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Highlights of Sri Lankan Wildlife

Overview

This wildlife sojourn through Sri Lanka allows visitors to experience Sri Lankan Leopards in their natural habitat, endemic birds of Sri Lanka and the iconic Blue Whales off the coast of Mirissa. Experience game drives at the famous Yala and Wilpattu national parks. Look for endemic birds of Sri Lanka at the pristine rainforest of Sinharaja. Set off to look for blue whales from the southern tip of Mirissa and see these gentle giants glide through the Indian Ocean. Round up the wildlife experience with a short cultural outing at Anuradhapura.



Trip Highlights

  • Spot the blue whale off the coast of Mirissa
  • Visit the elephant sanctuary Sri Lanka has
  • Safari at the Yala National Park, spot leopards
  • Visit Anuradhapura, which was the First Royal Kingdom of the Cholas
  • Visit Sinharaja Rainforest for endemic birds



ITINERARY - 13 Days

Day 1

Arrival at Ratnapura

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Our representative will host you at your arrival in the waiting area of Colombo airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will help you with all the formalities. It usually takes 2 hours for us to transfer you to the hotel, travel time mostly depends on the traffic.

Day 2

Ratnapura to Sinharaja

Wake up to the sound of birds chirping, at your hotel located at the boundary of the rainforest. The green hills are known to attract many birds to the lake. Post breakfast, you will be guided towards the Sinharaja Rainforest en-route visiting the city of Ratnapura. As the name suggests, the city is known for its gems and is the heart of the gem industry in Sri Lanka. Opt for visiting a gem mine of your choice to gain insight information about it. You may find many gem industries in the city. The museum is also worth visiting.

Day 3

Sinharaja RainForest

Post breakfast, get ready for the adventure of exploring the Sinharaja Rainforest. The Sinharaja Rainforest is a treasure of wilderness and natural wonders waiting to be discovered. Visitors are welcomed in the rainforest with the buzzing noises of insects and chirping of birds, with a thick air of humidity. The World Heritage Site is regarded as a hotspot region in Sri Lanka due to its tropical rainforests and biosphere. Post lunch, encounter the local communities that are dependent on the rainforest for their livelihood, and enjoy the special Kitul Palm Syrup made by these communities too!

leopard trails camp in wilpattu national park, sri lanka

Day 4

Sinharaja > Galle > Mirissa

Today you will be traveling to Galle, driving past some beautiful mountain ranges and low land tea plantations. Galle Dutch Fort is situated in the southern part of Sri Lanka. Galle serves as the best example of a fortified city built by the Europeans in the regions of South and Southeast Asia. The fortified city depicts interactions between the European styled architectures and south Asian traditions. This site is the largest fortress in Asia constructed by the Europeans.

Day 5

Mirissa: Blue Whale Watching

Marissa is the most reliable site in Sri Lanka to spot the Blue Whale. Also, the best site to spot the Sperm Whales as well. Blue Whales are the largest mammals on Earth, up to 33 meters long and weigh about 150-180 tons. Enjoy your day at the beach or continue to explore the fishing village of Weligama. Here you can spot the Stilt Fisherman as well.

Day 6

Mirissa > Kalametiya > Yala

Post breakfast, you will be transferred to a boat trip around the Kalametiya region to en-route Yala. Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is a large area with many lagoons, grassy areas, mangrove swamps, and scrub jungle. This is home to many wetland birds namely the Slaty-breasted Crake, Grey Goose, Black Bittern, and many more! If you save up on time you can opt for the safari at the Yala National Park known for its leopard trails Sri Lanka.

herd of elephants in water hyacinth in wasgamuwa national park, sri lanka

Day 7

Yala National Park

Today you are going to experience 2 game drives, one early in the morning and the second in the afternoon to discover the Yala National Park. The leopard trails Sri Lanka in the Yala National Park are well known across Asia. The best time to spot the leopards roaming around the park is early in the morning. Yala is home to nearly 32 mammals including the leopards, elephants, wild boar, spotted deer, water buffalo, and golden jackal. You can also spot many crocodiles here that are the Estuarine Crocodile, Mugger Crocodiles, and Common Monitor.

Day 8

Yala > Udawalawe > Wasgamuwa

After a scrumptious breakfast, you are going to visit the Udawalawe National Park Elephant Transit Home on your way to Wasgamuwa. The Elephant Transit Home is an elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka where orphan elephants are treated, raised, and released to the wild. It is also located at Udawalawe. Tourists can witness how the elephants are treated twice per day. The number of elephants exceeds 40 in number, many of which are calves and juveniles. Continue your journey towards the Wasgamuwa National Park.

Day 9

Wasgamuwa National Park

Get ready to explore the Wasgamuwa National Park in the morning. Wasgamuwa is covered with large wilderness but is least explored due to its remoteness. Wasgamuwa is derived from an ancient word that means a place for bears. Wasgamuwa National Park is home to 23 species of reptiles and mammals. Known for the high abundance of the sloth bears and for housing the largest Asian species of elephants, the "marsh elephant." There are about 143 species of birds that have been found in the region, 35 reptile species, 52 species of butterflies, and 17 species of fish. Wasugamuwa complements many predators, bears being particularly noteworthy.

male leopard on a tree staring directly at camera in yala national park, sri lanka

Day 10

Wasgamuwa > Anuradhapura > Wilpattu

Post breakfast, you will be traveling to the sacred city of Anuradhapura. The city is home to many palaces, monasteries, dagobas, and monuments. It is evident that it is one of the greatest civilizations in the world. Anuradhapura was the First Royal Kingdom that lasted nearly 1500 years; it was abandoned later after the invasion of the South Indian Cholas in 993.

Day 11

Wilpattu National Park

Today we take 2 safari rides, one early in the morning and the other in the afternoon to explore Wilpattu National Park. It is the oldest and largest National Park in Sri Lanka covering 140,000 hectares of forest cover and coastal belt to the West. This place is known for the best leopard trails Sri Lanka. The wetland has many shallow lakes known as Villus. The Lakes are an important part of the ecosystem.

Day 12

Wilpattu > Negombo

Opt for a safari at Wilpattu National Park. Travel to Negombo in the afternoon.

waterfall amidst the jungles of sinharaja rainforest, sri lanka

Day 13

Negombo > Departure

Take a flight back to your hometown on your way to departure.



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