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Sri Lanka's wildlife highlights

11 days from £3,240pp

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Itinerary highlights

  • Explore rural villages and rolling hills dotted with tea bushes in the Tea Country.

  • Track leopard in the Yala National Park.

  • Take a walk through the Sinharaja Rainforest Biosphere, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Spot elephants in Uda Walawe National Park.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Colombo
  • Kotugoda
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala National Park
  • Uda Walawe National Park
  • Sinharaja Biosphere
  • Colombo

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Colombo.

Day 2 Kotugoda

Colombo , Kotugoda

On arrival into Colombo you're met by your private chauffeur guide and driven to your hotel near the airport.


Day 3 Nuwara Eliya

Kotugoda , Nuwara Eliya

Today you are driven up into the Tea Country. This scenic journey usually takes around five hours, as you watch the beautiful scenery change as you ascend into the verdant hills. Your chauffeur guide can suggest places to stop for refreshments if you wish.

Day 4 Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

We recommend that you rise early today ahead of your private excursion. Your chauffeur guide is on hand to drive you to Horton Plains National Park. The plains here form an undulating plateau over 2,000 m (6,561 ft) high, covered in wild grassland, waterfalls and misty lakes. You can walk to the end of the plateau, known as World's End, which offers some of the best views in Sri Lanka on a clear day. In the afternoon, visit a working tea estate with your private chauffeur guide. Going into a tea factory is a fascinating way to learn about how tea is processed and produced.

Day 5 Yala National Park

Nuwara Eliya , Yala National Park

From Nuwara Eliya drive down to Yala National Park today with your chauffeur guide. You have a couple of nights to maximise your chances of seeing the leopard and sloth bear of the area. It's a long drive but there's plenty to see en route and you can ask your chauffeur-guide to stop for any photo opportunities.


Day 6 Yala National Park

Yala National Park

In the morning and late afternoon enjoy private safaris into Yala National Park. You are likely to see spotted deer, wild boar and wild elephant in addition to a wide variety of birds. If you are really lucky you may also spot sloth bear and leopard. (With on average one leopard per square kilometre Yala has the highest density of leopard in Asia).


Day 7 Uda Walawe National Park

Yala National Park , Uda Walawe National Park

Transfer to Uda Walawe today with your chauffer-guide which takes a couple of hours. Here you can visit the Elephant Transit Centre where the baby elephants jostle their way to the gate at feeding times, some cheeky ones pushing back into the queue for a second feeding.

Day 8 Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park

Enjoy two private game drives in the Uda Walawe National Park today, where the bird and animal sightings differ to your Yala experience. Uda Walawe National Park is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see elephants, with around 500 taking residence in the park. Other animals that you may spot include; sambar deer, spotted deer, wild buffalo, crocodiles and water monitors.

Day 9 Sinharaja Biosphere

Uda Walawe National Park , Sinharaja Biosphere

Enjoy another private game drive this morning before continuing on your journey to the Sinharaja Biosphere - the driving time can differ dramatically depending which accommodation you choose. Sinharaja is situated in the country's wet zone and is the last major undisturbed area of rainforest in the country. This is a fantastic place to explore as there are over 150 species of birds to spot as well as other interesting animals to see.

Day 10 Colombo

Sinharaja Biosphere , Colombo

This morning embark on a private guided tour of the rainforest with a local tracker. Explore the reserve on foot while the tracker helps you to see what wildlife inhabits the area, as well as showing you different plants and trees. There is much to see here, with some wonderfully exotic insects and endemic species of bird. Later in the afternoon drive to Colombo and check in to your hotel in a rural area close to the airport. The drive takes about five hours through quaint local villages and banana plantations.

Day 11 International return flight

Colombo , International return flight

You can make a fairly leisurely start for the drive to Colombo airport, a brief thirty minute journey. Here you will be met by the airport representative and directed to the correct check in areas, ready for your flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Nuwara Eliya
Yala National Park
Uda Walawe National Park
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