Elephant Safari Tour in Sri Lanka

The Asian elephant population density in Sri Lanka is around 10 times that of any other
country. Because this little island is home to 10% of the world’s Asia elephant population, Sri Lanka provides unmatched opportunity to observe Asian elephants in the wild. Because of
habitat destruction and human-elephant conflict, this charismatic species is losing ground.
Elephants have become a cultural emblem of Sri Lanka, yet they are restricted to the island’s dry zone. A tiny herd of elephants lives in the Adam’s Peak region, and they are the remaining forest-dwelling elephants in Sri Lanka’s wet zone.

Elephants have gathered in a variety of arid zone regions where there is abundance of water
and feed. One of the finest wildlife shows in Sri Lanka is a large gathering of elephants in Minneriya. During the dry season, which lasts from August to mid-October, 200-300 elephants gather in the wide grassy plains of Minneriya Reservoir for grazing and social activities. In addition to Minneriya, the greatest sites to see these magnificent giants are Yala, Udawalawe, Kaudulla, Kalawewa, Hurulu, and Wasgomuwa National Parks. (Source : Cinnamon Nature Trails documentary)

The Elephant Tour Itinerary offers the main highlights of where many elephants can be found
and seen. Blue Lanka Tours vehemently advocated the conservation of our Elephant species
and also ethical tourism which captures animal welfare when tailoring such itineraries involving wildlife. Likewise, this itinerary is all about seeing Elephants as much in their natural habitats and visiting some reputed true to ethics – elephant rescue projects. As such, capturing the main natural habitats where elephants can be seen, the itinerary is a tour around watching our gentle giants – the elephants of Sri Lanka.

At a glance

Trip length

11 days


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When to go

All year around


Airport – Hotel – Tour attractions – Airport

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Gal Oya Safari on a boat

Taking a Bicycle Tour around Polonnaruwa

Watching the vistas from Lions Rock

Not to miss in this tour

HandicraftsElephant Gathering in Habarana

ElephantSwimming Elephants when in Gal Oya

GemsSunset from the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress

souvenirsDifferent species of Birds when in Safaris

Day 1 BIA to Waikkal

• Airport Pickup & Transfer to Waikkal
• Overnight stay in Waikkal

Hello and Welcome to Sri Lanka! You are now officially onboard with Blue Lanka Tours to start your most awaiting Kayaking Journey.

Day 2 Waikkal to Dambulla

• Transfer to Dambulla
• En Route visit Elephant Freedom Project
• Experience Elephant Bathing | Elephant Feeding | Elephant Walking
• Relax at The Hotel
• Overnight stay in Dambulla

Sigiriya Rock
Day 3 Dambulla

• Experience Sri Lankan Village Tour with Lunch
•Exploration of Sigiriya Lions Rock
•Enjoy an Herbal Foot Massage
•Overnight stay in Dambulla

Day 02 & 03 will be you days in the ancient city of Dambulla. Day 02 will start with transferring you to Dambulla from Waikkal. You will be able to enjoy a couple of hours with an Elephant. Bathing him, walking him, feeding him and spending time with him. This day you will rest at the hotel once this excursion is completed. The following day you will do a Village Tour, Explore Lion’s Rock and then enjoy a Herbal Foot Massage after the climb.

Dambulla Cave Temple
Day 4 Dambulla to Polonnaruwa

• Morning Visit to Dambulla Cave Temple
• Transfer towards Polonnaruwa
• Afternoon Jeep Safari in Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park
• Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa

Wasgamuwa National Park
Day 5 Polonnaruwa to Wasgamuwa to Polonnaruwa

• Transfer towards Wasgamuwa – a scenic road drive
• En Route sightseeing Girithale Tank
• Afternoon Jeep Safari in Wasgamuwa National Park
• Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa

Elephants in Gal Oya National Park
Day 6 Polonnaruwa to Gal Oya

• Explore Polonnaruwa Ancient City by Bicycles
• Transfer to Gal Oya
• Check in to the Hotel and Relax
• Overnight stay in Gal Oya

Day 7 Gal Oya to Ella

• Morning Boat Safari in Gal Oya National Park
• Transfer to Ella
• Cooking Experience at a Typical Local Place along with dinner
• Overnight stay in Ella

Elephants Gal Oya National Park
Day 8 Gal Oya

• Boat Safari on Sri Lanka’s Largest Lake
(With a little luck you could spot elephants swimming between islands or bathing)
• Picnic in The National Park
• Jungle Drive through a Jeep Ride
• Overnight stay in Gal Oya

Elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Day 8 Gal Oya to Udawalawa

• Morning Enjoy a Walk of Discovery with The Chief Vedda
• Transfer to Udawalawe
• Visit to Elephant Transit Home
• Overnight Stay in Udawalawe

Elephants at Udawalawe National Park
Day 9 Udawalawe

• Morning Safari in Udawalawe National Park
• Complimentary Sri Lankan Lunch
• Afternoon Safari in Udawalawe National Park
• Overnight stay in Udawalawe

Day 10 Udawalawe to Galle

• Transfer to Galle
• Exploration of Galle Fort and City
• Overnight Stay in Galle

SriLankan Airline 02
Day 11 Galle to BIA

• Airport Transfer

Trail on the ground


Q. Can we ride elephants?
A. No, we do not promote elephant riding to our valuable clients and Elephant Freedom Project is strictly not allowed elephant riding.

Q. Can we walk through the national parks?
A. Absolutely NO! You are not permitted to get down from the safari jeep.

Q. Do the hotels have a swimming pool?
A. Yes most of the hotels have an outdoor swimming pool except camping sites.

Q. Where will be the driver staying in?
A. Most of the hotels are providing driver accommodation and if not he will stay somewhere near to your hotel.

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Insightful Tips

  • Sun screen when on Safari is a must
  • Binoculars is a must have
  • Bring clothes that can cover your hands cause you maybe exposed to a lot of sun
  • Don’t forget your cameras

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