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Wildlife And Sightseeing Tour Of Sri Lanka

Wildlife And Sightseeing Tour Of Sri Lanka
The Complete Sri Lanka Sightseeing And Wildlife Experience

Elephant At Waterhole In Yala

Wildlife And Sightseeing Tour Of Sri Lanka

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The  Complete Sri Lanka Sightseeing And Wildlife Experience

 

Tour Schedule

9 Nights

 

1

Depart UK

 

2

Arrive Colombo 

  • Relax On Arrival At Colombo

3

Dambulla

  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla

4

Dambulla

  • The Medieval Capital Of Polonnaruwa

5

Kandy 

  • The Magnificent Sigiriya Fortress

6

Kandy 

  • Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth
  • Orchids At Peradeniya Gardens

7

Hill Country

  • By Train Through The Hill Country

8

Uda Walawe

  • The Horton Plains Cloud Forests

9

Yala

  • Wild Elephant Herds At Uda Walawe

10

Yala

  • Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

11

Beach

  • The Old Dutch Town At Galle
  • Beach Stay For Number Of Nights As Required

 

Depart
Sri Lanka
Arrive UK

  • Transfer To Airport

 

This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle And Driver-Guide

 

Locations Visited On This Tour

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The island’s No 1 visitor attraction is a very relaxed place to spend in the company of 70 elephants.

 

The Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla

Anyone who appreciates art and history should visit these fascinating cave temples hidden in a gigantic rock.

 

Polonnaruwa

The very interesting and well preserved medieval capital city with lots of that ‘lost in the jungle’ feeling.

 

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress

One of the great Wonders Of The Ancient World requires a bit of climbing but has that ‘wow’ factor in abundance

 

Kandy 

A very pretty town and the gateway to the Hill Country with lots of quaint reminders of colonial era Ceylon.

 

The Hill Country By Train

Beautiful mountain ranges covered with tea plantations and amazing waterfalls that are best experienced by train.

 

Yala National Park 

One of the great national parks of Asia and the best location in the world to spot Leopards in the wild.

 

Galle 

The ramparts of an Old Dutch Fort enclose a perfectly preserved town full of historic colonial buildings.

 

Beach Stay – Should You Choose The West Coast or East Coast?

From November to April, the West, South West and Deep South of the island experiences fine weather and calm seas. The tropical scenery and well established resorts make these areas popular even during the Summer months of July and August even though seas are slightly rough.

 

From May to October, the amazing East Coast beaches are among the finest in the entire world with shallow seas where you can just wade out for hundreds of feet into the sea!

 

Why Do This Tour?

This is a combinbation of a full sightseeing tour of Sri Lanka, including all the cultural and historic attractions with visits to the high altitude Horton Plains Cloud Forests and Uda Walawe National Park, the island’s premier elephant reserve. The highlight is a visit to Yala National Park, which is one of the great national parks of Asia.

 

Upon arrival in Colombo, relax at your chosen hotel or villa and head off next day to the Cultural Triangle which contains all of Sri Lanka’s main historic sights. There include the medieval capital city of Polonnaruwa, the Golden Cave Temples at Dambulla and the fantastic rock citadel of Sigiriya.

 

Kandy is a very picturesque town nestled in the hills with the Temple Of The Tooth, one of Buddhism’s most important shrines.

 

The Hill Couintry lies at an altitude of 4000 ft - 6000 ft and was the hub of the British tea planting community of Ceylon, the island’s former name. The Horton Plains National Park has unique Cloud Forests and expanses of grasslands or ‘patanas’ leading to amazing views at World’s End.

 

Uda Walawe National Park has huge herds of wild elephants that gather around a vast lake. It is sometimes possible to spot 150-200 animals in one gathering. There is also a very interesting ‘foster home’ for abandoned baby elephants that are prepared for release back into the wild.

 

Yala National Park is one of the best locations in the world to spot leopards in the wild. The sheer beauty of its landscapes and great variety of wildlife makes it un-missable for any wildlife enthusiast.

