General

This tour is an absolute Active Asia favourite! As the name suggests, this is the perfect trip for adventurous wildlife and nature enthusiasts of any age and with a good sense of fun.

Sri Lanka’s rich biodiversity and untouched natural habitats have been carefully protected and nurtured for generations. Both ancient and contemporary Sri Lankan rulers have continually made it a priority over time to preserve the land and its wildlife, where there are hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles and birds that all call the island home.

Easing into your adventure, start with a stay in Kalpitiya, a small fishing village that’s free from the hustle and bustle of city life. It offers an ideal gateway for your next step – a jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park, which, among its abundant array of wildlife, is also renowned for its leopard population. Explore the tranquillity of the hill country with a trek in the Knuckles Mountain Range. With an experienced trekker, an outdoor enthusiast and knowledgeable naturalist accompanying you, experience jaw-dropping cliff views on the surreal Horton Plains National Park trek, where you are very unlikely to see another soul along the way.

The last half of your journey encompasses a few more national parks after an epic scenic train journey to Ella. A second jeep safari in both Yala and Udawalawe National Parks gives you the opportunity to see herds of elephants and possibly even leopards. The chances of witnessing a herd of Sri Lankan elephants is extremely high, particularly near the rivers and the reservoir of Udawalawe. Less crowded with tourists is Bundala National Park, an important area for coastal wetlands and an important wintering ground for migratory birds.

Then, continue on to Mirissa for an exciting whale watching experience before heading off to Sinharaja Forest Reserve for an eco-friendly rainforest trek. As a biodiversity hotspot, this tropical rainforest is believed to be home to almost 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic wildlife, which are well worth looking out for and listening to during this amazing trek. As your adventure slowly draws to an end, Galle offers a fascinating insight into the city’s mixed past whilst in Colombo you will surely reminisce about all the highlights and those moments to cherish!

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOU:
JEEP SAFARIS IN WILPATTU, YALA & UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARKS / KANDY WALKING TOUR / TREK THE KNUCKLES MOUNTAIN RANGE / TEA EXPERIENCE A TREK IN THE HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK / TRAIN JOURNEY TO ELLA / MIGRATORY BIRD VIEWINGS IN BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK WHALE WATCHING EXPERIENCE / RAINFOREST TREK IN SINHARAJA FOREST RESERVE / TOUR OF GALLE / COLOMBO STREET FOOD TOUR

Destination Sri Lanka
Cities & Locations Kalpitiya / Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / Yala / Hambantota / Mirissa / Sinharaja / Galle / Colombo
Duration 18 Days / 17 Nights

Itinerary

This holiday is solely a suggested itinerary: it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your very own custom-made tour.


Day 1 Colombo - Kalpitiya

Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to your Kalpitiya hotel.

Day 2 Kalpitiya

Enjoy a jeep safari at Wilpattu National Park.

Day 3 Kalpitiya - Kandy

Transfer to Kandy and partake in a walking city tour.

Day 4 Kandy

Today head to the Knuckles Mountain Range for a rewarding trek through rural villages and rugged terrain.

Day 5 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

Transfer to Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea plantation and enjoy a tea experience. A stop at Ramboda Falls is also included en-route.

Day 6 Nuwara Eliya

Take part in a full day trek at Horton Plains National Park.

Day 7 Nuwara Eliya - Yala

Travel by train to Ella and proceed to Yala where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 8 Yala

Today enjoy an afternoon jeep safari at Yala National Park, the most visited park in Sri Lanka.

Day 9 Yala - Hambantota

Transfer to Hambantota and spend the day at leisure. Enjoy a jeep safari at Udawalawe National Park in the evening.

Day 10 Hambantota

Today visit Bundala National Park with its amazing variety of aquatic birds including pelicans, stork, flamingos plus more.

Day 11 Hambantota - Mirissa

Transfer to Mirissa where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 12 Mirissa

Embark on a whale watching safari. Experience and admire these giant mammals in their natural habitat.

Day 13 Mirissa - Sinharaja

Transfer to an eco-lodge in Sinharaja where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 14 Sinharaja

Visit the Sinharaja Forest Reserve for a rainforest trek.

Day 15 Sinharaja - Galle

Transfer to Galle where the rest of the day is spent at leisure.

Day 16 Galle

With a UNESCO World Heritage Site to its name, take part in a tour of Galle.

Day 17 Galle - Colombo

Transfer to Colombo and take part in a street food tour.

Day 18 Colombo

Today, transfer to Colombo Airport where tour arrangements end.

Terms & Conditions

Itinerary and price subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. Please refer to our full terms and conditions available on our brochure or from our website. Active Asia reserves the right to alter the hotels and/or the itinerary if needed due to availability and/or adverse weather conditions.

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