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Leopard, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's wildlife highlights

11 days from £4,475pp

Leopard, Sri Lanka
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Tour 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 Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Spot elephants in Udawalawe National Park.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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

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

  • On arrival in Colombo, you'll be met by your private chauffeur guide, who will drive you to your hotel. Relax on arrival and enjoy the scenery.

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

  • Today enjoy a train ride through Tea Country to Ella. On arrival relax at your hotel.

  • Enjoy a morning walk to Little Adam's Peak before driving to Yala National Park with your chauffeur guide. You have a couple of nights to maximise your chances of seeing the leopard and sloth bear in the area. En route, there's plenty to see, and you can ask your chauffeur-guide to stop for any photo opportunities.

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

  • Transfer to Udawalawe today with your chauffeur-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.

  • Enjoy two private game drives in the Udawalawe National Park today, where the bird and animal sightings differ from your Yala experience. Udawalawe 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.

  • Continue to the Sinharaja Biosphere this morning — the driving time can differ dramatically depending on 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.

  • 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 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 birds. 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.

  • 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.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Colombo
 
Nuwara Eliya
 
Yala National Park
 
Udawalawe National Park
 
Sinharaja Biosphere
 

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