Jeep Safaris with Leopard Nest is not just a normal jeep safari. It gives you a memorable ride through the jungle avoiding the roads that other jeeps are taking. Our well experienced naturalists / camp manager will accompany you during each ride to make sure that you get the maximum out of the half day or full day you spend in the national park. We are located just 6 kms away from the main entrance of Yala National Park and 22kms away from Bundala National Park.
Surrounded by thick forest with a pathway access to Nimalawa Lake, Leopard Nest has got the capacity to offer variety of wildlife experiences just steps away from the campsite. We provide comprehensive guided nature trails to see the beauty of wildlife. You will explore many species of birds, land monitors, black napped hare, wild boar, deer, palm Squirrels, giant squirrels and butterflies.
Chena farmers usually begin cultivation of chena during the final days of the dry season (In the month of October). This meant that once trees and vines are cut down in preparation, the dry bark and leaves (a consequence of the harsh sun) will be burnt. It takes at least two to three days for the area to burn completely. Farmers would make sure to look for and chase away hidden animals before the area is set on fire. Once the ground preparation is done, they start cultivating vegetable expecting the rain fall. If you stay at the Leopard Nest between 15th October to 30th April, you will be able to do a guided tour to a Chena farm and enjoy the experience.
Early in the morning you will be driven to Tissamaharama village which is the most famous village for curd making in Sri Lanka. Along with the farmers, you may participate to lead the cows to the lake or their shelters and engage in the task of milking the cows. This may be your once in a life time experience to drink fresh milk on the spot too! Next, you can help the farmers to take milk pots to their houses to make curd in the traditional way. Once you are done with the process, you will be able to taste fresh curd with honey that is not available anywhere in the world.
Go fishing in local style at a Lake closer to Leopard Nest. This is a 2 hours fishing experience in a scenic lake with all fishing gears. Test your skills with the locals and enjoy local refreshments tea and sweet meats.
Whilst enjoying the pleasure of wildlife, you may get a chance to participate to a cooking demonstration in the campsite with our chef. Making a fish curry or vegetable in Sri Lankan style will be very much interesting. Don’t miss this opportunity during your stay at the campsite.
Folks in Sri Lankan Villagers are very hospitable people. They love to treat the guests. Most often, they never let you go without offering a tea. Spending lively half day with a family and enjoying their day to day activities including, farming, shopping and cooking will be a lifetime experience to any tourist. You will taste the best Sri Lankan cuisine with the fresh spices, vegetable and fish.
We are surrounded by many historical temples including, Tissamaharama, Sithulpawwa, Kirinda, and Katharagama. Doing a tour to these temples will be very much worth to learn rituals, beliefs and cultural elements of southern Sri Lanka. You will be amazed by some of the architectures and paintings in these historical temples.