The Into the Wild itinerary allows you to experience Sri Lanka’s exotic wilds, and provides ample opportunity for rest and rejuvenation in luxurious and inspirational accommodation. Going off the beaten track, explore Sri Lanka's array of birds, insects, reptiles, mammals and immaculate flora and fauna across varying terrains. Your final days will be spent in a perfect hideaway in Galle, just minutes away from the sandy beaches and turquoise seas of the Galle coast.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.
• Wildlife Encounters: Observe herds of wild elephants, then spot the endangered leopard and sloth bear, at Udawalawe and Yala National Park respectively.
• Sinharaja Forest Reserve: Sri Lanka's last remaining virgin rainforest is known as a habitat for many colorful bird species and travelers will hear them calling as they climb to Sinharaja's fairytale waterfalls.
• Hiking: In addition to a trek through Sinharaja, travelers will hike up to Ritigala's ancient monastery and through the Ritigala Nature Reserve and Sanctuary, noted for its abundance of primate species.
Upon arrival in stunning Sri Lanka, a 15-minute airport transfer will bring you to nearby Kotugoda, where you will find your charming colonial-style bungalow at The Wallawwa. After settling in, explore the Muthurajawela Wetlands, which houses the Negombo lagoon. The wetland is inundated with seawater during high tide, which, over thousands of years, has created a brackish, integrated coastal ecosystem that is biologically-diverse and very much alive. A variety of mangroves and other types of flora, including medicinal plants; numerous types of birds, butterflies and fish, some of which are endemic, are found in this habitat.
Wake up to a healthy breakfast, and take an easy day to get your bearings and take in the surroundings. Wander through private gardens where crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Sri Lanka’s largest snake – the Python, are common, so keep your eyes peeled! Enjoy the luxuries the hotel has to offer.
Located in 3.5 hours away in the North Central province of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and amazing wild adventures. Climb up to the ancient monastery of Ritigala en-route to UNESCO’s Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Absorb the culture and stories behind the great Hindu of Ramayana, while embracing the beauty of the royal garden views that surround. Caves with Christian inscriptions can also be found along the way, and for all bird lovers, look out for the hawking of the Shaheen Falcon: a resident near the Sigiriya rock.
Explore the wonders of the animal kingdom on a journey through Ritigala Nature Reserve and Sanctuary. The most commonly-seen birds include Orange-Headed Thrush, Purple Sunbird, Stork-Billed Kingfisher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White-Rumped Shama and Shahin Falcon. Closer to the Sigiriya Moat exists the rare Blue-eared Kingfisher. You can also get a chance to see all three types of primates, including the Toque Monkey, Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey and the cheeky Grey Langur.
Make the most out of your last day by exploring any of the sites or nature trails you have not yet been able to do, and experience the most out of your time in this exquisite natural setting.
Gather your belongings and freshen up before your transfer 3.5 hours to the Ambewela mountain range in Nuwara Eliya, where you will spend the next two nights in the Warwick Gardens. Venture into the Horton Plains National Park which, at 7,000 feet above sea level, offers a wide array of wildlife and nature.
The walk to “World's End” and "Little World's End" offers one of the finest views in Sri Lanka. With a mixture of grasslands and forests, including the last montane forest in the country, Horton Plains is a paradise for bird watchers. Only 12 miles from Nuwara Eliya, it’s possible to encounter five endemic bird species that only exist at this altitude: the Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Dull-Blue flycatcher, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, the elusive Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush and the Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon. Nuwara Eliya is also home to Slender Loris, Bear Monkeys and, occasionally, a leopard - watch for these! Rhino-Horned Lizards, Black-Lipped Lizards and Dwarf Chameleons are other species to look out for when roaming freely.
An early rise will enable a 3-hour transfer to Udawalawe National Park in the south-central region, where you will have the chance to encounter some of Sri Lanka’s endangered elephants. Offload your bags at your lodge, just 5 minutes from the park entrance. Watch out for large herds of roaming elephants, leopards, buffalo, deer and sloth bears, as well as mongooses, bandicoots, monitor lizards and crocodiles. Visit the Elephant Transit Camp at Udawalawe, where 22 baby elephants are currently being rehabilitated for injuries or becoming orphaned. Run by Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Department, these elephants are later released into the wild.
