Day Six – Trip to Yala National Park

Friday 5 Feb 2016

We got up early today to check out the lively scene on the beach.  Fisherman had been fishing all night and have been gathering here to sell their fish on the beach.  There was an auction market on the beach for the day’s catch.  Fish here is quite cheap.

Dawn at Arugam Bay

Looking down the beach at Arugam Bay

Fishermen at Arugam Bay

Dawn waves crashing at Arugam Bay

Traditional fishing boat

Waiting for sunrise at Arugam Bay

Sunrise at Arugam Bay

Fisherman gathering their daily catch for auction

Not what you normally see

After breakfast we were on the road again to Tissamaharama or Tissa for short.  After a 2.5 hour drive we arrived at Tissa.  We checked into a lodge set in the middle of what seemed like a forest.  It was a very peaceful setting with sounds of animals in the background.  We had lunch and were booked to go on a safari to Yala National Park.

We were all in a 9 seater 4WD.  The trip to Yala from the lodge was about an hours drive.  We did not expect to see elephants here but among the other varied wildlife, a leopard sighting is prized.

Monkey on approach to Yala (Tufted gray langur)

Birds at a wetland (Gray Heron and Black Headed Ibis)

Lesser Adjutant?

Crocodile on the banks of a pond

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