33 Best Stops Between Ahangama and Yala National Park (2024)

The top stops along the way from Ahangama to Yala National Park (with short detours) are Little Adam's Peak, Mirissa Beach, and Udawalawe National Park. Other popular stops include Horton Plains National Park, Nine Arches Bridge, and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya.

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Handunugoda Tea Estate

Tea manufacturer

Sights & Landmarks

Farms

Displays of old tea machinery, tastings & horseback rides on the grounds of a tea plantation.

It was a very nice morning at the tea factory. Our tour guide was very kind and explained a lot of things about the tea and other plants in the fields. His name starts with P, I don’t remember the name exactly, he was very kind. We also saw a domesticated Mongoose and ate some chocolate cake and had some tea. It was a very nice experience.

L D — Google review

It was such a great experience! We wondered around tea plantations, visited tea factory, tried tea with cake and all of that free of cost with a great English speaking guide. I would highly recommend this activity.

Nadiya K — Google review

As a tea person, this place was like tea heaven for me! Everything was amazing and you get to know so much about tea manufacturing and much more.

Abeer S — Google review

Very informative walk around with a member of staff (he did tell us his name but I've forgotten it, sorry!), discussing the plants, and the ethos of the plantation. Stopped for a cup of black tea and chocolate cake, then on to the factory. Unfortunately it wasn't a day for processing (about every 2 weeks so may want to check first). Tea tasting for a long as you want to stay. Absolutely no rush here, it was a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. There was no hard sell either, buy if you want. Thank you for a lovely morning.

D — Google review

Amazing experience.. not just tea but growing so many other things you get to pick, taste and smell! Fantastic tour. Tour guide very good explaine everything

Brandon N — Google review

Its a nice piece of history with awesome guide and tasting and free cakes.Loved the way the guide was explaining about the plantation.Entrance 2$ per person.The tea they sell there are a bit overpriced but they are unique and at first hand.White tea too make you look young super expensive 😅 (40$)

Anatolie C — Google review

Wonderful tour of tea plantation. I’ve been another tea plantation around Kandy and this one trumps it with the aromas of different leaves demonstrated, tea tasting and a good selection of wonderful teas in the shop. Very knowledgable guide with excellent English.

Matt H — Google review

An interesting tour, the guide was knowledgeable. Not a difficult walk around the estate (no horses!). We had tasting session in the shop so you knew the flavour of tea you were buying.

Celia J — Google review

We really enjoyed tour of the estate. We were walking in a group of six, the guide explained everything briefly, showed us important plants, processing of cinnamon and tea. We stopped for nice cup of tea and piece of cake and finished the tour at their shop where we could taste from many types of tea. Amazing! We were really glad we made it.

Barbora H — Google review

Beautiful place and experience, learning about how tea is planted and manufactured.🌱🌱Lots of other plantations around as well, cinnamon, rice, rubber trees, mahogany..🌳🪴🌴Tea tasting was cool in the garden with fresh cakes. 🍰🫖🫖🫖A welcoming family atmosphere.

Dalia A — Google review

We managed to get the tour with the owner himself. It is very interesting man with a lot of stories about the tea and the world itself. He also wrote a few books. The Tea is a bit expensive but considering the quality I would say it is o.k.

Juraj M — Google review

We recently visited the Herman Tea Plantation in Handunugoda, and it was a captivating experience. The tour included an in-depth look at the production of both black and green but also white tea. We were especially fascinated by our visit to the black tea factory, where we saw the journey of tea from freshly harvested leaves to finely sorted products.The plantation's diverse range of teas, enhanced with unique flavors like pepper, hibiscus, and cinnamon from the plantation, was impressive. The tasting session was a highlight, allowing us to savor different teas, including the exquisite Virgin White tea, which stood out as a special treat.We also appreciated the opportunity to see the tea plant nursery, adding to our understanding of tea cultivation from its very beginning.The beauty of the plantation, combined with the informative tour and warm hospitality, made our visit truly memorable. For anyone interested in the art and science of tea-making, Herman Tea Plantation Handunugoda is a must-visit destination.

Sven T — Google review

This place is amazing. It is a beautiful plantation and we had an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide who gave such in-depth information into their tea growing (and flavouring - cinnamon, pepper, vanilla etc) as well as their tea making process. This was the highlight tour of trip into the south of Sri Lanka and highly recommend it to anyone, even if you don’t drink a lot of tea!

Sam C — Google review

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Handunugoda Rd, Ahangama, Sri Lanka

+94 77 972 0095

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Mirissa Beach

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Beach

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Mirissa Beach is a renowned tourist destination in Sri Lanka, popular for its surf and seasonal whale watching. It boasts a picturesque tropical setting, with powdery pale sand and azure waters lined by coconut palms. The beach extends from the west to the east where it meets GalleMatara Rd. Its centre features a sandbar that connects to a small island accessible during low tide, making it an idyllic spot for photography enthusiasts.

One of the stunning, spectacular and pristine beach in Sri Lanka. You can go for water sports as well. There are so many restaurants with moderate prices and long happy hours deals. For me, it was a happy long time there. The beach was absolutely clean. Good sand and moderate waves. You can float along with water. You can go for boating, whale watching and other water sports as well. There are life saving guards on the sea shore. You can get assistance from them anytime.

Archchana K — Google review

Mirissa Beach was the highlight of our trip to sir Lanka, it’s by far the best beach to explore on the island. They have everything you could wish for, surfing lessons, snorkeling equipment rentals, whale watching tours, sea turtles, restaurants & hotels line the beach!

CC S — Google review

This is the most recommended beach when I ask around the local people.The beach is very nice and famous for surfing. But I see the waves are quite strong so it is recommended to those experienced surfers.During my visit in early May, the crowd was reasonable.

Anandharaj S — Google review

I love Mirissa!! Nice blue water!Mirissa is a long beach, so you can enjoy staying anywhere at the beach. You can do sunbathing there.The water is quite rough sometime which is why it's a good place for water sport too. I liked floating along with the waves. You can do snorkeling near the rock.Guys, It is the best place for sunset too. If you like watching sunset, you should never miss this place!!!Mirissa is also famous for whale watching, but you should book in advance and as I know most of whale watching tours leave Mirissa early as 6:30am. So, make sure you don't make mistakes like I did.

NIN K — Google review

I recently visited Mirissa Beach in Sri Lanka, and it was hands down the best beach I experienced in the country. The beach boasts soft golden sand, crystal-clear waters, and stunning views. The atmosphere is laid-back and relaxed, with plenty of beachside restaurants and bars serving up delicious food and drinks. I particularly enjoyed watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean, which was truly magical. The beach also offers plenty of activities, such as surfing and whale watching. Overall, I would rate my experience at Mirissa Beach as 5 stars, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful, peaceful, and enjoyable beach experience in Sri Lanka.

??? ? — Google review

Such a calming beach in Sri Lanka. Cristal clear water. There are many beach restaurants available, check the prices before you go they might over charge in some places. Such a peaceful place.

pradeepan — Google review

Very popular beach for surfers. Come here for surfing, swimming with family, really nice beach with clear water and thick white sand. Water is clean and safe for swimming with kids. Didn’t see any water sports on Mirissa beach but it’s alright because most people come here for surfing.

Maninder S — Google review

A great place to take photos and spend some quiet time. You can definitely go and see the natural beauty.

THUVA N — Google review

Mirissa Beach truly captures the essence of a tropical paradise. My recent visit to this stunning beach destination left me awe-inspired and rejuvenated. From the moment I set foot on the golden sands to the enchanting sunsets that painted the sky, Mirissa Beach exceeded all my expectations.The natural beauty of Mirissa Beach is unparalleled. The crystal-clear turquoise waters invite you for a refreshing dip, and the powdery sand is perfect for a leisurely stroll or sunbathing. The palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze create a serene atmosphere, allowing you to unwind and embrace the tranquility.What sets Mirissa Beach apart is the diverse range of activities it offers. Whether you're an adventure seeker or a relaxation enthusiast, there's something for everyone. Surfing enthusiasts can catch impressive waves, while snorkeling and diving enthusiasts can explore the vibrant marine life beneath the surface. I was lucky enough to witness dolphins gracefully gliding through the waves on a boat tour—an unforgettable experience!The beach is lined with charming beach bars and restaurants that serve delicious seafood and local delicacies. Indulging in freshly caught seafood while sipping a tropical co*cktail as the sun sets is an experience that lingers in your memory long after you leave.

Daniyal S — Google review

Nestled along the shimmering coastline lies a picturesque beach paradise that's as stunning as it is inviting. With its azure waters and golden sands, this beach offers the perfect backdrop for a day of relaxation and exploration.What sets this beach apart is its vibrant culinary scene, boasting an array of charming cafes, beachside bars, and exquisite dining options. Whether you're craving freshly caught seafood or international flavors, there's something to tantalize every palate.For the adventurous souls, I highly recommend embarking on the exhilarating journey of climbing Giragala Rock. Offering panoramic views of the coastline and surrounding landscapes, it's a breathtaking experience that's not to be missed.With its beauty, culinary delights, and adventurous opportunities, this beach destination promises an unforgettable experience for all who visit. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, this beach has it all, making it a must-visit destination for travelers near and far.

Shannon K — Google review

One of the best beaches in Srí Lanka, but a lot of people are there even at the and of the season. It is worth at least a day, you don't need a hotel to be able to enjoy it.

?kos S — Google review

I have been to almost every costal area of the island and I have to admit that this is the best beach among all. I love the waves. Graet for surfing but not for beginners.surfing, snorkeling, dolphins n whale watching, cool dj party..Highly recommend if you are a beach lover!

Saliya S — Google review

Such a beautiful beach, the water is so clear, definitely a great getaway for fun🏖️🍺

Madi 2 — Google review

Mirissa Beach is a true paradise! The golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and palm-fringed coastline create a postcard-perfect scene. The gentle waves make it ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Don't miss the breathtaking sunsets that paint the sky in hues of orange and pink. Whether you're a beach bum or an adventurer, Mirissa Beach offers something for everyone. It's a slice of heaven on Earth! 🏖️🌅🌴

Kaushik M — Google review

Mirissa beach is one of the most serene beaches in south Srilanka. Our driver took us to a lovely spot with a small island and very little crowd.The beach offered a picturesque location to take pictures and enjoy a very clean beach. Must visit location.

Rajiv K — Google review

Nice beach, good for walks and swimming but a bit crowded in the end in February. The smaller beach between turtle beach and Mirissa main beach is more quiet and there is a natural reef which enables swimming. Vast variety of restaurants and cafeterias.Please DO NOT TOUCH THE TURTLES!!!

Eeva S — Google review

The most beautiful beach! Also so good for swimming and surfing! It was clean and the atmosphere was fantastic. We truly loved it. We saw the most amazing sunset from there too, so do not leave until it gets dark because it's worth it. Plenty of bars and hammocks and options too for everyone around. Funny enough there is not an specific entrance, so you have to navigate and enter by the hotels or restaurants mostly, but otherwise great

Ines M — Google review

It is a nice beach. It can get crowded though and the ground is not completly sand. You will enjoy your time there, because the water isncristal clear and has the perfect temperature.

Nadine W — Google review

Mirissa Beach, located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, is renowned for its breathtaking beauty and laid-back atmosphere. With its golden sands, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters, Mirissa Beach offers a picture-perfect setting for relaxation and recreation. Visitors can bask in the warm tropical sun, take a refreshing dip in the ocean, or enjoy thrilling water sports such as surfing and snorkeling. The beach is also famous for its vibrant beach bars and seafood restaurants, where travelers can savor fresh catch-of-the-day dishes while enjoying panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Whether you're seeking adventure or tranquility, Mirissa Beach captivates with its natural charm and inviting ambiance, making it a must-visit destination for beach lovers in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰

Raquel S — Google review

Lovely Beach and so many beach side restaurants to enjoy excellent seafood. Many weekends you have Beach parties happening, which is the perfect time. Although there are so many other clubs where you get good music, drinks and food to go to.

Tushar A — Google review

Nice beach with many restaurants and bars. It offers even nice natural places like the parrot rock.

Tobias — Google review

Very clean and beautiful beach. Nice big waves for the ones that like to surf. Plenty of bars and restaurants in the area.

Ariela N — Google review

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Mirissa, Sri Lanka

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Kanneliya Forest Resort

Hotel

Nature & Parks

Restaurant

Forests

Nestled on the edge of the picturesque Kanneliya forest reserve, Kanneliya Forest Resort offers a serene retreat amidst nature. The resort is situated by a natural stream originating from the forest, providing guests with an opportunity to bathe in its pure, cool waters. The clean and tranquil surroundings make for a peaceful stay, while the on-site restaurant serves up delicious Sri Lankan and modern dishes at reasonable prices.

Kanneliya rain forrest is a one of the best place of tourists attraction in galle district. It is a home to thousand of annimal of few specific groups. It is the highest density of වෙනිවැල් (veniwel) a herbal famous in indegenous medicine in world wide. Few animal species made their home as Kanneliya rain forest are wild baw, pigs squirrels, porcupines, ගෝනා, black monkeys and a few species of fish. A lot of birds also made their home at Kanneliya rainforest. Kanneliya rainforest also a specific tourists attraction as it has a well constructed road network to walk across. Therefore it is not a jungle hike. Any unfamiliar person can travel across. In my way there were guides along the road and given appropriate guidelines on the spots. It is a very viable solution for misbehaving of visitors. Do not polute the forrest with your garbage when you visit it. It is also prohibited to carry any music instruments or sound equipments. Other than that you can enjoy natural water without any soap or shampoo etc. Soap is totally prohibited to bring in to forrest. There are five or more beautiful waterfalls inside the forrest. Also you can find plant species in few different hight zones. Please be kind enough to not harm any trees or animal. Do not keep anything inside the forrest other than foot prints. Do not bring anything other than beautiful memories from the forrest.

Neranjan W — Google review

Kanneliya Forest Resort is one of the best place located adjescent to the Kanneliya forest reserve. It is located in the edge of the very beautiful natural stream starting from Kanneliya forest. You can have a bath from that stream with pure cool water. Rooms are clean and value for money. Bathrooms are very clean and surround of the room is very calm and quit. Foods were very taste and also value for money. They also have a wedding hall also. Beautiful and clean place to have a break.

Suresh S — Google review

Visited this resort for lunch on the 23rd of May with a group of 12 people. We made a prior reservation, made an advance, discussed the price per person prior to reserving the lunch. When we visit the resort today, the lunch was good and we all enjoyed. We also had icecream. However, when requested the final bill, we noticed they have charged us double the agreed price. There was 1 child who is 4years and was fed from the mothers plate. They have charged double for this child as well. It was Rs1500 per person but the food was not worth this price. We paid seperately for the ice cream as well. When we inquired into this overcharge the lady owner said she cannot do anything as this was decided by her husband and saying he is out and cannot be contacted. They simply refused to lower the charge or change the bill. This is a horrible place and the managment is bad. We do not reccomend this place to anyone. Please do not go as you will be ripped off.

Aruna H — Google review

This is a best place in sri lanka.I enjoyed lot watching trees ,animals,rivers.It gives me freedom and enjoyable moments.Good place to travel

Isuru L — Google review

KFR is the ideal choice if you're looking for reasonably priced lodging for a large group. Situated at the boundary of Kanneliya forest resort, the resort is right next to the river where you can have a refreshing bath. They have a small flat area by the river where you can sit and relax.Some rooms are built like regular houses while one room (cottage) bears a rustic vibe with clay lined walls. I stayed here but it wasn't to my liking much. The bathrooms are clean and satisfactorily equipped with hot water and other essentials.Their food is undoubtedly great. They even put together a superb barbeque at a small fee. The dining area is quite large and I was told weddings are held there. Everybody working here is very cooperative. We travelled during a rainy weekend, and there were a few leechers. So keep an eye out.

Samitha B — Google review

This is an ideal place to have a function or a workshop aiming to have a tracking through the forest to enjoy the nature. Conveniently located. Value for money. Staff is very friendly and flexible with our requests. I had been there for a tracking session with office mates and can be recommend for such workshop especially if the training session having some links with environment protection/management.

Prasad H — Google review

Wonderful place and food is also tasty. There are sever good places to bath here.

K.W.K I — Google review

Best place in Kanneliya. Very friendly staff, excellent service and very good and tasty foods. Clean and calm rooms. More value than the price. 😍❤😍👍

Gayan J — Google review

Its a good place to relax, meditate, and spend time with nature. Plz do notexpect star hotel services here, they are not star class hotel. You can enjoy Sri Lankan dishes as well as modern dishes, with desserts and refreshments . The stream can be approached anytime and its safe for kids with adult inspection. Be sensitive to rainfall. There is an area for alcohol and drinking and singing is not allowed in private areas. Rain forest is inwalking distance. Charges are fare.

Dileepa G — Google review

Wow nice place, foods are tasty and friendly service.. calm location.

Pramodha M — Google review

Great Location.Food v v good - go for Rice & Curry.Stream adjacent to the property is wonderful. Way Better than a 5star hotel Jacuzzi.Hosts are so caring...took trouble to courier a bag of cloths we forgot.Highly recommended.

Sanath F — Google review

We have stayed two Nights. Actually we went only for one night ,but atmosphere changed our minds .So we end up staying two nights. MOST VENERABLE HOTEL IN KANNELIYA I THINK.We checked one or two hotels near by compaire to those,This is the BEST. Very friendly staff and owner also very help full and friendly. FOOD VERY DELICIOUS AND REASONABLE PRICE TOO. LAST NIGHT WE END UP HAVING BBQ DINNER..THEY HAVE ARRANGED IT ALL WELL.SO WE HAD A VERY RELAXING HOLIDAY.WE WILL BE BACK SOON. NATURAL POOL IS GREAT.

Sanjeewani D — Google review

Pros : economical room chargesTasty foods with fairly offordablemeal plansBeautiful peaceful environment500 m to kanneliya forestNatural river to have nice bath withlot of freedomHot water included in washroomsKind good serviceTimely serving of mealsCons :No ACDoors locks are not workingproperlyOnly one wall sorkt to chargeOverall : far more better place than the pictures suggestedHighly recommended to visit and value for money4.5 stars 🤙🤙🤙🤙

Buddhi W — Google review

We spent two nights, really wonderful calm place closed by kanneliye rain forest.Service was excellent and foods were delicious.Rooms and bathrooms were clean.There is a river just next to rooms and very easy to access.

Dilani V — Google review

We had lunch there. Nice delicious rice and curry. Good envirement. Clean place.. parking bit difficult bcz of the location.

Piyum M — Google review

The hotel is located at the border of the Kanneliya Forest Reserve. It's about 500 meters from the Reserve which is very convenient.The garden of the hotel has been landscaped beautifully. The hotel decor is a bit dated and I wouldn't call it 4 star. However, it was very pleasant.The location was so absolutely serene and peaceful. From most of the rooms, you could see the stream that runs by it, and you could hear the sound of the water.The rooms were basic. No A/C only fans but the climate was cool enough that we didn't need a/c. Each room had a little rustic balcony and you could sit there and admire the flora and fauna and listen to the warer. Fabulous!The bathrooms were clean as well and had hot water. We had to ask for some things like soap and top sheets for the beds. It was provided immediately.The food was absolutely amazing. We were there for 2 nights 3 days. They had a mix of western and local Both were delicious. You could also give your food preferences, which we did. Their tea was amazing as well probably due to the use of spring water.The staff was very helpful and obliging.The best was the stream! It was shallow, clear and clean. There was a path to go down directly to the stream from the rooms. The part of the stream directly accessible by the upper level rooms had areas of rocks that served as a natural jacuzzi! We were there for hours.It's a lovely place to relax and unwind.

Kausha B — Google review

Calm and relaxing place. Neighborhood is not disturbing at all. Can visit the Kaneliya rain forest and have a cool natural bath in the near by rever as well.

Chathura P — Google review

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Kanneliya Rd, Sri Lanka

+94 915 671 867

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Nandana Tea Factory (Pvt) Ltd

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Tea house

Sights & Landmarks

Manufacturer

Farms

It’s a remarkable place, full of tea loving spirit. Had a Tea Ceremony with 7 flavours, walked through garden with cinnamon, tea bushes, clove tree, growing ananas, turmeric, dragon fruit and so much more. After, went to the plant itself to see how the oxidation happens and 20 mins drying process.Finally I was lucky to see the factory owner and spend with him 15 mins, talking all through, like we were old friends. I felt part of family here as Tea Ceremony as was done by Mother, guide was a son and and factory owner — a father. What an amazing experience.

Yaroslav K — Google review

We went there mainly to see the plants and buy some tea. We were greeted by a free mango ice-tea and then a kind local man speaking english took us on a tour. We’ve been on a tour in the garden where we saw various herbs (aloe vera, cinnamon, clove, tumeric…) He even knew the names of every plant in Slovak language, which was really impressive! We saw monkeys and some spiders as well. After the garden & factory (it was sunday so it was closed but we could still go inside) tour we did a tea tasting and tea shopping. Ticket per person was 3000rps, but you could buy tea in that amount instead of paying for a ticket.We had a lunch there afterwards (770rps for large chicken fried rice - more than enough for 2 people). We even got a free ice-cream.PS: If you expect a big tea plantation - this is not a place. It is a nice garden with lot of herbs.

Martin N — Google review

I enjoy the family spirit of this Old, reputable tea factory. THIS IS THE ONLY FACTORY WHERE I got to taste more than 10 different kind of teas and in depth explanation about growing and processing. I even tried a very strong tea that you can drink like a capuccino. They have a wooden cottage on site and I recommend to stay to see the all process of tea production. I visited on the way from Adam peak to Galle. Perfect location.

Pascal G — Google review

This was a great experience! The garden is beautiful and the guide was extremely knowledgeable. You can take a trip around the garden, see the factory and have lovely tea tasting. Highly recommended!

יותם ש — Google review

very cool traditional tea factory, got to see the inside of the factory and the old school methods still used to make their tea! impressive. their tea is delicious and well priced. side hint. try their cinnamon wood, it will blow your mind as you can only get it in Sri lanka.

Mikey G — Google review

Owners are very nice person. Master gave us an interesting tour, after which there was a tea tasting. Unfortunately, the tra plant itself is not working on Sunday. Good selection of teas, reasonable price. Highly reccomend.

???????? ? — Google review

Great place, no Entrance ticket, free visit with many information about different plants and the process of making tea in the Factory. Tea tasting is included and also fun. For us it was a perfect stop on a rainy day.We also had vegeterian lunch with was delicious.Only thing they were a bit pushy on us buying/consuming more telling our local friend he would get commissions on those sells🙈Otherwise family is lovely

CC V — Google review

Excellent tea factory and garden tour and tea tasting session. The owner/guide was very clear and kind. Plenty of food options at the cafe that was delicious and I was told they are home made at the premises it self.

Charlie M — Google review

So beautiful place with magical atmosphere, we did a herbal garden tour with so kind local man, he explained us everything about his herbs and then we could go through the factory which was so nice expirience. At the end we did a tea tasting, so delicious! and some tea shopping. Thank you so much for that amazing expirirnce!Kind regards from Czech republic🫶🏻🤍

Sára J — Google review

Amazing place and experience. The owner runs it with true passion and you can feel it in every little detail. Through herbal and spices garden walk and tea factory sightseeing to tea tasting session you can experience truly magical moments. Totally recommend it.

Piotr S — Google review

The owner of the place is the kindest person I’ve met in Sri Lanka! You should definitely try the tea tour, you will learn a lot about the tea itself and other spices. Amazing experience :) we’ve also tried lunch here and it tasted great ❤️

Natalia N — Google review

Beautiful place with a super guide. We were shown the beautiful garden with different types of herbs and plants, then we saw the factory and at the end we tried different types of tea.

Alexander B — Google review

Great restaurant to dine in or take out. Very good food for a reasonable price. I’d recommend the rice and curry and the mixed fried rice. They also have tea which we bought. You can also do tea tasting before you buy and every tea flavour they had were so good. We ended up buying the “Premium Tea” which was very good.We also did a tour at the tea factory which is right next to the restaurant. The manager/supervisor who explained each step in the tea making process did a good job so that our 7 years old son was able to understand it very well.Overall, it was a very positive experience.

Danushka — Google review

Really cool place with kind hearted people. Tour of the garden was nice, no entrance fee.Tasted very high quality tea which was impressively refreshing. Finally found a place with high quality tea, very reasonable prices with *no additives*. Lunch was delicious and must try is the "Kiri Hodda" 👌, you will never be disappointed.

Deepthi D — Google review

Nandana Tea Factory (PVT) LTD is a great place for tea lovers. The variety of tea available, including tea bags, flavored tea, green tea, and other options, is impressive. Additionally, the prices are quite reasonable, making it an affordable option for those looking to enjoy a delicious cup of tea. The lunch offered at Nandana Tea Factory is also tasty and mouth watering, with many satisfied customers praising the quality and taste of the food. Overall, Nandana Tea Factory (PVT) LTD is a highly recommended spot for those looking for a satisfying tea experience.

Utharshaan M — Google review

100% worth it! Free tour and he only asks you to buy their tea if you are satisfied. The owner is an amazing man and will show you his whole land with all the herbal plants and tea plantation with so much passion. He even offers a free fresh tea tasting session so you know which tea to buy.

Dodo B — Google review

Amazing tour, its a must when you are in Sri Lanka. You can see true passion when the owner takes you through all the details and talks about plants and tea. We tried 6 different types of tea and ate a DELICIOUS lunch.

Karolina — Google review

4.8

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Nandana Tea Factory, Akuressa 81400, Sri Lanka

+94 77 792 0019

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Dondra Head

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Landmark

Sights & Landmarks

Lighthouses

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Point Dondra is a notable destination located in the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka. It features a landmark lighthouse situated on a small rocky headland with picturesque ocean views and palm trees. Although there is no guide available for visitors, the main gate to the lighthouse is open, allowing guests to explore its surroundings. Along with various puddles where one can relax, there is also a nearby post office where travelers can send out cards.

This is one of the most important place of Sri Lanka and it is the longest point from point Pedro. Here is a light house it makes beautiful sense and the beach is also makes shiny look to the area. As well as some beautiful fishes are there in the shallow areas.

Tech S — Google review

This lighthouse is near matara and is at the southern most tip of Sri lanka. There was no guide and the lighthouse was shut. The main gate however to the lighthouse was open. Make sure you go around the lighthouse. Their are various puddles where one can enter in and sir at ease. Their is also a post office. Make sure you carry a card to post from there. There is a joint just outside lighthouse which can serve snacks and soft drinks.

