Yala National Park is well recognized as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. Sri Lanka having been ranked 21st among the large bio-diversity hotspots in the world, eco-tourism in the island has pushed Yala Park to forefront of numerous wildlife reserves of the island. Although Yala is the best park in Sri Lanka for spotting mammals .The best period to see the animals is during the January to May dry season, when animals cluster around water sources in multi-species groups.
It is possible to take full day jeep safaris or to split your day into morning and afternoon drives. Your best chance to see a leopard is generally early in the morning and then again at dusk. It will take approximately 3 hours to drive to Yala from RV. Tours can be arranged accordingly to suit your requirements.
Blue Whales are the largest animals on earth, reaching over 90 feet and weighing 200 tons. The best whale watching for Blue Whales is late April from August onward. Your whale watching tour will bring you face to face with Blue Whales and Dolphins. Mirrissa is the location to barge into a boat for a whale watching expedition. All could be completed satisfactorily within 3-5 hours starting from RV. Inclusive of an hour's boat ride to see these whales.
This rainforest of Sri Lanka are one of the world a high bio-diversity hot spots.We offer a rare opportunity to explore Sinharaja one of the last untouched tropical rain forests in the world, with it's extraordinary flora and fauna.There is also much endemic wildlife in the forest, especially birds, mammals, and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles, and rare amphibians. Watch out for the carnivorous plants like Bandura Pitcher Plant or the Nepenthes Varity of the plant is found in some locations.
The Blow Hole s an wonderful, rare geological formation of nature. The blowhole itself is a natural crack in the rocks, and when the wind blows in the right direction the water shoots up the cliff and into the air The water shooted up above the cliffs in the monsoon seasons more than 30 M. The wooshing sound of the water volume of sea water whistle through a natural fine hole from beneath a massive rock in the sea. Located on a rock about 40 ft above sea level.
This water fall is located in the southern margine of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Emitting a dust-like spray (mist) by the cascading water caused to be given the name for the waterfall. (Duli / Duwili means dust) The falls is cascaded in to several parts. A stepped path is there to reach each cascade. The rocks are deadly slippery. There are two swimming pools build by the local authority for safe bathing. When you have a bath there, Duli ella tea factory is visible in a distance.
The Dondra Lighthouse was built during the colonial period when the British were ruling our country. It was originally designed in 1889 by James Douglas and constructed by William Douglas of the Imperial Lighthouse Services. Dondra Light house is the highest lighthouse in Asia.
A large Buddha statue here is painted with very bright colours. There are hundreds of scenes painted to show the Buddha's life. There are three underground storeys and there you can see the shrine room in which thewalls are decorated with murals depicting the Buddha's life. A 25m high colourful Buddha statue built at Veherahena Temple.
The ancient site is a massive rock giving the visual impression of a massive elephant kneeling with a bowed head and a folded trunk in its mouth. This image is manifested at the highest fold of the rock. This place is very special for Buddhists because it represents the influence of the Mahayana school of Buddhism from the 8th Century A.D.
This has seven standing sculptures in relief at Buduruvegala are remarkable for their height and proportions. They consist of a Buddha in the center with attendant Buddhist on either side. To the proper right of the Buddha is Avalokitesvara who himself is attended by Sudhana Kumara and Tara on either side of him. On the left is Vajrapani with and attendant Bodisattva on either side of him.
The Hiyare reservoir is a natural reservoir in the district of Galle, Sri Lanka.This reservoir is a major source of drinking water to the city of Galle.The catchment zone of the reservoir consists of about 600 acres of a rather well preserved lowland rain forest and its conservation is therefore of significance.Further, Mahadola, which is a major stream that enriches the river, originates here.
Attractive & tranquil Koggala lagoon is just a couple of kilometers away; dotted with rocky islands & fringed with mangroves. The lagoon is alive with bird life & supply prawns in abundance. Motor boat trips & catamaran rides take you to the small islands in the lagoon. One of the island features a cinnamon plantation.The Buddhist temple on another island attracts many visitors on poya (full moon) days.
When you are in Unawatuna just for few days on a beach holiday, You can try your luck with the birds, our short birding tour option is the right solution. These excursions would range from one day and could be organized to rainforests to get a high number of endemics wetlands to see water birds waders dry zone to see high numbers of resident birds or to match your special interesting .
Easily recognizable by its towering dense canopy, this relatively small rainforest hosts a wide variety of exotic and endemic flora. The species are labeled to educate and the reserve makes for a wonderful excursion.
This reserve contains 81% of the woody plant species endemicto Sri Lanka. After an invigorating trek through the jungle you can cool down with a bath under the unspoilt waters of the Kanneliya Waterfall. Nearby Kottawa Forest Reserve is another must visit site for nature lovers. A live herbarium with plants and trees gives you the chance to learn more about Sri Lanka's floral heritage.