At 06:00, visit Kataragama, a sacred pilgrimage town for Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim people. Experience the pooja (a Hindu prayer ceremony), which takes place at 06:00. People from across Sri Lanka visit Kataragama to praise the deity Skanda with bells, flutes, conch shells, and offerings of fruits, gold and jewels–a very colourful event. At times you will see devotees whose skin is pierced by hooks or who walk on fire. These gestures are meant as a mark of respect to Skanda, who blessed them by bringing good fortune.
Spend the afternoon at leisure in your hotel or exploring areas of archaeological interest that are located around the ancient city of Magama (Tissa, Yala, Kirinda).
In the evening, take a safari through Yala National Park and see nocturnal animals rarely spotted in daylight. Sightings may include the grey slender Loris, a critically endangered primate, or even the cuddly golden palm civet cat.