Vinit D — Google review

Dondra Head, located at the southernmost point of Sri Lanka, is a captivating destination known for its natural beauty and cultural significance. The headland is home to the iconic Dondra Lighthouse, a majestic structure that stands tall against the backdrop of the azure Indian Ocean. With its panoramic views of the coastline and breathtaking sunsets, Dondra Head offers a mesmerizing experience for visitors. It is also steeped in history, with the ancient Devundara Temple nearby, attracting devotees and history enthusiasts alike. The tranquil beaches, vibrant marine life, and the warm hospitality of the local community make Dondra Head a must-visit destination for those seeking both natural wonders and cultural exploration.

Ridma R — Google review

Dondra Head offers a captivating experience centered around its beautiful old lighthouse. Designed by Sir James Nicholas Douglass and constructed by William Douglass of the Imperial Lighthouse Service in 1887, the lighthouse stands as a historical marvel. The exclusive access, requiring permission from the habromaster, adds an intriguing element to the visit.Situated amidst the southern sea, Dondra Head boasts the title of being the lowest point in Sri Lanka (දෙව්න්දර තුඩුව). The breathtaking view from this iconic location further enhances the visit, making it a must-see destination. Dondra Head's lighthouse not only stands as a testament to history but also offers a memorable and awe-inspiring vista of the southern seascape.

Viraj G — Google review

This is the end point of southern coast of Sri Lanka. You can view Light house and endless sea waves also water is clear you can see bottom of the sea and some corals , they maintain this place clean so if you wish to go plz remember to bring back your plastic and polythens with you

Thinidu K — Google review

Tallest lighthouse in Sri Lanka standing at 161 ft.Situated in the Southern most point of Sri Lanka (Dondra Head)Maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.The lighthouse can't be entered uess you have special permission.Surrounding beach is very clear, scenic and calming to be at.

Dilini R — Google review

We went there on a Saturday morning. Place was almost empty.Place needs some maintenance.There is a nice small beach beside the lighthouse if you want to have a bath.It is not possible to go up in the Lighthouse without prior approval from the Harbour master.

Chamile W — Google review

Point Dondra Head, located in the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka, is a captivating destination known for its scenic beauty, historical significance, and a beautiful beach that lies adjacent to the iconic tower. Standing proudly as the country's southernmost point, this headland offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. However, it's important to note that the lighthouse's top light has been removed, which can be disappointing for some visitors.Visitors to Point Dondra Head are treated to a mesmerizing sight as the mighty waves crash against the rugged cliffs. The area's pristine beach, with its golden sands and clear blue waters, provides a perfect spot for a refreshing swim or a leisurely sunbathing session. The beach offers a tranquil escape and is an ideal place to unwind and soak up the sun.Aside from its natural splendor, Point Dondra Head holds cultural significance too. It is home to the historic Dondra Sri Vishnu Maha Devalaya, a revered Hindu temple. The temple attracts devotees from far and wide, especially during religious festivals, adding a spiritual touch to the area's allure.While the removal of the top light from the tower may diminish its visual impact, the overall beauty of Point Dondra Head and its surroundings remain intact. The rugged coastline, stunning sunsets, and the opportunity to spot marine life, such as dolphins and whales, continue to captivate visitors.For those seeking a combination of natural wonders and cultural exploration, a visit to Point Dondra Head and its beach is a must. Whether you want to witness the power of the ocean, immerse yourself in cultural heritage, or simply enjoy a peaceful day by the beach, this coastal gem promises a memorable experience.-copied-

Hasintha R — Google review

South most point of Sri Lanka.There's a mark of south most point(a postbox), lighthouse, and a benchmark stone that used to measure the sea level. Photogenic area.Small parking available.There is no need to buy tickets.Need to get prior approval to enter into the lighthouse.

Vikasitha R — Google review

I had high hopes for my visit to Dondra Lighthouse, the southernmost point of Sri Lanka, but unfortunately, my experience fell short of expectations. While the location itself is classy and holds great historical significance, my visit was marred by several hiccups.Firstly, despite SLPA and Google reviews indicating that the lighthouse opens at 7am, upon arrival at 8am, we found the gate still locked. After a wait of around 20-30 minutes and numerous calls to SLPA, the supposed control body of the lighthouse, we were met with confusion and a lack of clarity regarding opening times and entry procedures.Furthermore, although we obtained permission to enter the premises through fax and multiple phone calls, there was no one present to check our permission letters upon arrival at Dondra. This resulted in unnecessary delays and frustration.Moreover, the maintenance of the lighthouse was disappointing. As an iconic landmark, one would expect better upkeep, but the grounds were unkempt with dry grass and even the letterbox appeared to be on the verge of collapse.It was disheartening to see such a historic site being neglected in terms of maintenance. While I appreciate that the lighthouse was recently painted, more attention needs to be given to overall upkeep for the greater good.In summary, my visit to Dondra Lighthouse was marred by inaccurate opening times, ineffective communication regarding entry procedures, and poor maintenance standards. As a local, it's disheartening to witness such neglect of our cultural heritage sites.

Rochana U — Google review

This is the last land mark of srilanka. There is huge light house.This is largest light house in srilanka with 160m. Also this place is sorrounded by beautiful beach. Also photographers will like this place.

Mus-ub M — Google review

Located at the southern tip of Sri Lanka, it is the tallest lighthouse in Sri Lanka as well as in South Asia. It was built in the year 1890 during the British rule. 49 meters high. Some say that the light can be seen here as far as 100 km. It is located in a very beautiful coastal environment. Therefore, tourists from home and abroad come to see this in abundance. The tower is white with yellow windows. Everyone who goes here should keep the surrounding environment clean. As this is controlled by the Navy, permission should be obtained to fly drones around.

Chamindu R — Google review

The tallest lighthouse in Sri Lanka, located at the southern most point (Point Dendro) of the country.No visitor can enter the lighthouse tower and there's no information available as to the reasons. Presence of Navy could be seen. There are no facilities for visitors apart from a unsecured public parking and toilets. No tickets are required to enter the premises.The fundamentals benchmark to establish the height above mean sea level is located within the premises. There was an old postbox with the demarcation that it's the southern most point. But it's was gone (may be being repaired/replaced) when we visited!The whole premises is a classic example of ineffecincy in government management of these places of public interest and tourist attraction. Better parking (charged), charging for entrance, a restaurant, souvenir sales center and a guided tour with entrance to tower (charged), etc would result in satisfactory visitor experience and revenue to authorities.

Sudheera S — Google review

It is the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by beautiful beache and surroundings. A lighthouse that is slightly taller than other lighthouses. Located just off the main road. This place can be reached within a few minutes from Dewandara Temple. There is no ticket for entry and parking is available. A special permit must be obtained to visit the lighthouse.

Dilum P — Google review

Very beautiful , Picturesque place. nothing to see much but since it is the southern most point of Srilanka it is worth visiting.Go on day time sunny days. You can definitely get some beautiful background for your photos. The light house in the background was my favourite. careful with Big lizards.All the best

JUHI A — Google review

WOW WHAT A FIND! We had seen this place on Instagram and TikTok before we came to Sri Lanka so we saved it on our Google maps. We decided to visit here on the way to Udawalawe from Mirissa. When we arrived there was barely anyone here so really felt like a little escape. The lighthouse looks like it had been freshly painted which made it look even more pretty. Sending the drone up we could really see the full scale of the beauty this place holds. Highly recommend visiting here if you are passing by, it’s very easy to find and get to!

Oliver T — Google review

🇱🇰 According to the geological data of Sri Lanka, this place is named "Dewundara Thuduwa" (the Southern Point of Sri Lanka).🚙 The access road is in good condition.But heavy vehicles or big buses cannot reach the destination parking lot.🌊 It has a beautiful beach with many beautiful rocks.Only one part of the beach is suitable for swimming.⚓️ There is a large working lighthouse at this place. If you want to go up there and look around, you need to get special permission from the Galle Port Authority and Naval Southern Headquarters.

Supun C — Google review

Gates close at 6.00 p.m. can't reach top you have to get an aproval from colombo fort . Beach and the sea around is very beautiful! Trust me it's beautiful

Dimuthu D — Google review

Perched on the southernmost tip of the Sri Lankan coast is Dondra. This small seaside town is all about relaxation and is the perfect place to grab a few days of beach time. The mirror-smooth ocean at Polhena beach is unbeatable for sea-bathing when you’re not basking on the clean, white sand.For travellers interested in learning more about Sri Lanka’s history and religion, there are also several sites of cultural interest in the area. From the iconic lighthouse to the awe-inspiring temples in nearby Matara, Dondra has plenty to keep you entertained for a few days.

Sachin M — Google review

Sri Lanka is another important and beautiful place. A special permit is required to climb the lighthouse. You can be free around. There were local tourists as well as foreign tourists. You can also take beautiful photos.

Lakshaman K — Google review

Beautiful Lighthouse at the south Tip of Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 worth a visit.Freshly cleaned… back in white colorLight 💡 still works nicelyPrice: free

Andre S — Google review

Absolutely stunning! My first time visiting the southern most tip of Sri Lanka and amazing to think that that is the last land mass until the south pole. The sea and the views are breathtaking, beyond describable. Definitely a bucket list item.

M M — Google review

Visiting this place was one of my best decision. If you are going the gates to Light House open around 9/10 a.m and close around 6 p.m. (No tickets. You don't need tickets to enter the place)The surrounding areas have plenty of places to sit and chill. I personally like the backside beach which I used to sit and enjoy. If you are not good at swimming but still love to feel like a baywatch kinda person I guess this place will give you that chance.My reconsidering time to be here either early morning or evening. Because afternoon is too hot.

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An absolutely brilliant day, and highly recommended. Our focus was on native (especially endemic) birds and our efforts were well rewarded. Achi is very knowledgeable covering biological and geographical interests. And the views from the steeply ascending roadway are spectacular! He efficiently arranged a combination of vehicles and drivers to get us from Galle and back.

Tregoning A — Google review

I recently had the pleasure of taking a rainforest tour with Achi. He is very knowledgeable about the rainforest and provided interesting information about various plant and animal species. He was tirelessly looking for wildlife to ensure I would have the best experience, and provided the gear required to avoid leeches. Because I was travelling solo, we also got to know each other more personally and had a great full day together.Achi also went beyond his tour guide duties and was extremely helpful in arranging an hotel room, delicious meals from a local restaurant, as well as transportation (tuk and his own motorbike), which made it easy for me navigate around Deniyaya.Overall, I highly recommend Achi as a tour guide for anyone looking to explore the rainforest. He made my trip unforgettable.

Lu?s C — Google review

Amazing tour! Achi went above and beyond on my guided bird walk day - starting with picking me up at 530am from my hotel and ending with a dropoff nearly 12 hours later. The time in between was filled with an incredible number of bird sightings, all due to his keen eyes! He knows the forest and it's birds inside and out. He took us across several great places to see a variety of birds. He also packed my lunch and water, and made everything so easy for me! Highly recommend - I had such a good day.

Kathryn H — Google review

Highly recommended. Provide professional, highly competent & well-experienced service through your entire tour. Highly appreciate the communication skills, flexibility & punctuality of the team.

Miyuru M — Google review

Kuma my guide was very compassionate and competent. He knew the forest so well and had an eye for every flora and fauna.He was witty and customised the entire experience on what was I requesting.The tour was customised for me for a fun experience and sleeping by the waterfall and fish therapy was the best.I recommend everyone to only use this tour operation as they are vocal for local.

Sayali J — Google review

Achi is such a warm personality and highly motivated guide (recommendable!) Always smiling, very friendly, knowledgeable and really helpful.. ❤

Subha K — Google review

We chose Achi after seeing Google reviews. As it was in the reviews, he is really talented tour guide. We were able to learn so many things about the Sinharaja forest, animals, plant species, flowers, butterflies etc. He is a very kind person. He will always be in our memories. ❤Highly recommended.. 🌱🌴🌼🦋🐛🐌

Louis M — Google review

Achi was a fantastic guide. Everything was brilliantly organised from the moment the booking was confirmed. He really took the time to talk about each of the animals we saw, and made sure we had a great trip. I would highly recommend this experience.

Sara M — Google review

Excellent experience! We had two fantastic days with Achi! He really knows the forest, he knows the birds and the best places to look for all the key Sinharaja species! He worked so hard to get us our target birds! We were very satisfied.You can really tell Achi is a qualified ecologist, he has amazing knowledge. Brilliant naturalist and guide. Also the breakfast and lunch was excellent, they're super friendly and great company. What more can you want? Highly recommend.

Lawrence D — Google review

Nelum and Achi were so great in organising the day for me and making sure I was happy. They organised a driver to pick me up, packed me lunch, and gave me a hot tea when I arrived back. Achi was a knowledgeable guide through the forest. It was a wet afternoon and I had some challenges with an injury but I still had a fun day and Achi made sure I got down safely. Saw wild lemongrass, a pitcher plant, lizards, millipedes and birds but honestly just seeing the forest and waterfalls was lovely too.

Laura S — Google review

Being guided through the rainforest by guide Achi was amazing. The best day of our 2 week stay in Sri Lanka!Achi did his uttermost to satisfy us, and he sure did succeed.He has great social skills, so the trip was not only full of new knowledge but also a true pleasure, human to human.

Clara W — Google review

Thank you, my favorite excursion in Sri Lanka!Very good guide , very knowledgeable, kindly! I heartily recommend !And with children this is possible!

Inese K — Google review

We went on two tours in the Sinharaja rainforest and it was just amazing! Achi, the tour guide, was amazing showing us lots of plants and animals. His knowledge about the flora and fauna is incredibly impressive and precious. One can really tell how much he likes nature. If you are looking for a tour with a funny, knowledgeable, patient and nature loving guide, he is exactly the guy you are looking for! Thank you so much for everything, Achi!

Dario S — Google review

Achi, the tour guide for the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, is truly exceptional. Achi made our experience unforgettable. From the moment we met, Achi's warm and friendly demeanor put us at ease. Their expertise in flora and fauna was remarkable, Achi is an outstanding guide who exceeded our expectations, and we highly recommend their services.

Kavishka V — Google review

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The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a pristine rainforest containing numerous unique species that can only be found within its boundaries. This virgin forest also offers several paths for hiking, which visitors can use to explore the beauty of the forest in a more intimate way.

So it was reeeeally hard for us to figure out what entrances there are. So here you go following the entrances from Deniyaya side: Entrances South: Pitadeniya entrance = Deniyaya Matara District Entrance =Pallegama Entrance via Medaripitiya bus station (from Deniyaya) ODERKurulugala Entrance = Viharahena Samangala Entrance.Thanks to our guide we also got some very suitable trails for us: One we did was through the Kurulugala entrance in the highlands where we saw lizards, insects, spiders, monkeys and many plants. The hike was amazing although also exhausting due to the height.The second trail we did was the Pathan-Oya-Trail through the Pizadeniya entrance. This was at first really easy and we got to see loads of animals, mostly lizards, snakes, another kind of monkey and insects. Then the trail was also pretty steep and challenging but so very nice and fun. We even got to clim the waterfall at the top which was so much fun. When goind back we were going for a swim at another waterfall. So just awesome.

Katja K — Google review

This forest reserve is absolutely worth a visit. I recommend to stay at some of the smaller tourist lodges accessible from Deniyaya. Much more reasonable than on the other side. Also, you’ll most likely have the place for yourself.

Johan S — Google review

There are 6 waterfalls over here. And you can take a bath also. But make sure to go with a guide if you are planning to bath. Environment is so beautiful and we saw some rare animals also

Shaumi N — Google review

Sinharaja Forest Reserveis aforest reserveand abiodiversity hotspotinSri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated aBiosphere ReserveandWorld Heritage SitebyUNESCO. Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primarytropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. 50% of Sri Lankan's endemics species of animals (especially butterfly, amphibians, birds, snakes and fish species). It is home to 95% endemic birds.The hilly virgin rainforest, part of theSri Lanka lowland rain forestsecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988.

Jakub R — Google review

Sinharaja Forest Reserve was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Sinharaja can be accessed from Weddagala, Lankagama, Deniyaya or Rakwana sides. Sinharaja is the home for a majority of Sri Lanka's endemic species of animals.From Lankagama entrance, you can visit about 5-6 waterfalls by taking a small hike which lasts for about 3 hours. There are even safe spots to have a bath during the trail.From Pitadeniya entrance, you can visit a few waterfalls. The pinnacle of Sinharaja Forest reserve trails, the 'Sinhagala' trail can be tried out from here as well. It takes around 4.5 hours to reach the Sinhagala point and about 2.5 hours for the journey back.From Kudawa entrance, there are two popular trails; Mulawella & Sinhagala. Mulawella trails takes around 2-3 hours, while the Sinhagala trail takes around 9-10 hours. If you are to complete the Sinhagala trail, you have to start from Kudawa Conservation Center at least by 6.30 am.All the trails are infested with leaches, hence take appropriate precautions (such as leach socks, salt/siddhalepa) if you are allergic to leeches. You must get the assistance of a guide to try out any of the trails in Sinharaja.

Himantha A — Google review

Sinharaja Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Sri Lanka. It is one of the country's most important and well-preserved tropical rainforests, and it is renowned for its rich biodiversity and unique ecosystem. The forest is situated in the southwestern part of Sri Lanka, covering an area of approximately 11,187 hectares (27,600 acres).

Nadeeka B — Google review

Sinharaja Rain Forest is the home for a majority of Sri Lanka's endemic species of animals.It Reserve was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.Actually,This forest reserve is absolutely worth a visit.It's So beautiful Rain Forest.You can see the very rare collection of birds,Insects,butterflies,snakes, plants, flowers and many more.Bring some socks and salt against leeches as well as long clothes to protect yourself.You should spend atleast a day inside the woods and remember to respect the treees, plants and everything there.In this place to leave only footprints. Let's collectively preserve and appreciate the pristine beauty of this magical rainforest.Taking a guided tour or with a guide is the best way to explore this forest to learn something new..🌳🌲🪵🌿🌱🍄🍂🍀☘️🍃🌼🪻💮🌸🏵️🪺🪹💧☔🌤️⛈️⛅🐍🦎🪶🐿️🦫🦔🐓🦜🦉🐝🕷️🕸️🪰🪳🪲🦗🐜🐌🦋🐛🐞🪱🐾

Nadeesha A — Google review

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a forest reserve and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.[1]According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. 50% of Sri Lankan's endemics species of animals (especially butterfly, amphibians, birds, snakes and fish species). It is home to 95% endemic birds.The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988.Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are about 3 elephants, and 15 or so[vague] leopards. The most common larger mammal is the endemic purple-faced langur.Birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Sri Lanka Crested Drongo and the noisy orange-billed babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive red-faced malkoha, green-billed coucal and Sri Lanka blue magpie.Reptiles include the endemic green pit viper and hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Sri Lankan birdwing butterfly and leeches.The rainforest likely formed during the Jurassic era (from 200 million years to 145 million years ago). This forest encompasses a span of 36,000 hectares (88,960 acres/360 km²).[3] The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Sinharaja forest vegetation density has been around 240,000 plants per hectare, the most dense rain forest in Asia.[4]Human activityThe reserve is well-integrated with the local population who live in some dozens of villages dotted along the border. The villages are more in number along the southern border whilst the presence of some large estates along the northern border has resulted in only a few villages there. The locals collect herbal medicine, edible fruits, nuts, mushrooms, other non-timber forest products including bees honey and a sugary sap collected from a local palm species of the genus Caryota. The sap is converted into jaggery, a local brew and vinegar. Local people walk in the forest to collect the above items when they are not busy with their other agricultural pursuits. In addition, the crystal-clear water coming from dozens of streams is the main water source for all people living around the reserve. For generations, local people trekked through the forest from south to north to make their annual pilgrimage to the Adams Peak.In 2013, UNESCO requested to halt the widening of ancient road linking Lankagama area to Deniyaya along a 1-km jungle patch inside the protected area after a complaint from The Centre for Environmental and Nature Studies of Sri Lanka. The construction recommenced on August 10, 2020 after prolonged appeals by the people living in villages to the Sri Lankan Government. A group of environmentalists carried out a big social media campaign and asked the Sri Lanka Forest Department, the President, the Ministry of Environment and the Central Environment authority to stop this but The Government of Sri Lanka has decided to go ahead with it to improve the livelihood of poor villagers of the area as it will clear only 0.006% of the total landmass of the forest.Mr. Martin Wijesinhe was one of the most significant people in Sri Lanka in connection to the Sinharaja.[5] He was the unofficial guardian of the Sinharaja. He has been the protector and caretaker of it since the 1950s till his death in 2021.[6]

Irshad A — Google review

Very beautiful rainforest.Bring some socks and salt against leeches as well as long clothes to protect yourself.Taking a guided tour with a guide is the best way to explore this forest to learn something new.

Dennis — Google review

Sinharaja Forest Reserve, located in the southwestern region of Sri Lanka, is a magnificent tropical rainforest that offers a unique and captivating experience for nature lovers. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sinharaja is recognized for its exceptional biodiversity and ecological significance.One of the most remarkable aspects of Sinharaja is its rich flora and fauna. The forest is home to an incredible array of plant species, including rare and endemic ones. Walking through the dense vegetation, visitors can marvel at the towering trees, vibrant ferns, and a variety of colorful orchids. The forest floor is carpeted with a lush carpet of foliage, creating a mesmerizing sight.The diverse wildlife found in Sinharaja is equally awe-inspiring. Bird enthusiasts will be delighted by the presence of over 160 bird species, including the endangered Sri Lanka blue magpie and the elusive red-faced malkoha. The forest is also a sanctuary for various mammal species, such as the purple-faced langur, giant squirrel, and several species of bats.Exploring Sinharaja is a delight for nature enthusiasts, with several well-maintained trails and experienced guides available. These guided tours offer valuable insights into the forest's ecology, pointing out interesting plant species, bird calls, and even the occasional sighting of reptiles and amphibians.Moreover, Sinharaja Forest Reserve serves as an essential research site, attracting scientists and researchers from around the world. Studies conducted here contribute to our understanding of tropical rainforest ecosystems and aid in the conservation efforts of endangered species.It's important to note that Sinharaja is a protected area, and visitors are encouraged to respect and follow the guidelines to preserve its fragile ecosystem. Taking nothing but photographs and leaving nothing but footprints is a key principle to keep this pristine forest intact for future generations.

Kasun T — Google review

This place is amazing! Fairly priced and kept very clean! Our park ranger was Kasul Adk, he is a complete asset to the forest. He is kind, patient and helped me down a few rocky parts of the path. He also knew SO MUCH about the different species, he was interesting and engaging. Request this guide if possible.

Christine O — Google review

Singharaja Rainforest is a mesmerizing sanctuary of nature's wonders. From captivating waterfalls to the diverse flora and fauna, the experience was truly enchanting. The cost-free fish therapy added a unique touch, and the knowledgeable guide enhanced the journey. A place to leave only footprints, let's collectively preserve and appreciate the pristine beauty of this magical rainforest. Keep nature clean and cherish the memories! 🌿🦋🌳

Ramesha G — Google review

Amazing! Highlight of the trip to Sri Lanka. All the guides are trained professionals, knowledgable in the local plants, wildlife and birds. The guides have amazing eyes and tracking skills, couldn’t believe the camouflaged creatures they were able to spot so easily. There are leeches but they don’t carry diseases, just a bit gross if you get bitten. Wear long socks over long pants. Bring swimwear if you do the waterfall route from the southern entrance, swimming in the waterfall was top highlight.We did two tours1. Wathugala:A 6 hour hike from the southern entrance (Wathugala) around waterfalls with Chama from Rainforest Mount Lodge. We learned about the many birds, snakes, monkeys, lizards, insects, and plants that we saw. Note that the UNESCO village is good for bird watching but the dense forest here is good for mostly lizards and snakes. The first portion of the track is a concrete path which turns into a rougher path through the forest. A somewhat difficult hike, if you’re less able then maybe ask your guide to do a shorter hike only to the first waterfall and the UNESCO village.2. KurulugalaA bird watching tour through the southwest entrance (Kurulugala) with Ramesh. Incredibly knowledgable in birds, he spent 4 months training in ornithology. We saw 8 endemic species in only 3 hours. Blue magpies, yellow fronted barbets, orange billed babblers, jungle fowl, Ceylon white eye, red faced malkoha, spot winged ground thrush, scimitar babbler.Getting there:We had our own tuktuk but decided to get a taxi there and back which we arranged through our hotel. Important to note that PickMe might not work from close to the park, try to book your taxi ahead of time.The drive to Deniyaya was well maintained roads. If you have your own tuktuk and are ok with winding roads you will be ok driving to Deniyaya.The road from Deniyaya to either of the entrances is really bad. Highly recommend getting a driver.Staying there:We stayed just outside the southern entrance (Wathugala) at Rainforest Mount Lodge. Highly recommend. Lots of other accommodation near there all seemed good quality.

Megan E — Google review

This was a great nature immersion experience. Me and my two friends went with a guide named Danu ( WhatsApp +94 77 525 4886). He's an honest and very kind man and agreed on a reasonable price, unlike the hotels in the area. The tour was fun, very informative and a great little adventure. I plan to come back to Sinharaja for more tours, and I will be checking if Danu is available

Joanna B — Google review

Amazing nature. We took a local guide. Before we started with a trail he served us free snacks and tea.In the middle of the trail a heavy rain came upon us so we had to shorten a trip and miss waterfalls because of high water. However we saw them from 100 meters distance, still amazing!We were shocked with the amount of leech but nobody got bitten. We used a lot of salt on our shoes.

Andrej V — Google review

One of the best rainforest habitats in Sri Lanka. If you are a nature enjoyer you should visit this place if you are in Sri Lanka.For wildlife enthusiasts, this rainforest is a treasure trove, boasting a remarkable diversity of animals. Among its bird inhabitants are the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, the Red-faced Malkoha, and the recently described Serendib Scops Owl, offering birdwatchers a feast for the eyes. Moreover, with over 200 species of birds, including 26 endemics found nowhere else on Earth, birdwatching here promises an unparalleled experience.In terms of mammals, highlights include the endemic, Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, and the Flame-striped Jungle Squirrel, both unique to Sri Lanka. The forest teems with small creatures like amphibians, reptiles, butterflies, and insects, transporting visitors to a world of wonder and fascination.Having personally visited this forest numerous times, I wholeheartedly recommend it to fellow nature lovers without hesitation. The Kudawa entrance welcomes visitors with a well-maintained pathway, offering various routes catering to different levels of difficulty. For wildlife enthusiasts and birders, the barrier to the research center pathway comes highly recommended. Adventure seekers can opt for the Mulawella trail, featuring a climb up a mountain, while hikers can embark on the Sinhagala trail and return.Notably, the local trackers and wildlife department staff are incredibly welcoming, further enhancing the overall experience. This rainforest promises an unforgettable journey for all who venture within its embrace.

