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Sri Lanka Holidays Safari Cultural Wildlife Tours Leopards Yala Whales

Sri Lanka: Cultural Triangle + Yala Safari + Galle (wheelchair)


1PU14C
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,695
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Our fascinating wheelchair holidays to Sri Lanka will show you the highlights of this beautiful island, staying in accessible hotels. See wild Asian elephants & leopards at Yala. Visit the Bhuddist Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sigirya Rock & ancient Polonnaruwa then relaxing on the Galle coast. English speaking guide, all transfers & sightseeing included. Only suitable for manual wheelchairs, with regular car transfers.
Wheelchair Holidays Sri Lanka Accessible Hotels Elephants Yala Galle
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Colombo
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Elephants Foundation
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Sigiriya Rock
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Polonnaruwa
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Kandy Temple of Tooth
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Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantations
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Yala National Park
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Galle Fort
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Wheelchair Holidays Sri Lanka
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Accessible Hotels
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Colombo
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Elephants Foundation
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Sigiriya Rock
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Polonnaruwa
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Kandy Temple of Tooth
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Nuwara Eliya Tea Plantations
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Yala National Park
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Galle Fort
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Wheelchair Holidays Sri Lanka
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Accessible Hotels
Day 1
You will be met at Colombo Airport and transferred to the nearby fishing town of Negombo
 
Check into your hotel and relax in your warm tropical surroundings.
Day 2
This morning your driver/guide will collect you from your Colombo hotel and introduce you to the beauty of central Sri Lanka as we travel 4.5-hours to the Cultural Triangle.
 
Along the way we stop at the Millenium Elephant Foundation, that works to improve the lives of domesticated Asian elephants. You can interact with the elephants and watch them bathe. As they have only a small number of elephants here, this offers a more personal and humane alternative to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is very busy.
 
Check into your hotel in the heart of this historic region.
Day 3
This morning we travel 30-minutes to Sigiriya - also known as Lion's Rock -  a massive 5th century fortress and palace ruins surrounded by extensive gardens and reservoirs.
 
This amazing fortress in the sky has 1,200 steps to the top and is now a World Heritage site. You can view this mighty rock from the gardens below and visit the small museum near the entrance. Afterwards we continue to Hiriwaduna Village to observe the lives of the local people.
 
Return to your hotel for lunch, before enjoying an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park. Birdlife is prolific in this park, where you can also hope to see wild Asian elephants. The elephants are particularly numerous in August and September, when they migrate along a corridor from neighbouring parks to feed on the fresh grass on the lake bed - an annual event known as "The Gathering".
 
Note: In Minneria you will need to be lifted into the front seat of your game viewing vehicle.
Day 4
This morning we drive 1-hour to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa - the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th centuries following the fall of Anuradhapura and today a World Heritage site.
 
Here you can explore these magnificent ruins, which contains some fine examples of Buddah statues and marvel at this ancient civilisation, before returning to Habarana.
 
The afternoon is free to relax at your hotel.
 
Note: Not all the ruins are accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you sufficient access to appreciate this historic site. Please dress appropriately when visiting sacred monuments, with shoulders and knees covered.
Day 5
This morning we travel 2.5-hours to the bustling hill capital of Kandy, stopping at a spice garden along the way.
 
We visit the Royal Palace, before checking into your hotel in this religious and ancient capital of kings.
 
In the evening enjoy a Cultural Show, with dancing and fire walking.
 
Note: Not all sites are accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views.
Day 6
Today we visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth, that houses a tooth relic of the Buddha. Religious pooja ceremonies, when the golden casket containing the tooth is revealed, are held daily at 05.00, 09.30 and 18.30 - so this is the best time to visit.
 
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage site partly due to this temple. Its principal Buddhist complexes have considerable importance – the high priests of the two best known, Malwatte and Asgiriya, are the most important in Sri Lanka and the Asgiriya Maha Vihara has a large reclining Buddha image.
 
Afterwards we visit the beautiful Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Dating back to colonial times, this magnificant property has abundant bird life, including a bat colony. It also has a rare collection of indigenous tropical flora, including an Orchid House. We suggest you ask your hotel to pack a picnic today, so that you can enjoy it in these gardens.
 
Note: Please dress appropriately when visiting the temple, with shoulders and knees covered. Not all areas of the temple are accessible, but your guide will do his best to give you good views.
Day 7
We leave Kandy today and travel 3-hours to Nuwara Eliya, enjoying spectacular views of the countryside with its tea plantations as we wind our way through the hill country.
 
We visit a local tea factory in Nuwara Eliya, before checking into our hotel.
Day 8
Today we leave Nuwara Eliya and travel 5-hours to Yala National Park.
 
Along the way we view the cascading Ravana Waterfalls, with its backdrop of mountains and valleys. In Hindu mythology Sita, the wife of Rama, was hidden in caves behind these waterfalls when she was kidnapped from India and brought to Sri Lanka.
 
If you wish we can also detour to visit the ancient Buddhist temple at Buduruwagala, set in a very tranquil setting well off the beaten track. Although its seven statues dating back to the 10th century are not accessible, you can see some of the site and enjoy the birdlife around the lake.
 
We continue 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.
 
Note: Your carer should wear socks at Buduruwagala temple, as the ground can get exceptionally hot when you remove your sandals.
Day 9
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: You need some upper body strength for this safari, as you will need to be lifted into the front seat of the game viewing vehicle. 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 10
Today we travel 2-hours from Yala to Udawalawe National Park.
 
Along the way we visit the pilgrimage town of Kataragama - sacred to the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and local Vedda people. Here you can view the Kiri Vehera, an ancient Buddhist stupa (sacred mound containing relics) dating back to the 6th century BC. There is also a multi-faith temple on the site.
 
On arrival in Udawalawe enjoy a jeep safari in 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.
 
Note: You need some upper body strength for this safari, as you will need to be lifted into the front seat of the game viewing vehicle. Please be prepared for some rough roads.
Day 11
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 travel 3.5-hours to your hotel on the Galle Coast in the vicinity of 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 visiting the town, continue to your hotel situated on this beautiful coast.
Days 12 To 13
At leisure to relax at your hotel on the beautiful Galle Coast or explore further with your guide (pay any entrance fees locally).
 
You can explore more of fascinating Galle Fort, with its many shops and markets, and view 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 visit Kathaluwa Temple and the interesting Sri Lanka Air Force Museum in Katukurunda. The Turtle Hatchery is also well worth a visit, as from December to April sea turtles hatch on these beaches.
Day 14
Today transfer 3.5-hours from the Galle Coast to your hotel in the capital city of Colombo.
 
On arrival enjoy a city tour of this commercial and industrial centre of Sri Lanka. This city was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and today consists of an eclectic mix of grand colonial buildings, modern offices and bustling local shops.
 
We visit the vibrant Pettah Market and the National Museum, with its fine collection of antiques and Sri Lankan art. We also visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Temple, to experience the diversity of religion and customs of the people of Sri Lanka.
Day 15
Transfer to Colombo Airport for your flight home.
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