 

Recommended For: Anyone wishing to combine a sightseeing tour with visits to Sri Lanka’s major national parks.

 

When To Go?

This Tour Is Possible All Year Round

 

November-April

Clockwise Tour With South West Or Deep South Coast Beach Stay

 

May-September

Anti-Clockwise Tour With East Coast Beach Stay

 

From 01 September - 15 October Yala National Park May Sometimes Be Closed To Visitors. In This Event, Bundala National Park Will Be Used With Comparable Accommodation At Tangalle.

 

Frequestly Asked Questions About This Tour?

How Much Travelling Is Involved?

Quite a bit. This tour is recommended for those who are used to travel and don’t mind long journeys in order to see everything that is worth seeing in the island.

 

Why Is This Tour At The Top End Of My Budget?

Sri Lanka’s Wildife Department charges very high entry fees for foreign nationals at all National Parks in Sri Lanka. Apart from this, we need to factor in Jeep Hire and Tracker Fees too.

 

What Is The Best Time To See Leopards At Yala?

Leopards are seen throughout the year, with slightly more sightings in the dry months of August and September. Afternoon Safaris are best for Leopards.

 

Is Yala Open Year Round?

The Wildlife Department has again introduced the closure of Yala National Park during September of each year in order to upgrade park facilities and to give the wild animals some respite from the large amount of vehicles entering the reserve. Bundala National Park can be substituted as an alternative during this period.

 

Can I Add Extra Safaris At Yala Or Uda Walawe?

Yes. If you have been unlucky with animal spottings or want to spend more safari time at Yala or Uda Walawe, extra Jeep Safaris are easily arranged on demand.

 

Is It Possible To Include Whale Watching Within This Tour?

Yes but you need to spend an extra night in and around Mirissa in the Deep South. You can either add this to your tour or arrange whale watching from your beach hotel if you stay within easy reach of Mirissa. You need to get to the Mirissa Harbour by 6 am. Whale Watching is only possible between November and April.

 

Is It Easy To Stay On The Deep South Beaches After This Tour?

Yes, this tour is ideal for a beach stay in and around Galle.

High Tea At The Mount Lavinia Hotel

High Tea At The Mount Lavinia Hotel

 

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple 

Frescoes At Sigiriya

Frescoes At Sigiriya

Among The Ruins At Polonnaruwa

Among The Ruins At Polonnaruwa

Chaaya Village

Chaaya Village

 

Kandy Cultural Performance

Kandy Cultural Performance

Orchid At Peradeniya Gardens

Orchid At Peradeniya Gardens

The Temple Of The Tooth At Kandy

The Temple Of The Tooth At Kandy

Train Through The Hill Country

Train Through The Hill Country

 

Bakers Falls At Horton Plains

Bakers Falls At Horton Plains

 

98 Acres

98 Acres

 

Elephants At Uda Walawe National Park

Elephants At Uda Walawe National Park

 

Elephant Transit Home At Uda Walawe National Park

Elephant Transit Home At Uda Walawe National Park

 

Big Game Safari Camp

Big Game Safari Camp

 

Sloth Bear At Yala

Sloth Bear At Yala

 

Spotted Deer At Yala

Spotted Deer At Yala

 

Delicious Sri Lankan Cuisine

Delicious Sri Lankan Cuisine

 

The Ramparts Of Galle

The Ramparts Of Galle

 

Centara Ceysands Resort And Spa

Centara Ceysands Resort And Spa

Day 1 - DEPART UK

The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours.

 

Day 2 - NEGOMBO

COLOMBO AIRPORT-NEGOMBO

5 Miles Approx 15 Minutes

 

Relax On Arrival At Negombo

Arrive at the beach resort of Negombo and relax at your hotel or villa after your long flight. The beach at Negombo is wide and long with many fishing catamarans to be seen out at sea. There are some lovely sunset boat rides that are easily arranged locally on the Negombo Lagoon. The marshes and mangroves on the fringes contain a wealth of wildlife, including ferocious crocodiles!

