Sri Lanka has a small area comparatively but it has a large variety of flora and fauna that thrives in its environs. Sri Lanka is amongst the best bio-diversity hotspots in the world. Sri Lanka has 91 species of of mammals and some of them are Sri Lankan Asian Elephant, Leopard. Sloth bear, Wild Buffalo and Sambar.....and some of the rare species are Toque Macaque, Slender Loris, Purple faced Langur.
All together 26 species of cetaceans are found in the waters around Sri Lanka including Sperm Whales, Blue Whales and the beautiful lively dolphins.
Sri Lanka has 433 bird species to its fame and out of this 233 are resident species.
Please write to us for a list of items to carry for this tour. Depending upon the time of the year you travel we can suggest you the same. The electronic travel authorisation must be obtained before traveling to Sri Lanka.
Dates and Prices
Individual departures are available for this tour.
Please write to us for price details.
All visitors are required to obtain Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) from the official website http://www.eta.gov.lk before entering the country.
Sri Lanka is home to many cultures, races and languages and most part of the population os of Sinhalese ethnicity and the largest minority is of Tamils. Sri Lanka has beautiful historical monuments, national parks, serene beaches, buddhist temples, spices, Ayurveda, tea, cricket and not to forget the gem stones and of course its wildlife.
We have built some cultural;tural visits as well in this program and not just a 100% wildlife focussed. Most first time visitors like to see some cultural sites as well and keeping that in mind we have designed this tour. However if you are a return visitor to Sri Lanka and the only focus is wildlife or a certain specie then do ask us and we will suggest an itinerary accordingly.
Day 01 - Arrive Colombo....transfer to Negombo
Arrive at Colombo International Airport and our ground team will meet you and transfer you to Negombo. Upon Arrival check into the hotel.
Negombo is a historically interesting place with beautiful a beach strongly influenced by the Catholic Church and is often referred to as “Little Rome’. The lagoon at Negombo is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns. Fish auctions regularly take place on the beach and are definitely worth a look, as are the many canals which meander through the area. The city has a colorful past in that the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British all laid claim to it at different times. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese Colonial days.
Overnight at the hotel in Negombo.
Day 02 - Negombo to Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy and visit the famous Tooth temple.
Famously known worldwide as The Temple of the Tooth, Sri Dalada Maligawa dates back to the 16th century,though most of the present buildings were built in the 19th century. Venerated as the most important object in the Buddhist world, the Sacred Relic of the Tooth of Buddha is enshrined at the Temple. Brought from India 2500 years ago, it is said that the possessor of the Relic had the right to rule the country. The Relic is kept in a gold casket and stored amidst great security in the Inner Chamber. The Temple complex is made up of numerous buildings most of which are highly decorated with paintings and carvings depicting Buddha. Rich in history and tradition, the Sri Dalada Maligawa is a religious centre where daily worship is a colourful and joyful way of everyday life. At several times throughout the day different services are held and with the large numbers of worshippers present, it is clear to see why Buddhists are so piously devoted towards the Sacred Tooth Relic. Spine-tingling traditional drumming to be heard coming from the Inner Chamber, will signal that the ceremonial opening of the window for the public viewing of the casket with the Relic within is just about
to begin. We conclude our Tour before the Drumming commences.
Overnight at the hotel in Kandy.
Day 03 - Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast transfer to Nuwara Eliya and also visit the tea plantation and Tea Factory here.
Ceylon Tea is undoubtedly one of the best tea in the world. Tea is one of the main exports of Sri Lanka and to visit a working plantation gives every visitor a new perspective on this humble brew. Driving through the plantation you will see the colourfully dressed Tea-Pickers hard at work on the sloping hills abundantly lush with tea bushes. With incredible dexterity they fill several sacks of tea leaves each day, and from there you will see the entire process, from tea bush to teapot. You will get the chance to sample several varieties of tea before making your final purchase in the Tea Centre’s boutique.
