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WILDLIFE TOUR: Safari in Sri Lanka on this unique wildlife tour which takes in five of the beautiful Tear Drop Isle's best national parks - Wilapattu, Wasgamuwa, Gal Oya, Udawalawe and Yala. Go in search of herds of elephants, Sri Lankan sloth bears and elusive leopards, explore Dambulla's incredible cave temple, visit the Veddhas and more, in nine captivating days.

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Trip Highlights

Wilpattu National Park - Experience a tented safari in Sri Lanka's largest national park, which is renowned for its leopards
Mahiyanganaya - Visit the Veddhas, one of Sri Lanka's indigenous tribes
Udawalawe National Park - Go in search of the nation's largest herds of Asian Elephants
Gal Oya National Park - Spot wildlife on a boat safari and game drive in one of the island's best preserved and least visited national parks
Dambulla Rock Temples - Visit the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka
Yala National Park - Game drive in Yala which is home to Sri Lanka's highest population density of leopards
Colombo - Explore Sri Lanka's capital
Galle - Explore Galle Dutch Fortress

Included

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
Guided sightseeing - Dambulla Rock Temple, Galle and Colombo
Boat safari in Gal Oya
Escorted by an English speaking national guide for groups of 6 or more (professional chauffeur guide for groups of 5 or less)
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
4 nights 4-5 star hotels, 3 nights lodges and 1 night safari camp
All national park entrance fees (included, valued at USD$350)
Game drives in Wilpattu, Wasgamuwa, Gal Oya, Udawalawe and Yala National Parks
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 9

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Colombo

Colombo - Negombo. Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to our start hotel in Negombo. After you have checked in the remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at the tour briefing.
Overnight: Negombo

Day 2

Wilpattu National Park

Negombo - Wilpattu. After breakfast, we drive along Sri Lanka's picturesque coast to Wilpattu National Park. Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Wilpattu is Sri Lanka's largest national park, covering 1085 sq kms and extending inland towards the ancient city of Anuradhapura. The lakes and dense woodland of Wilpattu are home to an impressive variety of flora and fauna including sloth bears, spotted deer, wild pigs, crocodiles and leopards - Sri Lanka’s top feline predator. This afternoon we go in search of wildlife on our first game drive, by jeep. This evening, we enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner at the camp which is located close to the Southern boundary of Wilpattu National Park, on the edge of a lake surrounded by bush forest.
Overnight: Wilpattu (tented camp)   |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Dambulla & Wasgamuwa National Park

Wilpattu - Wasgamuwa. After breakfast, we depart for Wasgamuwa, stopping en route to visit Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temples, the Dambulla Rock Temple. This stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock. We continue to Wasgamuwa to check into our hotel, before enjoying an afternoon game drive in Wasgamuwa National Park.

The evergreen forest of Wasgamuwa, with its towering trees is home to large herds of elephants. On our game drive we may also spot wild boar, buffalo, purple faced langur monkeys, spotted deer and crocodiles basking in the sun. Not to mention up to 143 species of birds.
Overnight: Wasgamuwa  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Visit the Veddhas

Wasgamuwa - Gal Oya. Today we travel to Gal Oya, stopping en route in Mahiyanganaya to visit the forest dwelling Veddhas - indigenous people of Sri Lanka. We continue to our lodge in Gal Oya National Park where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Gal Oya   |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya is one of the best preserved and least visited national parks in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1954, primarily to protect the catchment area of the vast Senanayake Samudra Reservoir, which is the largest inland body of water in Sri Lanka. Rich in bio diversity and aquatic life, Gal Oya spans 25,000 hectares of dense evergreen forest, mountains, savannah and lake.

