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Ultimate Wildlife Guide

Ultimate Wildlife Experience 

This itinerary is specifically designed for Wildlife and Nature Lovers which includes some soft adventure activities like hiking and trekking with wildlife observation in National Parks by 4x4 jeeps. The tour package features the most popular National Parks in Sri lanka for the ultimate wildlife experience.

Highlights

Jeep Safari at Wilpattu National Park

Jeep Safari at Kaudulla National Park

Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park

Hiking and Trekking in Horton Plains National Park

Jeep Safari at Udawalawe National Park

Jeep Safari at Yala National Park

Day 1 - Negombo

On arrival, the clients will be met by a George Steuart chauffeur guide and transferred to a hotel in Negombo. You will spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Negombo

Day 2 - Negombo - Kalpitiya

After breakfast transfer to a Hotel in Kalpitiya. Enjoy the beautiful and calm beaches at Kalpitiya and indulge in a bit of kitesurfing (optional). 

Despite its natural beauty, the western peninsular area of Kalpitiya is remarkably untouched by tourism. For those lucky enough to visit, there~s an amazing range of things to see and do! With the fishing industry dominating the lives of the local people, visitors can get amazing insight into the working lives of this comunity. Boat rides are a pleasant way of exploring the coastline, rivers and lagoons whilst 4WD jeep rides along the deserted sand dunes between the ocean and the lagoon offer a unique experience. For keen scuba divers and snorkellers, the largest coral reef in Sri Lanka is only an hour~s boat trip from Kalpitiya. This beautiful reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish as well as offering sightings of manta rays, reef sharks and the occasional turtle!

Overnight stay in Kalpitiya.

Day 3 - Kalpitiya

Early morning, leave for a Jeep Safari at Wilpattu National Park.

Wilpattu National Park is located 25km north of Puttalam or 30km west of Anurdhapura. The park that lies on the northwest coast spans the border between North Central Province and North Western Province of Sri Lanka. Jeep Safaris are the regular norm in exploring Wilpattu National Park. While Leopards, Elephants, Sloth bear, Deer, endemic birds can be sighted easily during a half day safari, of course, the full day safari at National Park affords greater joys with wildlife.

Return to Kalpitiya for overnight stay.

Day 4 - Kalpitiya - Polonnaruwa

After breakfast transfer to Polonnaruwa. Afternoon Jeep Safari at Kaudulla National Park.

This park stands on the fringe of the ancient Kaudulla Tank and has established a 6656-hectare elephant corridor between Somawathiya Chaitiya National Park and Minneriya National Park. It is already a popular safari tour from Polonnaruwa and Habarana because of the good chance of getting up close and personal with elephants. In October there are up to 250 elephants in the park, including herds of juvenile males. There are also leopards, fishing cats, sambar deer, endangered rusty spotted cats and sloth bears.

Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa.

Day 5 - Polonnaruwa

After an early breakfast, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Afternoon Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park.

Minneriya National Park gives the opportunity to see herds of Elephants throughout the year. May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the famous Gathering of the wild elephants. It is the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world. During this period herds up to 300 elephants are seen at the 8,890 hectare park within a few square kilometers of the Minneriya Reservoir.

Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa.

Day 6 - Polonnaruwa - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast transfer to Nuwara Eliya.

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka’s ‘Little England’ in the hills where British tea planters of yesteryear recreated an English ‘country life’ of manor houses, golfing, race courses and ‘afternoon tea’ at the Hill Club. 

Enroute stop at Matale and Kandy.

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 7 - Nuwara Eliya

With packed breakfast transfer to Horton Plains National Park for Hiking and Trekking.

Horton Plains is located on Sri Lanka~s highest plateau, between altitudes of 2,000 and 2, 300m. The landscape typically consists of undulating lands covered in a tropical cloud of forests or verdant montane savannah grasslands, locally known as patannahs. Visitors to the park can follow a 10km loop that incorporates all of the spectacular features, enabling them to enjoy them while adhering to the strict rules for environment protection and nature conservation. The best time to visit is early in the morning as this is when the air is likely to be clearest so that you can enjoy the best of the views. 

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe

After breakfast transfer to Udawalawe and conduct an afternoon safari at the Udawalawe National Park.

Udawalawe is undoubtedly the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year. There are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100. Udawalawe National Park is unique in terms of consistency in numbers of elephants roaming the park. It has no a seasonal variation in herds of elephants. The best hours to visit the park are in the mornings and evenings. Late evening also affords the photographic opportunities in the backdrop of loveliest sunsets.

Overnight stay in Udawalawe.

Day 9 - Udawalawe - Tissamaharama

Early morning Jeep Safari at Udawalawe National Park. Thereafter proceed to Tissamaharama. 

Tissamaharama was founded by Prince Mahanaga in the third century BC. The settlement rose to prominence during the reign of King Kavantissa, father of King Dutugamunu. It was during this period that Tissamaharama’s three stupas and the two ancient irrigation reservoirs were built. According to the chronicles, around 12,000 Arahats (Buddhist monks) had lived in Tissamaharama and its surroundings during the era of King Kavantissa.

Overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 10 - Tissamaharama

Early morning Jeep Safari to Bundala National Park.

Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground in Sri Lanka for migratory water birds. Bundala harbors 197 species, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. In 2005 the national park was designated as abiosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 km southeast of Colombo. Return to hotel for lunch. Afternoon Jeep Safari to the Yala National Park. Yala National Park is located in the south eastern region of Sri Lanka. The entrance to the park is at Palatupana, 12km from Kirinda. The distance from Colombo to the entry point of Palatupana is 305 km. 

Overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 11 - Tissamaharama - Colombo 

After early breakfast or with packed breakfast, morning Jeep Safari at Yala National Park.

Yala National Park that consists of five blocks is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Though Yala spreads over an area of 1260 square kilometers, only one fifth of the area is open to the visitors. Four-fifths of the park is a strictly designated Natural Reserve.

Checkout and proceed to Colombo.

Overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 12 - Departure

Transfer to the Airport in time for the departure.

 

**This itinerary can be customised according to your preference. Contact Steuart Holidays for assistance** 

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