Sri Lanka Wildlife Tours
A comprehensive, comfortably phased wildlife tour in Sri Lanka for UK 2298 USD per person with overnight stays at handpicked wilderness accommodations. All breakfasts, five lunches, seven dinners, scheduled safaris, walks with naturalists and dedicated chauffeur included. Also available as a private tour.
An unhurried but comprehensive wildlife holiday with select accommodations situated close to nature, with all the important wildlife highlights in Sri Lanka. Safaris and walks are conducted with some of the top naturalists in the country.
Once you arrive in Sri Lanka, you will get a taste of its stunning beaches with an overnight stay at the Ranweli Holiday Village in Waikkal, a short drive north from the airport. You can enjoy a quiet birding boat trail to explore the surrounding environs.
Your first transfer will be to the Wilpattu National Park where you will go on safaris and night walks to spot exotic species of animals. Get your first taste of Big Game Tented Camping on the outskirts of the park which will be a feature throughout the tour.
We will whisk you away to the hill capital of Kandy which is a transit location but serves up some of the best cultural and historical attractions. Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and soak in the unique culture of this city.
The Udawalawe National Park is next on the list as it offers visitors the best chance to see Asian elephants in the wild. Warm your heart with a visit to the Elephant Transit Home where some of the less fortunate elephants are rehabilitated and released.
Then it’s on to the Yala National Park with a quick stopover at Bundala, which is famous for its exotic bird population including the majestic Greater Flamingos. Yala is considered the best place in the world to see the Sri Lankan leopard as well as Sloth Bears.
A couple of days in Mirissa would do wonderfully before your flight back home as it affords you some time to unwind and reflect. Go on a whale watching tour to see Blue and Sperm Whales and enjoy the golden beaches on offer in this coastal town in the south of Sri Lanka.
Day 01 : Airport –Waikkal(B)
Your chauffeur will meet you at the Bandaranaike International Airport upon your arrival and drive you to your hotel. Dinner and an overnight stay has been organised at the Ranweli Holiday Village situated just a short 45 minute drive away from the airport. Depending on your time of arrival you can spend the rest of the day enjoying this beautiful beachside resort. The hotel offers traditional ayurvedic massages which you could opt to have. Lounge on the beach and soak up the sun at this tranquil resort to get rid of your travel weariness.
Day 02 : Waikkal –Wilpattu (B/D)
Enjoy a peaceful birding boat trail along the waterways near your hotel in the morning. Learn about the unique ecosystem that surround this tranquil area and explore the awe-inspiring mangroves that serve as a home to a number of species of birds, amphibians and reptiles. Discover a dazzling array of indigenous aquatic and terrestrial plants. You will then be transferred to the Big Game Camp in Wilpattu which shoulders the national park. Go on an evening safari at the less-frequented Wilpattu National Park and get your wildlife adventure off to a rewarding start. Dinner and an overnight stay has been organised at the Big Game Tented Camp.
Day 03 : Wilpattu (B/L/D)
A full-day safari with a packed breakfast and lunch has been organised for you. The Wilpattu National Park is the oldest and largest national wildlife park in the country and gives visitors the chance to spot the elusive Sri Lankan leopard. The Sri Lanka Sloth Bear has also become a highlight of the park and is commonly seen during the Palu season from June to July. After dinner you have the option of taking a night walk with the resident naturalist where you will learn about the park’s nocturnal animals. Ring-tailed Civet Cats, Rusty-spotted Cats, Gray Slender Lorises, owls and chameleons are some of the highlights on this trail.
Day 04 : Wilpattu(B/L/D)
Another full-day safari with a packed breakfast and lunch has been organised for you on day 4. Enjoy the various species of animals that call this special wildlife park their home. Due to the fact that the park was closed to visitors for an extended period of time, it holds some of its virgin appeal which has become a part of its special charm. This national park has 31 species of mammals including elephants, water buffalo and Sambar deer. It is also a safe haven for several species of endemic, resident and migratory birds such as the Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Painted Stork and White Ibis.
Day 05 : Wilpattu– Kandy(B)
Following an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the hill capital of Kandy as a transit destination. Kandy is a city steeped in history and culture which holds a special religious significance to Buddhists. Explore some of the city’s many tourist attractions including the Temple of the Tooth Relic which houses the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha. An overnight stay has been organised at the serene Samadhi Centre, situated away from the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Between August and September, you will be transferred instead to Habarana where you can enjoy an evening safari at the Minneriya National Park where ‘The Gathering’ of elephants is considered the largest seasonally recurring concentration of wild elephants found in the world.