This morning, we rise early for breakfast before embarking on a boat safari, the best way to spot Gal Oya's diverse wildlife, and if we're really lucky we might see the Asian elephant swimming in its natural habitat. We return to the hotel for lunch and to freshen up before our afternoon jeep safari.
Overnight: Gal Oya   |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Udawalawe National Park

Gal Oya - Udawalawe. This morning we travel to Udawalawe and check into our hotel before our afternoon jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. The park is known for its large population of elephants, there are over 400 and herds of up to 50 are commonly sighted. As well as elephants we'll be on the lookout for leopards, togue monkeys, grey langur, wild pig and sambar. Numerous bird species can also be sighted including the white bellied sea eagle and crested serpent eagle.
Overnight: Udawalawe  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Yala National Park

Udawalawe - Yala. Bidding farewell to Gal Oya, we make our way to Yala National Park today. Checking into our hotel late morning, we then enjoy an afternoon jeep safari in the park. Yala is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka and it has the highest concentration of leopards on the island. The park is also home to a large population of Asian elephants, sloth bears, golden palm civets, Sri Lankan krait and crocodiles, while the coastline around the park is visited by leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles.
Overnight: Yala   |  Breakfast

Day 8

Galle

Yala - Colombo. We travel back to Colombo today, stopping in Galle en route to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Galle Fortress. The fortress was first constructed by the Portuguese in 1588, then expanded and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Arriving into Colombo late this afternoon, we partake in a short tour of the city and this evening we'll enjoy our final dinner together as a group.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Colombo

Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today, with a transfer to the airport to meet your onward flight.
Breakfast

Extend your stay!

Consider spending some extra time exploring Sri Lanka's beautiful tropical coastline or simply relax and soak up the sun with a good book. Alternatively, head to India to spot more wildlife! Extend your stay by a day, a week or even two! We offer a variety of properties for you to choose from. Browse our best places to visit and Sri Lanka's best beaches pages for suggestions on what to see and do on your holiday. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know so we can accommodate your request.

For information about visas, top travel tips, best time to travel and much more, take a look through our travel guide.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' is compulsory for solo travellers or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room and the amount needs to be added to the per person price. The single supplement offers the comfort of your own room and is also available to any other person wanting their own room.

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Pre-Tour Accommodation - Negombo
£95
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Post-Tour Accommodation - Colombo
£75
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Private Tour Supplement
£410
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Jetwing Blue Negombo, Negombo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Jetwing Blue is stylish beach hotel with excellent facilities and contemporary comforts. Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated, with private balconies all of the modern amenities you would expect from a 5 star hotel. It boasts two superb outdoor pools, a fully equipped gym and a spa, offering personalised treatments. The two restaurants serve a wonderful range of tasty cuisine and guests can opt to dine at the ocean’s edge while enjoying breathtaking views of the sea. The hotel is conveniently located on the beach front in Negombo, a popular coastal resort just north of Colombo and 20 minutes drive from the airport.

Big Game Camp, Wilpattu National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

Big Game Camp is ideally located for game drives within Wilpattu National Park. Guests are comfortably accommodated in spacious tents, with en suite facilities, raised beds, fresh bed linen, towels, a fan and electricity. Guests can go in search of the park's resident wildlife by day and spend evenings beside a camp fire, dining on delicious cuisine, surrounded by nature.

FarCry Wasgamuwa, Wasgamuwa National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

Set amidst the lush expanses of Wasgamuwa, between the majestic Knuckles mountain range and the Mahaweli River, FarCry is a haven for nature lovers, conveniently located 25km from Wasgamuwa National Park. This intimate lodge has 6 air-conditioned guest rooms, equipped with modern comforts. There's an outdoor pool, a restaurant, which serves a wonderful selection of local delights, and a bar offering a tasty selection of signature cocktails.

Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge

This unique eco lodge is spread across 20 acres of private forest, with 10 spacious and beautifully designed bungalows. Each bungalow has a private living room, bedroom with kind sized bed, and en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers. Spectacular floor to ceiling windows and doors open onto a private veranda, to bring guests closer to nature. The cuisine at the lodge is locally sourced and lovingly prepared, with a choice of delicious Sri Lankan and Western dishes, and the outdoor pool is perfect for a refreshing dip after an exhilarating boat safari or game drive.

