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. 

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The lesser known Wilpattu National Park

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Day 1

Colombo

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 - Anuradhapura

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. Continue to Anuradhapura. (B)

Day 3

Anuradhapura

Enjoy a morning of sightseeing around the ancient city of Anuradhapura before continuing on to Sigiriya. (B)

Day 4

ANURADHAPURA - 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 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 to spectacular World’s End. You may even encounter herds of sambar or wild boar. The trek takes approximately four hours. (B)

Day 8

NUWARA ELIYA – YALA NATIONAL PARK

Transfer to Yala National Park and in the evening take an infrared night safari in search of nocturnal wildlife. (B)

Day 9

Yala National Park

The day is at your leisure until an afternoon jeep safari where you can search for elephants, leopards, sloth bear, spotted deer and much more. (B)

Day 10

YALA – UDA WALAWE NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Uda Walawe, famous for its elephants. Also visit the Elephant Transit Home, where rescued elephants are rehabilitated for release back into the wild. (B)

Day 11

UDA WALAWE – COLOMBO

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

NOTE: Yala National Park is closed 01 Sep - 15 Oct. 

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