Tissamaharama & Yala National Park
Tissamaharama Travel Blog› entry 8 of 11 › view all entries
April 19th, 2010 – by: thesneets
Anyway, it's was cheap and it brought me to where I wanted to go. That's really all that matters at the end of the day!
So finally I arrived in Tissa, almost at the south coast. My original plan for Sri Lanka was to visit Batticaloa after Sigiriya, and then to head down along the east coast to Arugam Bay, including a visit to the "Yala East Nationalpark".
The good thing was that I could still visit Yala Nationalpark - the only "drawback" being that this is now Yala West (the big, famous, expensive national park) and not Yala East (the "little brother", a bit underdeveloped, but cheaper and less crowded).
The trip to/through Yala West is designed like a safari, so you are being driven around in a jeep, and hopefully see some animals on the way.
I have to say I was a bit disappointed for some reason. I knew beforehand what I had to expect, but somehow it didn't feel the way I expected it to be. That being said, the environment was very remarkable, reminding me a lot of certain parts of Australia and Africa.
Tissa itself is a nice smallish, but busy town (it's a bit of a transport hub from and to the highlands), with a very nice pagoda and extremely friendly people everywhere. I wanted to reach my next destination as soon as possible though, so I decided to do what I actually wanted to avoid: Take a private transfer by car. The thought of being packed into overcrowded busses again (only this time for double the distance!) was not really a great one, so I let myself have that luxury once.
After a little chat with the very helpful staff at my guest house, they organized me a car. The first surprise was that the driver was actually the owner of the guest house, who is now living in Matara, and only occasionally comes to Tissa nowadays.
After around two hours I arrived at my destination, which turned out to be a small paradise hidden between several mass-tourist-towns.
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