- The Sanctuary -

Come & Play in the Wilderness

Safaris

Hosting Safaris is our passion. Our local knowledge will enrich your experience, making it meaningful and not just fun and exciting.

Temples

When you visit Yala temples for the first time, it transforms your life, and connects you to Sri Lanka.

Bush Walks

Are you seeking something different? We have 7 acres in the wilderness buffer zone of yala national Park to explore and roam with the native animals.

Beaches

That’s right , the beach is less than 10 minutes away from where you are staying so we can head down there for a swim when ever you like. 

The Safari Experience

Up close and personal with Sri Lanka’s wild animals. We host safaris and photography tours for families, private groups and individuals. 

Ancient Temples

The Yala area is home to many ancient and interesting temples.  Being such a huge part of Sri Lankan history and daily life today we love to show you around a few of our local Buddhist beauties

Kirinda

kirinda

Located a few kilometers away from Tissamaharamaya Town, Kirinda centres on an ancient hilltop Buddhist shrine  which includes a stupa and huge standing Buddha. It’s dedicated to Queen Viharamahadevi, who lived in the 2nd century BC and is at the heart of a local legend: when raging waters threatened Ceylon, King Keleni tissa ordered his youngest daughter, then a princess, into a boat as a sacrifice. The waters were calmed and the princess miraculously survived. According to other historical tales this rock is believed to be the place where Vihara Maha Devi, mother of King Dutugemunu, has landed via a sea route.

Climb a few steps along the rock hill to reach the temple where you find yourself overlooking the breathtaking ocean and beaches full of huge ancient boulders.

Sithulpawwa

Sithulpawwa

Sithulpawwa rock temple is historically significant and identified as one of the greatest 2nd century sites of Buddhist scholarship. With a history of over 2200 years, this is an ancient  Buddhist monastery. Paintings of the Anuradhapura era and the ruins of stone Buddha images, Bodhisattva images, Image Houses, Circular Relic Houses are spread throughout the monastery premises. The modern name Sithulpawwa is derived from the ancient ‘Cittalpabbata’, ‘The hill of the quiet mind and is located in the Hambantota District. Situated 18 km east of the pilgrimage town Katharagama, it is believed to have been built in the 2nd century B.C by king Kavantissa. The present chief incumbent of Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Vihara is Ven. Metaramba Hemarathana Nayake Thera.

Tissa

TISSA

The Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple in Tissamaharama, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It was one of the four major Buddhist monasteries established in Sri Lanka, after the arrival of Arhant Mahinda Thera to the country. The site of the Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara was consecrated by Lord Buddha himself, who spent some time in meditation there with 500 arhats (individuals who have reached enlightenment), during his third visit to the island.Tissamaharama monastery had been recognized as a pre-eminent Buddhist educational center of the southern Sri Lanka from the 3rd century B.C. to the 11th century A.D.  The Tissamaharama Dagoba which is situated in the premises of the monastery is one of the largest stupas in Sri Lanka. The present chief incumbent of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara is Ven. Devalegama Dhammasena Nayaka Thera.

Beach Escapades

The long Kirinda-Palaputana-Yala coast road is dotted with deserted beaches and hidden coves where crashing waves continue their ritual day in day out.  Spend the afternoon breathing in the huge energy of the wild ocean of southern Sri Lanka and explore the secret caves and ancient boulders.

The Campsite

Bush Walking

Our guides will show you some of the beautiful wildlife as you walk the jungle paths of our camp during the day or at night.  The camp comes alive like another world once the sun has gone down and the moon is high. 

Day or Night A guided or unguided tour of our beautiful 7 acres and its surroundings is a mini safari in itself. 

Sunset Drinks & Campfire Desserts

 The sunsets in Yala are not to be missed. It’s your choice from Tea and locally made cakes to gin and tonic, wine or beer.. Sit back and put your feet up after a fun day of exploring in one of the many picturesque locations on our property.  Soak in the warm energy surrounding you and re-energise your soul.

A campfire on the huge rocks below sets the tone for a memorable evening reconnecting and quieting the mind.

Sunsets in Yala Safari

Cooking Classes

Experience Sri Lanka in the kitchen

Join our chef & your host for cooking classes at The Sanctuary. 

We will give you some tips for your curry that you can take home with you. We talk and taste spices, recipes and methods in a Sri Lankan feast of flavour. 

Let us know you are interested at booking. 

bookings@yalasanctuary.com

 

Tree Tops by Candle Light

This is one of our favourite spots and ways to pass the time at The Sanctuary.

Made with love our tree house is the only tree top dining experience within the Yala National Park and will leave you with memories of vast starry skies and a sense of peace only mother nature can deliver.

A beautiful Sri lankan dinner is served amidst the glow from the oil lanterns dotted around the camp to light your way.

Your view and the atmosphere from the tree tops is one to remember.

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