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Sri Lanka has been ranked among the world’s twenty-five biodiversity hot spot where they offer unique wilderness experience. This tour covers some popular national parks with exciting game drives, trekking, cycling, hiking, and whitewater rafting excursions. Also, you will get a chance to enjoy camping in Yala National Park with an excellent barbecue dinner.
In this wildlife tour, you will be accommodated in Citrus Waskaduwa, Rainforest Eco Lodge, Grand Udawalawe, The Leopard Nest, Mount Heaven, and Plantation Villa.
Overlooking the mass blue of the Indian Ocean, Citrus Waskaduwa embodies the true essence of luxury for your ideal beach vacation in Sri Lanka. Sun-soaked tranquility and breathtaking views, outstanding cuisine and luxury accommodation combined with the magic of Citrus, nestled on the magnificent golden-sand crescent along the west coast of Sri Lanka are just a few reasons to visit Citrus Waskaduwa. Experience Waskaduwa like never before at this five star-class resort that owns an unspoiled, 400 m long beachfront and is ideally located just 37 km from the commercial capital of Colombo.
The Rainforest Ecolodge, Deniyaya has been designed to preserve and provide a sensational experience of the forest habitat in all its glory. The symbiotically blended forest environs to comfort and privacy tendering the best possible commune with nature. Environmentally-friendly alfresco room, observation deck, lounge, and meeting room form key components within each unit. Guests can also enjoy the spellbinding view from any part of the lodge. The colourful, breathtaking opera of endangered ‘local culture’ can now play every day to the concert perch of the open viewing deck.
Feel at home within 16 comfortable chalets that are designed with recycled material and adorned with every amenity imaginable. The chalets are situated among the tea patch and offer guests breathtaking views of the forest canopy and tea estate that provide for lasting memories. Experience the vibrant shades of nature all at once. The interior is ideally decorated with bamboo paneling while the floor and private deck done with rejected railway sleepers. It’s a fitting introspection to dazzling biodiversity.
Located within a 10-minute drive from the famous Udawalawe National Park, Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort features an outdoor swimming pool and offers spacious rooms with views of the surrounding nature. Free parking is available on site. The resort is just 500 m to Ath Athuru Sevana, an elephant orphanage, and approximately 99 mi from Katunayake Airport. The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium is within a 40-minute drive away. Fitted with parquet flooring, air-conditioned rooms are furnished with a wardrobe, a flat-screen satellite TV, an electric kettle and ironing facilities. Private bathrooms come with a hairdryer, bathtub, or shower facility. Wired internet is provided at a charge. Operating a 24-hour front desk, Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort provides laundry and fax/photocopying services. Meeting/ banqueting facilities are available, while airport transfer can be arranged at an extra surcharge. The in-house restaurant serves delectable local and international dishes. Guests may also enjoy meals in private with room service.
Air-conditioned deluxe rooms are furnished with a wardrobe, a flat-screen satellite TV, an electric kettle and ironing facilities. Private bathrooms come with a hairdryer, bathtub, or shower facility.
For wildlife travelers who seek luxury glamping experience, the Leopard Nest is a unique campsite that returns the true essence of an ultimate glamping experience with elegance, romance, and adventure while minimizing the environmental footprints. They make the difference in the wild and provide authentic wild experience with large tents and nests that are unique in design and exclusive in comfort.
Overlooking the green forest with a distance view of the Indian Ocean, the tree nest provides a unique experience to the guests. This unit consists with one double room and opens deck that gives an enormous opportunity to enjoy the nature whilst enjoying the comfort of a tree house nest at an elevation of 22 feet above the ground level.
Surrounded by thick bushes with a shade of a large tree, the jungle nest provides a real jungle glamping experience to the guests. This unit consists with a large bed room with enough space to include an extra bed and a large deck to enjoy the glimpse of wildlife.
Overlooking the green forest with a distance view of the Indian Ocean, the sky nest is located at the tip of the trees surrounded by the thick forest. This unit consists with a large bed room with enough space to include an extra bed and a large deck that provides an opportunity to enjoy the aerial view of wildlife.
Surrounded by beautiful thick bushes and nice trees that provide enough shading to enjoy the natural breeze, the family tent provides an exclusive glamping experience to the guests. This unit consists with Large Bed room, living room, en-suite bath room and a large deck that gives enough space for a family to enjoy the wildlife with more comfort.
