Sample Wildlife Itinerary
Your inbound flight arrives into Colombo at 08.25am and you will be met at the airport by the Challenging Adventure trip leader and taken to your private bus for onward transfer to Hikkaduwa for the night. You’ll have lunch at a local restaurant en-route and spend the afternoon exploring the local area and beaches. Dinner at the hotel.
After breakfast, you’ll go with a local diver to the crystal-clear waters for a morning of snorkelling. The area is famous for it’s colourful fish, abundant coral and Turtles. You’ll learn about the life of a Turtle before heading back to the hotel for a well-earned lunch. After lunch, you’ll visit the Galle Dutch Fort with an expert guide to explore and learn about the colonial heritage. There are several museums and antique shops that display curiosities from the colonial era and also many colonial buildings including the Dutch Reform Church with ornately carved memorials to the Dutch settlers. You’ll also experience the stilt fishing, which is unique to Sri Lanka before heading back to the hotel for dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel and then afterwards you’ll take the coach to the Sinharaja Rain Forest to explore the diverse flora and fauna that exists there.This is a National Park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll have a local trekking guide with you and walk around 8km, approximately 3 hours, a fascinating experience. On the way back to Hikkaduwa, you’ll have lunch in a local restaurant and in the late afternoon, explore the Madu River by boat and see the abundant water-birds that rely on the river to live. Back to the hotel for dinner.
Today you’ll have to get up very early and travel with a packed-breakfast, to Mirissa where you’ll board the boat at 7am to go on your whale-watching boat trip. This will be an amazing experience and a fabulous opportunity to spot Blue, Fin and Sperm Whales and the numerous species of Dolphin that exist in these waters. The trip lasts around 3 – 4 hours and you’ll return to the harbor at around 12pm and go straight to Yala, with lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Stay overnight in Yala.
Another early start today as you’ll be going on a full day 4WD Safari in the Yala National Park, with lunch served in the jungle. There is the possibility of spotting Leopard, Tuskers and Sloths and Yala has the highest concentration of Leopard living in the wild. However, they’re notoriously elusvie so you’ll have to keep a close eye out for them! Back to the hotel for a special BBQ dinner at the hotel.
Travel to Negombo on the coast, north of Colombo today.On the way, you’ll visit the Elephant rehabilitation home, where the students can learn about the huge amount of work that goes into rehabilitating orphaned Elephants into the wild. You’ll also visit a Gem Mine and see how the natural gem stones are mined and processed. Continue to Negombo and have lunch at a local restaurant. Dinner at the hotel.
See the unique fishing style of the Ma Dal fishermen, help with the nets before an opportunity for further exploration with a city tour and some souvenir hunting! Lunch and dinner will be at local restaurants. Return to the airport early evening for your return flight to Dubai, bursting with stories and pictures of your amazing adventure!
Duration : 7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
Destination: Sri Lanka
Purpose: Cultural and Community Service Work / Adventures Activities
Accommodation : Hotels / Camping
Min: 15 people
Max: 35 people
COST: from AED 6800 per person
Includes: Transport throughout Sri Lanka, Accommodation, Meals (except during travelling), and English speaking Instructor, National Park entrance fees, game drives, safaris.
Excludes: Flights, Visas, Spending Money, Travel Insurance
*Bespoke itineraries with varying durations are available
SRI LANKA IS GREAT FOR
Sri Lanka is an island nestled in the tropical Indian Ocean, with diverse landscapes ranging from dense rain forests and arid plains, to cool highlands and palm-fringed sandy beaches. Culturally rich and famous for its love of Elephants and its many tea plantations, there is never any shortage of activities to keep you engaged throughout your Sri Lankan experience.