Within 1.5 hours by car from Amanwella, a brace of national parks promise wildlife sightings to rival the most celebrated African game reserves. Wild elephant roam Udawalawe National Park, while Bundala attracts huge numbers of migratory birds. Look out for the elusive leopards at Yala.
Luxurious vehicles and expert guides ensure a world-class safari experience. Guests are also invited to combine their safari with a visit to the elephant sanctuary where hundreds of infant elephants are cared for and rehabilitated.
Sri Lanka is renowned for its surf and attracts both experienced and novice surfers year-round. The beaches near Amanwella boast a range of breaks for all levels, and the resort can arrange one-on-on lessons with experienced local surfers.
Catching your own dinner is an unforgettable experience, especially when Amanwella’s chefs will prepare your fish – whether mahi mahi, tuna, mullet, para or seer – just as you like it. At 6.00am with the sun gilding the ocean, join Wasantha, a local fisherman and father of two, and his friend Asiri, and learn the traditional handline method of fishing. (Contemporary rods are also available.) You will travel 3km offshore and fish for about two to three hours.