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Best Places to Visit in Southern Province Sri Lanka in 2019

  • Koggala

    Koggala
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  • Koggala Attractions

  • 01 Koggala Beach

    Koggala Beach
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    Have you seen the waves dancing freely? Koggla beach is one such place where you will find a combination of warmth of the golden sand beneath your feet along with sea breeze caressing you. Located 140km from Colombo, this idyllic place is for all the beach lovers to spend some time and enjoy life as they have always wanted to . Leave your care and worries behind and just be a part of some breath-taking moments.

    You will surely treasure some of the fond memories of this beach. Get into the adventurous mood by trying snorkelling and diving. If you are not too fond of adventures you can sit by the beach and enjoy the sight of the mighty waves.

    Highlights: If you are going to Koggala, you can’t miss the chance to visit the Turtle Hatchery which is an initiative taken against selling the turtle’s eggs for the purpose of food.


  • Mirissa

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    Rock gently in the mild breeze, slip into a hammock and crack open a coconut, assuring that the hours, days or may be weeks’ slip by calmly. That’s Mirrisa or for you! It is a small town located on the Southern Cost of Sri Lanka in the Matara District of the Southern Province. Situated at an elevation of 4 meters above the sea level, Mirrisa lies at a distance of about 240 km from Colombo and 4 km south east of Wligama. It is a small yet quickly developing beach of Sri Lanka.

    Modern resorts envelope the beach and there is a myriad of simple cafes along the sand that may well seem to appear and vanish with the tides. At present, the government is taking measures in context to the sand encroaching constructions and has put an absolute ban on it for the time being however, since the tourists visiting here is rising every year, the ban may soon see a lift. None the less, the beach and the nightlife here make it a prominent tourist attraction. Being a massive fishing port, people swamp in large numbers to fish here.  Other activities common here include dolphin and whale watching.  


  • Mirissa Attractions

  • 01 Whale Watching Spot

    Whale Watching Spot
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    Whale watching spot comes at the top amongst the major attractions in Mirissa. You can find a number of operators around this area offering trips to the Indian Ocean for dolphins, whales, and turtles spotting.


    Location:  Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Usually, the whale watching tour starts early in the morning around 6-7 AM and lasts for 4-5 hours approximately. The ocean gets rough due to sunlight in the afternoon, hence, it is difficult to spot a whale in the water at this time.

    Price: The average cost for whale watching is Rs. 2500 - 3500. However, if you are a group of 4-5 people, you can negotiate the prices to get a better deal.

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to spot whale is from December to March as the ocean is not rough during this time.

    Distance from Mirissa: This place is located around 15-20 KM away from Mirissa beach.



  • 02 Secret Beach

    Secret Beach
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    The secret beach of Mirissa is not a secret anymore as it is easy to reach and well signposted nowadays. It is one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa for capturing some beautiful moments and epic photographs.

    Moreover, most of the beaches in Mirissa are crowded so the secret beach is the perfect place to relax and sit in a peaceful environment.


    Location: Secret Beach Mirissa, Mirissa, Sri Lanka

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Price: The best thing about Mirissa beach is there is no entrance fee for it.

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this beach is either early in the morning to relax or in the evening to enjoy an incredible sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: This beach is located at a distance of approximately 1-2 KM from the heart of the Mirissa town. You can reach a secret beach in several ways like you can choose to walk, hire a moped or take a tuk-tuk. However, try to start early if you’re planning to go on a walk, otherwise, it will be 20 minutes of hard work in direct sunlight on a steep pathway.



  • 03 Mirissa Beach

    Mirissa Beach
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    If you want to enjoy a sunset dinner at a lovely restaurant then do not miss to visit Mirissa Beach. It is one of those attractions in Mirissa where you can find plenty of great restaurants offering a variety of seafood.

    Although you will find this beach a little crowded yet, it will give you a very relaxing vibe.


    Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Price: Visiting Mirissa beach is free of cost. In fact, you can enjoy the Lion beers on free sunbeds at a very reasonable price.

    Best Time to Visit: The beach gets busy from 11 AM so it is recommended to visit this either early in the morning to avoid the crowd or in the evening to enjoy a lovely sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: Once you reach Mirissa from Colombo, you can easily found this exotic beach as it is only a couple of KM away from the Mirissa railway station.



