Safari in Sri Lanka - 9 days

Safari in Sri Lanka - 9 days

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Safari in Sri Lanka - 9 days

9 Days Starting and ending in Colombo

Visiting:

Colombo

,

Wilpattu National Park

,

Dambulla

,

Veddas culture center

,

Gal Oya Valley National Park

,

Udawalawe National Park Safari

,

Yala National Park Sri Lanka

,

Galle

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Physical rating:

Low

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

1910/SSL

Group size:

2 - 12

Age range:

over 16 if accompanied by an adult

Tour operated in:

English

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Tour Overview

WILDLIFE TOUR: Safari in Sri Lanka on this unique wildlife tour which takes in five of the beautiful Tear Drop Isle's best national parks - Wilapattu, Wasgamuwa, Gal Oya, Udawalawe and Yala. Go in search of herds of elephants, Sri Lankan sloth bears and elusive leopards, explore Dambulla's incredible cave temple, visit the Veddhas and more, in nine captivating days.

Highlights

  • Wilpattu National Park - Experience a tented safari in Sri Lanka's largest national park, which is renowned for its leopards

  • Dambulla Rock Temples - Visit the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka

  • Yala National Park - Game drive in Yala which is home to Sri Lanka's highest population density of leopards

  • Mahiyanganaya - Visit the Veddhas, one of Sri Lanka's indigenous tribes

  • Udawalawe National Park - Go in search of the nation's largest herds of Asian Elephants

  • Colombo - Enjoy a guided tour of the city including the Old Fort area and impressive Gangaramaya Temple

  • Gal Oya National Park - Spot wildlife on a boat safari and game drive in one of the island's best preserved and least visited national parks

  • Galle - Explore the impressive Galle Dutch Fortress

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Colombo
Location:

  Colombo


Meals Included:

  No Meals


Colombo - Negombo. Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be met and transferred to our start hotel in Negombo. After you have checked in the remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at the tour briefing.

icon Day 2 : Wilpattu National Park
Location:

  Wilpattu National Park


Accommodation:

  Camp


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Negombo - Wilpattu. After breakfast, we drive along Sri Lanka's picturesque coast to Wilpattu National Park. Located on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Wilpattu is Sri Lanka's largest national park, covering 1085 sq kms and extending inland towards the ancient city of Anuradhapura. The lakes and dense woodland of Wilpattu are home to an impressive variety of flora and fauna including sloth bears, spotted deer, wild pigs, crocodiles and leopards - Sri Lanka’s top feline predator. This afternoon we go in search of wildlife on our first game drive, by jeep. This evening, we enjoy a tasty BBQ dinner at the camp which is located close to the Southern boundary of Wilpattu National Park, on the edge of a lake surrounded by bush forest.

icon Day 3 : Dambulla
Location:

  Dambulla


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Wilpattu - Wasgamuwa. After breakfast, we depart for Wasgamuwa, stopping en route to visit Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temples, the Dambulla Rock Temple. This stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock. We continue to Wasgamuwa to check into our hotel, before enjoying an afternoon game drive in Wasgamuwa National Park. The evergreen forest of Wasgamuwa, with its towering trees is home to large herds of elephants. On our game drive we may also spot wild boar, buffalo, purple faced langur monkeys, spotted deer and crocodiles basking in the sun. Not to mention up to 143 species of birds.

icon Day 4 : Visit the Veddhas
Location:

  Veddas culture center


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Wasgamuwa - Gal Oya. Today we travel to Gal Oya, stopping en route in Mahiyanganaya to visit the forest dwelling Veddhas - indigenous people of Sri Lanka. We continue to our lodge in Gal Oya National Park where the rest of the day is free to spend at leisure.

icon Day 5 : Gal Oya National Park
Location:

  Gal Oya Valley National Park


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Gal Oya is one of the best preserved and least visited national parks in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1954, primarily to protect the catchment area of the vast Senanayake Samudra Reservoir, which is the largest inland body of water in Sri Lanka. Rich in bio diversity and aquatic life, Gal Oya spans 25,000 hectares of dense evergreen forest, mountains, savannah and lake. This morning, we rise early for breakfast before embarking on a boat safari, the best way to spot Gal Oya's diverse wildlife, and if we're really lucky we might see the Asian elephant swimming in its natural habitat. We return to the hotel for lunch and to freshen up before our afternoon jeep safari.

icon Day 6 : Udawalawe National Park
Location:

  Udawalawe National Park Safari


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Gal Oya - Udawalawe. This morning we travel to Udawalawe and check into our hotel before our afternoon jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. The park is known for its large population of elephants, there are over 400 and herds of up to 50 are commonly sighted. As well as elephants we'll be on the lookout for leopards, togue monkeys, grey langur, wild pig and sambar. Numerous bird species can also be sighted including the white bellied sea eagle and crested serpent eagle.

