Yala Safari Park

Yala Safari park is just 24 Km away from the TARA Watergate. Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. Divided into 5 blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open.

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala is a home for thousands of species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. This park is a fantastic maze of waterways, lagoons and dunes that sparkle like gold in the sunset. If you are excited to see big mammals, then you will be pleased to hear that Bundala has small number of elephants, civets, giant squirrels, crocodiles. Between October- January turtles lay their eggs on the cost of Bundala.

Bird Watching & Boat Tours

Now you can hire boats on the Tissa lake for lake tours and for bird watching. You will spot rare and various bird species along Weerawila Lake, Pannegamuwa Lake, Yodha wewa, Debarawewa and Tissa Lake. The best time to start bird watching is early in the morning and during the sunset.

Kataragama Sacred City

Kataragamam temple is a temple complex dedicated to Kataragama deviyo. It is a collection of modest shrines, of which the one dedicated to Kataragama deviyo. Almost all the shrines and the nearby Kiri Vehera are managed by Buddhists, apart from shrines dedicated to Teyvāai and Shiva and mosques. Kataragama is one of the most important religious pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka as it is honored by Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Vedda people. In July and August the festive season starts and thousands of pilgrims gather for final day for Kataragama Perahera.

Situlpauwa

The name Sithulpauwwa is derived from the word ‘Chittalapabbata’ which means the hill of the quiet mind. The ancient rock temple is a place of worship for devotees. It is believed that in ancient times this rock temple housed a total of 12,000 monks.

Lake - Tara watergate Hotel
Lake - Tara watergate Hotel

Tour of Great Lakes

Take a detailed tour of magnificent lakes built by the ancient kings of Sri Lanka to nourish the local paddy fields which to date still nourish thousands of hectares of paddy fields. You will be able to organize it with the front office. The tour of the lakes is a perfect showcase of the superiority of ancient Sri Lankan irrigation technology.