Camping in Sri Lanka: 8 Sites For A Quick Weekend Escape
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Camping in Sri Lanka can be the best experience you can have while being close to nature. Amidst the scenic jungle location you have a chance to go for rainforest camping which will allow you to get deeply absorbed in the sound of the water being closer to the fall.

One can couple the camping expedition with other water activities such as water rafting, bird watching and trekking to waterfalls amongst others. You can have the same concept in a jungle safari too which is an equally thrilling experience. And you can hear the sound of the animals clearly since it is located right in heart of the jungle.

Here are some of the best camping sites in Sri Lanka:

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About the Meemure Camping from Kandy Tour:

- Enjoy Meemure Camping in Meemure Village that is surrounded by nature.

- This is a two day, one-night expedition. These Meemure camping packages for groups of one-two or three-seven members are all-inclusive.

- All the places included in this tour are scenic beauties like Denston area, Corbett gap (World’s end) and Sooriya Arana (Filming location in Sri Lanka) along with seven different waterfalls.

- The operator of this tour will provide all camping and trekking equipment. 

- You will find bliss in exploring Meemure town, and its people, culture & lifestyle.

- Taking a dip in the waterfalls is a refreshing experience amidst the pea green forests.

- Spend the night revisiting all the wonders of the day as you sit in front of a bonfire and relish a barbeque meal.

- Hiking is a part of this activity where you will climb to the top of the Knuckles Mountain ranges. 

- The cost of all the meals is included in this package. 

- Pick up and drop facility from Kandy is optional; you can opt for it for comfort. 

- You will be brought back to the campsite for all meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

- You do not have to pay any additional charges for the entrance fees wherever applicable. 

- Experience this marvel of nature along with professional trekkers. 

- There is an availability of first aid. Insurance is not covered on this trip. 

- The 2-day itinerary of the meemure camping will be:

Day 1:
5:00 am - Pick up from your hotel in Kandy
9:00 am - Breakfast at campsite
10:00 am - World's End tour(Denston and Corbetts Gap)
2:00 pm - Lunch at campsite
3:00 pm - Visit the waterfalls
7:00 pm - back to your camps
7:30 pm - Enjoy bonfire with BBQ dinner
Overnight stay at camps

Day 2:
6:00 am - Had your breakfast at campsite
6:30 am - Head for a cultural tour in Meemure village
10:00 am - Visit Sooriya Arana, a very famous movie filming place in Sri Lanka
2:00 pm - Lunch at campsite
4:00 pm - After evening tea you will head to Kandy
8:00 pm - Drop off to your hotel in Kandy

Meet Up Location: 

Hunnasgiriya Bus point, Meemure Village 

Note: Transfers services to/from Kandy is Optional.
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Yala National Park Camping

The sensational Yala wildlife National Park promises unparallel thrill and excellent adventurous experience with a visual treat of scenic excellence in the exclusive Yala Safari Camping. It is indeed an extra ordinary experience to rise up to a place where for miles there is no soul visible except the caretakers.

The spectacular terrains provide fascinating visuals through dense to scrub vegetation, rocky pools, spectacular ravines, fresh water lakes with snaking coastline along with sight on endemic mammals like Asian elephant, leopard, black bear, crocodiles, grey languor and many others. It’s a paradise for birdwatchers with the presence of paradise flycatchers, Ceylon Shamas etc.

Location: Thalgasmankada, Sri Lanka

Highlights: Sri Lankan Leopard which is present in Block 1, in a density of one leopard per square kilometre.  

Things to Know: Presence of person of wildlife department is mandatory within the park

: Approximate price starts from 4500-6000 LKR for foreigners
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Camping in Kitugala Forest Reserve

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Wake up with the melodious chirping of birds all around at the Rainforest Camping in the Kitugala Forest Reserve. The camping in the forest reserve of Kitugala is an experience in itself and will let you have a blend of both adventure and leisure at the same time. 

Be close to the trails of nature and try out the all the adventure activities such as Jungle walks, Adventurous stream jumps, Mountain Biking and River Trips.All the meals are served to you at your comfort and a barbeque dinner is not to be missed.

Location: The camping base is approximately 2hrs 30 minutes’ drive from Colombo.

Best Time: Between February to April.

Price: Approximate price starts from 290 USD for two days and one night.


Knuckles Mountain Range Camping

Based near Matale and Kandy districts of Sri Lanka, the Knuckles mountain range is famous for its beautiful scenic expedition and the salubrious and harmonious air that provides rejuvenation to the human soul in every way possible. Getting close to the exceptional beauty of Nature, one can truly seek a peace of mind here. Around 31 species of mammals, 20 species of amphibians and 130 species of birds are available here which makes the camping more interesting. ?

The Mountain range also proves to be a great site for hiking and trekking which makes the place all the more popular. One can also meet up close with the inhabitants of the small quaint villages and get to know more about their lifestyle here.

: Tea Plantations, Paddy Fields and Cascading Waterfalls

: Central Sri Lanka close to Kandy

Best Season
: December to February & March to May

Udawalawe National Park Camping

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Spreading over an area of 31,000 hectares of land, Udawalawe National Park is famed for its huge elephant population marking to a figure of 600-700 in total. So catching a glimpse of elephants herds is not very unusual in this park. This also serves as a transit home where orphaned or injured elephants are kept for treatment and after few days again released in the park.

Apart from elephants the park holds various other types of wild animals Monitor lizards, Sambar deer, Wild boar, Common Langurs, Jackals, Toddy cats and many others along with almost 183 species of birds.Along with visual treat of wild animals there also stretched greenery, bushy lands and the sight of the Ulgala peak visible from the western side of the park.

: Jeep Tour in the jungle

: Monaragala, Uva Province, Sri Lanka

Best Season
: Throughout the year

: jeep+enterace fee= 9000-13000
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Wilpattu National Park Camping

Being the oldest as well as the largest National Park in Sri Lanka, WilPattu National Park attracts visitors especially for the magnificent collection of endangered wild animals like Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Elephant and not to forget the fighter Sloth Bear.

Filming and photographing the dangerous animals and experiencing the beautiful scenic ambience are some of the greatest pastimes in the national park.

One of the rarest species is the sloth bear which is believed to be left only 1000 all over world are found enough in this park. The park has special fleets that operate between Colombo Wilpattu and other nearby cities to accommodate the visitors.

: Jeep Tour in the jungle

: Puttalam, Sri Lanka

Best Season
: February and October

Things to Know
: Since the park is filled with endangered animals, it is advisable to have a guide from wildlife department along.

: 4285LKR approx for foreigners

Vaddha Village Camping

A visit to Sri Lanka cannot be complete without knowing more about the rare culture and Civilization based here. The Buddha village in Mahiyanganya is one such place where inhabitants have their own culture strongly rooted in their ancestors and the traditions and customs followed for years. There are many legends that have established their connection with the Buddha History and conclude that their relation to the prehistoric human was here only.

They believe they are the descendants of them. A camping in this place can turn out to be a pretty interesting experience as one can meet the people of this clan up close and know more about their living styles and their culture

 One can relish the peaceful ambience, relish their wonderful cuisine if interested and learn more about the history of the area.

Location: Uva Province, Sri Lanka 
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