Tropical Sri Lanka Wildlife and Beach

14 Nights / 15 Days

Overview

Sri Lanka Wildlife and Beach is your fortnight tour of the Serendib, by crossing the vast Sinharaja Rain Forest, the habitat of thousands of rare bird species while engaging in cherished activities such as Bird and Loris watching. To enhance your tropical experience, you will passage through the lush greenery in Ella and witness the exotic wildlife of Yala, Udawalawe and Kumana National Parks. You shall get the opportunity to also display the wild adventure side of you when we take you through an experience of a lifetime on the Flying Ravana Mega Zip line, ATV tour through an extensive dirt track and to conclude with, surfing along the lofty tidalwaves of Arugam Bay.

Highlights

  • Birdwatching and Loris Watching at Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve
  • Safari at Kumana National Park
  • Safari at Yala National Park
  • Safari at Udawalawe National Park
  • Flying Ravana Zip line
  • ATV Track
  • Colombo City Tour
  • Ravana cave and Ravana Falls
  • Demodara Nine Arch Bridge in Ella
  • Surfing at Arugam Bay
  • Galle City Sightseeing

Colombo

Sinharaja

Udawalawe

Ella

Arugam Bay

Yala

Galle

Tour Route

1 Night

Colombo

1 Night

2 Nights

Sinharaja

2 Nights

2 Nights

Udawalawe

2 Nights

2 Nights

Ella

2 Nights

3 Nights

Arugam Bay

3 Nights

2 Nights

Yala

2 Nights

2 Nights

Galle

2 Nights

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14
  • Day 15

Arrive Colombo

Upon arrival in Bandaranaike International Airport you are met and greeted by our driver and transferred to Colombo (approximate travel time from Airport to Colombo is 45 mins.) You will then check in to your pre-booked Hotel in Colombo and be welcomed by your Local Tour Manager who will brief you on the line up for the next few days.

Colombo City Tour

Commencing with a visit to the Fort and the Pettah commercial hub with offices and shopping areas located amidst oldest colonial hotel GOH. It has a fantastic view of the Colombo harbor, lighthouse with clock tower (older than Big Ben in London) close to the president’s house and old parliament. Afterwards, proceed through the main street passing the old Dutch Museum, belfry and Old City Hall which houses puppets of earlier governors of Sri Lanka.
You will find shops and restaurants facing Sri Lanka’s twin tower buildings. Continue to the old race course with a maze of buildings with colonial architecture, restaurants and shopping arcade passing through Colombo City Hall (mini replica of the White House in Washington, DC). Drive past the Town Hall, Independence Square, the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre) and Cinnamon Gardens residential area and visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Colombo

Colombo – Sinharaja (Drive)

Breakfast at Hotel and checkout

Proceed towards Sinharaja

Sinharaja Rain Forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the last viable remnant of Sri Lanka’s tropical lowland rainforest spanning an area of 18900 acres is located within Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces of the south-west lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka. Sinharaja is bounded by rivers on three sides. On the north, Sinharaja is bounded by the NapolaDola and Koskulana Ganga. On the south and south-west are the rivers MahaDola and Gin Ganga. On the west are the river Kalukandawa Ela and river Kudawa Ganga. To the east of Sinharaja is an ancient footpath near Beverley Tea Estate and by the Denuwa Kanda.

Upon arrival in Sinharaja check in to hotel

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Sinharaja

Sinharaja

Breakfast at Hotel

Birdwatching at Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Sinharaja Rain Forest is home to numerous indigenous birds such as the Ceylon Hanging Parrot (Loriculusberyllinus), the Ceylon Grey Hornbill (Ocycerosgingalensis), the Ashy-headed Laughing Thrush (Garrulaxcinereifrons), Layard’s parakeet (Psittaculacalthripae), the Jungle fowl (Gallus lafayetii ), the Spur fowl (Galloperdixbicalcarata), the Ceylon Wood Pigeon (Columba torringtonii), the Brown- capped Babbler (Pellorneumfuscocapillum), the Red-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeuspyrrhocephalus) and the Ceylon Blue Magpie (Urocissa ornate) among others, are prominent in this area. 19 of Sri Lanka’s 20 species of endemic bird species in Sri Lanka are found in the Sinharaja Reserve Among the endangered birds are Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Green-Billed Caucal, Sri Lankan white-headed starling, Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Caucal, Sri Lanka Spur fowl Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, and Ashy-headed Babbler, all of which are endemic.

