Day 1: Colombo/Airport – Haputalé
Fly into paradise, arriving at the Bandaranaike International Airport where our guide awaits, ready to welcome you to the island. Proceed to Haputalé, centrally located in Uva. Be sure to take in the sights as you move from the busy city life and low-country vegetation to the up-country splendor and fresh air.
Spend the next few nights enjoying and relaxing to nature in Haputalé.
Day 2: Haputalé – Buduruwagala – Uda Walawe - Haputalé
Drive down south to Uda Walawe, one of Sri Lanka’s national parks. On the way, stop at the Diyaluma Falls, the 2nd tallest waterfall in Sri Lanka, and then head to Buduruwagala, the 8th century rock carvings of Buddha and the Bodhisattvas. Seven figures are sculpted into a 70ft cliff, the central figure of Buddha spanning a height of around 50 ft.
Continue your journey to Uda Walawe. Visit the Elephant Transit Camp run by Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Department. Then proceed to the Park, where your tracker will drive you on an elephant adventure you will never forget. The park boasts of approximately 300 wild elephants, as well as deer, wild boar, crocodiles, and a variety of birds.
Day 3: Haputalé- Horton Plains - Haputalé
Head to Horton Plains, famously referred to as Worlds End because of the sheer drop you will encounter when you trek the plains. A national park, Horton Plains is home to leopards, samburs, birds and rich fauna and flora only found here. Please remember you will need to trek a distance of approximately 3 kms. You should be able to spot the mountain peaks of Kirigalpota and Thotupolakanda, and the Baker’s Falls Waterfalls.
Day 4: Haputalé – Yala
After a relaxing breakfast, depart for Yala.
At dusk, take a safari through Yala National Park. With a total protected area of 126,768 hectares, Yala consists of scrub plains, lagoons and rocky sections, and offers the broadest cross-section of the country’s flora and fauna. In terms of game-viewing, this is probably the best place to see all of the ‘big three’: elephant, leopard, and water buffalo. It is estimated that Yala is home to about 35 leopards, making it one of the world's densest leopard populations. However, they are not always easy to spot. Countless other animals including sloth bear, deer, wild boar, crocodiles, monkeys and numerous species of birds can also be seen. So keep a sharp eye out!
Spend your night relaxing at your hotel in Yala.
Day 5: Yala
Spend your morning leisurely, and visit Yala National Park for a second day of leopard spotting.
Day 6: Yala/Mirissa
After breakfast, drive to the beach town of Mirissa on the south coast, another beautiful coastal area known for its tropical marine life. Have lunch at one of the boutique hotels on the way or proceed directly to Mirissa. Relax and enjoy the beach and overnight stay at your hotel.
Day 7: Mirissa/Colombo
Spend the morning whale and dolphin watching. Dondra Point, the southernmost point in Sri Lanka and close to Mirissa, is said to be located close to the migration path of the mammals. Whale watching season is during the months of November to April, out of which December, January and April are the peak months. During these months, the probability of spotting sperm whales and blue whales are very high; moreover, the chances of spotting spinner dolphins off Dondra Point are also high. After lunching in Mirissa, proceed to Colombo.
En-route, visit the World Heritage city of Galle. The walled city dates to as early as the 16th-century. It has stood through the colonial periods of the Portuguese, Dutch, and British. Walk along the ramparts of the Dutch Fort. Spend the night in Colombo.
Day 8: Colombo/Airport
After a leisurely breakfast, spend the day exploring Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Places of interest include the street bazaars of Pettah and Fort, Buddhist and Hindu temples, churches, museums and shops selling local woven materials and hand-crafted souvenirs.In the evening, enjoy High Tea overlooking the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
The package includes:
1. Accommodation for 7 Nights/8 Days with breakfast on Twin Sharing Basis
2. Return airport transfers in an a/c vehicle
3. Transportation on your journey in an a/c vehicle for all sightseeing
4. English-speaking chauffeur guide