Jungle and Rainforest Wildlife in Sri Lanka | Yampu Tours

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Jungle and Rainforest Wildlife in Sri Lanka

PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$2678+

Private Tour Highlights

  • See extensive plant life at Kandy’s Royal Botanical Center
  • See the upper left canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself at the Temple of the Tooth
  • Visit the Gemological Museum, showcasing some of the rarest raw gemstones
  • Purchase some traditional handicrafts at the Arts & Craft Center
  • See where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside in Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit a tea plantation in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country
  • Experience the stunning views of Lake Gregory
  • Take a morning jungle excursion in search of Yala’s leopards, elephants and other wildlife
  • Enjoy the tropical atmosphere and outdoor activities in the Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Experience some spectacular birdwatching while trekking through the Singharaja Rainforest
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Tour Overview

This unique mix of Sri Lankan hotspots takes you from the established modernity and culture rich streets of Colombo and Kandy; through the colonial era stepped tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya; into the wildlife filled borders of Yala National Park and finally into the dense jungles of Sinharaja.

Nuwara Eliya is the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country and situated in the central highlands at 1,890 meters (5,935 ft). With its lush green rice plantations, Nuwara offers a tropical-like atmosphere with the cool mountain climate of the central highlands.

The latter part of the trip will focus on the rich wildlife of Sri Lanka, where you can see populations of elephant, spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear and leopards throughout Yala. The Sinharaja Rainforest is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is special for being the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rainforest remaining in Sri Lanka. It is a treasure trove of endemic species including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and 95% of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds.

Inclusions
Price Includes:
All accommodations with continental breakfast, service of deluxe air-conditioned vehicle, one time entrance fees at all monuments, city tours and all activities, including safaris and jungle walk, services of English speaking local guide for excursions, all currently applicable taxes including service tax.

Notes:
* The best time of the year for animal sightings in Yala is during the dry season, which falls between May and August. Furthermore, the park remains closed during the months of September and October.

* Game drives are operated on a shared basis with other guests.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$2158 £$2678 £$3485 £$4199
Single £$3884 £$5357 £$6969 £$8399

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Colombo

Overnight international flight to Colombo

Overnight international flight to Colombo

Day
2

Arrival in Colombo

Upon arrival and following the airport reception, visit the contemporary capital city - Colombo - the trade capital of Sri Lanka. As a city that has undergone rapid changes Colombo still preserves the locality in its utmost respect. While most old buildings have been replaced by new apartments and office buildings, some parts of the city yet retains its old charm. The 100 year old clock tower built by the British and some colonial buildings remain examples.

Upon arrival and following the airport reception, visit the contemporary capital city - Colombo - the trade capital of Sri Lanka. As a city that has undergone rapid changes Colombo still preserves the locality in its utmost respect. While most old buildings have been replaced by new apartments and office buildings, some parts of the city yet retains its old charm. The 100 year old clock tower built by the British and some colonial buildings remain examples.

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3

Colombo – Kandy

Rising above the major city of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa - medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu I - remains superior proof of ancient culture & heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site - blessed by stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures - while observing the relic house - Watadage - which boasts of beautiful stone carvings.
Take a close glance and notice a subtle Hindu influence on architecture and statues found in Polonnaruwa. Or sit by the side of Galviharaya and observe the absolute beauty gushing out of every bend of its huge Buddhist statues. Nissankamalla Council Chamber is however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya - sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation.
Next up, transfer from Matale to Kandy, a monumental city that holds a special place in the hearts of Sri Lankans. This beautiful lakeside city cradled among the misty hills was the last capital of the native kings before the British conquered the whole island. It is also where the sacred tooth relic of Buddha is stored in a magnificent temple complex. A stroll across this small town will feature the Kandy City Centre - complete with modern and world class brands - a bazaar, an arts and crafts center, and a gem museum and lapidary. Walk through a sea of color through fresh fruits and vegetables in the Kandy market. Fine tune this evening by stepping to the beat of traditional music and drumming amplified by a cultural show enhancing the rich and vibrant culture of the Wonder of Asia, Sri Lanka.

