Some of the wildlife that can be spotted on a Sri Lanka holiday...
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Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Best for: Safari, Wildlife, Family
Kulu Safaris offers a number of tented camps across Sri Lanka's National Parks, allowing guests the best access to the diverse wildlife which frequents the island. Stay in the base camp or embark upon an exhilarating mobile safari.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Founded in 2004 by four passionate locals, Kulu Safaris aims to showcase Sri Lanka's diversity and breath-taking flora and fauna through the eyes of locals who venture into this beautiful landscape and explore the parks throughout their childhood years. Eco-tourism is paramount to their mission statement, minimising the ecological footprint allows for a safari experience like no other, and allows you to become one with the nature around you.
Tailor-made mobile safaris are a ground-breaking concept and allow you to explore the wildlife rich Yala National Park; home to the world's highest concentration of leopards, as well as Udawalawe and Wilpattu; both boasting incredible wildlife and game spotting opportunities. Vehicles for game drives are comfortable and well-equipped, modified specially for this purpose, and the drivers are experienced with an impressive knowledge of the parks and their varied terrains.
If daily safaris don’t tickle your fancy, there are an abundance of other activities available. Kayaks at Yala Camp are a favourite and provide guests with the opportunity for some serenity on the water and experience the wildlife from a different point of view. Jungle walks run by professional guides provide an opportunity to learn about animal tracking and specific behaviour as well as unbeatable up-close photography opportunities.
Tents are custom made, and all have separate living areas, attached bathroom facilities and a veranda for reading and relaxing at the end of a game drive.
When to go
Sri Lanka is considered a sunny year round destination; there is always somewhere experiencing good weather on the island. However, there are huge regional differences. The Southwest ‘Yala’ Monsoons brings rain to the west and southwest coast, as well as the hill country, from April/May to September. During this time the north and east coasts are good. The northeast ‘Mahe’ monsoon is less extreme and brings rain to the east and north during October and November. This monsoon can bring a bit of rain to the south as well. Put simply; head to the south, central, hill country and western areas between December and March and ideally head to the north and eastern areas between April and September. We can never guarantee good weather but believe this is a good guide to follow.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Afternoon Jeep Safari - Yala National Park
Enjoy a late afternoon jeep safari through Yala National Park. The twilight is the best time to spot sloth bears as they come out of their daytime hiding spots and begin feeding. The famous Leopards of Yala might be around and bird life is aplenty.
Afternoon Jeep Safari - Uda Walawe
Home to marshes, open grassland and the Walawe River, Uda Walawe National Park is the perfect location for wild elephants and lots of other wildlife. Head out in the afternoon with your guide for an exciting jeep safari.
Galle Fort Walking Tour
Walk along the ramparts and through the ancient streets of Galle Fort, founded by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Galle is rich with merchant history and colonial charm.
Morning and Afternoon Jeep Safari - Yala National Park
Whilst at Yala National Park, enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive to witness the variety of wildlife, particularly leopards, for which the park is renowned. Yala is known to have the highest density of leopard on the planet.
Morning Jeep Safari - Yala National Park
Enjoy a morning game drive in a jeep through Yala National Park, which has the highest leopard density in the world, making it incredibly popular. Various other mammals can often be spotted, including sloth bears.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Kotugoda, Sinharaja, Uda Walawe National Park, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Galle
Sri Lanka's diverse landscapes and climate has resulted in a country rich in wildlife and extraordinary national parks. This alluring and exciting itinerary makes the most of the national parks and biospheres but also gets you more off the beaten track.