Sri Lanka wildlife holiday to Yala, Hill Country and Beaches
12 days from £2460*
Sri Lanka wildlife holiday showcasing the full diversity of this exotic, wildlife rich island. Visiting in prime months (dry season) for mammal viewing in north and eastern regions (Yala!), but with welcome low season costs at some of the best lodges and more peaceful parks after the mainstream package season is over.
From the dense forests of Sinharaja with rare endemics such as the Blue Magpie, to Uda Walawe and its large herds of wild elephant. You then climb up spectacular mountain roads to the stunning Peak Wilderness Range; this is prime tea growing country, before continuing to the frost bitten, wind swept Horton Plains for incredible views (we saw Leopard scat here!). With a series of impressive switch backs, you descend to the warmth of Yala National Park, with its high density of Leopards and stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Finally, you will take the picturesque coast road back to Colombo, via the bird rich lagoons of Bundala National Park, and the UNESCO site of Galle town, which brings you to the end of your Sri Lanka wildlife holiday.
This is a Private Tour
Arrive in Colombo. Private transfer to ‘Rainforest Edge’,close to Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Morning and afternoon guided birding inside inside Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Drive onward to Uda Walawe National Park for a private afternoon jeep safari. Overnight at ‘Kalu’s Hideaway’
Early morning private jeep safari inside the park, then transfer to ‘Kelburne Mountain View Cottages’ near Nuwara Eliya.
Visit to Horton Plains National Park with stunning views during a walking tour to ‘Worlds End’ and ‘Bakers Falls’, looking out for endemic birds and monkeys
Visit to the Tangamalai bird sanctuary or rock carvings at Buduruwagala en route to Yala. Afternoon private jeep safari in Yala. Overnight at ‘Jetwing Yala’.
Two days of morning and afternoon private jeep safaris inside Yala.
AM visit to Tissa Wetlands, PM private jeep safari inside Yala.
Drive to nearby Bundala National Park for a wide variety of resident and migratory waders. Continue via Weligama to Unawatuna to overnight at ‘Thambapanni Retreat’.
Full day to explore Galle town and its Dutch Fort and Harbour or the little-known Kottawa Rainforest (closeby) on foot, with an abundance of orchids, looking for a variety of birds, reptiles, butterflies and dragonflies.
Transfer to Colombo to connect with your flight home.
Accommodation: a private tour throughout, good quality tried and tested lodges, with upgrade options on request. Full board at Rainforest Edge and Kelburne, Half Board at Kalu's and Jetwing Yala, Breakfast only at Thambapanni.
AC car and driver for round trip. Private standard safari jeep with local park guide. It is possible to upgrade to a deluxe jeep at Yala, and/ or to be accompanied throughout by a specialist naturalist.
Cost: from £2460 per person based on two sharing or from £2030 per person based on four travelling, (excludes international flights)
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* Based on 2 persons and not including flights