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Staying at Browns Beach - Yala Safari

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Staying at Browns Beach - Yala Safari

We have booked to stay at the Browns Beach in November and would love to do a trip to the Yala National Park. I know we can book a driver locally, from reading through your site, about how far is it and on average what cost?

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1. Re: Staying at Browns Beach - Yala Safari

Probably best to have an overnight or two. We visited Bundala on our way from Kandy to Unawatuna via Ella and Tissa.

We stayed in Tissamaharama (Tissa for short) from which you can visit Yala and Bundala.

As we were on our way to Unawatuna we only had time to visit one and decided on Bundala. We stayed at the Tissamaharama Resort which was Ok but seemed a bit over priced and we didn't get our early morning call.

We were given the name of a guide with a jeep Mr Lokka and I would recommend asking for him, there are a few guides and I have no idea of the standard of the others but he was brilliant took a real pride in his job. I know some people say it is not fair to recommend one guide but with so many to choose from it is worth having a recommendation. He set off earlier than the others so we saw more and he had us out of the jeep and sitting watching the sea for breakfast whereas at least one other party were sitting in their jeep while we watched a turtle swimming in the sea! Mr Lokka also goes to Yala but we have no experience of that.

You could go all the way by car (probably most of a day each way). To make your journey interesting you could start your journey by train which goes as far as Matara then get a driver to Tissa from any point on the rail journey depending on how far you want to travel by train.

The safaris to yala and Bundala go first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening when the animals are going to bed or getting up!

We paid just under £30 per day (6,000 Rs) for Mr Upali Gunaratna our driver and car with a/c we added a tip but there were no extras and he looked after us really well and showed us the sights on the way. You can get cheaper but a recommendation is worth the peace of mind will give you a number if you want.

Mr Lokka charged Rs 3000 for the trip to Bundala we added a tip and also a tip for the park guide.

Message me if you want more info

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2. Re: Staying at Browns Beach - Yala Safari

Hi there.....

Yes, you can book a local driver/guide to do this trip for you, costs vary depending on who you listen too.

Negombo, Browns Beach to Yala. well a VERY long drive if going along Galle Rd ect , around 8 to 9 hours!!, if going this route then maybe better to go there direct, with a few comfort stops along the way, stop over in Yala, or immediate area, the do a safari drive early the next day.

Maybe a better route would be like this:

Negombo down to Panadura, along Galle Road, swing inland to Ratnapura (via Horana), then down to Hambantota, then into Yala that way, still a long drive, but cuts off the corner, so a little quicker!!

Either way, a FULL 2 day trip., so two days, costs?, well around 6000 to 6500 Rupees per day (£30 to £35), per vehicle, NOT per person, of course hotel for overnight stop is more!!

Early morning, or late afternoon best times for safari drives at Yala, other times too hot for animals, they will be in hiding!!

Regards

Dave

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3. Re: Staying at Browns Beach - Yala Safari

Hi,

Negombo to Yala is good trip.But avoid galle road.Its heavy traffic jams.You could take the Ratnapura roa via thanamalvila which is interesting.On your way you can travel through the Udawalawe park as well where you could see wild elephants on your way to Yala. Yala Village is the best hotel to stay in yala.Please contact me if you need contact deatils.

Nishantha

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