Ashan P — Google review

We rented a motorbike and we went for this sinharaja forest reserve.. so easy to find on google maps. And you can not get lost. Incredible views. You can see the real nature of this place. They also have waterfalls you can visit. 8 of them I think. For entrance you have to pay. But it’s super cheap. Of course you’ll see some guides there. Offer their help. But definitely no need to take them. You can do it on your own as we did. Some of the places you can even swim. We got some rain. Big again, what I realized being in Sri Lanka that it’s never for longer then short time. We went April so in vending definitely was needed a warm jacket. Since it was. Abir chilly. But during the day when sun is out is amazing. Some days a bit more human then others… but perfect month to visit this island.

Aurelija B — Google review

We had a amazing rainforest tour with danu his contact if somebody want whatsapp +94775254886 because he organized everything for our tour danu is sinharaja rainforest official tour guied he knows everything about rainforest and is very flexible man and verykind man we had birdwatching tour with danu we explored birds sinharaja enters kurulugala we saw lot of endemic 🐦 among blue magpie malabar trogon and another lot of birds we were very happy then we had a night tour with danu we saw samber deer wild bor fishing cat python and lot of sanke and taods then we had a sinharaja nature tour we saw very beautiful water falls monkey and snake danu has a egle eye he can catch even very small animal he showed us we were enjoyed evey tour and sinhala rainforest is world heritage sit lot of animal and plant very rare we saw lot of endemic trees you can see insects butterflys 🐍 plant flowers taking a guided tour or with guied is the best way to explore this forest to learn something news we really recommended tour guied danu if your like visit sinharaja rainforest dont go via any tour via any hotel they charge dabble🐍🐍🐦🐦🐦🌹🌹🌹👍👍👍👍🐦🐦👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👦👨‍👨‍👧‍👦🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰🐒🐒🐆🐆🐆🐅🐅🐩🦍🦍🦍🦍🦍🐒🐵🐵🦌🦌🦌🐅

K L — Google review

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Goyambokka Beach

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Goyambokka Beach is a serene and tropical destination, surrounded by luscious palm trees and offering basic accommodations. However, visitors should be aware that the strong waves make it unsuitable for swimming. The beach features several casual bars where patrons can enjoy lounging on sunbeds while sipping on fresh coconuts or sampling local cuisine.

One of the best beaches in the area. A lot of palm trees, a few coaches with umbrellas. The ocean however a bit wavy. A very good ambiance!

Kyrylo S — Google review

Nice beautiful place, but it's not really good for swimming, waves are too strong.There is a cafe where you can take coconut or eat something. It doesn't have any menu so is better to ask prices in advance. Host said that it would be enough to buy coconuts to use sunbed whole day, but then he changed his mind))) eventually two coconuts cost us 500rs and 1000rs more we should have given for sunbeds.Besides this there are no any infrastructure like toilets, showers, etc. It's quite wild beach.

Irina B — Google review

Beautiful beach, many beach restaurants and bars. Lovely for those like to enjoy drinks and good ambiance.Have sun beds. Support local places like this.Drink a coconut here.Enjoy!

Sonia G — Google review

Nice beautiful place, but it's not really good for swimming, waves are too strong.There is a cafe where you can take coconut or eat something. It doesn't have any menu so is better to ask prices in advance. Host said that it would be enough to buy coconuts to use sunbed whole day, but then he changed his mind))) eventually two coconuts cost us 500rs and 1000rs more we should have given for sunbeds.Besides this there are no any infrastructure like toilets, showers, etc. It's quite wild beach.

Irina B — Google review

About 14 km from Dickwela not a busy beach by the time we visited.. seems much waves and also not a good path for vehicles but resorts are there

Vinovithan K — Google review

My favorite beach in Sri Lanka that I discovered in 2001, when I lived here for four years. It has become more popular and touristy over time, but it still retains its charm and beauty with fine sand and fun waves.The best spot for swimming is outside off the wave breaks, where the water is much calmer. The big waves might not suit everyone, especially children, so supervision is required.The only potential issue is that it seems that one of the dogs has begun to nip people sometimes when it gets too excited. It is still playful and harmless. We were fine, but we noticed a few others having this problem.

Par A — Google review

It's a beautiful small beach, but little is open and free to sit and nowhere with shade. For unexperienced swimmers it might get rough as the ocean is a bit wavey. A relaxed place which is clean and soothing. Lovely sand and beautiful surrounding altogether. The beach is very beautiful with several restaurants and they would rent the chairs out free of charge if you eat there. The landscape is breath-taking.

Anuja J — Google review

Beautiful beach for sunrises!!! Together with a fisherman we were the only ones at this time.

Rich A — Google review

I really like this beach I'll stay here for the next seven days so far it's good.. a bit too wavy so not the best for swimming but I think is a good spot to relax

David G — Google review

Very nice beach with a few restaurant on the beach (even in low season) that offer free umbrellas. Sea color was not that blue, but there was a lot of waves.Beaches is more crowded and smaller than silent beach.

Tina B — Google review

Super nice collective of relaxed young people. They prepare a great salad and one of their specialities is the banana chips/fries. The guys organised a fishing trip for us with a local fisherman (20k) and then prepared the fish for us. My children had a skin rash and the guys organised fresh aloe vera for us very quickly. Many thanks to you @sandaruwan and his boys! Best regards Martin and Family from Germany

UIG U — Google review

Very beautiful beach with decent waves. The Bamboo Bar invites you for delicious chips and a beer. The beach is definitely a recommendation.

Andreas K — Google review

It's a beautiful small beach, but little is open and free to sit and nowhere with shade. For unexperienced swimmers it might get rough as the ocean is a bit wavey. A relaxed place which is clean and soothing. Lovely sand and beautiful surrounding altogether. The beach is very beautiful with several restaurants and they would rent the chairs out free of charge if you eat there. The landscape is breath-taking.

Anuja J — Google review

Yellow mellow beach bar is the best restaurant at thegoyambokka beach and they have fresh seafood. Also they have live lobsters. Staff is super friendly. Just go there and enjoy the vibe. Highly reccomended

El B — Google review

Really nice beach.Waves can get really high. Water was clean and warm in Dec.There are no washrooms available at the beach, you have to walk back to your hotel.

A K — Google review

4.6

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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya

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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya is a revered Buddhist temple complex located amidst coconut trees in Tangalla. The complex boasts of seven cave shrines carved from rock across five different levels, housing several large reclining Buddha statues and smaller sitting and standing figures. Visitors can climb the 500 steps to reach the top for breathtaking views. However, there may be parking charges of Rs.30 and tourist fees of Rs.600 imposed before entry into the temple premises.

Beautiful ancient temple. It has nice views on the top of the rock. Very dry in these days. >> before entering the temple, Man came and charged Rs.30 for parking. And I heard they take Rs.600 from tourists.>> not hard to climb the rock because it has steps to climb.

Ushan W — Google review

Beautiful ancient temple. It has nice views on the top of the rock. Very dry in these days. >> before entering the temple, Man came and charged Rs.30 for parking. And I heard they take Rs.600 from tourists.>> not hard to climb the rock because it has steps to climb.

Ushan W — Google review

Mulgirigala is a captivating historical site that offers a rich blend of cultural and architectural wonders. The ancient rock temple, perched on a rocky outcrop, provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. The intricate carvings and vibrant frescoes within the caves showcase the artistic prowess of the ancient civilizations that once thrived here. The well-preserved artifacts and the serene ambiance make Mulgirigala a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil escape.

Viraj T — Google review

Most famous Historical buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. Amazing stone carvings , cannot imagine how to do that old people in Sri Lanka. Arts drawing on the rock. Can climb Mullirigala Rock. View point also available in top of the rock. Parking is available. Nice place. Please protect it for future generations.

Chanaka L — Google review

Most famous Historical buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. Amazing stone carvings , cannot imagine how to do that old people in Sri Lanka. Arts drawing on the rock. Can climb Mullirigala Rock. View point also available in top of the rock. Parking is available. Nice place. Please protect it for future generations.

Chanaka L — Google review

500 roupies for foreigners.More than 500 steps.Many buda lay down in Cave. Nice Cave.There was only local People.

Melanie S — Google review

Must visit Buddhist temple in (Down-south) in Mulgirigala in between Beliatta and Weeraketiya, Sr Lanaka. 🇱🇰There are seven rock caves (like Dambulla Cave Temple) in the top of this beautiful temple. Inside of these cave there are amazing ancient paintings, statues and sculptures 🗿. Top of the rock can be seen nice view of around the village and can be relaxed. And also there is a stupa and huge Buddha’s statue on top of the 🪨. And there are few caves and a stupa in the ground Temple as well 🍂. There is a pond which has lotus on the top of the rock🪷.Parkings are available at the entrance of the Temple. Very quiet and clam place to visit. 🍃

Malinda B — Google review

Mulgirigala is a Buddhist yoga monastery dating back to the 2nd century BC. This Buddhist ashram is located on a large rock about 300 feet high. There are three main caves, and the paintings in the upper cave are of special importance. There is no such painting tradition in Sri Lanka. There are paintings of topless women dancing. A must visit place for a student of Sri Lanka's Buddhist history as well as for general travel

Asoka P — Google review

Absolutely amazing, well worth adding on your itinerary. There are 5 cave temples, three on higher level and two lower, 3 stupas and numerous spots to admire the view of the surrounding forest and the river. The murals in the caves are remarkable

Christine P — Google review

Mulgirigala is an impressive location, there in ancient rock paintings can be seen. This is the only place where female drummers are depicted. Many jathaka stories were carefully and elegantly carved out.

Samitha U — Google review

Mulgirigala is an impressive location, there in ancient rock paintings can be seen. This is the only place where female drummers are depicted. Many jathaka stories were carefully and elegantly carved out.

Samitha U — Google review

Enterene is very very commercial like a festival fair with all sale items available. This is not suitable for old religious place as the value disappear from the first look. There were lot of low quality food sellers offering their goods under unreasonable prices in the place. May be relevant health and consumer authority officers are blind in the secen.

Varuna L — Google review

Very Nice temple calm and peaceful.. beware of monkeys.. they are harmless but if you have any food or peanuts they will try to get it from you... same for the flowers....

Sagara D — Google review

Beautiful monastery. Entrance costed 500 rupees. After the entrance, a guide came up to us and started giving us a tour without our consent, but we were generally interested, so we did not refuse his services. The tour cost $10.The top of the monastery offers a beautiful view of the surrounding nature, and the monastery has wonderful paintings on the ceiling of the rooms.Also, there are many monkeys and other animals in the area.

Andrii K — Google review

Rathnaweera is an absolutely serious businessman with good products and extremely ferries prices. His scooters are in excellent condition and work reliably. The entire family is in harmony that is rarely found.

Hubert S — Google review

It seems like mini Dambulla, rather then mini Sigiriya. Its an ancient cave dwelling sorts, later some walls made. The rock shelters are now caves with the walls. There are 2 basix shirt brahmi inscriptions, 1 above office and 1 next to the lotus pond. 2 caves at level 1 at office and 3 caves at 2nd level. All caves have reclining Buddhas and wall paintings frescos. Climb further up to pinnacle via more stairs n rock cut stairs similar to those in the Western ghats, near Pune, in India. The view is good. The entire stairway is approx 260 stairs and overall takes about 1hr. Good to visit, if in this area.

Chandraneel J — Google review

The place is beautiful, worth visiting!I would kindly ask all the people who are going to visit, take some food with you for small puppies who are living upstairs, even some rice, some leftovers from your lunch...they will not survive without our help!!! I had 2 bags of dogs food with me ( as I always carry food to feed strays).I gave some straight away and some left with the woman who is selling stuff over there. She told me that they are trying to feed them as well, I hope so, but obviously not enough . Dogs are in a very poor condition. Let's make this world 🌎 better together! And enjoy your holiday! 😊

Alexandra P — Google review

Mulkirigala Raja Maha Wiharaya is one of most unique places to visit near Tangalle area. It surrounds with lots of greenery and landscapes. This temple has so much history that dates back to 1st - 2nd BC.Mulkirigala Raja Maha Wiharaya contains,1. Rock caves2. Rock inscriptions3. Ponds4. Stupas5. A bo tree on top of the rock6. Ancient steps etc…Some locals refer as “Punchi Seegiriya”.

Pavan N — Google review

A sacred place of archaeological and historical importance. Anyone can easily reach here. There are many things to see and appreciate here. You can go up the hill of this temple. There is a view point at the top of the mountain where you can see the surroundings. This place is ideal for people who love beautiful and quiet environment.

Gayan S — Google review

Schöner Tempel mit vielen Stufen. Wir haben uns am Eingang Blumen gekauft um diese dann zum liegenden Buddha zu legen. Das hat sich sehr gelohnt, da man dann dafür ein Gebet und Segen vom Mönch oben erhält.Aber aufpassen, am Anfang versuchen einheimische euch zu Guiden und laufen mit euch mit. Einfach gleich sagen, dass man es nicht möchte.(Translated by Google)Beautiful temple with many steps. We bought flowers at the entrance and then placed them next to the reclining Buddha. This was very worth it as you then received a prayer and blessing from the monk above.But be careful, at the beginning locals will try to guide you and run with you. Just say right away that you don't want it.

Alex L — Google review

A stunning monastery with a rich history and breathtaking setting. Worth visiting for an hour or two to fully enjoy looking at the ancient frescoes as well as climbing up the steep steps to see a stunning view of Tangalle.

Loven R — Google review

Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya is a captivating historical site that offers a rich cultural experience. The ancient rock temple, located in the southern part of Sri Lanka, boasts impressive cave paintings and intricate sculptures, providing a glimpse into the region's artistic heritage. The panoramic views from the summit are breathtaking, making the climb worthwhile. The temple's serene ambiance and spiritual significance make it a great destination for a family outing, allowing both adults and children to appreciate the historical and cultural significance of this remarkable site. Overall, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya offers a fulfilling blend of history, art, and spirituality for visitors of all ages.

Hasitha P — Google review

4.7

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Turtle Watch Rekawa

Nature preserve

Nature & Parks

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Unique and exciting experience. Many thanks to the Turtle Nest Protectors in Rekawa for the opportunity and for all the efforts with turtle conservation. Wish you success in all your activities 🙂

Diana D — Google review

Wonderful experience. Must visit place. Cannot say exactly what time the turtles arrive. But worth every minute. There is a waiting area. There is a person who will inform us when a turtle arrives. After that a guide will take us via the beach to the egg laying place. Sometimes that can be a nearly 2km via the sandy beach. Sometimes it can be very near. Depends on the turtle. For us it was very far. I got so tired walking that distance in the sand. But worth

Kanishka G — Google review

We had an amazing night! Local people in every age are saving the Turtles, the eggs (from selling it). We saw baby turtles hatching , and two mama turtles laying eggs. Our guide knows everything about the turtles and answered all my 100 questions very properly. Please note these are animals and not come by the hour because we want to see them. We were very lucky to be able to see all these beautiful animals from baby to the mama turtles. Take your time , be patient, and respect nature just as much as the locals does. I’m very thankful for this experience.

Csenge V — Google review

We saw 4 turtles as well as seeing one turtle laying her eggs and covering them with her flippers. Amazing experience! They ask for a 1000 rupee donation before going down to the beach. We didn’t have to wait around as much as we expected! It was great.

Connie P — Google review

Saw a green turtle laying eggs and went back to the sea, great experience!Could ask questions on turtles and the guide explained everything. Be prepared that the procedure takes very long (in our case 3,5h) and white light and flash light is prohibited, only red light is allowed.

Dieter E — Google review

One of a kind experience to see ocean turtles hatching. A natural phenomena! Well conserved, protected and managed area for the environment. Best time to visit is between Feb-Mar.

Aarnav M — Google review

Nice beach but no restaurants allowed. Turtles come 9pm. See my pictures for more info

Volker G — Google review

During the presentation and the following walk to one of the turtles you learn alot. It seems they really work hard to protect the turtles in a suitable manner without disturbing them (to much).

Rich A — Google review

A native of southern sri lanka I have never seen turtles 🐢 laying eggs. This was a fist for me.Fist I was hesitant as I didn't know if I was indirectly contributing to the destruction of an already red listed and endangered wild animal.But once I went there I realised this was a community project where the locals have gathered in an effort to conserve these turtles since 1996.I was really impressed by their work and dedication.Also found out that turtles eggs had been a local delicacy which was new to me and the conservationists had to work hard to keep the eggs off humans other than the predators.The process is quite simple. You reach the conservation center by 8.30 pm. They will collect a donation which is about 1000 Rs. ( this is like a ticket. I personally wish there was a ticket rather than this)Then once the spotters give a message of incoming turtles the guides will take us down. Until the turtle has dugg the egg hole and started laying eggs we are not allowed to go near. After the egg laying has started they will let us photograph and give each a chance to get a good view. The animals are not allowed to be touched or harmed.Once they have layed the eggs we can follow them up to the shore line and photograph or vedio under the red light.I think its a very unique experience and I really enjoyed it. The process can take up to 2 to 3 hours. As some animals will keep digging the hole up to about one hour.They told us they will return the money if we do not get a siting.Definitely worth it despite all the negative reviews.I guess it might be quite crowded during the high season. But today was in the low season. So only about 15 people were there. Everyone was very co operative and everyone got a chance.A group of Germans tried to gate crash and do the egg hunt by themselves without paying the conservation center. Despite clear notice saying its prohibited to enter the breeding grounds without a guide during 7pm to 6am. Felt a bit disappointed as Germans are usually very reasonable and nature loving people.I think for a poor nation where conservation is always fake and animals are exploited I really respect and admire the effort of this collective and wish them all the best.Definitely visiting again with friends and family.

Bhanuka V — Google review

Amazing place, people there are devoted to save turtles. So much passion in what they do. We saw turtle laying eggs and baby turtle going back to the sea. Many tourist do not respect the rules and animals, which is sad to see but personel try to cope with it. Groupwas big and seemed that foundation lacks personel and funding. But they do their best they can in given situation. Worth the visit, just read the instructions how not to distract turtles and bring red light with you .

Justina A — Google review

Thank you for protecting the turtle nests and babys from predators this is very good for the animals future. But you should also protect them, even more from humans as long as the turtles are still coming..Everything else what I observed and what is Happening there durring a 14 days stay near this beach is suspicious and not professional. I hope this will change..The pictures shows arround 20 tourists following, photograf and chasing 1(!!) just born baby turtle. And this was initated and supported by the rangers. The nature friends of Rekawa..

Samu K — Google review

Animal protection is not their focus. We were around 30 people last night. The guide was not able to handle the big group alone. Many people did not stick to the guide‘s words. No distance to the turtle kept, used flash lights although forbidden etc. They just didn‘t care to disturb the turtle for the best instagram post. And the guide let them do. This is not what should be supported by the tourists. NO RECOMMENDATION

Yvy Z — Google review

I don't think the organization gets the credit it deserves and I think people rating this activity low for the price or the number of people are hypocrites. If you chose to do this activity you probably are a nature enthousiaste and if so please respect the animals. If it is well done we got to see turtles laying eggs unbothered and learnt a lot in the process. Also note that the organization protects the eggs and the money helps finance those people. Without them the survival rate of the turtles were about zero percent a few years back due to poachers. This activity is completely dependent on the respect of the people coming and I believe the business model is amazing in order to protect those sea turtles. More and more turtles come back to this beach to lay eggs and it is not a coincidence, the organization is doing a good job at protecting them.

Nicolas Z — Google review

Before 7 p.m. you can see the turtles being born. Not many people and nothing to pay.Please be careful to the baby turtles!Don't step on them!Don't touch them!They will find their way to the sea by themselves.

Simone R — Google review

I thought the staff at Turtle Watch Rekawa were very professional, knowledgeable and ethical. They did their best to ensure that the visitors obeyed the regulations and that the turtles were not disturbed at all. I’m hopeful their efforts help the conservation of these magnificent creatures.

Amy S — Google review

3.6

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Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

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Bird watching area

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Went on a tour at sunrise - saw quite many beautiful birds, guide could notice birds from far away quickly and treated us with coconut and bananas 😁If you love birds this place is a must!

Yana S — Google review

Went there by boat with Mahesh and spent about 3 hours watching birds beginning from sunrise. Saw a lot of species, about 45 total

Daria P — Google review

We had a fantastic time with Mahesh! Not only was he very knowledgeable about the birds but he was also very friendly and funnw. We could feel his true passion about bird life and his desire to make us see all the species, explain about the sanctuary, teach us about bird life. The tour was mind-blowing, the landscape and nature were incredible, and the quiet environment made it feel like paradise. We highly recommend!

Sylvie M — Google review

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary and the lagoon mangrove ecosystem are a great place for bird watching.Large flocks of native and migratory birds spend time in it and it is a very valuable ecological zone

Thilina M — Google review

A group of Aussie wildlife photographers experienced the Kalametiya Bird Santuary and so loved the adventure we didnt want it to ever finish..We were delighted with the huge diversity of wildlife. Our guide was happy to share his knowledge about the culture and history of the wetlands but also his expertise on the local species. The mode of transport was like being on a gondola on nature, slow and peaceful pace, allowing us to capture the best images of the wildlife..We considered this event as one of our highlights on Sri Lanka.

Julie G — Google review

A very interesting and spectacular place. The birds are literally everywhere, different type, size and kind, color and behavior. For all nature lovers is a must see place. Thanks Buddhi for excellent guidance and passion.

Vladimir K — Google review

One of the best experiences I had when visiting down south. We went with Mahesh. You need to do a prior booking. It takes about 2 hours and you need to be there by 4 pm to start the ride. The tranquility is inexplicable and you need to experience it. You can see a variety of birds. I will surely visit again. Many locals don't come perhaps they are unaware.

Nuwan G — Google review

We had a fantastic trip on the boat. Our guides were very friendly, nice and informative and shared with us a lot of interesting information about fauna and flora in the Kalametiya bird sanctuary. Lovely and calm atmosphere. Thanks a lot!

Ilona M — Google review

A great lagoon adventure with a guide, who knows birds very well and can tell you a lot about them. Relaxing atmosphere, privacy and a wide variety of birds to see in real nature. The journey takes place by boat and takes about 2-2,5 hours.

Push T — Google review

Fascinating and peaceful late afternoon’s bird watching. The lagoon was stunningly beautiful. Buddhi is a gentle and knowledgeable guide, with a real passion for this precious habitat.

Susan I — Google review

Simple accommodation with really friendly hosts and a great view over the bay. Would recommend for experienced travelers

Svilena K — Google review

Went on a tour at sunrise - saw quite many beautiful birds, guide could notice birds from far away quickly and treated us with coconut and bananas 😁If you love birds this place is a must!

Yana S — Google review

Highly recommended. Gayan and his team are very knowledgeable and friendly. Need to book in advance.

Tristan B — Google review

It was definitely the highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. We had to reach the bird sanctuary at 6am and get into a boat. The air was crisp with birds chirping all around. We got to see many birds and also witnessed our first beautiful sunrise of 2024. Definitely an exhilarating experience if you want to witness nature at its best. We took a guide but you can also choose not to, he showed us different types of birds and told us a little more about them and about the plants in that region as well.

Sherlyn G — Google review

It's a nugget! And if it's not easy to find, that's because it's not yet frequented by hordes of tourists. We saw several species of kingfisher, egrets, ibises, herons, eagles and so on, all with a very knowledgeable guide! And to top it all off, we even managed to get close to a crocodile! Extra, I recommend for those who want authentic birdwatching with a professional guide, not an amusem*nt park.

Christophe D — Google review

I went with a group of 15 and we had 4 boats between us for both a morning and an afternoon/evening safari. It was incredibly tranquil and the morning light particularly was very good. We saw and heard a huge number of birds including a visiting Osprey and some wildlife, particularly a huge water monitor lounging on a tree trunk, plus dragon flies, damsel flies and butterflies! Gayan and his team were excellent and I recommend them for those wanting a different experience.

Heather C — Google review

We loved every second of this private tour. Buddhi was such a knowledgeable and friendly guide. We saw many, many different species of bird, plus wild water buffalo and water monitors. We felt very lucky to have spent a few hours at this amazing reserve, all topped off by a beautiful sunset.

Kimberley G — Google review

Best places to spot rare migratory birds. We witnesses over 3000 glossy ibis in the marsh with other migratory birds such as black tailed godwit, common shank etc

Jayomi L — Google review

We visited the sanctuary which was booked for us by the manager of our hotel.He recommended the early morning trip and we were collected by our guide for the day by tuktuk at 6am.We spent an amazing two and a half hours on the water and saw the most fantastic array of birds.We were also treated to the sight of the water buffalo herdsman collecting his herd from the lake for milking and returning them later.Our guide also fed us some local delicacies that had been made by his mum!Our oarsman collected a bouquet of water hyacinths for my wife and made a garland from a water lily for my daughter.If you are in the area, then this is definitely one not to be missed.

Adrian B — Google review

We had the best time at Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary. Our guide was so knowledgeable about every bird we saw and had a real passion when telling us which we loved. We adored the home made snack and just how kind our boat driver and guide were. It was such a wonderful and relaxing experience for me. Thank you! I’d recommend it to anyone.

Hannah G — Google review

4.7

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Elephant Transit Home

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The Elephant Transit Home (also known as උඩවලව ඇත් අතුරු සෙවන) in Udawalava is an animal protection organization that provides a halfway house for orphaned elephants. With support from the Born Free Foundation, the center rehabilitates these elephants before releasing them back into the wild, often in the Uda Walawe National Park.

Be ready here to not be a part of feeding action, you will be 20 meters near behind the fence.It’s pretty crowded all the time.But in general it’s a nice and positive place, they do good helpful job for elephants 🐘

Oksana T — Google review

Nice place, there are a lot of baby elephants. Unique experience and we observe there were many foreign tourists also at this place. They really enjoyed at the feeding time to those baby elephants. A must visit place if you travel around Udawalawa.

Anjana S — Google review

his facility is indeed dedicated to rehabilitating orphaned elephant calves and preparing them for release back into the wild. Visitors can observe the baby elephants being fed milk and watch them as they roam around the grounds.Visiting the Elephant Transit Home can be a meaningful and educational experience. Not only do you get to witness the care and rehabilitation efforts for these orphaned elephants, but you also contribute to their welfare through the entrance fee, which supports the facility's operations.If you're interested in wildlife conservation and enjoy observing animals in their natural habitat, a visit to the Elephant Transit Home could definitely be worthwhile. Just make sure to check the visiting hours and any specific guidelines before planning your trip.

