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3 Day Cycling Trip and Wildlife Tour in Yala National Park, Southern Province

Thissa, Yala, Sri Lanka

Cycling and Safari in Sri Lanka

Join Sri Lankan Tour Hub for an amazing safari tour that will have you travel across the culture of Sri Lanka! Sri Lankan Tour Hub Travel Partner will guide you through this magical journey where you will have the perfect opportunity to escape yourself from the daily mundane life. In this getaway, you will have the chance to spot Sri Lanka's wildlife in Yala National Park, Katharagama historical city, cycling, Kiriwehera Dagoba Temple Tour while discovering the history, culture, lakes, the beauty and adventure of Sri Lanka.

Key information

  • Group and private safari possible, rates will vary depending on this.
  • Children from the age of 5 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Language: English-speaking guide
  • All park fees are included
  • Maximum Person Of Safari Jeep - 6 Person Only

Meet the guides

Ranga
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Highlights

  • Village cycling tour
  • Yala National Park safari
  • Opportunity to observe elephants, leopards, and others
  • Visit a Hindu temple and places of cultural significance
  • Transportation in a 4x4 safari Jeep
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


1 activity days in English
The organizer also speaks: Sinhalese, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$120 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$120 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Hot spring
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Conference room
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this safari and cycling holiday, you have the option of staying in private rooms in 2 or 3-star hotels and private villas located in Thissa village.

Program

Day 1: Colombo Airport - Thissa Village (Yala)

Once you arrive at Colombo International Airport (CMB), Sri Lankan Tour Hub’s guides will pick you up from the airport. Then, you will directly be transferred to the accommodation, Sri Lanka via E01 Express Highway.

This day, the guides will be going to show you the city and village around Thissa. You will check-in and meet the team. There, you will enjoy seafood, barbecue, local foods, and Sri Lankan style cocktails. Afterward, you can visit a lake, take a rest as you wish.

Day 2: Yala National Park Safari - Katharagama - Thissa - culture tour - Dagoba visit Hindu temple by cycling

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods. You will have to be ready for the safari by 7 a.m. and you will start the safari. Here, you will have the opportunity to see wild elephants, leopards, water buffalos, alligators, bears, deer, and various kinds of birds. You will have a jungle camp experience by going on a safari with the wildlife guide and team (transport: 4x4 off-road Jeep).

Safari will end at 12 p.m. Go back to the hotel and you will have lunchtime there until 1.30 p.m. After lunchtime, you will start cycling tour to visit Katharagama, Dagoba, Hindu Temple, and Sella Katharagama Kovil, talk to local people as well.

This cycling tour will end at 7 p.m. and you go back to your hotel by cycling. You will have your dinner at the campsites. You can have your rest or go to enjoy the music as per your choice.

Day 3: Thissa - Tour ends

You will have a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast with local foods. After that, all the lessons are finished and hopefully, you will have had an amazing life experience. Check out is by 11 a.m. Grab some photos to show off to your friends. Make sure you’ve got everyone on Facebook and say goodbye to your safari camp family. They miss you already.

About the cycling

  • Guided trip
  • Terrain: Smooth roads, primitive roads, and village roads. mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills
  • Starts and ends in: Thissa accommodation
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cycling doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 8 - 15 kilometers per day)
  • Total Distance: 20 kilometers / 12.4 miles
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • Private or group tour, as requested

Included excursions

  • Yala National Park safari
  • Katharagama Hindu Kovil
  • Katharagama Kiriwehera Dagoba
  • Sella Katharagama Hindu Kovil
  • Thissa Lake tour
  • Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya Dagoba
  • Local and cultural places

Guides

Ranga Shrimal

Location

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is a huge area of forest, grassland, and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in southeast Sri Lanka. It’s home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants, and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species. Inland, Sithulpawwa is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Nearby caves contain centuries-old rock paintings. Southwest, Magul Maha Viharaya also has ancient Buddhist ruins. Both are pilgrimage sites.

Kiriwehera Temple Kataragama

Beyond the Maha Devale is a meeting hall on the north side of the square. From the east gate, a Tulip tree avenue leads 500m past further lines of stalls selling lotus flowers to the Kiri Vehera dating from 1 BC. It is a milk-white large stupa with a well maintained peaceful courtyard.

The temple elephant is often seen shackled to the trees here, being fed a copious diet of palm leaves. Its only unusual feature being the two sets of square walls which enclose it. A modern statue of King Dutugamunu stands behind the dagoba.

Kataragama Maha Devale

Inside are three main shrines. Directly opposite the entrance gate is the principal shrine, that of God Kataragama, a simple quadrangular white building with carved wooden doors and walls decorated with pink lotuses, green Bo leaves and Elephants. The shrine is believed to contain the spear of the multi-visaged, 12-armed warrior deity.

The other two shrines are dedicated to God Vishnu, one of the supreme Hindu deities, & the elephant-headed God Ganesha, the god of prosperity & wisdom. To the side of three shrines stand two fine Bo trees, the larger surrounded by golden rails and an elephant wall.

Sella Kataragama

Located 5 kilometers from Kataragama is the small town of Sella Kataragama. The tree-lined, well-sheltered road makes the drive pleasant. Sella Kataragama is the place where god Kataragama first met his first consort Valli Amma.

Food

On this camp, you will be served daily breakfast included in the price. For the rest of the meals, you can have the best local food experience as well as the western foods in the local restaurants.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
  • Ayurvedic
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)

  • Daily lunch, dinner, and water

Spa treatments

Spa treatment is not included.

What's included

  • Yala National Park safari
  • Visit Katharagama Hindu Kovil
  • Visit Katharagama Kiriwehera Dagoba
  • Visit Sella Katharagama Hindu Kovil
  • Thissa Lake tour
  • Tissamaharama Raja Maha Viharaya Dagoba
  • Local and cultural places
  • Cycling
  • Entrance tickets and 4x4 safari jeep
  • Free guide
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee and tea
  • 2 nights accommodation

What's not included

  • Airport pickup
  • Airport transfers to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Flights to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Lunch and dinner for 3 days
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Optional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) or Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI). Transfer from either of these airports is available at an extra cost.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$120 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$120 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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