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Kumana National Park

Like Yala and Wilpattu, Kumana is also a famed national park in Sri Lanka, whose entrance is located in Arugambay. As such, you’ll come across signs offering safaris and tours to Kumana. Formerly known as Yala East National Park, Kumana is also an excellent location …

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Yala Safari

Sri Lanka is known for having the highest density of leopards in the world, and is therefore a very attractive location for spotting them. Though sightings aren’t guaranteed especially owing to the recent changes in animal behavior due to enhanced human activity, the safari experience …

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Nature Walks

If you’d like to take things a little slower, why not sign up for a nature walk? This allows you take in the Yala landscape in your own time, studying the different flora and fauna up close. Just make sure you don’t walk into the …

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Sithulpawwa

This directly translates to ‘hill of the quiet mind’, and is another of Yala’s attractions, apart from the wildlife escapades. It’s an ancient rock temple, which is to-date, a place of worship for pilgrims. History states that this monastery once housed upto 12,000 monks at …

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Bird watching at Bundala

Bundala National Park is located in close proximity to Yala, and so is often also visited. Unlike Yala however, this national park is specific to bird species, and thus a bird-lover’s haven. Established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969, Bundala is now home to around …

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Koneswaram Temple

Dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, Koneswaram Temple (Temple of a Thousand Pillars) is found perched on Swami Rock, a cliff overlooking the expansive Indian Ocean, which as it turns out it excellent for spotting blue whales as well. You’ll be privy to some stunning …

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Kanniya Hot Springs

Trinco’s hot water springs are one of the area’s most highly anticipated features and are usually found around 5 miles north-west of ‘Trinco’, as the region’s also called. The hot springs stem from a legend dating back to the time when Ravana was ruler of …

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Kandasamy Kovil

Kandasamy Kovil is one of the area’s many places of Hindu worship, and is found on Kandasamy Rock. One of 5 temples devoted to Shiva like Knoneswaram, Kandasamy Kovil is quite ancient in terms of birth, but has undergone more recent re-construction. It hosts poojas …

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Fort Frederick

Built in 1624 by the Portuguese, Fort Frederick has exchanged hands several times over, between the Dutch and the British as well. Buildings and artefacts that once served active purposes during both world wars can now be seen and explored by visitors. This is where …

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Marble Beach

Marble Beach is a well-loved spot, and just as its name implies comes with a sea that glistens and shines just like a marble, on a bright sunny day. Located in Marble Bay, the ocean here is calm and blissful, flanked by greenery and on …