15 Days
From $3,145 [AU$] per person

Tour Code TLJ15-ULTIMATE-WILD

Tour Overview

Described as ‘One of Asia’s best wildlife destinations’, Sri Lanka plays host to an amazing variety of flora and fauna, with some of world’s highest densities of leopards and elephants. In a wildlife tour of two weeks, you have the best potential of seeing and photographing five charismatic mammals – elephant, leopard, bear, sperm whale and blue whale. A visit to the Sri Lankan jungles is to enter a whole new world where nature and time has stayed still…The bonus is the gloriously seductive seascape displaying golden beaches, blue green seas and spectacular sunsets.

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Itinerary

Ayubowan!– may you be blessed with long life, with this beautiful traditional greeting, we are greeted by the Travel Lanka Journeys chauffeur guide on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport (Colombo) and taken to our hotel in Negombo.
Overnight Negombo

Overnight stay: Goldi Sands hotel or similar

After breakfast we visit the fishing village in Negombo, it is fascinating to see the way of life that happens here on a daily basis.

Leave for Wilpattu National Park.

Overnight stay: Heritage Hotel or Tented camping near Wilpattu
Meals: B,D

An exciting day dawns, with packed breakfast we are on safari early. Wilpattu is famous for its leopard population, bird life, sloth bears and elephants.

Afternoon optional safari at Wilpattu National Park or visit the ancient sacred city – Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s first capital dating back to 500 BC, a World Heritage site. See amazing places such as Abhayagiriya, Ruwanweliseya Dagoba, Sri Maha Bodhi, Kuttam Pokuna and Isurumuniya, bicycle tour if you wish.

Overnight stay: Heritage Hotel or Tented Camping near Wilpattu
Meals: B,D

After breakfast we visit Sigiriya, another World Heritage Site (5th century AD), this impressive ancient rock fortress royal palace is possibly Sri Lanka’s number one destination, a must see Sri Lanka highlight. The views from the climb to the top are just magnificent.

After lunch we leave for Wasgamuwa National Park, an undiscovered National Park.

Overnight stay: Lavandis safari or similar
Meals: B,D

Two safaris, one in the morning 6am to 9am, then one in the afternoon 3pm to 6pm.

The name Wasgamuwa has derived through the words “Walas Gamuwa”. “Walasa” is sloth bear and “Gamuwa” means a wood in Sinhala. Spanning over 36,900 hectares, bordered by the Mahaweli and Aban rivers, the vegetation is dense, tropical dry. Famous for elephants and bears.

Quick Facts – The main attractions are herds of elephants as befits the large forest area. Other wildlife includes purple faced langur monkeys, wild boar, sambar and spotted deer, buffalo.Although rarely sighted, it is also the habitat of leopard and sloth bear. Among the reptiles are water monitor, mugger crocodile, estuarine crocodile and python. Of the 143 species of birds reported endemic Red-faced Malkoha and Ceylon Jungle Fowl are a common sight in the park.

Overnight stay: Lavandis safari or similar
Meals: B,D

After breakfast we begin our journey to Gal Oya National Park, centered around the largest man-made lake in the island and its environs. Lying in the southeast beyond the island’s central hills. It is the only Park which allows visitors to enjoy its beauty and wildlife by boat and jeep. Most famous for swimming elephants, during March to July the delightful sight of elephant swimming from island to island within the great lake is common.

Quick Facts – Rich in flora and fauna, about 45% of the park is covered by evergreen forest and a further 33% is taken up by savannah areas. The 25,900 hectare park has about 32 species of mammals including herds of elephants, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, water buffalo, sambhur and deer. Approximately 150 of Sri Lanka ‘s 430 species of birds have been sighted here in the many small islands covered with forest and outcrops.

Overnight stay: Galoya Lodge
Meals: B,D

Early morning jeep safari into this off the beaten track National Park, the lake is surrounded by thick forest, home to many elephants.

In the late afternoon we take an exciting boat safari, with luck we will encounter elephants swimming island to island across this giant lake.

Overnight stay: Galoya Lodge
Meals: B,D

Morning we leave for Ella, we are travelling into the high country passing unsurpassed scenery.

Ella is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea level. The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora, fauna and the beautiful Ravana Ella Falls. Ideal for trekking.

Overnight stay: Heaven’s Edge Hotel or similar
Meals: B,D

Morning we leave for Yala National Park, winding back down from the high hills to the verdant plains with breathtaking views of the island’s high country. We stop at the mesmerizing Ella Gap to observe the panoramic view of the surrounding area and Ravana Falls. Check into your accommodation at Yala.

Overnight stay: Kithala Resort or Luxury tented camping (additional cost)
Meals: B,D

An exciting day dawns, Morning 06:00 – 09:00 AM and afternoon 15:00- 18:00 we are on safari.

Quick Facts – Yala covering 129,700 ha. is the premier National Park and the most visited in Sri Lanka with various eco systems. Yala has beautiful terrain and boasts of a growing leopard population, herds of elephants, spotted deer, bear and innumerable varieties of birds among others.

Birdlife in the park is over 120 species, among them, peacock and the endemic Jungle Fowl, the National Bird of Sri Lanka

Overnight stay: Kithala Resort or Luxury tented camping (additional cost)
Meals: B,D

Morning we leave for Sinharaja Rain Forest. Enroute, visit Eth Athuru Sevana, Elephant orphanage to see baby wild elephants. Afterwards we continue our journey to Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Overnight stay: Blue Magpie hotel
Meals: B,D

Morning and afternoon we explore Sinharaja Rain Forest, a World Heritage site and bird watchers paradise. Covering nearly 9800 hectares. Out of 21 native bird species in the country 17 species made Sinharaja their home.

Overnight stay: Blue Magpie hotel
Meals: B,D

Morning we leave for Mirissa.
Evening leisure at the beach.
Overnight stay: Paradise Beach Hotel or similar
Meals: B
In season we set off for an early morning whale watching tour, Sri Lanka is one of the few places in the world to spot the Blue Whale, our largest creature ever.

Late afternoon we left to explore Galle, the 17th century Dutch fortified city, with a natural harbor exuding old-world charm especially, inside the Dutch fort – a UNESCO heritage site.

Overnight stay: Paradise Beach Hotel or similar
Meals: B

Morning we proceed to Colombo.

Late afternoon free for a short sightseeing tour of the metropolis, Colombo and for last minute shopping..

Transfer from Colombo to Airport through the airport express way for departure flight home carrying wonderful memories…

NEXT – Planning your return trip to Sri Lanka.

Tour Info

  • Any time – Private tour for 2 passengers
  • Best time to travel –  July – September

Air conditioned car/van with an English speaking chauffeur guide

  • Negombo | Wilpattu National Park | Anuradhapura | Sigiriya | Wasgamuwa National Park | Gal Oya National Park | Ella | Yala | Sinharaja Rain Forest | Mirrissa | Galle | Colombo
  • 14 night accommodation sharing twin on half board basis (dinner and breakfast included as per itinerary)
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Entrance fees, jeep hire costs, trekker chargers etc at sites and locations as per itinerary
  • International airfare
  • Lunch & beverages
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Video camera and still camera permits at some locations
  • All prices are quoted in AU$
  • All prices are based on per person sharing double or twin room and subject to change without prior notice

Tour Cost

15 Days Sri Lankan wildlife Journey

From $3,145 [AU$]

per person, twin share
Tour cost inclusive of entrance fees and activities worth up to AU$750.00 per person

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