Wake up to nature’s calls before heading out to explore more of the jungle around you. Take a dip in the Walawe River, take a relaxing massage the hideaway has to offer and indulge in rich fruits and vegetables that are locally produced. Choose a direction and head out to see if you can capture a glance at some of the animals you may have not had the chance to witness yet.
After breakfast, get ready to welcome new encounters with leopards as you are transferred from Udawalawe by air to Yala National Park, Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife attraction. Leave any unneeded belongings in your tent and enjoy an adventurous game drive through Yala Park. Here live the big three: the leopard, elephant and water buffalo. Other potential sightings to look out for include famous reptiles and monkeys that are scattered across the park. Complete your day with a delicious dinner under the stars before resting in the well resourced tents.
Wake up early for another adventurous day on a jeep safari that will allow you to cover a vast area of the park. Enjoy a relaxed picnic in a jungle atmosphere, before visiting ancient temples in Sithulpauwa, Kataragama and Tissamaharama. Learn about how Sri Lanka tries to protect its wildlife, and explore the leopard trails to make the most out of your camping safari.
Fuel your body with fresh fruits and juices before heading to the incredible rainforest located in Deniyaya. Located in the southwest corner of the island, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a UNESCO International Man and Biosphere Reserve and is Sri Lanka’s Heart of Darkness, due to the thick growth of flora and fauna. At 3,500 feet above sea level, two nights at the Rainforest Eco Lodge, bordering the magnificent Sinharaja Forest Reserve, will give you an unforgettable experience. The lodge itself is situated on a 500 acre tea plantation, where you can learn about Ceylon Tea, including how to handpick the precious leaves, and pay a visit a tea factory.
Get ready to embark on a guided trek into the southern side of Sinharaja, where you will trace beautiful river streams, leading to magnificent waterfalls. Trek through Sri Lanka’s last surviving stretch of virgin rainforest, home to over 140 bird species. The Blue Magpie, the Sri Lankan Yellow-Fronted Barbet, as well as the fascinating `mixed species feeding flocks’ can be spotted. You can also find smaller mammals, including the Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey and the Giant Squirrel.
Say your goodbyes to the magical rainforest, eco-lodge owners and safari guides before heading back to the coastal region of Tangalle. Head towards Unawatuna, Thalpe and Habaraduwa, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim or snorkel on pristine beaches or large lakes. Stronger sea conditions between December and April also provide a haven for surfers to rip.
After a good night’s rest in the comfortable hotel, take a boat ride on Koggala Lake. This body of water is scattered with islands, including Fish Eagle Island, where hundreds of Eagles nest at dusk; and Cinnamon Island, where four village families process the cinnamon for essential oils.
Spend your last day exploring Galle’s historic 17C Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a must-see attraction. Located just 20 minutes away, explore the maze of narrow streets lined with Dutch and British period buildings still in use, the sturdy ramparts looking out to sea, the growing collection of art galleries, antique shops, cafes and restaurants. This will be a perfect finish to an incredible journey through some of the best sights and experiences Sri Lanka has to offer.
Take the expressway or the scenic route along the shoreline back to Colombo International Airport for your flight onward.
Situated just 15 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport, The Wallawwa is an old colonial home that has been restored and converted into 17 guestrooms and suites-- The Mountbatten Suite, two Family Suites, two Wallawwa Bedrooms, and twelve Garden Suites. The property offers well-manicured, lush gardens, a library, a study with computer and complimentary internet access, a swimming pool, and a spa. The Verandah offers Asian Fusion cuisine and is set overlooking the property's beautiful gardens.