  • 04 Parrot Rock Bridge

    Parrot Rock Bridge
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    Another one of the amazing places to visit in Mirissa is to climb up the Parrot Rock. This small and easily accessible rock will give you a stunning view of the Mirissa area. This is a place which will take your mind away from work and stress.

    It is a very quiet place where you can relax watching surfers in the high tides of water. You can also chill out in the nearby restaurants of this place.


    Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Price: You don’t need to pay any price for visiting this place.

    Best Time to Visit: You can come early in the morning to enjoy with the low tides and the amazing morning sea breeze. Visiting it in the evening is also a great idea if you want to enjoy wrapping up activities looking at the breathtaking sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: The parrot rock is located to the left side of Mirissa beach. So once you reach Mirissa beach you can easily get on this rock to have an excellent sea view.



  • 05 Coconut Tree Hill

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    One of the unique and unusual places to visit in Mirissa is Coconut Tree Hill. Located at the end of Mirissa beach, this place is completely covered with palm trees.

    It is one of those attractions in Mirissa, which are great for taking pictures of all the tall beautiful palms overlooking the ocean. You can also enjoy a well-deserved coconut at this place to add an extra memorable element to your journey.


    Location: Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Price: No entry cost.

    Best Time to Visit: Being in the proximity of the main beach; it is recommended to reach this place early in the morning or before sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: You can reach this place by taking a short walk from Mirissa beach. It will take 10-15 minutes approximately walking along the beach to reach this beautiful spot.



  • 06 Weligambay Beach

    Weligambay Beach
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    It is a relatively smaller beach alternative if you want to avoid the crowd. It is quieter, serene and a great place for surfing beginners. At times fishing boats outnumber the tourists, especially in low season.

    In addition to being a top surfing destination, this beach is also an excellent place for Instagram lovers. You can also take a few photographs with iconic stilt fishermen, a practice rooted back to World War II.


    Location: Weligambay Beach, Mirissa, Sri Lanka.

    Best Time to Visit: It is an amazing place to have breakfast or lunch with your friends and family.

    Distance from Mirissa: Weligambay beach is located at a distance of 6-7 KM from Mirissa so you can always take a tuk-tuk to your destination. It will not take more than 10-15 minutes.



  • 07 Matara Beach

    Matara Beach
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    Mirissa is just a small town of Matara district so without a shred of doubt Matara beach comes amongst the popular beaches of Sri Lanka. You can enjoy long walks by the shore, taking surfing lessons, and beachcombing at this wonderful place.

    Furthermore, if you are not into the mood of taking a walk or any surfing lessons, you can simply read your favourite novel gazing at the ocean in between. And post that, you can take a bath in the sea water if the tide is not so strong.


    Location: Matara, Sri Lanka.

    Best Time to Visit: Just like other beaches; try to get there early in the morning or before sunset as it gets crowded in the afternoon. Moreover, do not visit it on the weekend because being a major town in the country, it can get heavily crowded on weekends.

    Distance from Mirissa: Being a major district of Sri Lanka, it is well connected to every major city and town in Sri Lanka. From Mirissa you can take a tuk-tuk which will not take more than 30 minutes to reach this beautiful beach.


  • 08 The Doctors House

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    If you want to have a great afternoon party with surf vibes then one of the amazing places to see in Mirissa is the doctor's house. It is a 200-year-old Dutch and Ayurvedic hospital which is located at the beautiful beachside village of Madiha.

    You can have a delicious breakfast, wood-fired pizzas, snacks, and desserts from midday until 10 PM. This place also offers some of the exciting activities such as Surfing and Snorkeling which will give this place a permanent spot in your memory.


    Location: The Doctor's House 87, Beach Road, Madiha, Matara 81000, Sri Lanka

    Timings: This place is open from 8 AM to 10 PM.

    Best Time to Visit: It is a great place to have breakfast and spend the afternoon so it is suggested to visit this place early in the morning.

    Distance from Mirissa: It is situated at a distance of 8-10 KM from Mirissa. You can easily get a tuk-tuk from Mirissa to this place at the cost of 500 LKR approximately.



