Sri Lanka may not be the most obvious choice as a safari destination but Yala and Udawalawe National Parks are two of Sri Lanka’s best-kept secrets. It is a safari experience that feels too good to be true, considering that you are thousands of miles away from Africa. The entire island is dominated year-round by seasonal monsoon rain, which creates a mixed landscape between rainforest and dry forest eco-regions. The drier northern plains belong to the Deccan thorn scrub forest eco-region that extends all the way up to South India.
Welcome to the breathtaking lovely paradise of Sri Lanka. Our team representative will pick you from the Colombo International Airport (CMB). Then proceed to Negombo. You can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax.
After breakfast proceeds to Wilpattu. Enroute visit Anawilundawa bird sanctuary. This is generally unknown of outside of bird watching circles. Indeed, there are over 150 species of birds known to inhabit the sanctuary. A total of 20 species of mammals have also been recorded here, including the Toque Monkey, five threatened species of Slender Loris, Rusty Spotted Cat, Fishing Cat and the Indian Otter. 74 species of butterflies are also known to breed here. Afternoon, you will be escort to the Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu national park is well worth as a standalone attraction as it records the second-highest leopard density in Sri Lanka, after Yala. Wilpattu national park is home to 31 mammals including the Sri Lankan sloth bear, water buffalo, spotted deer, ruddy mongoose, mugger crocodile, Bengal monitors, and mouse deer, all of which are threatened species.
Third day after early breakfast, you will proceed to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s greatest examples of ancient architecture, showcases ageless Sri Lankan ingenuity in the shape of fortified moats and beautiful water gardens with sophisticated irrigation systems typical of our early kings. Afternoon, you will be escort to the Minneriya National Park. Minneriya Nationa park located in the district of Polonnaruwa (Pulathisi Pura) of North Central Province Sri Lanka middle of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle, is well known for its amazing elephant gathering which is one of Asia's best animal experiences.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Kandy. Firstly, you will proceed to temple of the tooth relic. This temple houses the venerated left canine Tooth of the Buddha. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. Thousands of pilgrims regularly visit Kandy in memory of Buddha, which gives the city a religious atmosphere. Afternoon, you will be taken to Peradeniya Royal botanical garden. The gardens are home to over 4000 separate types of plants, known to be among the largest in Asia. The highlight is the impressive array of Orchid and the majestic line of palm trees. In addition to a variety of flowering plant species, there is also a wide array of medicinal plants and herbs that can be found around the gardens during your stroll. After that, you will be able to enjoy a city tour and cultural show.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit Udawaththakele Forest Reserve. Udawattakele forest reserve which translates to “the garden above the royal palace” is home to a varying number of flora and fauna species. One of the most accessible parts of the park is that it is well sheltered by the varying canopy, so you can find shade whenever you need it. Afternoon you will be taken to Galway’s Land National Park. Sri Lanka is home to a staggering number of national parks. There are just a few well-known national parks in the city, and Galway’s Land National Park is one of the smallest. Biodiversity is created as a result of the coexistence of several exotic birds and animals. If you like being in the middle of nature, this is a must-see in Nuwara Eliya. There are roughly 20 uncommon migratory bird species and 30 local species in the park, spread across 27 acres.
After breakfast, and you will be taken to Horton Plains. Horton Plains Trekking is all about walking through spellbinding grasslands, cloud forests, and evergreen forests. Trekking in Horton Plains takes you closer to an array of flora and fauna. About 750 plant species, 87 bird species, 24 mammal species, and nine reptile species to explore through trekking in stunning Horton Plains. Evening, You can enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax.
After breakfast proceed to Ella. Morning you will be driven Ella Rock. One of Ella’s wonders is the Ella Rock. Ella rock is a huge rocky peak that looms over Ella town. It is a moderate level tropical hike. The views from the top of Ella rock on a clear day are nothing less than rewarding. Little Adam’s peak is a pyramid-shaped rock located opposite the relatively huge Ella rock. Nonetheless, it offers amazing views of the Ella rock, Rawana falls and surrounding valleys. Afternoon you will proceed to Demodara nine arch bridge. This beautiful colonial railway bridge made of brick, which is a really nice place for photo lovers. When one stands underneath it and looks up there is a beautiful sight of ‘nine skies’ through the nine arches, hence it’s called as Nine Skies Bridge.
After breakfast proceed to Udawalawa National Park. En route visit Udawalawa Elephant Transit home. The Udawalawe elephant transit home (Ath athuru sevana) is an important facility that cares for abandoned calves and injured elephants until they are fit enough to survive in the wild. After you will proceed to Udawalawa national Park. Udawalawe National Park which is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. An Asian elephant herd, no less than 250, is permanently residing at Udawalawe national park. The park is capable of sustaining large numbers of elephants because of its abundant water sources. Hundreds of elephants annually migrate to the park from nearby protected areas as well. Udawalawe national park was created for elephants displaced by the construction of the adjoining Udawalawe reservoir.
After breakfast proceed to Yala National Park. It is a huge land area of lagoons and grasslands, making it a perfect and lusty living home for various animal species. The Yala Safari takes you closer to all this glory. Known as the world’s leopard kingdom, Yala is also the home of many other captivating mammals. Yala National Park Safari is a perfect wildlife experience in all terms; 215 bird species, 44 mammal species, 47 reptile species, 18 amphibian species, and 21 fish species live in Yala. All these facts and figures are remarkable in any wildlife safari standards. The elephant herd of Yala may contain up to 350 individuals; again, it is also one of the highest recorded elephants in one place. About 25 individual leopards wander in block one.
Early morning transfer to Bundala national park is one of the best places in Sri Lanka for bird watching. More than 197 birds are so far recorded inside the park, among which 58 are migratory birds. Some of the other wildlife seen frequently at Bundala national park are the Sri Lankan elephant, toque macaque, tufted grey langur, Sri Lankan leopard, golden jackal, ruddy mongoose, spotted deer, rusty spotted cat, mouse deer, Indian pangolin, estuarine crocodile and mugger crocodiles. It is listed as an important international Ramsar wetland. Afternoon, you will be taken to Sinharaja Rain Forest. Sinharaja rain forest trek is easily tops the best rainforest treks in Sri Lanka. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. Sinharaja rainforest is unique as an eco-system that is made up of a wide range of tropical flora and fauna.
After breakfast, you will be taken to Sinharaja Rain Forest to see the morning beauty. After experiencing the highlights of Sri Lanka, our driver will pick up you and drive you to Colombo to fly back home.