Wildlife in Sri Lanka

12 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:


£2,050 pp

3 star & high season

£2,210 pp

4 star & high season


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Day 1
Overnight flight to Sri Lanka.
Day 2
This morning / afternoon you will arrive in Colombo, where you will be met by your private chauffeur guide and car. You will be taken to your accommodation where you can simply relax after your flight.
Day 3
From Colombo you will head directly to Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sri Lanka's last remaining primary forest. This journey normally takes 4 hrs. This afternoon you will enjoy a trek through Sinharaja with a local expert guide. Expect to see rare and endemic birds here; the scenery is also remarkable.
Day 4
You will leave Sinharaja this morning and will head east to Uda Walawe National Park, an area famed for its lowland grassland and herds of wild elephant. The journey here should take no more than 2.5 hrs. This afternoon you will visit the Elephant Transit Home.
Day 5
Today you will experience a morning jeep safari and an afternoon jeep safari inside Uda Walawe National Park, home to a landscape often compared to the savannahs of Africa. There's a healthy population of elephant here, so expect to see some on your travels.
Day 6
Today you will leave Uda Walawe and you will travel with your chauffeur guide further east to Yala National Park. We find this journey normally takes 2 to 3 hours. Spend your afternoon at leisure.
Day 7
You will experience a morning jeep safari and an afternoon jeep safari inside Yala National Park today, an area famed for leopards, birds and sloth bear.
Day 8
This morning you will be driven around the coast to Tangalle, a beautiful beachside location. This journey often takes 2.5 hours without stops. On the way you might like to visit Bundala National Park, which is a haven for wetland bird life. Greater flamingo have been spotted here and it's also a great place to see wild elephant.
Day 9
Enjoy today relaxing on the beach.
Day 10
Enjoy today relaxing on the beach. This evening you will be taken to Rekawa Beach; this is a breeding ground for five species of marine turtle and if you are lucky you can see them hatch.
Day 11
Today you will head 1.5hrs around the coast to Galle, a 17th century fort and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can either stay inside the fort or along the idyllic beaches nearby.
Day 12
If you are visiting between December and April you may want to enjoy our Whale Watching Boat Trip, as this area attracts both blue and sperm whales. This is a rare opportunity to see these remarkable creatures.
Day 13
This morning you will be driven back up to Colombo for your flight home after a wonderful wildlife focussed journey through Sri Lanka.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Our 12-day ‘Wildlife in Sri Lanka’ tour is absolutely perfect for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts who also want some relaxation on the beach after safari time. Sri Lanka has an incredibly high concentration of national parks considering its size and also a region of untouched primary rainforest. It’s home to a high density of wild elephant and leopard, and has a huge variety of migratory and endemic birds.

The tour starts with a night upon arrival in the fishing town of Negombo only 20 mins from the airport, although Colombo city and Mt Lavinia are also great options! The following day you visit Udawalawe National Park, a wild area home to elephants, followed by Yala, a coastal national park with a great population of leopard and the nearby local village of Tissamaharama where you can experience traditional activities like buffalo curd making, fishing and Palmyrah weaving. The trip also includes some time on the beach where you can visit a turtle hatchery and go on a whale and dolphin watching boat trip. If you are a keen bird watcher, the nearby Bundala National Park is an easy reach on this itinerary and really is a hidden gem. This really is an extraordinary journey and is the perfect alternative to the more expensive African safari!

1 nt Negombo – 1 nt Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve – 1 nt Udawalawe National Park – 2 nts Yala National Park – 3 nts Tangalle Beach – 2 nts Galle

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