  • 09 Taprobane Island

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    One of the luxury and romantic places to visit in Mirissa is this two-and-a-half-acre magnificent private island. It is a perfect choice for you if you want to enjoy sightseeing and sounds of Mirissa.

    24 hours of room services, spacious living areas, stunning infinity pool, and dedicated staff to cater your every need will make your stay unforgettable. Some of the interesting sites to explore include surfing, diving, adventure sports, and devil dances, etc.


    Location: Upper Dickson Rd, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka.

    Price: You can book one full villa starting from 1000$ depending upon the crowd and season.

    Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit this amazing island is to travel between November to April as this season provides the most dried and long sunny day.

    Distance from Mirissa: From Mirissa, it is only at a distance of 8-10 KM so taking a taxi or a tuk-tuk is perhaps the best idea to reach this place.


  • 10 Midigama Beach

    Midigama Beach
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    A small town situated on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka is one of the best places to visit in Mirissa if you are looking for a surfing adventure. You can relax here drinking coconuts and laying on sunbeds.


    Location: Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. This place is about 150 KM away from Colombo.

    Timings: Opens for 24 hours.

    Price: There are no visiting charges for Midigama Beach.

    Best Time to Visit: Early in the morning or before sunset.

    Distance from Mirissa: Situated at a distance of about 10 KM, you can take a tuk-tuk to reach this beautiful beach in a short while.



  • 11 Madiha Beach

    Madiha Beach
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    Madiha beach is one of the best surfing places in the Mirissa region. The best thing about this surfing place is that you can enjoy surfing without getting into the long queues. In addition to this, you can also explore a subaquatic paradise and spot some turtles beneath Madiha’s clean water.


    Location: Beach Road, Madiha, Matara, Sri Lanka., Matara 81000, Sri Lanka.

    Timings: Open 24 hours.

    Price: No visiting prices.

    Distance from Mirissa: The distance of Madiha beach from Mirissa is around 8-10 KM so booking a taxi or using tuk-tuk will easily make you reach this awesome beach.



  • 12 Polhena Beach

    Polhena Beach
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    Polhena beach is the best place to swim, snorkel, and soaking up the sun. This beach presents a breathtaking view of tourists and their visitors. Polhena beach is also popular as a great honeymoon place because of its classic romantic look and feel.

    Another great attraction in the Polhena beach vicinity is the Crow Island. This island is located directly in front of the Polhena beach in Matara.


    Location: Polhena beach, Matara, Sri Lanka.

    Price: No entry fees.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Best Time to Visit: It is recommended to visit this place on weekdays so that you can enjoy this beach in a calm and peaceful manner.

    Distance from Mirissa: This place is located at a distance of 10 KM from the heart of Mirissa.



  • 13 Giragala Village

    Giragala Village
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    Another one of the beautiful places to visit in Mirissa is to Giragala village which is located in the coastal town of Mirissa. It is an amazing place for travellers seeking charm, peace, comfort, and convenience in Mirissa.

    This place has sea overlooking restaurant to have an awesome dining experience and an in-house Spa to rejuvenate your body. Moreover, there are numerous other on-site facilities available here which are specially designed for relaxation and recreation.


    Location: Giragala Village, Mirissa 80000, Sri Lanka

    Timings: This place is open for 24 hours.

    Price: Standard room prices starts with 1500-2000 Rs. depending upon the season and crowd.

    Distance from Mirissa: Approximately 500 Meters away from Mirissa beach.



  • 14 Jungle Playground Mirissa (Adventure Park)

    Jungle Playground Mirissa (Adventure Park)
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    If you are looking for some adventures and exciting activities then jungle playground is the place for you. It is a perfect adventure park to spend time with friends and family. This place offers a unique jungle feel in the heart of Mirissa.

    Moreover, it is a perfectly protected place which will give you a pleasant feeling due to its sea proximity location.


    Location: Temple Road, Mirissa 81740, Sri Lanka

    Price: Starting from 1500 Rs.

    Timings: The adventure park is open from 10 AM to 6 PM.

    Best Time to Visit: Being an adventure park you can spend your whole day enjoying different-different activities.

    Distance from Mirissa: 100 Meters away from Mirissa Beach.



