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    $1470 p/p in USD
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Sri Lanka,

Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Mid Range

Tour Overview

This trip is a great way to explore the Sri Lankan wilderness. This “serendipity” country in South Asia is one of the few countries in the world where you can meet the giants of the ocean and the giants of the land side by side. We will visit national parks containing an abundance of wildlife including leopards and elephants as well as ancient archaeological sites and sprawling tea plantations in the highlands.

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General Information

  • Safari types:
    Big Five Safari, Birding Safari, Coastal Safari, Family Safari, Guided Safari, Tailormade Safari, Wildlife Safari
  • You will visit:
    Yala National Park, Wilpattu National Park, Horton National Park, Mirissa, Anuradhapura, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya
  • Wildlife:
    Leopard, Elephant, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Wild Water Buffalo, Mugger & Saltwater Crocodile, Toque Macaque, Golden Palm Civet, Red Slender Loris, Fishing Cat, Birds, Dolphin, Whale, Monkey
  • Activities:
    Game Drive, Boat Cruise, Whale Watching, Culinary Experience
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle, Train, 4x4 Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start/end in Colombo

Set Departure Rates – Per Person USD

From USD 1,470 per person

From USD 667 single supplement

Private Departure Rates – Per Person USD

From USD 1,745 per person, based on 2 people travelling and sharing a room

What's Included

  • Accommodation in all hotels mentioned above with daily breakfast
  • Private air–conditioned vehicle, and an English speaking Chauffer guide for the duration of the trip
  • Private coach, and English speaking guide for group from 7 pax up
  • Local government taxes and service charges
  • Bottle of water and welcome flower garland on arrival
  • Departure gift
  • Entrance fee in the program

 

What's Excluded

  • International flight to /from Colombo
  • Visas where required
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters (suggestion USD5/person/day for driver/guide, LKR200/ person for restaurant and hotel. This is for guidance only)
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks

Disclaimer

  • This itinerary is owned and delivered by ‘Indotrek
  • All prices are ‘From’ and may vary at the time of booking
  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
  • Indotrek‘ reserves the right to change the content and price of the itinerary
  • All itineraries are subject to availability

Day by Day Itinerary

Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge. A representative of Indotrek will be holding a signboard with your name on it. Thereafter, you will be assisted with a transfer to check in at the hotel, overnight stay at the hotel.

Drive: About 20 mins
Accommodation: Gateway Airport Garden – Standard

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Anuradhapura, en–route stop at Ritigala Monastery; a strict nature reserve, which is a pre–historic Buddhist monastery that has many tales of the ancient civilization that once lived at the site. The ruins are still to be seen and this would be an exclusive experience for any guest interested in pre–historic masterpiece.

Continue the journey towards to Anuradhapura, check in at the hotel, and relax this evening at leisure. Overnight stay will be at a hotel close to Anuradhapura.

Drive: About 5 hours
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sanctuary at Tissawewa – Standard

We leave early this morning with packed breakfast from the hotel and proceed to Wilpattu National Park for our first game ride in the park. Enjoy a morning game drive from 6:00am to 9:00am. The special feature in this park is the large number of villus (lakes) where you can watch wildlife and many species of birds. Leopards are the most famous animals in this park and wild elephant herds. You also have the option of extending your trip for a whole day safari at the park (optional).

The remainder of the day is at your leisure close to Anuradhapura.

Drive: About 2 ½ hours
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sanctuary at Tissawewa – Standard

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a city tour in the sacred city of Anuradhapura; – a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the north central part of the Island. It was the first capital (5th century BC – 9th century AD), the center of the island’s Buddhist civilization and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. The oldest historically documented tree on earth (over 2,200 years old) – The Sri Maha Bodhi –  brought as a sampling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the island’s oldest Buddhist shrines – some dating back to the 3rd century BC, impressive white ‘dagobas’ (relic chambers) and monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura.

Continue your journey to Dambulla. Check in at the hotel in Dambulla, overnight stay at the hotel.

Enjoy a cookery demonstration followed by a lunch. Indulge in a typical Sri Lankan cooking lesson that promises an authentic experience as well as a delicious meal. Get a hands–on experience with an experienced and knowledgeable instructor and master finer points that help preserve the nutritional value and authentic taste, making it not only an enjoyable meal but also a wholesome one.

