Leopards & Whales in Sri Lanka Tour

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8 nights safari in the wilds of Sri Lanka.

Itinerary for 8 Nights safari

Leopards & Whales in Sri Lanka

Day 01

Sri Lanka LeopardArrival and transfer to Weligama driving along the southwestern coast.

In the evening the coastal sunset reflecting off the bay which is dotted with fishing boats will be a special treat.

Overnight the Weligama Bay Resort, Weligama

Day 02

Spend the morning off the coast of Weligama on a whale watching excursion in Mirissa and enjoy unhindered views of the ocean giants in their natural habitat. Look especially for Blue Whales…

Overnight the Weligama Bay Resort, Weligama

Day 03

After breakfast leave for another whale watching excursion in Mirissa and proceed to Yala for your leopard experience.

Overnight Yala Village Hotel, 3 kilometers from the Yala N.P.

Sri Lanka Whale WatchingDays 04, 05 & 06

Morning and evening Jeep Safaris of Yala National Park

Yala – Sri Lanka’s best known national park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. More than three times larger than Undawelewe at 97,800 hectares, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s national parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometer. This park is primarily shrub jungle with several salt and fresh water lagoons. The areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide.

The biggest of the wildcats in Sri Lanka – Though shy by nature the Leopards of Yala have an air of confidence and nonchalance – if you have the privilege of meeting them. To capture on film the aura and personality of these amazing creatures in addition to their stunning physical appearance is the greatest challenge.

Overnight Yala Village - Yala

Day 07

Leave for Colombo with an OPTIONAL stop en route in Galle to visit the Dutch fort where the 17th century ramparts still stand proudly facing the ocean.

In the evening explore the city of Colombo visiting the commercial and residential areas.

Colombo – the trade and commercial capital has long been the traditional gateway to the Orient. Sri Lanka’s largest city, it is located on the west coast and draws together all the cultures, religions and influences of foreign lands into a pot-pourri of sounds, smells and a kaleidoscope of colour. The original traders and settlers - the Arabs, Portuguese, Dutch and the British have left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Today, Colombo is a fascinating city - a happy blend of east & west, past & present, with a charm of its own. A less known but amazingly true fact is that Colombo has a superb range of high quality restaurants serving food from all over the world and some of the best shopping opportunities in Asia. The main seaport of Sri Lanka is in Colombo & adjoining it, is Pettah, a local bazaar & trading area. Other places of interest are the beautiful Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, mosques, the historic Wolfendhal church, (1749) residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo Museum, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, the New Parliament in Sri Jayewardenepura, the Folk Art Centre, Art Galleries, Parks, Independence Square, the Zoo, the Ceramic Corporation famous for its well known brand “Noritake” and ODEL the renowned shopping centre.

Overnight The Cinnamon Grand, Colombo

Day 08

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Departure

 

Price includes

  • 07 Nights accommodation on half board basis at all hotels except for the stay in Colombo which will be on bed and breakfast basis.
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle (Car) with the services of an English speaking driver/guide.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Jeep hire for 06 safaris of Yala National Park and Boat hire for 02 Whale watching excursions
  • Hotel service charges and VAT

 

Price excludes

  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature