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Sri Lanka National Parks Wildlife - 14 Days

Sri Lanka National Parks Wildlife

Sri Lanka · Private Tour · 14 Days
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Discover one of the countries with the most biodiversity as you explore five different wildlife reserves in Sri Lanka, and close this adventure relaxing at the palm-fringed beaches of Tangalle. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Colombo → Negombo
Day 2 - Negombo → Wilpattu
Day 3 - Wilpattu  → Kandy
Day 4 - Kandy → Sinharaja
Day 5 - Sinharaja
Day 6 - Sinharaja  → Udawalawe
Day 7 - Udawalawe  → Yala
Day 8 - Yala  → Bundala → Tangalle
Day 9-12 - Tangalle
Day 13 - Tangalle → Negombo
Day 14 - Negombo → Colombo Airport

What is included

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking chauffeur guide
  • 10 nights accommodation at standard hotels with breakfast
  • 3 nights at Big Game campsite with breafast and dinner in Wilpattu, Udawalawe and Yala National Parks
  • Meals as mentioned in this itinerary
  • Entrance Fee for Wilpattu, Udawalawe, Yala and Bundala National Parks, Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Two half-day safaris at Wilpattu National Park, two half-day safaris at Udawalawe National Park, one half-day safari at Yala National Park and one half-day safari at Bundala National Park nature trail at Sinharaja and night walk at Sinharaja

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Compulsory New Year, Christmas, and peak season supplements
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day
1
Colombo → Negombo

Arrival at Bandaranayake International Park and transfer to your hotel. 

Negombo is a historically interesting place with beautiful a beach strongly influenced by the Catholic Church and is often referred to as “Little Rome’. The lagoon at Negombo is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns. Fish auctions regularly take place on the beach and are definitely worth a look, as are the many canals which meander through the area. 

The city has a colorful past in that the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British all laid claim to it at different times. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese Colonial days. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Colombo → Negombo11 km 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Negombo → Wilpattu

After the breakfast, direct transfer to Wilpattu National Park. On arrival, check in at Big Game Campsite at Wilpattu. 

Evening Safari at Wilpattu National Park 

Wilpattu National Park is the largest and oldest national park in Sri Lanka. It is widely regarded as the place to spot the Sri Lankan Leopard in its natural habitat. There are 30 recorded species of mammals in the Wilpattu National Park, these include the Sri Lankan elephant, Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan sloth bear, spotted deer, water buffalo, sambar, mongoose, mouse and shrew. 

Visitors flock to the Park mostly in the hope of seeing leopards and the sloth bears. The Sri Lankan sloth bear is a highly threatened species with less than a 1000 numbers surviving in the wild. There are many Villu and lakes at Wilpattu. These are identified as the main topographical features and are importance to resident and migratory water-birds. 

Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Q
Negombo → Wilpattu 167 km 3h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Big Game Campsite

Wilpattu

day
3
Wilpattu  → Kandy

Morning safari of Wilpattu National Park

We will start our day with a morning safari of Wilpattu National Park. After our safari we will have breakfast at the campsite. Then transfer to Kandy.


Visit Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy 

Famously known worldwide as The Temple of the Tooth, Sri Dalada Maligawa dates back to the 16th century, though most of the present buildings were built in the 19th century. Venerated as one of the most important objects in the Buddhist world, the Sacred Relic of the Tooth of Buddha is enshrined at the Temple. Brought from India 2500 years ago, it is said that the possessor of the Relic had the right to rule the country. The Relic is kept in a gold casket and stored amidst great security in the Inner Chamber. 

The Temple complex is made up of numerous buildings most of which are highly decorated with paintings and carvings depicting Buddha. Rich in history and tradition, the Sri Dalada Maligawa is a religious centre where daily worship is a colourful and joyful way of everyday life. 

At several times throughout the day different services are held and with the large numbers of worshippers present, it is clear to see why Buddhists are so piously devoted towards the Sacred Tooth Relic. Spine-tingling traditional drumming to be heard coming from the Inner Chamber, will signal that the ceremonial opening of the window for the public viewing of the casket with the Relic within is just about to begin. 

Upon arrival, check into the hotel. In the evening, we will make a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Wilpattu → Kandy173 km 3h 45min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
4
Kandy → Sinharaja

After breakfast, we will leave for Sinharaja. On arrival, check in at the eco lodge.

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is among the richest virgin tropical rainforests in the world in terms of biodiversity. Named a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988 by UNESCO, the Sinharaja Forest is home to a countless number of species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, insects (including rare endemic butterflies and moths) and mammals – with more being discovered every year. 