Day 06 : Kandy (B)
A morning nature trail has been organised for you on Day 6 while you have the option of enjoying some of the Samadhi Centre’s more indulgent services. This includes a traditional ayurvedic treatment which will reinvigorate you and relieve you of any fatigue. These indigenous treatment methods have been passed down from generation to generation and are an integral part of Sri Lankan culture. This tranquil hotel is the perfect place to recharge and prepare for the next phase of your wildlife adventure.
Day 07 : Kandy –Udawalawe(B/D)
On day 7 you will be transferred to Udawalawe which is a 5 to 6 hour drive. You will leave early to visit the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe which plays a vital role in the elephant conservation effort. Abandoned, injured or orphaned elephants are rehabilitated and released back into the wild at the transit home. You will be able to observe these wonderful creatures from a safe distance as it is priority to limit human contact. Dinner and an overnight stay has been organised at the Big Game Tented Camp bordering the Udawalawe National Park which offers an authentic Sri Lankan tented camp experience.
Day 08 : Udawalawe (B/L/D)
You will be taken on a morning safari at the Udawalawe National Park which is the only place in the world where an elephant sighting is guaranteed on every drive. Herds of about 50 to 100 elephants are often seen grazing within this park’s boundaries which make it one of the best places to observe these beasts. Udawalawe is also a birding hotspot with 183 species of beautiful birds. Following the safari, you will be taken on a walk along the park’s border with your naturalist for an intimate experience with the surrounding wildlife. An evening safari is optional before dinner back at the campsite.
Day 09 : Udawalawe – Bundala – Yala(B/L/D)
You will be transferred to the Bundala National Park with a packed breakfast. This national park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory birds and harbours 197 species of birds. The park is also famous for large crocodiles and aquatic birds but the main attraction is the Greater Flamingo that migrates in large flocks. It is also among the four UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Sri Lanka making it a must-see wildlife destination. Then, you will be taken to Yala for lunch while an evening safari has been organised for you at the Yala National Park. Your overnight stay will be at the Big Game Tented Camp in Yala which will ensure you never feel far away from nature.
Day 10 : Yala(B/L/D)
The Yala National Park is one of the most celebrated wildlife parks in Sri Lanka and is simply the best place in the world to spot leopards. With a leopard density of one leopard per square kilometre, this park is the ideal location in which to film and photograph these regal wildcats. A full-day safari has been organised for you to explore the inner-workings of this nature-lover’s paradise. Head back to the campsite for dinner and another overnight stay. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can do another night walk in search of elephants, owls and toddy cats.
Day 11 : Yala – Mirissa(B)
You will leave Yala and head down south to the coastal town of Mirissa. Sri Lanka is renowned for its golden beaches and its clear blue oceans. Mirissa offers some of the best beaches in the country for you to lounge on while soaking up the sun. You will be staying at the beachside Imagine Villa Hotel which is situated close to the Mirissa beach. A couple of days of indulgence begins right here.
Day 12 : Mirissa(B)
Between November and March you can enjoy a whale watching tour early morning. You will be taken to the Mirissa harbour by 6.15 a.m. for this expedition. Sri Lanka’s waters are known to be the best for watching Blue Whales and Sperm Whales who swim to their feeding grounds between the Horn of Africa and the Bay of Bengal. Following this tour you can visit the Galle Fort which was first built by the Portuguese and then later fortified extensively by the Dutch colonists in the 17th century. It is considered an archaeological and architectural heritage monument. Then, head back to the Imagine Villa Hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 13 : Mirissa (B)
This day will be all about relaxation. Indulge yourself in a full day of lounging on the sandy beaches of Mirissa and catching a wave or two in its inviting ocean. Refresh your body, mind and soul with an uninterrupted day of rest to grant yourself some respite from the unforgettable adventures of your previous tour days.
Day 14 : Mirissa – Airport
On the last day of the tour, you will be transported back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home. Take back with you two weeks of unforgettable memories and cherished experiences gained along a measured and well-paced tour of Sri Lanka’s wildlife highlights.
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