Overlooking some beautiful landscapes and thick bushes, luxury tent provides a comfortable luxury glamping experience to the guests. This unit consists with a large bed room and a large deck enabling the clients to enjoy the surrounding environment whilst reading a book from the library.
Mountain Heavens is nestled in the middle of the charismatic village of Ella and is the only hotel located whose view is focused through the legendary Ella Gap that’s located between Little Adam’s Peak and Ella Rock. What is unique and exceptional about the hotel is that all the major attractions of Ella are visible from this location but also are within walking distance. Ella Rock can be found from the right side while a sheer valley reclining for miles lies to the left. With all these striking fascinations neighboring the hotel another charm known as Ravana Rock is contiguous from the bottom.
The deluxe rooms are elegantly and luxuriously furnished for your ultimate comfort. Each room comes with a plush king-size bed, hot and cold running water, 32 inch TV with cable and satellite networks, a bean bag and specially chosen essential furniture to create a relaxed ambience, in addition to complimentary tea and coffee making facilities with room service. The open-concept bath that they offer allows you to revel in a sweeping panorama through the shower glass with enviable bathroom amenities. The rooms are designed and decorated with an aesthetic charm and the mountain views surrounding them are breathtakingly spectacular.
A home away from home, at the top of hill country. Grand Camellia, the perfect getaway with scenic beauty, quality, and comfort guaranteed. They are located at one of the most beautiful locations of Nuwara - Eliya, and they offer you the finest accommodation option.
The Plantation Hotel, Kitulgala is a reflection of the love Joe and Barbara had for nature and conservation. He wanted his first hotel to be a waterfront property on the Kelani River. His discovery of an old planter’s bungalow was timely. This bungalow was what has been transformed into a haven of natural landscape and greenery. Joe created a plan to build out of the resources present on the land itself. If there was a tree, he built around it and the tree camouflaged itself into the space ever so naturally. His idea was to make the best of the surrounding green rather than banishing it from where it belongs.
The seamless blending of nature into the 11 rooms of the hotel is the highlight of the place. Joe wanted to create a jungle-like atmosphere. The hotel was expanded by incorporating 3 luxury rooms with wide balconies and a wedding hall that overlooked the Kelani River. Soon after, the river became a constant for white water rafting enthusiasts and this brought about further economic prosperity to the local community.
You will be picked up from the airport or your hotel in Negombo, Colombo, and Mount Lavinia by your guide and driven to Waskaduwa.
Overnight at Citrus Waskaduwa or similar hotel on B&B basis.
After breakfast you can enjoy a boat ride in Madu River. The bio-diversity of the Madu River is very significant when considering the wide ranges of aquatic and avian life as well as wetland dwelling amphibians, reptiles and mammals that inhabit this natural treasure.
Afterwards you will be driven to Sinharaja (approx. 3 hours’ drive). In the afternoon you can proceed with a guided trekking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest, which is a world heritage site and major ecotourism destination in Sri Lanka.
Overnight at Rainforest Eco Lodge or similar hotel on B&B basis.
After breakfast you will be taken to Udawalawe (approx. 4 hours’ drive) and check in to Grand Udawalawe. Late afternoon you will experience a game drive in the National Park. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants.
Overnight stay at Grand Udawalawe or similar hotel on B&B basis.
After breakfast you will be taken to Yala (approx. 2 hours’ drive). Upon arrival in Yala, you will go to a campsite where you will spend the night. In the late afternoon, you can enjoy a game drive at Yala National Park that is mainly famous for its leopards.
Overnight at a campsite with a barbecue dinner in the jungle.
After breakfast you will take you to Ella (approx. 3 hours’ drive). In the afternoon, you can do a trekking tour with your guide to see Ella gap, Little Adam's Peak and Rawana Waterfalls.
Overnight stay at Mount Heaven or similar hotel on B&B basis.
After breakfast you will go to Horton Plains (approx. 2 hours drive), then take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End.
Overnight stay at Grand Camellia or similar hotel on B&B basis.
After breakfast you will be taken to Kitulgala where you can enjoy a whitewater rafting at Kelani River. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a cycling tour in the village.
Overnight stay at Plantation Villa or similar hotel on B&B basis.
After breakfast you will be taken to your hotel in Colombo, Negombo, or drop off at the airport.
