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Highlights of Srilankan Wildlife

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Highlights of Srilankan Wildlife – 8 Days

Colombo – Udawalawe - Thissamaharama – Mirissa – Bentota -Colombo


Sri Lanka is a tropical country that has so much to offer for the wildlife lovers within a short period of stay. This itinerary covers some of the most visited National Parks in Sri Lanka famous for different wildlife inhabitants. You will also visit Ath Athuru sevena, the elephant transit home and do a whale watching tour from Mirissa. Finally, you will enjoy a boat ride in Madu River and visit a turtle hatchery to conclude the tour.

The tour commences from the busy and vivacious city of Colombo. It is the largest city and former administer capital of Srilanka. Next few days, visit the lush green forests and beautiful wildlife national Park. Experience game drive in Udawalawe National Park filled with Asian wild elephants, wild buffalos, sambar deer and leopards. The tour then takes you to Yala National park which is one among the foremost places to spot elusive leopards.

Afterward, head towards the south coast town of Mirissa located in the southern tip of Srilanka and enjoy the most stunning sunrise and sunsets. After Mirissa, it’s time to unwind and relax on the golden sand beaches of Bentota, staying in world-class hotels. The coast around is dotted with turtle hatcheries. Here enjoy sun, sand and unwind at the beach.

The tour will end in most busy and energetic city - Colombo

Highlights

  • Visit the vibrant capital city - Colombo
  • Spot the famous Srilankan elephant in Udawalawe National Park
  • Enjoy the visit to Elephant Transit Home in Ath Thru Sevana
  • Blue whale watching in Mirissa
  • Unwind on the secluded beaches of Bentota

Tour cost includes:
  • Transfers and ground transports (private vehicle with and English speaking driver)
  • Accommodation: twin/double room in Standard hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Tour Cost does not include:
  • Any International Airfare / Airport taxes
  • Lunches and Dinner are not included unless mentioned
  • Entrance fees for temples, monuments and museums mentioned in the program
  • Tips to guides, restaurants, and hotel lobby.
  • Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, phone calls etc
  • Sri Lanka Visa charges are not the part of the tour package
  • Repatriation fees, should they be required
  • Optional activities
  • Any others expenses
  • Day - 1 Arrive Colombo

    Upon arrival at the Bandaranayake International Airport (Colombo Airport), you will be received by the chauffeur and transferred to the hotel. The day begins with a visit to one of the most important places of learning and spirituality - The Gangaramaya Temple. Afterwards, visit the Seema Malaka Temple, a tiny temple that is built on a lake and can only be reached by a small bridge. Rest of the day is at your own pace. Overnight will be at Colombo.

    Day - 2 Colombo to Udawalawe National Park By road 175 kms / 5hrs

    After breakfast drive towards Udawalawe National park to spot the famous Srilankan elephant. Udawalawe was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir. Other than the elephants, the park is home to water buffalo, monitor lizards, sambar deer and the occasional leopard, as well as it is an exciting location for bird enthusiasts. Take an afternoon game drive in Udawalawe National park and return to the hotel for a night. Overnight will be at Udawalawe.

    Day - 3 Udawalawe National Park to Bundala to Thissamaharama By road 62 kms / 2hrs

    After breakfast drive towards Ath Thru Sevana which is Elephant Transit Home. Ath Athuru Sevana’ is a government managed Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, Sri Lanka. The baby elephants residing here were found abandoned, orphaned, sick or wounded in the jungle. They are kept and treated at this Elephant Transit Home and looked after till they are ultimately fit enough to be released back to the wild. Thereafter you will be driven to the bird sanctuary in Bundala National Park. After completing the visit you will be taken to Thissamaharama for a night. Overnight will be at Thissamaharama.

    Day - 4 Thissamaharama to Yala to Thissamaharama

    After an early breakfast, drive to Yala National park to enjoy two(morning and evening) games drives to site elusive leopard. Later return to Thissamaharama for an overnight.

    Day - 5 Thissamaharama to Mirissa By road 120 kms / 3hrs

    After breakfast depart for the coastal town of Mirissa. Mirissa still offers the charm of an idyllic fishing village while providing excellent accommodation choices, catering for all budgets and needs. Enjoy walks along un-crowded beaches, still untouched by mass tourism and watch the fascinating and famous stilt fishermen. Reach Mirissa and relax at the Mirissa beach. Overnight will be at Mirissa

    Day - 6 Mirissa to Bentota By road 95 kms / 2 hrs

    After an early breakfast, we will go on a whale & dolphin watching tour along the coast of Mirissa. The waters off Mirissa in the southern coast of Sri Lanka are home to some of the largest whale and dolphin colonies in the world. Good time to see these nature’s giants is between November till May. Later, continue your drive to Bentota. On the way, visit the Turtle Hatchery in Kosgoda and soon after stop at Balapitiya for scenic boat ride through massive mangrove caves. Overnight will be at Bentota.

    Day - 7 Bentota to Colombo By road 85kms / 2hrs

    Enjoy leisurely breakfast at the hotel and then drive to Colombo. Reach Colombo and check in to the hotel. Later in the evening you can explore the colorful markets of Colombo. Overnight will be at Colombo.

    Day 8 Colombo Departure

    After breakfast, visit Colombo by driving through the commercial and city center known as the Fort. Visit Pettah market and the National Museum. You could also visit a Buddhist Temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion. If time permits, you may also go some shopping. Later, as per your flight timings, you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight back home with sweet memories of the tour. TOUR ENDS !

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