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Waulagoda, Hikkaduwa

Yala Safari

Day Excursions

Departure Time: 10:00 AM from Weleges Place Hotel, Hikkaduwa

Late Morning Departure:

  • Begin your journey from Weleges Place Hotel to Yala National Park around 10:00 AM.
  • The travel time from Hikkaduwa to Yala National Park is approximately 4-5 hours, accounting for breaks and road conditions.

En Route Experience:

  • Enjoy the scenic drive to Yala National Park, with opportunities to stop for refreshments and rest breaks along the way.
  • Use this time to relax, take in the countryside views, and prepare for the safari adventure ahead.

Arrival and Lunch:

  • Reach the entrance of Yala National Park by early afternoon, around 3:00 PM.
  • Complete entry procedures and have a leisurely lunch either at a nearby restaurant or with a packed meal provided by the hotel.

Afternoon Rest and Preparation:

  • Take some time to rest and prepare for the evening safari.
  • Ensure your cameras, binoculars, and other equipment are ready for optimal wildlife viewing and photography during the safari.

Evening Safari Exploration:

  • Begin your thrilling evening safari adventure in Yala National Park around 4:00 PM.
  • Explore the park’s diverse habitats and ecosystems as the sun begins to set, offering a unique perspective and lighting for wildlife sightings.
  • Keep a lookout for elusive leopards, majestic elephants, and other fascinating creatures that call Yala home.

Sunset Scenery and Wildlife Viewing:

  • As the day transitions into evening, experience the breathtaking beauty of the sunset against the backdrop of Yala’s wilderness.
  • Capture stunning photographs and cherish the serene moments amidst nature’s grandeur.

Return Journey:

  • Depart from Yala National Park by approximately 7:00 PM, concluding your evening safari adventure.
  • Reflect on the memorable wildlife encounters and scenic vistas as you journey back to Weleges Place Hotel in Hikkaduwa.

Arrival Back at Hotel:

  • Arrive back at Weleges Place Hotel by late evening, around 11:00 PM, marking the end of your enriching excursion to Yala National Park.


  • Evening safaris offer unique opportunities to observe nocturnal wildlife and experience the park’s ambiance during twilight hours.
  • Dress warmly for the evening safari, as temperatures may drop after sunset.
  • Confirm the availability of evening safari tours with the hotel or tour operator in advance, as schedules may vary depending on seasonal factors and park regulations.
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