Madhuka P — Google review

This home is filled with these little cuties. They play around and you get to see them eat, feed by the caretakers. Baby elephants are so extraordinary and to see them so close is an amazing experience. 🐘🐘

Sandalu K — Google review

Well worth a visit at feeding time. We went for the 10.30 am session and it was nice to see many locals as it was a public holiday. We chose this place because it really is a transit home (and vet sevice) with the aim being to release elephants back into the wild, sometimes in more distant national parks than nearby Uduwalawe, with tracking devices to check their movements and ensure successful integration. Also the animals are respected as wild animals, so there is no patting etc.

Elektra S — Google review

This is a place you should definitely visit in Sri Lanka! I really enjoyed watching the baby elephants drinking milk. They behave like babies, it's very cute how they act together.It is very hot, I would suggest taking sunscreen.

Seher S — Google review

Amazing place! There is some construction work being done around and the place on its own needs some work. But you don't go to this place to admire the building. You come here to see baby elephants being fed. Baby elephants who lost their mothers. They are being looked after here with no human physical contact so they can be released into thebwild again when they are 6yo. After that they are being monitored for 2 years to make sure they cope in the nature.Here you can watch them being fed with milk from distance. There are 3 "show" times daily (10.30am, 2.30pm and 6pm).Looking after these animals is very pricey and by purchasing ticket and watching them you support this beautiful cause.

Wander K — Google review

Place to look after baby elephants who have missed their mother or herd, until they are able to live by them selves. since they are being prepared for the jungle, they are having minimum human exposure and contacts. You can watch they are fed with milk from distance. Evey day that is done in a ground. There is a stage built for this. They make sure every elephant gets milk.There are 3show times per day where you can see they are fed with milk. You have to target show time to arrive unless you have to wait a long. Place have its own parking and has easy access from main road. There is nothing much to see. There is a information center but is has only poster boards. They could have done a better job. Thats the reason i give 4 star.

Chathura L — Google review

Baby elephants who lose their mother's love in the wild are brought here, nurtured and released into the wild. In this stall, you can watch the baby elephants being milked and how happily they spend their days. Located on the border of Udawalawa Reservoir. There is a fee to visit and there is an allotted time to watch the baby elephants being fed. Your donations to this station will be used for animal welfare. You can name it as a must visit place if you are visiting the area.

V.M.D M — Google review

A must visit place for all lovers of elephants and wild-life. It's a transit home for displaced, injured, orphaned, etc. elephants to be rehabilitated before being released to forest. You can contribute for the expenses. A wealth of knowledge about elephants and how to protect them, can be gained by visiting the museum/information centre on-site.

Sudheera S — Google review

Ticket for foreigner is 1813 LKR , it's quite expensive. Local is 100 LKR 😁😁 (February 2023) This public feeding is done twice a day and the entrance fee goes towards the upkeep on the home. There is also an interesting little museum explaining about the cycle of elephants and the difference between Sri Lankan and African elephants

FARKHUN's L — Google review

The baby elephants, who are predominantly orphaned from the jungle, are super cute! This place is an excellent trip for elephant lovers or families. You get to see feeding time, which is really entertaining. The way the babies run up for the milk is so cute. This is a great cause worth supporting, so please consider visiting. Can get crowded, but you are able to see clearly even if it’s busy!

Carlitos W — Google review

The elephant sanctuary is easily accessible by vehicle and is a good place to visit before going on a safari. You can watch the elephants being fed from a separate viewing stand. There is also a small museum and information center about elephants on the premises. It's very suitable for children and it's fun to see the baby elephants.

Andreas K — Google review

Best place to see elephant in the wild. They seem to treat the elephants very good here compared to other elephant orphanage centers. After the feeding they let the elephants free in the wild, which is very nice to see and know. With your ticket you contribute with 100% to the feeding expenses for the elephants. We payed 5 USD/Person

Joe I — Google review

Pleasant place to visit, only there half an hour for the feeding. 1820lkr to get in for a foreign adult.Fun to watch.We sat on the left and it was the best place.

Heather E — Google review

Great experience for all age groups.They look after the little elephants really well.Easily accessible and plenty of car parking available.

Chathura S — Google review

Saw some of the reviews here on beating elephants with sticks. I feel those are exaggerated reviews because they use a stick to control elephants when feeding them. Those are not whips. And near the observation deck the authority has displayed an explanatory note on why they use sticks on baby elephants. My feeling is it's good to have a place like this to look after orphaned elephants rather than let them die stranded in the wildAs a visitor you can watch them feed elephants for about half an hour and that's the only thing you can do here. Good for kids.

Ruwindu S — Google review

I came back twice, and this says it all!It’s so heartwarming to see the little elephants running to get milk and trying to sneak back in the queue for a second round.Beautiful experience in a place that respects the elephts and doesn’t allow people to interact.They work to reintroduce them in the wild, which is what all conservation efforts should look like!Go visit, it’s well worth it! (Only 5$!)As of Jan 2024 the feeding times are 10:30am, 2:30pm, 6pm and it all lasts about 30minThe evening was way less crowded than the morning. Sunday morning was packed.Arrive 15-30min earlier.

Bianca D — Google review

Such a lovely experience!The tour guide was good and very interactive.The beaut of the elephants in their natural habits was just perfect .

Sofia W — Google review

Very endearing experience. The show is basically to witness feeding of baby elephants. More proximity to the elephants would be nicer, but then it may beat the whole purpose of the place.

Sandeep D — Google review

The most adorable experience! Sad to see these beautiful creatures in need of so much help. Wish them luck and Pray that they succeed in reintroducing them to a natural environment.

Temecula6 — Google review

This place is a great tourist destination. If you come to Udawalawa area you must go to this place. Nice clean location and this elephant transit house is located near Udawala main road and Udawala lake.This wildlife protection facility withinUdawalawe National ParkinSri Lankathat was established in 1995 by the Sri LankaDepartment of Wildlife Conservation.

Thisara O — Google review

Elephant feeding done thrice at the Transit Home during the day here at 10:30am,2:30pm & 6pm . Tickets bought at the counters with separate queue for locals & foreigners. The feeding lasts for approximately 30-35 mins and is interesting to see baby elephants getting priority for milk feed followed by greens . Ample space at the steps for Sitting under the shade . Plenty of Cafe’s at the entrance of the facility . It was a good stopover !

Rajiv C — Google review

They take up orphaned elephants and raise them until they are old enough to survive in the wilderness on their own.Contact between humans and elephants is kept to a minimum, so the elephants don't get to used to people.Visitors cannot interact with the orphans, which is very good.

Miri F — Google review

Great attractions. Hilarious to see how baby elephant calves complain when refused to give more milk. Sad to see many orphaned and injured. Viewing platform is shaded areana of concrete stepping for seats. Bringing personal cushion will help.Toilet facilities seems new and clean. Entrance and ticket counter need improvement for user friendly operation. One Cafe on premises and few across the road.

Gayan K — Google review

4.5

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Udawalawe National Park

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Udawalawe National Park Safari is a vast nature reserve spanning 30,821 hectares in Sri Lanka that boasts an array of native wildlife, such as elephants and water birds. The park is home to herds of wild buffalo, sambar and spotted deer, giant squirrel, making it one of the country's finest national parks. With its lightly vegetated terrain, game-watching is made easy for visitors who want to observe the park's natural beauty.

It was the first Safari in my life. We rented a jeep for three hours, which is enough time to enjoy the views and animals. We met about 10 lone elephants and two herds of elephants. Great variety of birds. By the river we saw deer, buffaloes. It is forbidden to get out of the jeep, feed and touch the animals. There is a stop by the river to take photos.

????????? ? — Google review

Beautiful park, with a really various wildlife. Elephants, buffaloes, amazing birds, monkeys (be careful, they are pushy, and will stole your belongings). The elephants walking around and directly next to the cars, even less than meters away in some cases. Took the 4 hours afternoon tour, definitely enough. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see crocodiles, but they are there.

Aron M — Google review

Excellent safari experience with plenty to see. Not hugely expensive compared to other countries. Elephants are majestic 😍. Just like anywhere else in Srilanka government run ticket office can improve the processes and policies (They need to start accepting digital documents). Our guide was great though.

Rash*tha J — Google review

After going on a safari in Udawalawe National Park for myself, I discovered that it wasn’t exactly what all of the rumors and blogs say. In fact, there are a few things you should know about going on a safari in Udawalawe National Park before you go!So without further ado, here is my honest TRUTH about visiting Udawalawe National Park including what to expect from a safari and more!On a safari in Udawalawe National Park, you will undoubtedly see elephants. In fact, chances are that you will see many of them – babies, too!Udawalawe National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s smaller national parks at only 308.2 km². It is estimated that within this space over 500 elephants live. It’s simple really, a smaller space with a higher density of elephants increases your chances of seeing them!On my safari through Udawalawe National Park, we saw tons of elephants! Within minutes of entering the park, I saw a group of about 7 elephants. Then, throughout the safari, we saw many more including a mother with two babies (one was very small) as well as large male elephants crossing the road only meters from our jeep!The jeep drivers/guides all want you to tip them, so they work hard to find you as many animals as possible.

THE T — Google review

If you want to see Elephants, you have to visit Udawalawe! We saw many elephants eating, roaming, bathing and relaxing! The park has a calming atmosphere with a variation in scenery. Lots of lakes and pools for the animals to sunbathe at dusk, a really beautiful place that will live long in the memory.

Carlitos W — Google review

I did a half-day safari in this national park in the afternoon.It was a very intense experience and incredible to see all the animals.There are not only elephants, but also different species of birds, butterflies, crocodiles, peaco*cks and monkeys.The number of elephant herds here is incredibly high.Can recommend the safari tour to everyone.

Seher S — Google review

Overrated but still worth it because we really wanted to see the elephants! We saw a lot of them that's great and a few other animals/birds but nothing impressive at all.Way too much expensive for a 3 hours tour and the worst was when the guide (that we didn't ask for but just jumped in the jeep and said it was included with the entrance ticket) kept insisting at the end for getting a big tip as it was something mandatory :( Nope

Monica C — Google review

Great place to mainly see elephants. You can also see crocodiles (swimming around looking for their next prey), different kinds of birds, buffalos and monkeys. It’s always advisable not to leave the safari jeep, especially in mating season of elephants as the male elephants could be sometimes looking for trouble (hormones do this obviously). Mama elephants would also be protective of their little ones. Female groups of elephants are always together with the little ones. Male elephants tend to leave the group when they get to a certain age. Stay safe and enjoy. Having a great guide/spotter helps a lot with certain birds as they will be spotting them and giving you their names and history of the place and so on

Ali D — Google review

Enjoyed the Sri Lankan wildlife in Udawalawa Safari. We saw plenty of elephants and tuskers at close range. Various other birds, peaco*ck dances and crocodiles that evening. The safari jeep cost Rs. 4000/= and entrance tickets were Rs 1250/= for six people. We roamed about three hours in the park. It was a wonderful experience.

Amila K — Google review

We had a booked a private safari and we travelled to this place all the way from Anantara kalutara. It was a rainy weather and I remember we had umbrellas with us and initially we were watching elephant feeding and then we travelled in a safari vehicle to the national park. We saw many crocodiles and a bunch of elephants , a few species of different birds and the nature’s view was great as well !!

Deep S — Google review

Yes, it’s the thing with safaris but the pictures seem that there are elephants neatly everywhere. Hours sitting in a truck with very bad street conditions and then seeing 2 elephants in 3 hours was a bit frustrating and a pity. All in all the park is beautiful and recommendable.

NONO Y — Google review

Very nice park, recommended for a jeep safari. You will most likely see wild elephants maybe even some babies if you are lucky. We saw male elephants fighting, some young ones. Also tons of cool birds, occasionally crocodiles along the water, deer and buffalo to mention a few

Alex L — Google review

We had a wonderful few hours adventuring here with Crocodile Safaris.When we first drove in, I didn’t have high expectations. We immediately encountered a number of elephants and the cynic in me thought they were being coached to hang out there.But as we headed deeper into the park, getting off the beaten track, we were blown away.Our driver was so sharp eyed, he spotted elephants, birds, a fox and he even stopped to point out a chameleon! It took a while for us to see it!But the best of all, seeing the baby elephant feeding from its mama. What a surreal magical moment.This place connects you to nature. You can come with a list of things you want to see and possibly disappointed, or you can relish visiting a place where animals have more freedom to roam and enjoy seeing whoever happens to cross your path.

Katy N — Google review

I took a three hour safari and had the most amazing time. The tour began at 3 PM and it was exactly the right amount of time. With only a short 10 minute drive from my hotel to the park entrance I was looking at wildlife within 15 minutes of it beginning. The driver was knowledgable and friendly. He was very capable And well adapted at finding the animals and stopping in the perfect location to get the best view. I would highly recommend going on safari at this location particularly for the sunset time

Stephen S — Google review

It is the best place in the country and the region to see wild elephants. You can come pretty close. Avoid large tourists groups. We have found experienced local jeep driver with excellent knowledge.

Piotr W — Google review

We didn't get into the park itself because we were in a hurry. But we drove along one of its borders and saw deer, elephants, buffalos and monkeys. Next time we will definitely visit this reserve, which we recommend to everyone. Rich nature, many wild animals in their natural habitat. You can even feed elephants!!

Andy K — Google review

It is a place with peace for animals to spend the time. But it is also a huge tourism place for Safari ridings and other things.Very famous among sri lankan and foreign travelers .You can see 2 types of elephants available in sri lanka and other animals.

Sanduni J — Google review

If you're looking for an unforgettable wildlife adventure in Sri Lanka, Udawalawe National Park is an absolute must-visit! Situated in the southeastern region of Sri Lanka, Udawalawe promises guaranteed elephant sightings, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike.During the safaris, we were treated to spectacular views of numerous elephant herds, providing a rare opportunity to observe their behavior up close. The park's proximity to the Udawalawe water reservoir ensures that even during the dry season when water levels are low, you'll still encounter hundreds of majestic elephants congregating near the grasslands to quench their thirst and frolic in the water. If you are lucky, you will be fortunate enough to spot elusive tuskers, a sight that's truly extraordinary in Sri Lanka. Plus, the park's strict regulations against feeding the elephants ensure their well-being and natural behavior remain undisturbed.For bird enthusiasts, Udawalawe is a paradise. The main highlights are the stunning White-tailed Iora and Sirkeer Malkoha. During the migratory season from November to March, the park hosts an impressive array of bird species. Our birdwatching escapades led us to record over 100 species, with highlights such as the Indian Roller, Orange-eyed Babbler, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, and Black-winged Kite.In the park's diverse habitats of thorns, bushes, and dry mixed evergreen forests, You can encounter a variety of wildlife, including Spotted Deer, Ruddy Mongoose, Indian Palm Squirrel, and Indian Gray Mongoose.The facilities at Udawalawe National Park are commendable, with well-maintained washrooms available near the entrance. Visitors are required to explore the park via safari jeep, which adds to the excitement of the adventure. There are plenty of jeep suppliers near the entrance, allowing for flexibility in organizing your safari experience.Overall, the experience at Udawalawe National Park was nothing short of magical. Whether you're seeking thrilling elephant encounters or a mesmerizing birdwatching expedition, this park promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Sri Lanka's breathtaking wilderness. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure!

Ashan P — Google review

It always nice to see elephants healty in nature, so many of them.... it is crowded with all those cars, competiting who will be the first finding elephants, but any way... nice big park and nice experience

Anže V — Google review

Guaranteed to see lots of elephants! We saw probably around 40 elephants, lots of peaco*cks, birds, spotted deers, lizards and some crocodiles, mongoose, storks.The park was very busy in the morning, would recommend doing a half day safari rather just the standard 3 hours as the park was much quieter from 10am to 12Can pay entry fee by credit card

Charlotte — Google review

I recommend the jeep safari here. You can spot different animals. Many jeep drivers are available, and the tour costs approximately 7000 LKR.In our case, we had a great and knowledgeable jeep driver who explained everything. The tour lasted about 3 hours, and it was a fun and worthwhile visit.

Leel K — Google review

**Discover Udawalawe National Park**Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka offers a thrilling safari experience, with its main attraction being the Asian elephants. Visitors can observe these majestic creatures, along with crocodiles, deer, and a variety of bird species. Lucky adventurers might even catch a glimpse of a tiger. Guided safari jeeps make exploring the park easy, ensuring you don't miss any of its wonders. Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or seeking an adventure, Udawalawe promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Sri Lanka's wilderness.

Madhuka P — Google review

It’s a heaven for nature lovers.We were going mainly to see the elephants, and we saw a lot.On top of that - peaco*cks, different types of eagles and bee eaters, parrots, monkeys, crocodile, water buffalo ( didn’t even knew they exist:)), deers, pelicans, iguana… Wow, I am absolutely happy.

Kateryna L — Google review

Any time of year, it is pretty much guaranteed that you will see elephants - if that's what you came for! 🐘Peaco*cks & Deer are in big numbers. You'd probably not bother taking pics of them after the first 30mins. 🙂Surprisingly, there's a diverse population of birds to the delight of bird watchers.Downside is; If your guide spots an elephant, chances are the other guides will too. This creates a traffic jam around the elephants. Elephants being naturally 'reserved', will walk away from your sight.Overall, it's a great place to visit during the monsoon season.

Andrew A — Google review

4.5

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Udawalawe National Park Safari is a vast nature reserve spanning 30,821 hectares in Sri Lanka that boasts an array of native wildlife, such as elephants and water birds. The park is home to herds of wild buffalo, sambar and spotted deer, giant squirrel, making it one of the country's finest national parks. With its lightly vegetated terrain, game-watching is made easy for visitors who want to observe the park's natural beauty.

It was the first Safari in my life. We rented a jeep for three hours, which is enough time to enjoy the views and animals. We met about 10 lone elephants and two herds of elephants. Great variety of birds. By the river we saw deer, buffaloes. It is forbidden to get out of the jeep, feed and touch the animals. There is a stop by the river to take photos.

????????? ? — Google review

Beautiful park, with a really various wildlife. Elephants, buffaloes, amazing birds, monkeys (be careful, they are pushy, and will stole your belongings). The elephants walking around and directly next to the cars, even less than meters away in some cases. Took the 4 hours afternoon tour, definitely enough. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see crocodiles, but they are there.

Aron M — Google review

Excellent safari experience with plenty to see. Not hugely expensive compared to other countries. Elephants are majestic 😍. Just like anywhere else in Srilanka government run ticket office can improve the processes and policies (They need to start accepting digital documents). Our guide was great though.

Rash*tha J — Google review

After going on a safari in Udawalawe National Park for myself, I discovered that it wasn’t exactly what all of the rumors and blogs say. In fact, there are a few things you should know about going on a safari in Udawalawe National Park before you go!So without further ado, here is my honest TRUTH about visiting Udawalawe National Park including what to expect from a safari and more!On a safari in Udawalawe National Park, you will undoubtedly see elephants. In fact, chances are that you will see many of them – babies, too!Udawalawe National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s smaller national parks at only 308.2 km². It is estimated that within this space over 500 elephants live. It’s simple really, a smaller space with a higher density of elephants increases your chances of seeing them!On my safari through Udawalawe National Park, we saw tons of elephants! Within minutes of entering the park, I saw a group of about 7 elephants. Then, throughout the safari, we saw many more including a mother with two babies (one was very small) as well as large male elephants crossing the road only meters from our jeep!The jeep drivers/guides all want you to tip them, so they work hard to find you as many animals as possible.

THE T — Google review

If you want to see Elephants, you have to visit Udawalawe! We saw many elephants eating, roaming, bathing and relaxing! The park has a calming atmosphere with a variation in scenery. Lots of lakes and pools for the animals to sunbathe at dusk, a really beautiful place that will live long in the memory.

Carlitos W — Google review

I did a half-day safari in this national park in the afternoon.It was a very intense experience and incredible to see all the animals.There are not only elephants, but also different species of birds, butterflies, crocodiles, peaco*cks and monkeys.The number of elephant herds here is incredibly high.Can recommend the safari tour to everyone.

Seher S — Google review

Overrated but still worth it because we really wanted to see the elephants! We saw a lot of them that's great and a few other animals/birds but nothing impressive at all.Way too much expensive for a 3 hours tour and the worst was when the guide (that we didn't ask for but just jumped in the jeep and said it was included with the entrance ticket) kept insisting at the end for getting a big tip as it was something mandatory :( Nope

Monica C — Google review

Great place to mainly see elephants. You can also see crocodiles (swimming around looking for their next prey), different kinds of birds, buffalos and monkeys. It’s always advisable not to leave the safari jeep, especially in mating season of elephants as the male elephants could be sometimes looking for trouble (hormones do this obviously). Mama elephants would also be protective of their little ones. Female groups of elephants are always together with the little ones. Male elephants tend to leave the group when they get to a certain age. Stay safe and enjoy. Having a great guide/spotter helps a lot with certain birds as they will be spotting them and giving you their names and history of the place and so on

Ali D — Google review

Enjoyed the Sri Lankan wildlife in Udawalawa Safari. We saw plenty of elephants and tuskers at close range. Various other birds, peaco*ck dances and crocodiles that evening. The safari jeep cost Rs. 4000/= and entrance tickets were Rs 1250/= for six people. We roamed about three hours in the park. It was a wonderful experience.

Amila K — Google review

We had a booked a private safari and we travelled to this place all the way from Anantara kalutara. It was a rainy weather and I remember we had umbrellas with us and initially we were watching elephant feeding and then we travelled in a safari vehicle to the national park. We saw many crocodiles and a bunch of elephants , a few species of different birds and the nature’s view was great as well !!

Deep S — Google review

Yes, it’s the thing with safaris but the pictures seem that there are elephants neatly everywhere. Hours sitting in a truck with very bad street conditions and then seeing 2 elephants in 3 hours was a bit frustrating and a pity. All in all the park is beautiful and recommendable.

NONO Y — Google review

Very nice park, recommended for a jeep safari. You will most likely see wild elephants maybe even some babies if you are lucky. We saw male elephants fighting, some young ones. Also tons of cool birds, occasionally crocodiles along the water, deer and buffalo to mention a few

Alex L — Google review

We had a wonderful few hours adventuring here with Crocodile Safaris.When we first drove in, I didn’t have high expectations. We immediately encountered a number of elephants and the cynic in me thought they were being coached to hang out there.But as we headed deeper into the park, getting off the beaten track, we were blown away.Our driver was so sharp eyed, he spotted elephants, birds, a fox and he even stopped to point out a chameleon! It took a while for us to see it!But the best of all, seeing the baby elephant feeding from its mama. What a surreal magical moment.This place connects you to nature. You can come with a list of things you want to see and possibly disappointed, or you can relish visiting a place where animals have more freedom to roam and enjoy seeing whoever happens to cross your path.

Katy N — Google review

I took a three hour safari and had the most amazing time. The tour began at 3 PM and it was exactly the right amount of time. With only a short 10 minute drive from my hotel to the park entrance I was looking at wildlife within 15 minutes of it beginning. The driver was knowledgable and friendly. He was very capable And well adapted at finding the animals and stopping in the perfect location to get the best view. I would highly recommend going on safari at this location particularly for the sunset time

Stephen S — Google review

It is the best place in the country and the region to see wild elephants. You can come pretty close. Avoid large tourists groups. We have found experienced local jeep driver with excellent knowledge.

Piotr W — Google review

We didn't get into the park itself because we were in a hurry. But we drove along one of its borders and saw deer, elephants, buffalos and monkeys. Next time we will definitely visit this reserve, which we recommend to everyone. Rich nature, many wild animals in their natural habitat. You can even feed elephants!!

Andy K — Google review

It is a place with peace for animals to spend the time. But it is also a huge tourism place for Safari ridings and other things.Very famous among sri lankan and foreign travelers .You can see 2 types of elephants available in sri lanka and other animals.

Sanduni J — Google review

If you're looking for an unforgettable wildlife adventure in Sri Lanka, Udawalawe National Park is an absolute must-visit! Situated in the southeastern region of Sri Lanka, Udawalawe promises guaranteed elephant sightings, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike.During the safaris, we were treated to spectacular views of numerous elephant herds, providing a rare opportunity to observe their behavior up close. The park's proximity to the Udawalawe water reservoir ensures that even during the dry season when water levels are low, you'll still encounter hundreds of majestic elephants congregating near the grasslands to quench their thirst and frolic in the water. If you are lucky, you will be fortunate enough to spot elusive tuskers, a sight that's truly extraordinary in Sri Lanka. Plus, the park's strict regulations against feeding the elephants ensure their well-being and natural behavior remain undisturbed.For bird enthusiasts, Udawalawe is a paradise. The main highlights are the stunning White-tailed Iora and Sirkeer Malkoha. During the migratory season from November to March, the park hosts an impressive array of bird species. Our birdwatching escapades led us to record over 100 species, with highlights such as the Indian Roller, Orange-eyed Babbler, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, and Black-winged Kite.In the park's diverse habitats of thorns, bushes, and dry mixed evergreen forests, You can encounter a variety of wildlife, including Spotted Deer, Ruddy Mongoose, Indian Palm Squirrel, and Indian Gray Mongoose.The facilities at Udawalawe National Park are commendable, with well-maintained washrooms available near the entrance. Visitors are required to explore the park via safari jeep, which adds to the excitement of the adventure. There are plenty of jeep suppliers near the entrance, allowing for flexibility in organizing your safari experience.Overall, the experience at Udawalawe National Park was nothing short of magical. Whether you're seeking thrilling elephant encounters or a mesmerizing birdwatching expedition, this park promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Sri Lanka's breathtaking wilderness. Don't miss out on this incredible adventure!

Ashan P — Google review

It always nice to see elephants healty in nature, so many of them.... it is crowded with all those cars, competiting who will be the first finding elephants, but any way... nice big park and nice experience

Anže V — Google review

Guaranteed to see lots of elephants! We saw probably around 40 elephants, lots of peaco*cks, birds, spotted deers, lizards and some crocodiles, mongoose, storks.The park was very busy in the morning, would recommend doing a half day safari rather just the standard 3 hours as the park was much quieter from 10am to 12Can pay entry fee by credit card

Charlotte — Google review

I recommend the jeep safari here. You can spot different animals. Many jeep drivers are available, and the tour costs approximately 7000 LKR.In our case, we had a great and knowledgeable jeep driver who explained everything. The tour lasted about 3 hours, and it was a fun and worthwhile visit.

