Wildlife Tour in Sri Lanka

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has declared 22 National Parks in Sri Lanka, making it a world renowned hotspot for its biodiversity. From Yala to Minneriya to Udawalawe, this Wildlife Tour in Sri Lanka covers animals of the wild in all popular regions of the country. Experience National Park hopping, exciting jeep safari rides and adventurous nights of camping within the national park vicinities on this adrenaline-filled tour of Sri Lanka!

At a glance

Trip length

14 days

When to go

Any time of the year


Airport – Hotel – Tour attractions – Airport

Picture your self

Observing leopards quietly gliding through the bushes, in search for their next meal

Rushing through adrenaline during a luxurious jeep safari ride at Udawalawa National Park.

Learning more about endemic birds and species

Places you will stay

Not to miss in this tour

LeopardLeopards And Sri Lankan Sloth Bear Sightings

Bird watchingBird Watching Trail In Forbidden Udawatte Kele Sanctuary

Wildlife tourGet Close To Majestic Creatures – Elephants In Udawalawe National Park

water lagoonCapture Sunlight Creeping Through Canopy And Pooling On The Forest Floor In Sinharaja

Day 1 Colombo

When you exit the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be greeted by a Blue Lanka representative who will be your chauffeur cum guide for the rest of this 14 day Wildlife Tour in Sri Lanka. Your first stop will be to briefly explore the capital city of Colombo and then check into Marino Beach Hotel for the night.

Wilpattu National Park Elephants Fighting
Day 2 & 3 Wilpattu

Early the next morning, you will begin your wildlife journey and head towards Wilpattu. On the way, you will visit the Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary for beautiful natural wetland and bird sightings. Big Game Camp is where you will stay in Wilpattu.

On Day 03, we have scheduled a full day jeep safari for you to thoroughly explore and peacefully observe the wildlife of Wilpattu National Park.

Day 4 Sigiriya

Next, you will move on to Sigiriya, reach there by lunch time, take a village tour and indulge in an authentic rice and curry meal. After this, you will drive to Minneriya (45mins) where a jeep safari will be waiting for you to explore the Minneriya National Park. Amaya Lake Hotel is where you will be staying in Sigiriya.

Kandy Temple Tooth
Day 5 Kandy

On day 05, you have an early morning visit to the Sigiriya sanctuary for bird watching. Later, you will explore the popular Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya. This is a rock climbing activity which is do-able by most people and not to be missed as there are great views at the top and also beautiful frescoes engraved into the rock – which you will discover on your way up.

After the visit to Lion’s Rock, you will transfer to Kandy with a target to reach before 5.00p.m so you can attend the evening cultural dance performance in Kandy. Later that evening, you will check in to the luxurious Amaya Hills hotel to relax and unwind for the night.

Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya
Day 6 & 7 Nuwara Eliya

The next morning, you will go on a nature trail at Udawattekela Forest Reserve and then visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. After exploring beautiful flora at the gardens, you will transfer to Nuwara Eliya and check in to Hotel Golden Ridge for the next two nights.

On day 07 of this wildlife tour in Sri Lanka, you will visit the Horton Plains National Park in the morning. This is a 9.5km nature trail which includes the view of World’s End point and also a visit to the Bakers Falls.

Udawalawa National Park
Day 8 & 9 Udawalawe

From Nuwara Eliya, the next morning, you will visit the gorgeous town of Ella – Nine Arches Bridge and Litlle Adam’s Peak. Later that day, you will transfer to Udawalawe and check in to the Big Game Camp for two nights.

You will spend day 09 exploring the Udawalawe National Park on a jeep safari.

Day 10 & 11 Yala

The next morning, you will transfer to Yala and experience the much awaited afternoon jeep safari at Yala National Park. Once again, the Big Game Camp at Yala is where you will be staying for two nights.

On day 11, another morning jeep safari opportunity is available for you to explore the wildlife in Yala. In the afternoon, you will be taken to the Bundala National Park to see the birds and wildlife there.

Sinharaja Rainforest
Day 12 & 13 Sinharaja

On day 12, another safari at the Bundala National Park is on the itinerary, after which you will transfer to Sinharaja and check in to Rainforest Eco Lodge for the last two nights of your stay in Sri Lanka.

A full day trekking tour is scheduled on day 13 to explore the Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Sri Lankan Airline
Day 14 Airport

From Sinharaja, it is about a four hour drive to the Bandaranaike International Airport. Depending on the time of your flight, you will be driven to the airport on day 14.

This brings us to the end of the Wildlife Tour in Sri Lanka. If you are an animal lover, or simply want to explore Sri Lanka with emphasis on its wildlife diversity, you have got to try this itinerary. Please get in touch with us to book your package or make any changes to the existing itinerary. Our friendly travel consultants will be glad to assist you.

Trail on the ground


Q. What is the best time to do a wild life tour in Sri Lanka?
A. The best time would be from November to April.

Q. What national parks would be best for elephant watching?
A. Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park, Udawalawa National Park.

Q. Are there any chance spot leopards in this tour?
A. Yes, in Wilpattu National Park & Yala National Park you may have the chance to spot leopards if you are lucky enough!

Q. Are the tours kids friendly?
A. Yes of course the kids will love the jeep safaris for sure.

Real people, real views

How they experienced it

Oskari1967 wrote a review Jan 2019

Five Star Tour Company in Sri Lanka

Over the last 20 days my wife and I have travelled over 2,000 km by car on a custom itinerary with Blue Lanka Tours exploring the central, south, and southwest regions of Sri Lanka. So many great memories. Eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Unforgettable places: Pinnawela, Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Galle. Beautiful National Parks: Minneriya, Udawalawe, Yala, Bundala, Horton Plains, Sinharaja. Amazing animals. Colourful sarongs and saris. Religious prayers and faith. Perfect weather. Friendly genuine people. Small farms. Tea plantations. Excellent guides. Uncrowded beaches. Casual birding with >100 species. Highlights for us: the natural and cultural beauty, the rock fortress of Sigiriya, up close wild elephants, langurs, macaques, and leopards, Buddhist temples, amazing biodiversity, and the ancient and colonial history. It was an amazing adventure.

We have worked with guides and tour companies as clients in places such Galapagos, Machu Picchu, Angkor Wat, Yucatan, Belize, Tikal, Kuelap, Costa Rica, and Thailand as a point of reference. Blue Lanka Tours and their team exceeded our expectations for professionalism, vehicles, value, service, local knowledge, safety, communications, accommodations, wildlife expertise, cultural expertise, patience, timeliness, guide associates, and enthusiasm.

If you love adventure, food, diversity, culture, ancient history, and wildlife and you are looking to invest in an unforgettable vacation, then we recommend that you travel to Sri Lanka and consider working with Blue Lanka.

Sincere thanks to Blue Lanka Tours and our outstanding guide Aruna for showing us the beauty of Sri Lanka and for taking care of us like family.

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