Trekking to Little Adam’s Peak is the most famous tourism activity in Ella. As there is a similarity to the peak of the sacred Adams Peak where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved, this was named as the Little Adam’s Peak. You will walk through lush green tea plantations, and paddy fields while enjoying the sceneries.
Witness the people who are plucking and collecting tea leaves in their estates. After 45-50 minutes easy hike, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the entire southern plain from the summit.
Located near the village of Udunuwara in Ella, Rawana Waterfall is a legendary waterfall that goes back to the era of Ramayana. This beautiful waterfall is located just near the Ella - Yala road. Measuring 25 m in height, this cascading waterfall is glorious to watch during the rainy season. It is told that King Ravana, kidnapped princess Sita and kept her hidden in a cave located behind the waterfall.
Ella gap is a valley with a deep of 3,000 feet that frames an incredible view reaching as far as Yala National Park. This incredible gap is one of the most picturesque locations in the country that allows plenty of photographic opportunities. On a clear day, the lighthouse at Hambantota which is the southern tip of Sri Lanka can be seen.
Make a pre-dawn start with a packed breakfast to Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End. A variety of wildlife including endemic Rhino-horned and Hump-nosed Lizards, highland bird species including the Sri Lanka White-eye, Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Yellow-eared Bulbul may be encountered. Also, keep your eye out for troops of Bear Monkey, and Sambar (Sri Lanka’s largest species of deer) which are regularly seen on the plains close to the entrance.
Whitewater rafting in Kelani River does not require a higher degree of rafting skills or swimming experience. This thrilling adventure ride is suitable even for the people who are experimenting it for the first time as the rapids of Kalani River are graded with 2 and 3. Some of the rapids are named with unique names such as Virgin’s Breast, Killer Falls, Butter Crunch, and Head Chopper. Be ready to swim in the river whilst enjoying this wonderful ride along one of the most picturesque rivers in the country.
This tour will take you through Waskaduwa, Sinharaja, Udawalawe, Yala, Ella, Nuwara Eliya, and Kitulgala while visiting Sinharaja Rainforest, Udawalawe National Park, and Yala National Park.
Located in Balapitiya, Madu Ganga is famous for its unique mangrove vegetation lines and caves. A relatively unspoiled lagoon, the Madu Ganga estuary is a 915-hectare complex coastal wetland ecosystem that opens to the Indian Ocean. In this boat trip, you can see kraal-fishing constructions and fishermen making their way in rowing boats to collect their day’s catch. The occasional blue kingfisher flies near the kraal, a pond heron stands tall in the water and other wetland birds are arisen from their slumber. Worship at temple island, fish therapy and visit to a cinnamon island are some of the activities you do during this boat ride.
Sinharaja Rainforest is a world heritage site and major ecotourism destination, which can also be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest which covers an extent of approximately 11187 hectares. Whatever its ‘technical’ name, it is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world.
Bird watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka, named as a world heritage site in 1989. This lowland evergreen rain forest is steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word ‘Sinharaja’ means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest. You will be privileged to learn of geology, plant lives and animal lives during the trekking with a naturalist.
Yala National Park is situated in Sri Lanka’s dry zone, made up of scrub jungles, water reservoirs, brackish lagoons, and riverine habitats. It has the highest population density of leopards in the world, and is also home to a herd of 300 to 350 elephants. As well as leopards and elephants, keep an eye out for animals including sloth bears, black-napped hares, spotted deer, sambar, hanuman langurs, toque monkeys, stripe-necked and ruddy mongooses, wild boar, and golden jackal. You may also see the enormous land and water monitors and, of course, marsh crocodiles.
Half day game drive to Udawalawe National Park is a 3-hour game viewing opportunity with Beyond Escapes Safari Team. This national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir. It lies on the boundary of Sri Lanka’s wet and dry zones. Udawalawe is famous for Sri Lankan elephants, which are relatively hard to see in its open habitats.
Many elephants are attracted to the park because of the reservoir. Other than the elephants, the park is home to water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as it is an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
This tour is on a bed and breakfast basis. Barbecue dinner at the campsite of Yala National Park on Day 4 is also included in the price. Vegetarian option for the meals is available, please advise Beyond Escapes at time of booking if required.
Bandaranaike International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (CMB). Airport pick up will be arranged based on your flight details.
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