Culture and Wildlife in Sri Lanka

A busy trip making the most of your time on this wonderful island with visits to many national parks and historic sites.

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Day 1
Arrive at the airport and meet up with your English speaking driver / guide who will travel with you for the duration of your time in Sri Lanka.  Drive for about 30 minutes to your hotel in Negombo, a coastal fishing village on the western coast, renowned for its seafood and beaches.  Afternoon sightseeing to see the church, temple and Dutch canal. 

Day 2
After breakfast, visit the busy Fish Market in Negombo near the fort before driving to Dambulla.  Afternoon safari in Hurulu Eco Park / Forest Reserve in a private jeep.  Check in to the hotel for a 4 night near Dambulla

Day 3
Visits to Sigiriya where you climb many steps (750+) of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya looking for elephants and wildlife in a private jeep

Day 4
Drive to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa for sightseeing before looking for wildlife on an afternoon jeep safari in Kaudulla National Park

Day 5
All day visit to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, north of Dambulla, a city filled with wonderful Buddhist temples with a site guide

Day 6
Drive to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s last Royal Kingdom and a UNESCO World Heritage site, visiting the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Spice Garden in Matale on the way.  2 nights in Kandy

Day 7
A city tour of Kandy, visit the Temple of Tooth Relic and the Royal Botanical Garden.  Evening visit to a Cultural Dance Show

Day 8
Drive to Peradeniya train station and take a train to Nuwaraeliya through the “Hill Country” for great views of the tea plantations along the way.  Observation carriage.  2 nights in Nuwara Eliya

Day 9
Leave hotel at about 6am for an early morning walk (approx 6 miles) to the Horton Plains National Park, seeing Worlds End and Bakers Falls before returning for a visit to a tea factory.  Afternoon free to explore around Nuwara Eliya town by yourself.  Visit the market, Victoria Park or take a walk by the lake and old race course or relax

Day 10
Drive to Udawalawe National Park (approx. 4 hours) and have an afternoon jeep safari in search of elephants, monkeys, deer, crocodiles, rare leopards and sloth bears, flying squirrels and many birds including birds of prey. Overnight stay

Day 11
Visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home before driving for about 1.5 hours to the Yala area and have an afternoon jeep safari in Lunugamvehera National Park, which is one of the country’s finest national parks with a number of wetlands and lagoons and it is famous for its bird life.  Hopefully elephants, crocodiles, monkeys and other mammals can also be seen.  2 night stay in Tissamaharama town

Day 12
After an early start, leave the hotel at 5am for an all-day jeep safari, with a packed breakfast and lunch in to Yala National Park, known as the finest reserve in the country and is best known for its leopards, elephants, mammals and bird life.  Enjoy lunch alongside the Indian Ocean at the Tsunami memorial area of the Yala National Park and take an OPTIONAL walk along the beach

Day 13
After breakfast, drive to the coastal town of Dickwella.  Check in to hotel and have the remainder of the day to relax alongside the coast

Day 14
After a short drive, go on an early morning whale watching trip, leaving from Mirissa harbour.  Remainder of the day to relax and enjoy the beach

Day 15
Drive to Galle and visit Galle Fort and Dutch Fort.  Walk around the narrow streets, exploring the area and seeing many historic buildings and take OPTIONAL visits to the museums.  Walk along the top of the fort walls.  OPTIONAL extra – hire a bike to cycle around the area

Day 16
Drive further along the coast to Beruwela and en route visit a turtle hatchery.  The remaining part of the day is free for you to relax.

Day 17
After breakfast visit Aluthgama for the lively fish and vegetable markets, Kande Vihara for the large Buddhist statue and Brief Garden about 10-15 miles inland. 

Day 18
After breakfast, drive to the capital, Colombo and have a city tour in the afternoon.  Check in to the hotel and enjoy the views from the 12th floor bar and pool area.  Watch the sunset before your “Final Supper”

Day 19
Tour ends – transfer to airport – return home or onward travel

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