certainly encounter elephants, sloth bears, macaque monkeys, water buffalo, and a variety of other animal species. Arrange your visit to Yala National Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Tissamaharama using our Tissamaharama trip itinerary builder site .
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  • Was up early for tis safari (4.30 a.m.), so that our jeep could get an early number into the park. Things were a bit quite to start with, however plenty of deer (both spotted and a single Samba), monk...  more »
  • Impossible to describe everything, he must be experienced. And cross your fingers to see the star of the place: the leopard. We were lucky and were able to see in all its glory. But let's not forget the elephants, buffaloes, mongooses, peacocks, and all the magnificent birds crossed over the trails and who made the magic of this unforgettable morning. In practice: 2 rounds possible ((12000 Rs) 1 small and 1 large (19000 Rs)(+/_ 5h)). Starting at 6: 00 or 14: 00. Be well in advance because jeeps entered the Park in the order of their arrival at the entrance.
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  • Super experience! Have the big Safari round our hotel "Yala peace Cottage" booked for € 50 per person and it has absolutely pay off. We were on the road from 14 h to 18 h in the Park. Longer is not possible because the Park has closed before and after. We have seen a Leopard, several elephants and crocodiles as well as Buffalo, deer, and many birds. The riders have been exemplary, no animal was hunted, harassed or even leave the road for better visibility. The guide is waiting patiently until you want to continue.
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Where to stay in Tissamaharama

Frequently visited for its great archeological heritage and national parks, Tissamaharama has a variety of mid-range hotels and guesthouses scattered around town. Many hotels follow the B464 Road, grouping around the southern shore of Tissa Lake, which serves as a place to stay if you want to head on a safari trip. A few four-star luxurious hotels sit on the shores of Yoda Lake, which also offers a few mid-range guesthouses. Budget accommodation can be found everywhere around town, with some hostels closer to the safari area.
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