The Second Home Bungalow (Yala).

Located down Thissa-Kirinda road, S Lanka Safari & The Second Home is a comfortable bungalow that sets up the ideal setting for anyone who enjoys the genuine rusticity. Aside from the comfy accommodation surrounded by the blissful wilderness of Yala, Second Home offers up a very good safari package for their guests, which was the highlighted feature of our visit.

Accommodation

Second Home Bungalow has two types of rooms; Family and Verandah. While the family room (Rs. 2000) can be shared between 4 people, the verandah section (Rs. 8000) provides a set of 10 beds, which should be reserved as a whole.

We really had no complaints about their rooms. It's nothing fancy, but they have all the basic amenities that one would expect in a proper guest house. Their rooms were neat, homey and comfortable with clean, spotless bathrooms. The verandah section gets a lot of natural air and light, which gives the opportunity to get an outdoor experience from the inside.

Second Home has a shared kitchen where the guests can prepare their own meals; or else they can order up a really good buth packet (Rs. 200) from the bungalow itself. It comes with a hefty portion of rice, 3-4 curries, including a protein of your choice; chicken, fish, salmon or egg.

They also arrange a bonfire and a barbecue every weekend, which is another thing to look forward to.

The Safari

At about Rs. 5000, this safari package takes you for a 4-hour ride through the paradisaical Yala National park, to observe and enjoy its ecological diversity from a closer eye.

Our journey began at 2.30 pm, in a seven-seater safari jeep, and we arrived at Palatupana entrance within 15 minutes. The ride started properly after we got our entry tickets, and picked up our tour guide from the entrance. 

Yala National Park covers an impressive 979 square kilometers, and throughout this immense space, the animals are busy doing their thang in their natural habitats. If you're lucky, you will get to see a few of them. 

We saw this majestic creature bathing in the beautiful Tanki Gala lake, and we actually ended up following him to the Ginikasewala lake, where another two herds were enjoying their dust bathing. 

According to Prabath, our driver, this is how the male elephants try to find their mate; by following different herds throughout the lakes around his route. 

The country's top predator, who is also an endangered species, this Sri Lankan leopard cub was spotted on a Palu tree. According to what we heard, there are only 60 – 70 of them in this area, so it is in fact a really rare sight.

We also encountered this shy and reclusive Sri Lankan sloth bear near the Nilapalawa lake.  The steady decline of forests has threatened its existence, so the estimated population of them is less than 1000. We were really lucky enough to see this guy because some people never get to see them no matter how many times they visit Yala.

There were plenty of birds, deer, monkeys and crocodiles chilling out in their natural habitats. 

Service

The staff at Second Home is very friendly, attentive, accommodating and knows the Yala National Park like the back of their hands. They are more than happy to assist you with the details on these animals, their behaviors, and the way around the entire Yala area. 

Conclusion

From a home-like stay to a delightful wilderness adventure, we really enjoyed our experience with S Lanka Safari & The Second Home Bungalow. Safari-ing at Yala could be tricky, but with the help of Second Home, we were able to get a thoroughly satisfying wilderness experience. It's like a five (or more) hour drive from Colombo to Yala, but believe me, it's so worth the trip. 

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

The Fusion Kottu at Eastern Wok

By Hiruni Herath Hot Butter Kottu - that’s not something you hear everyday but at

Highlights Kamu

More than Coffee – Kaffi Colombo

By Hiruni Herath Ambience and Service The Nordic Bakery and Coffee House located at Crescat

Highlights Kamu

7 Restaurants to dine in July 2022

By Shamrina Carim July hits a beautiful urge to try out different foods, events and

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

Hot Chook – all about that Chicken

By Hiruni Herath Service and Ambience The head chef at Hot Chook was very helpful

Highlights Kamu

A glistening night out at Colombo’s finest local bar!

By Shamrina Carim A Sri Lankan experiencing the magical inspiration of Sri Lanka in the

Kamu

Ceylon Curry Club – Sri Lankan Cuisine With a Twist

By Janani Vithanage Ceylon Curry Club, located in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, is a

Kamu

Trending.

From the Garden to your Skin 

By Menaka Indrakumar  Iris Garden is a brand which started five years ago, with Fuller’s

Trending

Bullet Train – movie review

Bullet train is as the name suggest is a fast-paced action movie. Directed by David

Trending

Stay healthy & refreshed With KiCO

By Janani Vithanage Boasting over 100 years of trusted excellence, the journey of Silvermill Group

Highlights Trending

5 Reasons why you need to check out Wild Culture Yala

If you are that Wildlife lover who loves being in the wild and looking to

Highlights Trending

Waves Bologoda

SINGHE's Wave Bolgoda, which launched in January 2021, The venue was initially established by lecturer

Trending

De Artemis Gallery & Pub

A brand-new restaurant with a Gallery & Pub concept is now being built in the

Trending

Yamu Guide.

8 Hotels That Offer Transport – 2022

Sometimes arranging for transport when you’re on vacation is the last thing that you want

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Instagrammable restaurants to dine in August 2022

By Hiruni Herath We’re always looking for the perfect spot that is a mix of

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Places to get Gift Hampers – 2022

By RR Gift hampers have been around for quite a bit but they’ve suddenly become

Highlights Yamu Guide

8 FAQ’s on fuel QR Code system

Sri Lanka introduced the Fuel Pass QR code system in full force from today (1st

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Tips to Ensure Safe Cycling

Cycling on roads full of traffic due to petrol queues can be scary. Here are

Highlights Yamu Guide

6 Cycling Accessories You Need

By Janani Vithanage With the fuel crisis still wreaking havoc in everyone’s lives, a new

Highlights Yamu Guide