9 day safari

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Excluding international flights

Tour Highlights

  • Path less travelled visiting Wilpattu
  • Chance to see wild leopards, elephants and sloth bear
  • Incredible whale and dolphin whale watching tours
  • Tour can be tailored around your own requirements

Compared to the very popular Yala national park, Wilpattu will always be the 'path less travelled' and here it is more about the quality of your wildlife encounters, rather than the number. Accommodation near the park remains largely a choice of mobile tented camps on private land, but there is also now a slightly more traditionally built option (the Kulu bungalow is available as an upgrade). The real pay-off is the escape from the crowds and that more intimate connection with nature and wildlife. Kalpitiya became famous for Sperm Whale sightings, but between December and April it is also an incredible location for the resident spinner dolphins. You can have that perfect combination of a relaxed beach stay with marine wildlife tours that are not overly commerical and can often deliver amazing wildlife encounters.

    When to go:
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov

Best time to visit - JAN


Day 1

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Private transfer from Colombo airport to Jetwing Beach, Negombo
On arrival at Colombo international airport you will be met and helped with any money exchange required, before taking a private car transfer north to the beautiful Jetwing Beach at Negombo, less than 30 minutes from the airport

Day 2

Best wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka Wilpattu
Drive from Negombo to Wilpattu national park
After breakfast you will be transferred 4-5 hours to the ‘Big Game Camp’, located close to the entrance gate of Wilpattu National Park. You will arrive in time to settle into your accommodation and enjoy a delightful lunch. In the afternoon you will take your first vehicle safari inside the beautiful forests and coastal inlets which define Wilpattu National Park. Key species to look out for are Leopard, Sloth Bear and Asian elephant.

Days 3-5

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Three full days of morning and afternoon safari in Wilpattu
Three full days of vehicle safaris inside Wilpattu national park. The wildlife in this park has overcome tremendous adversity caused by the civil war to once again thrive in the beautiful forests of eastern Sri Lanka. Not only are there far less vehicles here than in Yala, it also allowed wildlife lovers to link up some incredible dolphin and whale watching tours in nearby Kalpitiya.

Accommodation : Big Game Camp

Day 6

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Final morning safari then drive south to Kalpitiya
After a final morning jeep safari in Wilpattu national park, you will drive the scenic coastal road 2 hours south to Kalpitiya, where you will overnight at the stunningly located Bar Reef Resort. Rest of the day to relax, take a walk on the beach and enjoy a cooling sea breeze.

Day 7

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Half-day dolphin and whale watching boat safari
After breakfast you will enjoy a dolphin spotting excursion by fishing boat (according to sea conditions), hundreds of dolphins may be seen in the same trip; species include Spinner, Rissos, Bottlenose and Indo-Pacific Humpback (‘pink’) dolphin. Though best-known as a dolphin hotspot, whales can also be encountered (seasonal) and these range from Orcas to Blue, Sperm and Minke. Afternoon free for your own activities.

Accommodation : Bar Reef Resort

Day 8

Best places for whale watching in Sri Lanka Kalpitia,
Free morning for another whale watching excursion
We allow another free morning in Kalpitiya in case of weather disruption to your planned activity the previous day and then in the afternoon we drive you 2 hours south to Negombo, where you once again stay at the modern and stylish Jetwing Beach at Negombo

Day 9

Final transfer to Colombo airport for your flight home

Pricing Info & Dates

Cost £1880 based on two people sharing and not including flights

Travel from November 2020 to August 2021


  • £100 donation to the Tiger Trails Foundation
  • A private vehicle and driver throughout
  • Private safaris in Wilpattu
  • All activities and transfers as shown


  • Cost of international flights (we can quote on request)
  • Costs associated with applicable visas
  • Lunch in Colombo and Kalpitiya
  • Gratuities for your main wildlife and boat guides


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