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Temples and Wilderness from Negombo (2 Days)

Temples and Wilderness from Negombo (2 Days)

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(SKU: LK10226000) Temples & Wilderness is a short, single night, 2-day tour that combines culture with wildlife. From two rather distinctive Buddhist temples to one of Sri Lanka’s largest and most famous Natural Parks, this experience gives visitors the chance to see some Buddha statues over 100 feet in height among other religious murals, figurines and intricately painted passages. Your journey will also allow you a chance to catch a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s wildlife in Yala National Park.


  • Transport in a Private Vehicle, Fuel, Parking & Highway tolls.
  • Service of English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
  • All prevailing taxes and service charges.
  • 2 x 500ml Water Bottles per Person per Day.


  • Hotel Accommodation and Meals.
  • Entrance fees to the respective.
  • Chauffeur Guide's Accommodation.
  • Any expenses of personal nature.
  • Tips & Portages.
  • Visa and Related Expenses.
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Day 1 Negombo > Yala

You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo and you will head straight towards Yala while making a few pit stops along the way. Your first stop over would be the Lakpura LLC head office an then you will travel to the Weherahena Buddhist Temple which is in Matara. This temple is famed to be the first tunnel temple while there is also a 130 ft Buddha statue. The next stop would be the Wewrukannala Buduraja Maha Viharaya with the main attraction being the 160 ft seated Buddha image making it the largest statue in Sri Lanka. The temple also has a place called the tunnel of hell.

Weherahena Buddhist Temple

Weherahena Poorwarama Raja Maha Viharaya is situated in the Matara District of Sri Lanka, about 6 kilometers off the Matara town. This rather unique temple is known as the first tunnel temple in the world. The temple hosts a massive 130-ft Buddha image that was built following the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa eras and also consists of all main features of a Buddhist temple- the pagoda, a sacred bo-tree and Samadhi Buddha statue. The walls of the temple are adorned with with Buddha murals. According to the historical records, the tunnel temple paintings narrate the Jātaka tales (legends) of Ummagga Jathaka and Umandawa.

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Admission Ticket Included

Wewrukannala Buduraja Maha Viharaya

Wewurukannala Raja Maha Viharaya, this sacred Buddhist temple is located 1.5 kilometers from Dikwella towards Beliatta. The main attraction of the temple is the 160-ft tall statue of seated Buddha. It is the largest statue in the whole of Sri Lanka and dates back to the late 18th Century. The temple has another section named the Tunnel of Hell. It features life-sized models of devils, demons and sinners going through the torments and horrors of hell. The temple walls show you the path towards enlightenment by depicting hundreds of comic strip representations of events in the Buddha’s life.

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Admission Ticket Included

Day 2 Yala > Matara > Negombo

Day 2 we will take you to the Yala National Park which is located along the South Eastern coast and inland. The Yala Safari is always exciting since you get to spot a few endangered animals including the leopards and the Sri Lankan elephant. These elephants will be seen walking around the park in herds while many mammals, amphibians, bears, reptiles and rare birds can easily be spotted. Once the safari is completed, you will be dropped in Negombo.

Yala National Park

This amazing Safari offers the opportunity to visit Yala National Park, the second largest in the island based off the Southeastern coast of Sri Lanka. Get a chance to see the famous Sri Lankan leopards, indigenous wild water buffalo, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. The park is also home to many other species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates.

  • Duration: 3 hour
  • Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Comfortable clothes and hats recommended.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers.
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.