Located just six kilometers away from the historic Sigiriya Rock, Water Garden Sigiriya resort provides visitors to Sri Lanka with world-class comfort and second to none service. With one and two bedroom options, the resort's 30 villas are chicly designed, spacious, and imbued with an air of mystique thanks to their secret gardens and private plunge pools. Havens of relaxation and excellently positioned to observe the lush outdoors and roaming wildlife, the villas are also equipped with such modern comforts as flat-screen televisions, Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. The expansive resort property can be traversed via a traditional buggy, swimming across the outdoor pool, or aboard a helicopter from the resort’s helipad that provides aerial tours of the adjacent countryside. Master chefs cater to diverse appetites with dishes from around the world at the outdoor dining sites and traditional indoor venue. Quality is ensured with an emphasis on organic produce and imports from top quality suppliers. At the resort's spa, various treatments can be enjoyed including renowned Balinese massages. On-site, there is plenty to keep guests entertained with activities as diverse as billiards, biking, and archery while travel off the premises to explore such nearby attractions as the ancient cities of Dambulla, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa is easy and convenient.
Nestled amongst reed beds and paddy fields on top of a man-made lake lies Jetwing Vil Uyana, a premier luxury eco resort in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. Hailed by Harper's Bazaar as the "best eco luxury hotel in Sri Lanka," this one-of-a-kind resort comprises 36 dwellings that merge sophisticated modern comforts with ecological rural simplicity. Located on a property that spans 28 acres, the resort's structures have been carefully placed to best allow the surrounding nature to thrive, inducing 36 species of butterfly, 120 species of bird, and 20 species of mammal that regard the resortas home. Guests can attempt to identify all the species from the comfort of their dwellings or participate in any of the various wildlife observation tours organized by the resort’s staff. Magnificent views of Sigiriya rock are also offered from the resort's fine dining restaurant serving Eastern and Western dishes alike. There is also a café for light bites and a fully stocked bar. Strategically located, getaways to elephant gatherings at Minneriya National Park, a wildlife safari at Wilpattu National Park, and other tours of nearby natural wonders and cultural relics are easily accessible. The resort itself is equipped with a spa, yoga treatments, gymnasium, coffee makers, Wi-Fi, and more.
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.
Returning to the golden era of colonial British safari explorers, Leopard Trails offers the jungle experience in comfort and luxury, as the intrepid adventurers of the 1800s enjoyed it. Romantic and elegant, their tented camps are located in two of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful national parks, Yala and Wilpattu. While the former is famed for its roaming leopards, the latter draws nature enthusiasts for its populations of deer, sloths, bears, elephants and a solid contingent of leopards of its own. A stay at Leopard Trails allows guests to retreat to their beautifully-appointed canvas safari tent at night, to emerge in the morning, well rested and right in the midst of glorious flora and fauna. Delicious meals, meanwhile, are cooked freshly and served al fresco for a complete sense of immersion in nature.
Set right on the coast in southern Sri Lanka, Chena Huts occupy seven acres of the rainforest and dunes beyond Yala National Park, so its 14 cabins are surrounded by unspoilt beauty and natural wonders. With the ocean on one side and the country’s oldest natural reserve on the other, to stay here is to utterly escape into nature. In thatched huts with private pools, guests will find a little oasis of comfort and convenience, where crisp bed linens and wifi come as standard and flamingos and storks wade in the lake nearby. Nautical-themed Basses restaurant offers fine dining on the beach or in romantic private locations, and the poolside bar serves cocktails from behind a waterfall. Guests seeking a little pampering during their stay in paradise can retreat to the spa for a range of indulgent treatments, to heighten the sense of peace and tranquility.
Adjacent the world famous Yala National Park that is home to a dense population of leopards lies the Wild Coast Tented Lodge Yala, overlooking the shimmering blue waters of the Indian Ocean. A consortium of Dutch, English and Sri Lankan designers devised the the resort's man-made structures that seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape. The premises 28 tents form the shape of a leopard's paw print when seen from above. The room's interiors fuse colonial expedition chic with contemporary design innovations. Teak floors and canvas walls mixed with dark leathers and metallic hardware bring these rooms to the forefront of fashion while air-conditioning and Wi-Fi guarantee guests’ comfort. At the Dining Pavilion and natural beach garden, guests can enjoy gourmet safari cuisine with a Sri Lankan flair. The resort is also equipped with a free-form swimming pool and luxurious spa. The resort offers vehicular tours to the furthest corners of Yala National Park while expert naturalist guides are on hand to discuss all flora and fauna that emerges such as elephants, sloth bears, and leopards.
