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Yala Safari Day Trip from Galle/ Unawatuna/ Ahangama/ Weligama
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Yala Safari Day Trip from Galle/ Unawatuna/ Ahangama/ Weligama

By Bentota Travel Mart
Recommended by 93% of travellers
93% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Duration: 8–10 hours
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Pick-up & Drop-off
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Private Transportation with an English Speaking Driver-Guide
  • National Park Entry Fees
  • Safari Jeep
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Tissamaharama
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Option 1
    Galle, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Galle and nearby areas.
  • Option 2
    Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Unawatuna and nearby areas.
  • Option 3
    Talpe, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Talpe and nearby areas.
  • Option 4
    Koggala, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Koggala and nearby areas.
  • Option 5
    Ahangama, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Ahangama and nearby areas.
  • Option 6
    Midigama, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Midigama and nearby areas.
  • Option 7
    Weligama, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Weligama and nearby areas.
  • Option 8
    Mirissa, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Mirissa and nearby areas.
  • Option 9
    Matara, Sri Lanka
    Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Matara and nearby areas.
Pickup details
  • • Tour Starts at 4.30am for Morning Safari & 10.00am for Evening Safari from the pick-up point • Free Pick-up & Drop-off from Galle, Unawatuna, Talpe, Koggala, Ahangama, Midigama, Weligama, Mirissa, Matara and any nearby areas.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Additional pickup options
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
    • Galle, Sri Lanka
    • Galle Dutch Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
    • Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
    • Talpe, Sri Lanka
    • Koggala, Sri Lanka
    • Ahangama, Sri Lanka
    • Midigama, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
    • Weligama, Sri Lanka
    • Mirissa, Sri Lanka
    • Matara, Sri Lanka
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Infant seats available
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 64923P88

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This is a full package activity which includes entrance fees, activity charges, transportation and taxes for above mentioned activities & attractions.
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 64923P88

