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On the Leopard's Trail in Sri Lanka

15 days from $5,825pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala National Park
  • Uda Walawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Galle
  • Track leopard in the Yala National Park.

  • Explore the rainforest of Sinharaja.

  • Follow the herds of Elephants in Uda Walawe.

  • Take a morning excursion to spot the blue whale and dolphins.

  • Climb Sigiriya Rock, past ancient wall paintings and carved lions feet, before emerging to panoramic views of the Sri Lankan countryside.

  • Take a train into the heart of the tea growing area.

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What our specialists say...

This trip is ideal for the visitor who has a keen interest in wildlife but at the same time willing to explore some of Sri Lanka's cultural and historic treasures. With visits to a variety of National Parks you will get a good appreciation for Sri Lanka's rich flora and fauna, but included are also visits to some of the country's ancient capitals, temples and an opportunity to explore the central tea growing region. A great 'all-rounder' itinerary with an increased focus on wildlife.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala National Park
  • Uda Walawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Galle

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Dambulla

Colombo , Dambulla

On arrival in Colombo you will be met by one of our representatives and introduced to your chauffeur driver who will then take you to the Cultural Triangle.

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Day 2 Dambulla

Dambulla

This morning you will visit Sigiriya Rock accompanied by your chauffeur guide, who will be able to provide you with the history of the area as you admire the views from the top of the rock. Later in the afternoon you will have a jeep safari, giving you the chance to see a variety of wildlife including elephants, sambar deer, monkeys as well as bird life.

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Day 3 Dambulla

Dambulla

Enjoy another morning jeep safari, followed by a visit to Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's second capital. The now ruined city has a mix of both Buddhist and Hindu influence, and is a great place to learn more about the history of Sri Lanka.

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Day 4 Kandy

Dambulla , Kandy

Today you travel to Kandy, en route you will visit the Dambulla Caves, dating back to the 1st century. All of the caves contain varying sizes of statues of Buddha. Additionally several of the caves have impressive ceiling frescos. In the evening you will visit the famous Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

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Day 5 Kandy

Kandy

Explore Kandy - the beautiful botanical gardens, the famous and impressive Temple of the Tooth as well as experiencing a traditional Kandyan dance performance.

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Day 6 Nuwara Eliya

Kandy , Nuwara Eliya

You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the train station in Gampola. You will then board the train for the approximately four hour journey up to the tea country. The rail route rises slowly through the changing countryside. From Hatton the scenery is the most spectacular passing waterfalls and many tea plantations. You will be collected by your driver from Nanu Oya and taken on a tea factory tour on route to your hotel.

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Day 7 Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

An early morning start is recommended for your trip to Horton Plains as the views tend to be at their best in the morning. The 8km circular route takes you past firstly Little World's End and then World's End view points before passing Baker's Fall, a 20m high waterfall, on your return to the car. You will have the rest of your day at leisure to relax.

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Day 8 Yala National Park

Nuwara Eliya , Yala National Park

Today you will take the drive down from Nuwara Eliya to Yala National Park. It's a long drive that tends to last all day, but there are plenty of places to stop along the way to enjoy some local food.

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Day 9 Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Morning and afternoon jeep excursions in the park in search of leopards and other wildlife. In-between, you'll have time to enjoy the hotel's pool and take a walk on the beach.

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Day 10 Uda Walawe

Yala National Park , Uda Walawe

You will leave Yala and head for Uda Walawe National Park this morning. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in Udawalawe National Park - hopefully you will spot some of the park's elephants.

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Day 11 Sinharaja

Uda Walawe , Sinharaja

Visit the elephant transit centre this morning, close to Uda Walawe, before taking the drive over to the Sinharaja Biospheric Reserve. On arrival you will have some time to take a walk in the local area, or simply relax by the pool.

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Day 12 Galle

Sinharaja , Galle

Morning excursion in the Sinharaja Biospheric Reserve, before travelling down to the coast to Galle. Galle is full of small cafes and shops, making for a wonderful place to stroll in the evening.

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Day 13 Galle

Galle

This morning you will be taken on a guided tour of Galle Fort. The ancient city of Fort Galle has a real colonial feel given the previous Portuguese, Dutch and British presence there. The sleepy streets are dotted with some interesting colonial buildings. Your afternoon is at leisure on the coast.

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Day 14 Galle

Galle

Your day is at leisure to relax on the coast. You might like to take a tuk tuk to a nearby beach for a swim or do some shopping in Galle's boutiques.

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Day 15 Return home

Galle

You will be driven from Galle to Colombo airport today for your international onwards flight.

Audley Travel specialist Niall
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The specialist who designs your trip to Sri Lanka will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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