Explore the natural lakes of Wilpattu National Park and search for Sri Lankan Leopards, elephants, sloth bears and an array of other wildlife; visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya and spend time in Minneriya National Park, home to a large population of elephants; enjoy the beautiful flora of Peradeniya Botanical Gardens in Kandy; and spend the day at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Horton Plains. 

 imgGal Oya Lodge contributes funding to and helps run the Jim Edwards Wildlife Research Centre, which runs research into the mammals of Gal Oya which documents the species present and gathers data to assist with their long-term protection and conservation. The experience directly advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land.

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Day 1


On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Embark on a walking tour via the bustling bazaar, Independence Square, the national museum and finishing at a Barefoot fair trade shop.

Day 2

Colombo - Wilpattu

Depart for Wilpattu National Park, studded with natural lakes and home to a vast number of Sri Lankan leopards. Along with big cats there is the chance to see elephants, sloth bears and an array of other wildlife and flora on a jeep safari. Check in to your luxurious jungle camp. (B)(D)

Day 3

Wilpattu - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya

Rise early for a morning jeep safari in Wilpattu. After lunch depart for Sigiriya via Anuradhapura, touring some of its Buddhist sites. (B)

Day 4

Sigiriya - Minneriya - Sigiriya

Visit Sigiriya’s impressive rock fortress this morning and then continue to Minneriya National Park. Spread over 8800 hectares, Minneriya is a sanctuary for elephants in particular, but also deer and birdlife. Return to Sigiriya. (B)

Day 5

Sigiriya - Kandy

After breakfast depart for Kandy. On arrival a city tour will showcase the heritage, culture and history of the region. In the late afternoon visit the revered Temple of the Tooth. (B)

Day 6

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

This morning tour the lush tropical botanic gardens at Peradeniya, then take a scenic train ride through the picturesque tea-growing highlands to Nuwara Eliya. (B)

Day 7

Nuwara Eliya

Spend the day at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Horton Plains. Incredible landscapes are uncovered as you trek through green pastures, evergreen forests and waterfalls sheltering all sorts of flora and fauna. You may even encounter herds of sambar or wild boar. The trek takes approximately four hours. (B)

Day 8

Nuwara Eliya - Gal Oya National Park

After an early breakfast transfer to Gal Oya Lodge, in a beautiful jungle setting. In the afternoon visit the nearby national park on a boat safari in search of the park's famous swimming elephants. (B)

Day 9

Gal Oya - Yala National Park

This morning take a jeep safari into Gal Oya. On return, check out and drive to Yala National Park and your jungle accommodation. (B)

Day 10

Yala National Park

Today explore Yala's scrub and jungles in search of wildlife, including one of the world's most visible Leopard populations. (B)

Day 11

Yala - Colombo

This morning is at leisure depending on your flight time, before your transfer to Colombo airport. (B)

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