Elephant Safari Tour in Sri Lanka Blue Lanka Tours

Elephant Safari Tour in Sri Lanka

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.

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)

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.


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.

air plane at air port

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
Feeding a baby elephant
Deers in Willpathtu national park


  • 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.

Sri Lankan Sloth Bear

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
Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple
Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka

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
Wasgamuwa National Park in Sri Lanka
Delft Island Fort in Sri Lanka

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
Cycling in Sri Lanka
Nilaveli Beach in Sri Lanka

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
Gal oya national park
Gal oya national park

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
Pigeon Island National Park in Trincomalee
Dlohpines in Trincomalee Sea

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
Udawalawa national park
Veddha people


  • Morning Safari in Udawalawe National Park
  • Complimentary Sri Lankan Lunch
  • Afternoon Safari in Udawalawe National Park
  • Overnight stay in Udawalawe
The Bullock Cart in Sri Lanka

Udawalawe to Galle

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

Galle to BIA

  • Airport Transfer
air plane at air port
Air plane taking off

Journey Highlights

  • Trip Length: 12 Days
  • Gal Oya Safari on a boat
  • Taking a Bicycle Tour around Polonnaruwa
  • Watching the vistas from Lions Rock
  • Elephant Gathering in Habarana
  • Swimming Elephants when in Gal Oya
  • Sunset from the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Different species of Birds when in Safaris

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


Can we ride elephants?

No, we do not promote elephant riding to our valuable clients and Elephant Freedom Project is strictly not allowed elephant riding.

Can we walk through the national parks?

Absolutely NO! You are not permitted to get down from the safari jeep.

Do the hotels have a swimming pool?

Yes most of the hotels have an outdoor swimming pool except camping sites.

Where will be the driver staying in?

Most of the hotels are providing driver accommodation and if not he will stay somewhere near to your hotel.