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Whale Watching and Wildlife Safaris - 10 Days

Whale Watching and Wildlife Safaris

Sri Lanka · Private Tour · 10 Days
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Take a walk on the wild side of Sri Lanka. Spot its precious wildlife at Udawalawe, Yala and Wilpattu, pay your respects at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, and enjoy the sun and sand of the beaches of Mirissa. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Colombo → Negombo
Day 2 - Negombo → Wilpattu
Day 3 - Wilpattu → Kandy
Day 4 - Kandy → Udawalawe
Day 5 - Udawalawe
Day 6 - Udawalawe → Yala
Day 7 - Yala  → Mirissa
Day 8 - Mirissa
Day 9 - Mirissa
Day 10 - Mirissa → Colombo

What is included

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking chauffeur guide
  • 5 nights accommodation at standard hotels with breakfast
  • 4 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, and Yala National Parks, Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, and Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe
  • Two half-day safaris at Wilpattu National Park, one full-day safari at Udawalawe National Park, two half-day safaris at Yala National Park and whale watching trip at Mirissa

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. 

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.

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

After breakfast, we will leave for Udawalawe National Park. Upon arrival, check into Big Game Campsite. 

Visit Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home

In the evening, we will make a visit to the Elephant Transit Home. Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home is a refuge for baby elephants, the majority of which have been affected by the tragic elephant-human conflict (when mothers are often separated from their young or even killed). This incredible project provides food, medical care, and anything else a baby elephant needs. When the elephants are big and strong enough, they are released back into the wilderness to start living a ‘normal' elephant life. 

Easily accessible from Udawalawe National Park itself, visitors can go to the Elephant Transit Centre at specific times in the day to enjoy the feeding hour, when the small elephants rush to drink milk and play with their mates. Like any other babies, elephants like showing off, especially when spectators are around so the event can become a great source of entertainment.


Night walk around the campsite with in-house naturalist

We will enjoy a night walk around the campsite with in house naturalist. Udawalawe National Park is most famous for the many elephants that live there - about 400 in total. 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. 

Enjoy BBQ dinner at the campsite and overnight at the camp. 

Q
Kandy → Udawalawe 216 km 4h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Big Game Campsite

Udawalawe

day
5
Udawalawe

Full-day safari at Udawalawe National Park

Today, we will enjoy a full-day safari at Udawalawe National Park with packed breakfast and lunch.

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 would 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, strol-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. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Big Game Campsite

Udawalawe

day
6
Udawalawe → Yala

After breakfast, we will leave to 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. 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. 

On arrival, check in at Big Game Campsite at Yala.


Evening safari at Yala National Park 

In the evening, we will have an 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.


Night walk around the campsite with in house naturalist

We will have night walk around the campsite with in house naturalist. Enjoy BBQ dinner at the campsite and overnight at the camp.  

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

day
7
Yala  → Mirissa

Morning safari at Yala National Park

We will start our day with a morning safari at Yala National Park. After breakfast, we will leave for Mirissa.


On arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure on 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. 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. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Yala → Mirissa158 km 3h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
8
Mirissa

Whale watching at Mirissa

After breakfast, we will go on a whale watching trip along the coast of Mirissa. 

The waters off Mirissa in the southern coast of Sri Lanka are home to some of the largest whale and dolphin colonies in the world. Whales are nature's giants. As long as 30m and weighing as much as 180 tonnes, the blue whale is the largest animal to have roamed the earth. All varieties of whales were hunted in large numbers until the middle of the 20th century, and their dwindled numbers have not improved. This makes whales a rare sight anywhere in the world. 

November to April is the best period to watch whales and dolphins, as colder weather in the northern hemisphere brings these magnificent creatures to the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. Among the varieties you might see are blue, Bryde’s and sperm whales.Killer whales are a rare sight, but not unknown in these waters. 

More numerous than whales are the varieties of dolphins. Playful and attractive, dolphins are among the most intelligent animals on earth. Among the varieties on view are common, bottlenoses, spinner, Risso’s and striped dolphins. 


On conclusion transfer back to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
9
Mirissa

After breakfast, rest of the day at leisure

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Mirissa → Colombo

After breakfast, we will transfer you to Colombo Airport to connect with your next flight. 

Q
Mirissa → Colombo174 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Negombo
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Hotel St. Lachlan

Wilpattu
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Big Game Campsite

Kandy
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Thilanka Hotel

Udawalawe
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Big Game Campsite

Yala
Y

Big Game Campsite

Mirissa
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Paradise Beach Club 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$1676$1415$1141

Photos

Whale Watching, Mirissa
Wilpattu National Park
Yala National Park
Mirissa Beach
Temple of Tooth, Kandy
Temple of Tooth, Kandy
Wilpattu National Park
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home, Udawalawe
Udawalawe National Park
Mirissa Beach
Stilt fishermen, Mirissa

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