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Sri Lanka Travel Partner calls all animal lovers and adventurous travelers to take part in this safari tour. This safari will cover two ancient cities which are Sigiriya and Kandy, hill country tour, and wildlife experience. Also, the safari will be suitable for you who come to Sri Lanka for a memorable holiday tour as there are various exhilarating activities that you will experience and accommodation range options to choose. Fulfill your wishes being close to animals!
You will be accommodated in various accommodations provided by Sri Lanka Travel Partner during this vacation.
In the early morning, you will reach to Sigiriya. On the way, you can visit a roof tile factory, pineapple plantation, and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. It is one of the popular attractions established as a sanctuary. Visitors will be invited to observe and assist the baby elephants as they are fed from giant feeding bottles before they plod down to the river for their daily bath. In the afternoon, you will visit the Sigiriya fortress which was a royal palace of King Kassyappa (477 - 495 A.D). Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel in Sigiriya.
After enjoying a morning elephant ride through the jungle, you will proceed to Kandy, visiting Dambulla cave temple, bathic factory, and spice garden in Matale. On the way, you will visit Temple of the Tooth and traditional cultural dance show in the evening. Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast, you will visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden and leave for Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the island. The temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya, you will see evidence of the British influence houses like country cottages or Queen Ann-style mansions. En-route, you will visit the famous Ramboda Falls, Sri Lankan tea plantation, and a working tea factory as well as experience a self-tea-plucking session. Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast, you will have the option to proceed to Ella by train. It’s a picturesque driveway through tea plantations and offers the best view of Sri Lanka countryside. The driver will drop you at Nuwara Eliya train station and pick you up from train station in Ella. Once you check in to your hotel in Ella, you will climb Little Adam's Peak, visit the Rama's Cave, or just chill by one of the waterfalls that Ella has to offer. Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel in Ella.
After breakfast, you will leave for Yala for a safari tour at Yala National Park. Yala West National Park is located in the southeast of the island and is well-recognized as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. The park covers an area of over 100,000 hectares and its main physical features are sand dunes, lagoons, dry river / stream beds, rocky outcrops, and scrub / thorn forest.
There is also a substantial elephant population along with spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose, pangolin, and crocodiles. The bird life comprises over 120 species and ranges from lesser flamingos to paradise flycatchers, crested hawk eagles, and black bitterns. Dinner and overnight will be at a hotel in Tissamaharama.
After breakfast, you will proceed back to Negombo via beautiful southern coastal road, visit Dondra lighthouse, a blowhole in Dickwella, Weligama fishing village, and turtle hatchery in Unawatuna. This will be the end of the tour.
This safari journey will take you to some places in Sri Lanka such as Sigiriya, Dambulla, Matale, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Yala National Park, Tissamaharama, Dickwella, and Weligama.
Sri Lanka is an island off the southeast coast of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is separated from India by the Indian Ocean in which lies the chain of islands called Adam’s Bridge. Sri Lanka has an irregular surface with low-lying coastal plains running inland from the northern and eastern shores.
The central and southern areas slope into the hills and mountains ranges of the Central Highlands. The highest peak is Pidurutalagala which reaches an altitude of 2,524 meters (8,281 feet). The country’s coast consists mainly of beaches and bays with rocky cliffs in the northeast and southwest. There are two major national parks in the northwest and southeast designated as such to protect the immense biodiversity of the country’s wildlife.
Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the second largest but most famous national park in Sri Lanka and located 300 kilometers or so from Colombo. As most diehard wildlife enthusiast will tell you, it is the best place to spot Asian elephants and leopards in Sri Lanka. Over 100 species of birds and 32 species of mammals have been recorded here and it is considered a large bio-diversity hotspot.
Yala National Park paths run through a spectrum of terrains from dense to scrub jungle, open savannah-type to semi-arid areas, rock pools, ravines, and freshwater lakes strewn with more than one prominent rocky outcrops. There is also a snaking coastline where the wildlife behaves in an unconcerned and truly wild way and has ceased to take alarm and flee at the sight of humans but by no means docile with over one hundred and fifty square miles of territory. Traversing in Yala without a wildlife department guide is prohibited.
The Asian elephant, leopard, and black-bear along with crocodiles are the most common sights while peacocks, hornbills, and the gray languor monkeys keep you company along the route with their ceaseless cries. The buffalos, another unsung denizen of Yala, can be unpredictable, easily riled, and extremely dangerous with their sharp horns and they are quite common in Yala. Yala or better known as Kumana is a bird watchers paradise with rarities like Ceylon shamas, paradise flycatchers, red-faced malkoha, great thick-knee, and not so rare peacocks adorning the paths during dawn and dusk.
The Sigiriya rock fortress (Fifth Century AD) of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale District near Dambulla. Recorded as a UNESCO World Heritage, Sigiriya being a fortress citadel and had been well-designed for its defenses by having ramparts and moats built around it. There are several approaches to the inner city and the most prominent is the western entrance. From the summit of the rock, the land areas which are up to distances of tens of miles can be watched - making it hard for the enemy to make a surprised attack on the kingdom.
King Kashyapa is credited with this magnificent creation and the elaborate water garden which faces west looking from the top terrace of the rock. The world famous frescoes of the “heavenly maidens” are painted on the western facia of the rock overlooking the fountains of the western water garden which come alive during the rainy season, remaining functioning to modern day.
Dambulla rock cave temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site) can be reached by coming from Kandy (68 kilometers) or direct from Colombo. Located at an elevation of 1,118 feet from the sea level, the Dambulugala raises as a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla. It is home to the world’s most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and shapes constructed and painted from around the second century B.C. (Anuradhapura era) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th century, thus forming an unbroken line of history and painting styles of Sri Lanka through 2,500 years.
Noted as the last Kingdom of Sri Lanka, Kandy has many places to visit with Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic as the highlight. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site partly due to the temple.
You will be served breakfasts and dinners. You are allowed to bring into the country duty-free 1.5 liters of spirits, two bottles of wine, a quarter-liter of toilet water. Tap water is not safe to drink and boiling as well as filtering is sometimes done too hastily in some hotels and restaurants, so the best solution is to drink bottled water. There are now many brands available, mostly using spring water from the highlands of the island.
Please make sure that the bottle carries an SLS certification and that the seal is broken only in your presence. It is advisable that you beware of ice unless you are satisfied that it has not been made from tap water. Please remember the tap water as you may be tempted to use to rinse out your mouth after brushing your teeth because it is unsafe. You may keep a bottle of water in your bathroom for this purpose.
Bandaranaike International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$35 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Sri Lanka Travel Partner arranges airport transfer in Sri Lanka for single travelers, families, or groups. Their vehicles are modern fully insured limousines and buses driven by experienced drivers which will ensure that your trip will be comfortable and safe.
Rates are charged according to distance and the number of passengers and will be calculated individually for each trip. They guarantee you the best rates and service. When booking your Colombo airport transfer, please let Sri Lanka Travel Partner knows your flight number and arrival time (if available). You will get a confirmation e-mail, together with tour individual rate and payment instructions within 24 hours.
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