Tissamaharama the ancient capital city of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna 3rd century B.C houses one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka Tissa Great Stupa and Sandagiri Dagoba.The Tissa Wewa lake formed during this period as part of a complicated irrigation system now acts as the ideal habitat for shorebirds.

    Tissamaharama is the main starting point for YALA, BUNDALA and UDA WALAWE wildlife sanctuaries and the pilgrimage to Katargama sacred to Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Veda people alike.

    We can arrange half day or full day safaris in luxury or budget jeeps
      YALA NATIONAL PARK known as Yala West or Ruhunu National Park,Sri Lanka's most visited and most rewarding wildlife reserve. Yala covers an area of 1260 square kilometres, four-fifths of this is designated a Strict Natural Reserve.

    Yala's most famous residents are its leopards – it boasts a higher concentration of these elusive felines than anywhere else in the world. They can be spotted at any time of year and sightings are reasonably common. Very visible are the resident elephants, which can usually be seen on most trips.

    Other resident mammals include sambar and spotted deer, wild boar, wild buffaloes, macaque and langur monkeys, sloth bears, jackals, mongooses, pangolins, porcupines, rabbits and (rare) wild cats, as well as plentiful crocodiles.
      Bundala National Park is one of Sri Lanka's foremost destinations for birdwatchers, an important area of coastal wetland famous for its flocks of greater flamingoes and abundant aquatic (and other) birdlife, as well as being home to significant populations of elephants, crocodiles, turtles and other fauna.

    Although it doesn't have quite the range of wildlife or scenery of nearby Yala National Park, Bundala is much quieter, and makes a good alternative if you want to avoid Yala's crowds
      Uda Walawe is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see elephants. There are about 500 in the park in herds of up to 50 although in other respects it doesn't have the range of fauna and habitats of Yala or Bundala.

    Elephant Transit Home – usually referred to as the "Elephant Orphanage". Founded in 1995, the orphanage is home to around 25 baby elephants rescued from the wild after the loss of their parents
    From Shangri-Lanka Village,
    • Let us arrange a budget or luxury jeep to pick you up and take you to Yala, Bundala, or Uda Walawe National Parks
    • Take a vehicle along the border of Uda Walawe National park and tank to the elephant transit home and spot a wild elephant or two on the way
    • Cycle through the local village and paddy fields to Tissa wewa and see the varied birdlife with views to the Sandagala mountain using our complimentary bikes
    • Join the locals for the daily pilgrimage to Kataragma and Kiri Vehera Perehara Festival is July or August depending on the full moon calendar
    • Climb the holy Vedisisikanda to the home of the Kataragama God
    • Birdwatch around the 5 lakes Weerawila wewa, Debara wewa Pannagamuwa wewa, Yodha wewa and Tissa wewa
    • Immerse yourself in the calm and spirituality of remote temples Magul Maha Viharaya and Sithulpawwa Rock Temple created in 2nd century B.C.
    • Carved out of a rock face in the 10th century the colossal statue of Buddha the tallest in Sri Lanka and possibly the world and 6 Bodhisattvas Buduruwagala Temple and National park full of aquatic bird life
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