Less than 20 minute drive from the Wellness Retreat is one of the most scenic boat rides on this part of the island. This bird sanctuary includes the Lunama and Kalametiiya Lagoons, Karukalli saltern and the surrounding marshy areas. Kalameitya area has recorded about 151 species of birds of which 54 are migratory, 4 nationally threatened.’ – Heritage of Ruhuna
Even if you are not a bird enthusiast, the beautiful lagoon landscape of Kalametiya will captivate you.
Minimum 2 pax (excludes transport)
USD 15 per person
Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
“Declared a sanctuary in 1969, there are many small salterns and lagoons within this park…the vegetation can be described as ‘tropical thorny forest’…Bundala is one of the most popular wintering areas for birds…about 200 birds have been recorded during the recent years.” – Heritage of Ruhuna
USD 130 for 2 persons
(USD 25 for each additional person)
Bundala National Park*
Reminiscent of the famous Sigiriya rock and Pidurangala monastery, the ancient Buddhist temple at Mulkirigala sits above the town of Tangalle on a rocky outcrop surrounded by peaceful forests and coconut estates. Climbing up the 500 or so steps you’ll be left breathless by the views from the top. Houses within the rock caves of the temple are a number of large reclining Buddha statues interspersed with smaller sitting and standing figures as well as marvelous cave paintings. The temple is over 2,000 years old.
USD 50 for 2 persons
USD 10 for each additional person.
Mulkirigala Cave Temple
Steeped in legend that goes back to the pre-historic time of King Ravana this 20-acre site which ends as a cliff overlooking a beautiful beach is a protected nature reserve where the ground is a distinct mud brick colour and stains the soles of your feet a beautiful mineral red if you chose to walk barefoot on it.
Only 30 minutes away from the Wellness Retreat it is a great place for an excursion to explore the beauty of the island.
Minimum 2 pax
USD 20 per person
Ussangoda Naturel Reserve
If you are an elephant lover, you must visit Udawalawe National Park.
Stretching out over 76,000 acres, Udawalawe National Park is home to over 250 resident elephants and in some months over 400 elephants live within this national park so it is the best place to view these magnificent animals in their natural habitat.
The park is also home to many other species of mammals such as the rusty-spotted cat, fishing cat and Sri Lankan leopard even though they are rare sightings. Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, Indian muntjac, Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain, wild boar, water buffalo, Golden jackal, Asian palm civet, Toque macaque, Tufted grey langur are among other mammal species that could be seen.
USD 140 for 2 persons
(USD 30 for each additional person)
Uda Walawe National Park*
“Turtle Conservation Project of Rekawa was established in 1993 to protect turtles. Of the eight varieties of turtles remaining in the world today…five species have been recorded at Rekawa beach. Green turtles are the most common, Leatherbacks, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill and Loggerheads also nest on this beach” – Heritage of Ruhuna
Rekawa is less than 30 minutes away from the Wellness Retreat
Minimum 4 pax (excludes transport)
USD 10 per person
Rekawa Turtle Conservation Project
Sri Lanka’s most visited Wildlife park is less than 2 hours away. Yala, has been named the best place to see leopards in the wild in Sri Lanka and it is also home to elephant, sloth bear, jackal, spotted dear and many other small mammals, birds and reptiles. The scrub jungle makes it easy viewing compared to the denser jungles up north.