Wild Life Sri Lanka

Engage in a whirlwind tour of the wildlife of Sri Lanka, as you go on adventurous safaris, visit national parks and witness the magnificence of majestic elephants, reptiles, and birds of all colours!

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Itinerary

Day 1
  • AIRPORT / KALUTHARA
  • Arrive at the airport & meet Luxe Asia representative at the Airport Lobby, there after proceed to Kaluthara.

Rest, relax, unwind & spend the rest of the day at leisure by the pool side.

Overnight stay in Kaluthara.

Day 2
  • KALUTHARA/ SINHARAJA

After breakfast proceed to Sinharaja Rainforest.

With an average annual rainfall between 3000-6000 mm Sinharaja proves to be one of the finest examples of tropic rain forests in the world. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site & biosphere reserve Sinharaja, treasures an absolute variation of both flora & fauna with most of them being endemic. Walk in through either entrance – Kudawa Pitadeniya or Morning Side – for a refreshing treat covering fauna varieties extending from spotted deer, hog deer, golden palm cive, stripe necked mongoose as well as butterflies & reptiles sheltered by the striking evergreen vegetation. Even though there haven’t been elephant sightings in the recent past, constant leopard trails prove that the ‘King of Games’ still haunts this tropical stage

Overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 3
  • SINHARAJA/ UDAWALAWE

After breakfast proceed to Udawalawe.

Be ready to witness trumpets across the border as you approach elephant country around the corner! Udawalawe truly is a sanctuary for the big footed & tusked. Marked by relatively large herds of elephants, the national park proves to be one of the best places one could observe them in their natural habitat. Hop into a safari jeep and head into the park, you are most likely to drive into your first herd of giants within the maiden hundred meters. Turn on your radar into other species – such as potted deer, sambur, barking deer, water buffalo and jackal – found within the park.

Meanwhile, Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home bears a different story. Established in 1995, it caters to all injured elephants found in the area before releasing them into their natural habitat. So, make sure to just watch – rather than touch – these gentle giants as they feed, play and mingle with each other, before heading into the wild with one another.

Overnight stay in Udawalawe

Day 4
  • UDAWALAWE / YALA

After breakfast proceed to Yala

Spreading into a vast 1259 Km2 Yala – with its glory spinning around vast grasslands, shrubs, tanks and dunes – rightfully is the heartland of wildlife in Sri Lanka. As your jeep rumble through the giant gates of Yala, you are not only stepping into the most visited national park in the country, but also the lands of a civilization which thrived during the reign of Sri Lankan kings. You name it, and Yala has it! Its usual inmates cover herds of elephant, sloth bear, spotted dear, jackal, extensively populated birdlife as well as the highest density of leopards in the world that garnish the park to be one of the finest destinations in the country. Feel the rough track as your jeep thunders over rocks and swish passing narrow bends for an exhilarating experience blended with the cries of wilderness under the tropical sun.

Overnight stay in Yala

Day 5
  • YALA/ ELLA/ NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya via Ella

Ella is known as everyone’s favorite hill country village and the place to ease off the travel accelerator. Only 8Kms from Bandarawela, this small town is used as a base for plenty of trekking expeditions to the surrounding country side. A taste of the breathtaking scenery of Ella could be had, if you just walk into the Garden of the Grand Ella Motel (Formerly Ella Rest House), where you seem to be standing at the edge of the world, and everything around you seems to disappear at your feet. Some of the places you could see in Ella are the Ella Gap, Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam’s Peak and Bambaragala Peak among the other many varied pleasant walks with stunning scenery.

Continue your drive to Nuwara Eliya

Misty steep roads, twisting through lush green blankets of tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, Nuwara Eliya. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light – once governed by English & Scottish planters – is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet.

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

Day 6
  • NUWARA ELIYA / KANDY
  • After breakfast proceed to Nanu Oya Railway Station and board the train bound to Kandy.

Later in the afternoon, visit the Kandy Temple

Last ruled by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe – before it was brought under the British rule in 1815, Kandy – the World Heritage Site & last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings – crafts an array of culture, history and heritage in the minds of visitors across the globe. Experience an ancient Kandyan legacy engraved around its crown jewel, the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. A stroll across this small lakeside town – cradled among the misty hills – will feature the Kandy City Centre – bundled with latest and world class brands, bazaar, an arts & crafts centre, as well as a gem museum & lapidary. Drive towards Victoria Golf Course, undoubtedly one of the best golf courses in the world for a sweep blended with class and style. Or walk in color as you glide through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune your evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music & drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 7
  • KANDY / MATALE/ DAMBULLA/ HABARANA

After breakfast proceed to Matale and visit a Spice garden

An agricultural zone in the Central Province, Matale seldom drops off the maps due to its remarkable contribution through flagship crops of the island extending from tea, rubber & vegetables to spices. Spearheading the Rebellion back in 1848, Matale today takes immense pride in its story woven around spices. Stop by the side of a spice garden – into which you will be most welcome – and observe the therapeutic values of spices & processes over a refreshing cup of herbal tea! Or spend sometime idling on the hardened streets if you mean a real town adventure filled with voices and colors.

Thereafter, proceed to Dambulla

As one reaches the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting.

Transfer from Dambulla to Habarana

Overnight stay in Habarana

Day 8
  • HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE IN HABARANA/ SIGIRIYA/ HABARANA

Early morning proceed to the pick-up point, where you will board a hot air balloon embark on an exciting journey which allows you to witness the sunrise.

Later in the day, proceed to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step

through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti.

Overnight stay in Habarana.

Day 9
  • HABARANA/ PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE/ COLOMBO

After breakfast, transfer from Habarana to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Early Morning Trek to the top of the Monkey Mountain

As you enter the 25 acre coconut property, do not be surprised to witness baby elephants being bottle fed or moving around freely causing absolutely no harm to anyone. It is rightly a sincere sight to observe how these gentle giants – orphaned and sometimes three-legged – are taken care of since 1975 at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Up to date, over 20 calves have been born here, and it is surprising to hear that some of its inmates have even seen their grand children during the past few decades! Watch as they feed at 09:15 am, 0:15 pm & 05:00 pm and take a river bath twice a day at 10:00 am & 02:00 pm respectively for an experience that could never be felt anywhere else on earth!

Thereafter, continue your drive to Colombo

Overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 10
  • COLOMBO/ AIRPORT

After breakfast, depart Colombo and head over to the Airport

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