Yala National Park is known in for the elusive leopard, while Udawalawe offers herds of grazing elephants. Other animals, such as Sri Lankan Sloth Bears, Water Buffalo, Wild Boars, Mongoose, Jackals, a variety of Deer, and many, bird and reptile species are present in both parks as well. These safari excursions are not on the same level as the world-famous African safaris, but they are a worthwhile experience.
Galle to Tissamaharama
Beyond the drivers, the roads were not conducive to easy traveling the further we drove from the coast of Galle. Many of the roads leading into the town of Tissamaharama became narrow, bumpy, and filled with dirt. Our driver handled the conditions well though. We were able to look out the window and enjoy the sights of Buddhist temples among beautiful grass fields.
Hotel Tamarind Tree
The lake was gorgeous, with a few trees poking up from the center, and the sun reflecting off the water. I found out later from some online research that it is a man-made lake, almost 2,000 years old. We watched birds fly low, hunting for their dinner. Boats of tourists were out and several boys were bathing near the shore despite the sign that signaled “no swimming.” After a while, we decided to head back and go for a swim ourselves before dinner.