Luxury hotel holiday Mahoora Safari Camps Yala

Expressions Sri Lanka recommends Mahoora Luxury Tented Safaris to wildlife and nature enthusiasts who want to immerse themselves amongst nature and enter the true spirit of safari. Hear elephants splashing in nearby lakes, listen out for the soft growling of a leopard or the evocative hoot of a tropical owl. Indulge in a mouth-watering jungle barbecue in front of a camp fire. All the little details are taken care of in this unique and environmentally camp from torches, to tropical fruit baskets and luggage racks. Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, two nights at The Regency at Galle Face hotel in Colombo with breakfast and three nights in the luxury tented camp including full board and drinks based on two people sharing a double or twin room.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on full board
  • Scheduled flights with Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Transport by private car with driver-guide
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, board and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Mahoora Safari Camps, Yala

Mahoora Safari Camps at Yala offers exclusive luxury tented wildlife camping in style. Indulgent al-fresco dining and excellent guided safaris afford guests a truly unforgettable experience in Sri Lanka's wilderness.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 3

Location In the countryside, approximately 115-miles from Galle

Annual opening Open all year

Distance from airport Dependent on location

Hotel facilities and services

Al fresco dining, Jungle bar, Sumptous picnic baskets, Mahoora naturalist, Dedicated ranger.

Out and about nearby

Diverse and wide range of local wildlife, varying dependent on location.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Mahoora premium tent for 7 nights

From about

£3,330

Holiday Code EXH715

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Mahoora Safari Camps, Yala

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Mahoora premium tent for 7 nights

From about

£3,330

Holiday Code EXH715

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Mahoora Safari Camps, Yala

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Mahoora Luxury Tented Camp in Sri Lanka, our clients fly to Colombo, usually with Sri Lankan Airways on a direct flight from London Heathrow (or with Emirates from other UK airports via Dubai). This hotel is 6 hours’ drive from Colombo airport. However, it is usually stayed at as part of a tailor-made touring holiday accompanied by a driver-guide and you would often approach the hotel from a previous stay in Tea and Hill Country to the north or from Galle to the south-west.

Additional information

Children: Children are accepted, athough younger children are discouraged because of the potential wildlife hazards. Children must be supervised at all times.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Mahoora premium tent for 7 nights

From about

£3,330

Holiday Code EXH715

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Mahoora Safari Camps, Yala

Highlights of Galle and the south coast

Fascinating Galle has plenty to offer the visitor: Galle Fort – UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the few living fort cities in the world; Walk around the ramparts of Galle at dawn or at sunset; Arts & crafts shopping – jewellery, lace, rush & reed, home décor, furniture, antiques, batik and boutiques; The Dutch Reformed Church; Galle Literary Festival in January; National Museum; Maritime Museum in the Dutch warehouses of Galle Fort, just re-opened; Galle Markets; Galle Cricket Stadium; Hot-air balloon ride (December to April); River boat trip. A little way inland from Galle/Koggala: Hiyare Nature Reserve (volunteering possible); Kottawe Nature Reserve; Kanneliya Forest; Samakanda (organic farm, visit, walks and lunches available upon request); Village life bike rides; Handicrafts in the villages e.g. lace-making, rush & reed, woodcarving; Yatagala Temple. On the way from Galle to Yala you can enjoy: Stilt Fishermen; Cinnamon plantations; Unuwatuna beach; Martin Wickramasinghe’s house – museum (literary and 20th century life); Koggala Lake; Hinduangoda White tea factory and estate; Lace-making – Weligama, Dickwella; Surfing – popular surfing beaches from Unuwatuna to Mirissa; Weligama Bay; Coastal villages and fishing harbours; Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching (from Mirissa); Diving (from Mirissa); Deep-sea fishing trips (from Mirissa); Provincial town of Matara (Dutch heritage – fort and church); Dondra Head and Dondra Lighthouse; Kudawala Blow Hole; Mulkirigala Buddhist temple (inland); Uda Walawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (inland); Sea Turtles laying their eggs on the beach, usually February to July (Rekawa Turtle Project); Kalametiya bird sanctuary; Bundala Nature Reserve (bird-watching mainly); Yala National Park; Kataragama – centre for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim pilgrimages; Tissamaharama - ancient ‘tank’ and dagobas.

Cultural highlights of Galle and the south coast

There are many places to visit in Galle and the area along the south coast of Sri Lanka. In Galle itself, Galle Fort is home to a national museum housing Dutch and Singhalese exhibits of historical interest as well as a newly-opened Maritime Museum, a lighthouse and a 17th century Dutch Reform Church. The narrow streets within the Fort are fascinating for their architecture, lined with official buildings, shops and old town houses, some of which have been converted to stylish villas and boutique hotels. Outside the ramparts, Galle functions busily as a provincial town and port - brightly painted fishing boats line the shore and there is a lively market area with a whole pavilion dedicated to fish. Galle and the surrounding villages are full of artisans – lace makers, jewellers, woodcarvers, painters and people making things out of coir, rush and reed. The National Crafts Council has a centre by the old entrance to Galle Fort and there are plenty of small shops selling crafts, jewellery and antiques, as well as a few designer boutiques. Slightly further afield, there are numerous beautiful beaches and fishing villages including Thalpe, Unuwatuna, Matara, Koggala, Weligama Bay and Tangalle, as well as a number of National Parks with plenty of wildlife.

Festivals in Galle and the south coast

January: The Galle Literary Festival - this 4-day festival brings together Sri Lankan and international authors from around the world for writing workshops, talks, exhibitions and more at various locations in Galle. Past guests have included Vickram Seth and Gore Vidal. July: Unuwatuna Perahera - a 7-day festival commencing on full moon day. Matara/Dondra Perahera - with dedications to Lord Vishnu. Kataragama Esala Festival - a 10-day festival when pilgrims give penance to the Hindu war god, Skanda. July to September: Kite flying on the ramparts of Galle

Climate in Galle and the south coast

The average temperature on the South coast is 32° C with 65% humidity, though it is cooler and more humid in the west, getting progressively hotter and less humid the further east you go, especially the east of Tangalle. The evenings are a little cooler and the coasts enjoy sea breezes. Rainfall is experienced mainly during the south-west monsoon from May to August. The ‘calm’ season is December to April, when the seas are general calm and there is little rainfall. Whilst the sea appears calm out of the monsoons, there are still undercurrents and riptides.

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