Continue to the famed Temple of the Tooth. This stunning 17th century temple is believed to house the upper left canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself. This divine relic attracts pilgrims clad in white bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani on a daily basis. Afterwards, continue to the local Gemological Museum to be followed by a visit to the Arts & Craft Center, which sells traditional handicrafts, such as wood carvings, Sri Lankan masks, stoneware, batiks, silver and brassware, paintings and antiques.
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Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, drive to Nuwara Eliya (80 Kms, 2-3 hours). Misty steep roads, twisting through flourishing tea bushes in a cool climate, remind visitors that they are within the range of the renowned British colonial retreat, NuwaraEliya. A pleasant evening to enjoy the amicable surrounding, may be a walk through the uncharted lanes filled with ancient architecture. Augmented by an English countryside atmosphere, the city of light - once governed by English & Scottish planters - is still studded with colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. A hike through the green grass and red-brick walls should present breathtaking views of a buzzing countryside hamlet. Drive through green valleys of the hill country pierced by endless waterfalls & dotted by tea pluckers draped in bright-colored saris. Or rent a bike for a gentle ride along the banks splashed by the waters of Lake Gregory or enjoy a quiescent boat ride in this cool climate. Overnight stay at a selected Hotel in NuwaraEliya ...read less

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Nuwara Eliya – Yala National Park

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Private Full Day Drive through the Hill Country to Yala National Park
Get ready to experience a journey of a life time. From the cool hill climate to a tropical weather change. The route covers some of the most picturesque sights in Sri Lanka including Ella and Bandarawela. Ella has several waterfalls which will take your breath away. These will definitely be sights to sore eyes. Relax and enjoy these mesmerizing miles with their spine-tingling beauty. Situated in Sri Lanka's south-east, hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammals and 215 bird species. Among its famous residents are the world's biggest concentration of Leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quiet low, bringing animals into the open. Spend 2 amazing days at this simple environment.
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Jungle Excursion in Yala National Park

Embark on a morning jungle excursion in search of Yala's leopards, elephants and other wildlife. This will be approximately 3-4 hours. Enjoy some time at rest around noon time before heading out for a second game drive after the heat of the day has passed. Safaris will be guided in open top Jeeps.

Embark on a morning jungle excursion in search of Yala's leopards, elephants and other wildlife. This will be approximately 3-4 hours. Enjoy some time at rest around noon time before heading out for a second game drive after the heat of the day has passed. Safaris will be guided in open top Jeeps.

Day
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Last day at Yala National Park

Again, enjoy another day of morning and afternoon jungle safaris for a last chance to see any previously unseen animals on safari.

Again, enjoy another day of morning and afternoon jungle safaris for a last chance to see any previously unseen animals on safari.

Day
8

Yala National Park – Sinharaja Rainforest

Be met at the hotel to transfer to Sinharaja, once the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd Century B.C. Few buildings from that period can still be seen today. The largest artificial lake - Tissa Wewa - which was a part of sophisticated irrigation system, also dates from that time. There are five main lakes in the vicinity of Tissamaharama. Tissa Wewa, Yoda Wewa, Weerawila Wewa, Panneganuwa Wewa and Debara Wewa. Today the town mainly serves as a starting point for visits to Yala and Kataragama. With an average annual rainfall between 3000-6000 mm Sinharaja proves to be one of the finest examples of tropic rain forests in the world. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site & biosphere reserve Sinharaja, treasures an absolute variation of both flora & fauna with most of them being endemic. Walk in through either entrance - Kudawa Pitadeniya or Morning Side - for a refreshing treat covering fauna varieties extending from spotted deer, hog deer, golden palm cave, stripe necked mongoose as well as butterflies & reptiles sheltered by the striking evergreen vegetation. Even though there haven't been elephant sightings in the recent past, constant leopard trails prove that the 'King of Games' still haunts this tropical stage. ...read less

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Jungle Safari in Sinharaja Rainforest

Leave no stone unturned on this last major undisturbed area of rainforest. On most days the forest is shrouded by copious rainclouds that replenish its deep soils and balance water for much of southwestern Sri Lanka. The largest carnivore here is the leopard. Its presence can usually be gauged only by droppings and tracks, and its seldom see. Medicinal plants are collected during specific seasons. Moist and muggy, murky and mysterious, an experience of Sinharaja is like nothing else in Sri Lanka. Trekking through this magnificent jungle a treat. Encounter with this bewildering land of exotic colours and melodious sounds is truly and enriching experience. ...read less

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10

Passage Through the Turquoise Shoreline to Colombo

The day following to the Sinharaja expedition, arrive to Colombo while experiencing the azure coastal boarder. Upon arriving to Colombo, promenade through the streets to experience the luxury architecture. Enjoy the sunset at Galle Face Green in the south of Fort. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at a selected Hotel in Colombo

The day following to the Sinharaja expedition, arrive to Colombo while experiencing the azure coastal boarder. Upon arriving to Colombo, promenade through the streets to experience the luxury architecture. Enjoy the sunset at Galle Face Green in the south of Fort. Spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at a selected Hotel in Colombo

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Flight Home

Transfer from Colombo to the airport at the correct time to check in and connect to the departure flight back home.

Transfer from Colombo to the airport at the correct time to check in and connect to the departure flight back home.

Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Kandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya, Central Province, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya, Central Province, Sri Lanka

Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka

Places You'll See

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    Sinharaja

    Saved from commercial logging by its inaccessibility, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the last major undisturbed areas of rainforest in Sri Lanka. Low hanging rainclouds balance the water resources and replenish the reserve’s deep soil. Take a guided tour through trails and try to spot the wildlife hiding among the vegetation.

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    Yala National Park

    For the best place to see wild elephants, and for the best chance of seeing wild leopards, visit Yala National Park. It has the highest concentration of leopards in the world, though still only has about 35 in the whole park. There are several other species to see, as well as a large bird population. Take a guided tour through the park and see how many creatures can be spotted.

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    Nuwara

    Thanks to its colonial architecture, Nuwara has earned the nickname of “Little England”. Take a tour of the Pedro Tea Factory and wander through the plantation’s paths. Visit the Hindu Seetha Temple near the Haggala Botanical Gardens, or take a walk to the top of Single Tree Mountain for spectacular views of the city.

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    Kandy

    Experience Sri Lanka’s culture and cuisine in the beautiful city of Kandy. Visit one of Sri Lanka’s most holy shrines, the Temple of the Tooth, home to a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha. Take a walk through downtown and purchase local treats from the numerous bakeries. See elephants roam freely at the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.

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    Colombo

    The vibrant city of Colombo is a common gateway to Sri Lanka, but is also a wonderful place to stay. Visit one of the museums or galleries such as The Lionel Wendt Memorial Art Centre. For breathtaking sunset views, visit the Galle Face Green Promenade. Spend some time the Turtle Conservation Villa to learn the importance of protecting endangered turtles.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Colombo : Grand Oriental

Kandy : Suisse Hotel

Nuwara : Galway Forest

Yala National Park : Priyankara

Yala National Park Hotel : Elephant Reach

Sinharaja : Rainforest Edge

4 Star Properties

Colombo : Ramada Colombo

Kandy : Amaya Hills

Nuwara : Jetwing St. Andrew’s

Yala National Park : Mandara Rosen

Yala National Park Hotel : Big Game Camp

Sinharaja : Boulder Garden

5 Star Properties

Colombo : Cinnamon Grand

Kandy : Earl’s Regency

Nuwara : Heritance Tea Factory Hotel

Yala National Park Hotel : Jetwing Yala

Yala National Park : The Safari

Sinharaja : Boulder Garden (Hornfels Room)

Luxury Properties

Colombo : Casa Colombo

Kandy : Kandy House

Nuwara : Ceylon Tea Trails

Yala National Park : Chaaya Wild

Sinharaja : Boulder Garden (Basalt Room)

Testimonials

Lucy and John

Traveled April, 2012

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination

India and Sri Lanka were an amazing combination! The hustle of India is exciting, but also overwhelming so including Sri Lanka toward the end of our itinerary was an amazing way to relax and unwind! In India we were blown away by the service at the Deluxe hotels, and even the 4-star hotels. The hospitality in India is incredible with everyone working to make sure you are comfortable and happy. We loved the Oberoi hotels, the rooms were beautiful and the service was immaculate. The sites in India were truly amazing and we loved the elephant safaris and interactions were we were able to bathe and paint these gentle giants! During our long transfers in India our driver was pleasant, providing us with interesting facts but not overwhelming us with too many details or idle chatter.In Sri Lanka we absolutely loved the Temple of the Tooth, the atmosphere is so humbling and spiritual; absolutely a must-see! We loved the ancient site of Polonnaruwa and the lying down Buddha and the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela. We also really enjoyed climbing the Sigiriya rock fortress, although its not the best option for those who are scared of heights!

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Ginger M.

Traveled January, 2013

Thanks for a wonderful trip.

Thanks for a wonderful trip. We will be actively looking at Yampu for our trip next year (probably South America) If you have ideas, send them along. We would love to attend a sporting event if possible. We got a flavor for Cricket while in Sri Lanka which was exciting.Food allergies were attended to everywhere. thanks for making that possible.Sights and diversions were fun and interesting. I counted over 25 different birds and 12 different mammals and reptiles in Yala, we even saw a leopard!! The elephant ride was fun and a story to bring home. The botanical gardens in Kandy were beautiful and a wonderful peaceful place to recharge our bodies.Kudos to Milroy our driver/guide for helping me with my gimpy leg. He was very patient and always cheerful thus making the trip that much more enjoyable.

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Joan

Traveled August, 2012

Had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka

Had a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and no small amount was due to my driver/guide Lankesh Peiris. He was knowledgeable, fluent in English and attentive to my needs and safety. His stellar driving skills were a marvel and so necessary in the Asian traffic dance! The cultural and wildlife experiences exceeded my expectations and perhaps most important was the hospitable, kind and gentle nature of the Sri Lankan people. As always Yampu has provided a first rate travel experience. Thanks!

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