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Private Day Tour: Yala National Park Safari from Hikkaduwa

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What to Expect
Visit: Travel with Chathura, Hikkaduwa Sri Lanka

Meet at the Hotel in Hikkaduwa and transfer to Yala National Park at 5:30am or 2:30pm to begin your safari adventure. Yala National Park is one of the preeminent spots in Sri Lanka to view a broad variety of wildlife. Spot colorful storks perched at the shores of the lagoon near dozing crocodiles. Admire fan-tailed peacocks in the woods where monkeys leap and chatter. There are 32 species of mammals in the park, including threatened species such as sloth bears, leopards, elephants, water buffalos, wild boars, spotted deers, sambars, and golden jackals.

If you’re lucky, gaze at distinct Sri Lankan leopards, which can be seen throughout the park. Yala National Park’s Block 1 has recorded the highest density of leopards among the populations scattered in the wildlife parks of Sri Lanka.

View the large population of elephants that wander the park. Yala National Park is also rich in bird life, with around 130 species. Catch sight of raptors, including crested serpent eagles and white-bellied sea eagles. Around the lagoons, perhaps see flamingos, pelicans, spoonbills, rare black-necked storks, grey herons, purple herons, night herons, and darters.

After a thorough exploration of all the wildlife, the park has to offer, end your tour at the departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Your Hotel in Hikkaduwa
Departure Time
4.00 am from Hikkaduwa ( Half Day Morning Safari & Full Day Safari)
10.00 am from Hikkaduwa (Half Day Evening Safari)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off within 5kms from Hikkaduwa & Galle.
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Transport by private Safari Jeep.
  • Full Day Safari - Safari from 05:30 am to 05:30 pm
  • Half Day - Either a Morning Safari - 05.30 am to 09.00 am OR a Evening Safari - 02:30 pm to 05:30 pm
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off if outside of 5km of park entrance gate
  • Entrance fees for Jeep-only bookings (entrance fees to be paid in cash)
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • If you are booking a half-day safari, advise if it is a Morning or Evening safari.
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 3 years or under
  • Please Advise which safari would you like to go on when you making the booking for Half Day Safari.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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By: Travel with Chathura
21 Reviews
5 day Sri Lanka tour: Galle, Mirissa, Uda Walawe, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Horton plains, Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla
We highly recommend Mr. Chathura, he is 100% reliable, driving very safely, has very good english and a lot of knowledge about places, culture, buddhism and local customs. We spent wonderful time together as he is very professional and friendly at the same time. We will definitely choose his services again when we come to Sri Lanka for another trip.
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Malmo, Sweden
The best tour guide!
My family and I went to Sri Lanka in December 2018 and didn't book anything else apart from a BB before our arrival. Due to my mum turning 60 I thought it would be a good idea to do some fun activities so I contacted Chathura. Chathura was very friendly and helpful and put together a few days of activities based on our budget. Everyone was happy with the activities and we had the best time! Great, trustworthy driver as well! I highly recommend doing your tours with Chathura (He goes the extra mile for his customers), he is also friendly, smart and speaks good English. He does put a lot of effort into his tours and makes sure everyone is happy and satisfied. We had some great days with yoga, jungle tour, whale watching and exploring Galle and finished our stay with a nice Sri Lankan buffet on the beach in Hikkaduwa. I hope we can come back soon again and explore more of Sri Lanka!
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Gold Coast, Australia
Freedom Traveller...Wonders of Sri Lanka
If you haven't put Sri Lanka as your next adventure please do! This place is certainly the next big thing. I must in Sri Lanka is to have a private driver and I would highly recommend " Travel with Chathura". It was very easy to communicate with him through messenger to organise a 2 day private tour to Sigiriya, Eco Jeep Safari and Polonnarurwa from our hotel in Hikkaduwa. Our 2 day package included all the driver expenses and our entrance fees. He gave us the option to include a 1 night stay accommodation, but I decided to do this one myself. If you need a flexible tour package you will find that Chathura will be accommodating to your needs. We had such an awesome time and would definitely be back soon!
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Fantastic day whale watching and more!
Chathura organasied a brilliant day whale watching for us. We were picked up right from pur accomodation and taken to the harbour where the boat was ready for us. We were fortunate enough to see to a number of blue whales and sea turtles aswell as the occasional flying fish. Our day was so good that we decided to organise a trip to udawalawe also with Chathura. He kindly organised to take us to a tea plantation and a stunning temple on the way. Both of our trips with Chathura were absolutely fantastic. I cannot recommend him enough, he is a very friendly knowledgeable guy and his tours will really help you make the most of your time in Sri Lanka!
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Island of Malta, Malta
Great day out
A well-planned and relaxing full day trip to Udawalawe. You have an interesting visit to a local, privately owned tea plantation and make it in time for the Elephant feeding before the start of the private afternoon safari. You can also modify your day to fit your schedule. Elephant sightings guaranteed, and Chathura was a wonderful and insightful host. Highly recommended to all of your Sri Lanka tour and expertise needs!
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Thank you very much for this excelent trip, awesome everythig. 😍 The driver was very nice and all experience was absolutely qorgeous.
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Singapore, Singapore
Experienced and friendly tour guide!
I went to Sri Lanka on a blind solo trip in late October and stumbled upon Chatura's travel services. I only had 2 days to venture about and he was able to customise my tours accordingly at such a timely manner. I had a great time learning about the culture and history of the country given that my guide is extremely knowledgable. I would highly reccomend everyone to engage his tour services when you are in Sri Lanka! Easy communication via whatsapp too. He also assisted me in booking a car last minute back to Colombo when i needed one. Thank you so much for the awesome tours and information. I would definitely engage your services again if I am to return back to Sri Lanka in future!
