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Get closer to the heart of Sri Lanka's wildlife with this tour that takes you around Udawalawe, Yala and Horton Plains National Parks. Leopards, bears, elephants and a wide array of migratory birds awaits.
Meet our representative at the airport, then transfer to Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya often referred to as ‘Little England’ has a climate unlike anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Due to its high elevation, it offers a cooler and more invigorating climate than lower regions. Colonized by the British, the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s highest town, still retain their ‘old world’ feel and many of the original Hotels still retain their grandiose colonial style.
Famous for its horse racing, Nuwara Eliya also boasts the impressive Golf Club which dates back to 1889. Stepping back in time when life was slightly more sedate, it is worthwhile visiting the Clubhouse to observe the photographs of life in Nuwara Eliya in years gone by. Rose gardens, abundant vegetable stalls crowd the sides of the road, whilst spectacular scenery will accompany you on the journey from Kandy.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Colombo → Nuwara Eliya||167 km||3h|
Full day nature walk in the Horton Plains National Park
After breakfast, transfer to Horton Plains National Park. Horton Plains is undoubtedly one of the world's best nature reserves and eco-tourism venues. It is characterized by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper montage forest and wet patana grassland. In general, the forests are seen on the hilltops or upper slopes the grasslands in the valleys and lower slopes, eventually giving way to wetland habitats.
Spanning approximately 10,000 hectares the park is also home to a wide variety of flora (57 species, 29 endemic to Sri Lanka) and 24 species of mammal such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare, porcupine and leopard. For bird enthusiasts, there 87 species (14 of which are endemic), including many migratory birds. The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as 'Bakers Falls', 'Chimmini Pool' and the famous 'World's End' (a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline).
Overnight at the hotel.
|Nuwara Eliya → Horton Plains||32 km||45min|
After breakfast transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe National Park and check in Big Game Camping Site Udawalawe.
Udawalawe National Park is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds – adults and young, feeding and bathing or playing in the water. In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
Udawalawe Transit Home
In the evening, we will then visit Udawalawe Transit Home to see baby elephant feeding. Udawalawe Transit Home is a place, where closer to 35 baby elephants are being taken care of with minimum human interaction as they are separated from their mothers. Mothers of these babies are either killed or lost due to non-ending Elephant –human conflict in Sri Lanka.
The transit home provides food, medical care, everything a baby elephant needs. When the elephants are big and strong enough, they are released into wilderness and start living “normal” elephant life. A few times a day, visitors can enjoy the feeding hour, when the small elephants rush to drink milk and play with their mates. As any other babies, elephants like showing off, especially when spectators are around, which is also a great source of entertainment.
Night walk along Udawalawe
Night walk along Udawalawe National Park border. Overnight at camp.
|Nuwara Eliya → Udawalawe||159 km||3h|
Full day safari at Udawalawe National Park with trekker
After breakfast, we will have an early morning safari and evening safari in Udawalawe National Park. You can have your breakfast and lunch inside the park with packed meals.
A haven for large herds of elephants, deer, sambur, wild boar, water buffalo and jackal as well as for many species of birds, the Udawalawe National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. Situated 170km to the south east of Colombo, the park is 30,821 hectares in extent and consists of grasslands and thorn scrubs interspersed with many valuable species of rare trees.
This safari will be an unforgettable bird watching experience as Udawalawe is one of the best parks for bird watching too. The endemic species of bird called Red Faced Malkoha has its favorite habitat in the 192 square km parkland. Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket Tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White Necked Storks, Open Bills, Ibis, Shama - The forest Nightingale, Strol Billed Kin Fishers and peacocks are found in fair numbers.
A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders this protected reserve has to offer, and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.
Overnight at camp.
After breakfast transfer to Yala National Park and check in Big Game campsite in Yala.
Evening safari in Yala National Park
Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Willpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938.
Yala is Sri Lanka's leopard paradise. Your best chance to see a leopard is generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. 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.
As we are setup very close to the park, you will be first in to the core areas, which are best for wildlife viewing and will be able to avoid long travel time to the park entrance, queuing for permits which take place before safaris begin Even during evening safaris you will be inside until last minute and the entrance to the campsite also mimics the experience of a mini safari through the forest.
Apart from the leopards there are a large number of elephants living inside the park and they can be seen bathing in the numerous lakes in the vicinity. You can also see spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose. The bird life is also fantastic and it is amazing how close you can get to them from the confines of the jeep, you can see Rosy Starlings, Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters and Common Loras.
Overnight at the camp.
|Udawalawe → Yala||84 km||2h|
After breakfast transfer to Mirissa and check in to the hotel. Rest of the day on leisure at Mirissa Beach.
Mirissa still offers the charm of an idyllic fishing village while providing excellent accommodation choices, catering for all budgets and needs. Enjoy walks along un-crowded beaches, still untouched by mass tourism and watch the fascinating and famous stilt fishermen. However, Mirissa has more to offer than just beaches. Surrounded by rubber and coconut plantations, ancient temples and spice gardens, natural sanctuaries and exotic wildlife, Mirissa offers something for everyone.
Another highlight is the traditional Devil Dance, a Southern Sri Lankan special. Known for its healing powers, Devil Dancers are invited to help speed up the recovery process of illnesses and can be a great thing to watch or even participate in.
Mirissa still offers the charm of an idyllic fishing village while providing excellent accommodation choices, catering for all budgets and needs. Enjoy walks along un-crowded beaches, still untouched by mass tourism and watch the fascinating and famous stilt fishermen.
However, Mirissa has more to offer than just beaches. Surrounded by rubber and coconut plantations, ancient temples and spice gardens, natural sanctuaries and exotic wildlife, Mirissa offers something for everyone.
Overnight at the hotel.
|Yala → Mirissa||142 km||3h|
After breakfast proceed to departure with wonderful memories of wildlife in Sri Lanka.
|Mirissa → Colombo Airport||175 km||2h 30min|
|Prices per person||2 pax|
|1 Nov 2018 - 31 Aug 2019||$1144||$1182||$1106|