Into The Wild at Yala National Park – An Adventure-filled Journey

From elusive leopards and wild elephants to mischievous monkeys and birds with vibrant plumage, the Yala National Park offers an unforgettable journey into the wilds of Sri Lanka.

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Getting There

Yala National Park is approximately 243 km from the commercial capital Colombo and about 36 km from the town of Tissa. Ideally, look to stay at a Yala hotel right near the park which will make it convenient to plan your visit.

Planning Safaris

Apart from September and October, the rest of the year is great for visiting Yala. Early morning and afternoons or early evenings are prime times for catching sight of wildlife. For something unique, you can even try night safaris offered by the likes of Cinnamon Wild Yala which uses special night vision goggles and infrared technology!

Wild Encounters

Boasting the highest leopard density in the world, Yala is a prime place for a leopard safari. On your adventures, you may also see sloth bears, elephants, wild water buffalos, spotted deer and toque macaques. There are around 215 bird species here as well with the endemic Sri Lankan junglefowl, Sri Lanka grey hornbill and black-capped bulbul amongst the avifauna highlights.

A Bit of History

The Yala National Park is also home to the historic Sithulpawwa Rock Temple which dates back to the second century BC. You can explore this sacred site home to chapter houses, dagobas, ancient caves and age-old murals which lend to the charm of a safari at the park.

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A Trip to 18th Century Al Zubara in The North of Qatar – Gateway into the Past

Al Zubarah Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and nearby, you’ll find Al Zubarah Fort. This deserted, walled town dates back to the 17th century. A trip to the fort will take about an hour from Doha but is well worth the drive.

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A brief history

The town of Al Zubarah, in the late 18th century and early 19th century, flourished as a pearling and trading centre. In 1911, Al Zubarah was mostly destroyed and abandoned until the early 20th century and now consists of remains of the town. During the peak years, Al Zubarah had as many as 9000 people calling it home. Al Zubarah was declared a protected area in 2009.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

1 and a half hours from Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara is where you’ll find this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was in 2013 that the Al Zubarah Archaeological site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. There are three main features; the archaeological remains of the town, the settlement of Qal’at Murair and finally, Al Zubarah, the most prominent of all.

Work underway

As of now, there is work going on to protect these sites against the harsh conditions of the desert and coast. Along with new displays being put up, a viewing platform in the northwest tower is also being built for a great aerial view of the archaeological site. Take a break from visiting Doha hotels and take a trip to the past!

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Uluwatu Temple – The Majestic Sea Temple in Bali: the Iconic Remains

The Uluwatu Temple is a Hindu Temple that is held as a precious piece of culture by the locals. All who visit are left in wonder at its daring location and the awe-inspiring backdrop of the ocean. Here are a few things that you might find interesting enough to make you visit the place on your next vacation!

Culture and heritage

As the legend goes, the Uluwatu Temple was built by a Hindu priest. This place of worship is dedicated to the gods of the sea. The word “ulu” means edge and the word “watu” means cliff (thus the name of the temple). Today, the temple is one of the most significant 6 holy temples of Bali.

Architecture

The Main shrine and the stone gate that has been decorated with carvings of flowers is the oldest part of the temple that dates back to the 10th century. Furthermore, the archaic stone structure of various spirits and gods protecting the temple are beautiful enough to leave you amazed at the entire scene!

Tips for when you visit

Since it is Balinese tradition for men and women to wear a sarong and sash when entering a temple, at the entrance to the attraction you are give a purple sarong. But remember, its not for keeps! The ideal time to visit will be early morning when crowds are less, well, if you think you can handle the crowd then head over towards afternoon and make sure to feast your eyes on the fantastic sunset. Bali resorts offering comfortable facilities, such as those belonging to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas are good accommodation options.

Caution! Monkeys!

Its best you leave valuables back in your hotel room or vehicle as these seemingly innocent creatures might just get their hands on them! The monkeys here are known to leap right off the branch and on to your shoulders and open you backpack in search of a tiny snack. Also, keep a tight hold on your phones and sunglasses too.

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