Wildlife of Sri Lanka is very unique, though its very small country but offer Sri Lanka is ranked amongst the world’s twenty five biodiversity hot spots. As a country with high rate of endemism it has many faunal groups including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and renowned as one of the best places to watch Asiatic elephants and leopards for nature enthusiastic and photographers. Safaris are arranged with cultural tours as it is possible to find wide range of wildlife in place surrounded by cultural heritages mainly in the dry zone.
One of the key reasons which makes Sri Lanka a popular wild life destination is the availability of expertise. This tour covers variety of national parks to ensuring you get the chance to see all possible wildlife exists in the country.
Day 01: Arrive Colombo
Meet and assistance on arrival at the airport by tour executive and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Colombo – Sinharaja
After breakfast proceeds to Sinharaja Rain forest, it’s a world heritage site, which can also be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest. Whatever its ‘technical’ name, it is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species.
Bird Watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is known to home of 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka! Stay overnight at hotel. (B,D)
Day 03: Udawalawe
An early morning proceed to Udawalawa National Park with packed breakfast. Enjoy safari to seen Elephant in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding. (B,D)
Day 04: Bundala -Yala
You will also get a chance to various birds before travelling to Bundala National park where you get to observe both species of crocodiles existing in the country. A vast concentration of Estuarine Crocodiles live in the lagoon areas and in the estuary of the Kirindi Oya river, while the Mugger or the freshwater Crocodile dwells in the small freshwater lakes and in the upper regions of the Lake.
Morning Safari at Bundala National park to see crocodiles and migratory bird including flamingo, Indian Cormorant, Yellow Bittern, Black-crowned Night and Purple Herons to name few. Stay overnight at hotel. (B,D)
Day 05: Yala
Today will be your best chance to see a leopard first thing in the morning as you enjoy safari at Yala National park. The male leopards in Yala are very confident animals and they are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities. Anational park is also a home for spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. (B,D)
Day 06 Yala: Nuwara Eliya
Travel to Nuwara Eliya, en-route enjoys Tea tour, visit tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best Ceylon Tea in the world is produced. Afternoon free to explore this small but beautiful hill town and stay overnight at hotel. (B,D)
Day 07: Horton Plains & Kandy
Enjoy an excursion at Horton Plains to “catch” the remaining Highland endemics. Located on a high windswept plateau at about 7,000 feet is perhaps the most awesome and forbidding region of Sri Lanka. The most awe-inspiring site is the World’s End, a terrific escarpment drops vertically for approximately 1,000 feet and falls away almost as steeply for another 4,000 feet. The Horton Plains form the eastern extremity of the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary and is a home of Black eagles, blue magpies and other rare birds, not to mention the occasional black leopard, deer, sambar, jackals and purple-faced Monkey.
Later travel to Kandy and if time permits enjoy traditional cultural show before visiting the famous and sacred Temple of the Tooth relic. Stay overnight at hotel. (B,D)
Day 08: Wasgamuwa & Knuckle Valley
Proceed to Wasgamuwa via Knuckles valley, a major eco tourism area stretches over 155 sq km and contains five major forest formations, a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna and some breathtaking mountain scenery. It is a real paradise for those who love to hike or Mountain Bike offering numerous mountainous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls, lush tea plantations and alongside terraced paddy fields with colourful Kandyan home gardens. (B,D)
Day 9: Wasgamuwa – Negombo
Enjoy safari at Wasgamuwa National Park, presence of many small scale ancient reservoir and several other ruins and ancient religious sites add vast historical importance to this National Park and its wide biodiversity.
Spotting large flocks of birds on dead treetops and big herds of dear and buffalos grazing when passing by a water source is always a pleasant sight. Peacocks roam this park in abundance where, having a glimpse of a bear is not very uncommon. Elephants, numbering about 150 are not confined to this park. Later travel to Negombo and evening free to explore this fishing town. Stay overnight at Negombo. (B,D)
Day 10: Colombo Departure
After breakfast tour finish with transfer to airport where you board flight for your onward journey. (B)