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Lead Price
From £4090pp
13 days & 11 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Wonders of the Wild

Discover the remarkable natural diversity of Sri Lanka, from large mammals in the national parks to the abundant marine life in the waters off the south coast. Starting from the Knuckles mountain range, 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.


DAY 1: Fly to Colombo
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Fly to Colombo


Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

DAY 2: Colombo
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Morning arrival and transfer to Horathapola Estate for 1 night. (D)

DAY 3: Knuckles mountain range
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Knuckles mountain range

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)

DAY 4: Knuckles Mountain range
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Knuckles Mountain range

Venture into the Knuckles Range to catch sight of the abundance of birdlife, with the area containing 75% of Sri Lanka’s endemic bird species. (B)

DAY 5: Gal Oya National Park
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Gal Oya National Park

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 4×4 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)

DAY 6: Gal Oya National Park
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Gal Oya National Park

At leisure to explore the local area with opportunity to meet with the local Vedda tribe.

DAY 7: Weerawila
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Late morning drive to Weerawila for a 4-night stay at Flameback Eco Lodge, for a 4-night stay at the Flameback Eco Lodge nestled by the banks of the Weerawila Lake in the midst of a bird sanctuary. (B)

Accommodation: Flameback Eco Lodge
DAY 8: Uda Walawe & Yala national parks
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Uda Walawe & Yala national parks

Day trips can be taken from Weerawila. 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)

DAY 9: Uda Walawe & Yala national parks
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Uda Walawe & Yala national parks

DAY 10: Uda Walawe & Yala national parks
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Uda Walawe & Yala national parks

DAY 11: Mirissa
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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 Lantern Boutique Hotel. (B)

DAY 12: Mirissa
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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)

DAY 13: Fly home
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Fly home


Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Search for leopards, crocodiles & elephants in Yala & Uda Walawe
  • Huge variety of endemic birds at Bundala bird sanctuary
  • Boat safari to seek out blue whales & sperm whales
  • Visit the Weheragala section of Yala National Park
  • Morning boat safari & breakfast by Senanayaka Samudra lake
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
Low Season
From £4,090 per person
High Season
From £4,290 per person

What's included

  • Private driver-guide throughout
  • Air-conditioned transfers
  • International flights
  • All sightseeing as described
  • All entrance fees & wildlife drives
  • Meals as per the itinerary

Important information

Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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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 enquire online.
Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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