Sri Lanka is one of the best places in Asia to go wildlife watching! This island paradise boasts vast swathes of protected land where you can creep out on dawn and dusk safaris. Spot elephants, leopards, buffalo and endangered sloth bears, see monkeys haunting the ruins of ancient cities and sacred temples, catch wild pigs snuffling in the undergrowth and hear exotic birdcall.
- 11 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
- 32 meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 11 dinners
- VIP door-to-door travel service
- Free bar open 10am to 10pm on the tour
- Optional travel insurance
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink
- Sundowner drink in memorable location
- Use of audio headsets on all guided tours
- Porterage at all hotels
- Botanist guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya
- A Thevava ceremony at the Temple of the Tooth
- Tour a tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
- Scenic local train journey to a hill station
- Visit the Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe
- Game drive in Udawalawe National Park
- Dawn and dusk game drives in Yala National Park
- Guided walking tour of Galle
- Cookery demonstration
- Talk on Sri Lankan culture
Day 1 UK to Colombo, Sri Lanka
Depart on an overnight flight.
Day 2 Colombo to Chilaw
Receive a garlanded welcome then head to the locally rated 5-star Anantaya Spa Resort in Chilaw, a peaceful oasis with a mangrove-fringed lagoon on one side, and a sandy beach on the other. Relax in style and enjoy the tropical warmth and exotic birdsong as you stay on an all-inclusive basis.
Day 3 Chilaw to Kandy
Pay a visit to a local Negombo fish market, then follow the snaking road up to the historic former kingdom of Kandy. Stay two nights at the Cinnamon Citadel Hotel. This evening you’ll be treated to a special walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya guided by a botanist.
Day 4 Kandy
Learn about traditional Kandyan dancing and meet students of the art at Bellwood Dancing School. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 5 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Learn about Sri-Lankan gem production from a wholesaler, then head into the beautiful hill country, stopping to visit one of the great tea plantations, where the finer points of tea cultivation and production will be revealed.
Day 6 Nuwara Eliya
Dubbed ‘Little England’, the temperate climate here attracted British colonialists, the buildings are pure colonial-era with the odd dash of mock-Tudor fantasy. Explore as you please. Alternatively join either an optional early-morning trekking expedition to Horton Plains National Park to see the spectacular view from World’s End and the sambar deer and purple-faced langur monkeys, or a colonial architecture tour.
Day 7 Nuwara Eliya to Ella to Udawalawe
Take a scenic local train ride through the highlands from Nanu Oya to Ella, then continue past the tea plantations that cloak the mountains on to Udawalawe. Stay two nights at the Grand Udawalawe.
Day 8 Udawalawe
See orphaned elephants being fed at the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe. Look forward to your first game drive this evening when you may see herds of Asian elephants.
Day 9 Udawalawe to Yala
Head for one of Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest National Parks. At dusk hop in a jeep and head off on a game drive in Yala, which boasts one of the world’s highest density of leopards – keep your eyes peeled in the hope of spotting one – with no predators to fear here they are slightly less reclusive.
Day 10 Yala
Go on an early morning jeep safari in wildlife-rich Yala to try to spot elephants, water-buffalo, monkeys, and even crocodiles.
Day 11 Yala
Spend the day as you please. Bird lovers might like to join an optional excursion to Bundala National Park which is home to over 200 species of bird, a number swelled by migrating species October to April, and you can join an optional evening game drive.
Day 12 Yala to Galle
Head for the former Dutch-colonial trading port of Galle for an in-depth tour of this atmospheric UNESCO-listed city.
Day 13 Galle to Colombo, Sri Lanka to UK
Transfer to Colombo Airport for your return flight.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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