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.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Central Highlands: With the Devon and St Clair’s Waterfalls, tea factories, and the Horton Plains, travelers drive through some of Sri Lanka’s most charming vistas, including the picturesque Nuwara Eliya.
• Elephants of Udawalawe: Udawalawe is famed for its population of more than 250 wild elephants roaming the lush grasslands of southern Sri Lanka.
• Leopards of Yala: Yala National Park is the most famous wildlife destination in Sri Lanka, if not all of South Asia. Renowned for its leopards, the jeep safaris through Yala throw up surprises such as elephants, crocodiles, and even adorably disheveled sloth bears.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leading the way in sustainable tourism for Sri Lanka, the Rainforest Eco Lodge sits on the edge of the country’s only natural World Heritage Site, the Sinharaja Rainforest. Guests can immerse themselves in the nature and mystic history of this glorious ecosystem, named for the legendary Lion Kings from whom the Sinhalese are supposedly descended. Consisting of 16 chalets, each built from reclaimed shipping containers based on the principles of ‘reduce, re-use and recycle’, the lodge combines responsible tourism with creativity and design, without compromising on luxury and comfort. Set in tea gardens, with stunning views of the rainforest, each room boasts its own private deck and en suite facilities. The restaurant at the lodge specializes in scrumptious cuisine prepared freshly, using organic ingredients. And of course, the expert staff can organize natural adventures for guests, including bird watching and jungle trekking.
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.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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