based on 15 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Leopard Trails Wilpattu, Chena Huts & Goatfell included on an All Inclusive Basis
This trip takes in three of Sri Lanka's National Parks where you will have the opportunity to see some incredible wildlife
From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.
Experience wild Sri Lanka on this off-the-beaten track itinerary. This journey takes you through the length and breadth of this diverse teardrop isle. Through undulating hills, low grasslands and golden coast, enjoy incredible wildlife and culture throughout. With hundreds of species of endemic birds as well as a growing number of leopard sightings in Yala and Wilpattu National Park among others,
You will begin your journey in Colombo, a natural starting point for anyone travelling to Sri Lanka. One night after your international flight will ensure you are rested and ready to begin this exciting adventure.
Along with your expert driver/ guide you will make your way north until reach Wilpattu National Park. Although less popular than Yala, this hidden gem makes for an authentic wildlife encounters, as you enjoy a unique camping experience. Head out on early morning and evening safaris and if you're lucky catch some amazing sightings. Later, reflect on the day with sundowners followed by dinner under the stars.
After three nights in the wilds of Wilpattu you will journey on to Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. Visit the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura, the mighty rock fortress of Sigiriya, the ancient citadel of Polonnaruwa, as well as the ancient cave temples of Dambulla to the south. If there is time we can also include a stop at Minneriya National Park adding yet another wildlife experience to the adventure.
From the Cultural Triangle you will continue this wild and unique trip and head to Gal Oya National Park for two nights. One of Sri Lanka's less visited parks, it is not to be forgotten. It is all about the wild and authentic experiences here. Go on a night safari as dusk falls and help set camera traps to shoot footage of the nocturnal animals; this is a nature lover's paradise.
The next leg of your journey will then lead you to the Hill Country, home to Ceylon tea which saw the British build their bungalows here over 150 years ago. We have included two nights here, give you plenty of time to explore the surrounding plantations with some beautiful walks as well as a visit to the tea factory to learn about the art of making this widely drunk beverage. We recommend you drink plenty of tea during your stay, its known to be the finest leaf in the world due to the cool clean climate here.
You will then travel south to Yala, Sri Lanka's most famous National Park. Head out on morning and evening safaris with expert naturalists in search of the elusive leopards. Due to its topography, Yala is known to have the highest population of leopards in Sri Lanka, so you have a good chance of a sighting.
Finally, no trip to Sri Lanka is complete without a visit to one of the golden beaches on the south coast. Enjoy three nights of much deserved relaxation on near to deserted beaches. If you are looking to be more active, there is plenty to choose from here as well and from November to March Mirissa is a great place to go whale watching.
Cycle through the charming city of Colombo at dusk, as you visit some of its most iconic landmarks.
During your stay in the Hill Country, explore the tea plantations where you can see the tea pluckers at work, visit a tea factory, or go for a walk through the rolling green hills.
As it is Sri Lanka's most untouched national park, Gal Oya is a fantastic location to see wildlife with very few other visitors. On this experience you will enjoy a jeep safari coupled with a walk through the unspoilt Nilgala section of the park.
Today head to the centre of Kandy, once known as the Kingdom of Kandy. Take some time to visit the famous UNESCO protected Temple of the Tooth. Next wander around the colourful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
A 1.5-hour cookery demonstration with one of the Wallawwa's chefs, beginning at 11am. Learn about the spices used and the different methods of preparation for different types of Sri Lankan curry. Following the demo, enjoy a 2-course lunch.
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