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Leopard Trails Yala National Park HERO

Sri Lanka’s Wildlife and Culture

Adventure-filled Wildlife and Culture Holiday in Sri Lanka

A wildlife-focused Sri Lanka vacation, this trip suits those who want to get to grips with the island’s unique wilderness and wildlife, but at the same time, don’t want to miss the key cultural highlights of the Cultural Triangle and the scenic beauty of the Tea Country.

The trip takes in 3 major national parks of Sri Lanka: off-the-beaten-track Wilpattu, dubbed the ‘Land of Lakes’; Gal Oya National Park, the only park where it is possible to take a boat safari allowing up-close encounters with swimming elephants; and Yala National Park, the island’s undisputed centerpiece, with a leopard density that’s reportedly higher than anywhere else on the planet. In all 3, you will stay in tented safari lodges and embark on jeep safaris in search of unique wildlife such as leopards, elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, and an abundance of bird life. During the cultural element of the vacation, experience a backroad cycling tour of Anuradhapura, an ancient monastic city, as well as climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. You will also do a spiritual hike at Ritigala with a historian and visit the Dambulla Cave Temple. At the right time of year, you may also go on an evening jeep safari in Minneriya National Park to witness the gathering of hundreds of elephants to the reservoir. During your stay in the Tea Country, you will visit a tea plantation, and a naturalist will take you to Horton Plains National Park, a beautiful highland plateau consisting of cloud forests and montane grasslands. Around 750 plant species have been observed here. These include dwarf bamboo species, ferns, lichens, and orchids.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport
  • 1 night - The Wallawwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Leopard Trails Wilpattu, National Parks, Sri Lanka
  • 3 nights - Jetwing Vil Uyana
  • 2 nights - Gal Oya Lodge, National Park, Sri lanka
  • 2 nights - Goatfell, Tea Country, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Leopard Trails Yala, National Parks, Sri Lanka
  • Ends - Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for your international flight home

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  • Country Icon Sri Lanka
  • Nights Icon 12 Nights
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport

The Wallawwa verandah
The Wallawwa gardens
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Day 1

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel near the airport.

  • 1 night

The Wallawwa
Bed & Breakfast | Garden Suite
Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite
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Day 2 - 4

Today your private driver will drive you to Wilpattu National Park which is around a 4 hour drive.

  • 2 nights

Leopard Trails Wilpattu National Park
All Inclusive | Deluxe Tent
Sri Lanka

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Day 4 - 7

Today you will travel to Sigiriya with touring stops in Anuradhapura along the way.

  • 3 nights

Jetwing Vil Uyana
Bed & Breakfast | Marsh Dwelling with Pool
Sri Lanka

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Day 7 - 9

Today’s journey will be 3.5 – 4 hours to Gal Oya National Park.

  • 2 nights

Gal Oya Lodge
Bed & Breakfast | Bungalow
Sri Lanka

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Day 9 - 11

Today you will drive to Nuwara Eliya in the Tea Country, approximately a 3.5 – 4 hour drive.

  • 2 nights
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Goatfell
All Inclusive | Concordia Double Room
Sri Lanka

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Lty dining room
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Day 13

You will journey today back to the airport which should take around 5 hours. From here you will catch your international flight home.

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Includes

  • Meals and accommodation as specified
  • Drinks as specified
  • Private guiding & chauffeuring
  • All entrance fees and excursions as specified
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conversation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities / experiences
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  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Photography Safari Icon Photography
  • Tea Plantations Icon Tea Plantations
  • Temples Icon Temples
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