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min g
was just me and organised 2 day trips with Chathura first was out to elephant orphanage where not only did i get to bottle feed a baby elephant and then went and rode an elephant then got showered by it then washed and fed him, not a lot of the other tour companies could do this second trip out to river trip,galle and then turtle sanctuary where i got hands on and even released some 3 day old turtles again spoke to other groups and they couldnt do this so Chathura was true to his word, would say that he is worth using and good guide and driver with comfortable air con minibus
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Amazing Chatu, great tour!
Chatu you are a really lovely person, always caring, always having a good story to tell to every place we have been and you know all the secret spots all other tourists without you will miss! :) My sister, my parents, me and two friends planned to do a lot of sightseeing in Sri Lanka because some of us have never been there before. Chatu exceeded our expextations in every way. We started our vacation in Colombo and drove with a van through the highlands and back to the shore. We had a calm driver (chosen by Chatu), who drove us safely all the way. That's important to mention, because driving down there can be very dangerous and even some drivers who do this for a living don't drive safely. As you can see in the pictures we visited a lot of great temples, hiked the Adams Peak, did a Safari to see elephants and lots of other animals, even did whale watching. A map and our exact tour is also attached. We changed our plan for the tour several times, but Chatu managed all our changes at its finest. We always had the best local food down there, never got sick and actually due to the good food we came back with more weight on our hips than might have been good for us :D We also spoke to native people and learned a lot of what's going on down there, of their history, of buddhism and even about some grievances this country still has to overcome. With all those insights and background information Chatu gave us, we really got to know Sri Lanka not only as a country, but also as one way of living. I love this country and the people so much, that after our vacation I decided to support a child, whose family hasn't even enough money to afford it's studies. All in all great tour Chatu, I will definitly come back soon!
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Dimitrovgrad, Russia
The best guide in Hikkaduwa
We was traveling around Sri-Lanka for couple of weeks and found ourselves in Hikkaduwa. So we was looking for someone to show us around. We chose Chathura after reading reviews here. He is really nice young man, knew a lot, and speaks in really good pace so even not native speakers will understand. And even if you not understood something Chathura will do his best to help you with that. He is also has guide license. There was no question that he couldn’t answer, history, culture, flora and fauna you name it, that is amazing! We felt really relaxed with Chathura because he is very carrying person, he is trying to help you and make your trip as comfortable as possible. If you are looking for a guide, don’t look further, call Chathura. We hope that we will have a chance to travel with Chathura again!
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Cecilia C
Excellent guide
We (me, my husband and 10 year old daughter) travelled for 3 days with Chathura and visited the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, Kandy and went on safari in Yala national park. We are so happy to have been given the opportunity to have Chathura as our guide. He made our visit to Sri Lanka memorable and wonderful and was both knowledgeable and attentive to our whishes. A part from guidning us at the places we visited he also introduced us to sri lankan culture and food and after the trip he helped us generously with some things in Hikkaduwa and also invited us to his home. We booked our tour before arriving to Sri Lanka and Chathura was very helpful in planning the trip. All arrangements were exactly as we expected, and the trip was even better than we had hoped for. Chathura is a devoted, professional and service minded guide and also super nice :), so we really want to recommend him!
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Andrew T
London, United Kingdom
Wonderful guide
Chahtura is an amazing host and a guide. We spend two days in Hikkaduwa with him and we also met his dad. We went to the turtle hatchery (the one with albino turtles), and we went to a boat trip around the local nature reserve. In the evenings he suggested some good places to eat in various budgets, and all his recommendations were great. He is a very knowledgeable, attentive, and kind person. We loved every minute of our time with him. Andy and Gosia
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Bremen, Germany
If you have the Chance to get Chatura as your Tourguide ,than choose him. Chatura has a big knowledge about Sri Lankan History,Architecture and everything else that is importent to know. You can see that the Loves his Job and really enjoys Talking with People. He is not just Talking about Sri Lankan History, He is also a Part of It Thank you Chatura for the greate Time and good luck for your future
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Great Guide and a friend
We found Chathura from a tripadvisor user recommendation. At first we thought that he was going to show around with his car, but it was much more beyond it. Chathura and the driver made the journey unforgettable for us. He showed more than we were planning to see. He introduced new plants, animals to us which he has great knowledge about. As we are interested in new tastes, Chathura made us taste new fruits, local cuisine and showed how to eat them in the traditional way. He has a fluent english and a very good knowledge of Sri Lanka and its nature. At the end of our journey, he surprised us by his kind gift. Now, he is a friend more than a guide. My husband and I will definetely recommend him.
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Christopher G
Fantastische Reisebegleitung!
Wir hatten eine zweiwöchigen Aufenthalt in Sri Lanka, der nicht hätte besser organisiert sein können. Von der Abholung am Flughafen bis hin zu tollen Ausflügen war alles spitzenmäßig geplant. Chathura hat ein sehr umfangreiches Wissen über die Natur, Geschichte und sein Heimatland Sri Lanka. Er ist überaus freundlich, zuvorkommend und versucht dem Kunden all seine Wünsche zu ermöglichen. Wir hätten uns keine besseren Reiseführer wünschen können. Klare Empfehlung an alle. Noch mal ein herzliches Dankeschön an Chathura und sein Team.
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