Sri Lanka Photo Tour

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Arrival Colombo - Udawalawe

Upon arrival, transfer to Udawalawe, the location of most popular elephant watching park in Sri Lanka. Arrive at the hotel and relax at the hotel after your flight.

Accommodation: Kalu’s Hideaway
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
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At Udawalawe National Park.

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives at the Udawalawe National Park. Udawalewe National Park - an area of 31,800 hectares, which was declared a protected sanctuary with full National Park status in 1972. Surrounded by mountain ranges, the terrain of the park is a mixture of grassland, shrub jungle, wild teak plantations and two important factors which make this park special - the large Udawalewe Reservoir and the Walewe River, which ensure a supply of water for the fauna within. Internationally renowned for its large herd of elephants, the park is also known for several species of Deer, Wild Boar, the dangerous Wild Buffalo, Jackal and rare sightings of Leopard. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Accommodation: Kalu’s Hideaway
Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
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Udawalawe – Yala MP ( Via Elephant transit home )

In the morning enjoy a game drive at the Udawalawe National Park & later visit the Elephant transit home.

The Elephant Transit Home is an admirable initiative which is sponsored by the Born Free Trust. Baby elephants that are injured or orphaned in the wild are brought to the Transit Home where they are cared for and rehabilitated in a natural setting. Once the elephants are old enough and strong enough they are radio-collared and released into the National Park in small groups. The first group to be released into the park successfully reproduced in the wild in 2008! Then transfer to Yala to experience a safari at the spectacular Yala National Park, renowned for its dazzling array of birds and wild animals, and its conservation of elephants and aquatic birds. Residents include: leopard, elephant, spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose, pangolin, and crocodile. Birds, to name a few: lesser flamingos, paradise flycatchers, crested hawk eagles, black bitterns. Arrive in Yala and spend rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Accommodation: Cinnamon Wild - Yala
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
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At Yala

Enjoy a morning and afternoon safari at the Yala National Park with ample time to understand the behaviour of Mother Nature’s diversity.

Yala – Sri Lanka’s most known National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide.

Return to the hotel and spend rest of the evening at leisure.

Optional - Take on a night animal watching excursion with goggles to watch the wild animals with the help of Infrared lights.

Accommodation: Cinnamon Wild - Yala
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
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Yala – Bundala – Mirissa

In the morning make your way to Bundala for a morning safari at the well-renowned bird sanctuary of Bundala, a home and resting place to many feathered species in the region. Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbours 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated as a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 245 kilometres (152 miles) south-east of Colombo. Thereafter transfer to Mirissa, the town located by the beach famous for its whale and dolphin-filled waters. Arrive at your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Insight Hotel, Ahangama, Mirissa
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
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At Mirissa

Enjoy a whale and dolphin watching boat excursion to witness the great ocean mammals swim right in the middle of the ocean. Leave between 0530 hrs and 0600hrs for the Mirissa harbour for a whale watching excursion in search of Blue’s and other cetaceans. Between the months of November and April, you'll have an early start to take a whale watching excursion off the coast of Mirissa to track the incredible Blue Whale - the largest animal that has ever lived and now known to be found; few have had before. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure exploring the surroundings.

Accommodation: Insight Hotel, Ahangama, Mirissa
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
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At Mirissa

Take another whale and dolphin watching boat excursion.

Accommodation: Insight Hotel, Ahangama, Mirissa
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
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Mirissa – Colombo

Take another whale and dolphin watching boat excursion in the morning. After your lunch, drive to Colombo to rest before your flight back home.

Accommodation: OZO Colombo
Meals: Breakfast
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Colombo Departure

Check out of the hotel and travel to the airport to catch your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions: 

  • Accommodation for 9 nights with meals as specified.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned mini coach.
  • Services of an English speaking National guide lecturer & a naturalist during the safaris.
  • All of the above costs of 1 Tour Leader
  • 4 game drives at the Yala National Park. 1 game drive at the Bundala National Park. 3 game drives at the Udawalawe National Park & 3 Whale watching Excursions in Mirissa.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary

Prices based on 14 adults and 1 Tour Leader travelling together. Valid for travel in January 2017.