Picture a pristine scoop of sugary sands scattered with boulders, beautifully wrapped in grassy dunes. A place to laze in the heat of the day and take a refreshing dip, return to at dusk for sundowners and starlit picnics and keep an eye out for elephants frolicking in the surf, or Sea Turtles scrambling over the sands to lay their eyes by the light of the moon. This coastal paradise is just steps from your luxury 'hut'.
Wildlife encounters abound here. On the beach, there's the chance to spot Sea Turtles and elephants and to the other side of the resort, a saltwater lake where, with luck, you'll spot Painted Storks, ibises and flamingoes wading in the water. Better still, join an excursion and explore the tangled greenery, ticking off some forty species of mammals and over 200 kinds of birds! Highlights include leopards, crocodiles, Flying Snakes, Fan-throated Lizards and the flamboyant peacock. Also on offer are dolphin and whale-watching tours from Mirissa, further afield but easily arranged in resort.
Culture & History
On the edge of Yala, discover an age-old forest shrine known as Kataragama, where hordes of Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims flock during the July to August festival season. In Bundala, meanwhile, there's evidence of Homo erectus among the coastal dunes, a hunter-gather tribe that migrated from Africa on rafts some half-a-million years ago! Debates continue about whether we're related or not.