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A Walk on the Wild Side in Sri Lanka

Spend eight days immersed in Sri Lanka’s spectacular natural beauty on this wildlife-tour-of-a-lifetime. Amid the thick jungle foliage of the lowland rainforests of Kitulgala and Sinharaja, look out for lizards and exotic birds. From the highland tea terraces of Nuwara Eliya, hike across Horton’s Plain – keeping an eye looking out for deer and monkey – and enjoy exciting safari rides across several of the country’s national parks. Stay in cozy lodges and colonial hotels where you’ll enjoy stunning views and traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, before rounding off your trip exploring the Dutch canals on the coast at Negombo. 

Highlights   Pricing
  • Canoe across the Kalani River Hike across Horton’s Plain
  • Spot leopards in Yala National Park
  • Spend the night in the Sinharaja Rainforest
 
Starting at
$830
per person per day
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1
Kitulgala

Upon arrival, meet your driver who will transport you to beautiful Kitulgala to check in to your cozy hotel. After lunch, climb into a dugout canoe and cross the Kalani River, then begin the hike into the surrounding lowland rainforest. Keep your eyes peeled for the many exotic species of animals, birds, lizards and trees before heading back to your hotel for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 2

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before embarking for the green hills of tea country. Your journey includes a stop at the roaring Devon and St Clair’s Waterfalls, as well as a tour around a tea factory and a stroll through nearby Victoria Park. Finally, you’ll arrive in the pretty hillside town of Nuwara Eliya, where you may enjoy dinner and a comfortable night in a colonial-style hotel.

Day 3
Udawalawe

It’s an early start this morning as you cross Horton’s Plain to reach Sri Lanka’s highest point, where you’ll stop for a hearty picnic breakfast amid gorgeous scenery. As you hike across the plain, look out for the monkeys, lizards and deer that roam freely. In the afternoon, you’ll make tracks for Udawalawa National Park for a sunset safari drive and overnight stay.

Day 4
Yala

After breakfast in Udawalawe, it’s time to move on to another of Sri Lanka’s national parks. Once you’ve checked in at your lodgings, enjoy an afternoon drive through Yala National Park in search of its elusive leopards. In the evening, relax and enjoy dinner in the park, where you’ll stay for the night.

Day 5
Yala

Explore the remainder of Yala National Park by jeep this morning, before enjoying a tasty lunch under its abundant foliage. In the afternoon, make your way to Bundala National Park, a wetland famous for crocodiles and many species of rare indigenous birds. Head back to your comfortable lodgings at Yala for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 6
Sinharaja

After breakfast in Yala National Park, you’ll head to the lowland rainforest at Sinharaja where you’ll discover the rich ecosystem of trees, flowers, insects, butterflies and birds. Named for the legendary Sinhalese kings of ancient times, this area is particularly mystic and beautiful. Enjoy a delicious dinner and overnight stay nearby.

Day 7
Negombo

After breakfast, say goodbye to the rainforest and head to the coastal town of Negombo. Check in to your oceanfront hotel and spend the afternoon exploring the Dutch canals for a fascinating cross-section of Sri Lankan life. Enjoy dinner by the sea and one final night in this gorgeous country.

Day 8
Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before your driver escorts you to the airport in time to check in for your onward journey, either back home or onto your next exciting destination.

 

Suggested Accommodations

Location
Accommodation
KITULGALA
Borderlands

Borderlands


This family-friendly, adventurous river camp can be found on top of a hill overlooking the Kelani River. Surrounded by mountains and fast-flowing rapids, Borderlands river base camp offers a comfortable stay in a natural setting, for a more refined camping experience.  Wooden cabins with thatched roofs will keep you dry as you rest on top-quality linen, double or single beds with bedside tables and lamps, as well as on your private terrace, providing spectacular views overlooking the Kelani. All tents and cabins come with mosquito nets, and are spacious enough to sleep three to five people. Nighttime entertainment can be found at the camp’s Long House, equipped with a modern sound system, informal bar and a comfortable, cushioned seating area. High speed WiFi is also available at all times. Dig into some delicious Sri Lankan curries, refresh yourself with a nice cold beer and share stories in the great company of fellow guests, as you roast marshmallows around a camp fire. Kayaks and rafts will enable action-packed days along the stunning Kelani River.


 
 
NUWARA ELIYA
Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel

The former residence of Sir Edward Barnes, Governor of Sri Lanka from 1830 to 1850, the Grand Hotel is a Tudor-style mansion set amidst boxwood and fir trees overlooking the calm waters of Lake Gregory. Hunting and fishing trophies decorate the walls, infusing the property with the tranquility of times past. The hotel has 156 elegantly furnished rooms including three presidential suites and three deluxe suites that overlook the property's magnificent, award-winning gardens filled with beautifully laid out flower beds. Rooms in the new golf wing overlook the golf course and present a soothing view of the rolling greens, and junior suites are equipped with fireplaces and well-appointed bathrooms. The main restaurant, Barnes Hall, is located on the ground floor of the hotel and overlooks the gardens, and offers a wide choice in both Western and Eastern cuisines. There is also a coffee shop, an Indian restaurant, supper club and three bars on the grounds. Other amenities include three lounges, a small shopping arcade, fitness center and sauna, spa, wood-paneled bar and billiard room with three tables. There is no Internet access at the hotel.
 
 
UDAWALAWE
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort


This environmentally-friendly four-star resort, covering seven acres of land, is an exclusive, one-of-a-kind resort in the north of Sri lanka. The resort offers 53 Deluxe and Superior rooms and four suites. With its magical flora and fauna that can be seen on- and off-site, it’s in a prime location, offering the perfect getaway for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Udawalawe National Park and Ath Athuru Sevana Elephant Orphanage are both within walking distance to make for exciting, action-packed days, while a picturesque swimming pool allows guest to relax in the warm sun, with excellent service at hand. Expect to dine in style at the hotel’s restaurant, which can can serve up to 250 guests at a time. The resort’s piece-de-resistance is its stunning free-form swimming pool, surrounded by loungers, and complete with adjoining bar. 


 
 
YALA NATIONAL PARK
Accommodation in Yala National Park

Accommodation in Yala National Park

As there is a lack of suitable accommodation in or near the park, Remote Lands visitors usually stay in Tangalle and visit Yala on a day trip.
 
 
NEGOMBO
Jetwing Beach Resort

Jetwing Beach Resort


In a haven of tranquility, hugging Sri Lanka’s immaculate western coast’s golden shoreline, lies Jetwing Beach, the winner of 2013 Certificate of Excellence and member to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This lavish beach resort is one of Negombo’s finest hotels, offering a relaxing holiday in sophisticated comfort. Designed by one of Sri Lanka’s top architects, Geoffrey Bawa, this exquisite resort enables you to wind in hours of recreational beach fun, revitalize in invigorating spa wellness treatments, indulge in mouthwatering Sri Lankan dishes and rich international cuisine in one of several dining venues, and take advantage of the gorgeous swimming pool. Your day will always end on a high note, as you watch the stunning sun drop off the edge of the horizon, illuminating the sky into warm shades of pink, yellow, orange and red.


 
 
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