As you settle at Wila Safari for a luxurious holiday getaway, there’s so much to explore in the vicinity. From exotic botanical gardens to historical landmarks, the list continues… Browse through and keep us posted, and our dedicated staff will make sure all your spontaneous adventure cravings are served with the best arrangements!
Yala National Park
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks providing home to a host of flora and fauna. These blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country in close vicinity to the historical cities of Katharagama and Tissamaharama, and lies within Southern Province and Uva Province.
Lunugamwehera National Park
Declared as a national park in 1995, with the intention of protecting the catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir and wildlife of the area, this national park is an important habitat for water birds and elephants. The catchment area is vital to maintain the water levels of the five tanks in the downstream of Kirindi Oya and wetland characteristics of Bundala National Park. This national park also serves as a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park. The national park is situated 261 km (162 mi) southwest from Colombo.
Kataragama Pilgrimage Tour
A popular place of pilgrimage for the Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and indigenous Vedda communities of Sri Lanka and South India. Katharagama sacred city is a birthplace for many legends and myths and you are bound to explore it all.
Sithulpawwa Archeologic City
Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist monastery located in Hambantota District, South Eastern Sri Lanka. Situated 18 km east of the pilgrimage town Katharagama, it is believed to have been built in the 2nd century B.C by king Kavantissa. This ancient monastery with a history over 2200 years, was a place of worship for devotees as well as a centre of Buddhist education for Buddhist monks. Paintings of the Anuradhapura era and the ruins of stone Buddha images, Bodhisattva images, Image Houses, Circular Relic Houses are spread throughout the monastery premises.
Udawalawa National Park
Udawalawe National Park lies between the boundaries of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was established as a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as
to protect the catchment of the reservoir.Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. Plus, Udawalawa is ranked as the third most visited park in the country.
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Tissamaharama Ancient City
Renowned to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C. the ancient grace of the city still lives on. The large artificial Tissa Wewa lake, which was a part of a sophisticated irrigation system, also dates from that time. There are five main lakes in the vicinity of Tissamaharama: Tissa Wewa, Yoda Wewa, Weerawila Wewa, Pannegamuwa Wewa, and Debarawewa Wewa. Today, the town mainly serves as a starting point for visits to Yala National Park and Kataragama.
Stretching across the gorgeous southern coast of Sri Lanka, Kirinda unravels a host of historical and mythological tales to those who inquest. The famous Kirinda Shirne is one of the major attractions that brings many local and foreign tourists to this splendid coastal destination.
Mirijjawila Botanical Garden
Located along the Colombo-Kataragama main road, the Mirijjawila Botanical Garden provide home to an enormous array of plants found exclusively in the dry zone. The garden expands over a total area of about 300 acres.
Hambanthota Bird Park
Stretching over 50 acres, the Hambantota Bird Park, provides home to over 200 species of birds. The main purpose of this park is to conserve both flora and fauna while providing an active platform for researchers and students.