Uda Walawe National Park-45 KM
Situated 45 km northeast of Julia Ayurveda it is one of the island’s most popular national parks.
UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK is a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka . The 30,821 hectares dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.4°C.
It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants– feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders that this protected reserve has to offer and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.
Yala National Park-50 KM
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as, Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or ‘Yala East’ for the adjoining area.
Yala National Park in Southern Province in Sri Lanka is renowned for having highest concentration of Leopard population in the world. Its also renowned for its birds watching.
Yala is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas in Sri Lanka and is home to 200+ bird species. Out of these 6 are endemic viz. Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Wood-pigeon, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, and Brown-capped Babbler. The number of waterbirds inhabiting wetlands of Yala is 90 and half of them are migratory. Black-necked Stork and Lesser Adjutant are the rare birds that can be seen in the park. Other waterbirds attracted to the Yala lagoons include Lesser Flamingo, and Pelicans, and rare species such as Purple Heron, Night herons, Egrets, Purple Swamphen, and Oriental Darter. Thousands of waterfowls migrate to the lagoons of Yala during the northeast monsoon.
The forest birds are Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Hornbills, Old World flycatchers, Asian Paradise-flycatcher, Asian barbets, and Orioles are also seen here.
Yala National Park along with Kitugala and Kady are destinations for Bird watchers in Sri Lanka to arrive to.
Madunagala Hot Water Springs-5 KM
Madunagala hot springs will be a monumental experience that you may ever have before. It is a beautiful creation of nature situated inmadunagala hermitage in Southern province of Sri Lanka. The place is open from 7.00 a.m – 7.00 p.m. In rainy seasons the hot springs shoot about 65cubic meters per second. You can see five hot springs covered with a basin or a stone tank. Here, the hot water bubbles into the ponds and mixes with water. Warm water flows smoothly into the surrounding basins where visitors can enjoy the soothing water.
People believe that this water has an unbelievable power to cure skin diseases as well as eye diseases. Simultaneously the monks resided at nearby hermitages and cave temples are attempted to have baths here instead of healing skin eczemas and rhematic injuries. Even today devotees believe that baths energize them. They strongly believe that their skin diseases or rashes can be vanished by bathing.
Sir. Leonard Woolf, who was an assistant government agent, has indicated that he also visited Madunagala hot springs. Somehow if you could visit the place in early in the morning you can see many varieties of birds in the sky. First the pure hot water are collected into a large basin and mixed with cool water. Thereby mid tempered water are flew into the closer basins made for visitors. Eventually you can enjoy and smear natural hot water.
A small aquarium and few cages made for a number of birds and rabbits can be seen at Madunagala hot water springs site. Being attracted by many visitors, the location is comprised with western toilets, changing rooms and small shops made for them.
By the way you can have a ‘Belimal’ tea or a ‘Ranawara’ tea from the local stalls in the area. As a matter of fact you can buy traditional Sri lankan rice meals like ‘heenati’, ‘Suwandel’ and ‘Kekulu’ varieties of Rice. Mudunagala Hot water springs are monitored by Southern Province Tourism Board. Madunagala temple is constructed on a scenic rock boulder covered by a thick jungle. Although you can see several caves shaded to the monks and few pools whereas provided pure water for monks. The forest is lovely home to wild elephants, bears, deers etc.