Sri Lanka is one of the few places in the world that can offer such an extraordinary combination of diversity, cultural heritage, people, wild life, adventure, and outdoor luxury experiences. This magical island was once known as Serandib, Taprobane, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, and Ceylon.
Start and end in Colombo! With the Safari tour Gateway to the Wild, you have a 11 days tour package taking you through Colombo, Sri Lanka and 4 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Gateway to the Wild includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
- Day 1 - Ayubowan Sri Lanka ( Airport/ Colombo)
Ayubowan! Have an amazing and tremendous get-away! With a striking welcome, we welcome you to the well-known teardrop island. After landing at Katunayake International Airport and welcomed by our chauffer guide he will drive you to your accommodation by the sea . Check in at the hotel and relax by the shoreline of Colombo.
- Day 2 - Colombo/ Sinharaja ( 4 Hrs)
After a delicious breakfast pack your bags and proceed to visit the Sinharaja forest reserve for a bush walk which is a natural rainforest and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka, Check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at Leisure before you start off your trekking the next day.
- Day 3 - Sinharaja
Sinharaja is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to do bird watching and butterflies observation. Today, you will go on a 4KM trail into Sinharaja Forest which is spit into 2 segments. First segment is somewhat easy while the second segment is a bit difficult. The trail starts from a disturbed vegetation with pioneering species and penetrates into an undisturbed secondary tropical sub-montane rain forest. The two segments of the trail are separated at a well identified landmark along the approach road, the Samangala. This point offers a panoramic view of the south western plateau of Sri Lanka.
- Day 4 - Sinharaja/ Udawalawa
After a hearty breakfast and 8:30am checkout, drive to Uda Walawe National Park (approximately 3 hours). This park has an amazing array of animal and birdlife, with more herds of wild elephant than anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Discover how this majestic creature has been part of Sri Lankan culture for centuries during a visit to the nearby Elephant Transit Home. Run by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation, ETH provides shelter for orphaned or abandoned baby elephants with the aim of releasing them into the wild. Arriving at a viewing platform at feeding time ensures you’ll get to see the elephant’s only metres away!
- Day 5 - Udawalawa
Today you will start off your day by hopping into a jeep for a safari inside the park. This morning and evening game drive typically lasts for 3 hours , depending on sightings and always accompanied by a naturalist guide. Udawalawe national park is the largest Wildlife sanctuary of Sri Lanka Where you can observe the regularly spotted macaques and larger monkeys, spotted deer, crocodiles and sometimes even leopards. This is a real safari experience, nothing like a zoo or safari park – truly an adventure for all ages
- Day 6 - Udawalawa/ Yala ( 3 hrs)
Enjoy breakfast at the resort and proceed to Yala via the Bundala Bird Sanctuary Park which is is widely known for the various species of Sri Lankan birdlife that reside or migrate here. It is notable for its water birds as every single species is said to visit here. Check in at the resort and spend the day at leisure
- Day 7 - Yala
Wake up early morning and with packed breakfast hip hop your trackers and get ready for an early morning and late afternoon jeep safaris at Yala National Park which is the second largest, and yet most visited national park in Sri Lanka with numbers reaching record high last year with an annual of close to 400,000 visitors.
It is known for its high density leopard population. It is also possible to spot sloth bears, wild elephants, spotted deer, crocodiles and an incredible array of birdlife. After a hectic day, check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure followed by Dinner.
- Day 8 - Yala/ Mirissa ( 5 Hrs)
Enjoy breakfast at the resort and proceed to Mirissa , which has earned a reputation as one of the world’s hotspots for whale and dolphin watching, Mirissa Beach is known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka. The area has it all, beautiful beaches, surf waves, whale watching and great bars and restaurants. Mirissa is developing quickly over the last couple of years so it’s also getting more crowded. There are still enough spots where you can enjoy a fresh coconut from your hammock seeing the sunset. It has enough going on to give it an atmosphere without being overcrowded.
Palm trees line the outskirts, the clean sand and the water: an incredible combination of blue and green. Mirissa Beach is a good spot to start surfing in Sri Lanka. The waves look great and since there’s just little crowd, surfers really love being here. Surf from October to March for ideal surfing conditions. Check in at the resort and spend the day at leisure
- Day 9 - Mirissa
Today after a hearty sea view breakfast , head off to Dondra Head in search of whales, blue whales and sperm whales which are hardly seen. Every afternoon from October to April, families or group of friends will enjoy this wonderful whale watching tour at the sunset starting and ending at Mirissa Fisheries harbour. This cruise includes afternoon snacks, complimentary refreshments and watersport activities.The continental shelf, 13km off the coast of Mirissa, is at its narrowest near Dondra Head – making it one of the best places to see blue whales and sperm whales.
- Day 10 - Mirissa/ Colombo (2.5 Hrs)
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Colombo via the small coastal town of Kosgoda, popular for it’s turtle hatchery. Here you can ,watch turtles in their natural habitat…you may even get to see turtles laying eggs in the evening hours. The Turtle Conservation Project is the only place where turtles are not held in captivity and therefore we strongly recommend that you visit this location instead of other hatcheries. See the five species of turtles found in Sri Lanka and the survival threats that turtles face. Check in at the hotel and spend the evening at leisure
- Day 11 - Good Bye Sri Lanka (Colombo/ Airport)
Time to say “Good bye" with friends made over the course of your incredible tour. Depending on the flight time you can either relax or check out of the hotel. Recollecting all your mesmerizing memories until we meet again.
- International Flight Tickets
- Personal expenses
- Christmas Supplement (80 USD)
- New Year Supplement (130 USD)