  • 15 Matara Fort

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    One of the amazing places to see in Mirissa is its district fort. It is an unusual and unique star-shaped fort which attracts a lot of visitors in Matara. This fort is a Dutch fortification of an existing Portuguese garrison and was built around 1640.

    Since then, small modifications and renovations have been done to make it more attractive. You can explore this excellent fort on foot or by vehicle.


    Location: Matara, Sri Lanka

    Price: The great thing about this amazing fort is that there are no entry charges.

    Timings: Open for 24 hours.

    Best Time to Visit: Try to head towards this beautiful place early in the morning to avoid an extra crowd.

    Distance from Mirissa: This fort is located at a distance of around 10 KM from Mirissa.


  • Bentota

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  • Bentota Attractions

  • 01 Bentota Beach

    Bentota Beach
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    An extraordinary experience amidst an ordinary setup lies 65 kilometres from Colombo and is named Bentota beach. Soak yourself in the ordinary golden sand while enjoying the marvellous sound of the mighty Indian Ocean crashing against the shores. The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees.



    Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.

    Getting there: Bentota is very well  connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. 
    Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo

  • Kegalle

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    Situated on the Colombo-Kandy Road, Kegalle is a large agriculture based town mainly producing rice and rubber. There are few graphite mines in the town. But the main tourist attraction is an elephant breeding park. Apart from this, there are two other organisations working on elephant welfare. Apart from Kegalle, you can visit some nearby destinations like Hikkaduwa and Yala National park. The fantastic place of Kitulgala in Kegalle district is a complete tour package on its own. You can do a lot of water sports in the three rivers of Kitulgala like water rafting, kayaking, confidence falls, etc. Other than these, you can also organise night camps in the jungle. There are a lot of homestays and hotels in Kegalle for your hospitality. Some suggestions for good hotels are Hotel Heshani, Aarya Hotel, Hotel Elephant Bay, Hotel Elephant Lobby, etc. You will also get private resorts in Kegalle like Wijaya Bunglow. The nightlife in Kegalle is not so much famous, it being a suburban. Still you will find some bars and nightclubs in the town like Planters Club. You can have a drink there and enjoy a cosy evening. Are you wondering where to eat in Kegalle? Here are some good restaurant suggestions for you like Channa, a Japanese restaurant; Ambasewana; Ken Food Center, etc. If you love shopping, you will get some malls in Kegalle to satisfy your shopping craves like Athukorala Shopping Centre.

  • Kegalle Attractions

  • 01 Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage

    Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
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    Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka. The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora. 



    Highlight:  
    One can pack some food to enjoy an open air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend. 

    Timings
    : Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

    Price: Approximate price starts from 2353 LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child


  • Hikkaduwa

    Hikkaduwa
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    Hikkaduwa is a small town in extreme south of Sri Lanka. This is a place with a great beach, perhaps the second best in Sri Lanka. If you love surfing, Hikkaduwa is your paradise. This small town was hit by tsunami in 2004 and was totally destroyed, killing a lot of locals and tourists. There is a tsunami photo museum too which you must visit to see the damages that Hikkaduwa suffered. Since then, it’s re-growing from scratch.

    There are a lot of tourist spots in Hikkaduwa. The beach is the prime attraction. Apart from the sea, there are national parks, Buddhist monasteries, really good restaurants, and many more places to pay a visit. In short, Hikkaduwa is a complete tour package.

    The food in Hikkaduwa is mouth-watering. As it is situated near the sea, you will get great sea-foods in the beach side shacks and restaurants including shrimps, clams, oysters, crabs, octopuses, etc. There are tasty options for the vegetarians too like tropical fruits.

    The nightlife in Hikkaduwa is not much famous. You will get some night clubs and bars in the town but they aren’t that much known. There are a lot of hotels and resorts facing the sea, you can choose one of them for your stay. Your hotel or resort might organise a whole night party on weekends.




  • Hikkaduwa Attractions

  • 01 Hikkaduwa Beach

    Hikkaduwa Beach
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    Even a 90 year old will feel young as he steps onto the beach of Hikkaduwa,98 kms from Colombo. The charm of the hippy mood will get into your blood, making you feel completely carefree. You will find predominantly young and independent travellers walking on the beach.

    This beach is one of the lesser spoilt destinations in Sri Lanka which is why it is an ideal place for people who want to try something off beat. You will also find coral gardens which are considered to be one of the much appreciated beauty of these beaches which was once completely eroded due to tsunami.



    Highlights: The beach should be ideally visited during the Hikkaduwa beach fest which usually takes place during the month of July and August. This fest is conducted in an attempt to revive the charm of hippy culture. Surfing, diving and snorkelling are some of the other attractions which the beach offers.

  • Hambantota

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    The district city of Hambantota is located towards the extreme south of Sri Lanka. The city was completely destroyed by tsunami in 2004, but now it is growing up to be the 2nd major city in Sri Lanka after Colombo. Hambantota is well-known for its biodiversity. There are approximately 20 wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the entire Hambantota district. You will encounter a lot of colourful and magnificent birds in the parks and sanctuaries. Not only birds, you will find many other animals which are rare in other sanctuaries. There are some heritage sites too in Hambantota like Buddhist temples and stupas.

    Hambantota, being a city, has a happening nightlife. You can enjoy in one of the many nightclubs and bars like Café Chill Out, various hotel bars, etc. The food in Hambantota is just mouth-watering. You will get to choose from a variety of sea foods like crabs, lobsters, etc. Some of the good restaurants are Bojun Hala, Jade Garden Restaurant, and Sera.

    You must be thinking where to stay in Hambantota. Well, you have a plenty of choices to choose from. The best sea facing hotels are Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort and Spa, Peacock Beach Hotel, Hotel Camellia, and a lot more of them. If you are a shopaholic, you will get a lot of junk jewelleries, fancy showpieces, shells, etc. to buy from the road-sides. There you have malls too to hang out.




  • Hambantota Attractions

  • 01 Tangalle Beach

    Tangalle Beach
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    A perfect remedy for your wintertime blues- Tangalle Beach, which showcases a wide stretch of sandy beaches. The turquoise water complemented with the lined palm trees and soft sand is what makes the Tangalle beach the ideal place to be in. The beach,located 160kms south of Colombo also offers some of the most beautiful and breath-taking sunsets which makes it the perfect place to sit by and relax.

    If you dig a little deeper into the history of the Tangalle beach you will find that this beach was a small fishing village. Fishing, hence became the primary source of livelihood. The waves can be a bit violent which is why it is not considered an ideal place for swimming.



    Highlights: There are some off shore reefs along the North West tip of the peninsula which is one of the finest diving sites. You can indulge in snorkelling which will be both adventurous and exciting.


  • 02 Kumana National Park

    Kumana National Park
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    An unventured area to watch the beauty of wildlife and bird life, Kumana National Park or Yala East National Park is a great place of natural beauty. Spreading over an area of 35,664 hectares Kumana National Park have around 20 lagoons and reservoirs to sustain wide variety of bird life with over 200 species of birds including migratory and endemic.

    Kumana Villu, a mangrove swamp is sporadically flooded by sea water and supports varied bird activities. A number of threatened reptile species can also be spotted in the park. It also shelters some of the mammals from neighboring Yala National Park.



    Best for: Bird watching around the lagoons and tanks.

    Location: Ampara district. 391 Km away from Colombo

    Best time to visit: April to July.

    Price: Full Day Safari price is LKR 12,000 per jeep. Ticket price is LKR 2,000/LKR 1,000 per adult/child.

    Timing: Full Day Safari 5.30am to 06.00pm


  • 03 Bundala National Park

    Bundala National Park
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    Home to a number of vibrant and colourful birds, the Bundala National Park in Sri Lanka is one of the favourite destinations for bird watchers all around the world. The park spans across an area of 6216 hectare within which it shelters around 200 different bird species out of which more than 50 are migratory bird species.

    The topography is an amazing combination of scrubs, marshes, lagoons and sand dunes. Almost every species of water birds can be found in the park most of which are attracted to the lagoons.



    Best for: Watching wide assortment of bird species and their activities around the four lagoons.

    Location: 251 Km from Colombo

    Best time to visit: September to March.

    Price: Morning & Evening Safari price is LKR 7,000 per jeep. Ticket price is LKR 2,000/LKR 1,000 per adult/child.

    Timing: Morning Safari from 5.30am to 09.30am and Evening Safari from 2.30pm to 06.00pm.