Wildlife Experience

Sri Lanka’s wildlife ranges from wild elephants and leopards to sea turtles and a vast variety of birds. Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park is known to have the highest density of leopards in the world. National parks and bird sanctuaries, particularly in the southern and central zones, have the best opportunities to see animals in their natural habitat. Stay alert for a sighting of the endangered sloth bear or leopard, watch hundreds of elephants feeding and washing in a tank or lagoon during “the gathering”; or be amazed by the egg laying sea turtles.

12 Nights 13 Days
Highlights
DAY 01
Colombo

Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, collect your baggage, meet and greet with the chauffeur guide, and proceed on your tour of the island. The group will be transferred to Colombo. Check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy a city tour in the evening and return to your accommodation in Colombo.

Overnight in Colombo.
DAY 02
Colombo – Sinharaja

After enjoying your breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Sinharaja. Upon arrival at Sinharaja, check in and relax at the hotel. Leave for a Bird watching trail in the evening.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a UNESCO world heritage site, a bio diversity hotspot and is also the last viable remnant of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rain forests. There are around 130 bird species in the forest of which 33 are endemic to Sri Lanka.

Overnight in Sinharaja.
DAY 03
Sinharaja - Tissamaharama - Bundala

Enjoy your meals at the hotel and proceed to Tissamaharama. Bounded by bounded by lovely expanses of paddy fields, ancient irrigation systems and dagobas, Tissamaharama is a city worth touring. Evening enjoy a jeep safari at Bundala National Park.

Bundala National Park is situated on a flat terrain and spreads in an area of 6216 that consists of mainly of dry thorny scrublands, marshes and four brackish lagoons.

Overnight in Tissamaharama.
DAY 04
Tissamaharama - Yala - Tissamaharama

Leave for jeep safari at Yala National Park with packed breakfast.

Yala National Park is a glorious look into Sri Lanka’s wildlife, and stands as an unparalleled testament to the diversity of the island. For centuries, this incredible destination has been revered as one of the best destinations to explore the beauty of the wild, from leopards, sloth bears, elephants, and reptiles to a whole host of birdlife that can be seen in Yala

Spend the evening at leisure.

Overnight in Tissamaharama.
DAY 05
Tissamaharama - Yala - Tissamaharama

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at leisure. Evening enjoy a jeep safari at Yala National Park.

Overnight in Tissamaharama.
DAY 06
Tissamaharama – Udawalawe

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Udawalawe. En-route stop at the Tissa Tank for Bird watching. Evening enjoy a jeep safari at the Udawalawe National Park.

Udawalawe National Park is an area of 31,800 hectares, which is internationally renowned for its large herd of elephants, the park is also known for several species of Deer, Wild Boar, the dangerous Wild Buffalo, Jackal and very rare sightings of Leopard.

Overnight in Udawalawe.
DAY 07
Udawalawe – Kitulgala

Early morning leave for a jeep safari at Udawalawe National Park. Thereafter, proceed to Kitulgala.

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream and also popular as a location for adventure-based training programs.

Evening enjoy bird watching in Kitulgala village.

Overnight in Kitulgala.
DAY 08
Makandawa

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and leave for Bird watching at Makandawa Rainforest Patch. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Kitulgala.
DAY 09
Kitulgala - Habarana - Minneriya - Habarana

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Habarana.

Located in the north central part of the island, Habarana is a part of Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Thanks to the genius of our ancient kings dating as far as the 05th Century AD, the Sri Lankan Dry Zone is anything but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs which are connected by an elaborate network of canals making up an old but great irrigation system. Aside from the benefit for agriculture and industry, the waterworks of the dry zone provide some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for the islands incredible bio-diversity.

Evening enjoy a jeep safari at the Minneriya National Park.

Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Overnight in Habarana.
DAY 10
Habarana - Sigiriya Bird Sanctuary - Kalpitiya

Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Kalpitiya. En-route visit the Sigiriya Bird Sanctuary.

Bird Watching in Sigiriya Sanctuary and Habarana Jungle. Surrounding of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a designated forest reserve and is a very good birding destination. Sigiriya sanctuary is a well-protected area as it is a UNECO World Heritage Site, waterways and thick canopied forests make it a heaven for birds.

Overnight in Kalpitiya.
DAY 11
Kalpitiya Dolphin Watching - Anawilundawa Wetland - Kalpitiya

Leave for Dolphin watching with packed breakfast.

Our base for Dolphin watching is located off the west coast of the island. This stretch of beach is largely undeveloped. The beach remains pristine except for a few small fishing villages. The villages in this area are very unique with small tent like homes built completely (walls and roof) of woven palm leaves. Each tiny home is divided by neat fences also made of palm leaves. The ashy grey of the dried palm leave, the surplus of stray goats and the presence of donkeys makes this area different to any other in Sri Lanka!

Evening visit the Anawilundawa Wetland.

Overnight in Kalpitiya.
DAY 12
Kalpitiya - Negombo

Enjoy the breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Negombo.

The sea and catamarans are the backdrop of the Negombo scenery. Take a leisurely walk in the area to explore the various trinket shops that occupy this fishing village. You may visit the Negombo lagoon and a fish auction, and make an unforgettable visit the Dutch fort and an old Catholic Church.

Overnight in Negombo.
DAY 13

Check out and proceed to Bandaranaike International Airport to catch your departure flight.