Loris watching at Sinharaja

Lorises are nocturnal and arboreal. They are found in tropical and woodland forests of India, Sri Lanka, and parts of Southeast Asia. Loris locomotion is a slow and cautious climbing form of quadrupedal-ism. Some lorises are almost entirely insectivorous, while others also include fruits, gums, leaves, and slugs in their diet.Five decades ago, the passion of a British naval officer for trees culminated in an arboretum in our island country. Established over seven acres at the time, it expanded to more than 34 acres after it was donated to the IFS (Institute of Fundamental Studies). Today, Sam Popham's Arboretum is home to many species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and mammals, including the uncommon, nocturnal slender loris native to Sri Lanka and India. Since our naturalists are used to this special sanctuary of flora and fauna, you can trust them to lead you along the night walk effortlessly. They will use torches with comparatively less obtrusive red lights to scan for loris and turn on white lights only when they see one. These arboreal species have long slender bodies and wide, rounded eyes that shine in the dark. Besides the loris, you might also spot mouse deer, civet cats and rabbits. A stroll around this natural haven could give guests a lifetime of experience.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Sinharaja

Sinharaja – Udawalawe (Drive)

Breakfast at Hotel and Check out

Proceed to Udawalawe. Upon arrival in Udawalawe, check in at hotel and relax at leisure

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Udawalawe

Udawalawe

Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning Visit to the Udawalawe National Park for a Jeep Safari

The park is situated just south of the Central Highlands, of which escarpment brings about an enrapturing backdrop. At the center of the park lies the Udawalawe Reservoir. Udawalawe is undoubtedly the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year: there are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100. Udawalawe National Park is unique in terms of consistency in numbers of elephants roaming the park: it has no a seasonal variation in herds of elephants. The best hours to visit the park are in the mornings and evenings. Late evening also affords the photographic opportunities in the backdrop of loveliest sunsets.

Upon completion, return to hotel and get back again for an evening jeep safari

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Udawalawe

Udawalawe – Ella (Drive)

Breakfast at the Hotel

Transfer to Ella

Ella, often described as ‘’lonely planet’’ and ‘’waterfall’’ is a congested town located in Sri Lanka. Ella is pure natural beauty, with its waterfalls, greenery, and hills it is just jaw-dropping. It has views that one hasn’t witnessed before, scenes one hasn't seen before and nature one hasn't felt before. Ella is the perfect place to go to if one wants to refresh the brain. It has many famous places and has been under the attention of tourist for a decent amount of time now.Ella is filled with nature; everywhere one sees he gets to know why people want to visit Ella so much. The greenery, flowers, gardens all of them shape the beauty of Ella, a shape that is difficult to resist. The environment is fresh and clean.

The Demodara nine arch bridge close to Ella station is as picturesque as bridges get. Visitors can ride the train over the bridge and also walk along it in the other direction if they spend a night in the area. The bridge was constructed in the early 1900’s and is built completely out of rocks and cement without a single bit of steel. The views from the window will have you snapping photos at every turn. The journey through the hill country not only gives you countless breathtaking sights, it also takes you through long dark tunnels where there is always fun for the passengers, yelling while the train travels through the tunnels.

Upon arrival in Ella, check in at hotel

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Ella

Ella

Breakfast at Hotel

Visit Ravana cave and Ravana Falls

In the misty mountains of tropical Sri Lanka, the wide Ravana falls gushes down a height of 82 feet falling from an oval concave rock. It takes the form of a drooping areca flower during the peak season of its water flow, but its size is reduced dramatically during the dry season. Located in the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary in Ella, this waterfall is the source of many legends and secrets.

