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

Transfers

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

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.

Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
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.

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.

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.

Bandaranaike International Airport
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

As experienced on Instagram

Real people, real views

How they experienced it

We dreamed it, Blue Lanka delivered it and more!

We asked for close-up wildlife for photo opportunities, with a guide who knew the birds, mammals, ecology, and could provide in-depth cultural experiences. Our guide/driver Aruna is very knowledgeable and can convey the enthusiasm he has for the treasures of his country: the people, the cultures, religions, food, history, and the well-protected natural resources. We spent 17 happy days with Aruna, who drives with great skill and very good humor in rather scary conditions (and I learned to drive in New York, but would not want to drive in Colombo). My husband got the photos he only hoped for (see examples posted), and we saw a great many species new to us, including the hard-to-see endemics. We are wildlife researchers in Latin America and have traveled to see wildlife in other Asian countries, but little Sri Lanka had much to offer us in natural beauty, and the country people have great heart that exhibits itself in many ways, whether in farm visits during harvest, or villages with amazing religious festivals, or national park naturalists with a talent for sharing their beloved wildlife, whether iconic elephants and leopards, or small but no less interesting gorgeous lizards, frogs, insects, and more. The Blue Lanka people are the best! Hoping to return….

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