Sri Lanka is a superb destination for wildlife enthusiasts. It is of course well known for Asian elephants, but perhaps less so for it leopard population which is the second densest in the world, its blue whale migration paths which run close to the south coast and also a huge endemic bird population. Conveniently the 3 key wildlife locations in Sri Lanka – Yala National Park, Uda Walauwe National Park and Mirissa are clustered in the south east corner of the country. This makes for a great itinerary, including a nice stint on the beach.
From April – Oct, when the sea if too rough for whale watching and Yala National Park can close due to drought, we can arrange a similar trip using Wilpattu National Park and Minneriya National Park with whale and dolphin watching in Trincomalee on the east coast.
Day 1 – Arrive in Colombo
upon arrival you will be met by our islandsrilanka Representative and will take you to your stay in negombo .Negombo is a lovely sea side town just about 25 minutes drive from the airport .great starting point for any Trip.
Day 2: -Drive to Yala national Park
After breakfast drive down south to Hambanthota where the national park is situated . we will arrange a jungle camping there.It is very much camping, but in a very comfortable way with gin and tonics in cut glass and delicious food.
Day 3 & 4: – On Safari
Spend the next two days on safari in the park. You will do two safaris each day at varying times, with leisure time in between. While in the park you can hope to see elephants, leopards, crocodiles, wild boar, sloth bears, water buffalo, pythons, deer and a fantastic array of bird life.
Day 5 & 6: – Uda Walawe National Park
From Yala National Park you can move on to Uda Walawe National Park. This small pretty park is a natural elephant corridor where eyou can see asian elephants in huge numbers. Uda Walawe is also home to an elephant transit camp where vulnerable elephants are rehabilitated before being reintroduced into the park. the accommodation options are quite limited and basic in Uda Walawe, but Kalu’s Hideaway is comfortable. We will arrange two half day safaris for you in advance and then more can be arranged once there.
Day 7 – 10: – Mirissa & Whale Watching
End your trip with 4 nights in Mirissa on the south coast. While there you will enjoy a whale watching excursion, snorkelling in Unawatuna, an afternoon in the UNESCO Galle Fort and a boat trip on Koggala Lake which is teaming with wildlife including crocodiles, monitor lizards and birds. You will also have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the pretty beach in Mirissa bay.
Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans. We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.
Following factors will be considered when preparing the calculating the price for above tour