Leel K — Google review

**Discover Udawalawe National Park**Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka offers a thrilling safari experience, with its main attraction being the Asian elephants. Visitors can observe these majestic creatures, along with crocodiles, deer, and a variety of bird species. Lucky adventurers might even catch a glimpse of a tiger. Guided safari jeeps make exploring the park easy, ensuring you don't miss any of its wonders. Whether you're a wildlife enthusiast or seeking an adventure, Udawalawe promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Sri Lanka's wilderness.

Madhuka P — Google review

It’s a heaven for nature lovers.We were going mainly to see the elephants, and we saw a lot.On top of that - peaco*cks, different types of eagles and bee eaters, parrots, monkeys, crocodile, water buffalo ( didn’t even knew they exist:)), deers, pelicans, iguana… Wow, I am absolutely happy.

Kateryna L — Google review

Any time of year, it is pretty much guaranteed that you will see elephants - if that's what you came for! 🐘Peaco*cks & Deer are in big numbers. You'd probably not bother taking pics of them after the first 30mins. 🙂Surprisingly, there's a diverse population of birds to the delight of bird watchers.Downside is; If your guide spots an elephant, chances are the other guides will too. This creates a traffic jam around the elephants. Elephants being naturally 'reserved', will walk away from your sight.Overall, it's a great place to visit during the monsoon season.

Andrew A — Google review

4.5

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Madunagala Hot Springs

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Hot Springs & Geysers

Excellent place. Clean and nice experience. They close after dark so be there by day time.

Lasith P — Google review

Madunagala hot springs will be a monumental experience that you may ever have before. It is a beautiful creation of nature situated in Madunagala hermitage in the Southern province of Sri Lanka. To reach the place you have to take Pelmadulla- Nonegama road and Pass by about 66-kilo meters till you find Padanangala junction. Then turn for Padanangala-Sooriyawewa road. Finally, you have to travel about 12 km on the route to Sooriyawewa. Within few more steps from the main road, you will find the complex. The place is open from 7.00 am – 7.00 pm. In rainy seasons the hot springs shoot about 65cubic meters per second. You can see five hot springs covered with a basin or a stone tank.People believe that this water has an unbelievable power to cure skin diseases as well as eye diseases. Simultaneously the monks resided at nearby hermitages and cave temples are attempted to have baths here instead of healing skin eczemas and rheumatic injuries. Even today devotees believe that baths energize them. They strongly believe that their skin diseases or rashes can be vanished by bathing. Sir. Leonard Woolf, who was an assistant government agent has indicated that he also visited Madunagala hot springs. Somehow if you could visit the place in early in the morning you can see many varieties of birds in the sky. First, the pure hot water is collected into a large basin and mixed with cool water. Thereby mid tempered water flies into the closer basins made for visitors. Eventually, you can enjoy and smear natural hot water. A small aquarium and few cages made for a number of birds and rabbits can be seen at Madunagala hot water springs site. Being attracted by many visitors, the location is comprised with western toilets, changing rooms and small shops made for them. By the way, you can have a ‘Belimal’ tea or a ‘Ranawara’ tea from the local stalls in the area. As a matter of fact, you can buy traditional Sri Lankan rice meals like ‘heenati’, ‘Suwandel’ and ‘Kekulu’ varieties of Rice. Mudunagala Hot water springs are monitored by Southern Province Tourism Board.මධුනගල උණු දිය උල්පත් ඔබට පෙර කවදා හෝ අත්විඳිය හැකි විශිෂ්ට අත්දැකීමක් වනු ඇත. එය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දකුණු පළාතේ මදුනගල ආරාමයේ පිහිටා ඇති සොබාදහමේ සුන්දර නිර්මාණයකි. ස්ථානයට ළඟා වීමට ඔබට පල්මඩුල්ල - නොන්ගම පාරෙන් ගමන් කර කිලෝමීටර් 66 ක් පමණ දුරින් පදනංගල හන්දිය සොයා ගත යුතුය. ඉන්පසු පදනගල-සූරියාවේවා මාර්ගය දෙසට හැරෙන්න. අවසාන වශයෙන්, ඔබට සූරියාවේවා වෙත කිලෝමීටර් 12 ක් පමණ ගමන් කළ යුතුය. ප්‍රධාන මාර්ගයේ සිට තවත් පියවර කිහිපයක් ඇතුළත ඔබට සංකීර්ණය හමුවනු ඇත. මෙම ස්ථානය උදේ 7.00 සිට රාත්‍රී 7.00 දක්වා විවෘතයි. වැසි කාලවලදී උණුසුම් උල්පත් තත්පරයට cub න මීටර් 65 ක් පමණ වෙඩි තබයි. බේසමකින් හෝ ගල් ටැංකියකින් ආවරණය කර ඇති උණුසුම් උල්පත් පහක් ඔබට දැක ගත හැකිය.මෙම ජලය සමේ රෝග මෙන්ම අක්ෂි රෝග සුව කිරීමට ඇදහිය නොහැකි බලයක් ඇති බව ජනතාව විශ්වාස කරති. ඊට සමගාමීව භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේලා අසල පිහිටි ආරාමවල සහ ගුහා විහාරස්ථානවල පදිංචිව සිටි අතර සමේ දද සහ රූමැටික් තුවාල සුව කිරීම වෙනුවට මෙහි ස්නානය කිරීමට උත්සාහ කරති. අදටත් බැතිමතුන් විශ්වාස කරන්නේ ස්නානය මගින් තමන්ට ශක්තියක් ලැබෙන බවයි. ස්නානය කිරීමෙන් ඔවුන්ගේ සමේ රෝග හෝ කැසීම අතුරුදහන් විය හැකි බව ඔවුහු තරයේ විශ්වාස කරති. සර්. රජයේ සහකාර නියෝජිතයෙකු ලෙස කටයුතු කළ ලෙනාඩ් වුල්ෆ් තමා මදුනගල උණු දිය උල්පත් නැරඹීමට ගිය බව පෙන්වා දී තිබේ. කෙසේ හෝ ඔබට උදේ පාන්දරින්ම එම ස්ථානයට පැමිණිය හැකි නම් අහසේ කුරුල්ලන් වර්ග රාශියක් දැක ගත හැකිය. පළමුව, පිරිසිදු උණු වතුර විශාල භාජනයකට එකතු කර සිසිල් ජලය සමඟ මිශ්ර කරනු ලැබේ. එමඟින් නරඹන්නන් සඳහා සාදන ලද සමීප ද්‍රෝණියට මැදට ජලය ගලා යයි. අවසානයේදී, ඔබට ස්වභාවික උණු වතුර රස විඳින්න පුළුවන්. කුරුල්ලන් හා හාවන් ගණනාවක් සඳහා සාදන ලද කුඩා මින්මැදුරක් සහ කූඩු කිහිපයක් මදුනගල උණු වතුර උල්පත් භූමියේ දැකිය හැකිය. බොහෝ නරඹන්නන් ආකර්ෂණය කර ඇති මෙම ස්ථානය බටහිර වැසිකිළි, වෙනස් කරන කාමර සහ ඔවුන් සඳහා සාදන ලද කුඩා සාප්පු වලින් සමන්විත වේ. මාර්ගය වන විට, ඔබට ප්‍රදේශයේ දේශීය වෙළඳසැල් වලින් ‘බෙලිමල්’ තේ හෝ ‘රණවරා’ තේ පානය කළ හැකිය. ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම, ඔබට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සාම්ප්‍රදායික සහල් ආහාර වන ‘හීනාටි’, ‘සුවන්දෙල්’ සහ ‘කෙකුළු’ සහල් වර්ග මිලදී ගත හැකිය. මුදුනගල උණු දිය උල්පත් දකුණු පළාත් සංචාරක මණ්ඩලය විසින් අධීක්ෂණය කරනු ලැබේ.

Madurange L — Google review

Superb place for visit..

Asiri E — Google review

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Horton Plains National Park

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Horton Plains National Park is a vast protected area situated on a high plateau in Sri Lanka. The park features diverse landscapes, including grasslands, forests, waterfalls, and lakes. It is home to a variety of wildlife species; however, the larger animals are difficult to spot. Bird enthusiasts will find the park rewarding with its abundant birdlife. One of the popular activities among visitors is hiking in the shadows of Kirigalpotta and Totapola mountains that offer stunning views.

Horton National Park is one of the most popular National Park in Sri Lanka and is regarded as a Must-see place.The park is home to a variety of Flora and Fauna making it an interesting place for the Wild life and Nature enthusiasts alike. Best time to visit is early in the morning (6 AM to 10 AM) as it will let you have a clear view of the surroundings, mountains and valleys. It starts to get a little foggy around Noon, and you might not be able to get a clear view of the surroundings. Best time to visit is from January to March.

Geeth A — Google review

World heritage site, national park. Above 2000m sea level this is a spectacular cloud forest with breath taking bio diversity.There is a ticket fee for the vehicle and individual adults. Tickets are different in price for locals and tourists.There are two main hikes.The 8-9 km wolds end loop - words end, mini worlds end - far spanning view points with great sun rises and views) , bakers fall.And the 7 km (14 km round trip) kirigalpoththa hike.Many endemic bird and plant species. Many other non endemic birds and amphibians.Large groups of Sambar dear can be seen.A strict no polythene zone. Bags are checked before they let you enter.

Bhanuka V — Google review

Very nice scenery and easy hike. Best be there between 7-10am, after that it can get cloudy. 4 stars because of the price (30$) which is a bit exagerated compared to other parks in Sri Lanka.

Quentin D — Google review

Horton Place is undeniably a hidden gem of Sri Lanka. It's a must-visit destination for every Sri Lankan, offering a magical forest experience and breathtaking weather. What's even more remarkable is the affordability of the ticket price, ensuring access for all. The dedicated and friendly staff's commitment to preserving this natural wonder is truly commendable. Visiting Horton Place is not just an experience; it's a journey to cherish for a lifetime.

Moh F — Google review

Great experience, you should visit there at lease once in your life. It was 3-4 hours walking track, 9-10km distance. Beautiful view. Please look at my photos which I’ve taken.

Gihan K — Google review

Horton Plains is a breathtaking natural wonder that should be on everyone's bucket list when visiting Sri Lanka. The hike through the park offers stunning views of lush greenery, misty landscapes, and unique wildlife. The highlight, of course, is World's End, a sheer cliff with a drop that seems to go on forever, offering a view that will leave you speechless. The experience is truly unforgettable, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to connect with nature and experience the beauty of Sri Lanka.

Champika H — Google review

Its a really great place to visit with your family and friends. Beautiful nature. Cold weather. Variates of plants and birds. Its a 8 km journey where you get to see the Mini Worlds End then the Great World's End and then Baker's Fall. There are also places located for camping as well. Not just these but you get to explore some more mountain peaks as well. I suggest you to get a leaflet on the entrance which cost you about 100 Srilankan Rs. Come enjoy the nature, the journey, the atmosphere, the experience in Horton Plains.

Faisal K — Google review

Mesmerizing nature with beautiful mountains and greenery all around. This is by far one of the best national parks Sri Lanka has to offer. The rich biodiversity makes this an interesting place.Of course, it is most renowned for the world's end, mini world's end and the bakers fall all of which are must see places. It would take 3-4 hours to cover the entire loop (depends on how fast you walk).Be prepared for the cold, if you are trekking in the morning but plastics/polythene is not allowed.The best time to visit would be early morning 6-10am to both avoid the crowd and to see world's end without any obstructions from the mist. As later on (after 11-12 noon) mist would start to settle in).

Thaveesha C — Google review

Absolutely loved this place. I can see in some of the other reviews some negative points about the ticket counter, but we had a really positive experience and the exchange rate used was spot on (we checked on the way to the park to make sure). The ticket man was friendly, so a good start.As for the price? I truly don’t think it’s expensive but I guess that’s subjective. You pay the same price for two co*cktails in London and only gain a headache from that! The park itself was spotlessly clean and breathtaking. I applaud the park keepers for checking bags and removing plastics (apart from water bottles - but even the labels come off!). So many different things to see on the walk/hike. Unfortunately we did not see any animals, and the view from worlds end was completely cloudy, but we did get a good view from mini worlds end. Overall a really enjoyable time and felt like we had the whole place to ourselves for the most part.

Joanna L — Google review

A world class heritage that everyone on the planet must visit and feel the spirited breath in the Horton Plains. Two main entrance, one is from Ohiya road and other entrance from Pattipola. The national park opens at 6.00am till 6.00pm. But entrance to the park limited only till 3.00pm if I'm not wrong.Three main trains; Thotupalakanda, Kirigalpoththa and World's end trails.World's end trail about 5km+ and with the speed and the time you spend as a nature lover it varies between 3 hours to 5 hours to complete the trail.Morning hours and the evening hours are the best to feel the coldness of the nature. The cloud forest will give you amazing experience.Officers doing there best to protect the nature and no polyethene allowed to the park and which is wise decision.Just as a tip, follow the left side from the world's end starting point junction which will not give you much tired for your journey.Make sure to protect the nature and do not bring any thing from Horton plains and make sure to keep only the footstep there.

Pasindu D — Google review

❤️ Absolutely loved this place. Amazing weather. One of the most beautiful place in Sri Lanka. One of the Best place for Nature Lovers all over the world. And kindly request, don't keep garbage in this place. 🍃

Kavinda D — Google review

The park is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest and is rich in biodiversity. Many species found here are endemic to the region. The park is also home to a number of waterfalls, including Baker's Falls and Chimney Pool.The most popular attraction in Horton Plains National Park is World's End, a cliff with a sheer drop of 880 meters (2,900 ft). The views from World's End are said to be some of the most spectacular in Sri Lanka.Here are some of the reasons why Horton Plains National Park is a popular tourist destination:Beautiful scenery: The park is home to stunning landscapes, including montane grassland, cloud forest, waterfalls, and cliffs.Rich biodiversity: The park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, many of which are endemic to the region.Popular attractions: The park is home to several popular attractions, including World's End, Baker's Falls, and Chimney Pool.Well-maintained trails: The park has a network of well-maintained trails that are suitable for hikers of all levels of experience.Here are some tips for visiting Horton Plains National Park:The best time to visit is during the dry season (December to March).Be sure to bring warm clothing, as the temperature can drop significantly at night.Wear comfortable hiking shoes.Bring plenty of water and snacks.Be aware of the altitude and take it easy if you are not used to hiking at high elevations.Respect the wildlife and do not feed the animals.Leave no trace and dispose of your trash properly.

Amila A — Google review

It's completely another World. Pictures or even videos cannot express that. Please visit there and feel for yourself!. It's cold but very pleasant feeling to the body.It could rain time to time and sunny back again. Weather is changing drastically

Avishka D — Google review

You can have an amazing views while walking in the paths. Have to walk around 9 km till come back to parking area. There is a small canteen near the car park. Polythenes are not allowed to take inside the park.

Shani L — Google review

The park itself is amazing! We saw lots of deer! The vegetation is beautiful and very different to the rest of Sri Lanka since it's a cloud forest!The round walk takes about 3h with stops in between. Make sure to wear good footwear! Worlds end is the best!One star less for the high price. The price is rising every week! Last week it was 11.700 Rs for 2 adults, today it was 12.280 Rs. I've never done such an expensive hike!

Domi D — Google review

Horton Plains National Park (Sinhala: හෝර්ටන් තැන්න ජාතික උද්‍යානය, romanized: Hortan Thanna Jathika Udyanaya) is a national park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka that was designated in 1988. It is located at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m (6,900–7,500 ft) and encompasses montane grassland and cloud forest. It is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Ohiya, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the world-famous Ohiya Gap/Dondra Watch and 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya.

Mano — Google review

The most magical looking place to be for nature lovers. cold climate but the sun was shining bright and day we went it was clear with no mist. the pathway to worlds end is somewhat difficult but rewarding once you reach it. There is a canteen at the entrance if you want to eat something. Snacks are allowed but cannot take plastic bottles or food wrapped in polytene. You can see plenty of little birds and SambarDeers and If you are lucky enough can get a glimpse of a leopard as well 🐆 Horton plains can be claimed to be one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sri Lanka.

Deshini A — Google review

Beautiful landscape, very peaceful and fun! There are deers but we saw all of them before entering the trek which was weird. The big setback is the entrance price. It feels way overpriced in my opinion.Sidenote, any food with plastic bags such as snacks or nylon bags is not allowed and they check the bags so be aware of that.Also the path is circular and it seems that going counter-clockwise (starting from the right side) is easier to take.Lastly, it's better to start the hike when the park opens (6 am) because at noon the place gets really hot. So start early and bring a light jacket for the first hour or so.

Ofir — Google review

Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka, is a masterpiece of natural beauty and biodiversity. Its breathtaking landscapes, including World's End and Baker's Falls, offer awe-inspiring views. The park's diverse flora and fauna, from elusive leopards to vibrant orchids, create a mesmerizing ecosystem. Trekking through misty trails, visitors encounter serene grasslands and ancient forests. This unique blend of wilderness and wonder makes Horton Plains an enchanting destination for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. The park's conservation efforts and ethereal charm make it a true gem in Sri Lanka's natural heritage.Good place to visit. Highly recommended for local & foriegn visitors.❤️🍃

Dakshina P — Google review

Horton Plains, located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, is a breathtakingly beautiful and ecologically significant national park that covers an area of approximately 32.9 square kilometers. This pristine plateau, standing at an elevation of around 2,100 meters above sea level, is renowned for its unique landscape, abundant biodiversity, and stunning natural features.One of the most iconic and awe-inspiring attractions within Horton Plains is "World's End," a sheer precipice that drops nearly 1,200 meters, offering a vertigo-inducing view of the lush lowlands below. Trekkers and nature enthusiasts flock to this spot early in the morning to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over this sheer drop.The park's varied terrain includes rolling grasslands, cloud forests, and crystal-clear streams, providing a habitat for numerous species of flora and fauna. It is home to many endemic species, including the elusive Horton Plains slender loris, sambar deer, and a variety of bird species.Horton Plains is crisscrossed with a network of well-maintained hiking trails that allow visitors to explore its natural wonders. The most popular hike is the approximately 9-kilometer circular route that takes you through key attractions like World's End, Baker's Falls, and Mini World's End. These natural landmarks are not only visually stunning but also provide a chance to immerse oneself in the serenity of the highland environment.This protected area also plays a vital role in conserving the catchment areas of several major rivers, making it an essential water resource for the island. UNESCO recognizes Horton Plains as part of the Sri Lanka Central Highlands, a World Heritage Site, due to its ecological significance.Visiting Horton Plains is a must for anyone seeking an unforgettable adventure in Sri Lanka, with its combination of unique topography, diverse wildlife, and the serene beauty of the highland plateau.

Imalshan D — Google review

Great walk. However, trip to parking somewhat burdensome, but with great views. Have to take the early bird to enjoy World End‘s views. From 12, high risk for tropical rain/thunder storms.

Klaus H — Google review

Well maintained national park for trekking and seeing the beauty of nature. No plastics allowed to take in side the park. Approx 3 hours journey to reach both Worlds end and Bakers falls.

Chamil S — Google review

Most people come here to see Worlds End and Bakers Falls. It is a scenic location but as others comment at $36 (you must pay in cash), it's an expensive and busy 3hr hike. If you come at dawn (6am) as recommended to get clear views, you could also hike to Kirigalpotta, Sri Lanka's 2nd highest mountain which will be much quieter... We didn't do it as we arrived later and you have to start this path before 11am! But you need to agree it with your taxi in as they need to wait while you are in the park. Single use plastics are not allowed (other than water).

Kathryn R — Google review

Very good place but have to walk a lot and it has 3 points to visit 1.Worlds End 2.Mimi Worlds End 3. Bakers fall all 3 places are very beautiful, the total hike may take about 4 hours, they would not let you take plastic item but if biscuits or other snacks they will provide a paper bag so you can take your food and enjoy. After all very good place to visit recommended for everyone but small children may find it difficult and it will even be hard to cary them considering it has about 6km+ and very hard paths (the hardest path is the path from mini worlds end to start) and I had a great time visiting this place and enjoying it so I recommend you guys too.😉🗻

Nayana D — Google review

Nice place to hike. Wonderful experience to cherish forever. Should start your hike at 6. Then you can leave with in 4 hours. Its a circle way trail. There are paths. You can choose which one to start. One is from Baker's fall, great world end, mini world end and the entrance. We visited 30 people. It's a package. We paid 7310/= as the entrance ticket.

Dilaksha S — Google review

Horton Plains National Park sits in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, just 32 kilometers away from Nuwara Eliya. Getting there is a treat in itself, as you can take the Boralanda-Ohiya road, known as one of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful routes, or the Nuwara Eliya-Ambewela road.When you arrive, you’ll need to buy a ticket at the counter. It costs 400 rupees for a vehicle and 150 rupees for a local adult, including VAT.The park’s main attractions include Mini World’s End, Great World’s End, and Baker’s Waterfall. To see them, you’ll have to hike along a 9-kilometer trail, which takes about 3.5 to 4 hours for the average adult. If you’re with older or younger folks, it might take longer.This isn’t your usual walk in the park. The trail is steep and narrow, which can be tough if you’re not used to exercising. Plus, there’s no mobile signal, adding to the adventure. Personally, I found it challenging and maybe not worth it.Since it’s a tough journey, make sure to bring water and snacks. At the checkpoint, they’ll check your bag and take away any polythene items, giving you paper covers for your snacks. Also, they don’t allow energy drinks like Redbull or Milo.

Samuel U — Google review

Total hike take about 4hrs. Better to start early 6 am or in the evening around 4.(Hike will be difficult during day hours. You will not be allowed to take any plastic items. Plastic water bottle is allowed. If you take biscuit they will give paper bags you can remove the plastic bag put the biscuit to the paper bags.Enjoy 😉.

pradeepan — Google review

It was a lovely sunny day. The hike took about 4 hours, 9km. There are some difficult areas, but manageable. I recommend starting from Baker's falls side and then going to World's End.

Buddhika P — Google review

A visually stunning experience to see all the special montane flora and fauna of sri lanka. The cool climate of around 20 degrees or less makes this the easiest place for a foreigner like myself to walk about. For anyone planning on coming you can't take items in plastic wrapping there so make sure to pack a sandwich in a paper bag before going if you want to eat something. Plastic waterbottles are fine though.

Martin A — Google review

Fantastic hike in a national Park. Very easy hike that was accessible to all ages from toddlers to senior citizens with disabilities. Most of the guest were in flip-flops and had no hiking supplies

Stephen S — Google review

One of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka, Horton Plain is a very famous tourist spot. From now on, the officers will carry out a very high level of environmental control and dispose of plastic polythene etc. very properly and without giving any space to carry them inside, therefore the environment there will be very clean and minimum pollution. Some days there are very thick fogg so be aware of the weather conditions before visiting.In this, it is possible to visit places like Baker's Falls, Little World's End, and besides, animals like elks can also be seen in abundance. Be careful not to destroy the environment when you visit this

Danal B — Google review

A great place for nature lovers. You get to see birds, Sambar deer and many other animals. If you are really lucky you could even get to see the Sri Lankan leopard as well. Best you prepare yourself with proper wear for the Walk. Do not bring any sort of plastic and it is prohibited. The best time is to come in the morning.

Lakmal W — Google review

Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka is a breathtaking natural wonder that left me in awe. The park is home to diverse flora and fauna, with stunning landscapes ranging from lush forests to expansive grasslands. The highlight of my visit was the iconic World's End viewpoint, offering panoramic views of the surrounding valleys and mist-covered mountains.Exploring the park on foot was a memorable experience, with well-maintained trails leading to picturesque spots like Baker's Falls, where the cascading waterfalls provided a refreshing break during the hike. The park's unique ecosystem, including endemic species like the elusive Sri Lankan leopard, adds to its allure for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.The cool climate and fresh mountain air made the visit even more enjoyable, and the knowledgeable guides provided valuable insights into the park's ecology and history. Although the trek can be challenging at times, the stunning scenery and opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife spotting make it all worthwhile.Overall, Horton Plains National Park is a must-visit destination in Sri Lanka for its natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and immersive wildlife experiences. It's a perfect place for adventurers and nature lovers looking to connect with the pristine beauty of Sri Lanka's highlands.

Thilina R — Google review

Great hike, we started around 8am, and made it to the world end cliff by 9:30 by an easy walk, plenty of time before the clouds cover the valley which I think will happen after 10. We did the entire hike about 9 km and it took us about 4 hours.

Gabi Z — Google review

The park will open 6 AM to 4 PM everyday however the entrance gates will close after 2PM since the trial normally takes more than 3 hours you complete (12 KM). Recommended to start early as much as possible if you are planning to do the nature walk. High biodiversity were there don’t bring plastics or polytine.

Anushka D — Google review

Best hike I’ve had in Sri Lanka! Beautiful view, it’s also a bit challenging. You better start your hike at 6am to have the best view otherwise it gets misty. You also get so lots of animals if you look closely

Sophie N — Google review

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Bambarakanda Falls

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Waterfalls

Water flows over a 263 meter vertical drop into the jungle at this waterfall at the end of a hike.

The road starts from the main road which is kalupahana ohiya road. It's about 5km to the waterfall. There is also a van which provides transportation to the waterfall. The ticket costs Rs.30 for locals as of 16.04.2022. Bambaraknda is known to be the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. The view is mesmerizing and the nature related with the waterfall is so beautiful. If you are walking from the main road there will be dogs that will guide u to the top. Specially a black dog. While coming down from the bambaraknda after few stairs there will be small road into the woods to the right hand side which is barely visible which will take you to the LankaElla falls which is a must visit. The journey to it is breathtaking through the woods and the view at the top is priceless.

Kalaru N — Google review

I recently took a motorcycle trip to the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka and it was an incredible experience. The ride itself was breathtaking, with winding roads through lush forests and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.Upon arriving at the waterfall, we were amazed by its size and power. The falls themselves were a sight to behold, with water crashing down from a great height and mist rising up from the pool below.The surrounding area was also beautiful, with a number of hiking trails and lookout points that offered stunning views of the falls and the surrounding landscape.Overall, this was an incredible trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure in Sri Lanka. Whether you're a seasoned motorcyclist or a beginner, this trip is sure to be a memorable experience.

SamSeen — Google review

The highest waterfall in Sri Lanka is "Bambarakanda Falls". It is situated in the Badulla District of the Uva Province and is renowned for its impressive height, which measures approximately 263 meters (863 feet). This waterfall is located in a picturesque, mountainous region and is a popular destination for nature enthusiasts and hikers. It offers breathtaking views and is surrounded by lush greenery, making it a picturesque spot to visit in Sri Lanka. I was fortunate to visit during the inter-monsoon season, which added to the beauty and majesty of the falls.

