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Budget Safari in Sri Lanka

Budget Arugambay Tours offer you an excellent and experienced safari and wildlife experience in Kumana National Park, in the Ampara District of Sri Lanka. You will be treated with utmost care and will be delighted by the quality of the experience you receive. With a chance to spot wildlife such as leopards, bears, elephants, crocodiles, deer, buffaloes, and birds, this safari is the perfect fit for those who want to embrace nature and get away from their busy life. Don't miss out on this chance!

Key information

  • Private safari
  • Group size: Minimum of 1 and maximum of 15 persons
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 5 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Starting point and ending point: Starts and ends in Arugam Bay
  • Languages: English and French-speaking guide
  • All park fees are included.

Meet the guides

Faina & Ans
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  • 2 game viewing drives
  • Morning lakeside bird watching
  • Explore the beauty of Kumana National Park
  • A chance to spot leopards, bears, elephants, crocodiles, and buffaloes
  • Transport in an open sided 4x4 vehicle
  • 1 lagoon safari and one surf lesson
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 2 nights accommodation


2 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: 1-30 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$145 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$125 per person)
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Outdoor shower

During this tour, you will be staying at a base camp at Arugam Bay Star Rest Hotel on the first night. On the second night, you will stay on Kumana National Park Beach, at a tented camp.

Feel free to fully utilize the amenities and facilities provided by the accommodation, such as their laptop rental, board rental, car rental, free parking for guests, laundry services, and tour assistance. There are also ATMs nearby and currency exchange services for your convenience.

Bask in the Sri Lankan sun from your terrace and enjoy the local delicacies at the restaurants around the area. You can also request for their special menu, if you are feeling adventurous to try new things.

For the single room, you will have your own hammock, mosquito net, standing or ceiling fan, single and twin beds, and private terrace. Single and double rooms also have air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, free toiletries, free Wi-Fi, a desk wardrobe or closet, outdoor shower, a patio, room cleaning, and laundry service.


Day 1: Arrival at your base camp

You will arrive at the base camp at Star Rest Hotel in Arugam Bay. You may want to go on a village tour in the sunset, experiencing the local life. Drinks and dinner will be provided by the outside fireplace or under lantern light. Accommodation will be in an air conditioned room.

Day 2: Evening game drive

Wake up early in the morning for breakfast and tea. Afterwards, enjoy a surf lesson on Elephant Rock Beach. After resting, have lunch in the village.

Afterwards, go on an afternoon safari drive until sunset for leopard, bear, elephant, crocodile, deer, buffalo, and bird spotting. A sunset dip in the ocean can also be arranged, if you wish. Dinner will be provided at the base camp, under lantern light.

Day 3: Goodbyes

If you wish, you can go on another morning safari drive after breakfast and return to the camp for lunch. Afterwards, you may set off on your travels.

Included excursions

One trip to ancient Okanda Temple is included in the price. There will also be a lagoon (boat) safari during the itinerary.


Faina Mohamed


This safari will take place in Kumana National Park, Sri Lanka. Located near a beautiful lake frequented by rare endemic animals, as well as birds and the elusive Sri Lankan fishing cat, Budget Arugambay Tours provide hours of relaxing animal and bird watching. Sunsets in the area are particularly beautiful.


You will be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the tour, as well as drinks. Please be sure to communicate special dietary requirements (including vegetarian), if any, to Budget Arugambay Tours.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Ella Waterfall tour
  • Relaxing dip in the ocean on the seaside of Arugam Bay
  • Surfing points
  • Village tour
  • Visit Lahugala National Park
  • Visit Magul Maha Viharaya
  • Visit Muhudu Maha Viharaya

Spa treatments

There is free normal massage available.

What's included

  • 2 game drives
  • Park fees
  • Morning lakeside bird watching
  • Explore the beauty of Kumana National Park
  • A chance to spot leopards, bears, elephants, crocodiles, deer, birds, and buffaloes
  • Okanda Temple trip
  • 1 lagoon safari
  • 1 surf lesson
  • Free normal massage
  • Free laundry service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking area
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Air tickets
  • Airport transfer (125 - 145 USD)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) or Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI). Transfer from and to these airports is available at an additional price. The private taxi fee from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is 145 USD per way. From Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI), the transfer costs 125 USD.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$145 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Airport transfer available: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$125 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 1 participants

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