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Wild life tour Sri Lanka

Price includes

  • 06 Nights on half board basis
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle with the services of a German speaking guide lecturer for groups of 06 pax and above and an English speaking driver guide for groups of 05 pax and below.
  • Jeep hire and entrance fees for 03 safaris of Yala National Park
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 01 Whale watching excursion (for groups traveling between Nov and April only)
  • Breakfast on day 01
  • Hire of jeep and equipment and the services of a Naturalist for Night safari at the boundary of Yala National Park
  • Hotel service charges and VAT

Price excludes

  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature

Day 01,Colombo to Sigiriya

Arrival and transfer to Sigiriya Located in the north central part of the island Sigiriya is a part of Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Thanks to the genius of our ancient kings dating as far as the 05th Century AD, the Sri Lankan Dry Zone is anything but dry, with hundreds of lakes and reservoirs which are connected by an elaborate network of canals making up an old but great irrigation system. Aside from the benefit for agriculture and industry, the waterworks of the dry zone provide some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and fertile habitat for the islands incredible bio-diversity. Stop en route for breakfast at a local restaurant in Kurunegala. Weather permitting, you may sit outdoors and enjoy the cool tropical morning. Colombo to Sigiriya – Approximately 155Kms (Approximately 4 Hours) Overnight Kassapa Lions Rock, Sigiriya.

Day 02,Sigiriya – Kandy

Leave after breakfast to visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Sigiriya – this UNESCO World Heritage Site, a spectacular Rock Fortress, is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens, the Frescoes of beautiful maidens, the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti, the Lion platform and the Summit of 1.6 hectares, which was completely covered by buildings during the period of Sigiriya’s glory. Built by King Kashyapa (477-495 A.D), the “Lion Rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and the base is ringed by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens. The world-renowned frescoes (originally 500, of which only 19 remain today) which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway are painted in earth pigments on plaster. The old stairway to the top led through the mouth of a crouching lion but today only the huge paws remain giving an indication of the massive proportions of the head. Remains of the handsome royal citadel are on the summit and several caves for meditation, audience platforms and baths complete the unique site. Transfer to Kandy Sri Lanka’s hill capital. In the evening walk through the marketplace and bazaar areas and experience the sights, sounds and smells of this hill citadel… Walk around the Kandy lake and imagine the grandeur of this ancient city which would have been during the time of the Kandiyan Kings. Also visit the much revered temple of the tooth relic of the Lord Buddha and enjoy a cultural dance performance. Kandy – a lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world’s best blue and star sapphires. The highlight of the city’s calendar is the Esala Perahera, when a replica of the casket enclosing the Tooth is taken in procession for ten glittering nights in July/August by exotically costumed dancers, drummers and approximately 100 Elephants. Sigiriya – Kandy Approximately 95 Kms ( Approximately 2 – 2 ½ Hours) Overnight Hotel Thilanka Kandy.

Day 03,Kandy - Yala

Leave after breakfast to Udawalawe. Driving via the tea growing region of Nuwara Eliya; as you climb through the central hills stop at a tea plantation and factory to witness then process of turning the raw green leaf in to the familiar black/brown finished product. Stop next to the Udawalawe National Park to visit the Elephant Transit Home. This is an admirable initiative which is sponsored by the Born Free Trust. Baby elephants who are injured or orphaned in the wild are brought to the Transit Home where they are cared for an rehabilitated in a natural setting. Once the elephants are old enough and strong enough they are radio collared and released in to the National Park in small groups. The first group to be released in to the park successfully reproduced in the wild in 2008! Proceed thereafter to Yala. Arrive at Cinnamon Wild, the ideal safari lodge which is located bordering the Yala National Park. The group will be subdivided in to smaller groups of 4 as the night safari can be operated for only 04 pax at a time. Be met by the hotel’s naturalist and familiarize yourselves with the use of Infrared Night vision goggles. Then proceed on a Nocturnal jeep safari in the buffer zone of the National Park. Observing the nocturnal behavior of Yala’s wildlife will be especially thrilling as many of these animals are far more active once the heat of the day has subsided. For a group of 12 pax, 02 groups of 04 pax each will have their night safari at 1900 hrs and 2100 hrs on this day. The third group of 04 pax will have their night safari at 2100 hrs on Day 04. Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide. Kandy - Yala Approximately 269 Kms ( Approximately 6 – 6 ½ Hours) Overnight Cinnamon Wild, Yala

Day 04,Yala

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives at the Yala National Park. Thereafter the remaining group will take the night safari at 2100 hrs. Overnight Cinnamon Wild, Yala

Day 05,Yala – Mirissa

Take morning safari at Yala National Park. There after transfer to Mirissa, a beach resort located on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon drive down the coast to see the stilt fishermen of Weligama (this is a seasonal activity and stilt fishing takes place between the months of November and April) Leave after an early dinner at approximately 2000 hrs for the Rakawa Turtle sanctuary which is located 20 minutes away. Between the months of January to May turtle nesting is at its peak and sighting is quite frequent, although nesting does occur during the rest of the year though not as frequent. Rakewa is a 02 km stretch of protected coastline which is a nesting haven for 05 species or marine turtles. You will be taken around a rough information center which is located in a hut on the beach. The tour and briefing is conducted in torchlight as the hut has no power line! Later, sit of the beach and wait for word of nesting turtles. It is possible to approach the nesting turtles only once they have dug their pit and begun the process of laying between 100 – 200 eggs! Sit by the turtle and share an unforgettable experience…! Transfer to the Hotel Yala – Mirissa Approximately 125 Kms ( Approximately 3– 3½ Hours) Overnight Fisherman’s Bay, Weligama

Day 06,Mirissa - Colombo

Between the months of November and April – Leave between 0530 hrs and 0600hrs for the Mirissa harbour for our first whale watching excursion in search of Blue’s and other cetaceans. Between the months of November and April you'll have an early start to take a whale watching excursion off the coast of Mirissa to track the incredible Blue Whale - the largest animal that has ever lived and now known to be found seasonally in Sri Lanka's rich marine habitat. Commercial whale watching is only in its infancy here so this is an experience few have had before. Return to the hotel after the excursion and transfer to a hotel near the airport. Mirissa - Colombo Approximately 125 Kms (Approximately 3– 3½ Hours) Colombo – Airport Approximately 40 Kms (Approximately 1– 1½ Hours) Overnight Ramada, Katunayake

Day 07,Departure transfer to the airport

  • Duration : 7 Days, 6 NIghts
  • Price : AUD

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