Nilanka W — Google review

Highly recommended for local & foriegn visitors.Babadakanda Falls in Sri Lanka left me awe-struck! The lush green surroundings, the tranquil atmosphere, and the breathtaking cascade created an unforgettable experience. A hidden gem for nature lovers, it's a must-visit destination that rejuvenates the soul.

Dakshina P — Google review

Road has repaired recently from Kalupahana side so that you can reach even by car to the location. But last 200m still not on a good condition. Parking is limited and better to avoid weekends and holidays which normally getting crowded.You can bath in the place but avoid to get closer to the waterfall.

Lilantha W — Google review

The path to the falls starts on the main road on a sharp turn with no real boards so beware as I turned once without finding it. The road is carpeted only 50% and vehicles with high ground clearance is recommended. The falls are indeed spectacular and following the road above the falls is a lovely and chilling place to take a bath. Be warned that fog descends close to one hour before sunset so make the trek down early.

Rikaz S — Google review

The highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. You have to pay to see the waterfall. Very clean and tidy environment. when we visit there was no enough water to fall. It is changing according to weather. Place has benches to sit and see the waterfall. Relaxing 😌 . Please do not put garbage here. Place is super tidy and clean. Well maintained ❤️

Ushan W — Google review

This is the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is about 780 feet. Located near Kalupahana junction. It is a very beautiful and attractive place. You can bath and swim. But do it very carefully. Ticket price is Rs.50 for local adults and Rs.20 for local children. We reached this place by car. So you can reach this place with any vehicle. Come and visit this place. Do not litter anywhere.

Nirasha W — Google review

Bambarakanda Waterfall stands as the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, situated along the Kalupahana-Ohiya road. Accessible via a low ground clearance vehicle from the Kalupahana side, a four-wheel vehicle or a bike is essential when approaching from Ohiya. A brief 15-minute walk from the main road or ticket counter leads to the waterfall, and the same route provides access to Lanka Waterfall. A further two-kilometer walk from Bambarakanda Waterfall is required to reach the captivating Lanka Waterfall. The experience combines natural beauty with a touch of adventure, making it a compelling destination for enthusiasts.

Romein N — Google review

The elegant Bambarakanda falls is the highest waterfall in srilanka towering over 863 ft ~ 263 m.You'll find the glimmering silver streaks of the this beauty when travelling about 6km towards ohiya on kalupahana-ohiya road. There is about 500 m hike to reach the viewing stands.The natural landscape and the rich biodiversity in the area add glamour to the waterfall.This is a must see destination if you visit Srilanka.

Milinda S — Google review

Bambarakanda waterfall is a must-visit destination when you visit Sri Lanka, not only because it’s the tallest waterfall in the country. The surrounding area offers many waterfalls to see, several mountain treks and 4-wheel tracks through the mountain terrains as well as mesmerizing mountain views like nowhere else in the country. The fall is situated 5kms away from the main road and you must travel upwards a narrow and winding road to meet this beauty. Though the fall is visible to the road, to get close, you need to walk along a pine forest patch to reach the base.You will find a ticket counter on the road, which is the access route to the waterfall, and you have pay at entrance ticket and some items like camping tents are not allowed to take. The path is well-maintained with stairs and it’s a quiet easy trek. After about 15 minutes, you can reach the base of the waterfall and when you do, there’s a sitting area near the waterfall where you can have the best view of the waterfall from there.You can also take a hike to the top of the waterfall through the pine forest and it will take about 1.5 hours, covering 1.6kms. The best period for such a hike in April to September, where the waterfall is not too dry as well as not harsh due to the gushing water flow. If you’re doing this hike, don’t forget to visit Lanka Ella, another magnificent waterfall situated in the jungle, close to Bambarakanda falls. It is a wonderful experience to take a bath in the cold base pool since it’s a safe place. The waterfall and the surrounding area is a great place for photography as well.

Hash*tha E — Google review

This is the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is a very beautiful and attractive place. You want to buy a ticket to entering and you can bath and swim. You can reached this place by any vehicle and you want to walk 400m to waterfall

Mohamed N — Google review

• Actually a must see, Bambarakanda falls is the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 and also it ranks as the 461st highest waterfall in the world.•Bambarakanda Falls is located in Kalupahana in the Badulla District.•You should buy a ticket before going in and then follow up along the road through beautiful pine trees to the view point.Fun Facts 😀👇🏻😜 Most of the people just go to the view point and maybe go to Lanka Ella and return, but if you are planning on camping the best place is Upper Bambarakanda Falls small camp site which is the peak of the bambarakanda falls with a amazing view, but to reach their you should go up through the pine trees before the road to Lanka Ella (its a little hard to find) You can see the camping site in the photos, ( most people camp in වැලි වංගුව but nothing much is their, 𝚝𝚛𝚢 𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚒𝚗 𝚞𝚙𝚙𝚎𝚛 𝙱𝚊𝚖𝚋𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚔𝚊𝚗𝚍𝚊 ) enjoy 💁🏻‍♂️ ꜱᴀꜰᴇ ᴛʀᴀᴠᴇʟꜱ 🅐︎🅜︎🅘︎🅖︎🅞︎🅢︎ ❤️

Sithupa T — Google review

You can reach near to the entrance of the waterfall using a personal vehicle. There is only around 4km from the kalupahana junction, A4 highway to the entrance of the waterfall. The road is not that good, but still you can travel by a car. Entrance fee is 50 Lkr per adult.Waterfall is really beautiful, the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka. A must visit place if you are a nature lover.

Anjana S — Google review

Bambarakanda waterfall is a must-visit destination, not only because it’s the tallest waterfall in the country. The surrounding area offers many waterfalls to see, several mountain treks and 4-wheel tracks through the mountain terrains as well as mesmerizing mountain views like nowhere else in the country.The fall is situated 5kms away from the main road and you must travel upwards a narrow and winding road to meet this beauty. Though the fall is visible to the road, to get close, you need to walk along a pine forest patch to reach the base.You will find a ticket counter on the road, which is the access route to the waterfall, and you have pay LKR 50 per adult and some items like camping tents are not allowed to take. The path is well-maintained with stairs and it’s a quiet easy trek. After about 20 minutes, you can reach the base of the waterfall and when you do, there’s a sitting area near the waterfall where you can have the best view of the waterfall from there.

Dhanushka W — Google review

Highest Waterfall in Sri Lanka. Beautiful and clam place. You can get a three wheel at the kalupahana junction. The three wheel cost is 2000 Rupees. Highly recommended 👌

Nicosia B — Google review

Sri Lanka's tallest waterfall. With unique beauty and nature around its own. Don't spoil it just experience and come. The road was a bit broken but can manage for an experienced driver. Thank you.

Uditha N — Google review

Beautiful waterfall! The roads could be better. It’s quite a walk from the starting point but worth every minute! There’s a bathing pool at the bottom of the falls .

Edibleglamour — Google review

As Marvel SriLanka, we had an exhilarating experience abseiling down from the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, Bambarakanda Waterfalls. The adventure was nothing short of thrilling, with the breathtaking scenery adding to the adrenaline rush.We highly recommend this place for abseiling enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable adventure.For more information,don't hesitate to contact us at+94766461314.

The S — Google review

Tallest in Sri Lanka. Calm and so beautiful. Only issue is the access road. However, now it is under construction. Hopefully, it will be completed soon.

Priyanga S — Google review

Bambarakanda Falls, nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka's hill country, is a true natural wonder that captivates visitors with its majestic beauty. As the tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka, it plunges dramatically from a staggering height, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of cascading water against a lush, green backdrop. Accessible via a scenic drive followed by a short hike, the journey to Bambarakanda is as delightful as the destination itself. Once there, you can feel the spray of the falls and marvel at the sheer force of nature. It's a perfect spot for photographers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone seeking tranquility amidst breathtaking scenery. Just be prepared for a bit of a trek to reach the viewing points, but the awe-inspiring sight of Bambarakanda makes it all worthwhile.

Kanishka G — Google review

One of the greatest views. The local ticket is priced at 50/= parking is available near the entrance to the waterfall. This place is well maintained. No garbage was seen down the road.

Janeth F — Google review

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Bundala National Park

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Bundala National Park is a protected area renowned for its vast network of water bodies, including lagoons and marshes. Flamingos and other migratory water birds flock to this sanctuary, which has been declared a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. The park's diverse ecosystem supports an array of wildlife, from tiny bee-eaters to larger mammals like elephants.

So many beautiful elephants and what an experience it is.. we did it at sunset and loved the light and the experience, you see birds, Buffalo and so much more... it should be around 30 usd per person if you share a jeep.

Laura R — Google review

We did the tour with a guide. Early morning is the best to capture these creatures. Take a good camera and lens when you are going for the trip as you would not want to miss out on these amazing clicks.

Zinara R — Google review

It's one of the reputed hotspots for bird watching in Sri Lanka where a larger number of local and migrant birds can be observed.Located in the South East coast of Sri Lanka this National park is sharing its east border with Yala National Park and provides shelter for large Mammals(elephants, wild bears), Amphibians and Reptiles.In the outskirts of the park few Hotels with basic facilities are there but a foriegn tourist can easily reside at Tissamaharama which is a more convenient tourist destination and reach this park in 20 minutes.

Ganindu M — Google review

Amazing place to spot a variety of native and migratory birds. That one day I visited it rained in Hambantota but I managed to spot many birds. I recommend you book a safari before hand. Try Bundala safari with Srimal. He had a very good rating and he was great. He and his brother- in - law helped us spot many birds and animals. I would highly recommend Bundala safari by Srimal.

Amanda W — Google review

A world renowned wintering ground for migratory water birds, located in the low country dry zone. Popular for bird watching and wild elephants.Declared as a National Park in 1993 and a Ramsar Wetland in 1990 - the 487th in the list of global wetlands under the International Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention - named after the Iranian city of Ramsar, where the convention was signed in 1971). The Park was designated as a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the fourth in Sri Lanka.There are open campsites operated by Department of Wildlife and a holiday bungalow owned by Lanka Salt Ltd. Park visits are allowed in safari jeeps or own vehicles, a guide will accompany you either way. The parks opens at 6am and it will take at least a half a day to roam around.There are helpful and knowledgeable wildlife officers at the information center who will provide all the details you need to know about the park and wildlife in general. 'Madhura' the officer who spoke with us was exceptional.Highly recommended to visit at least the information center if you don't have a time to surf through the park.

Sudheera S — Google review

Beautiful place with different arieties of birds to watch, and one can go fishing as well with the support of the locals.

Abdul W — Google review

one of the beautiful national parks in sri lanka. lots of foreign birds are coming to this place in december to may in every year. very large national park and lots of elephants are in here.beautiful and various types of birds are inside the park. safari jeep’s are available here and thry provide good service for us and all the staff are very friendly and they give good service for us

Charuka S — Google review

Absolutely fantastic. A must visit for any birder. 5am start, sunrise and a feast for the eyes.

Lee L — Google review

Every single time I travel, I fall in love with my Sri Lanka a bit more. Close to Yala, sharing the southern coastline, Bundala is a beautiful national park with fewer animals and safari jeeps. Still, definitely worth the travel for the landscape it offers. Very much like the Yala Block 5 in that it is quiet, creepy and utterly serene. We spotted many many birds, crocodiles, foxes, elephants, butterflies, rabbits, peaco*cks, monkeys, etc. I love that there is less traffic and noise here. Lots of water bodies. The coast is gorgeous.

Zainab H — Google review

This is the Bundala park museum. It hiyses a number if skeletal specimens of various animals including crocodiles, elephants, deer and bulls, turtles, monkeys, whales etc. It also has bottled specimens of snakes and other small creatures. There’s a 3-D map of the Bundala national park. Make sure to pay a visit here. Entrance is free.

Anuranga H — Google review

Much smaller and less visited that nearby Yala but a must visit for bird watchers and nature lovers. We saw a wide selection of birds and wildlife, and some really rare species. Much more relaxed safari with a very helpful guide and spotter with binoculars who joined us. Really enjoyed it, but don’t expect to see leopards here, this one is for the bird lovers.

Carlitos W — Google review

This park is 1 km away from my house and it is very beautiful. The sun is very hot between April and September. Many tourist birds can see many animals that have never been seen before. If you come in December, you can see many birds. There are three or four elephants on the side of the road in the evening, so don't disturb them. Don't litter the other park.

Nathidu I — Google review

It’s a Ramsar Wetland Reserve and a National Park, famous for migrant birds and elephants. Salterns boarding the park and sand dunes are another attraction.Safari jeeps available at the Bundala junction those who desire to hire. If you are a birder plenty to enjoy.

Ubaya M — Google review

Lovely park with amazing bird watching and diverse animals. It's uncrowded and serene especially in the mornings. I thoroughly enjoy our tour, but was a little disappointed that nobody communicated upfront that all elephants have left the park for other areas. It's still worth the experience and beauty and I can recommend Chaminda Safari as a guide!

Anica K — Google review

4.4

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Buduruwagala Raja Maha Viharaya

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Buddhist temple

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Buduruwagala Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist site that dates back to the 10th century. It boasts seven colossal statues carved into a stone wall, making it the region's most significant attraction. The figures include a towering Buddha statue standing at 15 meters, surrounded by smaller ones. Some of these carvings still have traces of their original stuccoed robe and were once painted in bright colors.

It was a nice atmosphere and beautiful land scape. sorounded by Lake and mountain also forest area. mostly they used surfaces of the rocks to build Buddha standing image. it was a such great art and the technical skills.

THE W — Google review

Wonderful Rock Carving with Buddha Statue, Future Buddha Statue and Deities. Masterpiece of massive stone carving in ancient Sri Lanka. I visit Buduruwagala two weeks before

Guideme S — Google review

In Sri Lanka, there is an old Buddhist temple called Buduruwagala. The complex is made up of seven statues that are associated with the Mahayana philosophy. The sculptures are from the tenth century. The massive Buddha statue was formerly vividly painted, as shown by the lengthy orange streak that remains from its original stuccoed garment. It is believed that the central figure among the three to the Buddha's right is the Buddhist mythological character, Avalokitesvara, or the Bodhisattva.

Nandun S — Google review

I'm a bit familiar with ancient places on Sri Lanka and this is a few leagues lower than staples like Sigiria or Anuradhapura.Still worth to visit if you have free slots on your journey.Sri Lanka natural beauty is amazing. So in my and my partner opinion the natural ponds on the way and the rice fields were a highlight of the trip.There is an abundance of wildlife in the Archeological Reserve. We saw peaco*cks, hornbills, herons and a heap of other small birds. We even saw first time in Sri Lanka a snake crossing the road.

Dominik W — Google review

Buduruwagala is a Budhist monastry which consists of seven statues and more related to Mahayana tradition in10th century.Very peaceful, calm and well maintained place with surrounded by amazing nature..

Dinisha K — Google review

A Nice and amazing historical place to visit. I don't now the story behind this amazing carved statue but the place itself is really beautiful. The place is quiet and you can also relax on a rock with a little pool of water. Out of respect, the woman have to cover their shoulders with a shawl if the shoulder is naked. Also if you want to visit the statue from a close distance you have to remove your shoes. Also out of respect. If you look very closely you see on one of the right statues has 6 fingers instead of 5.I am a tourist driver and I often take tourists to visit the place and guide the tourists

Mahesh D — Google review

Nice place to visit beautiful archaeological siteBuduruwagala Temple, located near Wellawaya in Sri Lanka, is renowned for its impressive rock carvings dating back to the Mahayana Buddhist period. The main attraction is a towering 51-foot-high rock relief depicting a group of standing Buddha figures, believed to be carved during the 9th or 10th century. It's a remarkable site for those interested in ancient Buddhist art and architecture.

Gayan H — Google review

Such a beautiful, neatly maintained place.. Very peaceful.. Beautiful carvings.. Not really very touristy so it's very calm and serene surrounding..

Discovery P — Google review

Ancient buddhist temple inSri lanka 🇱🇰 .Buduruvagala is located about 6.4km southeast of Wellawaya in Monaragala district . The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted.

Nadeejaya K — Google review

This old ruins are considered to be the tallest in the world after the Thlaiban destroyed the statues in Afghanistan. Suggest downloading Travel With Seth app on your android or iOS to get some good information on this site.

Asith S — Google review

Approximately 5 kilometers away on the Thanamalwila road from the Wellawaya. This rock has seven figures etched into it, and those statues date to the late Anuradhapura era. These carvings are in the Mahayana Buddhist style and are surrounded in a very pleasant environment.

Wishva W — Google review

Buduruwagala is an ancient temple of Sri Lanka. It’s consist of seven statues which are related to Mahayana school of thought. Middle is the gigantic Buddha statue which believes that would have been brightly painted back in the historical days. Right to the Buddha’s statue is identified as Bodhisatva statues and left of this white painted figure is a female figure.

Sachi W — Google review

What an amazing place. A must see!Be sure to stop off at the lake view restaurant for a juice to quench your thirst after the breathtaking experience here!

Hewey H — Google review

Beautiful place that brings you sense of peace and tranquility. Perfect place to do meditation and to know more about Buddhism.Local unofficial guides are very useful if you want to know more about the history of this place and about Buddhism in general.

Fariza Z — Google review

Very calm, serene place. Definitely worth a stop to empty and recharge your mind.Entrance is not free though.

Gabrielle K — Google review

Great historic site, well worth the visit! Small entry fee ~$3 USD each adult (2024). A short drive off the main road between Yala and Ella.Hand carved religious (Buddhist) statues from the 7th-9th Centuries. About 20-30m tall and carved into a cliff, this is an impressive site to anyone and a holy site to Buddhists. You will need to wear pants or cover your knees and remove shoes and hats when entering the immediate vicinity of the carvings.Also takes you right past a huge lake on the way with various wildlife to observe.

Jason K — Google review

Buduruwagala Temple A serene sanctuary showcasing Sri Lanka's largest rock-cut Buddha. A peaceful, historical site worth the visit. 🌟

Tharindu D — Google review

A must visit place for all nature and history lovers. There are several Buddhist statues engraved on the rock (which also is the meaning of the name of place). The access road and surrounding is beautiful. The walk towards the rock is through a nice tree cover and a little forest. Be mindful of the monkeys. We met a local guide who was well aware of the history and is providing the historical background and the importance of the place to all visitors (specially the children).These creations belong to the Mahayana chapter of Buddhism and apparently were painted originally. Some statues seem unfinished. But well worth a visit due to the aritistic and ancient value as well as the natural beauty of the location.

Sudheera S — Google review

One of the best historical and buddhist religious place in Sri Lanka

Udaya R — Google review

Very Natural Area to visit.1300 years old history ..The beautiful, rock-cut Buddha figures of Buduruwagala are the region's biggest attraction. The gigantic standing Buddha (at 15m, it is the tallest on the island) here still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe, and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. It's surrounded by smaller carved figures. This remote site is located 9km south of Wellawaya, accessed by a scenic side road.

Dushan T — Google review

4.7

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Shehan Safari - Yala Safari Jeep Tours

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Safaris

Very Good safari in Yala park. Our driver/guide drives safely. We were some of the first jeep to enter in the park at the opening. He has a lot of experience and he knows well about the animals and the park. We were Lucky to see 2 leopards and 2 cubs. I definitely recommend the morning tour with Shehan Tours.

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The safari tour was quite nice, we saw a lot of wildlife, including a leopard right at the end of the day when the closing time of the park was near. The driver was friendly, but unfortunately he didn't give details about the animals we were seeing. I did appreciate him that he was in search of spots to see a leopard until the last possible minute of staying in the park. He also drove quite dangerously inside and outside the park, I have to admit that I was happy to exit the vehicle alive at the end of the trip. The process to book the trip was quite easy.

Maria B — Google review

We booked them by phone for an afternoon safari. We were picked up at 2 by Yashara and instantly we knew it was gonna be an amazing safari. He literally spotted every single animal - we saw a leopard, lots of elephants and crocodiles. I had asked to see the Malabar Hornbill if he finds them and of course he did! Highly recommend this team for your Yala Safari.

Priyanka C — Google review

Top Level safari operator. Quality Jeeps and Experienced driver/guides. We were 10 person went with Shehan Safaris and the tour was phenomenal. We could have chance to see 3 leopards during our trip. Would definitely come back again for Leopards.

Pathum T — Google review

No need to explain the place. Most famous National Park in Southern side of the country. Great place for watch the Wildlife and get immersed in the Jungle experience. If you are a fan of 🐆 Leopards, Bears 🐻, and Elephants 🐘 this is the best National park to spot them among all the parks in country. Had an Excellent time with Shehan Safaris.

Prageeth L — Google review

The best tour guide in Sri Lanka! Sasanka was the most amazing tour guide / jeep driver for our day around Yala. I can't believe how good he was at spotting animals, some were far and some were camouflaged and he still managed to point them out. He was amazing at spotting animals, had so much knowledge to share about each one and we were luckily enough to see leopards along with lots of other animals including elephants and many more!! Highly recommended the tour with Shehan Safaris!

Ruwini J — Google review

We had a wonderful full day safari with our guide Tikiri. We saw a sloth bear cub, a leopard (far away in a tree), a lot of elephants, crocodiles, buffalos and many birds. Our guide did his best for us to see as many animals as possible.The lunch is at the beach. The building is ugly, but you can take your plate and enjoy the food on the beach.Keep in mind:• lunch break is 2 hours long, so except for chilling on the beach you can’t do anything else• there are no toilets in Yala (except for at the lunch spot), so you’ll have to go into the bushes

Liselotte W — Google review

This park is definitely worth a visit, lots of animals and we we fortunate to see a leopard and bear, lots of elephants of course

Steve S — Google review

amazing experience - a bumpy road and lots of sightseeing! our driver Yashara did his best to spot all the animals and drive us to the best places - and it was well worth it :)

Sarah D — Google review

Highly recommend, booked via trip advisor for the tour but doesn’t include entry fees which is fine! Muthu was great, as a driver and for spotting lovely wildlife as well! 😍

Samantha T — Google review

Really great safari! Driver and spotter were in regular communication with other tours to locate wildlife and were amazing at spotting animals throughout the park. Binoculars were provided which was much appreciated and the driver had a genuine passion for wildlife; he turned off the engine when we were stationary so we could avoid disturbing the animals. Highly recommend

Harry R — Google review

We ordered a Safari Tour via GetYourGuide and should be picked up at our hotel at 07:00 AM. The Safari Jeep never picked us up and after many unanswered calls and whats app messages I received a mail, the tour got cancelled because of bad wheater (the sky was clearly blue at that time)!Thanks to our hotel we could participate and enjoy a nice safari :)

Nico — Google review

Ive booked a custom tour in advance - pick up in Tissamaharama, Yala in the morning, Udawalawe in the afternoon and drop off in Mirissa - and confirmed the date via mail again 3 days prior. When there was no jeep waiting for us at 5am, another guide called the company and they would have forgotten about us if he had not done that. So the organization / office part definitely would not have gotten 5 stars, however both our guides were amazing:Yashara went with us to Yala and even though we ended up being rather late (due to them forgetting about us), he had a friend (?) saving us a spot so we could skip a lotttt of the line to Yala. He also seemed really knowledgeable about the leopards and interested in them himself - we ended up seeing them twice - once really close - and both times pretty much had the best spot out of all the cars there 🤩We didnt see sloth bears but pretty much everything else - elephants, buffalos, a snake, a crocodile etc. I personally would have wanted him to stop a few times for other animals like real close buffalos, but his focus was definitely one the leopards. Again - as we did get to see them twice and really close that was perfectly fine, but if we had not ended up seeing them it might have been a bit disappointing. Either way, he for sure is a great guide!Personally, I feel like it might make sense to combine different tours so that the cars are full - there tons of jeeps with only 2 or even just 1 person on them - so that the line in the morning would be shorter, it would be less hectic for the animals and probably more people would get to see the animals (the drivers do talk to each other, but obviously not all 100 jeeps can end up at the same perfect spot). Of course, that has nothing to do with Shehan Safari specifically though.Around noon, we got picked up by Sosanka who took us to lunch and then to Udawalawe and organized the car to Mirissa after that. First of all, the lunch was amazing and ended up being my boyfriends favorite curry of our 3 weeks in Sri Lanka.Sosanka also does tours through Yala and told us he even found leopards babies a few days ago which is super rare, so I am sure that he also must be an amazing guide for Yala.He was all around really nice and told us a lot about the animals that we saw in Udawalawe, which I really liked (and which Yashara didnt do).In hindsight, my boyfriend and I would have rather done a whole day in Yala instead of Udawalawe - Udawalawe for sure is way less crowded and hectic and you get to see a lot of elephants really close and also some buffalos, but Yala was more exciting for us (maybe we just had luck though).Either way, we can 100% recommend both of our amazing guides - just make sure that the company actually remembers to pick you up :D

Isabel — Google review

Was prompt for pickup, professional, and well-spoken. We had a fantastic safari with "Muttu" as our guide. We were able to see the majority of the creatures in the park. Thank you Muttu 🙏.

Vivaz79 — Google review

The safari was incredible, made especially good by our jeep driver, Pradeep, he was so knowledgeable and was so determined to find a leopard for us, which we did! He was hidden away in the bushes but we still saw him. As well as a elephant, who came up so close to our jeep, you could see how happy Pradeep was for us, he really did make our experience special.The national park itself is beautiful and wild, amazing to see the animals in their natural habitat. Thanks Pradeep, see you again.

Sara H — Google review

Fantastic afternoon safari in Yala National Park. We were picked up on time by our friendly driver who spoke great English and driven to the park entrance. He was knowledgable with all wildlife and was happy to answer questions throughout. Binoculars were provided which was a nice touch! Something to note, we booked our trip on a full moon day celebration which meant driving to the park took much longer than expected due to local traffic. We probably lost nearly an hour on the drive alone so it would have been great for Shehan to take this into consideration (more so for future guests) and offer an earlier collection time. Overall, a brilliant day and money well spent!

Alex F — Google review

We had an amazing day doing the full day safari with Yashara in Yala. He went above and beyond to find leopards for us and our jeep got an amazing close up view of a few walking around. We also saw loads of other animals like elephants, spotted deer, wild boars, water buffalos. Yashara knew a lot about the local wildlife, could name them all and would tell us about the different animal’s behaviour. Absolutely incredible experience, would highly recommend!

Lana R — Google review

Our tour with Shehan Safari was fabulous! We had Sasanka as our guide and he really went above and beyond to make sure we saw as many animals as possible (including a leopard!!) and that we had a great time. Our tour also included handy transfers from Ella to Hiriketiya which were prompt and so helpful!

Gabby P — Google review

Our guide (Tikiri) was fantastic. He went above and beyond to make sure we saw as many animals we could. He was very knowledgeable. He deserves a lot of credit for adhering to the park regulations.

