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Tailormade Sri Lanka Wildlife Discovery tour
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Tailormade Sri Lanka Wildlife Discovery

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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    Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
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    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Overnight flight to Sri Lanka

    Description

    Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Colombo.

    Included Meals : None

    Day 2 - Arrive in Colombo and transfer to Wilpattu National Park

    Description

    On arrival in Sri Lanka’s capital you travel straight out of the city to Wilpattu National Park. A journey of around four hours takes you north to the national park where you will head out in time for an afternoon safari. Despite Wilpattu National Park's location in Sri Lanka's dry zone, it boasts nearly 60 lakes and is renowned for leopard, elephant and sambar deer sightings.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 3 - Morning game drive, afternoon Dambulla Caves visit

    Description

    Early this morning you will go on a four-wheel drive safari in the hope of spotting the elusive leopard within Wilpattu National Park. We choose to visit this park, rather than touristy Yala National Park further south, because we believe it offers our customers a better experience. The same animals can be seen here as in Yala, however it is less crowded, making your visit more authentic, enjoyable and responsible. After your safari you have a two hour journey to Sigiriya where you will either visit Dambulla Cave or, between June and September, Minneriya National Park. Visit Dambulla to explore a great series of caves which have been turned into temples containing a large number of Buddhist images and a few sculptures of Hindu Gods dating from the first century BC. In Minneriya National Park you will go on a four-wheel drive safari to look for herds of wild elephant. Known as the ‘elephant gathering’, huge herds of these majestic animals congregate here to drink and feed, it is one of the greatest concentrations of Asian elephants in the world.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 4 - Morning Lion Rock climb, afternoon visit Polonnaruwa

    Description

    An early start this morning as you climb Sigiriya Rock ahead of the crowds and while it is still cool. The ruins of this fifth century 'Sky Fortress' are one of Sri Lanka's major attractions, a stupendous sight to behold and a feat of consummate engineering skill. Built in just seven years as a fortified palace to protect the reign of merciless King Kassapa, who had assassinated his father and deposed his brother, it is seen as one of the world's best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. Unfortunately for the king, despite its impregnable reputation, he was defeated here by his brother after a reign of just 18 years. A switchback series of steps and steel stairways ascend to the top. Halfway up, tucked beneath a sheltering overhang of rock, are the famous frescoes - the Sigiriya Damsels, their colours still glowing. Before your final ascent to the summit, you pass between a set of enormous lion paws carved out of the rock - all that remain of an ancient gateway that gave Sigiriya, the 'Lion Rock', its name. Once at the 200m summit, magnificent views can be enjoyed of the surrounding jungle and countryside. This afternoon you explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which reached its height of glory in the 12th century, when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre. The city still maintains many of its spectacular buildings and monuments, with arguably the most impressive being the Quadrangle. It contains a superbly decorated circular shrine which is one of the most ornate buildings in the country. The neighbouring audience hall and bathing pool are also worth a visit. Close by, the curious round structure of the Circular Relic House has a beautifully preserved moonstone carved at the foot of a flight of steps. Another famous feature of this deserted city is the group of carved images of the Buddha, known as Galvihara. These four colossal figures are all hewn out of solid granite and the Reclining Buddha alone is no less than 14m long.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 5 - Journey to Wasgamuwa National Park, afternoon safari

    Description

    This morning you’ll depart Sigiriya and head south to Wasgomuwa National Park. The name Wasgamuwa comes from the Sinhalese ‘WalasGomuwa’ which literally translate to ‘woods of bear’ as this was once an area with a healthy population of sloth bears. Although sloth bears can still be seen in the park they are rarely spotted these days, however, the tropical, dry evergreen forest, with its small water tanks and temple ruins provides a haven for elephant, leopard, purple-faced langur, sambar and crocodile. This afternoon you head into the park for a game drive with your guide who will hopefully help you to spot some of the resident animals and birdlife.

    Included Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 6 - Morning game drive, afternoon transfer to Kandy

    Description

    This morning you’ll have another game drive in the park. Wasgamuwa National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s important bird areas. 143 species have been recorded here, five of which are endemic to the Sri Lanka. The red-faced malkoha, jungle fowl, storks, ibis and spoonbill can all been spotted here. After your morning safari your journey continues south for three hours, to Kandy. Sitting on a plateau 500m above sea level and 112km north-east of Colombo, it is, in climatic and cultural terms, a world apart from Colombo. Serving as the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom until falling to the British in 1815, it is a place of cultural and spiritual importance. Buddhists from all over the world come here specifically to visit the Temple of the Tooth, the Dalada Maligawa. The costly jewelled shrine of the Holy Tooth, said to be Buddha's left canine, is kept in the upper floor of the original building. This relic was brought from India 1500 years ago and every year, at the time of the August full moon, it is paraded round the town with great pomp and circumstance. You will have a brief city tour taking in Kandy Lake and a viewpoint over the city before heading to the Temple of the Tooth in time for evening puja, where devout Buddhists lay offerings of flowers in front of the tooth chamber while prayers and music fill the air.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 7 - Drive to Nuwara Eliya, optional trek to World’s End

