Sri Lanka Safari & Wildlife Holidays

Did you know that Sri Lanka is one of the best wildlife destinations in Asia? Oh yes, it’s home to elephants, leopards, whales, exotic birds, just to name a few! If you’re planning on embracing your inner-Attenborough, Sri Lanka is just the place to go. Check out some of our top wildlife experiences to include in your Sri Lanka holiday.

See elephants in the Cultural Triangle

If wildlife and culture are your two favourite things and you want to combine them, then this 3-day trip through Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is just the ticket. Start by climbing Sigiriya’s Rock Fortress– a landmark that inspired the Lion King’s Pride Rock (hakuna matata!), then it’s time to whip out the binoculars on a private jeep safari in Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park. Here, you’ll come face-to-trunk with herds of wild elephants- an awesome sight to behold! Elephantastic!

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Elephant swimming in the lake in Gal Oya National Park, sri Lanka

Go off-the-beaten-path in Gal Oya

Gal Oya is a real treat for the wildlife lovers who want to venture off the beaten path. Undiscovered by most tourists, this National Park will give you a proper feel of the untouched jungle. Take a boat trip around the lake for a chance of spotting wild elephants swimming between the islands!

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Go dolphin-spotting on the Dutch Bay

Sea lover? Happy days! Sri Lanka is home to an incredibly diverse marine ecosystem, and Kalpitiya is the place to go if you want to go dolphin spotting! You’ll have an early start on our 3-day trip in Kalpitiya, as you head out by boat in search of Spinners and Bottlenoses- you might even spot a whale too (if you’re lucky!)


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Go on safari in Yala National Park

Yala is the most well-known and visited National Park in Sri Lanka. No surprise really, as it’s a haven for wildlife. On our 2-day Yala National Park trip, you’ll start with a short visit first to the Elephant Transit Home, which is an elephant orphanage dedicated to caring for and rehabilitating injured or orphaned elephants. Then head to Yala to search for elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, and more birds than you can shake a stick at.

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Spot exotic birds of Sinharaja's rainforest

Sinharaja National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforests and home to a wealth of animals, in particular, its exotic birdlife. On our 3-day Sinharaja rainforest trip you’ll follow trails through the thick undergrowth- and keep an eye out for giant centipedes, colourful lizards and screeching monkeys high up in the trees. In the evening, you’ll sleep in a simple guesthouse on the edge of the park and wake up to views of the lush vegetation. This trip is a real adventure for nature lovers and bird watchers.

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Leopard in Sri Lanka

See leopards at Wilpattu National Park

The largest National Park in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu 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 our 3-day Wilpattu trip will take you in search of leopardssloth bears and elephants hiding in the park’s dense jungle. In the evening you’ll bed down in your own atmospheric safari tent, where you can enjoy a BBQ at the campfire.


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Whale spotting in Sri Lanka

Whale watching at Mirissa

From November to April, Mirissa is one of the best spots in the world for whale watching and dolphin spotting. These mighty marine giants are drawn to the sea trench just off the coast to feed, making your chances of spotting them particularly high. Grab your binoculars and jump aboard on our 2-day Mirissa whale-watching trip, as you go in search of Humpbacks, Sperm Whales and even the largest mammal on the planet, the Blue Whale.

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Build your own wildlife holiday using our bite-sized trips

Simply pick and choose your favourite bite-sized trips or ready-made itinerariesadd them to your Travel Plan and request a quote. It’s easy. Our Travel Specialists will then put together a holiday that’s right for you. Plus you’ll have the same team for the life of your booking & support from our local partners on the ground 24/7.
sri lanka polonnaruwa temple

Temples in Buddha’s Garden

Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

LocationSigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla

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Wild Elephants & Emerald Lakes

Duration3 days/2 nights

LocationGal Oya National Park

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A Taste of Sri Lanka

Duration14 days / 13 nights (flexible)

LocationColombo - Negombo - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Ella - Yala - Unawatuna - Galle - Colombo

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Into the Wild: From Whales’ Tails to Elephant Trails

Duration15 days / 14 nights (flexible)

LocationColombo - Negombo - Wilpattu National Park - Ancient Capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa - Outskirts of Kandy - Ella - Sinharaja Rainforest - Mirissa - Colombo

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