Hotels near Yala National Park

Journey on around 290 km Southeast of Colombo and you’ll come into rich, expansive vegetation teeming with wildlife ranging from sloth bears to elephants and peacocks. Welcome to Yala, every nature-lover’s paradise brimming with bio-diversity and home to the highest density of leopards in the world. A far cry from the concrete jungles the cities are known for, Yala provides a much needed sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It is best visited in the company of an experienced guide as the animals come out during specific times of the day which a visitor would not be familiar with. Adjoining this is the Bundala National Park, which is less visited although it shouldn’t be considering it has one of the most colourful agglomeration of birds swooping in from all corners of the globe to escape the harsh conditions of winter in their homelands.

Trips to both Yala and Bundala are complete excursions in themselves and should therefore be well-planned out so you can be adequately rested to garner the maximum out of this experience. Amongst the hotels near Yala National Park, we have our luxurious Chena Huts – a truly one-of-a-kind accommodation option conveniently dotted in the heart of it all flagged on one side by the jungle, on the other side by the sea and with it a variety of wildlife to be enjoyed to your heart’s content!

What is included:
A snack and a drink by a scenic irrigation tank or another quiet spot chosen by your ranger.

Morning Round

5.00 a.m. Start of the morning round (departure time can be altered as the park opens earlier during periods of the year when the sun rises earlier)

Evening Round

3.30 pm Start of the evening round
6.30 pm arrive at hotel

Please note:

The Yala National Park (Yala Block 1) will be closed from 1 September to 15 October due to the development of infrastructure, as well as to allow the flora and fauna to flourish in their natural habitat without interference.

During this period, ‘Chena Huts’ will be providing itineraries to Yala Blocks 3, 4, and 5.

Here are our suggestions as below:

Yala Galge

Time of departure: Have a late breakfast at Chena Huts. Leave premises by 10.30 a.m.
Time of arrival: Reach Galge (entrances for blocks 3,4, and 5 are from this location) at 12 noon.

What is included:

Drive into the relevant block and stop at a secluded spot to snack on your packed lunches. Relax by a river or tank in a cool shady spot and watch as the birds and animals in the area come down to the waters.

3.30 p.m. Start of the evening game drive
6.30 p.m. Exit the park
8.00 p.m. Return to the resort

Bundala National Park

Time of departure: 5.30 a.m. Leave Chena Huts for Bundala National Park
Time of arrival: Arrive at Bundala National Park entrance at 6.15 a.m.

What is included:

Bird watching game drive – some elephants may also be spotted
Stop at the beach inside the park for some snacks and drinks
Return to Chena Huts by 11.30 a.m. (depending on guests)

Bush Walks
Bush walks are conducted at dawn and dusk.

Time of departure:

Dawn walk: From 5.45 a.m. to 7.00 a.m.
Dusk walk: From 5.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Where: In close proximity to the hotel – around the lake and along the beach
Note: Bush walks will be conducted on availability of rangers

For all excursions:

What to bring/wear: Comfortable, cool clothes suitable for hiking, a sunhat, gym shoes, and your camera

Please arrange your safari game drive at the time of making the booking to avoid any availability issues.

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