Wild Sri Lanka - 16 Days
Welcome to Sri Lanka. On your arrival our representative will receive you in Colombo International Airport and transfer you to Notary’s House, a local themed small hotel in the countryside of Sri Lanka situated just 45 minutes away from the Airport for an overnight stay. You could relax at the hotel chilling out by the pool for the rest of the day enjoying a great scenery form the hotel’s garden towards the paddy fields.
After breakfast, transfer to Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka’s largest and the most beautiful. Wilpattu National park is filled with large waterholes called “Willus”, though situated in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, because of these large waterholes Wilpattu does not have the characteristics of a dry zone jungle. Home for the elusive Leopards, Elephants, Sloth bears, Crocodiles and many verities of endemic & residents birds of Sri Lanka. When going safari in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu is undoubtedly a must go place. You will be staying in Wilpattu Safari Camp, an all inclusive tented safari camping experience situated just near the entrance of Wilpattu National Park. You will be doing one afternoon safari, one full day safari and provisional morning safari. All safaris are guided by an experienced naturalist at the camp who is well versed in Sri Lanka’s wildlife. After the safaris, the camp naturalist will bring his wealth of knowledge and stories of Sri Lankan wildlife during the sundowner and mealtimes.
You will be staying two nights in Habarana, the very heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka where you would be able to explore some of the “not to miss” cultural attractions of Sri Lanka such as Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, both are UNESCO World Heritage sites while you immerse in wildlife sightings the area has to offer. Sigiriya Sanctuary is an important bird watching site for the keen birders while Minneriy National Park is famous for it’s large herds of Elephants. You will have the service of an expert wildlife guide from the area during these wildlife encounters. The Other Corner Lodge is recommended as it poses a character of a simple nature lodge situated just by the banks of Habarana Lake.
We Then resort to three nights stay in Gal Oya Lodge, a very off the beaten experience and a hidden gem to witness Island’s some of the less touristic wildlife and nature experiences surrounding Senanayake Reservoir, Sri Lanka’s largest manmade lake. The drive from Habarana to Gal Oya itself is an experience as it runs through Island’s some of the most remote villages and forests. At Gal Oya Lodge you could take some nature trails in the surrounding jungles and Nilgala Forest with an indigenous tribal folk while our experienced naturalist will take you for a guided boat trip in Senanayake Reservoir to see a very rich bird life and occasionally you could see Elephants by the lake shore.
Then we go for another tented camping experience in Yala National Park, the most popular national park in Sri Lanka due to its high density of Leopards. Yala Safari Camp, situated just 10 minutes drive to park entrance is an all inclusive tented safari camping experience. You will be taking an afternoon bird watching safari in Bundala National Park, a very important site for bird watching and a full day safari in Yala National Park to spot Leopards. After the safaris the camp will serve you sun downers on a rock cliff amidst a roaring campfire followed by dinner. In addition to Leopards, you would be able to see Elephants, Sloth Bears, Crocodiles, Spotted Deer and many verities of birds in Yala.
Then we head to Sinharaja, one of virgin natural rain forests exist in the world. Sinharaja is considered one of the most important bird watching sites in Sri Lanka. You will be staying for two nights in Sinharaja Rain Forest Eco Lodge situated virtually inside the rain forest. You will be taking guided rain forest walks to see birds, plants, insects and endemic primates such as Purple Face Langur when in Sinharaja Rain Forest.
Finally, we go to the south coast beach of Weligama for some relaxation after an exciting wildlife expedition in this Miracle Island of Sri Lanka. Weligama is a very picturesque seaside town south of Sri Lanka which is famous for its stretchy sandy beaches which are safe for swimming and also for great seafood. Locale of Weligama is even interesting as you could witness the life of the Islanders. You would be able to go to the Indian Ocean to see the Blue Whales, off the coast of Mirissa in one of the days when in Weligama. Weligama Bay Resort is a nice boutique hotel right on Weligama Bay.