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Jetwing Beach , Negombo


Special Choice :

Villa Hundira , Negombo


Day 3 - DAMBULLA

COLOMBO – DAMBULLA

94 Miles Approx 4 Hours

 

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawela is Sri Lanka’s most visited attraction, and provides a very relaxed place to spend a few hours watching elephants. It is home to the largest group of orphaned Elephants in the world!  Most of the 70 animals have been found injured or abandoned in the wild.

 

Depending on the time of day, you can watch the little baby calves some only a few weeks old are fed by bottle and the whole herd is then bathed in the adjoining river. A not to be missed experience.

 

The Golden Cave Temple At Dambulla

The 5 Cave Temples Of Dambulla are a series of rock temples that have been hewn from a gigantic boulder that contain a very beautiful collection of sculptures, paintings and frescoes from various periods of the island’s history.

 

Cave No 2 – The Temple Of The Great Kings is the biggest and most spectacular cave temple with over 150 statues and 1500 paintings! The ceilings and walls are covered by the finest murals to be seen in Sri Lanka.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Special Choice :

Sigiriya Village , Dambulla


Day 4 - DAMBULLA

The Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa

The Medieval capital of Polonnaruwa has the feeling of a city that was once ‘lost in the jungle’ – which indeed it was, until it was ‘rediscovered’ by colonial administrators in the 19th Century. Ruins of royal palaces, stupas and monasteries are scattered over several square kilometers around a vast lake known as the Sea Of Parakrama.

 

The Inner Quadrangle area of the ancient city contains the most exquisite historical remains in the whole of Sri Lanka. The highlight of any visit to Polonnaruwa is The Gal Vihare (Temple Of The Rock) consisting of 4 rock cut Buddhas that are among the masterpieces of Buddhist Art, and one of the world’s great artistic treasures.

 

Day 5 – KANDY

DAMBULLA – KANDY

44 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours

 

The Magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The amazing rock fortress of Sigiriya is often listed as 8th Wonder Of The Ancient World and is easily the most impressive historic sight in Sri Lanka. You enter through The Royal Pleasure Gardens with a series of ponds and landscaped terraces until the ascent of the rock fortress begins through a series of dramatic staircases.

 

Hidden half-way is a cave that reveals the Sigiriya Frescoes. This is Sri Lanka’s premier artistic treasure and is a must for all visitors. If you have a head for heights, you can reach the top via the gigantic Lions Paws, which are the remnants of a huge stone lion that used to guard the entrance. There are stunning views of the forested plains below from the top.

 

Kandyan Dance Performance 

Spend the evening in Kandy watching a colourful Kandyan Dance And Cultural Performance, to the sound of rhythmic temple drums.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Cinnamon Citadel , Kandy


Special Choice :

Hotel Thilanka , Kandy


Day 6 - KANDY

Peradeniya Gardens And Its Beautiful Orchid Houses

The gardens at Peradeniya were one of the jewels of colonial era Ceylon. Initially developed to try out introduced tropical crops like rubber in the island, it soon expanded to become one of the great tropical collections of the world.

 

During WW2, the Supreme Headquarters of Lord Mountbatten Of Burma were hidden inside the gardens. The Orchid House at Peradeniya contains 300 varieties of orchids that are wonderfully displayed.

 

 

Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth

Delightfully located in a valley surrounded by hills, Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings. The UNESCO protected Old Town area is a lovely place for an afternoon walk along a maze of streets leading to the Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth and the Kandy Lake, magnificently framed against forest clad hills in the background.

 

Visit The Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth in the evening, for the ‘’pooja ceremony’’ that starts around 6:30 pm. At this time crowds gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum and the temple drummers are in full swing – a magical experience.

 

Day 7 – THE HILL COUNTRY

KANDY – HAPUTALE

A Train Journey Of Approx 6 Hours

 

By Train Through The Hill Country

The Highland Queen leaves Kandy Railway Station for a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range.