icon Day 7 : Yala National Park
Location:

  Yala National Park Sri Lanka


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Udawalawe - Yala. Bidding farewell to Gal Oya, we make our way to Yala National Park today. Checking into our hotel late morning, we then enjoy an afternoon jeep safari in the park. Yala is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka and it has the highest concentration of leopards on the island. The park is also home to a large population of Asian elephants, sloth bears, golden palm civets, Sri Lankan krait and crocodiles, while the coastline around the park is visited by leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles.

icon Day 8 : Galle
Location:

  Galle


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Yala - Colombo. We travel back to Colombo today, stopping in Galle en route to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Galle Fortress. The fortress was first constructed by the Portuguese in 1588, then expanded and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Arriving into Colombo late this afternoon, we partake in a short tour of the city and this evening we'll enjoy our final dinner together as a group.

icon Day 9 : Colombo
Location:

  Colombo


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Our tour comes to an end after breakfast today, with a transfer to the airport to meet your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    3-5 star hotels & lodges

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 5 dinners

  • 4 nights 4-5 star hotels, 3 nights lodges and 1 night safari camp

  • Guided sightseeing - Dambulla Rock Temple, Galle and Colombo

  • All national park entrance fees (included, valued at USD$350)

  • Game drives in Wilpattu, Wasgamuwa, Gal Oya, Udawalawe and Yala National Parks

  • Boat safari in Gal Oya

  • Escorted by an English speaking national guide for groups of 6 or more (professional chauffeur guide for groups of 5 or less)

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 9

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

Age Policy

over 16 if accompanied by an adult

Check out our Q&As

What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

3-5 star hotels & lodges

What is the maximum group size?

12

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

3-5 star hotels & lodges

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 9

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews

Safari in Sri Lanka - 9 days

Jehan was a fabulous guide - he could explain cultural sites, showed us some local markets, was excellent at spotting wildlife and was a very safe driver as well. ....more

Jehan was a fabulous guide - he could explain cultural sites, showed us some local markets, was excellent at spotting wildlife and was a very safe driver as well.

We were very spoiled, being the only guests on the trip.

It was a good experience to visit some smaller places and get off the beaten track.

The itinerary worked very well with less visited parks visited early in the trip.

Yala NP was lovely, but gee, there were a lot of jeeps! Accommodation was very good: Wilpattu Eco Lodge was a great introduction to a tented camp.

They served wonderful food.

Farcry Wasugama was a bit strange as we were the only guests, but staff were very hospitable and welcoming.

Gal Oya Lodge was a very special place.

It is one of the best places we have ever stayed, and for us, Gal Oya NP was our favourite NP.

We were upgraded to a suite at Uduwalawe.

It was a lovely room.

Jetwing Yala was also a very special place.

When we return, we will definitely wish to spend some more time there.

The Fairway Colombo was in a perfect city location.

I fell in love with Sri Lanka - the country, the animals, the welcoming smiling people, the food.

I can't wait to return.

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Rebecca Norton

01-Dec-2017

Safari in Sri Lanka - 9 days

A wonderful tour a wonderful country We loved the tour. Manoj the guide was exceptional . He was very well organised and careful to manage them group dynamic sensitively . Our ....more

A wonderful tour a wonderful country We loved the tour.

Manoj the guide was exceptional .

He was very well organised and careful to manage them group dynamic sensitively .

Our group was 16 people and was a good balance of ages from 20 to 60 .

The tour we did was a great balance of history, visiting local people and seeing the country and wildlife.

The hotels were all excellent .

Security had been stepped up in Sri Lanka since the bombings and we felt very safe .

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Kenneth Driver

07-Dec-2019

Safari in Sri Lanka - 9 days

Tour guide was fantastic. He went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and had what they needed. He was very informative and interesting. ....more

Tour guide was fantastic.

He went out of his way to make sure everyone was happy and had what they needed.

He was very informative and interesting.

He was accomdating and made sure everyone was informed and comfortable with the elephant orphanage decision.

Highlights of the tour were the safaris, sigiriya, and polonnaruwa.

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Liz Germain

05-Feb-2020

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Safari in Sri Lanka - 9 days

9 Days Starting and ending in Colombo

Visiting:

Colombo

,

Wilpattu National Park

,

Dambulla

,

Veddas culture center

,

Gal Oya Valley National Park

,

Udawalawe National Park Safari

,

Yala National Park Sri Lanka

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Galle

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

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Low

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Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

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2 - 12

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What can I do at night?

"Nairobi has a lot of restaurants and bars. My favourite is K1 Clubhouse with regular DJs, life music, an outdoor beer garden and club vibes! Great drinks, food and atmosphere!"

What do you love most about Nairobi?

"I love Nairobi so much because the people are so welcoming. Locals have always been so kind and helpful and of course, Kenya is so beautiful it keeps me coming back for more!"

