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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.
Morning arrival and transfer to Horathapola
Estate for 1 night. (D)
Travel to the edge of the Knuckles mountain
range for a 2-night stay at Rangala House, set
amidst tea plantations. En route, stop for lunch
in Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth and
the Peradeniya botanical gardens. (B)
Venture into the Knuckles Range to catch sight
of the abundance of birdlife, with the area
containing 75% of Sri Lanka’s endemic bird
Head for the sublimely beautiful Gal Oya
National Park and check in to the Gal Oya
Lodge for a 2-night stay. Safaris by boat and
4x4 open up a world of Asian elephants and
birdlife. A morning boat safari and breakfast by
Senanayaka Samudra lake in the company of
elephants is not to be missed. (B)
Late morning drive to Wellawaya for a 4-night
stay at Jetwing Kaduruketha, located amid
lush paddy fields in the foothills of the central
Day trips can be taken from Wellawaya. The Uda
Walawe National Park further south is not only
home to the largest population of elephants in
Sri Lanka, but also other animals such as wild
buffalo, spotted deer and crocodiles to name
just a few. In the neighbouring regions, the
Handapanagala Tank is another hotspot for
elephants, while the Weheragala section of Yala
National Park is known for being one of the
best places in the world to spot the elusive Sri
Lankan leopard. It is also possible to spot sloth
bears, wild elephants, spotted deer, crocodiles
and an incredible array of birdlife. (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. Visit the Bundala bird sanctuary en
route. Stay 2 nights at Parrotfish Bay. (B)
In the morning, head to Dondra Head in search
of whales aboard a Sail Lanka catamaran*.
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)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This is available from
November to April.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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SOW2020: 11 Nights