A Sri Lanka wildlife adventure for all the family

16 Days from £2830 per adult. Prices based on flight fares at the time of costing & may vary. Please ask for a definitive quote
16 Days
Family Holiday

More suitable for families with older children, the wildlife locations in this excellent natural history tour are perhaps the best in Sri Lanka. After the seaside and cultural attractions of Galle, venture out on jeep safari in Yala, famed for its leopards but offering much more. Then marvel at large herds of Asian elephant at Uda Walawe before enjoying jungle walks in Sinharaja National Park, the island’s last remaining viable tract of virgin rainforest and its only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lastly, relax on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast at a minimalist beach hotel designed by Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa. A fabulous family holiday for all to enjoy.

Itinerary

Price from £2830 per adult. £2095 per child under 12 years old. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Galle

Met on arrival in Colombo by your private chauffeur/guide who will be at your service until Wadduwa. Drive south along the new highway to the historic town of Galle. Rest of day free to relax and explore.

Staying at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Galle

Free day to relax on the beach and enjoy the other hotel facilities including two swimming pools, fully equipped gymnasium, tennis courts, squash court and full Ayurvedic health centre.

Staying at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Galle

Morning guided tour of Galle to visit the old Dutch fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its well-preserved ramparts and plentiful colonial buildings. Free afternoon.

Staying at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Galle to Yala

Drive along Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern coast - stopping to see the iconic fishermen perched on stilts over the water - before arriving at Yala National Park, in the far southwest of the island.

Staying at Cinnamon Wild. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Yala National Park

Enjoy three thrilling days of morning and afternoon private game drives in the Yala National Park. Yala has some of the highest leopard densities in the world and the animals are particularly habituated to people meaning that this is one of the world’s best parks for spotting and photographing these magnificent cats. One may also see elephant, sloth bear, sambar, spotted deer, wild boar, stripe-necked mongoose, black-naped hare and several civet species. In the water holes you may see mugger crocodile, painted stork, lesser whistling teal, black-headed Ibis, Eurasian spoonbill and the rare black-necked stork. Palu trees dominate the monsoon forest vegetation of the park. (Manilkara hexandra) and thorny bushes dominate the thick undergrowth.

Staying at Cinnamon Wild. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Yala to Uda Walawe

Enjoy a final morning in Yala then drive to Uda Walawe.

Staying at Kalu’s Hideaway. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Uda Walawe to Sinharaja

Morning private jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park with your private guide plus a local park guide. The park is surrounded by mountain ranges and is one of the few reliable water sources in the dry zone, attracting sizeable herds of elephants and many waterfowl. In the afternoon, drive to Sinharaja and check-in to hotel.

Staying at Boulder Garden. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve

Morning and afternoon guided walks in the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve with local guide plus your private guide. The last remaining viable primary rainforest tract on the island, Sinharaha is very precious – indeed, it is the only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. It has pitcher plants and all of 57 endemic dipterocarp tree species in its lowland habitat, attracting the purple-faced leaf monkey, endemic hump-nosed lizard and many bird species including the common birdwing, black bulbul, and the endemic white-faced starling, red-faced malkoha, Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Legge’s flowerpecker and spot-winged thrush.

Staying at Boulder Garden. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Sinharaja to Wadduwa

Drive to Wadduwa on the coast south of Colombo. Transfer to the hotel and afternoon at leisure to relax (your private guide will return to Colombo).

Staying at Blue Water Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 13 - Blue Water Hotel

Two full days to relax by the beach and enjoy the facilities of this excellent hotel (you can extend your stay here if you wish).

Staying at Blue Water Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Colombo to London

Drive back to Colombo and check in for your flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Sri Lankan Airlines direct from Heathrow to Colombo

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin
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Add a night in Mirissa on Day 09 so that you can enjoy a day of whale watching. Good chances of Blue Whales, Sperm Whales plus plenty of dolphins during the season (November to April)

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

We’ve had an excellent, enjoyable holiday with lots of wildlife, lovely accommodation and excellent service… We would be delighted to recommend your services to anyone. Sri Lanka is excellent value for money.

Mr R B - Cumbria

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Kalu’s hideaway : 6.416013, 80.846292
Boulder Garden: 6.514553, 80.385872
Cinnamon Wild Yala: 6.259165, 81.405282
Jetwing Lighthouse : 6.042620, 80.194337
The Blue Water Wadduwa: 6.678152, 79.920167