@courtgoestravelling 's Top Tips

"Unless you're on a tour, plan the places you want to visit in advance and organise a guide for easiness and safety! Kenya has a lot to offer and there's a lot to pack into a trip!"

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  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    20 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Kenya

  • Dream Destination:

    Vietnam

  • About them:
  • I am a travel obsessed scottish girl with a love for Africa, Kenya specifically! I don't think there's a single place I wouldn't go! I love solo and group travelling and volunteering across the world!

Yosemite West

United States

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"There are so many hikes and beautiful scenic nature views, especially along the valley. Head to Mariposa for some scenic trails. "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Sunset offers incredible opportunities to view wildlife & watch the colours highlight El Capitan as the sun sinks beyond the horizon."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Look for wildlife sightings throughout the park!"

Must pack items for Yosemite West

"-Warm layers (even in summer as temps can drop quite quickly when the sun goes down). -Reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent, sturdy hiking boots, binoculars, camera & sunglasses."

Benefits of a tour guide for Yosemite West

"Access to information about the best hikes, insights and tips to make your trip magical and unique! "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head towards the Hetch Hetchy reservoir for some amazing views of the stunning lakes along the Sierra Nevada mountain range."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Drive along the valley for amazing views of El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls and giant sequoia trees. Head up to Tunnel View for stunning views of the valley below."

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    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Yellowstone National Park

United States

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Best time to watch Old Faithful erupt is around sunset, there will be less crowds & beautiful sunset views!"

What do you love most about Yellowstone National Park?

"There are so many natural wonders to observe and amazing places to explore!"

Must pack items for Yellowstone National Park

"Pack for the weather & season, bring layers, an umbrella, a reusable water bottle, comfortable shoes, bear spray and of course, your camera!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Plan to visit the North entrance & see the Teddy Roosevelt Archway."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Keep a keen eye out for abundant wildlife, especially in the Hayden Valley area!"

Benefits of a tour guide for Yellowstone National Park

"They're able to provide tips and insights, and ensure you see the best sights throughout Yellowstone NP!"

Favourite time of year to visit Yellowstone National Park

"Mid-May to early June for great weather & smaller crowds."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Visit the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone & walk the north rim trail for epic views!"

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

San Francisco

United States

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Head to the top of Bernal Heights Park for 360° views of the city, bay & Oakland."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Capture the unique views of Golden Gate Bridge!"

What do you love most about San Francisco?

"Marvel at Redwood trees."

What do you love most about San Francisco?

"Find unique views of San Fran from Sausalito. "

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"If you're a move fanatic, you can find the "Mrs. Doubtfire" home and several other film locations around the city."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Take a relaxing walk around Palace of Fine Arts."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit the Sutro Baths."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Visit the Japanese Gardens at Golden Gate Park! "

Must pack items for San Francisco

"Pack layers, an umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, a reusable water bottle, sunscreen & a hat or sun hat."

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  • Influencer
  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Charleston

United States

What do you love most about Charleston?

"One of the best-kept, charming & quaint historic towns in the USA. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Charleston

"Known as the holy city, there are so many historic churches to explore & a tour guide can provide all sorts of insights & information about the history of Charleston."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Walk off the beaten path & put down the map, Charleston is a picturesque city with hundreds of quiet little lanes just waiting to be explored."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Plan to wear comfortable shoes that have grip & can handle cobblestone streets!"

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head to Callie's Hot Little Biscuit and grab a sample of the delicious fresh-baked biscuits!"

What do you love most about Charleston?

"A plethora of amazing restaurants provide ample opportunities to sample local favourites, such as unicorn grits, fried green tomatoes or fried okra."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"There are 5 historic plantations in the area to tour. "

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  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️

Savannah

United States

What do you love most about Savannah?

"Explore the historic Wormsloe Plantation: drive the gorgeous tree-lined drive, walk nature trails and observe ruins."

What do you love most about Savannah?

"There are over 20 squares, which function like a park located all around the city. They're perfect for resting weary feet & people watching."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Head to Forsyth fountain and enjoy the shade while you stroll under the tree-lined path."

@thishomeschoolerslife's Top Tips

"Sample amazing local cuisine at Collins Quarter near Forsyth Park."

Must pack items for Savannah

"Sunscreen, sun hat, bug spray, reusable water bottle & comfortable walking shoes."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Explore the historic Riverfront area, browse the shops & sample a free praline or grab some gelato at Savannah's Candy Kitchen."

Favourite time of year to visit Savannah

"Spring is wonderful because the weather is perfect, warm but not humid."

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  • Countries Visited:

    4 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    London

  • Dream Destination:

    Paris, France

  • About them:
  • "Live once Travel Well", is my main motto for life. I love to travel, go on outdoor adventures & family travels/adventures. When I'm not traveling, I'm busy planning my next adventure ☺️