Rise early and travel to Yala National Park, one of the most important parks in Sri Lanka, where you will enjoy a jeep safari. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, returning to Tissamaharama for overnight stay.
Meal plan: Breakfast & dinner
Yala National Park is one of the most impressive national parks in Sri Lanka. The park spans 979 sq. km. and consists of five blocks, two of which are open to the public. It is famous for having the highest leopard density in the world, as well as for the conservation of elephants and aquatic birds. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas of the country, being home to over 200 different bird species. Yala's ecosystems range from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. Two important pilgrim sites are also located within the park, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara.
The town of Tissamaharama is surrounded by scenic paddy fields, not far from the national parks of Yala and Bundala. The town is said to have been founded in the 3rd century BC and is still home to the ruins of many ancient temples and monasteries which date back to this era. One of the most famous examples is Tissamaharama Dagoba, which was built in the 2nd century BC and has since been fully restored. Its decorative dome, harmika and distinctly broad spire make it one of the most unique temples on the island.