 

We include the full-length railway journey through pine and cloud forests near Horton Plains as well as the mind-boggling views of the Eastern Hill Country at Haputale. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo Carriage or the Observation Car when available.

 

The Magnificent Views At Ella And Haputale

The most beautiful views in the entire island can be seen from the so called Ella and Haputale Gap – spectacular breaks in the mountains with views all the way down to the coast from the edge of the southern escarpment.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Luxury Hotels :

98 Acres , Ella


Special Choice :

Waterfalls Homestay , Ella


Day 8 - UDA WALAWE

Horton Plains Cloud Forests And World’s End

A strange windswept plateau at 6500ft with moss covered forests of rhododendron and sweeping grasslands crossed by crystal-clear streams. A path leads to World’s End - a sheer precipice of some 3000ft! and the enchanting Baker’s Falls.

EARLY START REQUIRED

 

Diyaluma Falls 

Easily seen on the roadside on the way to the southern plains is Sri Lanka’s second highest waterfall at 562 ft.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort , Udawalawe


Special Choice :

Elephant Safari Hotel , Udawalawe


Day 9 - YALA

The Elephant Herds At Uda Walawe National Park

The Uda Walawe National Park has some 500 elephants that often gather in large herds to eat ‘Mana’ grass by the edge of the large lake. Elephant watching is also helped by the fact that much of the park consists of semi-open glades and abandoned teak plantations. The scenery is very picturesque as it is framed against the backdrop of the mist laden Hill Country.

 

This is also a great park for birds, especially raptors such as the Crested Serpent Eagle and the Grey Headed Fishing Eagle.

 

The Transit Camp For Baby Elephants

The Uda Walawe Transit Centre specialises in the release of orphaned baby elephants back to the wild. Some 13 baby elephants are presently handled by this centre. You can see the highly absorbing sight of bottle-feeding of the young elephants at 12 O clock feeding time.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Special Choice :

Hibiscus Garden , Yala


Eco :

Big Game Safari Camp , Yala


Day 10 - YALA

Encounters With Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

The jewel among Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves and one of Asia’s premier sanctuaries is justifiably famous for its population of Leopards that can easily be observed hunting and lazing around during daylight hours. The island’s big cat is attracted by the presence of large herds of Spotted Deer, Sambar (Elk) and Wild Boar that comprise its staple diet.

 

Apart from the wildlife, the stunning landscapes at Yala consist of strange shaped rock outcrops that are the ideal habitat of the aggressive Sloth Bear and a coastline dotted with beautiful lagoons harbouring migratory flamingoes and ferocious Marsh Crocodiles.

 

Around 100 Elephants are also found in and around the park. Today there are said to be 18 to 20 ‘tuskers’ in the reserve, including some huge ‘cross-tuskers’.

 

Day 11 – TO SRI LANKA’S BEACHES

 

YALA – BEACH RESORTS

A Train Journey Of Approx 3 - 4 Hours

 

The South Coast Road And The Stilt Fishermen Of Koggala

A lovely coast road passes through a succession of picture-postcard beaches and idyllic bays such as Weligama, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the world. The island’s unique Stilt Fishermen can be seen in this area during the late afternoons.

 

The Old World Town Of Galle

Galle has a charming old Dutch Fort (1640) which is the best preserved in Asia. Huge ramparts enclose an Old Town of great historical and architectural value. The labyrinth of streets and alleyways contain about 200 old colonial buildings that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prime importance.

 

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

See turtle hatchlings prepared for release back in to the sea. If you are lucky you may be allowed to release some yourself.

 

Sri Lanka’s Beach Resorts

A beach stay on Sri Lanka’s famous palm fringed coastline combined in addition to this tour will make for an excellent 2 week holiday on the island.