Dinner and overnight at the lodge. 

Q
Kandy → Sinharaja 198 km 3h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
5
Sinharaja

Nature Trail at Sinharaja 

After breakfast, we will go on a Nature Trail at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.


Night walk at Sinharaja 

From the calls of birds to the ever-rumbling noise of the Gin Ganga (river Gin), the fresh air purified by its ancient trees, the colorful species of frogs and the rare and beautiful array of flowers, pollenated by its myriad insect denizens, Sinharaja leaves you in awe of nature and how species have evolved to suit the environment. 

It is said that each Square mile of some areas of Sinharaja has higher biodiversity than the entire North American continent. The most significant feature of Sinharaja is the high concentration of endemic species, including 20 of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic bird species, such as the Sri Lankan blue magpie and the Green-billed coucal. 

Prominent among its species of reptiles are green-pit vipers, hump-nosed vipers and rare and elusive species of horned lizards. It is known to be inhabited by a very small number of elephants and leopards, but a larger number of smaller mammals such as the rusty spotted cat, the purple-faced Leaf monkey, the fishing cat and the more common mongooses and civets. 

Dinner and overnight at the lodge. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
6
Sinharaja  → Udawalawe

After breakfast, head for Udawalawe. On arrival, check in at Big Game Campsite in Udawalawe.

Udawalawe National Park is located approximately 200 km southeast of Colombo city. It 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. 


Evening Safari at Udawalawe National Park 

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 birds called red-faced Malkoha has its favorite habitat here. 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, stroll-billed Kingfishers 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. 

Dinner and overnight at the camp. 

Q
Sinharaja → Udawalawe 74 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Y

Big Game Campsite

Udawalawe

day
7
Udawalawe  → Yala

Morning Safari at Udawalawe National Park

After breakfast, we will have a morning safari at Udawalawe National Park. 


Then we will leave for Yala National Park. On arrival, check in at Big Game Campsite at Yala. 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. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in the Southern Province and Uva Province. 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. 

Evening safari at Yala National Park 

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.

Dinner and overnight at the camp.  

Q
Udawalawe → Yala 106 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
8
Yala  → Bundala → Tangalle

Morning safari in Bundala National Park

After breakfast, we will have a morning safari in Bundala National Park. 

Bundala National Park is a fantastic maze of waterways, lagoons and dunes that glitter like gold in the dying evening sun. This wonderland provides a home to thousands of colorful birds ranging from diminutive little bee-eaters to grotesque open-billed stalks. It is a wetland sanctuary of such importance that it has been recognized under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. It shelters some 150 species of birds with many journeying from Siberia and the Rann of Kutch in India to winter here, arriving between August and April. It’s also a winter home to the greater flamingo, and up to 2000 have been recorded here at one time. If you’re a birder, you’ll want to devote a lot of time to this park.

After our visit, we will continue to Tangalle. On arrival, check in to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Yala → Bundala
Q
Bundala → Tangalle54 km 1h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
9-12
Tangalle

After breakfast, you will have the rest of the day free at leisure

Tangalle is one of the finest, unspoilt, best-preserved beaches in Sri Lanka. The beach is a paradise for swimmers and divers. Near Tanglle, visitors can observe turtles nesting on Rekawa Beach. It is also a regionally important fishing port. In the city centre there is an old Dutch fort which is used as a prison today. The town also serves as a starting point for visits to the rock temple of Mulkirigala. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
13
Tangalle → Negombo

After breakfast, we will leave for Negombo. On arrival, check in to the hotel.

Rest of the day free at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Tangalle → Negombo225 km 3h 20min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
14
Negombo → Colombo Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to connect with your flight back home. 

Q
Negombo → Colombo Airport11 km 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Negombo
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Hotel St. Lachlan

Wilpattu
Y

Big Game Campsite

Kandy
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Thilanka Hotel

Sinharaja
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Rain Forest Eco Lodge Hotel

Udawalawe
Y

Big Game Campsite

Yala
Y

Big Game Campsite

Tangalle
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Palm Paradise Cabanas

Negombo
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Goldi Sands Hotel

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
3-4 pax
Double Sharing
5-7 pax
Double Sharing
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Aug 2019$2026$1820$1747

Photos

Sri Lankan Bear
Leopard, Yala National Park
Elephant herd, Udawalawe National Park
Tangalle Beach
Tufted Gray Langur, Bundala National Park
Negombo Beach
Temple of Tooth, Kandy
Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
Black Tailed Godwit, Wilpattu National Park
Crocodile, Wilpattu National Park
Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Tangalle Beach

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