Yala Village

4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 Stars

Kirinda, Sri Lanka
Cinnamon Wild Yala
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A Blend of Untamed Beauty of Nature & Adventure

by nishantha076 about Hotel Yala Village

Yala Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the Sri Lanka’s best preserved areas for which is the shelter for hundreds of elephants,crocodiles,wild boar,peacocks,about 56 species of birds,12 species of mammals,20 species of butterflies,15 species of reptiles etc.

Safety Tips
Remember you stay in a part of the jungle so wild animals are freely roaming through the hotel park. Always seeks the assistance of the hotel staff while you walk in the evening & the night because meet the Wild elephant is a common incident in this hotel. Also please refrain from giving foods to the wild animals & remember not to leave any fruits in your vehicle. Hotel Yala Village is a tranquil location spread over 10 acres of vegetation scattered with 61 chalets. Each chalet is unique in design with animal inspired themes in décor ensuring that each guest enjoys the untamed beauty of nature while allowing you the luxury of relaxation in absolute privacy. Wild elephant, Wild Boar, Peacocks, Spotted deer, many species of birds can be commonly seen in the hotel park. All the chalets are air conditioned and it includes with a private verandah, satellite TV, well stocked Mini Bar, Telephone/IDD provided with hot & clod water. Chalets are categorized as Fisherman’s, Beach, Round, Stilt, Traditional Village and Tarzan Suite ranging from 165 US dollars to 415 US Dollars on Full Board basis.

Observation Desk is a very attractive place in the hotel which allows the guests to have a panoramic view of the vastness while the picturesque swimming pool provides an invigorating swim with a spectacular pool bar serving up delightful concoctions. Eastern & Western cuisine can be enjoyed at the hotel restaurant with Ala carte and table d’hote menus. Also the hotel enriches with a Naturalist (Mr. Dilan Peiris) who has a sound knowledge about the Sri Lankan birds, Animals, Reptiles, Mammals and the Nature.

Some of the very attractive features the Hotel Yala Village offers are

• Bird Trails (Bundala Sanctuary & Inside the Hotel park)
• Adventure Safaris – Yala Wildlife Sanctuary
• Cultural Visits – Kataragama, Thissamaharamaya, Sithulapawwa etc.
• Nature walk with the Naturalist
• Airport pickups
• Participation of Sri Lankan cookery workshops on request


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Yala Village Hotel

by Duncrieviedude

I am trying to book a room at the Yala Village Hotel and although they have replied vai email and provisionally booked a room, they want a 50% deposit paid straight into a bank account in Colombo. Has anyone else had this problem, if so is it safe, and is there a way around it as I'm not very keen. I'm happy yo give a creit card number as you normally would. As yet they have not replied to find out if this can be avoided

RE: Yala Village Hotel

by Oscar_Nonis


I cant understand about it. I dont know why do they need 50% advance.

If you dont mind, please forward that mail to me by oscarnonis@yahoo.com

I will try to contact them or give some advices to you

I wanna advice you NOT TO GIVE credit card information to any one or organisation in ASIA.



RE: Yala Village Hotel


I agree 100% with Oscar on this,DO NOT give credit card details to anyone, unless it is via an encrypted website (look for yellow padlock symbol bottom right of screen).
Hotels will normally agree a booking without giving such details over phone, if not, then DO NOT book with them

Elephant orphanage or elephant safari?

by pesca

We're travelling in Sri Lanka 23th to 30th august. We intended to visit the elephant orphanage but now we read that there are some interesting elephant safaris in the area Polonnaruwa and Minneriya. Maybe we don't have enough time for both so what would you suggest to do? Is august actually a good time for elephant safari? and does anyone know good "companys" for elephant safaris (e.g. Samagi Villa, does anybody know that?). I heard that there are many less reliable companys.
Thanks for your answers.

Re: Elephant orphanage or elephant safari?

by nishantha076


Elephant orphanage has lots of tamed elephants.But that place is too commercialized.But in Kaudulla & Minneriya parks are best places to see biggest herds of wild elephants.July & August is a best period of the year for this purpose.In Habarana Chaya village & Cinnamon Lodge both hotels organizes elephant safaris.


Re: Elephant orphanage or elephant safari?

by Maxus

An elephant orphanage is maybe a worthy enterprise but by its very nature it is a rather sad place and increasingly commercialisation at some establishments can make them feel like a zoo.

There is simply no comparison between a visit to a place like Pinnawela and observing elephants in the wild.

You are more or less guaranteed to see elephants in the Ampara District and because of the troubles the area is largely tourist and tout free, in some other areas you feel hunted yourself.

I would recommend the area around Lahugala, which is in the middle of an elephant migratory corridor.

I have spent several late afternoons watching groups of 20 plus wild elephants grazing and splashing around in the reservoirs around Lahugala (on the A4 near Pottuvil) without the aid of official guides and or organised safaris.

Tell the local police at the checkpoints what you are doing (you may even get your own police officer as a guide) probably best not to use this particular stretch of road at night for the time being.

Re: Elephant orphanage or elephant safari?

by SriLankaEnjoy

Why limit yourself. Visit the orphanage as well as a safari. Why go to minneriya / polonnaruwa just to see elephants when you can go to Yala area and see birds in Bundala national park wild elephants in Uda walawa national park(this park too has an orphanage for small elephants and this park is Sri Lanka's biggest for elephants) and then you can see all sorts of animals (elephants included) in the yala national park. i have seen leapords and bears among other animals in this park. you can stay at Yala village(belongs to John keells hotels group)
In pollonaruwa, you can see a lot of our ancient heritage apart from the elephants. (Ruins/old temples.. very interesting) But dont go there only to see elephants.


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