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10 Days Unique Safari in Sri Lanka

Cinamon Red, 59 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo, Colombo District, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Amazing Sri Lanka Safari

Come and join Best of Lanka to explore the wild world of Sri Lanka. This unique holiday, designed by local experts, can turn your days to something more than amazing. You can witness extraordinary places from the fairly thick dry zone jungle of Wilpattu National Park, Sigiriya, the birds' heaven of Sri Lanka, to one of Sri Lanka's premier ecotourism destinations, Yala National Park. Be prepared for the excitement and expect the unexpected!

Highlights

  • Birdwatching in Sigiriya Sanctuary
  • Game drive in Wilpattu National Park
  • Spotting elephants and some wildlife at Minneriya National Park
  • Night wildlife at Habrana Jungle boarder
  • Explore the nightlife of the Slender Loris
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast

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9 activity days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport
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Accommodation

Best of Lanka will accommodate you for one night in Cinnamon Red in Colombo, two nights in Hotel Sinharagama in Nochchiyagama, two nights in The Other Corner in Habarana, two nights in Kitulgala Adventures in Kitulgala, and two nights in Yala Lake camp in Tissamaharama. All accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis.

Program

Day 1

Arrive in Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and meet with your representative at the arrival lounge. Transfer to Colombo will take one hour’s drive approximately. Do a jeep safari in Attidiya Wetland in the evening. According to a study done by the Society for Environmental Education, there are some 166 species of birds sighted in the area of which most are residential and around 40 migratory. The area also has a recorded 71 species of butterflies and 44 species of fish.

  • Accommodation: Cinnamon Red

Day 2

Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Anuradhapura for four hours’ drive approximately. Go for an evening safari at Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of floodplain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.

  • Accommodation: Palm Garden Village Anuradhapura

Day 3

Go for a full day safari at Wilpattu National Park with picnic meals.

  • Accommodation: Palm Garden Village Anuradhapura

Day 4

Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Habarana for one and a half hours’ drive approximately. Do evening game drive at Minneriya National Park and night jeep drives at Habarana jungle border.

  • Accommodation: The Other Corner

Day 5

Have breakfast at the hotel. Go for a bird watching at Sigiriya Sanctuary. Surrounding of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a designated forest reserve and is a very good birding destination. Sigiriya sanctuary is a well-protected area as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, waterways and thick canopied forests make it a heaven for birds. You will be accompanied by an expert birdwatching naturalist for the birding trip in Sigiriya Sanctuary in the morning. Go for a night walk at Popem's Arboretum for witness the Slender Loris.

  • Accommodation: The Other Corner

Day 6

Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kitulgala and do an evening bird watching in Kitulgala Village.

  • Accommodation: Kitulgala Adventures Camp Site

Day 7

Go for an early morning birdwatching trail in Makandawa Rainforest patch. Bird watching in Kithulgala is considered as the main interest of a nature lover and can result in you seeing many of the country's endemic bird species such as Sri Lanka Orange-billed babbler and chestnut-backed owlet, as well as reptiles such as green pit viper and earless lizard and a variety of butterflies. Do an evening birdwatching.

  • Accommodation: Kitulgala Adventures Camp Site

Day 8

Have breakfast at the campsite. Transfer to Yala National Park. Do an evening safari at Bundala National Park. The biodiversity of this park is immense, a total of 383 plant species have been recorded from the park, including six endemics and seven species that are considered nationally threatened. It is also home to 32 different species of mammal, five of which are classified as threatened.

The birdlife is also diverse. For keen bird-watchers, the complex wetland system harbors a rich bird life (approximately 197 species), including several species of migratory waterfowl. This has led to the declaration of the park as Sri Lanka's first ‘Ramsar' wetland, one of great international importance, especially for migratory waterfowl.

  • Accommodation: Yala Lake Camp

Day 9

Go for a full day safari at Yala National Park. The park, one of Sri Lanka's premier eco-tourism 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.

  • Accommodation: Yala Lake Camp

Day 10

Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for departure for five hours’ drive approximately.

Note:

  • Any aspects of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation.

Location

During this safari, you will visit Attidiya Wet Land, Wilpattu National Park, Minneriya national park, Sigiriya Sanctuary, Makandawa Rainforest Patch, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

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

  • Game drive in Wilpattu National Park
  • Spotting elephants and some wildlife at Minneriya National Park
  • Birdwatching in Sigiriya sanctuary
  • Night wildlife at Habrana Jungle boarder
  • Explore the nightlife of the Slender Loris
  • Park entrance fees
  • Air-conditioned transfers with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • 9 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Best of Lanka will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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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