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      • 1
        This is the country’s second largest and most famous National park for locals and foreigners alike. Situated on the south-East coast of Sri Land it has an area of over 375 square miles. It is made up of five blocks of which two are open to visitors. The Ruhuna national Park and the Kumana bird sanctuary.These two parks are most important for conservation . It has a variety of eco systems ranging from moist monsoon forest to scrub jungle, fresh water wetlands ,and saltwater lagoon and marshlands. It is well stocked with a variety of wild life and is an important conservatory for Elephants ,leopards and Birds. It is known as the area with the highest density of leopard population in the world. Visitors can take a safari trip in the park which is an unforgettable experience. Within the park there are ancient monasteries ,which add to the parks attractions.
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        Galle
        Galle Fort
        Unawatuna Beach
        Talpe
        Koggala
        Ahangama
        Midigama
        Weligama
        Mirissa
        Matara
      About the operator
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      • Bentota Travel Mart
        427
        Bentota, Sri Lanka
        Joined in December 2018
      • Passport28703768661
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highlight of our trip
        Dinesh was a fantastic guide! He got us to all attractions before the crowds. Sheeva (tuk tuk driver) was also amazing & really friendly. All communication was great from start to finish. The train ride was the highlight of our day, despite the rain. Overall, it was a very well organised trip. We wish we had slightly more time at each attraction. Would highly recommend & would definitely book again with Bentota Travel Mart. Thank you for a day we won’t forget!!!
        Written 3 July 2024
      • Excursion19634806884
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent tour operators, safe and professional drivers
        We had a fab time travelling around Sri Lanka with our driver Janith, organised by Sakun. Janith was an excellent driver - super knowledgeable and always offering us local advice without pushing us to do things that weren't our style. Thanks for the street corn and king coconuts!
        Written 22 June 2024
      • bonniemae835
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        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Terrible Experience
        Awful. Used Viator because they are part of Trip Advisor. The car that took us around was not a jeep as in most safaris, but a truck with seats on top. Very very uncomfortable. I was nauseous from the way the truck moved. Do not go.
        Written 30 May 2024
      • Adambuckley20
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The Trip of a lifetime!
        We had a wonderful experience on this trip for our honeymoon last month. Neither me or my wife had been on Safari before and we were blown away at such an amazing experience. Our driver Dinesh was early to greet us and was great throughout our trip, highlighting when we passed areas of note on the journey to the park. On arrival, we were taken straight away on safari and we were not disappointed. Some fantastic scenes of the amazing elephants and other wildlife in the park. 3 hours flew by. Our driver was fantastic and always tried to get us some incredible up close views but was always careful to not be intrusive to them either. On our return we were taken to have a nice lunch near the park before being taken to the Elephant Transit Home to see the orphaned elephants feeding which was another wonderful experience before our journey home. One very tiny negative is just the time it takes to get to the park but it is well worth the journey. Going to one of the parks is a must if your in Sri Lanka for us and we had a wonderful time.
        Written 21 May 2024
      • KarynAlayne
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend Bentota Travel Mart!
        This company is the best! I was so glad to discover them when I was not pleased with the shore excursions offered by my cruise company. They were quick and efficient with communication. Both tours I did with them were a great value. Better yet, I was never worried about missing my cruise departure. They arranged a private beach day from the cruise port in Colombo for my sister and me. We went to beautiful Bentota Beach, which was quiet and clean with few tourists. It was perfect for swimming and they had lounge chairs with umbrellas reserved for us. The restaurant they suggested had delicious fresh fish and seafood. They also surprised me with a birthday cake and a local 3-person band to sing! It was such a perfect day. At the cruise’s next stop at Hambantota, they adjusted a day-trip to Ella itinerary to meet my interests and available time. The driver/guide was safe and friendly. He even hiked to the top of little Adams peak with me and took several photos at each stop. As my sister was ill, I did this day trip alone, but I never felt uneasy as a solo female. I cannot say enough positive things about this tour operator. Don’t hesitate to book with them! They will make your time in Sri Lanka unforgettable!
        Written 21 May 2024
      • dobbyns
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Safari from cruise ship
        We did this tour from a cruise stop in Hambantota, and it was excellent. The company met us at the cruise port with a name board, and because of the timing (Yala closes entry between 12 and 2pm) we had a little bit of a tour before the safari. We transferred to an open air safari vehicle near the park and had about two and a half hours in the park. You will see lots of animals! Elephants, water buffalo, and warthogs are common, as well as peacocks, herons, eagles, and many other birds. Maybe even a crocodile, or if you are very lucky, a leopard! Highly recommend.