Flying Ravana

Soar through the air on the fastest mega zip line in South Asia offered by Flying Ravana – a hair-raising ride you have to believe in. Flying Ravana is the first ever mega-dual zip liner in Sri Lanka, situated in the midst of Ella 's magnificent green estates. It stretches for a length of more than half a kilometer, slides at max. 80 km / h and has a panorama of the lovely hills of the island from a bird's eye view. Flying Ravana is true, Ella in all its glory. It is designed exclusively for adventure enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies who need an experience not so ordinary on the hillside. Cocooned in Badulla District of Sri Lanka is a safe haven full of natural beauty and the cool weather to be enjoyed. Ella allows the relaxed and the inquisitive to travel in some of the most cherished destinations in Sri Lanka. This cozy hamlet lies 3.415 ft. above sea level and 200 km east of the capital, Colombo. It consists of many flora and fauna, combined with towering mountain ranges and scenic waterfalls and has a beautiful ecological landscape.

Engage in an ATV tour around the scenic acres of tea and green lands of Ella

Get on a powerful four-wheeler and explore the ATV Adventure in Ella, a stunning destination for all forms of adventure sports, another trendy breakthrough. The specified off-road area is specially built to fulfill the quench of adrenaline junkies that cover all terrain types of muddy and dirt tracks with hills and slopes through the tea fields, jungles and passing picture-perfect views of the spectacular Ella Gap, providing ideal outdoor activities. Guests will also have a one-time chance to witness the famous "Ravana Lookout" private photo view – the widest and purest 270 degree view of the Ella Gap. At the ATV site, the safety of riders is ensured by providing a guide / travel buddy around the clock and will be fitted with the best safety equipment approved by the experts in the sector before you hit the trail.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Ella

Ella – Arugam Bay (Drive)

Breakfast at the Hotel

Transfer to Arugam Bay and check in at hotel

Located opposite the Colombo district along the east coast of the island, this is a beautiful world-renowned bay suitable for pro surfing. The East Coast provides countless chances for all sorts of water sports and underwater photos, though there are deeper water areas where you can wade in or snorkel. Regarded as one of the best surfing destinations in the country, several activities are held each year under the support of the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority to promote this beach, and regional competitions are held every year. Arugam Bay is situated on the southeast corner of the island, close to Kumana, one of the best locations for birdwatchers, and Lahugala, another destination for elephant watching in Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay

Breakfast at the Hotel

Relax at the beach or engage in water activities

Surfing in Arugam Bay

The town of Arugam Bay provides an array of opportunities for those who are excited about water sports and underwater photography. Sri Lanka Windsurfing is a popular water sport among international tourists visiting the palm-lined beaches of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has drawn surfers from all over the world since the early 1960s. The resplendent waters circling the moon-shaped curl of soft golden sand in the Bay of Arugam are considered to be one of the finest 'point brakes' in the world. Experience and sail along the magnificent waves of the ocean as they smash through an enthralling stream. Three of the point breaks, “The Point," "Pottuvil Point" and "Crocodile Rock" are within an hour from the hotels and "The Point is visible (15 min walk) from the hotel. There are also other places that can be reached within a 1-hour drive or by boat.

