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Things to do in Weerawila - Top Activities in Vacation Hub Weerawila

As the perfect base from which to explore some of Sri Lanka's most coveted attractions Weerawila is an adrenalin junkie's dream come true. Here are some the area's top activities for tourists.

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Bird Watching Trip

Often regarded as one of the most rewarding activities one can experience in Weerawila a bird watching tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get acquainted with the winged beauties of the region. Visitors based in Saraii Village, an eco lodge Sri Lanka counts among its finest rests will enjoy east access to the Wirawila Bird Sanctuary which is situated a mere kilometer away from the hotel. The Bundala national park is also 12km from Weerawila making bird watching activities a favorite past time among frequent vacationer in the area. As the temporary home of countless migratory bird species the Bundala Bird Sanctuary is not to miss hotspot on a bird watching tour of Weerawila. Home to 197 bird species some of the frequently spotted birds on a tour include Crested Serpent Eagle, Black headed ibis, Painted Storks, Barn Swallow, Rosy Starlings and Hawk Eagles.

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Wildlife Adventure

A preferred activity among wildlife enthusiasts vacationing in Weerawila safari adventures and wildlife tours are another popular excursion option open to visitors. Thanks to the venue's close proximity to Yala National Park visitors can explore the confines of the country's most visited wildlife sanctuary while holidaying in Weerawila. Spread out across an impressive 979m2 the Yala National Park is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka and the world's highest concentration of leopards. More than 40 mammal varieties occupy the leafy confines of this park as do 200 bird species. Safari excursions in the park are organized by private tour operators as well as resorts.

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Fishing Expedition

Angling fanatic can also enjoy their favorite pastime in Weerawila by simply joining the local fisher folk each morning as they lay nets and cast in the overnight's catch. Fly fishing enthusiasts can try their hand at the activity while those who wish to cast a local fishing net variety known as "Visi Del" are also welcome to do so. Resorts in the area also offer fishing tours while the catch of the day is cooked and served by the hotel's chefs according to travellers' personal preferences.

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Lake Tour

Often described as one of the relaxing ways of discovering the beauty of Weerawila at one's own pace a lake tour is ideal for vacationers looking to experience the tranquility of the seaside hamlet. Setting off in the early hours of the morning paddling across Weerwila Lake offers visitors a welcome break from touristic activities and allows time to connect with nature. Boat tours of Weerawila Lake are also available in the evening hours when participants can witness the sunset from a unique vantage point.

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Religious Pilgrimages

Due to its proximity to the spiritual heartland of Kataragama Weerawila is the perfect starting point from which to explore the Hindu pilgrimage site of Kataragama. Frequented by hoards of local devotees throughout the year Kataragama is the holy abode of its namesake deity and a mammoth Hindu temple dedicated to worship of the selfsame god. The yearly procession of Kataragama is held in the period between July and August and tourists lucky enough to visit the area during the months will witness one of Sri Lanka's most colorful cultural festivals.