Overnight at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 04 - Nuwara Eliya to Yala
Check out of the hotel and after breakfast drive to Yala.
Yala National Park is one of the most visited and it is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names also, like Ruhunu National Park for the (best known), Block 1 and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 square miles) and is located about 300 kilometers (190 miles) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Willpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938.
Overnight at the hotel in Yala.
Day 05 - Yala National park
Full Day Safari in the park with packed breakfast and lunch.
The best chance to see a leopard is usually first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. The male leopards in Yala are very confident and they are often seen walking on the tracks during the day as well. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which often provides for some excellent photographic opportunities. The hotel is very close to the park, you will be first to enter the core areas, which are best for wildlife viewing and will be able to avoid long travel time to the park entrance, queuing for permits which take place before safaris begin Even during evening safaris you will be inside until last minute and the entrance to the campsite also mimics the experience of a mini safari through the forest. Apart from the leopards there are a large number of elephants living in the park and they can be seen bathing in the numerous lakes. You can also see spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. The bird life is also fantastic and it is amazing how close you can get to them from the confines of the jeep, you can see Rosy Starlings, Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters and Common Loras and many many more birds.
Day 06 - At Yala - Full Day Safari
An early start and full day safari again at Yala and experience the exotic flora and fauna of the beautiful national park. Later in the evening return to the resort for over night stay.
Day 07 - Yala to Udawalawa
After breakfast leave for Udawalawe and go for a half day safari here.
Udawalawe National Park is approximately 90 minutes drive from Yala. The 30,821 hectare dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40 C. It is most famous its elephant population. During the visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds – adults and young, feeding and bathing or playing in the water. In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
Day 08 - Udawalawe to Sinharaja
After breakfast leave for Sinharaja and upon arrival transfer to the hotel.
Sinharaja Rain Forest
The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is among the richest virgin tropical rainforests in the world in terms of
biodiversity. Named a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988 by UNESCO, the Sinharaja Forest is home to a countless number of species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects (including rare endemic butterflies and moths) and mammals – with more being discovered every year.
Day 09 - Sinharaja to Unawatuna
Half day trek at Sinharaja and later depart for Unawatuna. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
Unawatuna wonderful opportunities for underwater exploration whatever your pleasure; from actively scuba diving deep in the ocean accompanied by schools of tropical fish to simply admiring the scene languidly from the surface through a mask and snorkel. A multitude of exotic fish, Kaleidoscopic coral reefs, mystical underwater landscapes and historic ship wrecks can be explored at several easy to get to locations off the south and west coasts of Sri Lanka.
Day 10 - At Unawatuna excursion to Galle Fort
After breakfast visit Galle Fort or do your own thing.
Galle was once the chief port of Sri Lanka. The Galle fort is a vast garrison, spanning 90 acres, which was originally built by the Portuguese and later extended by the Dutch in 1663. Their influences are evident in the eclectic architecture all around, including the famous Dutch Reformist Church. When the British took over the fort, they too added their own influences. Entering the gates of the fort you will experience a much slower pace of life compared to the frenetic movements outside the Garrison’s walls. Galle Fort is one of Sri Lanka’s 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Later return to Unwatuna hotel for night stay.
Day 11 - Unawatana to Colombo
An early breakfast and depart for the capital city Colombo. Upon arrival here transfer to your hotel and later visit the city for a half day sightseeing tour visiting the famous Independence Square, Gangaramaya Buddhist temple and Colombo National museum.
Free time to explore the city and meet the locals. Overnight at the hotel in Colombo.
Day 12 - Leave Colombo
Departure transfer to the Colombo airport and bid farewell to your driver and guide.
An extension to Wilpattu National park can be organised. Wilpattu is the largest and oldest national park in Sri Lanka and is amongst the best places to see the leopard in its natural habitat. A three or four night stay here will definitely enrich your wildlife experience to Sri Lanka.
Please write to us and ask for details and prices.
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