From £2,175 per person
Includes flights, accommodation, a/c transport with chauffeur guide, activities & taxes.
Drive northeast to Sigiriya in the island’s Cultural Triangle.
Two nights in a resort hotel situated in private open grounds frequented by wild peacocks and surrounded by woodland with stunning views of Sigiriya rock fortress.
Jeep safari in Minneriya NP to see elephants and a spectacular array of Sri Lankan bird life.
Continue south to Kitulgala in the foothills of the western Hill Country.
Two nights in a working rubber plantation alongside rapids and waterfalls, and with the added bonus of a freshwater swimming pool!
Visit the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve, which is a particularly good area for spotting lowland endemic bird life.
Head into the upper Hill Country through tea plantations and past spectacular waterfalls to Nuwara Eliya, the British colonial capital of the Hill Country and the highest city in Sri Lanka at 1900 m above sea level.
Visit Victoria Park, which is a particularly good area for spotting Himalayan migrants and Sri Lankan endemics.
One night in a former tea planters’ club with terraced lawns.
Trek through the heath and forest of Horton Plains NP to see the awe-inspiring views at World's End as well as spotting elk and various endemics.
Continue to Ella in the southern Hill Country.
One night in an eco-friendly luxury resort set in a tea estate with wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Drop down to the hot and dry southern plain before continuing to Uda Walawe.
Two nights in an intimate hotel surrounded by wilderness close to Uda Walawe NP.
Early morning and afternoon jeep safaris in Uda Walawe NP, the island’s main elephant reserve. Other than herds of elephants, wild buffaloes, sambars and leopards (rarely) are seen, but the other main highlight is spotting raptors.
Visit the Elephant Transit Home, where orphaned and injured elephants are looked after before being reintroduced into the wild.
Continue to Tissamaharama.
Two nights in a former government rest house overlooking tranquil Yoda Wewa (lake).
Early morning and late afternoon jeep safaris in Yala West NP, Sri Lanka’s principal wildlife reserve, which has the highest density of leopards in the world. Other inhabitants include elephants, sloth bears, sambars, spotted deer, wild boars, crocodiles, wild buffaloes, mongooses, jackals, monkeys, and over 150 species of birds.
Early morning jeep safari in Bundala NP, one of the island’s main bird sanctuaries, which offers a variety of habitats including scrub jungle, lagoons, saltpans and shoreline.
Head west along the picturesque southern coastline to Mirissa.
One night at a beachfront resort nestled in a palm grove with direct views over the Indian Ocean.
Early morning boat safari off the south coast to spot Blue Whales, the largest animal on Earth! Sperm, Humpback and Fin Whales as well as large pods of dolphins are also regular sightings.
Continue to Galle.
One night in a town villa built in harmony with the original colonial Dutch architecture of the 17th century within the ramparts of the Fort.
Early morning boat safari through the mangroves and lush vegetation along the Mahamodara River, which offers great opportunities for spotting birds, butterflies, monitor lizards, and much more!
Head north to Negombo near the airport.
One night in a modern villa complex, with individually decorated rooms, swimming pool and bar terrace, and only a couple of minutes’ walk from the beachfront, before the flight home.