Sri Lanka's Parks and Wildlife

Dambulla Temple
Dambulla Rock Temple   Statues
Leopard   Yala National Park
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • What's Included
  • Dates
  • Mercury Holidays

Sri Lanka's oceanfront national parks, mangroves, swamps and tropical rainforests have given rise to the amazing range of animals and birds that inhabit its borders. Visit Yala National Park, home to the highest density of leopards in the world, trek through Udawattakele Nature Reserve to hidden forest monasteries and cave dwellings and spot endangered birds in the tropical undergrowth of Sinharaja Rainforest as you journey through the richest wildlife regions of this island nation.

  • Wildlife safaris in four national parks
  • Watch a feeding at the Elephant Transit Home
  • Trek the evergreen forest of Horton Plains
  • Walk the nature trails in Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Enjoy a Tea Plantation tour in Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit Temples in Dambulla & Kandy
Departure Points
  • London Heathrow
Day 1 - UK to Colombo
Depart London on your overnight flight to Colombo.

Day 2 - Wattala
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day free before your welcome dinner.

Day 3 - Wattala to Wilpattu
Depart for Wilpattu with a stop at Anawilundawa, where the ocean, mangroves and lakes which meet attract flocks of birds.

Day 4 - Wilpattu
Enjoy a full-day safari at Wilpattu National Park and the chance to spot Sri Lankan leopards and other wildlife. Enjoy a barbeque dinner in Wilpattu.

Day 5 - Wilpattu to Kandy
Depart for Kandy, stopping to see the Dambulla Rock Temple and have lunch in Matale. Take a short tour of Kandy, with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth.

Day 6 - Kandy
Head to Udawattakele Nature Reserve for a forest trek, with the chance to spot deer, boar and monkeys. Return to your hotel for the afternoon at leisure.

Day 7 - Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Explore the spectacular botanical gardens of Peradeniya, then travel to Nuwara Eliya, stopping for a tea plantation tour. In Nuwara Eliya, take a short hike and scenic drive past rolling valleys and cascading waterfalls.

Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya
Trek the evergreen forests of Horton Plains, a 1.5-3-hour walk that takes you past thundering waterfalls, sheer cliffs and herds of wildlife. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at your hotel back in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 9 - Nuwara Eliya to Yala
Journey to Lunugamwehera National Park for an afternoon jeep safari where you can observe the elephants, water buffalo and wild boar that inhabit the reserve. Continue on to Yala for the night.

Day 10 - Yala
In the early morning, travel by jeep through the oceanfront reserve of Yala National Park, home to the highest density of leopards in the world. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Karagama Temple.

Day 11 - Yala to Udawalawe
Witness an elephant feeding at the Elephant Transit Home, a rehabilitation centre for abandoned elephants, then go on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.

Day 12 - Udawalawe to Sinharaja
Travel to Sinharaja Rainforest, where you can enjoy the tropical setting on this afternoon's nature trail.

Day 13 - Sinharaja
Explore Sinharaja on another trail. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Rainforest excursion.

Day 14 - Sinharaja to Mirissa
Journey to the coastal town of Mirissa and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at your beachfront resort.

Day 15 - Mirissa to Wattala*
Enjoy Mirissa with the morning at leisure or take a seasonal whale watching excursion (at a fee). Today marks the end of the tour for those staying on for a beach extension, otherwise, transfer to Wattala.

Day 16 - Colombo to the UK
Transfer to Colombo for your return flight to the UK.

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights
  • All airport taxes and security charges

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

Dates Price Single Availability
29-Jan-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
19-Feb-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
05-Mar-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
16-Apr-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
07-May-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
04-Jun-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
03-Sep-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
17-Sep-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
15-Oct-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
05-Nov-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included
19-Nov-2019 for 16 Nights London Heathrow Flight Included

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