Asela K — Google review

4.6

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Tissa Lake

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Lake

Nature & Parks

Bodies of Water

Artificial lake thought to date from the 3rd century B.C., popular for boat safaris & birdwatching.

Tissa Wewa is a reservoir in Tissamaharama, thought to have been constructed in the 3rd Century BC, either by Mahanaga of Ruhuna or his successor Yatala Tissa of Ruhuna, in order to irrigate paddy lands and supply water to the flourishing city of Tissamaharama.

SHAN ( — Google review

Such a beautiful view is having for the lake. There is a walking path around lake gives a wonderful place for a morning workout. There is a canal enough to take a bath as well. It is risky having bath from the lake. Specifically when it is full of water.

Nishadi J — Google review

Beautiful breathtaking place. Boat riding available.

Hasantha K — Google review

Very beautiful placeCan have bathBoat ride around lake an island

Sanath K — Google review

Probably the main reason or the biggest reason for you stopping by, if you consider doing that, will be to see a lot of bats sleeping on the trees at the lake and flying away as the sunset comes. Ask locals about the exact time when they go for that so you don't miss an opportunity to see something interesting that you don't often have a chance to see.

Jana K — Google review

Very beautiful ancient lake.

Romein N — Google review

Ancient fresh water reservoir built back in back in 3rd century BC still provides water for vast paddy fields in Sri Lanka.If you happen to visit Thissamaharama or Kataragama this is a must do list view specially at sunrise or dusk in late evening.By the side of the main road built over its dam is a walking/jogging path which is wonderful place to have a relaxing evening walk.

Ganindu M — Google review

Entirely man-made but absolutely beautiful, especially when it is a bright gayful day full of activities. Boating, ice cream selling, and a local cafe in the lake view hotel that overlooked the lake. Absolutely spirit lifting just be being here.

Rebecca C — Google review

Very beautiful and calm place to visit,Lots of birds to see, a boat service is near by , so it is possible to rent one and travel around the lake.

Kolitha K — Google review

One of popular view point among the those who coming to warship Ancient city of Kataragama.You may find few Bathing point which you can take a bath safely.It's not recommend to enter to this water body from unsafe location.Also you may find few people will come and trying to take you on boat ride.First of fall negotiate about the payment and get in to the boat.Otherwise they will ask you to pay huge amount of money which not worth of boat ride.

Prasanga P — Google review

Ancient lake by the side of the road. Follow the Google map and you'll be fine. can go for a boat ride too. Can enjoy the view and there is another way to the dam and a ground where you can even have meals. Unfortunately locals have polluted the surroundings. So remember not to leave anything there.

Madushanka G — Google review

Beautiful lake in Thissamaharamaya

Amith R — Google review

This is an iconic place in thissamahara. Beautiful place with greenery. Now, it developed with a walking path. Have some boat rides. Not suitable for bathing. Ideal place to stay near the lake and have a meal. But do not put garabage and destroy the environment. Sometimes you have to pay a parking fee.

Ravindra I — Google review

Boat ride with bird watching was the highlight of your stay. This is probably the most underrated place here and our experience was much better than even yala safari.We took a boat ride(7000 for 6 people) and got to see thousands of birds with different species super upclose. This is a must visit place and not to be missed.

Prateek G — Google review

4.7

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Ella Rock Trailhead

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Geologic Formations

At Ella Rock Trailhead, visitors can enjoy various hiking options such as climbing Mini Adams Peak or Ellas Rock and exploring the tea plantation. The area also offers attractions like Ravana Ella waterfalls and the nine arch bridge. However, it is important to be cautious of local signage as it may lead one astray. A guide is recommended for a better experience. After crossing the bridge, visitors can take a dip in the river to cool off.

A nice nature trail. Fantastic view to the top of the rock. Bit of hard track to walk but really interesting.A juice stall and Rotti stall on the top of the cliff was a great help to climbers which were functioning by few villagers.

Dharshana E — Google review

So about this hike. It is quite nice and the landscape and view is amazing.The thing is it's not so easy to find it by yourself as there are no signs and locals try to get you to choose them as guides. Also it's very steep and can be quite slippery, especially when going down. Wear good shoes!!But even when it's cloudy (like it was when we were there at 6:30) it's still beautiful. I really recommend to go there at sunrise though so you don't have any clouds. Just start really early so you are up at 5:30/06:00 latest.

Katja K — Google review

Great hike this! Super scenic and not too challenging. The hardest part is probably the last 30 minutes as it starts to get pretty steep. I highly recommend downloading a trails app to show you the routes you can take as it can become very unclear at times where you should be walking. You can find the start to this trail by walking along the track from Ella train station for about an hour or so and you will find the start on your left.You will then walk over a tiny bridge that is over a small waterfall, which then leads through a tea plantation where you will find the workers picking. Really quite beautiful!Make sure you bring enough water to last you 3/4 hours total, or bring cash as there are locals selling drinks. There is a fee at the top of 930 rupees to see the view, however we just sat around on the benches up there for around 30 minutes and the guard just let us through for free after trying your best haggle is to come in.Highly recommend this hike!!

Oliver T — Google review

If you love living green, then Ella is obviously a place to visit. Ella Rock is one of the place which proves it.Trekkers would love the place. It’s bit tiring to do the hiking. But it is definitely worth it. Once you got to the summit you will realize why we said so. The panoramic views it provides with mist and cloud covering the area, especially in the early mornings and the late evenings are something you should witness and that would suffice enough to say that you visited Ella.Total time for climbing up and down is 4 hours. Yes, sounds like a long journey. But the way up there is with full of diversity. If you are starting form Ella train station, you would enjoy the rail walk, and soon as you started climbing up, you will be passing a waterfall, the rubber tree forest and tea plantations.On a rainy day, it can be slippery, so better be cautious with what you wear for the journey. Wear something suitable for a hiking and towards the end of the hike, route will get bit harder with the steep, still manageable.Kind request for all the trekkers,Ella is popular among many people for its echo-liveliness and the calm-countryside atmosphere. So help us protect the area by being responsible on your visit.Please make sure you don’t throw all those plastic bottles, food wrappers here and there. Bring trash bags and pack out everything you bring in so it can be disposed in an appropriate place. And don’t just stop with your own trash.We all can be happy when we visit the place next time, if we can see the place looking better than when we got there.Take Only Pictures, Leave Only Footprints - Happy Traveling!- copied...

Pasan S — Google review

This is what the turn-off point looks like. Accurate location but can be difficult to locate while it's still dark if you're doing the sunrise hike.

Taylor F — Google review

Download a map before you go, I also posted one on Strava. It’s easy to get lost but you really don’t need a guide to go. Entrance is not free, 900lkr.Or just follow the train tracks to the entrance and there you can follow dogs to the top :). Get some crackers to thank them and they will make sure you go up and down easily like they did for me. I had a full dog guide service until train station.

Kseniya M — Google review

Ella Rock stands out as one of Sri Lanka's top tourist destinations, especially during the early morning for a breathtaking sunrise. Be cautious of locals attempting scams by misleading you on paths or overcharging for guides. Optimal access is possible by using trains to reach near the trailhead, getting off at Kithal Ella station. Walk 300-500 meters towards Heel Oya direction, turn sharp left at the narrow bridge, proceed through the tea plantation area, and ascend easily without the need for guides. Leeches are minimal, and watch out for high prices at snack shops along the trail.

Romein N — Google review

Great hike but do not follow this map. This leads to a hotel. Easiest way is to go to the railway station and from there u can follow a trail of your choice. We got the exact information from Uva provincial council office next to Ella station. These officials were very helpful.Being said that, Ella rock trail is a must do!!! You’ll get to see one of the most breathtaking views of Ella city/uva province and the hike of 3hrs total(up and down) totally worth it! Take cash with you as there is a ticket to purchase to go to the view points and make sure you do go to the second view point as well.. which is the most amazing view of both and lil dangerous 😁

Dilakshi W — Google review

This is the start but take local signage with pinch salt as it gets you lost, which is supposed to, so you need to pay for local guide, who soon pick up on you. After the bridge If your walking across an open padi field you've gone wrong, go back and take the left fork past several any hills up a clearly walked path. When you come back over the bridge take a dip in the river

Don D — Google review

The full experience is when you get to the trailhead by train track( from Ella train station)And also don't forget there are 2 viewpoints on top of the hill ( the one further is much nicer)

Dar — Google review

I give it one star because after doing the whole excursion, they make you pay an entrance fee to do only 40 metres and see the view. It would be understandable if the path was well signposted and well maintained but this is not the case. It seems ridiculous to me that they make you pay just to see the view at the end. It really isn't worth paying the entrance fee. The path can be easily followed with a geolocation app, I used Wikilok, and it is not necessary to hire a guide.

Antoni G — Google review

This is a great sign to turn left towards the trail leading up, i would recommend using a flashlight during the night and search for the turn, you know you got it right when you go over a bridge over a waterfall.When passing the bridge i recommend using the trail on the left going up towards the fields and not turn right towards the jungle.Use some apps for trails that can help a lot!

Ofek S — Google review

One of the best things to do in Ella.Views are best at the sunrise.Can be managed without a guide.30-40 min hike to the top and better to go prepared.If you go by train from Kandy,get off at kithal ella station and it is not uneasy to find the way from there.there are little snack shops on the way to the top as well.Should not be missed if you are travelling to Ella and ready to experience a bit of hiking.

Dulana M — Google review

A must-walk trail. Diverse views and surroundings. Walking on railway, seeing tea plantations, rice fields, waterfall and finally breathtaking views on valley, hills, village and Rawana waterfall is absolute essence of this area.Tips. Download a OSM map based app and follow directions to Ella rock. Google maps won’t be helpful (sorry Google!) and will get you lost cause trail in lower parts goes through rice fields and tea plantations. And ways to reach final climb are plenty.Reaching the Ella Rock is 3-part journey. First, starting from Ella you must walk along railway, then find your path though village with little help of locals, then reach the final climb and you’re done. ☑️Reaching the top. Ella rock view is good but don’t finish there because on south part of mountain there another second view point- even better in my opinion.Don’t bother if you forget something to eat or drink - local booths on the way won’t leave you hungry or thirsty.

Łukasz K — Google review

This trail is just an absolute gem while staying in Ella. It's a must for all hikers/nature lovers who do enjoy hiking. I'd classify it moderate to challenging trail and definitely not suitable for beginners. It starts off easy while walking on the train tracks from Ella town. Takes you through the tea plantations which are absolutely gorgeous until you start some light ascending through the forest. The most challenging and difficult part is the last push through the forest to the summit as it's very gravely with water flowing down through the narrow path where you definitely need to use a lot of balancing, good footwork and scrambling. It's also quite steep so better watch out for your knees.Sports shoes/trainers are totally ok!Just to know, at the top, there's a charge of 900LKR per person (foreigners) to go further to see the view and more walking to the other part of the forest.Best time to set off is super early so you can catch the sunrise on the top.Overall, it took us around 5hrs with breaks on the top.

Simona S — Google review

Very cool short hike (but not super easy, steep can get slippery also)Great viewMove to second view point after sunrise it’s not as crowded and also beautiful

Dani M — Google review

A really great place to watch the sunrise. The hike is a little bit hard but shouldn't take more than 1 hour. We used the Google map to find the route for walking from Ella to the trailhead, but the thing is that you can take a shortcut by walking beside the train track from Ella to kitalElla.

SsajadHH — Google review

Simple hike with amazing views! I took off one star for 2 reasons:1) there is a 921 Rs ticket charge for the final viewpoint, which is ridiculous and absolutely not worth it, as the best views are on the trail;2) some locals near the blue house right after the rail track bridge purportedly lead people on the wrong path to scam them into hiring a guide. You do NOT need a guide to do that hike, it is a very simple hike and you cannot get lost!!! Just start the trail at “Ella’s Rock Trailhead” as shown on Google Map!!Google Map gives the right directions; DO NOT follow the directions given in the Lonely Planet Guide, and DO NOT listen to the locals who will lie to you and tell you that the way to Ella’s Rock starts at the blue house, right after the rail track bridge. It is a scam, they want you to hire a guide because you will have a very hard time finding the way and get lost if you try to use that route, because the path splits into numerous paths and the vegetation is so dense you cannot see where you’re going. Besides, it is a lot more dangerous as it is at the edge of the cliff, you need to climb a lot on that route, and the views are not as beautiful as on the other trail. Some people have fallen to their death on this route, with the latest fatal accident in March 2024.After the rail track bridge, go past the blue house until you reach Kithal Railway Station, then keep going straight and then take the turn on the left, where Google Map sets the trailhead, where you’ll see a river and rice paddies, then tea plantations. Then all you have to do is keep going straight the whole way (first climb up the tea plantations, then straight ahead). It absolutely does not require a guide, there is only one path and you meet other hikers going up or down every 5 minutes so you can’t get lost. That path is flat for most of the way and super easy, that’s why the locals try to send you to the hard trail instead to force you into getting a guide. Take the Google Map trail, not only it is a lot easier/safer, but the views are also nicer!

Clothilde B — Google review

Beautiful views (you can see Little Adam's peak and so on) but you have to pay 930rupis to be able to watch it. From the railway station around 2hours up and down

Joanna O — Google review

If you’re looking for a breathtaking hiking experience, I highly recommend the Ella Rock trail. This trail offers a stunning landscape, brimming with natural beauty, making it a perfect choice for nature lovers. The difficulty level is low, making it accessible for most hikers. As a tip, remember to bring cash, as there’s a fee of 900 rupees at the top.

Henry R — Google review

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Rawana Falls.

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Rawana Falls is a well-known waterfall in the country and boasts of its impressive width. It is also recognized for having a cave that was mentioned in an Indian epic poem. The site attracts many tourists every year, who come to marvel at the stunning natural beauty of the falls and explore the historic cave.

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Ella Spice Garden Cooking Lessons

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Gardens

The cooking class Ella Spice Garden Cooking Lessons was a great experience for the family. The host was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. They had pictures of spices that were out of season which gave us the chance to smell them. Unfortunately, the cooking class wasn't available, but we still highly recommend it!

My family and I (2 kids, 8 and 9yrs old) participated in the Ella Spice Garden Cooking Lesson and loved it. The lesson was interactive and engaging. The food and ingredients were excellent. Both my children said it was the highlight of their stay in the region! Thank you!

Nicole C — Google review

I have taken many cooking classes and this was definitely a favourite. Theeka provides a really fun and informative cooking experience. It was really cool to learn about all of the spices in the beautiful garden tour. The cooking class is extremely well set up, organized, visually appealing, and we made probably the best meal I had in Sri Lanka. You will leave with both a full belly & heart. Thanks again! 😊

Amanda B — Google review

We had an amazing experience! Very interesting, entertaining, engaging and very well organized. At first we had a tour in spice garden, then there was a cooking master class where everyone had a chance to participate and we receive very good explanations and in the end we had dinner all together with the food that we cooked.I also liked that the recipes were adapted for international audience (not very spicy)

Alena K — Google review

This was our highlight in Sri Lanka so far! We really enjoyed our traditional and vegan cooking classes. The class is very well organised and informative, I particularly enjoyed the tour of the spice garden. If you come here, be sure to buy some of the home-grown spices to make the recipes at home.

Julia H — Google review

Highly recommended. You will be cooking with local grown spices, vegan food.It's an awesome experience. In my opinion it's a MUST if you are visiting Ella

Benjam?n P — Google review

100% worth it ! Place is very cozy, cooking process is exciting, food was the best we've ever tasted since we've arrived to Sri Lanka. All ingredients were fresh and in a perfect combination.Don't miss this chance while visiting Ella 🤩

Ekaterine K — Google review

A great cooking course, was really a lot of fun. Starting with the organization and communication, everything went smoothly. Small books with recipes were handed, many and the recipes were sent again afterwards online. Cooking the local food is a completely different experience and tastes even better. You got tips on how to do it at home. The mood during the course was very cheerful and the staff members were absolutely friendly, you even get a guided tour of their own little garden. All in one an absolute and clear recommendation!!

Eli — Google review

Amazing cooking class. We really enjoyed it. The tour of the spice garden was really interesting and enjoyable. The food was very tasty and we really enjoyed it. Tika was a great cook and made the experience very enjoyable for us. We would highly recommend this cooking class.

Jane B — Google review

A wonderful experience, we started with a tour in the spice garden then started the cooking class which was really nice and very tasty. We cooked all the ingredients that make up a veggie rice curry. I’m not cooking l, I joined my wife, and I enjoyed it very much, so highly recommended.

Gabi Z — Google review

It was a great experience, I loved to see where all the spices we use at home come from.The host was really knowledgeable, explained and showed us everything, had pictures of the things that were out of season and gave us leaves that we could smell.Unfortunately, the cooking class wasn't available.I highly recommend this experience!

Tamas M — Google review

It was an amazing experience! Well organized, professional cooking lesson. The food was excellent! I am sure we will also prepare these nice dishes at home for the family:) I absolutely recommend it as a number one activity in Ella!

Csilla C — Google review

Great experience. The Chef/guide was very knowledgeable and delivered it with a great flow. From an introductory sit down with a black tea. Followed by a tour of the spices in the garden that are grow naturally and are used in the dishes.We cooked 7 different items/dishes as a group which was fun interactive and insightful. The food tasted incredible and well worth the money. All in all a 5 star experience!!! Thanks

Owen W — Google review

Our favourite activity in Ella! Theeka is a fantastic host - super charismatic, knowledgable & friendly. We really enjoyed this experience, the food was delicious & great tour of the gardens. Theeka’s team of assistants were also really friendly & attentive. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Ella!

Meghan K — Google review

The cooking class was a wonderful experience. The instructor was friendly and funny, and the co-teacher was sweet and kept things going smoothly. The garden tour was a great bonus! The class was hands on and all the food turned out very delicious. I learned a lot and am excited to try the recipes at home.

Katie J — Google review

My Mum and I really enjoyed the evening at Ella Spice. The class was informative and enjoyable. We learned where the spices came from and saw them growing in the garden. It was a joy to learn so much about Sri Lankan cuisine and of course to sample all the delicious dishes at the end. Chandika and his wife were pleasant, funny and got everyone involved. Thank you for the fabulous experience - a real highlight from our time in Sri Lanka.

Sarah B — Google review

The best (vegan) Sri Lankan cooking class with the friendliest of hosts, Tikka. After walking through his spice garden, learning about how each is grown and harvested, we started cooking our 7 dishes. Every step was explained well, with an interactive book for note taking, as well as plenty of opportunity to get involved in the cooking process. Lots of tips were shared too (like how to easily peel garlic). The food itself was delicious. By far one of the best cooking classes I have been to. Thank you Tikka and team!

Bek T — Google review

We had a brilliant evening learning authentic Sri Lankan cooking here. The main chef is amazing and clearly so passionate! And his assistants so lovely. It was so well organised and set up, but also you properly get to be involved. Every person is invited to be part of cooking something and the fact you get a full recipe book and other videos / pdf to take home is amazing! We met some lovely people too and sharing our food together at the end was perfect. Delicious and fun night!

Grace C — Google review

Tucked away down a secluded driveway near Ella's center, Ella Spice Garden Cooking Lessons offers a captivating culinary adventure. Led by the talented Theeka, head chef and master storyteller, this experience begins with a fascinating exploration of Sri Lankan cuisine and its cultural significance.Gathered in a small, diverse group of twelve, we immersed ourselves in hands-on cooking, guided by Theeka and his capable assistants. Laughter filled the air as we prepared an array of dishes together, culminating in a delicious shared meal—a true testament to our newfound skills and the joy of collaborative cooking.This evening was not only informative but also infused with warmth and camaraderie, making it a standout highlight of our trip. For those eager to delve into Sri Lanka's culinary treasures, I highly recommend this immersive and memorable experience.

Nathan T — Google review

Like many have already said, this experience was a definite highlight of our trip.It's very well run by Theeka who is clearly a great chef, very friendly and funny guy, and makes sure everyone has opportunity to participate. The guys assisting did a great job too, working hard to ensure the evening ran smoothly and ingredients were prepped properly.All dishes were super easy to follow and you get a recipe book to take home. I'm looking forward to replicating (especially the 100 bulb garlic curry)!We met lots of other travelers from all over the world, mingling over some unbelievable food that we'd all helped to cook - what's not to love!

Jack M — Google review

The chef is very good in explaining and engaging participants. His English is also very good. Quality if the ingredients is high and there are many materials shared after the class to cook it at home. Actually, it was probably the best curry I had since arriving in Sei Lanka which was 7 days ago. Highly recommended.

Danail P — Google review

Really great class, lovely set up being able to look through the garden and see all the herbs and spices. Very interactive and the food we made was amazing. Class of 10 which is the perfect size.Definitely recommend!

Sara C — Google review

Just an amazing experience! Theeka is a lovely chef with amazing staff. First you visit his spice garden, then you’ll start cooking probably the best Sri Lankan food you’ll have! Definitely a must for your stay in Ella!

Max N — Google review

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Little Adam's Peak

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Mountains

Little Adam's Peak is a popular hiking destination in Ella, Sri Lanka. Visitors can climb to higher elevations and explore the tea plantations while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The hike up to the peak is considered easy and recommended for families with children. It takes approximately 30 minutes from the main road to reach it. Additionally, visitors can walk from Adams Peak to the Nine Arch Bridge, which takes around 40 minutes through stunning landscapes.

An easy hike in the darkness took us up 30 min before sunrise. Really recommend it as the effect of the sun reaching over the mountain was surprisingly dramatic.We went up with two children 9 years old and it was not really a problem. Took us about 30 min from the main road.

Christian R — Google review

I recently visited Little Adam's Peak and was blown away by the breathtaking views. The climb to the top was a challenge, but the views from the top made it all worth it. The mountain stands at a height of 1141 meters and offers plenty of opportunities to capture stunning pictures. I particularly enjoyed visiting the peaceful corner of the mountain where I was able to sit and enjoy the panoramic views. The wind was quite chilly, but the experience was truly exhilarating. I would recommend Little Adam's Peak to anyone looking for an adventure and beautiful scenery.

ALPHA S — Google review

As an avid hiker I can say this is just a pleasant short stroll. All paved and stairs and quite crowded. Decent view at the top. The zip lines really ruin the ambiance. I probably would just go for proper Adams peak and skip little Adams if I could do it again.

Sarah D — Google review

The hike to Little Adam’s Peak in Ella offers a perfect combination of breathtaking scenery and minimal effort, making it an ideal excursion for travelers of all ages and fitness levels.The trail begins with a gentle ascent through lush tea plantations, providing a serene backdrop as you make your way up the mountain. While there are some steps to climb along the way, they are manageable for most people and add to the adventure of the hike.As you continue along the trail, the views begin to unfold, offering glimpses of the surrounding valleys and mountains. These vistas only get better as you ascend further, with each step revealing more of the stunning landscape below.Reaching the summit of Little Adam’s Peak is a rewarding experience. From the top, you're treated to panoramic views of Ella Rock, the Ella Gap, and the rolling hills of Sri Lanka’s hill country. It's a sight that truly takes your breath away and makes the journey worthwhile.One of the best things about this hike is its accessibility. Unlike some of the more strenuous hikes in the area, Little Adam’s Peak can be completed in about 30 minutes, making it perfect for those with limited time or mobility issues.Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just looking for a leisurely stroll with stunning views, Little Adam’s Peak is sure to exceed your expectations. Just be sure to bring plenty a camera to capture the unforgettable scenery. I highly recommend adding this hike to your itinerary when visiting Ella.

Nishika S — Google review

Definitely worth to go up there!From Adam’s Peak to the 9 arch bridge up to 40 mins by walk through beautiful places.

Helen F — Google review

The best view point in EllaLittle Adams Peak whether considering the word ‘Little’,it is named after the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada –where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the two mountains. Therefore the mountain was called as Little Adams Peak.“Punchi Sri Pada” is another name for this peak. It is 1141 m in height. Little Adam’s Peak attracts many travelers who come to Sri Lanka. Gradually with an easy hike up to the mountain of Little Adams Peak you can consummation a worth panoramic view. You have to walk through lush green tea plantations, waterfalls and paddy fields while enjoying the sceneries.It will be priceless if you could visit the place in the morning when the clouds roll in. Further places like Little Adams Peak deliberates ‘How far Sri Lanka is worth and rich with beautiful natural destinations of Sri Lankan tourism’. It will feel like a neck exercise for the visitors as you have to rotate your body to seek the views outstanding for 360 degrees.Ella town is a small town among the up county destinations consisted of waterfalls, caves and geographically significant places. One such place is Adams Peak, figured in Pyramid Shape Mountain which stands opposite of the Ella rock. Be aware not to harm the plants, flowers and animals that will meet on your journey up to the mountain.You could see the people who are plucking and collecting tea leaves, working in their estates. It will take around 35-45 min to reach to the top of the mountain on a zig- zag path. Thus it is an ideal place to watch sun rise in the morning. With prodigious views of as far as Ella rock and down to the gap will be gorgeous.It is a must to say that ‘don’t forget to wake up early in the morning and climb the mountain before it gets hot’ otherwise you will feel tired. Although take a bottle of water with you. If you could have a cup of tea or something you may feel better on your way back to the hotel or home.

Hash*tha E — Google review

Unforgettable ExperienceBest Time to goEarly in the morning and evening time..Take 1L of water. At the top no place to find the water.Few peaks to rich and need to backtrack same way.It's an amazing view of Ella rock and Ella gapVery easy to find the pathDuring the week days less crowd and week ends little busy.

Ceylon T — Google review

Great viewpoint in Ella. From the starting point (Little Adam‘s Peak trailhead) you will need 15 to 20 minutes to get up. It’s mostly stairs, and the path is not very challenging. From the top, you will get a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and landscape. Recommended to go early in the morning for sunrise.

Benedikt B — Google review

Very nice place . Great tourists attraction

Gayan K — Google review

Stunning place! The walk up to the peak is very easy and manageable, and with great views all the way up. There are signs at the base to help get you started. Did the hike for sunrise and it was well worth it! Beautiful landscapes at the top and no rubbish left around! The path is very well signed (impossible to miss). The views from the top are unique and absolutely worth the climbing. One of my favourite memories in Ella!

Anushka F — Google review

Beautiful view! Went for sunrise and even though it was cloudy it was still stunning. Relatively easy walk to the top so all fitness levels can do this. A few places at the top to sit and take in the view. No charge, so definitely worth the visit if you are in Ella.

