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Wild Elephants in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka by 4x4

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Wild Elephants in Sri Lanka
Embark on an ultimate 8-day adventure as you discover the amazing wonders of Sri Lanka by jeep! There is no better way to explore safari and admire picturesque attractions than in style courtesy of a 4x4. From visiting national parks and historical sites to navigating the beautiful city of Colombo, Sri Lanka has got you covered!
Sri Lanka
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Cultural
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Highlights

Enjoy a relaxing time at the Kalpitiya Peninsula, an unrivalled marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats

Take a 4x4 jeep safari at the Wilpattu National Park, home to elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears and leopards.

Explore the famous Minneriya National Park by a 4x4 Jeep safari. 

Climb Sigiriya, a Lion Rock Fortress which consists of 1,200 steps. 

Tour of prominent spots such as Dambulla Cave Temples, Royal Botanical Garden, Temple of Tooth Relic and Kandy City 

Marvel around Colombo city in an open air jeep that will give you great sight of stunning views of the city

If you're looking for a thrilling way to uncover the beauty of Sri Lanka, then this 8-day adventure is perfect for you! This tour takes you to some of the prominent attractions in Sri Lanka which you can capture by hopping on aboard a 4x4 jeep. Your journey starts  with an exploration of Kalpitiya Peninsula, an unrivalled marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans and more. Then, enjoy a 4x4 jeep safari at Wilpattu National Park consists of a variety of wildlife and where "Willus" exists.  

Climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress which consists of 1,200 steps. Then embark on a 4x4 jeep safari at Minneriya National Park where you can capture animals such as leopards, deer and wild elephants. Your fifth day will include a tour of Dambulla Cave Temples where you'll admire ancient statues and paintings.  Walk the streets of Kandy and catch a glimpse of its colonial elegance blended within the natural beauty then visit the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic. Afterwards, marvel around the Royal Botanical Garden, largest botanical garden in Sri Lanka. Drive yourself around the city of Colombo and be delighted by stunning views perfect for photographs. 

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Included

2-night accommodation in Kalpitiya
2-night accommodation in Dambulla
2-night accommodation in Knuckles
1-night accommodation in Mount Lavinia
Daily Breakfast and Dinner
Private transfers with English-speaking driver guide
Round tour transfers in a SUV
Excursion: Wilpattu National Park
Excursion: Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Excursion: Minneriya Jeep Safari
Excursion: Dambulla Cave Temple
Excursion: Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic
Excursion: Cultural Show
Excursion: Royal Botanical Garden
Excursion: City Tour Colombo by Jeep

Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & Porterage
  • Early Check-in & Late Check-outs
  • Visas

Itinerary

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Day 1
Airport → Kalpitiya

Arrival in Sri Lanka/meet and greet at the airport. You will then travel for 3 hours and reach Kalpitiya. Check in at resort and spend the day time at your own leisure. 

Kalpitiya is a peninsula set in between the deep lagoon of Puttalam to the east and the magnificent Indian Ocean to the west. It is an unrivalled marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangrove swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches.

Overnight stay in Kalpitiya at Dolphin Beach in a Standard Tent. 

Dinner
Day 2
Kalpitiya → Wilpattu → Kalpitiya

Enjoy a packed breakfast at the resort.

Today, you'll take a 4x4 Jeep Safari at Wilpattu National Park. The park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater.

Return to the resort and enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure.

Overnight stay in Kalpitiya at Dolphin Beach in a Standard Tent. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3
Kalpitiya → Dambulla

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

You'll head to Dambulla (approximately 4 hours travel time). Check in at the resort and enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure. 

Overnight stay in Dambulla at Elephant Stables Dambulla in a Luxury Villa. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4
Dambulla → Sigiriya → Minneriya → Dambulla

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

You'll then proceed to the beautiful Sigiraya Rock Fortress. It is consists of 1200 steps. The first part of the visit is a leisurely walk through the pleasure gardens. Then one starts to climb. There are two areas where one can take a break on the way up. The entire duration of the experience takes approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the speed at which you want to climb. Water is provided. 

Later in the day, enjoy a 4x4 Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park. The park covers 8,890 hectares and consists of a mixed forest of evergreen shrubs, a favorite habitat for animals, which include leopards, deer and wild elephants. You can also see huge flocks of birds, including cormorants and painted storks that come to fish in the shallow waters.

Return to the resort.

Overnight stay in Dambulla at Elephant Stables Dambulla in a Luxury Villa. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5
Habarana → Dambulla → Knuckles

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

Then you'll head to Knuckles (approximately 4 hours travel time). En route, you'll be able to visit Dambulla Cave Temples, largest and best-preserved rock cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, towering 160 m over the surrounding plains with more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area.

The climb from the base is not strenuous – and can be done at a leisurely pace. It takes approximately 30 minutes. Your guide will buy your entrance fee and climb with you. There are approximately 200 steps. The best time to climb is in the early morning or the late afternoon to avoid the heat. You will need to cover your knees and shoulders – and access the inner chambers barefoot or with socks. You will find socks in the basket inside the vehicle and a sarong in case you need one. The entire visit takes approximately 1.5 hours. 

Check in at the resort in Knuckles and spend the evening at your leisure.

Overnight stay in Knuckles at Wild Glamping in a Luxury Tent. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6
Knuckles → Kandy → Peradeniya → Knuckles

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

Today you'll join a City Tour of Kandy. You''ll then visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. The visit typically lasts 1 hour. First you walk towards the temple through the gardens. Your guide will buy you the entrance tickets. We recommend buying a lotus flower right at the entrance – 100 LKR per set. Your guide will walk you through the various chambers explaining the history and significance of the temple.

Later in the day, you'll continue to the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, largest botanical gardens of Sri Lanka and the finest of its kind in Asia. Your guide will buy your entrance. Your chauffer guide will wait for you in the vehicle outside. It’s a leisurely walk in a circular fashion.

Return to the resort and spend the day at leisure.

Overnight stay in Knuckles at Wild Glamping in a Luxury Tent. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
Knuckles → Colombo

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

Then you'll head to Colombo (approximately 3.5 hours travel time). You'll continue the City Tour of Colombo by Jeep. Colombo city tour in an open air jeep will give you a unobstructed 360 degree visibility which is great for taking photographs and filming while sightseeing.

Starting with Galle face green, about 20 Archaeological and tourist attraction sites including Aththidiya Bird Sanctuary will be covered. Guests can enjoy self drive in our classic jeeps in aththidiya sanctuary. Photographs and video clips of the tour will be given to the guest free of charge.

Check in at your resort in Colombo. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight stay in Colombo at Mount Lavinia Hotel in a Colonial Room. 

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
Colombo → Airport

Enjoy breakfast at the resort.

You will then be transferred at the airport for departure. 

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Sinhala and Tamil
Currency
Sri Lanka Rupee (₨)
7 nights
from AUD3,649
per person, twin share
01 January 2021 - 31 October 2021

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