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Sri Lanka Holidays Safari Cultural Wildlife Tours Leopards Yala Whales

Whales, Wildlife + Beaches of Sri Lanka


LPW10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
From October to May, enjoy a magnificent Sri Lanka beach safari holiday on the warm south coast - excellent for swimming, diving & fishing. Enjoy whale watching in Mirissa, including a boat ride to see blue whales & dolphins. Visit Yala National Park & in Udawalawe see Asian elephants in the wild, before relaxing on the Galle Coast.  All transfers, whale watching, jeep safaris & park fees included.
Sri Lanka Beach Safari Holiday Whale Watching Yala Udawalawe Elephants
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Sri Lanka Beach Safari Holiday
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Mirissa
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Whale Watching
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Udawalawe
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Asian Elephants
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Yala National Park
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Kataragama Temple
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Tea Plantation
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Galle Fort
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Sri Lanka Beach Safari Holiday
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Mirissa
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Whale Watching
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Udawalawe
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Asian Elephants
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Yala National Park
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Kataragama Temple
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Tea Plantation
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Galle Fort
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Indian Ocean Beaches
Day 1
You will be met at Colombo Airport and transferred 3-hours to the fortified town of Galle.
 
Galle Fort has a colourful history, as it was originally built by the Portuguese and later heavily fortified by the Dutch. It is today a World Heritage site, with a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population living within its walls. After checking into your hotel, we suggest you explore the town on foot.
Day 2
At leisure to explore with your guide fascinating Galle Fort with its many shops and markets, and walk along its ramparts. Prominent landmarks include the natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests and an important Shiva temple.
 
You can take an optional day trip to the imposing Buddhist temple at Mulkirigala, or enjoy a canal boat ride to islands where you can see water birds, monkeys and water monitors (pay any entrance fees locally).
 
From October to May you can take an optional whale watching boat trip from the small village of Mirissa, and from December to April sea turtles hatch on the nearby beaches.
Day 3
Today we drive 45-minutes to Koggala Airport for a thrilling 45-minute flight over the Indian Ocean to search for Blue Whales from the air. These huge whales are found here in concentrations not seen elsewhere in the world.
 
From November to April you can also hope to see the Bryde´s whale, Sperm whale, Fin whale and sometimes a Killer whale. Common dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin, Spinner dolphin, Risso's dolphin and Striped dolphin are also seen in these clear waters - so don’t forget your binoculars.
 
Afterwards transfer back to your hotel, with balance of day at leisure.
Day 4
Today we travel 3.5-hours to Udawalawe National Park.
 
Enjoy a jeep safari on arrival at this wildlife reserve that was created to provide sanctuary for animals displaced by the Udawalawe Reservoir and offers the best sightings of wild Asian elephants in Sri Lanka. It is an important habitat for many water birds, as well as water buffalo, spotted deer, barking deer, wild boar, sambar, jackal, mongoose and jungle cat. The nocturnal fishing cat is also found here, but is rarely seen. Afterwards check into your hotel situated near the entrance to the park.
Day 5
This morning we visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home that cares for orphaned calves and re-introduces them into the wild, where you can observe these youngsters coming in to feed.
 
We then continue 2-hours to Yala National Park, the premier game reserve in Sri Lanka, covering an area of nearly 400 sq miles (1,000 sq.km). It is famous for having the highest density of leopards in the world, but sightings of these magnificent animals are not guaranteed and you need to take at least 2 or 3 jeep safaris for a good chance of a sighting. Enjoy your first jeep safari on arrival at Yala.
Day 6
Rise early today to enjoy the wildlife of Yala National Park - home to over 40 different species of mammals and also known locally as Ruhuna National Park. Whilst famous for its over 35 leopards, you can also see water buffalo, elephants, spotted & barking deer, wild boar, sambar, crocodiles, jackals, monkeys and mongoose. Sloth bears are also present but are rarely seen.
 
Bird life is particularly rewarding including excellent raptor sightings, many aquatic birds, wild peacock, jungle fowl (the national bird of Sri Lanka), hornbills, orioles, pelicans and the rare black-necked stork. Over 200 different bird species can be seen, including many that migrate to escape the northern winter such as white-winged black terns, curlews and pintails.
 
Early morning and late afternoon is the best time to track leopards, but be aware that it is very difficult to find them in the wild and sightings are never guaranteed. Best viewings are generally at the end of the dry season (January to April), when the leopards search out the waterholes. Two jeep safaris per day are included - one in the early morning and one in the late afternoon.
 
Note: Please be aware that although Yala National Park offers a wonderful wildlife experience, it is a very different experience from a traditional African safari as the park is extremely busy. Be prepared for some rough roads, with the park being especially busy over weekends and festivals. Yala is closed during September and early October.
Day 7
Today we depart from Yala and travel 4-hours along the south coast to your hotel on the Galle Coast in the vicinity of the fortified town of Galle.
 
Along the way we make a short stop at a Tea Factory, where you can see how the leaves of the tea bushes are dried to make one of the most popular drinks in the world.
 
We continue to Galle, where your guide will drop you off at your beach hotel situated along this beautiful coast.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax on the beautiful beaches of the Galle Coast.
 
Optional day excursions are available to explore more of fascinating Galle Fort, with its many shops and markets, and walk along its ramparts. Prominent landmarks include the natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests and an important Shiva temple.
 
You can take an optional day trip to the imposing Buddhist temple at Mulkirigala, visit Kathaluwa Temple and the interesting Sri Lanka Air Force Museum in Katukurunda.
 
Alternatively enjoy a canal boat ride to nearby islands where you can see water birds, monkeys and water monitors. The Turtle Hatchery is also well worth a visit, as from December to April sea turtles hatch on these beaches. From October to May you can also take an optional Whale Watching flight to see Blue whales from the air.
Day 11
Transfer 3.5-hours to Colombo Airport for your flight home.
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