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How to Spend 1 Day in Yala National Park

How to Spend 1 Day in Yala National Park

Sri Lanka’s most popular safari site, Yala National Park sprawls across coastal plains, forests, and lagoons. It’s one of the world’s best leopard-spotting destinations, and sightings of elephants, deer, monkeys, and crocodiles are almost guaranteed. Here’s how to make the most of the area in just one day.

 

Morning: Elephant excursion

Wild animals are at their most active around sunrise and sunset—so get to the Yala area the night before to set yourself up for a dawn game drive. Start your day at Uda Walawe National Park, home to hundreds of wild elephants that roam in herds of up to 50. Be sure to stop at the Elephant Transit Home, an ethical halfway house for rehabilitating orphaned elephants. Interaction isn’t an option, as the elephants will eventually return to the wild, so look for a tour that arrives around feeding time. 

Afternoon: Looking for leopards

Travel back to Yala, and refuel with a hearty Sri Lankan lunch. Then, head out on your second game drive of the day, this time in Yala National Park, home to one of the densest populations of leopards. Even if you don’t manage to spot the famously elusive predator, expect to see deer, crocodiles, peacocks, monkeys, and maybe even a sloth bear. For more flexibility and to avoid the more crowded areas of the park, splurge on a private safari.

Night: Beachfront barbecue

Yala closes in the early evening, so there are no night safaris within the park. However, the perfect way to unwind after a day of animal antics is to have dinner under the stars. Opt for a barbecue feast on a romantic Indian Ocean beach; venture into the buffer zone around the park to dine surrounded by fire torches and the cries of nocturnal animals; or choose a sunset cruise on Tissa Wewa (Lake Tissa).

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9 Tours and Activities | All Yala National Park Tours

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Private Half Day Tour :- Udawalawe National Park & Elephant Transit Home

Private Half Day Tour :- Udawalawe National Park & Elephant Transit Home

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Famous for its resident elephant population (numbering up to 100 per herd), Udawalawe is one of Sri Lanka’s most unmissable natural parks. On this early-morning jeep safari, you’ll get a first-hand peek at diverse wildlife, with personalized commentary from your guide. Tours include door-to-door hotel transfers and a trip to the Elephant Transit Home to see the elephants being fed.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
Price varies by group size
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$70.00
Price varies by group size

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
Price varies by group size
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$150.00
Price varies by group size

One Day Safari Tour to Both Yala and Udawalawe National Parks

One Day Safari Tour to Both Yala and Udawalawe National Parks

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5:00am: You will be picked up from your hotel in Yala, Udawalawe, Tissamaharama, Palatupana, Kirinda, Weerawila, Hambantota and then proceed to Yala National Park 06:00am to 11am: Yala Morning game drive 12:00pm - Picnic Lunch 12:45pm - Drive to Udawalawe national park. 2:30pm to 5.45pm Udawalawe Game drive 6:00pm: Elephant Transit home visit 6:30pm: Departure and drop off to the hotel We will pick up from your hotel or Make your way to the gate of Yala or Udawalawe National Park, where you’ll meet up with your private guide. Climb into a sturdy 4x4 vehicle, which gives access to all the rugged areas of the park and offers clear views of the animals. A private guide means you and your party will receive personalized attention and have plenty of time to ask questions.
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  • 12 hours
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$192.31
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$192.31

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size

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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Private Beach BBQ Dinner at Yala

Private Beach BBQ Dinner at Yala

Enjoy a scenic beachside BBQ dinner on this private tour. Depart from your Tissamaharama or Yala hotel and travel to a quiet beach, where you can relax with a glass of wine or beer. Surrounded by fire torches, savor your BBQ dinner and listen to the sounds of nature around you.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.50
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$143.50
Price varies by group size

Night Drive in Yala National Park Buffer-Zone

Night Drive in Yala National Park Buffer-Zone

Night drive in Yala National park buffer- zone with The MICE Team will let you experience night time behavior of animals through the buffer zone. This 2-hours night drive will be a thrilling experience for you to see behaviors of different kind of animals in the buffer zone.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.31
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$62.31
Price varies by group size

Morning game drive in Bundala National Park

Morning game drive in Bundala National Park

Morning Game drive to Bundala National Park is a 3 hours game viewing opportunity with MICE Team. This is an important wintering ground for migratory water birds. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater Flamingo, which migrate in Large Flocks. 05:00 You will be picked up from your hotel in Yala or Tissamaharamaya and driven to the Bundala National Park. 06:00 You will start your game drive at Bundala National Park. During these 3 hours game drive, you will be able to witness many species of birds, Occasional Elephant, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Hanuman Langur, Toque Monkey, Stripe-necked and Ruddy Mongooses, Wild Boar, Golden Jackal, Land and Water Monitor and Marsh Crocodile. We provide light refreshments and water bottles during the safari. 09:00 You will be taken back to your hotel
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$164.00
Price varies by group size
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$164.00
Price varies by group size