Kumana National Park

For those who are bird enthusiasts, the National Park is a heaven on earth with promises of exciting safari experiences and unforgettable birdlife sights. The park is a true nest that breeds, feeds and roosts more than 430 bird species where you can experience unforgettable encounters of rare birds including Pelican, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Heron, Painted Storks, Egrets, Cormorants and more.
Besides the variety of birds, Kumana is home to the Elephant, Leopards, Golden Jackal, Wild Boar, European Otter and a list of endangered wetland animals, including rare turtles and crocodiles. The 20 lagoons and other freshwater reservoirs covering the national park bring a draw to the park giving you the chance to witness these beautiful animals in their natural habitats.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay

Breakfast at Hotel

Full day at the beach enjoying the sea breeze with a touch of coastal warmth

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay –Yala (Drive)

Breakfast at Hotel and Check out

Proceed to Yala. Upon arrival check in at Hotel in Yala and spend rest of the day at leisure

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Yala

Yala

Breakfast at the Hotel

Morning Visit to the Yala National Park for Jeep Safari

Yala National Park is situated in the south-east region of Sri Lanka and is the 2nd largest National Park in the island, situated some 300 km away from Colombo. It was at first established in the early 1890s as a game sanctuary. The park is located in the dry-zone region where the drought season is very long. The day time average temperature is over 30 degrees which is not uncommon in the region. “Yala Safari” A dream destination for all wildlife enthusiasts; be it its leopard cubs seeking refuge on a tree, or an adult leopard quenching its thirst at a water hole, the leopard sightings in this nature reserve are many and varied and you are able to witness these wonders on a jeep safari where you can literally observe them from a close range. The parkland makes up most of the reserve but also includes lakes, beaches, jungle, rivers and scrubland. This variety in habitats provides an excellent range in wildlife. The largest concentration of Leopards can be seen in this region though the chances of seeing this animal are very low, and the creature is said to be one of the most endangered species. About 32 species of mammals, 125 species of birds and many reptiles and lagoon fauna species have been recorded in the park. The Yala National Park is famous among visitors as the best place to view large mammals within one territory.

Return to Hotel and get back for an Evening Jeep Safari

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Yala

Yala – Galle (Drive)

Breakfast at Hotel and Check Out

Proceed to Galle. Upon arrival check into hotel and relax at leisure enjoying the beach and hotel amenities

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Galle

Galle

Breakfast at the Hotel

Sightseeing at Galle

Galle is situated in the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka; it is one of the country's integral cities. Galle has a colorful history and beauty that renders many speechless. The city is filled with Dutch-colonial buildings people come from faraway places to see. The air is filled with the sweet smell of spices and the salty winds give it an authentic recognition. The fort built by the Portuguese in 1588 holds most of the attention as you can explore the city of Galle through its walls. The Fort has a multi-religious ethnic population and embedded deep inside its walls is a rich history people are besotted with. This glorious building suffered through the Boxing Day Tsunami and was later restored to its magnificent beauty. It has been given the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its endless glory. It's a beautiful travelling location which gives you an experience that's hard to forget.Galle is filled with art that's rare, the streets are filled with people who are ambitious and hardworking, showcasing their efforts in one the best displays that please the eye immensely. The classic architecture fuses with the tropical setting that's the envy of many man-made resorts and architects. Galle is said to be a heavenly piece of art, tropical heaven and rich in history.
Return to Hotel relax at the beach relishing the sunsets

Dinner and overnight at Hotel

Galle – Colombo (Drive)

Breakfast at Hotel and Check Out

Proceed to the Airport with an abundance of memories from your unforgettable experience here at Sri Lanka – The Paradise Island.

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Pricing*

– £2495 / $3445 per person for a minimum of 2 travellers on a twin or double sharing basis.
– £1395 / $1925 for single room supplement.

Price valid till 30th April 2023 & based in Standard Hotels.

Included

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing basis
  • Daily Breakfast and Dinner
  • Private Transfers
  • City Sightseeing
  • Air Conditioned Private Car with English speaking Driver Guide
  • Entrances to Monuments
  • One Game Drives at Kumana National Park
  • Two Game Drives at Yala National Park
  • Two Game Drives at Udawalawe National Park
  • Govt Taxes

Not Included

  • International Flight
  • Insurance
  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Meals -Lunch
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Tips
  • Visa Charges

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  2. Prices valid upto 30th April 2023.
  3. Christmas and New Year supplement applicable extra.
  4. Local taxes apply.

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