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A Walk on the Wild Side in Sri Lanka

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.

FROM $8,300 PER PERSON
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DURATION

8 days | 7 nights

DESTINATIONS

Sri Lanka

INTERESTS

Wildlife,
Trekking

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Canoe across the Kalani River Hike across Horton’s Plain
  • Spot leopards in Yala National Park
  • Spend the night in the Sinharaja Rainforest

DETAILED DECRIPTION

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. 

DAY-TO-DAY

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: Nuwara Eliya

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 National Park

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 National Park

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 Forest Reserve

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.

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