        Written 7 May 2024
      • Anna K
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great spended time 🐒
        the trip was interesting and well organized. I highly recommend! the train ride was amazing, the lunch delicious and with a beautiful view, also the tea factory was worth the visit.
        Written 3 May 2024
      • 333SLP
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome! Beautiful Wildlife & Great Guide & Driver!
        Amazing Day! We were picked up at the port by a very nice driver in an A/C van. We were taken almost to Yala where we switched to an open air 4x4 with a terrific guide & our driver came too. We saw so much wildlife which they spotted for us! Elephants, Water Buffalo, Antelopes, Storks, a Leopard’s Tail & more! An Amazing Day! Highly Recommend!!
        Written 3 May 2024
      • martasG6352EM
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing wild nature meeting
        The Yala National Park trip was great! Bentota travel Mart prepared the tailor made excursion for our family. Our driver Amila was very helpful and supported us if we needed anything. Also our Yala guide - Sudda tried very hard to shaw us as many animals as possible. We’ve seen most of the park habitats. We were first who saw elephants those day and there were just us! Nobody more! I recommend the Benota Travel Mart! Thank you Guys!
        Written 3 May 2024
      • 582viktorn
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Thank you!!
        A great trip! We saw alot of animals, crocodile, monkeys, owls to name a few. Our boat guide was very friendly and really good at spotting the animals. Our driver shared alot of interesting information about the country and was also very friendly. We really enjoyed the visit to the tea plant. Perfect combination with information and practice. Our guide had alot of knowledge and really showed he's passion. A really recommend to make this trip. Ps. Galle was a really beautiful town.
        Written 1 May 2024
      • johnpV4713TS
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Tour
        These guys did a great job. They got us back to the ship in time, which is a big thing. I highly recommend this company and this tour. You will enjoy the jeeps.
        Written 30 April 2024
      • W5287OZsandrag
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The best experience ever
        Everything was well organised by Bentota Travel Mart (BTM) Pick up was right in front of the Cruise 🛳. No waiting time everything was on time. Excellent coordination by Sam and the team from BTM. We were lucky to see the Leopard 🐆 and some other rare animals. Jeep was fun too. They took us all around till we see most of the animals which you can see during the Safari. The information provided during the tour was helpful and something for your knowledge about wild life. A well spent day and it was worth the amount we were charged for this beautiful experience. Pay little bit more and have the best experience rather than paying little less and have an average experience. Best of luck BTM.
        Written 30 April 2024
      • DarrylC402
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        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Yala excursion
        We took this trip from Ahungalla. The distance was far, but taxi provided was fine. Then we arrived at the restaurant to start the tour. The "Safari" vehicle was an old Ute with seats on the back, and covered. But the vehicle was old, and not at all comfortable. We went into Yala, and found sadly neglected roads. Sightings were a couple of elephants, some "buffalo" in the water, plenty of peacocks, a couple of "Bambi" deer and a mongoose. Then the driver decided to start a race to nowhere. The roads being bumpy provided no possibility of any exhilaration. Quite frankly, the Yala reserve is best passed on. Not worth the trip, and certainly not worth the rough ride. Cost was AU$600 for two of us. Madness.
        Written 28 April 2024
      • stevehobson1997
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great and Memorable Trip
        Great trip that provides good value for money. Really friendly driver who collected from our hotel. Comprehensive itinerary takes you to great locations. The highlights are the river safari and turtle hatchery, providing such amazing and memorable experiences. Unfortunately our vehicle experienced tyre issues but the driver remained calm, polite and apologetic, we were quickly transferred to a different vehicle to swiftly get us on our way again, we understand these things happen so reassured him we didn't mind. Our only recommendation to improve would be to receive some information on the history and story of the Galle fort instead of it just being a quick walk round by ourselves. Would highly recommend.
        Written 26 April 2024
      • 007Derek
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent Tour with BTM at Yala National Park in Sri-Lanka
        A fab experience, from pre excursion planning with Sam at BTM, right through to timing and execution on the day. Saw a Leopard and so much more.
        Written 20 April 2024
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      Julian H
      Sydney, Australia136 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Family
      Fantastic trip. Our driver Asanka was great; very punctual, helpful and friendly. Our Yala park safari driver was great also. He pulled out all stops so we saw all the parks highlight animals including a Leopard.

