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Cinnamon Wild Near Yala, on the shores at Kirinda, a Princess's boat was washed ashore... A Princess, the daughter of King Kelanitissa who reigned over the West of Sri Lanka, was placed in a boat of gold by her father and set off to sea as a sacrifice to appease the gods. It is near Yala on the shores at Kirinda that the Princess's boat washed ashore... She was then rescued and brought before the King of the southern region, King Kavantissa who made her his queen.

She, Queen Viharamahadevi, gave birth to two great sons. The eldest was Gemunu, or King Dutugemunu (161 - 137 BC), who regained Singhalese possession of Anuradhapura from the chola conquerors and united Sri Lanka under one crown for the first time after defeating King Elara. While a statue stands on the rocky outcrop of Kirinda as a symbol to mark the safe arrival of the Princess, just within the Yala National Park in a place called Magul Maha Vihara, are traces of ancient monuments where Queen Viharamahadevi and King Kavantissa are said to have consummated their marriage.

Today, Yala is best known for its well-preserved game sanctuary and the amazing wild life within. But, the importance of the area brings together places of historical, religious and cultural importance making Yala a place of many attractions. All this can be experienced while at Yala Village...

Just 250 kms from Colombo, in the country's deep south in Kirinda, Sri Lanka showcases an exotic sanctuary, home of the untamed. The Yala Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as the Ruhuna National Park, was established in 1899.

Yala is the island's most popular place for observing the Asian elephant, the prowling leopard, Tuskers, elephants, crocodiles, birds of prey, peacocks, pelicans, cranes, jungle fowl (the national bird of Sri Lanka) and other exotic birds, sloth bears, wild boar, monkeys, rare reptiles, monitor lizards, hare, wild buffaloes, intriguing butterflies and many other forms of wildlife.
Distance From Colombo : 270 km
Accommodation:

Beach Chalets: With a commanding view of the Indian Ocean, the Beach Bungalows face the indigo waters and is a real delight for those who enjoy a holiday by the sea while exploring the wonders of the wild. For days and nights filled with the soothing music of the waves accompanied by a variety of sounds from the wild, these chalets are highly recommended. Facilities include a private veranda, a well-stocked Mini Bar, an electric kettle with complimentary tea and coffee .The well appointed bathrooms are super spacious, have both hot and cold water and are complete with all necessary amenities for comfortable living.
Telephone / IDD facilities/ Satellite TV/ Large queen size bed/ Hair dryer

Jungle Chalets: Offering the perfect balance of tranquillity and adventure, these self-contained luxurious bungalows are located further inland where many a wild inhabitant walks by daily. From the layout of the chalets to the handpicked furniture that beautify them and from the signage to the unique ecological touch that complete the rustic look; each well-appointed chalet is in complete harmony with its environment. Facilities include a private veranda, a well-stocked Mini Bar, an electric kettle with complimentary tea and coffee. The well appointed bathrooms are super spacious, have both hot and cold water and are complete with all necessary amenities for comfortable living.
Telephone/ IDD facilities/ Satellite TV/ Large queen size bed/ Hair dryer

Round Chalets: Tranquil, comfortable and unique. Only 2 of the 61 chalets at Yala Village are Round Chalets and are complete with Terra cotta floors. Designed to blend in with the natural backdrop, the interiors feature colors and textures borrowed from the jungle environment while the Room and bathroom floors feature Terra cotta finishes. Facilities include a private veranda, a well-stocked Mini Bar, an electric kettle with complimentary tea and coffee and a hair dryer. The well appointed bathrooms are spacious, have both hot and cold water and are complete with all necessary amenities for comfortable living.
Telephone/ IDD facilities/ Satellite TV/ Large queen size bed/ Hair dryer

Traditional Village: There are 32 individual Traditional Village Chalets at Yala Village on the ground level offering total privacy and tranquillity. The rooms and bathrooms are designed in a contemporary style, with an emphasis on natural colors and finishes. The Terra cotta floors in the rooms and bathrooms add charm and character. Facilities include a private veranda, a well-stocked Mini Bar, an electric kettle with complimentary tea and coffee. The well appointed bathrooms are spacious, have both hot and cold water and are complete with all necessary amenities for comfortable living.
Telephone/ IDD facilities/ Satellite TV/ Large queen size bed/ Hair dryer

Suite Julian: Located at a vantage point high above the ground, Suite Julian offers guests a panoramic view of the surrounding vegetation, vistas of the sea and rocky outcrops where magnificent birds, lively Grey Langur, lumbering elephants and elusive leopards are spotted frequently. This is the epitome of luxury for wildlife tourists who desire ultimate star-class comforts. Facilities include a private balcony, a large king size bed, a well-stocked Mini Bar, an electric kettle with complimentary tea and coffee. The bathroom is ultra spacious, has both hot and cold water comes complete with all necessary amenities for luxurious living.
Telephone/ IDD facilities/ Satellite TV/ Large queen size bed/ Hair dryer

Stilt Chalets: Supported by stilts and built above ground level, the 20 Stilt Chalets at Yala Village boasts comfortable interiors for a delightful stay. The decor complements the environment and offer contemporary interiors that incorporate charming wooden floors in the rooms and the bathrooms. Facilities include a private sit-out deck, a well-stocked Mini Bar, an electric kettle with complimentary tea and coffee. The bathrooms are spacious, have both hot and cold water and are complete with all necessary amenities for comfortable living.
Telephone/ IDD facilities/ Satellite TV/ Large queen size bed/ Hair dryer

Dining at Yala Village :
* Main Restaurant
* Village Bar
* Observation Deck Bar
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Positive :
  • The Village Fair at Tissamaharama: There are 04 fairs in this historic location. Sunday morning & evening and Thursday morning & evening. The fair is a 40-minute drive from the resort. It is a 2-hour tour.
  • An Excursion to Debara Wewa: The tour commences at 0700hrs. A packed breakfast is taken along. It takes 40 minute drive to drive to Debara Wewa. It is a 2 1/2 hour tour.  A hat, comfortable walking shoes or sandals are recommended.
  • An Excursion to Draw in the Maadala: It is a 20-minute drive from the resort to the location. The tour commences at 0730 hrs from the resort, after an early breakfast and lasts about 2 hours. Sun block, long sleeved cotton shirts and sandals are recommended.
  • Nature Trail: The tour commences at 0700hrs in the company of a Naturalist from the resort. A packed breakfast is taken along or the visitors are given the option of returning to the hotel for breakfast. It is a 2-hour tour. Comfortable walking shoes and a hat are recommended
  • Jeep Safari to the Yala Park: A 10 minutes drive from Yala Village takes visitors into the Yala Park for three fascinating hours of Game viewing. It is ideal for capturing memorable photographs of wild animals including the elusive Leopards in daylight. There are wild animals roaming freely, so there’s much to see. The tour is ideal for bird watching from October to April.
  • Visit to a Chena Cultivation: Due to the harsh dry season, chena farms only operate between November and April. The visit should be done in the morning or evening to avoid the mid day heat. The excursion takes 1 – 2 hours.
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