Recent Searches
Clear
When are you traveling?
Select Dates
Price
$0
$500+
Duration
Time of Day
RatingClear
Specials

COVID-19: Check local travel restrictions and learn what we're doing to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

How to Spend 3 Days in Yala National Park

How to Spend 3 Days in Yala National Park

Three days are enough time to see four of the area’s wildlife parks: Yala, Bundala, Kumana, and Uda Walawe. Spend a night or two in a classic tented camp; spot leopards, elephants, and more; and explore the lakeside town of Tissamaharama. Here’s how to do it all in 72 hours.

Day 1: Safari chic

Dawn and dusk see wildlife at its most active, so get to the Yala area the night before, to prepare for an early game drive. The next morning, explore Bundala National Park, a compact wetland home to monkeys, elephants, crocodiles, sea turtles, and migrating birds. Then, head to either Uda Walawe (known for elephants) or Yala (famous for leopards) for a classic safari camp experience. Some packages include two nights and three days with a prearranged itinerary that includes multiple game drives and activities such as fishing. Whichever park or package you pick, enjoy a close encounter with the wilderness from a stylish, fully furnished tent with a fan and electric lighting.

Day 2: Leopards and elephants

Start the day bright and early—and get a head start on travelers visiting from outside the park—with a dawn game drive in search of Sri Lanka’s “big three”: leopards, elephants, and sloth bears. Once you’ve captured the photos of a lifetime, unwind over breakfast back at camp. Your afternoon destination is the park you didn’t stay in last night (either Yala or Uda Walawe). In Yala, don’t miss the historic Sithulpawwa Rock Temple; in Uda Walawe, stop by the Elephant Transit Home, an ethical elephant orphanage that returns all its charges to the wild. Choose a private tour for the most flexibility. In the evening, dine on a barbecue feast in the park’s buffer zone, surrounded by fire torches and the sounds of the forest.

Day 3: Culture and cuisine

Bird-watchers in particular will want to complete their series of national park visits with a morning game drive in Kumana, where wetlands house more than 400 bird species. Later, tour a village on foot or by tuk-tuk, and learn about traditional chena farming systems. Then, enjoy a curry lunch with a local family before soaking up the sights of Tissamaharama, a pretty lakeside town. Wrap up your stay with a sunset cruise on Tissa Wewa (Lake Tissa) or an alfresco dinner on a private Indian Ocean beach.

Read More
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow
Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details

5 Tours and Activities | All Yala National Park Tours

Sort by:Featured
Bundala Birding Paradise - All Inclusive Tour

Bundala Birding Paradise - All Inclusive Tour

star-4.5
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$41.42
Price varies by group size
From
$41.42
Price varies by group size

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.
More
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size

2 Nights Luxury Wild Experience in Leopard Nest with return transfers

2 Nights Luxury Wild Experience in Leopard Nest with return transfers

star-5
Immerse yourself in the wildlife of Bundala and Yala national parks on this private wildlife tour in Sri Lanka. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide and a flexible itinerary as you travel, asking plenty of questions about the indigenous flora and fauna. Stay two nights in the Leopard Nest in the dry deciduous forest, spending your days on game drives in both national parks. Some meals are included per itinerary, as is all private transportation.
More
  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$600.00
From
$600.00

All-Inclusive Udawalawe Mahoora Tented Safari Camp

All-Inclusive Udawalawe Mahoora Tented Safari Camp

star-4.5
See more of Udawalawe National Park, and have more time to see the resident elephants, with a 2-day, all-inclusive stay at Mohoora Tented Safari Camp. Located in one of Sri Lanka's most remote regions, the wildlife here is not to be missed. See elephants, exotic birds, and sometimes even leopard. The tour includes two safaris lead by a naturalist guide. Guided daytime and nighttime walks are also included as are meals and campfire experience.
More
  • 2 days
From
$445.00
From
$445.00

3-Day Family Friendly Glamping in Yala

3-Day Family Friendly Glamping in Yala

This family friendly glamping experience includes some exciting wildlife experiences that can be enjoyed by the adults and kids. You will do wildlife safaris, lake fishing tours, trekking experiences and enjoy a private beach BBQ dinner. This all inclusive wild experience is something that a family can rarely enjoy due to the lack of family friendly accommodations and activities available in many of the other locations in and around Yala National Park.
More
  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
From
$865.00
Price varies by group size
From
$865.00
Price varies by group size