Joanna L — Google review

It consist of 3 peaks, of which the last trial is little difficult one but the best.. 10 min from ella town, Hardly 500 - 600 mtr from the parking, & 2 hours to complete the trek. There are steps leading to the first peak. Also you can see the mega zipline on the way. A must visit location for a day trip in ella.

Sooraj N — Google review

Best time to go is right after sunrise and before 8am. No-one up there and not hot at all. Absolutely beautiful.

Isuranga H — Google review

Beautiful view and a little bit of exercise to get there 💪. About 30 minutes from the beginning of the road and 20 minutes from Ravana Pool Club (I don't recommend the pool club).It gets very hot so it's better to go in the morning or afternoon. Highly recommended!

Ofir — Google review

This is a lovely hike. Scene is very beautiful. Other than that you can experience many activities like flying ravana

Nishadi J — Google review

A very simple stairs hike that takes about 15 min or so to reach the top! But the view is about the same as when you’re walking from Ella Swing to Ravana Flying Fox to up here. Unfortunately it started drizzling halfway while we were going up. Otherwise would be better. Overall an easy hike.

Melmeleats — Google review

Lovely spot and I imagine amazing views. It did rain on us most of the time and the clouds came in but still worth the hike. It’s quite an easy walk if you’re worried about your fitness.

Marcus S — Google review

Great views but the hike is not easy. Too much to climb. You will need 20-30 mins easily to reach the top. Avoid climbing during the hot sun. Visit for sunset or sunrise. The 360 degree views are amazing.

Meghana B — Google review

Little Adam's Peak in Ella, Sri Lanka, offers not only a stunning hiking experience but also breathtaking sunrise and sunset views from the top! 🌅 The morning hues paint the sky with a palette of vibrant colors, creating a mesmerizing scene that's perfect for capturing unforgettable moments. Similarly, witnessing the sunset from this vantage point is a truly magical experience, as the sun dips below the horizon, casting a golden glow over the landscape.From the summit of Little Adam's Peak, you'll also be treated to a superb view of Ella Rock, another iconic landmark in the area. The sight of Ella Rock, surrounded by lush greenery and bathed in the warm glow of the sun, is simply spectacular and adds to the allure of this already enchanting hike.Whether you're an avid hiker or simply seeking moments of tranquility and natural beauty, Little Adam's Peak promises an unforgettable experience with its panoramic vistas and awe-inspiring sunrise and sunset views. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the magic of nature unfold from this remarkable vantage point! 🌄

Vaibhav A — Google review

Little Adam's Peak in Sri Lanka offers a breathtaking experience that is both accessible and rewarding. The hike is relatively easy, making it suitable for all fitness levels. As you ascend, the lush greenery and panoramic views unfold, providing a sense of tranquility and natural beauty.The trail is well-marked, and the journey to the summit is filled with captivating landscapes. Once at the top, you're greeted with a stunning 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The iconic Ella Rock is prominently visible, adding to the picturesque scenery. And you can clearly see the Ravana falls as well.The best times to visit are early morning or late afternoon when the sunlight bathes the landscape in warm hues, creating a magical atmosphere. The simplicity of the hike makes it an ideal activity for families, nature lovers, or those seeking a peaceful escape.Little Adam's Peak offers a memorable and amazing trek with a rewarding view that encapsulates the natural beauty of Sri Lanka's hill country.

TD — Google review

Very nice view point. There is a 20-30 minute hike through the tea plantations to arrive the top of the mountain. The view is marvelous and there is a 360° view. We can walk long distance at the top of the mountain. Children also Can easily go this hike. Can visit Flying Rawana adventure camp while climbing the hill. In front of Little Adams peek we can see the Ella rock.

Thushara C — Google review

I loved this little hike that is accessible for everyone! The view is incredible also during the day (no need to go there for sunrise)!Also you can combine it with the Zip Line if you want some adrenaline.

Nadine W — Google review

The hike is not the easiest ,it's medium...there are many steps to climb upto the view point..n from the main road will take 30 min to get here by walk.

Isbel — Google review

We enjoyed our little hike. Just be aware that you will be walking up stairs most of the way. If you keep left at the top, you can hike up some hills. People with a low level of fitness might have some problems.

Jann M — Google review

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Nine Arches Bridge

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Points of Interest & Landmarks

The Nine Arches Bridge is a renowned arch-shaped railway bridge constructed out of stone, brick, and cement. It is enclosed by abundant greenery and foliage, enhancing its natural beauty. This iconic structure has been an essential part of Sri Lanka's transportation infrastructure for nearly a century. The bridge serves as a crucial link between the hill country towns of Ella and Demodara, providing safe passage for trains carrying passengers and goods across the picturesque valley beneath it.

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Yala Safari Holidays

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Safaris

Me and my family had a unforgettable safari experience in Yala . we had a full day safari in Yala and the jeeps were in good condition . the drivers and guides were very friendly and had lots of stories to tell us about animals. we saw lots of wildlife and took so many photographs. Definitely will recommend them for safari rides in Yala.

Oliver G — Google review

Yala Safari Holidays is the best place to book a safari in Yala, I had an unforgettable Safari experience with them. had a chance to spot two magnificent leopards.Two thumbs up!!!

Daniel P — Google review

A perfect place for a perfect safari , they cover all the area of Safari In Yala from A-Z

Noah T — Google review

Amazing experience

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Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Dewalaya

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Hindu temple

Place of worship

The Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Dewalaya, located in Kataragama, Sri Lanka, is a significant religious site that houses shrines dedicated to both Hindu and Buddhist deities as well as Muslim tombs on an archaeological site. The temple complex is home to the lance of the 12-armed Hindu war god Murugan, who is believed to be identical to the Kataragama Deviyo.

Worth a visiting Kataragama temple.surrounded by lovely sceneries from where you take beautiful memorable photos and take time for contemplation. The Temple can inspire us to refresh or learn about Cultural, Architecture and Hinduism by taking an interest in the figures adorning the walls and pillars.Would recommend attending the Arti devotional ritual in the evening.Traditional architecture is combined with Shop.

Sujeevan T — Google review

Temple was peaceful and is located in a huge premises. Buddhist stupa is at a distance.The strange part however was that Subramanya swamy, Ganapati and all other hindu temples did not have an idol. Instead a curtain containing the image of the god was the deity. Temple authorities said only during prayer times at 0430, 1030, 1830hrs some of the rituals take place.We visited during the start of summer but it was quite hot so do plan to take your slippers to the stand near the temple.

Pramod V — Google review

Kathirgamam Temple, nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka's southern region, is a site of profound spiritual significance. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this temple attracts pilgrims from all walks of life seeking blessings and solace. The temple's ornate architecture, adorned with colorful murals and intricate carvings, creates a captivating ambiance for visitors. The atmosphere during puja ceremonies is electric, filled with the sounds of chanting and the fragrance of incense. Surrounded by lush greenery and sacred forests, Kathirgamam Temple offers a serene retreat for those seeking spiritual rejuvenation. It's a must-visit destination for anyone looking to experience the cultural richness and religious fervor of Sri Lanka.

Pragash Y — Google review

Kataragama temple in Kataragama, Sri Lanka, is a temple complex dedicated to Buddhist guardian deity Kataragama deviyo and Hindu War God Murugan.🤗 It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Vedda people

Radun S — Google review

Dedicated to Katharagama Deiyo/Skanda/Murugan. Multicultural location visited by Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians alike. Pooja times are 4.00am 10.30am and 7.00pm.

Sudeepa H — Google review

Come here only to worship. All other things are only for money. You have to pay to take pictures with elephants. Most of the fruit that you carry will be picked by people who will take the fruit and resell it. Come only to worship.

Kavindu P — Google review

Kataragama Devalaya is a really special and ancient place that people from all around the world respect. It has lots of interesting stories connected to it. On full moon days, it gets quite busy with devoted people. Plus, you can easily walk to the sacred Kiri Vehera Pagoda from here, making it convenient for those seeking spiritual vibes

Kasun S — Google review

A holy place indeed. Meditation happens effortlessly here. I hope I will be able to visit it again someday.

Val K — Google review

The jungle shrine of Kataragama located an hours drive away from Yala National Park and has great religious and historical significance that cuts across race and religion that brings together Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Christians each day to worship at its numerous temples of all faiths located within the sacred city. The town has Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya, a shrine dedicated to the God of Kataragama. Kataragama is situated in the Monaragala District of Uva province, Sri Lanka. It is surrounded by jungle in the South Eastern region of Sri Lanka. The town has a venerable history dating back to the second century B.C, It also was the seat of government of many Sinhalese kings during the days of Rohana kingdom.At Kataragama Temple Pooja to please God will be held every morning and evening but the best one is the evening pooja commence 7.00 PM every day. You can see everything that is going on at this traditional Pooja. Devotees queuing to make their offerings in the temples with their big trays of fruit to offer to the God. Much noise and clanging whilst a red carpet leads the way for the principal offerings to be made. Usually an ornate procession in itself. Devotees also carrying coconuts which set alight. Devotees stand and make wishes in front of a small area before hurling the coconut inside. If it smashes, and it generally does, so stand back ... it is supposed to be good luck. Similarly, if it doesn't, it represents bad luck. It’s a common sight to experience that how devotees rolling around the floor of the temple complex in a ritual.Visiting Kataragama, is one of the most exciting and visually splendid places in Sri Lanka.

Diehard T — Google review

Hindu, Buddhist, People from South India go to this temple to worship. The temple situated at Katharagama and this temple dedicated to Skanda Kumara.

Chandana P — Google review

Loved my visit. Felt a really positive energy here.This temple is incredible as the main place of worship of Katharagama, brother of Ganesh.

Jamin B — Google review

Kataragama Devalaya is undeniably a place of profound spiritual significance, offering a serene atmosphere and intricate architecture that inspire awe and reverence. For those seeking cultural insight or a moment of tranquility, this sacred site remains a unique destination. Exploring Sri Lanka's rich spiritual heritage here is a must-do experience.However, it's important to note that visiting during the off-season can present challenges. The presence of persistent street hawkers can make traveling through the city quite challenging. While the spiritual beauty of the devalaya remains intact, navigating the area might require extra patience and assertiveness. Despite this, the opportunity to immerse oneself in the spiritual richness of Kataragama Devalaya is undoubtedly worth the effort.

දිනුජය ව — Google review

Had an awesome time at Kataragama Temple today! 🌟 This place is like a spiritual melting pot, bringing together folks from Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian backgrounds. The inclusive vibe is heartwarming. Maanikka Ganga flowing nearby adds to the magic.Diving into the vibrant atmosphere, the area around Kataragama Murugan Temple is a lively marketplace! From sweets to toys and handmade treasures, there's a little something for everyone. It's not just a spiritual journey; it's a delightful shopping experience too. Don't forget to explore the colorful stalls and treat yourself to some goodies! A must-visit spot promoting unity and serenity. Loved it! 🕉️☪️🕊️🙏

SS S — Google review

This is the main important place to visit in Kataragama area, where tourists can get an idea of the history culture and religious beliefs of the community, everyone should visit The Amazon place. (Pictures of Kataragama Kiri Vehera are published. Because photography was not done inside the temple. )

Shanelka P — Google review

Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Dewalaya, nestled in the sacred town of Kataragama, is a profound testament to Hindu spirituality and cultural richness. The journey to this revered temple, dedicated to Lord Murugan, unfolds amid the vibrant tapestry of Kataragama's religious landscape.Accessing Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Dewalaya is relatively straightforward, situated within the larger Kataragama temple complex. Pilgrims and visitors alike find themselves drawn to the spiritual aura that pervades the area, making the temple a pivotal point in the cultural exploration of Kataragama.Safety is generally upheld within the temple precincts, with a respectful atmosphere prevailing. Observing local customs and guidelines is key, ensuring a harmonious experience for all. Pilgrims and tourists often coexist in shared reverence, contributing to the temple's serene ambiance.Architecturally, the temple captivates with its intricate detailing, vivid hues, and a design that echoes the traditions of Hindu craftsmanship. The dedication to Lord Murugan is palpable in every facet, providing a visual feast for those interested in the artistic expressions of Hindu worship.Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Dewalaya is not merely a physical space but a living testament to the devotion and spiritual fervor of its visitors. The air resonates with the sounds of rituals and devotional chants, immersing visitors in the rich cultural tapestry of Hindu worship.Whether you approach Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Dewalaya as a pilgrim seeking divine connection or a traveler delving into the cultural mosaic of Sri Lanka, the temple stands as a profound symbol of spiritual continuity and a reservoir of cultural significance. Visiting this sacred space is a journey into the heart of Hindu spirituality in the embrace of Kataragama's timeless allure.

Hasitha P — Google review

This is a place worshiped by many Sri Lankans specially the Hindu community. Ancient place where history is go back even beyond the king Dutugamunu era.

Chamil S — Google review

Needs more ventilation. Add more fans to keep it cool. Need more cleaning to remove the cobwebs.

Ravith S — Google review

This is an ancient Murugan temple, known as Kathirkamam, belongs to Murugan - Hindu god, but nowadays - recently this place was influenced by Buddhism

Mura A — Google review

Kataragama Devalaya is an enchanting place of immense spiritual significance, offering a serene haven and captivating architecture that inspires deep reverence. For those in search of cultural enlightenment or a moment of tranquility, this sacred site stands as a unique destination. Exploring Sri Lanka's rich spiritual heritage here is an absolute must.However, it's important to be aware of the challenges that may arise when visiting during the off-season. The presence of persistent street vendors can make navigating the city a bit tricky. While the spiritual beauty of the devalaya remains untarnished, moving through the area might demand extra patience and assertiveness. Despite these challenges, the opportunity to immerse oneself in the spiritual richness of Kataragama Devalaya is undeniably worth the effort.This is the renowned and principal shrine dedicated to the great god Skanda (known as Murugan in Tamil or Katharagama Deviyo in Sinhala). It holds sacred significance for both Buddhist and Hindu communities, and nowadays, it welcomes visitors from around the world due to its status as a multi-religious complex.During the festival season, typically in July, the grand Perahera organized by the guardians of this Devalaya is a sight to behold.In the daytime, the place is not overly crowded, making it ideal for a peaceful visit. Kataragama Devalaya is famous for 'Bhaara,' where people offer worship and valuable items with hopes of receiving blessings in return, whether it's for wealth, education, health, or other blessings.Adjacent to the devalaya, you'll find a revered Bo tree known as 'Ashta Pala,' one of the first eight saplings received from the sacred 'Jayasri Maha Bodhiya' in Anuradhapura.For history enthusiasts, there are several archaeologically valuable artifacts to discover here, providing valuable insights into the area's rich history and cultural heritage.

Nt G — Google review

A sacred place to get blessings. Nice newly built outdoor seating area and the water pond add nice feature to the place and give a good rest to the pilgrims, under the burning sun.

Piyumi A — Google review

4.6

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Maligawila Buddha Statue

Historical landmark

Sights & Landmarks

Monuments & Statues

Points of Interest & Landmarks

a historical landmark. Really lovely and serene location. a location that you have to go. Here are specifically two kinds of Buddha statues: one depicts the Buddha later in his life as a monk, and the other shows the Buddha in his younger years as a prince. The fact that a damaged statue was painstakingly restored here is remarkable.

Stanly G — Google review

TheMaligawila Buddha statueis a standing figure of theBuddhainSri Lanka, which has been carved out of a large limestone rock during the 7th century by a prince named Aggabodhi. It is the tallest free-standing ancient statue of the Buddha found in the country. It had been broken into several pieces by the time it was found in 1951. The statue was reconstructed and raised again in 1980 under the direction of the then president

Srilankan ( — Google review

Never pass by this region of Srilanka without visiting the amazing & gigantic statues of BUDDHA. Cross the paddy fields, then the jungle , ask the locals about directions to follow and u can visit these sites out of the beaten paths. A must to see while in Srilanka.

SONIA E — Google review

Calm and quite place. Can drive to the middle way on the gravel road to the left of the temple which will save your time and energy.

Prageeth G — Google review

A nice tall buddha statue built by king Agghabodhi. With the time the statue had been broken into pieces. In 1991 the statue was reerected. It is said that this is the highest free standing buddha statue in Sri Lanka. (However some say that it should be Awukana statue) Dambegoda bodhisatva statue is also located close to this.Any vehicle can go upto Maligawila temple parking area. A large parking area is available. You have to walk a few hundred meters through an ancient type garden.

Lonely T — Google review

Another marvel of ancient Sri Lanka. This statue is about 12m tall and is similar to the Aukana Buddha statue. It is carved from a single limestone rock. The statue is said to be constructed by a prince named Aggabodhi in the 7th century.When the statue was found in the 19th century it was fallen and broken to pieces. Restoration attempt took place in 1991. There is also a roof covering in place now for protection.Within the premises there is also another rock statue of Bodhisattva which can be visited.

Sudeepa H — Google review

Maligawila Buddha’ statue is the tallest free standing statue in the country. It believed to be carved in 7th century by a prince called Aggabhodhi. Opposite to that you will find Dambewela Bhodhisathwa statue. Yet another gigantic caving. Both of these statues are situated in Maligawila temple premises.Be mindful to use the longest way shown in the google maps, coz the shortest road shown is narrow and bad in shape. The alternative road shown on the map is the main road which is broader and in good in shape.

Sachi W — Google review

Maligavila Buddha statue is a stone statue of ancient value. It was in B.C. It was offered by Prince Agbo in the 7th century. It is regularly visited by Buddhists. A little distance from it is the Maitri Bosat statue and the Rajamaha temple. A station that perfectly displays the Sri Lankan cultural inspiration.

Nalaka N — Google review

Maligawila MonasteryThis tall standing Buddha Statue is located in the Uva Province, Moneragala District, near Maligawila Village, on to the Okkampitiya Road about 335 km from Colombo. It is said to be the tallest standing Buddha statue in Sri Lanka, in a serene jungle where you get easy access from the car park.All the images I was taken in 2009.

Minendra S — Google review

The Maligawila Buddha statue is carved out of a single limestone rock and is about 14.5 meters tall. This is consider as the one of tallest Buddha statue in sri lankaAbout 500m away from the Maligawila Buddha statue is another image carved out of a single rock. This is the image of Maithree Natha Bodhisattva, sometimes identified as Avalokitsvara Bodhisattva.All these within walking distance. You have to stop the car and walk to see these. Good parking space available. You will require a ticket to park your vehicle. Few stalls are there inside the parking area to buy small toys and sweets.

Prabhath W — Google review

The maligawila buddha statue is a standing figure of lord buddha. This is located close to the village of maligawila in monaragala district. Located in a very calm environment. Great place to visit 🙏

Ishara A — Google review

Maligawila Buddha Statue: Standing tall at over 37 feet, the Maligawila Buddha Statue is a marvel of ancient Sri Lankan sculpture. Carved from a single limestone block during the reign of King Dhatusena, it exemplifies the island's rich artistic heritage and Buddhist reverence. Pilgrims and art enthusiasts flock to witness its serene presence, embodying the timeless spirituality and craftsmanship of Sri Lanka's ancient civilizations.

Senesh D — Google review

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Kumana National Park

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Kumana National Park is a vast wildlife reserve spanning almost 45,000 acres of tropical forest and mangrove swamp in Sri Lanka. It offers an affordable safari experience lasting three hours, with the main animals on display being peaco*cks, deers and elephants. There are also occasional sightings of wild pigs and rabbits amid the stunning lake and green scenery.

Such a beautiful place. Everyone must see this park and wild animals here.About prices: entrance 10$ per person + 250/350 RS for jeep entrance + 8% vat

Bohdan D — Google review

One of the great wildlife park in Srilanka. There are two bungalows inside the park which you need to book in advance.One of the park's most remarkable features is its undisturbed by the constant stream of safari jeeps and crowds found in other popular parks like Yala and Wilpattu. This allows for a truly immersive wildlife encounter, where encounters with majestic creatures unfold in their natural habitat without interruptions.It's a massive national park with various species and has a museum at the entrance where you can find skeletons, skins, and other fascinating information of the animals within the park.There are mostly buffaloes, deers, peaco*cks, and elephants, but you can also find foxes, crocodiles, and different types of birds, reindeer, hares, mongoose, wild boar and if you're lucky enough then a leopard too.However, it's disappointing to know that the bathroom facilities are of poor quality, and there is no proper access to more washrooms within the park, including rest stops but other than that it was a pretty good experience.

Mohamed I — Google review

Most known bird sactuary in Sri Lanka. You may observe many migratory species. It was a lucky day we oberved all kinds of wildlife. Elephants, leopards, wild boar, sambar, deers, crocks, peaco*cks, Ceylon fox (Nariya)any many more observed. Nice expanses of water, unic dry zone forest gives an epic beauty. So many dances of peaco*cks accompanied by thier female folks. Safari was a wonderful experience. We admire the dedication of wildlife department. Donot get out from your vehicle.

Jayaprasad W — Google review

It's a massive national park with various species and has a museum at the entrance where you can find skeletons, skins, and other fascinating information of the animals within the park.There are mostly buffaloes, deers, peaco*cks, and elephants, but you can also find foxes, crocodiles, different types of birds, reindeer, hares, mongoose, wild boar and if you're lucky enough then a leopard too.However, it's disappointing to know that the bathroom facilities are of poor quality, and there is no proper access to more washrooms within the park, including rest stops but other than that it was a pretty good experience.

Fathima — Google review

One of the most affordable safari experiences in Sri lanka. The travel duration lasts for 3 hours for a half safari. Main animals on sight is peaco*cks, deers and elephants with occasional sighting of rabbits and wild pigs. Amazing lake and green sceneries around the place.Best to leave before sunrise to sight all the animals early, occasionally you can find animals on the travel pathway.Only drawback is the over crowding of people in the morning hours which makes the animals run away from the location.

Fahim A — Google review

This is a good park to visitThere is not many people through September to May so it is not bombarded with tourists like the other parksI have been here a few times and have been lucky enough to see leopards in the wild as well as all the other animals and bird live

Travel T — Google review

Kumana National Park in Sri Lanka is renowned for its avifauna, particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. The park is 391 kilometres (243 mi) southeast of Colombo on Sri Lanka's southeastern coast. Kumana is contiguous with Yala National Park. Kumana was formerly known as Yala East National Park, but changed to its present name on 5 September 2006.

Vikas C — Google review

Kumana National Park in Sri Lanka is renowned for its avifauna, particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. The park is 391 kilometres (243 mi) southeast of Colombo on Sri Lanka's southeastern coast. Kumana is contiguous with Yala National Park.

Raj M — Google review

If you're seeking a pristine wildlife experience away from crowded safari destinations, look no further than Kumana National Park. I've had the pleasure of visiting this gem countless times, and each visit has been nothing short of extraordinary.One of the park's most remarkable features is its undisturbed by the constant stream of safari jeeps and crowds found in other popular parks like Yala and Wilpattu. This allows for a truly immersive wildlife encounter, where encounters with majestic creatures unfold in their natural habitat without interruptions.With the expertise of a skilled safari driver, spotting elusive leopards becomes a thrilling possibility. A sight I've been fortunate enough to witness multiple times. But the wonders of this park extend far beyond leopards. From the sloth bears to the elephants and the wild water buffaloes, every moment here is filled with awe-inspiring encounters with Sri Lanka's diverse wildlife.Bird enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise within the park's rich avian diversity. During my birding in the park, I was able to see 84 different species in a single safari round including many migratory birds.The journey to Kumana National Park is an adventure in itself, as you traverse a 20-kilometer buffer zone teeming with wildlife. Along this route, I've been privileged to spot elusive species such as the rusty-spotted cat, crested porcupine, common palm civet, and numerous elephants, adding an extra layer of excitement to the journey.Adding to its allure, the park houses a historic Hindu temple, adding a cultural dimension to its natural splendor and making it a significant pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees.In conclusion, the Kumana National Park is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an authentic wildlife experience immersed in the untouched beauty of nature. I highly recommend it to fellow nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers – you won't be disappointed.

Ashan P — Google review

One of the great wildlife park in Srilanka. There are two bungalows inside the park which you need to book in advance. Not much crowded like Yala and Wilpaththu national parks. Excellent place to visit for tourists who are on to Arugambay. Road network inside the park need to be re constructed as they have badly damaged due to the rains and flood situation. There are great variety of animals to watch including migrated birds. Safari jeep can be taken from the Kumana town. Using the normal vehicle is not advisable and you need a 4 wheel jeep to travel inside the park. There's about 16 km from Kumana town to the park entrance.

Wikum J — Google review

As with many of the other national parks in Sri Lanka, definitely would recommend Kumana as a great alternative to Yala. Much less crowded, but with same high odds of spotting wildlife, including leopards.

Bas J — Google review

There are not that many types of animals. A bird paradise. Do not get out of the vehicle. Morning and evening animal viewing is good.

Chaminda B — Google review

Great place to bird watching. I went there during my weekend with my family members. We spent amazing few hours in this national park. You can see some endemic aquatic birds as well. There is a large hearth rocks also there. You can go to kuda kabiliththa also.

etutionlk — Google review

Kumana National Park, situated in southeastern Sri Lanka, is renowned for its rich biodiversity, boasting diverse ecosystems such as mangroves, wetlands, and forests. It serves as a haven for birds and various other wildlife species. Visitors have the opportunity to explore Kumana National Park through guided safari tours, typically conducted via jeep rides along the park's trails.

Nilanka W — Google review

Kumana National Park is spread over an area of 18,149 hectares.Many birds breed here.Among the most important features of Kumana National ParkLike birds, elephants and leopards'Kumana Villu' - 200 hectare natural swamp lake

Aj A — Google review

Kumana national park is less crowded than yala. But has many kinds of birds, reptiles, elephants, leopards etc.. this is a gem for a bird lover..

Lakmini V — Google review

Located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka, the 18,149 hectares Kumana National Park is a well-known eco-tourism attraction and bird sanctuary where a multitude of birds breed and roost. Kumana National Park is the eastern sector of Yala National Park. One of the most significant features of the Kumana National Park is the 'Kumana Villu' - a 200 hectare natural swamp lake, fed by the 'Kumbukkan Oya' through a half mile long narrow channel. It is at this mangrove swamp that many water birds’ nest in May and June. Regular sightings include such species of bird as pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets and little cormorants.The very rare black-necked stork has also been spotted at the swamp in Kumana National Park. Besides the prolific birdlife, Kumana National Park is also home to some of the mammals found in the larger Yala National Park, such as Elephants and Leopards. The vegetation in Kumana National Park consists mainly of mangrove trees, kumbuk trees and the karan fern, as well as the open marsh area. If you are on a bird watching tour in Sri Lanka, Kumana National Park is an 'absolute must'.

Hash*tha E — Google review

It's awesome. We so leopards and lot of animals

YOHAN W — Google review

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