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10 Days Ultimate Wildlife Safari in Sri Lanka

Paradise Beach Club, 140, Ven. Gunasiri Mahimi Mawatha, Mirissa, Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Guided Safari Sri Lanka

Pack your baggage and join this fascinating safari in Sri Lanka where you will visit Mirissa Beach, Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. During this tour, you will have a breathtaking whale watching experience, go on game drives in search of wildlife in two most-visited national parks, and enjoy a trekking activity in Sinharaja rainforest. This safari package is a great offer for you who wish to have the ultimate Sri Lankan adventure!

Highlights

  • Whale watching in Mirissa
  • Game drives in Udawalawe and Yala National Park
  • Trekking in Sinharaja Forest Reserve
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Transfer services

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Accommodation

You will stay for three nights at Paradise Beach Club in Mirissa on a half board basis, one night at Nildiya Mankada Safari Lodge on a bed and breakfast basis, three nights at Yala Lake Camp in Tissamaharama on a bed and breakfast basis, and two nights at The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja on a half board basis.

Program

Day 1

Upon your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), you will meet the representative from Best of Lanka at the arrival lounge. Transfer to Kalpitiya, a three-hour drive approximately. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at Paradise Beach Club.

Day 2 - 3

You will have a chartered whale watching in Mirissa. Dondra Point of down south in Sri Lanka is the main port of whale watching in Sri Lanka from December to April. Out of these months, December, January, and April are the peak months of sightings. During these months, there are 95% chances of spotting sperm whales and great chances of spotting blue whales as their migration path is just from the Dondra Point. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at Paradise Beach Club.

Day 4

You will have breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to Udawalawe National Park and go on an evening safari at Udawalawe National Park. Your overnight stay will be at Nildiya Mankada Safari Lodge.

Day 5

You’ll have a morning safari at Udawalawe National Park. During your visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants, feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalos, water monitors, lizards, sambar deer, monkeys, and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.

Then, transfer to Yala National Park and have an evening safari at Yala National Park. Your overnight stay will be at Yala Lake Camp.

Day 6 - 7

You will have a full day safari at Yala National Park. Yala National Park, one of Sri Lanka's premier ecotourism destinations, lies 24 kilometers northeast of Tissamaharama and 305 kilometers from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces.

The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. Your overnight stay will be at Yala Lake Camp.

Day 8

You will have breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to Sinharaja Forest Reserve. In the late afternoon, you will walk to the tea estate village and arboretum. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja.

Day 9

You’ll have an early morning bird watching trail. Sinharaja Rain Forest is home to over 25 endemic species and a myriad of others, Sinharaja is fondly referred to as a bird watcher's paradise. You’ll Indulge in the sound of silence of the leafy everglades, waiting for the prize, red-billed blue magpie or Sri Lanka white-eye.

Then, you will have breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards, have a rainforest walk. Take a trek through the quaint paths of Sinharaja where placid undergrowth lies waiting for the appreciation of all who wish to indulge in the tranquil wilderness of Sri Lanka's world-renowned rainforest. Your dinner and overnight stay will be at The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja.

Day 10

Have breakfast at the hotel. Then, transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) for departure, a four-hour drive approximately.

Location

This safari holiday will take you to several places in Sri Lanka, including Mirissa Beach, Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, and Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Mirissa Beach

Mirissa Beach is one of the best places in the world to see one of the only recorded resident blue whale colonies in their natural habitat. Dolphins are regularly spotted on whale watching trips organized from Mirissa and Dondra head on the south coast.

Udawalawe National Park

A treasure trove of wildlife wonders awaits nature lovers visiting the Udawalawe National Park. Drive through Sri Lanka’s third most visited national park; listen to the music of the wild, take pleasure in the naturally fresh ambiance and enjoy some of the finest animal sightings ever.

If you always wanted to see elephants in their natural habitat, then Udawalawe is where you should be heading for. Witness the power of elephants as herds of them sometimes as many as 250 in a herd with their babies, graze boldly by the tank; an awe-inspiring experience and an unforgettable moment.

There are more treasures waiting to be explored; watch Sri Lankan leopard lazing in the open, a variety of deer, large herds of water buffalo, wild boar, mischievous monkeys, many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and if you are lucky, a glimpse of the elusive sloth bear.

Yala National Park

Step into the wild, take a safari to leopard country. Drive through Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park, the second largest and the most visited national park in Sri Lanka. Touch base with some of your favorite animals; watch leopards feed, laze and play in the open, and if you’re lucky, you’ll see plenty of them as Yala is known to have the highest density of leopards in the world. Listen to the elephants' trumpet, monkeys chatter, sloth bear grunts and the melodious birdsong from the verdant woods.

There’s plenty more to stop you in your tracks and let your heart pound faster. From the break of dawn to the setting of dusk, Yala National Park is bustling with excitement, inviting wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers to witness some of the nature’s wonders, indulge in some great photography, and be one with nature as never before.

Sinharaja Rain Forest

Trek one of the finest natural rainforests in the world which have been identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being a man and biosphere reserve. It’s probably one of the oldest living ecosystems, a place that certainly deserves a visit and a place that promises to live up to its expectations.

Trek through dense greenery of lofty trees, intertwined with shrubs, woody climbers, vines and smaller trees, experience a hot-spot of endemic species which includes over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees and woody climbers, mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, insects, and rare amphibian species.

This amazingly beautiful place is home to the rusty-spotted and fishing cats, sambar, wild boar, barking deer, squirrel, monkey, porcupines, and the rare leopard amongst many other mammals and many reptiles such as green pit viper, the hump-nosed viper, and the krait. The fascinating birdlife includes 160 species of which 18 of the 20 endemic species in Sri Lanka are found here.

Food

At The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja and Paradise Beach Club, your meals will be on a half-board basis. At the other hotels, you will be served breakfasts only.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Safari activities in Udawalawe National Park and Yala National Park
  • 2 days’ whale watching
  • A rainforest walk in Sinharaja Forest Reserve
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinners
  • Air-conditioned transfers with an English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • Park entrance fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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