 

DEPART SRI LANKA

Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

Wildlife And Sightseeing Tour Of Sri Lanka

First Class - Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)

Special Choice – Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)

Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

SUMMER: 01/05 – 31/10 WINTER: 01/11 – 30/04


FEATURED TOUR – LAND HOLIDAY ONLY
HOTEL CATEGORY
SUMMER 2016 WINTER 2016
FIRST CLASS AND VILLA HOTELS £1098 PP
£1588 PP
SPECIAL CHOICE OF HOTELS £878 PP
£1328 PP

*Price Excludes Beach Stay 

*Special Choice - an eclectic choice of properties providing accommodation at affordable prices

 

Terms and Conditions

INCLUDES

• Private tour of Sri Lanka in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide.

• All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks. 

• Meal plan as stated. 

 

EXCLUSIONS

• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

• Beach stay at end of tour if required will be charged separately with options given.

 

OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS

• Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!

• Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.

• Discounts available for families and groups.

 

TAILOR MADE ALTERATIONS

• You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you, and adventure activities like white-water rafting.

• Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.

If you want to widen your choice of tour hotel options, go to our View All Hotels index and tell us the mix of hotel you wish to stay at? If you have chosen your own hotels, we will include these along with your quote request.

 

DISTANCES AND TRAVELLING TIMES

All distances are point to point and do not include stops for sightseeing en-route. Actual travelling times may vary according to traffic, local weather and other factors.

 

YOUR BEACH STAY

There are a large number of beach hotels featured on our website. You are welcome to browse the View All Beach Hotels index and ask for your own choice of beach hotel. Alternatively we will feature a standard set of 5 beach hotel options that we can personally recommend.

 

You are welcome to specify the actual number of beach nights you require - otherwise a 6 night beach stay is featured.

 

TOUR FORMAT

Unless specified, we usually feature the clockwise version of the tour, even for Summer Season enquiries, as the beach resorts on the South West and Deep South remain very popular at all times of the year. The East Coast is still regarded as a rather ‘adventurous’ destination.

 

If you request guaranteed fine weather, sea bathing, snorkelling or watersports, we will feature beach hotels located on the coast that is ‘in season’ at the time of your travel.

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HOTELS FEATURED ON THIS TOUR

  • Jetwing Beach

    Jetwing Beach

    The flagship property of the Jetwing hotel chain. A stylish and contemporary hotel, each of the rooms opens up into a large private terrace, which looks out over the Indian Ocean. A state of the art Spa, watersports and great child-care facilities are on offer.

    http://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingbeach
  • Chaaya Village

    Chaaya Village

    A beautiful hotel set in a forested park in the Cultural Triangle. The rustic cottages are surrounded by exotic trees and shrubs on the fringe of an ancient lake. A stunning triangular shaped infinity pool adds greatly to the appeal of this property.

    http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/ChaayaVillagehabarana.htm
  • Cinnamon Citadel

    Cinnamon Citadel

    Cinnamon Citadel is located on a bend of the Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka. Unlike many other hotels at Kandy, it has the advantage of relative closeness to the city's main attractions. The Citadel has its own jetty for Boat Trips on the Mahaweli River.

    http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonCitadelKandy.htm
  • 98 Acres

    98 Acres

    A luxury nature resort on a tea estate near the pretty village of Ella with an unbelievable view stretching down through the Ella Gap towards the lowlands in the far distance. Cottages are scattered among tea gardens and reached by electric buggies.

    http://resort98acres.com/
  • Grand Uda Walawe Safari Resort

    Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

    The best option for up-market accommodation near to Uda Walawe National Park. A well designed resort hotel with landscaped gardens and large, spacious rooms. The hotel blends perfectly with its natural surroundings including a lovely stream in its grounds.

    http://www.udawalawesafari.com
  • Big Game Safari Camp Yala

    Big Game Safari Camp Yala

    A permanent safari camp with easy access to Yala National Park. Tents are scattered in the scrub jungle with night-time barbecues and camp fires to make the experience authentic. Big Game Camp makes luxury safari camping affordable for the first time in Sri Lanka.

    http://www.srilankabiggamesafaris.com/
 

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