Discover the remarkable natural diversity
of Sri Lanka, from the birds and reptiles
in the rainforests to large mammals in
the national parks and the abundant
marine life in the waters off the south
coast. Starting from the Sinharaja
biosphere, renowned for its endemic
birds, this tour visits the Uda Walawe
and Yala national parks in search of wild
elephants and leopards. Continue to the
west of the island to look for blue whales
and sperm whales off the coast of Galle
and see turtles hatch in Kosgoda, before
returning to Colombo.
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Morning arrival and transfer to the Mount
Lavinia Hotel for 1 night. (N)
Morning transfer to the Sinharaja biosphere, a
Unesco world heritage site and Sri Lanka’s last
remaining tropical rainforest. Stay for 2 nights at
the Rainforest Edge. (B)
Early morning and late afternoon walking safari
looking for endemic birds, butterflies, reptiles,
amphibians and flowers. (B)
Early morning walking safari. Late morning drive
to Udawalawe National Park. Stay 2 nights at
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort. (B)
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife
viewing in Uda Walawe National Park, home
to a large number of elephants as well as deer,
water buffaloes and a wide variety of bird
Morning drive to Yala via Bundala bird
sanctuary. One of the largest wildlife reserves
in Sri Lanka, Yala is known for its high density
leopard population. It is also possible to spot
sloth bears, wild elephants, spotted deer, crocodiles and an incredible array of birdlife.
Stay for 2 nights at The Safari (or similar). (B)
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife
viewing in search of leopards and sloth bears. (B
Morning drive to the south coast of Mirissa,
which has earned a reputation as one of the
world’s hot spots for whale and dolphin watching.
Stay 2 nights at the Mandara Resort. (B)
In the morning, head to Dondra Head in
search of whales*. The continental shelf is at its
narrowest near Dondra Head, making it one of
the best places to see blue whales and sperm
whales. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Take a morning boat safari for another chance
to spot whales and dolphins. Later, drive to
Colombo via Kosgoda. The small coastal town
of Kosgoda is best known for its turtle hatchery,
which was established in 1981 to protect
Sri Lanka’s sea turtles from extinction. Stay
overnight at the Ramada Colombo. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour involves some longer
drives and stays in some simple hotels.
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This is available from
November to April.
Set between the estuary of the Pollathu Modara river and the Indian Ocean beaches, Mandara Resort is a small intimate hotel. The 20 rooms and suites are modern and individually designed using locally available materials with some having private plunge pools. Facilities include a restaurant serving Sri Lankan and International cuisine with wines to complement, fully equipped gym, outdoor swimming pool and a small Ayurveda centre offering massages. The gardens lead to a secluded beach where guests can relax under the shade of a palm...
Mount Lavinia is one of the island's finest hotels. In 1805 Sir Thomas Maitland came to the island as the appointed governor of her majesty, and fell in love with a local girl named Lovina Aponsuwa. Sir Thomas began his search for ‘some place in the country’ where he could build his residence. A mansion was formed, laid out in mahogany and calamander wood, with its white columns, polished wooden floors, intricately carved wood ceilings and wide windows open to the ocean breezes, and became the trysting-place for the lovers. Today this holiday home is open to foreign visitors and it is a favourite choice for honeymoons. A total of 275 rooms either offer a view of the sanity sea or gardens, and the facilities include a swimming pool, extensive beach coverage and sport facilities. The Mount Lavinia Hotel has a long held reputation for excellent cuisine, and ranging from oriental to...
Set atop the rolling hills of Waddagla with panoramic views of the Sinharaja forests, Rainforest Edge is a rustic eco-friendly lodge. Each of the 7 rooms is simply furnished and tastefully decorated. Facilities include a restaurant serving local cuisine, pool and an Ayurvedic centre. The property uses solar energy for hot water and a combination of kerosene lamps and conventional mains for lighting. The lodge is completely mod-con free with no air-conditioning, televisions or telephones. The use of mobile telephones is subject to network...
The Ramada Colombo occupies a city centre location in Colombo in close proximity to the city's shopping and entertainment areas. Offering a sleek and modern design, the spacious rooms feature all modern amenities while the hotel itself has a choice of dining options and opportunities for relaxation including the Jai spa.
Features: 94 rooms, outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness centre, spa, steam room, sauna, business centre, laundry service, coffee shop, poolside bar serving light snacks, patisserie, lounge bar, restaurant serving local specialities and ballroom.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, bathroom with bathtub and separate rainforest shower, separate sitting area, minibar, tea and coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, high speed internet access, satellite...
Set among 2.8 hectares of land, the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is conveniently located with easy access to the Uda Walawe National Park. The 57 rooms and suites are of good size and comfortably furnished. Facilities at this modern hotel include a restaurant serving local and international cuisine, a bar, an outdoor swimming pool, a small fitness centre and an indoor play-area for board...
Set on the edge of the ancient Tissa Wewa reservoir, the Safari-Tissa is conveniently located to visit the historic town of Kataragama, the Bundala bird sanctuary and the Yala National Park, which is about 40 minutes away. Each of the 50 rooms and suites is comfortably furnished and elegantly decorated in warm hues, and all overlook the scenic reservoir. The restaurant serves traditional Sri Lankan as well as international cuisine. Other facilities at this hotel include a bar and an outdoor swimming...
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Colombo is Sri Lanka's largest city and the country's political, economic and cultural...
Uda Walawe National Park covers an area of 30,821 hectares, and includes a large...
Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in...