Drive: About 1 hour
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Elephas Resort – Deluxe

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel enjoy a quick visit to the Dambulla Rock Cave temples, that consists of five different caves dedicated for many Gods and Goddesses. The cave is said to be one of the only remaining cave temples on the island and has a painting on the cave walls and ceiling that is identical to the Ajanta Caves of India.

Continue the journey to Kandy; you have the option to enjoy a quick visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Kandy, believed to be the house of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The Tooth Relic was found and the temple was built by King Wimaladharmasuriya. The first and ever since the pre–historic pageant of “Esala Perahera” takes place every year in July/August for ten days. You also have the option of enjoying a cultural dance show in the evening.

Spend the evening at leisure, overnight stay at the hotel.

Drive: About 2 ½ hours
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Suisse – Standard

After a mouthwatering breakfast at the hotel (we suggest the Sri Lankan breakfast) proceed to Dambana, learn and experience the way of life of ‘Veddha‘ the aboriginal tribe of ancient Ceylon. You will get to sit and talk to the Chief Veddha about how ancient Ceylon has evolved over time and how commercialization has threatened the continuation of the Veddha. Visit the museum, experience and enjoy some of the daily activities of Veddhas.

In the evening relax at your hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Alternatively you have the option to enjoy a relaxed walk in the vibrant markets of Kandy, stop at a Batik or Antiques shop. Gem shops are famous in Kandy selling the best of Sri Lankan gems, spices, cuisine, these shops some of the best in Kandy region. Overnight stay will be in Kandy.

Drive: About 5 hours
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Suisse – Standard

After breakfast at the hotel you have the option to catch the first class or the observation carriage train to leave to Nuwara Eliya (needs to be pre–booked to secure seats). Re–live the moments in the truly magical and misty mountains with tea carpeted valleys and breathtaking waterfalls that adds colour to your journey. Your chauffer guide will pick you from the station in Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya station) and drive you the hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Enjoy the cooler climate of Nuwara Eliya; the afternoon is at leisure, overnight stay at the hotel.

Drive: About 2 ½ hours
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Galway Heights, Nuwara Eliya – Deluxe Room

Enjoy a morning visit to Horton Plains National Park; known to Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831– 1837. Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and was upgraded to a National Park in 1988 due to its unique watershed, bio–diversity values and endemic flora. The hills are covered with diverse wet low evergreen forest with even large trees grown flattened to the ground on the higher windswept slopes. Horton Plains harbors 52 species of resident birds and 11 species of migrant birds. More than 2,000 Sambar, Bear Monkey, Leopard, Barking Deer, Giant Squirrel, Fishing Cat, Wild Boar and Hares roam in the forests and grasslands but only seldom are they seen other than the Sambar in the evening and morning.

Check out of the hotel in Nuwara Eliya and proceed to Yala; check in at the hotel, evening at leisure, overnight stay at the hotel.

Drive: About 5 hours
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kithala Resort – Deluxe

With packed breakfast at the hotel proceed to Yala National Park for a morning game drive. Yala, Sri Lanka’s most well–known National Park, is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and Discovery TV, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopards are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide. Enjoy an evening safari at the Yala National Park as well to increase your chances of spotting a Leopard.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Kithala Resort – Deluxe

After breakfast at your hotel, check out and proceed to Tangalle, en–route stop at Tissamaharama Temple and Kataragama Shrine, two most sacred worship places in Sri Lanka. Proceed to visit a temple and witness the pooja ceremonies. Blessing is chanted by the monks after offering meals (dhaana) to the monks. Also, you can engage in meditation.

Arrive at the resort in Tangalle; Anantara Peace Haven is an appealing and inviting place of charm with modern amenities and facilities to create the perfect atmosphere for a beach stay. Spend your time at the resort, relax by the pool and visit the beach of Tangalle as well. Overnight stay in Tangalle.

Drive: About 2 hours
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ranna 212 Beach Resort – Standard

Leisurely day by the beach. During the season from November to April, you have the option to enjoy a visit to the beautiful water of Mirissa for a Whale and Dolphin watching excursion into the deep blue sea. The whale and dolphin watching excursion is from 6:00am to 9:00am.

Sri Lanka being the only country outside of Africa that can boast five charismatic mammals providing the Big Five Experience for wild life lovers and nature lovers: Sloth Bear, Leopard, Elephant, Sperm Whale and Blue Whale. Overnight stay in Tangalle.

Drive: About 2 ½ hours
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Ranna 212 Beach Resort – Standard

After breakfast, your chauffer guide will drive you back to the Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight home.

Drive: About 4 hours

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