The 14-day tour will take you to explore the natural and cultural wonders of Sri Lanka and observe the beauty of the island's wildlife. During the tour, you will visit wonderful national parks, breathtaking mountain sceneries, pristine beaches as well as the fascinating historical highlights in Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. From whale watching to tea plantations, this tour has it all! The rates include accommodation in gorgeous 4 and 5 star boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts and all-inclusive safari camp sites.
The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Meet your driver-guide at the Bandaranaike International Airport and drive to your hotel in the small nearby town of Negombo. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in this coastal town, take a stroll on the beach or walk along the canals to reach a lagoon abundant with marine life. Here, fishermen have been harvesting lobsters, crabs, and prawns for centuries, and held their fish market.
Today, you will head to Wilpattu.Covering an area of over 130,000 hectares, Wilpattu is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park has got its name from the tens of floodplain lakes, called 'villus' in Sinhala, and has an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna. It is home to over 30 mammal species, including leopard, sloth bear, Sri Lankan elephant and spotted deer. After checking in to the safari camp site, you will be taken for an afternoon safari in the national park. In the evening at the campsite, a delicious BBQ dinner will be served in the most beautiful setting under stars.
Early in the morning, you will proceed to Wilpattu National Park for a full day safari. Packed breakfast and lunch will be served along the way in the serene landscapes of Wilpattu.
After having breakfast at the campsite, you will head to Anuradhapura and visit the great wonders of this truly archeological city that was the first established kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka. Founded in the 377 BC, Anuradhapura is renowned also as one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Today, with large number of ancient monuments and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is one of the best places to discover the great Sinhala civilization that flourished in this region. Later on in the afternoon, you will proceed to Sigiriya where you will stay overnight.
After the breakfast, you will proceed to Sigiriya and visit the magnificient Rock Fortress, built by the young King Kasyapa in 5th century. Combining baffling architectural features and sensual artistic values, the Lion Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as nominated to be the eighth wonder of the world — along with the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids. Leisure time in the afternoon, and overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa. The city, with its ruins in a resplendent state of preservation, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dotted with palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. It is also an extraodinary location to get familiar with several species of monkeys, and a naturalist will be there to lead you to their kingdom! After the visit, you will proceed to the east coast and check in to a beach hotel in Pasikudah.
Pasikudah is known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow reef coastline in the world. You can walk kilometers into the sea because the water is only a few inches deep, and the current is relatively weak compared to the rest of Sri Lanka's coasts. The barrier reef is home to a variety of tropical fish as well as offering sightings of whales, dolphins, manta rays, reef sharks and other exotic sea creatures. This underwater habitat provides a perfect spots for diving and snorkeling.
After breakfast, your journey will continue to the beautiful city of Kandy, the capital of the Central Province nestled amidst three mountain ranges. In the afternoon, you will visit the Temple of the Tooth. This temple is very sacred for Buddhists as it contains a relic of the Buddha.
Today, you will visit the Udawatta Kele Forest early in the morning when the nature is just about wake up to the new day. The 104 hectares large, Udawatta Kele is known as a birder’s paradise with its plethora of bird species and easy accessibility. Apart from the birds the forest is also home to other animals including toque macaque, wild boar, fishing cat and water monitor lizards. There are around 460 plant species in this forest which makes it an important site for botanists and researchers. After the nature trail, and a packed breakfast, you will head to Nuwara Eliya, the famous 'Little England' of Sri Lanka, located in the heart of the Tea Country.
Ceylon Tea is undoubtedly the best tea in the world and In Nuwara Eliya, you will have a chance to see the entire process, from tea bush to teapot. When driving through the plantations, you will see the colorfully 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. After the visit in a tea factory, your journey will continue towards Yala National Park, famous for its high concentration of leopards.
Early in the morning, you will proceed to Yala National Park for a full day safari with packed breakfast and lunch. Covering almost 1000 square kilometers, Yala is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Leopards are the stars here, but the park is also home to the large herds of elephants as well as to the spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. The birdlife is fantastic too. Over 215 species of birds have been recorded in Yala, with six being endemic to Sri Lanka.
Today, you will go for a birding safari in Bundala, a fantastic wetland sanctuary that shelters thousands of colourful birds ranging from little bee-eaters to grotesque open-billed storks. In total, this wildlife wonderland covering 62-sq-km area, is home to 150 species of birds with many imigrating species arriving between August and April. It’s also a winter home to the greater flamingo, and it is possible to see over 1500 flamingos at once! After the visit, and packed breakfast will be served by the sand dunes, your journey will continue to Mirissa, the beautiful beach town on the south coast.
In the entire world, the south coast of Sri Lanka boasts one of the very best places to see Blue Whales, and the season is longer than anywhere else. From November to April, when the whales are on their annual migratory route from the Horn of Africa up to the Arabian Sea, they can be seen in the waters around Sri Lanka. Sperm Whales with pods as well as other cetacean species, such as bryde’s whale, dwarf sperm whale, spinner dolphin, striped dolphin and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin, can be seen also. The departure for the whale watching excursion is around 6:00 am from the Mirissa harbor with packed breakfast, and afterwards, you may spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach.
Breakfast at the hotel and check out before noon. Transfer to the airport depending on your flight schedule.
The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|2 People||4 People||6 People|
|Price per person in Single Room May 2017 to 30th October 2017||£4,200||£3,950||£3,870|
|Price per person in Double Room, from 1st May 2017 to 30th October 2017||£2,760||£2,510||£2,430|
|Price per person in Triple Room, from 1st May 2017 to 30th October 2017||£2,360||£2,280|
|Price per person in Single Room, from 1st November 2017 to 30th April 2018||£4,780||£4,550||£4,470|
|Price per person in Double Room, from 1st November 2017 to 30th April 2018||£3,110||£2,870||£2,790|
|Price per person in Triple Room, from 1st November 2017 to 30th April 2018||£2,680||£2,600|