      The whole process was so smooth and seamless with Bentota Travel Mart. Wouldn’t hesitate to use them again. Sam was so responsive and nothing was too much trouble.
      Written 3 March 2024
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      taenelii_
      Kloten, Switzerland9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2022 • Couples
      We booked our Trip by Bentota Travel Mart before we arrived in Sri Lanka.

      Our driver Dinesh was very punctual and reliable. He drives very well, not too slow but still very careful.

      The drive from Kalutara to Yala Park was quite long. We left at 4:30 am and we were in a small restaurant around 7 am. There we got breakfast (coffee, egg, fruit, toast, jam and butter), simple but very tasty!

      After that our driver came for our safari tour, it was about 10 minutes to the park. And then it started! Our driver was great, he knew exactly what to look for. We saw amazing animals: crocodile, monkeys, family of elephants, birds, cows, wild boars. Just beautiful, the animals and the landscape! The guides also call each other when someone sees something special.

      Then we went back to the small restaurant and there was local food, rice and curry. There was plenty of choice on the small plate and it was delicious as well as a dessert.

      After that, our driver Dinesh had cold water ready for the return trip like in the morning.

      The excursion is recommended, even if you may not see all animals. It is a MUST to see the wildlife and also the landscape.

      Sam from Bentota Travel Mart organizes everything very well and he helps anytime and has a great driver, Dinesh.
      Written 9 July 2022
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      Greetings from Bentota Travel Mart ! Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Bentota Travel Mart. We value your feedback and most generous compliments on our service and we are so glad that we were able to provide you an exceptional service. And also, we are very happy that all our efforts have been successful in making the activity memorable and enjoyable. Big Thanks from BTM
      Written 22 July 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Anna G
      St. Petersburg, Russia5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Couples
      To begin with, we did not expect our trip to be an individual tour. We didn't know until we got on the jeep, and it was a very pleasant suprise. Driver Eresh picked us up from the hotel in a very comfortable car with plenty of water, and took us to a lunch place where we had delicious rice and curry Sri Lankan style (but you can choose other dishes from the set menu) and got on the jeep. Eresh was very welcoming, and on the car, we had a nice chat about Sri Lanka. In the Yala Park, we were joined by a volunteer guide Priyantha. He helped with spotting and indentifying the animals, and shared many interesting facts about the animals in the park. Also, Priyantha had powerful binoculars, and shared them with us. We saw elephants, deer, crocodiles, buffalo, a mongoose, wild boars, jackals, a leopard, hares, chameleons, all kinds of birds, including the Sri Lanka junglefowl, the national bird of Sri Lanka. I think we missed only the bear. Our jeep driver was very professional both as a driver and as a scout. He helped us spot many animals that even Priyantha couldn't see at once. We are very glad we had such a professional crew with us on the jeep. On the way back to the hotel, Eresh showed us a very beautiful ancient Buddhist stupa Yatala Wehera, and we even did a short tour of the stupa and the temple while Eresh told us about the Buddhist customs and traditions. We totally enjoyed, and highly recommend Bentota Travel Mart!
      Written 5 March 2024
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      Penryn, UK64 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Friends
      Bentota travel are excellent. From the booking all the way to the guide at Yala was a very good experience. I cannot give them enough praise. So happy with the whole day. Even saw a Leopard and the guide took brilliant pictures while I watched the Leopard. The lunch was amazing to. All in all an amazing experience I will never forget. Thank you all at Bentota Travel.
      Written 7 March 2024
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      Lydia L
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Solo
      It was a perfect experience. Everything went well and was organized perfectly. From pickup to lunch to the game drive to drop off - it went smoothly. It was a great experience at the natural park, the ranger and driver spotted to many great animals for us! We saw so many elephants and even a leopard. So happy!
      Even though I travel by myself, Sam from the Office connected me to another solo traveler so share the experience (and costs!) which was so great! Thanks again!
      Written 8 March 2024
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      Joanne A
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had the best day ever visiting Yala. The trip was very well organised, communication was good, the driver kind. Considerate and friendly.
      The day was exactly as described in the details.
      It was an early start but we'll worthwhile. Our experance with the elephants was undiscribable our safari guide and jeep driver was second to non. He was knowledgeable of the animal, patient and intent on making the experiance the best it could be. Had the best day ever. Well worth every penny.
      I'd heard that drivers could be pushy with Trying to show off the local area, trying to make money on the side, to be honest this is Srilanka across the board, our driver was respectful of our choices and not pushy at all
      Written 10 March 2024
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      Guide73607
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Friends
      We had a fantastic trip to Yala. 4.30am pick up from hotel and morning safari all went smoothly. Driver and guide on safari made sure we saw lots of animals. Highlight for us was seeing some leopards. Lunch nearby was a lovely way to finish, before the drive back.
      All our communications with the company were prompt and professional as well.
      Written 13 March 2024
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      Andrea H
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2023 • Couples
      The experience is complete. You just jump on the car in the morning and everything is taking care of until you go back home. The safari very nice although we did not get to see leopards, they are in the shades when really hot and march and April are really hot in Yala. However, we got to see all the others: elephants, birds, wild pigs, Bambi es, monkeys, crocodiles. So it is worth it and straightforward!
      Written 1 April 2023
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      Greetings from Bentota Travel Mart ! Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Bentota Travel Mart. We value your feedback and most generous compliments on our service and we are so glad that we were able to provide you an exceptional service. And also, we are very happy that all our efforts have been successful in making the activity memorable and enjoyable. Big Thanks from BTM
      Written 22 July 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Miklos
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Our trip was great. The transport was punctual and well organised. Lahini, our driver, picked us up at the agreed time, he was helpful and polite. The transport was comfortable with AC.
      Our jeep was picking us up driextly from the breakfast place and took us back there for lunch.
      Our skilful driver Nisinte, took us to the best places to see the wildlife.
      Written 3 May 2022
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      Greetings from Bentota Travel Mart ! Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with Bentota Travel Mart. We value your feedback and most generous compliments on our service and we are so glad that we were able to provide you an exceptional service. And also, we are very happy that all our efforts have been successful in making the activity memorable and enjoyable. Big Thanks from BTM
      Written 5 May 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Kaisa L
      Berlin, Germany2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Couples
      Had an amazing day. Got picked up at our hotel in Weligama at 4:30 and were back around 14. Everything was organised super well, we didnt have to think about anything and could just go along for the whole day. Safari was amazing, alot thanks to an amazing guide and driver. Service was great all day through. Well worth the money, would recommend booking.
      Written 10 February 2024
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