Trip reference number: ITN-LKA001
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
This tour is a wonderful way to be introduced to Sri Lanka's diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Combine trips to Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks with explorations of some of the most fascinating historical sites on the island – Sigiriya, Annuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.
Day 1 You could fly on a direct flight to Bandaranaike Airport in Colombo. Upon arrival you will be met by your Rainbow Tours Travel Representative from Walkers Tours and then travel approximately 40 minutes to your hotel in Kotugoda. Check in to your Family Suite (Bed and Breakfast basis) before spending the rest of the day at leisure. Accommodation: The Wallawwa, Kotugoda
Day 2 After an early breakfast you will drive to Wilpattu National Park (transfer time approximately 4.5 hours). Wilpattu is Sri Lanka’s largest national park and re-opened in early 2010 after being closed for several years due to the country’s civil war. Popularly known as ‘the land of the lakes’, the park is famous for its picturesque villus and dry evergreen forests. Wilpattu is one of the top spots in Sri Lanka for spotting Sloth bears and Leopards, while Asian elephant, jackal, Mugger crocodile, sambar, Spotted deer and buffalo are among the larger animals regularly encountered. Accommodation: Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris, Wilpattu
Day 3 For the next two days enjoy morning and evening game drives through the park. The dense and wild landscape of the park makes for a more authentic wilderness experience. The park’s lakes make the ideal habitat for a number of wetland birds, and species resident here include the White ibis, Purple heron and Whistling teal, among several others.
Day 4 Today is another day to explore the vast expanses of this park, one of the oldest in Sri Lanka. Alongside mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, Wilpattu is home to a variety of plant life. Today keep an eye out for snakes such as the Indian python and birds including the Painted stork, Little cormorant and the Sri Lanka Junglefowl, which is endemic to Sri Lanka.
Day 5 Today after breakfast you will be transferred to the heart of the cultural triangle and your hotel, Ulagalla (transfer time approximately 1.5 hours). Ulagalla has 25 chalets and all the rooms come with private pool and decking area; two have their own Jacuzzis. Ulagalla has good access to the main cultural sites in the local area, and is therefore a great base if you wish to visit the Minneriya National Park or visit the ancient cities of Annuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the Minneriya National Park which is known for its elephants (transfer time: approximately 1.5 hours). Minneriya Park is located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa and is home to favorites such as Sambar deer, leopards and elephants. Accommodation: Ulagalla, Anuradhapura
Day 6 After breakfast you procced to Sigiriya to explore the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Transfer time: approximately 1 hour). We highly recommend an early start for experiences within the cultural triangle as it gets very warm during the day. Make sure to stay hydrated and carry a bottle of water with you. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is believed to date back to the third century, and is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 7 Enjoy a visit of Polonnaruwa City on bicycles (transfer time: approximately 1.5 hours). Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the country’s capital between the tenth and twelfth centuries, and is today a historical and archaeological goldmine full of ruins and ancient buildings. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8 This morning drive to Kotugoda (transfer time from Anuradhapura to Kotugoda is approximately 4.5 hours). In the evening you will take part in the Heritage Walk of Colombo; the heritage walk is a fantastic experience that lasts about 3 - 4 hours and is conducted in the evening. Accommodation: The Wallawwa, Kotugoda
Day 9 After your cultural and wildlife exploration of Sri Lanka, why not extend your stay and experience more that this vibrant island nation has to offer, or transfer to the scenic Maldives and relax on white sand beaches. Speak to one of our Travel Specialists who will be happy to suggest and arrange a bespoke holiday itinerary for you.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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