The Reserve covers 979km2, although only 141km is open to the public, and is mostly made up of parkland and scrub jungle but also contains beaches, lagoons, freshwater lakes, rivers, enormous rocky outcrops and dense jungle. Yala is one of the best places to see Leopards, boasting the highest concentration of leopards in the world: the park is also home to a good number of Asian elephants, sloth bear, spotted deer, crocodiles, wild boar, water buffalo, grey languor and several other species of large animals.
The Park area is just over 30,800 hectares and consists of dry lowland forest, thorny scrub jungle and grassland; several areas of the park have been planted with teak. One of the most iconic attractions of this park is the majestic Udawalawa Reservoir which is fed by the river that flows through the park, the Walawe River. The Park is home to several large herds of Asian elephants as well as many other species of large animals such as deer, buffalo and more.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of the most iconic attractions for local and international tourists alike and is home to the biggest captive herd of elephants in the world. The orphanage was the first of its kind in the world, and is now a place where abandoned and disabled elephants get and given a whole lot of love, care and protection. It also houses one of the world’s best elephant breeding centres and employs over 100 people to run the facility and take care of bathing and feeding the elephants, especially the babies who are bottle-fed. Bathing times (1000hrs and 1400hrs) are a particular treat, as the elephants are led down to the nearby river.
Madu River, which flows across the Balapitiya area, is one of the most rarely visited and unspoiled attractions in Sri Lanka. This extraordinary estuary with a cluster of 64 small islands scattered along its impressive breadth, most of which are covered with mangroves and uninhabited, and is also a haven for crocodiles. The largest island is home to around 300 families and the smallest, barely an islet, holds a tiny shrine with a statue built in respect of the gods of Kataragama. There is also “Kurundu Doowa (Cinnamon Isle)” where a small family maintains a two acre cinnamon plantation and the main attraction, “Koth Doowa (Island of the Pinnacle)” which houses a serene Buddhist temple, all of which adds up to a truly remarkable and unforgettable boat ride.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka. This forest covers an extent of about 11,187 hectares from east to west, and was declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978 as a representative of the tropical humid evergreen forest ecosystem in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the southwest lowland wet – zone, lying across the districts of Ratnapura, Matara and Galle. The average annual rainfall of Sinharaja is over 2500mm and the average annual temperature is 23.6C. It has been recognized by UNESCO as a part of its International Network of Biosphere Reserves and been declared a National Wilderness Area in 1988. Sinharaja was also recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1989.
Kanneliya Forest Reserve is located in Galle district, Sri Lanka. Apart from Sinharaja World Heritage Rainforest, this is the main rainforest found in Sri Lanka. The boundary of Kanneliya – Dediyagala – Nakiyadeniya is the area of the KDN complex. The KDN complex has two waterfalls namely “Naranga Ella” which are made up by “Nannikitha Ela” starting from Kanneliya Forest Reserve. There is a safe place for bathing in Nannikitha also close to the entry to the Forest Reserve. They provide a nature trial to Kabbale Kanda Mountain which is one of the highest locations in KDN complex.

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Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport - Met by our representative and transfers by Luxury SUV to Amaya Lake Signature Wing Dambulla..