Things to Do

Wild adventures amidst elephants, leopards and sloth bears

A nature lover’s paradise, Yala offers exceptional wilderness experiences, allowing guests to immerse themselves in some of the richest biodiversity in Sri Lanka.

Wild Coast Tented Lodge offers game drives with expert naturalist guides who will be on hand to talk guests through the incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including elephants, sloth bears and leopards. This culturally rich land unfolds many ancient Buddhist religious sites to visit and explore.

Bundala National Park is known for its intense density of birdlife and is located 40km away from Yala National Park. This bird watcher’s paradise is home to nearly 200 bird species, including several species of migratory waterfowl.

Guided Bush Walk at Wild Coast Tented Lodge - Yala

Game Drives and Bush Walks

Surrounding Wild Coast Tented Lodge is a portfolio of habitats ranging from shrub jungle, plains, wetlands and riverine forests that offer a rich array of biodiversity as well as ecological and geological variations. Explore this wilderness with our Safari game drives, guided by our passionate ranger team or join a guided bushwalk which is a Wild Coast Tented Lodge signature experience. A bush walk is, without a doubt, the most immersive and exciting way to appreciate the surrounding wilderness.

View of the Sithulpawwa monastery in Sri Lanka

Visit Sithulpawwa, the Jungle Monastery

Sithulpawwa is an ancient Buddhist monastery, believed to date back to 2nd century BC. The monastery straddles a collection of rocky outcrops and caves deep in the heart of Yala National Park. There are said to be hundreds of caves and shelters within and around the complex, that have housed monks (for centuries) who came to the site to further their education as well as to meditate.

overview of the Kataragama temple in Sri Lanka

Visit Kataragama

Kataragama is a temple complex dedicated to Buddhist guardian deity “Kataragama deviyo” and Hindu War God Kathirkamam. It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is revered by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Vedda people.

birds on a tree at the Bundala national park

Bundala Birding Experience

Spend a morning in the company of one of our rangers (a birding specialist) in a privately guided bird-watching experience in Sri Lanka's foremost national park for bird watching. Bundala National Park's wetland and saltern habitat attracts an extensive collection of resident and migrant birds every winter, from waders to raptors and is home to nearly 200 bird species.

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