Sri Lanka’s Natural History Highlights in comfort

15 Days from £2998 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
15 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Big Cat Safari
Whale Watching
Luxury

We have picked for you the best luxury small hotels and lodges and chosen exceptional locations that epitomise the country’s wealth of natural attractions. During this journey, you will explore the uncrowded national parks of the north and venture deep into the unrivalled Cultural Triangle. Climbing into the highlands, you will explore high plateaus and colonial towns, and stay in an old tea factory converted into a luxury hotel. The Yala National Park provides thrilling encounters with leopards and elephants whilst Weligama offers Indian Ocean beaches and sightings of blue whales. Come on this trip and combine the best of Sri Lanka’s natural attractions to warm the heart with special accommodation to delight the soul.

Itinerary

Price from £2998 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Colombo to Ulagalla

Arrive Colombo and pick up by your private English-speaking driver cum guide. Transfer north to Ulagalla, close to the ancient Buddhist city of Anuradhapura. Free afternoon to settle into your 850 square foot private chalet, take a dip in your private pool, enjoy a luxury spa treatment or explore the 58 acres of gardens and paddy fields.

Staying at Ulagalla Private Chalet. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Ulagalla

A free day to relax and explore (your private driver will remain at your disposal throughout your stay). Perhaps visit the ancient capital of Anuradhapura by bicycle or visit some of the other sites of the Cultural Triangle such as Sigiriya, Dambulla or Polonnaruwa. Of wildlife interest is Wilpattu National Park with its healthy leopard population plus Minneriya where there is an annual gathering of hundreds of elephants. Let us know if you wish to visit any of these optional locations.

Staying at Ulagalla Private Chalet. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Ulagalla

Another day to relax and explore.

Staying at Ulagalla Private Chalet. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Kandy

Drive south through the Cultural Triangle and visit a spice plantation en route to the pleasant colonial town of Kandy. Check-in to your beautiful boutique hotel overlooking the city.

Staying at Theva Residency. Includes Breakfast.

Day 6 - Kandy and Nuwara Eliya

Morning guided tour of Kandy including the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens: 146 acres of spice plants, palms, orchids and giant tropical trees, totalling 4000 species. Continue into Sri Lanka’s hill country with many stops for views and photographs along the way. Arrive at Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lankan and the home of vast tea estates. The English-style buildings, old clubs with their panelled billiards rooms and dining rooms, the cool climate and the misty glens reminded past colonials of Britain. Settle-in to your luxury hotel built in a converted tea factory.

Staying at The Tea Factory. Includes Breakfast.

Day 7 - Nuwara Eliya

Early morning visit to Horton Plains National Park on Sri Lanka's highest plateau, over 2100m above sea level. Enjoy spectacular views from the aptly-named Worlds End and look for the distinctive flora (with a high level of endemism), colourful butterflies, many rare endemic, resident or migratory birds and several species of mammal.

Staying at The Tea Factory. Includes Breakfast.

Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya to Yala

Continue driving south through Sri Lanka’s wonderful hill country and down to the southwest coast next to Yala National Park.

Staying at Cinnamon Wild. Includes Breakfast.

Day 9 - Yala National Park

Enjoy two thrilling days of morning and afternoon private game drives in 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, while Manilkara hexandra and thorny bushes dominate the thick undergrowth.

Staying at Cinnamon Wild. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Yala National Park

Another day to explore Yala National Park.

Staying at Cinnamon Wild. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Yala to Weligama

Drive along Sri Lanka’s beautiful southern coast , stopping to see iconic fishermen perched on stilts over the water, before arriving at your fine beach hotel located on a beautiful white sand beach in the idyllic Weligama Bay.

Staying at Weligama Bay Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 12 - Weligama

Within season (December to April) you can enjoy a morning’s whale watching to see blue whales, Bryde's whales and large pods of spinner dolphins.

Staying at Weligama Bay Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 13 - Weligama

Explore the colonial city of Galle to see the Dutch fort and other historical buildings.

Staying at Weligama Bay Resort. Includes Breakfast.

Day 14 - Colombo to London

An early start as you drive back to Colombo and check in for your flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 15 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Sri Lankan Airlines direct flight from London to Colombo

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin
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This tour can operate throughout the year: however, December to April is the best time for whale watching. Create the feel of a romantic safari by switching to a luxury camping option at Yala, which also enables earlier access to the park

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

Our guide was excellent being knowledgeable, interesting, trustworthy and a good travel companion. I would unhesitatingly recommend him to your future clients. Yala was undoubtedly the highlight of the tour and from a wildlife point of view exceeded our expectations. My wife and I have had a thoroughly enjoyable two weeks in Sri Lanka. Everything ran smoothly and there were no major faults. Astounding scenery and wildlife, friendly people and delicious food.

We will certainly consider using Reef and Rainforest again. Thank you for putting together a wonderful itinerary which covered all our needs in the time available. A return visit to see other parts of the island will be on our list!

Dr A H - Derby

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Kalu’s hideaway : 6.416013, 80.846292
Ulagalla Private Chalet : 8.205926, 80.545063
Cinnamon Wild Yala: 6.259165, 81.405282
The Tea Factory : 6.991087, 80.833800
Weligama Bay Resort: 5.972796, 80.440135