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.
Situated in the midst of a coconut grove on a secluded bay, the Amanwella resort is one of the world's most exclusive beach retreats. The resort sits on a perfect crescent of white-sand beach and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, national parks and exotic wildlife and a 5 and 1/2 hour drive from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). There are 30 suites, each equipped with a plunge pool, terrace, and floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides. A number of ocean suites are located further down the hill and have uninterrupted views of the coconut palms and the beach. The Amanwella restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, and uses its location next to the ocean to cook up fresh Asian- and Mediterranean-style seafood. The Pool Terrace also serves meals in a more laid-back setting. When not enjoying a safari, snorkeling, or swimming in the pool, there is a library with Internet access and reference books on Sri Lanka. The spa offers massages and traditional therapies using local, natural ingredients, which can be given either in the spa's suite or in selected garden locations. There is no fitness center.
Set on a cliff overlooking the South Indian Ocean, the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle enjoys secluded peace. Yet, as it is located in the very centre of Sri Lanka's south coast, some of the best attractions on the stunning island are within easy reach. Colonial towns and national parks are just an hour's drive away, while a beautiful beach lies just a stone's throw from the property. From comfortable rooms to sprawling two-bedroom suites which boast their own plunge pool, there is accommodation to suit all guests and parties. All rooms feature modern comforts with charming traditional designs. Dining options are diverse, allowing for everything ranging from light snacks by the pool to full-blown Chef's Table degustation menus - complete with wine pairing. The facilities are top notch, and include a well-equipped kids'club and play pool for the little ones. Meanwhile, adults can take a break by indulging in the spa, joining yoga classes on the beach or simply relaxing by the water.
Located along the beautiful coastline of Dickwella, southern Sri Lanka, the beautiful Ani Villa Sri Lanka estate is the handiwork of Reda Amalou and AW2 of Paris. Contemporary tropical architecture is merged with the finest bespoke finishes and furnishings across the 15 bedrooms of this two-villa estate. The Villa Monara has eight suites while the Villa Divia has seven. Either of the villas can be rented separately, or the whole estate can be rented at once. Both villas have their own oversized infinity pools and are located right along the beach. Rooms are spacious and lavishly appointed. They can be fitted with a king-size or two twin beds. Bathrooms feature both showers and tubs, and many rooms even have private plunge pools. There is a lot to do at the estate besides basking under the sun; namely, there is a private spa, state of the art fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, yoga pavilion, and a shuffleboard court. All meals are provided by the estate’s kitchen according to guests’ preferences, whether this means authentic Sri Lankan meals or International favorites. There are also several places worth visiting nearby, such as the Galle Fort, tea plantations, and Uda Walawe National Park.
Located in the center of a preserved 17th-century Dutch Fort, the sumptuous Amangalla resort is also a beautifully restored UNESCO World Heritage site that perfectly captures the charm of the historic trading port of Galle. Amangalla has 17 rooms, eight suites and the Garden House, a two-story house with treetop views. Rooms are decorated in a style that blends luxurious contemporary amenities with a perfectly rendered colonial-era aesthetic. Sri Lankan curry and other traditional dishes are served in the dining room, and the Veranda is a cool spot to have a drink during the day; the fort's Zaal (Dutch for Great Hall) serves light meals and a classic afternoon tea. The pool is located in the resort's gardens and has five shaded pavilions where you can relax post-swim. A library with Internet access houses information on Sri Lanka and the history of the Fort. The Baths, Amangalla's spa, offers Ayurvedic massage, hydrotherapy pools, and a steam room and sauna, among other treatments. There is also a garden pavilion for yoga practice or meditation. There is no fitness center. The resort is roughly a four-hour drive from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
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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