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Yala Explorer

4 days Guided Tours

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Our Sri Lanka Explorer tours are designed to fit in with you, these three night packages fit perfectly into the middle of your Sri Lanka beach stay. You will enjoy an adventurous few nights in Yala’s lodges which are nestled between pristine jungle and wild beaches, where you can spot sloth bear, wild elephant and the elusive leopard by day on your jeep safari.


Day 1: Depart Colombo

Today you will be transferred from your chosen beach or Colombo hotel to Yala National Park. The road transfer from Colombo or Negombo is approximately 5–6 hours; alternatively you can fly with Cinnamon Air (approximately 1 hour). As Yala is on the south-eastern coast you can start or end this extension in any of the beach resorts in Sri Lanka.

Yala is Sri Lanka’s most known National Park and is popular for elephant, leopard, bear, crocodile and wild boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has one of the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Enjoy 3 nights at Jetwing Yala or similar (4V option), Cinnamon Wild or similar (5V option) Chena Huts* or similar (boutique option). (D)

*Chena Huts is based on an All Inclusive basis

Days 2–3: Yala National Park

An exciting jeep safari awaits — early this morning you will start your first journey into Yala National Park. A packed light breakfast along with a few refreshments will be offered during this 4-hour excursion. This is a great opportunity to spot the elusive leopards and wild elephants, among many other beasts, as you venture deeper into the wild. Return to your hotel for lunch before you start your afternoon safari. (B/D)

Day 4: Depart Yala

This morning you will drive back to Colombo or your chosen beach hotel. Alternatively you can fly with Cinnamon Air. (B)

Meals: B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour Options

This Yala Explorer is a 3-night extension designed to fit in-between your stay in your chosen beach hotel. As Yala is on the south-eastern coast of Sri Lanka you can combine this extension to most beach resorts from Negombo right the way down to Tangalle. Alternatively if you wish to stay in Negombo or Colombo you can add an internal flight with Cinnamon Air.

Time difference

GMT +5 hours 30 minutes (summer) +6 hours 30 minutes (winter)

Tour inclusions

  • Air-conditioned transport with private driver/guide
  • Sightseeing as detailed, including entrance fees and still camera fees
  • Accommodation and meal inclusions as mentioned
  • Road taxes, parking fees, fuel surcharges and porterage at airports.

Tour exclusions

  • International flight, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips and gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary.


Occasionally due to availability or other circumstances we may need to substitute one or more of the hotels with that of a similar standard.

Journey times

Sri Lankan roads are windy and there are few highways so journey times between destinations can be very long and those listed in the itinerary are approximate. If optional excursions are added or ad hoc visits are required this may add extra time on the roads. This tour have been designed by our destination experts so we have tried to build in free time to relax and added internal flights where we think cutting journey times may improve your experience.

In some instances you may want to add an internal flight to cut transfer times, for the Yala Explorer you can add the Colombo to Weerawila (for Yala) flight for an additional cost, please ask your Virgin Holidays agent.


English is widely spoken in Sri Lanka.

Visa requirements

Holders of UK Passports will require a visa to visit Sri Lanka. This must be obtained in advance for US$30.00 and can be completed at: