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Canoeing on Yodakandiya Lake in Yala/Tissamaharama

Imagine making your way past grass banks where crocodiles can be seen sunning themselves in the warmth of the sun’s rays. Imagine embarking on a canoeing adventure along the scenic waters of the Yodakandiya River which is easily accessible to those staying at nearby Yala national park hotels. Of all the hotels Yala Sri Lanka has to offer, Jetwing Yala would be a wonderful abode to consider coming home to after indulging in the pleasures of canoeing.

When in your canoe you would do well to explore the tiny islands that scatter the lake. From these isles the one would be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of Yala and Tissamaharama all at once. Should you be heading out in the morning then you are bound to come across the local fishermen who patiently await their day’s catch. While you’re at it, why not savour the rich aromas of a cup of Ceylon Tea served with your favourite selection of traditional sweetmeats and snacks. The best way to truly appreciate the lake and all it has to offer is to go with a guide who will offer valuable insights and keep your canoe from drifting off.


Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.