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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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Tissamaharama holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Yala National Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • J visited this park end July .c is a period as it is better avoid because drought hunting wild animals to d other places.
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  • After our fantastic experiences with safaris in South Africa where the US but failed to spot the Leopard, we had of course to Yala NP. Even though it's a busy park with lots of tourists and there are on that plane in Sri Lanka to find better options, to a Leopard. to be able to see offers Yala really the best chances with 1 Leopard per square km. We left at 14:00. The real bird lovers can perhaps better the morning safari taking 05:30. First a long way by jeep for your post comes at the entrance. Not cheap. We paid almost 10,000 LKR for two adults, two children, guide, driver and jeep. Once inside we saw: Hare, piglets, mongoesten, many-coloured birds which we do not know the name, peacocks, ibises, herons, storks, squirrels, monkeys, crocodiles, elephants, water buffalo, deer and ... If all all very last a Leopard! Yes! Then it was racing to the park on time. Before 6 pm you must go through the gate. Our mission was so more than successful and finally we can also check off the Leopard!
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  • Unfortunately, our driver and tour guide was obsessed with trying to find the leopard. An early spotting meant a rush to the said sighting but to no avail - we then drove past this one spot three time...  more »

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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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