Tour Name

WILD ESCAPES

Days

12 DAYS TOUR

Highlights of This Itinerary

Overview: Sri lanka a home to diverse flora and fauna.  It is ranked amongst the world’s twenty five biodiversity hot spots where we offer unique wilderness experience combined with the cultural aspect beyond ones imagination. The best places to watch elephants and leopards for nature enthusiastic and photographers.   The largest aquatic mammal you may guess as ‘blue whale’ can be seen in off shores of southern city Galle. A popular destination in Asia to see and photograph leopards at Yala national park. The availability of our expertise and well trained guides will make it a life time experience.


DAY 1ARRIVE / GALLE

On arrival at the Bandaranaike International airport, you will be warmly greeted by your very own chauffeur guide and transferred to Galle (Approx. 3 hrs drive via Southern express way). On arrival in the hotel, spend the day at leisure relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities.

 

Spend overnight at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel. Accommodation is in Deluxe rooms with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.


DAY 2GALLE / YALA

After early breakfast, you will be driven to Yala (approx. 4 ½ hrs drive) 

 

In the evening you can proceed to Yala national park for a jeep safari. Yala Park is situated in the Dry Zone in Sri Lanka, comprising of a range of habitats including scrub jungles, water reservoirs, brackish lagoons and riverine habitats. Yala has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Its elephant heard is of about 300-350.  This is the best park in the country to see and photograph leopards, elephants as well as mammals such as Sloth Bears, Black-naped Hare, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Hanuman Langur, Toque Monkey, Stripe-necked and Ruddy Mongooses, Wild Boar, Golden Jackal. You can see the reptiles, Land and Water Monitor and Marsh Crocodile.


Spend overnight at Cinnamon Wild. Accommodation is in a Jungle Chalet with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 3YALA 

After breakfast, Proceed to the national Park on a safari to witness the wildlife inhabiting the Yala National Park. The Yala National Park is mainly famous for its leopards. The best chance to see a leopard is generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. The male leopards there are very confident animals and they are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in Particular seem to have no fear of the jeep which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities.


Your second Safari for the day will start at 1500hrs from the Hotel by the same jeep; this will give you another chance to visit Leopards if you could not see them in the morning.


Spend overnight at Cinnamon Wild. Accommodation is in a Jungle Chalet with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 4YALA / ELLA

After a leisurely breakfast you will be driven to Ella (Approx. 3 hours drive) and check in at 98 Acres Resort and Spa.

 

Spend overnight at 98 Acres Resort and SpaAccommodation is in Deluxe rooms with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 5  ELLA

After breakfast, proceed with a special tea experience start with plucking tea with the estate workers (tea pluckers). You can take your own plucked tea leaf to the factory by 1200hrs noon and experience the tea production with the tour of the factory & tea tasting.

 

After the tour / lunch, late afternoon short trekking walk to the small Adam’s peak and the isolated 10 acres of Ella jungle with bird watching.

 

Evening dinner at the Café 98 mini B.B.Q with local entertainment


Spend overnight at 98 Acres Resort and SpaAccommodation is in Deluxe rooms with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 6ELLA / HORTON PLAINS / AMBEWELA

Today after breakfast you will be transferred to Horton Plains (approx. 2hrs). 


Walk around: From the main entrance you walk upto “Y” junction, and turn right and walk 4kms to reach Worlds End. If you continue walking in the same trail, you can witness the Baker’s falls. The round trip is 9.5kms, and it takes about three hours at leisurely pace.

 

World’s End: The plateau comes to a sudden end at World’s End, an escarpment that falls for nearly 01km, bringing forth glorious views all around from the edge of the Horton Plains.


Fauna and Flora: Most significant feature of the fauna and flora of Horton Plains is its high endemicity. The grassy plains, which are interspersed with patches of evergreen Montana cloud forests, are home to Leopards, Sambur deer, Bear-monkeys and a rich array of birds, including number of endemic species.

 

Spend overnight at Warwick Gardens. Accommodation is in a Deluxe room with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.

DAY 07AMBEWELA / HUNNASGIRIYA

Today after breakfast, Guests will be driven to Hunnasgiriya (approx. 4hrs)


Spend overnight at Dumbanagala ChaletAccommodation is in Standard rooms with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 08 KNUCKLES

Wake up for the calling of the feathered one, which would inspire you to do a short birding trail identifying many birds that are in & around the resort.


After breakfast, plan for the rest of the day would depend on your choice where either you will speak to the naturalist and select a trail from many options available from Soft to Hard or take it easy and just enjoy the tranquility and the nature by just being there.

 

Spend overnight at Dumbanagala ChaletAccommodation is in Standard rooms with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 09: KNUCKLES /SIGIRIYA

After breakfast, drive to Sigiriya (approx. 3 ½ hrs)


Spend overnight at Vil UyanaAccommodation is in Paddy / Marsh Dwelling with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.


DAY 10SIGIRIYA / MINNERIYA / SIGIRIYA

After breakfast, proceed to visit the spectacular Sigiriya rock fortress (15 minutes/5 km), with its rocky abode & water gardens.  Sigiriya is famous for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrubland, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. In the 5th century King Kashyapa domesticated the Lions Rock, by building a palace atop its summit. Sigiriya commemorates some of the turbulence of Sri Lanka’s history.

 

Transfer to Minneriya (approx. 45 minutes) and do a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park


Being part of the elephant corridor which joins up with Kaudulla and Wasgomuwa parks, Minneriya National Park affords the opportunity to sight herds of Elephants throughout the year. May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the famous Gathering of the wild elephants. Gathering is the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world. During this period herds up to 300 elephants are seen at the 8,890 hectare park within a few square kilometers of the Minneriya Reservoir. In August and September each year during the dry season, wild elephants from the surrounding wilderness in search of food and water, makes their way to the shores of the Minneriya Reservoir adjoining the Minneriya National Park. Huge herd of elephants, sometimes numbering up to 300, converge together within a few square kilometers of the lake. This Elephant Gathering is a thrilling spectacle that would be remembered for rest of the life of all those who were fortunate to witness it.

 

Spend overnight at Vil UyanaAccommodation is in Paddy / Marsh Dwelling with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 11SIGIRIYA / HORATHAPOLA

Today after breakfast, you will be driven to Horthapola (approx. 5hrs)


Spend overnight at Horathapola EstateAccommodation is in Standard rooms with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & Breakfast basis.

DAY 12HORATHAPOLA / AIRPORT

Today after breakfast, proceed to Airport for departure (approx. 1hr and 15 minutes drive)


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