See wild elephants up close
Like a ‘culture and wildlife sandwich,’ we take you first to the mighty fortress of Sigiriya rock, before heading out on a jeep safari to spot some of the country’s most famous inhabitants; wild Sri Lankan elephants. These majestic creatures are one of three recognised subspecies of Asian elephant and you’ll get to experience them, exactly where nature intended them to be, in the wild. Our 3 day trip will then finish with a wander through the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
Explore Yala on a wildlife safari
No wildlife trip in Sri Lanka would be complete without a journey into the wild heart of Yala National Park. Climb into a jeep with your guide to begin your safari and see elephants wandering through the grassy plains, watch crocodiles bathing on the edge of watering holes and keep an eye out for the elusive leopard. Included in this trip is a stop at the Elephant Transit Home where injured babies and orphaned elephants are cared for, giving you the chance to watch from a safe distance as these magestic creatures are being fed.
Spot exotic creatures of the rainforest
Sinharaja National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforests and home to a wealth of exotic animals, in particular, its exotic birdlife where over 160 species of birds have been recorded. Keep your eyes peeled as you stroll through the rainforest following trails through the thick undergrowth and look out for giant centipedes, colourful lizards and screeching monkeys high up in the trees. Learn about the local flora and fauna and fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle in a guesthouse on the edge of the park.
Go dolphin-spotting on the Dutch Bay
Sri Lanka is home to an incredibly diverse marine ecosystem and Kalpitiya is certainly the best place for dolphin spotting. You’re extremely likely to see different dolphin species such as Spinners, Bottlenoses and Humpbacks. You’ll have an early start as you head out on a boat and you might be able to spot a whale too, but you’d be lucky! If you’re into bird-watching keep your eyes peeled as there’s a few species to be spotted here too.
See leopards at Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka. This park was closed for a long time during the civil war, but reopened to tourists in 2010. It’s the perfect place to head out on an adventurous jeep safari and search for leopards, sloth bears and elephants hiding in the park’s dense jungle. Afterwards, you’ll head to the historic city of Anuradhapura, where you can amble through the ancient ruins and see the sacred Bodhi tree.
Whale watching at Mirissa
Mirissa beach is soft and sultry with a wide crescent of peach sand lapped by a deep blue sea. But it’s so much more than that! From November to April it’s one of the best spots in the world for whale watching and dolphin spotting. Grab your binoculars, jump aboard and keep your eyes peeled.
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