Wild World of Sri Lanka – 13 nights Wildlife Safari Tour of Sri Lanka, Option I

Day 01

  • Arrival in Colombo International Airport and meet with our representative at the arrival lounge
  • Transfer to Yala – 5 hours drive approximately
  • Do evening safari in Yala National Park
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Ruhunu Safari Camping

Day 02

  • Full day safari at Yala National Park with picnic meals
  • YALA NATIONAL PARK, one of Sri Lanka's premier eco tourism destinations, lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 305 km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Ruhunu Safari Camping

Day 03

  • Full day safari at Yala National Park with picnic meals
  • YALA NATIONAL PARK, one of Sri Lanka's premier eco tourism destinations, lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 305 km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Ruhunu Safari Camping

Day 04

  • Breakfast at the Camp site
  • Check out and transfer to Buttala Tree Top Lodge – 2 hours drive approximately
  • Arrive at the lodge early afternoon for tea or lunch and acclimatize to your surroundings.
  • Afternoon Walk
  • In the afternoon, after 4 pm go with our tracker team on a walk in the vicinity of the camp.
  • You will see more of the camp surroundings, be introduced to the main elephant tracks and would get more understanding of the wild nature of the place.
  • Return at 6 pm. Get ready for the evening; hurricane lamps will be placed outside your room.
  • A sun downer is served around 6.30 pm and dinner is served around 8 pm under the moon or the canopy of stars.
  • Overnight stay at Buttala Tree Top Lodge

Day 05

  • Wake up to the sounds of nature, early morning tea, coffee and breakfast at your leisure.
  • Around 9 am start on a walk that will take you inside the dry zone, mature and tall virgin forest. As soon as you are under the forest cover the air is different and cool. This is a protected forest connected to the Yala National Park, about 7 km further to south. Walking on animal tracks, we may see signs from the previous nights’ activity. We might come across footprints of sloth bear and paw marks of leopard as well as wild elephants’ footprints. All dry zone forest birds can be spotted in this forest. There are still ebony trees here, a rare tree to see in the forest today. We might make a small trek up on a mountain, to an open rock place from where you’ll see a panoramic view to the east and south. All jungle, in fact you can see into an almost complete overview of the total Yala National Park.
  • Return to the camp around 11–11.30 am.
  • In the afternoon around 4.15 pm start on an excursion to the lakes in close proximity to the camp.
  • Stay for some time at a lake; enjoy the scenery and the birdlife unfolding. With a bit of luck, elephants can be observed drinking water.
  • Get back to camp around 5.45 pm in time for a shower before the 6.30 sundowner.
  • Overnight stay at Buttala Tree Top Lodge

Day 06

  • Breakfast at the Lodge
  • Recommended is to try to 'do nothing' but follow the natural rhythms of the jungle. Relax and listen to the sounds. There's a small library with books about the Sri Lankan elephant, nature, and history. The local staff is highly skilled in the art of interpreting the signs of nature and visitors could learn to understand some of the sounds and smells of the jungle.
  • If you still want to be active, we can make similar walks as described for the first day but slightly different. Planning of walks always depends on the movement of wildlife.
  • Overnight stay at Buttala Tree Top Lodge

Day 07

  • Breakfast at the Lodge
  • Transfer to Gal Oya – 2 hours drive approximately
  • Relax by the lodge and Swimming pool
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Galoya Lodge

Day 08

  • Breakfast at the Lodge
  • Leisure walk in the area
  • Lunch at Galoya Lodge
  • Afternoon boat safari in Gal Oya National Park to see swimming Elephants. Gal Oya National Park is the only National Park in Sri Lanka where one could go safari in a boat. (Entrance tickets to be purchased by guest)
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Galoya Lodge

Day 09

  • Breakfast at Galoya Lodge
  • Do a Jeep drive through the jungle to Nilgala river which flows under a boulder field(Entrance tickets to be purchased by guest)
  • Lunch at Galoya Lodge
  • Spend some time relaxing or have take some walks in the hotel's large compound
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Galoya Lodge

Day 10

  • Breakfast at the Lodge
  • Transfer to Kandy – 3 ½ hour drive approximately
  • Leisure walk at the Udawattakele sanctuary
  • The forest is rich with vegetation consisting with canopy, sub canopy and an underground layer. The dense plant life restricts sunlight reaching the ground soil surface. The underground layer mostly consists of the seedlings of the canopy layer species and creepers that reaches to the top of caopy layer trees. There is a giant 200 to 300 years old "Pus Wela" or 'Entada pusaetha' liana in the forest. The important places in Udawatta Kele are the The water Pond, Highest peak "Kodimale", The Senkanda Cave, and the Garrison cemetery. There are also several Buddhist temples and hermitages inside the forest reserve. Some of the Tree species found in the forest are 'Acronychia pedunculata' (Ankenda) ,Adenanthera pavonina (Madatiya), Aleurites moluccana (Tel kekuna), Antidesma bunius (Karawala Kebella).
  • Overnight stay at Hotel Thilanka

Day 11

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Transfer to Wilpattu – 4 hour drive approximately
  • Meet with our crew at Wilpattu National Park Entrance at 12 noon and be driven to the campsite inside the Wilpattu national Park.
  • Lunch at the Camp
  • Evening Game Drive
  • Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.
  • BBQ Dinner and overnight stay the Camp

Day 12

  • Early morning Game Drive
  • Back to Campsite for Breakfast
  • At leisure in the Campsite
  • Evening Game Drive
  • BBQ Dinner and overnight stay in the Campsite

Day 13

  • Breakfast at the Campsite
  • Morning Game Drive
  • Check out and transfer to Negombo – 3 hours drive approximately
  • Overnight stay at Goldi sands Hotel

Day 14

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Transfer to Airport for departure – 20 min drive approximately

From US$ 3050

Per person on double sharing basis


We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation


The rate includes,

  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels
  • Meals as per mentioned meal plans
  • Air conditioned transfers with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • All mentioned activities and park entrance fees

Prices may vary plus/minus depending on the season

Places of visit during this trip

Key highlights of this trip

  • Safaris in Yala National Park
  • Walks in Buttala Jungle
  • Boat safaris in Senanayake Reservoir
  • Jeep safaris in Gal Oya National Park
  • Leisure walk in Udawattakele Sanctuary
  • Safaris in Wilpattu National Park

Accommodation and meals during this trip (For 2 Adults)

  • 3 nights in Ruhunu Safari Camping in Yala on all inclusive basis
  • 3 nights in Tree tops Jungle lodge in Buttala on all inclusive basis
  • 3 nights in Gal Oya Lodge in Gal Oya on Full Board basis
  • 1 night in Hotel Thilanka in Kandy on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights in Wilpattu Safari Camp in Wilpattu on all inclusive basis
  • 1 night in Goldi Sands Hotel in Negombo on bed and breakfast basis