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, Udawalawe National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated on 7 acres of land, the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is the only hotel of its class in the area. Rooms are spacious with beautiful hard wood flooring and artwork depicting the wildlife of Udawalawe. Food here is delicious and plentiful with an extensive breakfast menu. The outdoor pool is a great place to relax by and enjoy a refreshing splash in after a good day on safari. Well located just a few minutes drive from Udawalawe National Park.

Jetwing Yala, Yala National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Right next to Yala National Park, Jetwing Yala offers superb accommodation in a spectacular location. Guest rooms are beautifully decorated and all come with private balconies and contemporary en suites. The hotel also benefits from a stunning out door pool, a desirable beachside location and a number of excellent restaurants. Choose from elegant dining at the Dining Room or tapas at the Lounge. Perfectly located on the outskirts of Yala National Park.

Fairway Colombo, Colombo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Situated at the heart of Colombo, the Fairway Hotel is ideally located, close to the iconic World Trade Center and the popular Dutch Hospital complex. With 181 comfortable guest rooms, this modern hotel blends the latest technology with great design. Free high speed Wi-Fi access, motion sensor driven room temperature control, room access through your mobile phone are just a few of the technological conveniences offered. The hotel offers four restaurants, a nightclub, fitness centre and a fantastic rooftop terrace where guests can sip tasty cocktails and enjoy the superb city views.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 5 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

Tour guide was fantastic. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and had what they needed. He was very informative and interesting. He was accomdating and made sure everyone was informed and comfortable with the elephant orphanage decision.

Highlights of the tour were the safaris, sigiriya, and polonnaruwa.

• Submitted 05 Feb 2020
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A wonderful tour a wonderful country

We loved the tour. Manoj the guide was exceptional . He was very well organised and careful to manage them group dynamic sensitively . Our group was 16 people and was a good balance of ages from 20 to 60 . The tour we did was a great balance of history, visiting local people and seeing the country and wildlife. The hotels were all excellent . Security had been stepped up in Sri Lanka since the bombings and we felt very safe .

• Submitted 07 Dec 2019
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Jehan was a fabulous guide - he could explain cultural sites, showed us some local markets, was excellent at spotting wildlife and was a very safe driver as well. We were very spoiled, being the only guests on the trip. It was a good experience to visit some smaller places and get off the beaten track. The itinerary worked very well with less visited parks visited early in the trip. Yala NP was lovely, but gee, there were a lot of jeeps! Accommodation was very good: Wilpattu Eco Lodge was a great introduction to a tented camp. They served wonderful food. Farcry Wasugama was a bit strange as we were the only guests, but staff were very hospitable and welcoming. Gal Oya Lodge was a very special place. It is one of the best places we have ever stayed, and for us, Gal Oya NP was our favourite NP. We were upgraded to a suite at Uduwalawe. It was a lovely room. Jetwing Yala was also a very special place. When we return, we will definitely wish to spend some more time there. The Fairway Colombo was in a perfect city location. I fell in love with Sri Lanka - the country, the animals, the welcoming smiling people, the food. I can't wait to return.

• Submitted 01 Dec 2017
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Colombo
Ends
Colombo
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 12
Hotel Rating
3-5 star hotels & lodges
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 5
Visiting
Negombo, Colombo, Wilpattu National Park , Wasgamuwa National Park, Dambulla, Gal Oya National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, Galle
Countries
Scenery of Wilpattu National Park in Sri Lanka
A stupa in one of the Dambulla caves
Elephants in Sri Lanka
Elephants in the long grass of Udwalawe National Park
Leopard staring in to the camera in Yala National Park
Fishermen on stilts in the setting sun in Galle

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Amari Galle Hotel Deluxe Ocean View Room | Sri Lanka
£415 / 4 days

Tour guide was fantastic. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and had what they needed. He was very informative and interesting. He was accomdating and made sure everyone was informed and comfortable with the elephant orphanage decision.

Highlights of the tour were the safaris, sigiriya, and polonnaruwa.

Liz Germain
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