    Description

    Leaving Kandy behind, you continue to Nuwara Eliya. Known as 'Little England', here you will find red telephone boxes, Victorian colonial architecture and pretty rose gardens - legacies from its era as a hill country retreat for homesick Brits. The cool climate provided a sanctuary in which to immerse themselves in familiar pastimes, such as polo, golf, cricket and fox hunting. This part of Sri Lanka is also an important tea growing area and plantations stretch over rolling hills for as far as the eye can see, interspersed with the occasional tea-making factory. En route to Nuwara Eliya you’ll stop at a tea plantation to learn something of the history of the tea growers and pickers, and you may even have the chance to taste some brews. In the afternoon you have the option (cost not included) to take a trek on Horton Plains. This unique and beautiful plateau of wild grassland and thick forest is famous for its biodiversity, with many plant and bird species exclusive to this area. You will trek World’s End – an awe-inspiring escarpment dropping a vertical distance of 880m, providing incredible views over the plains below.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 8 - Journey to Gal Oya National Park

    Description

    This morning you head east to Gal Oya National Park. An area of incredible natural beauty, Gal Oya National Park is made up of dense evergreen forest, open grasslands and a large reservoir dotted with islands. Gal Oya is not on the normal tourist trail and so a safari experience here is much more authentic and unique. You may choose to go for a bike ride to a small lake, take a night safari or join Gal Oya Lodge’s animal monitoring team who set up camera traps around the lodge. (Please note there is an additional cost for some excursions).

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 9 - Boat safari and optional excursions

    Description

    The benefit of having a huge lake means Gal Oya National Park is the only park in Sri Lanka where you can embark on a boat safari, giving you the opportunity to witness elephants crossing from one island to another, sea eagles coming down to fish and wild boar and langurs coming to the water’s edge to drink. Today there is an included boat safari on the lake, the rest of your time here is free to choose from an array of excursions. There is a wide range of birdlife at Gal Oya, including kingfishers, eagles, kites, herons and cormorants so perhaps you might chose to go on a birdwatching hike. Alternatively take a four-wheel drive excursion through the park. (Please note there is an additional cost for some excursions).

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 10 - Drive to Udawalawe National Park, via Elephant Transit Home

    Description

    Departing Gal Oya National Park today you’ll journey to the Elephant Transit Home. Located in a scenic area just outside Udawalawe National Park, the Elephant Transit Home is a refuge for orphaned and sick elephants, where they are fed and cared for until strong enough to be released back into the wild, usually around the age of four years old. Supported by the Born Free Foundation, the home offers care and medical attention the elephants need at this young age. We will time your arrival you can see the calves being fed, they drink around 40 pints of milk a day! Afterwards you’ll continue to Udawalawe National Park for a late afternoon game drive. Surrounded by mountains with a mix of rolling grasslands, teak plantations, rainforest and scrubland, the park is home to around 600 elephants, buffalo, mongoose and crocodiles.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 11 - Morning game drive, continue to Unawatuna

    Description

    After an early morning game drive in Udawalawe National Park, you will be driven south to the coast. After all the game drives and sightseeing it’s time to relax on Sri Lanka’s sandy beaches.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 12 - Free day, optional whale watching

    Description

    Today has been left free for you to relax. Alternatively you could take a trip to Galle to explore the old fort. Between November and April you could go to nearby Mirissa where it is possible to see humpback and blue whales – Please speak to your Tailormade regional specialist to arrange a whale watching trip.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 13 - Free day to relax

    Description

    Today has been left free for you to relax on the beach or by the pool in your resort.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 14 - Journey to Colombo, via Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

    Description

    Leaving the beach behind, you follow the coastline to Colombo airport. En route you’ll visit the turtle hatchery at Kosgoda to see the breeding process of the endangered sea turtles. Kosgoda was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction and to date have released approximately 3.5 million baby turtles back into the wild. October to April is the main laying season, although some eggs can still be found here later in the year. After your visit you'll continue to Colombo for your evening flight.

    Included Meals : Breakfast

    Day 15 - Arrive home

    Description

    Included Meals : None

    Tour itinerary notes

    We've given each of our tours a comfort rating and a tour pace, walking or cycling grade to give you a general idea about the level of activity on each tour and the standard of accommodation you will be staying in at the end of your day's adventure. Often you'll stay in different styles of accommodation during your tour; so we make an average rating across the entire tour.  For more information on where you'll stay each night, please refer to the day by day tour itinerary.

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