The great wildlife diversity never fails to impress any wildlife enthusiast. Walk through some of the best national parks of the world, and witness animals like leopard, elephants, reptiles and birds in close proximity.
Day 01: Colombo
The commercial and financial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo has a tropical climate and you can visit this place anytime of the year. Be prepared to get dazzled by the beauty and simplicity of this place as soon as you set your foot in the city. The world class museums and galleries in this city will help you get acquainted with the rich culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. The zoo and Galle Face Green Promenade should also be on your list of visiting places in Colombo. If you want to have a memorable souvenir from Sri Lanka, you can buy handmade items with beautifully used colored fabrics. For moving around the city, the best would be to go for a taxi or trishaw, or if you want to have the freedom of going any place on your own, you can even go for self driven car during your stay in Colombo.
Day 02: Dambulla
Located within the cultural triangle (formed by Kandy, Polannaruwa and Anuradhapura) in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is loved by tourists for its red stone fortress that are up to 200m high, and the palace ruins that has remains of a beautiful network of reservoirs, gardens and other structures in its surrounding. There is an entry fee for getting inside the Ancient city of Sigiriya, which in March 2012 was around $30. You can walk up to the fort after entering the paid area, and you can even explore the gardens for it has a lot of history embedded in it. You can also move around the Sigiriya museum that is located outside the paid area. You will find a lot of stuffs to explore in Sigiriya, and this is why it should be on your list of destinations if you want to familiarize with the Sri Lankan history. Buses are available on regular intervals from the city of Dambulla, and you won’t have any problem in reaching Sigiriya.
Next proceed to Dambulla Cave Temple
A world heritage site in Sri Lanka, Dambulla Cave Temple or the Golden Temple of Dambulla is located in the central part of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is also known for Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium that is famous for being built in just a span of 167 days. The temple cave complex of Sri Lanka consists of five caves situated under an overhanging rock which is carved with a drip line for keeping the interior of the caves dry. The largest cave of this temple complex, i.e. Cave of the great Kings has 16 standing and 40 seated statues of Buddha. Some of the Hindu gods are also present in this temple complex, along with few devoted disciples of Buddha. One cave in the complex even has more than 1500 paintings of Buddha painted on the ceilings. The cave temples will help you enlighten spiritually, and also it is a must visit for people believing in the principles of Buddha.
Day 03: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Situated in Pinnawala village, this orphanage has the largest herd of captivated elephants in the whole world. According to the data collected in 2011, there were total of 88 elephants that included 37 males and 51 females. The orphanage was established in the year 1975 with a very good motive of providing protection to the orphaned wild elephants that wandered in the forests of Sri Lanka. This orphanage is loved by both local and foreign tourists. The best time to witness the elephants is during that time of the day when these elephants gather together to bath near the river bank. You can see them playing and interacting with each other at the river bank, and if you want to have a closer look on their lives, you can even see bottle feeding of baby elephants or even feeding of adult elephants for that matter. An admission fee is charged to the visitors before they can enter, and all of the revenue collected from this fee is used for the welfare of the elephants.
Day 04: Singharaja Rain Forest
Singharaja Rain Forest is a Lowland Rain Forest or in other words Tropical Wet Evergreen Rain Forest in Srilanka. The forests stretch out by covering 88.64 sq km of two parts of the Sabaragamuwa and Southern Province as thick green blanket of uneven flow. The Forest announced as World Biosphere Reserve in1978 and also World Heritage Site in 1988 by the UNESCO. The Forest name ‘Singharaja’ split to Sinhala as ‘Lion King’, it is a treasure trove of endemic species nowhere else found in the whole world. Once trekked through forest you may found the most of over 90% endemic birds like Red face malkoha, Green billed coucal and many species of animals in srilanka.
Day 05: Udawalawa National Park
Udawalawa National Park is among the most scenic wild life sites and renown for greater density of animal population in Asia. The National Park covers over 30,000 hectares of Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces which vastly renown to see wild Elephant in such a close length, which means retain high percentage of wild elephant of considering forest unit. Udawalawa National Park was peculiarly established to produce a sanctuary for the animals displaced by the project of Udawalawa reservoir construction on the Srilankan major river Walawe and also with the intention of saving the catchment area of the constructed reservoir. The mammals you can see inside this Sloth Bear, Sambar Deer, Srilankan lepard, Water buffalo, wild boar, Toque Macaque, Tufted Grey Langur are some of them.
Evening proceed to hotel near Tissa.
Day 06: Yala National Park
This Park is known all over the world for its highest concentration of leopards among all other forests. The Yala National park is basically a shrub jungle and you can also find several salt and fresh water lagoons in the forest. The forest is regularly visited by documentary makers from BBC and Discovery Channel, who try to capture the natural beauty of this forest for the rest of the world to see. Visitors to this park can easily spot leopards, elephants, Sambar, Sloth Bear, jackal, mongoose, wild buffaloes, wild boar, macaque monkeys and langur. The bird variety of the forest is also very famous with more than 130 different species of birds. The wildlife diversity along with the natural beauty of the forest is very captivating and will indeed create an everlasting trace in your memory.
Day 07: Galle Ancient Dutch Fort
This fort is situated in the Bay of Galle, and it was made in the year 1588. Galle Fort is a rare historical jewel of Sri Lanka, and it is protected by dark, thick walls made of stone on one side and endless ocean on the other. A walk in this fort will revive history in front of your eyes when you will pass through various places in the fort like Sao Lago, Cavaliar, Middle Punt, Sao Antonio, Porte Da Miro and so on. The clock tower, the lighthouse, the Meera Mosque and the Buddhist temple are some other places of interest inside the fort. With an unchallenged historical significance, this fort is certainly the best preserved fortified city in South East Asia. The best time for the tourists to visit this fort is during evening when the weather is calm and relaxing.
Day 07: Departure
After breakfast Proceed to Katunayake International Airport, meet Departure Flight.