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Highlights of Sri Lanka’s Wildlife

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Highlights of Sri Lanka’s Wildlife

 Sri Lanka

10 days from £2150 pp  including flights

Combining some of Sri Lanka's rural highlights with s/seeing and wildlife, this trip shows you more of this fascinating country.

At a Glance

  • Explore the wildlife
  • Explore rural village
  • Explore culture
  • Enjoy great sites
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Wildlife safari, rural village exploration, culture sites–experience all Sri Lanka has to offer in one single itinerary. This is a comprehensive and immersive Sri Laka itinerary that allows you to understand and enjoy the multiple facets of this wonderful country and rest and recuperate and enjoy the wildlife. It is all that you can ask for in Sri Lanka!

Short Itinerary

Day 5 : YALA

Tour Ends


Today you will board on an overnight plane to Colombo. (direct flight can be arranged at extra cost).

Overnight stay on the plane.
 Day 2 : ARRIVAL SRI LANKA (approx. 30mins)

Arrive to Sri Lanka , and on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; our representative will welcome you at the airport and you will then be transferred to your hotel in Negombo.

Negombo is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in Western Province, Sri Lanka. The Bandaranayake International Airport is located close to this city. The city is known for its great and olden trawling industry with busy fish markets, sandy beaches, hotels and restaurants. Due to bounty of seafood, the town restaurants are a gourmet’s delight. There are also local handicrafts, batiks and jewelry boutiques on the beaches and shops in the city. Fishing and tourism are the main economy of this city.

Enjoy the beach by the hotel.
 Day 3 : NEGOMBO – NUWARA ELIYA (approx. 6hrs)

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

Nuwara Eliya is a city, in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city is considered to be the most important locations for tea cultivation and well known for its cool climate being the coolest area in Sri Lanka. Many of the buildings have still preserved features from the colonial period. Many private homes have also maintained their old English-style lawns and gardens. The town wakes up with many activities in April for the Sinhalese and Tamil New year. Main allure during April season include the motor and horse racing events.

See the vast green hills of the tea plantations and spot the picturesque villages with misty mountain backdrops. Enjoy the amazing sights as you gradually ascend to the hill country.

Check in to your hotel and relax after a long drive.
 Day 4 : NUWARA ELIYA – YALA (approx. 5 hrs 30mins.)

After Breakfast check out of the hotel and proceed to Yala. Enroute take a city tour in Nuwara Eliya including Rawana waterfall and Gregory Lake. (Approx. 2hrs)

Check in to your hotel and relax after a long drive.
 Day 5 : YALA

With a packed breakfast leave for a morning Jeep safari in Yala National Park. (Approx. 3hrs)

Return to the hotel and again enjoy a late evening jeep safari in Yala National Park. (Approx. 3hrs)

Yala National Park is located between Southern and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka. It is the second largest park of the country and is also one of the earliest wild sanctuaries. The largest breed of leopards is found in this area. Probably sighting months of leopards are from January to July. Two prominent pilgrim sites are also located within the park.

After the safari ride, return to the hotel and relax.
 Day 6 : YALA - UDAWALAWE (approx. 3 hrs.)

After breakfast proceed to another safari destination; Udawalawe National Park.

Check in to the hotel and spend the day at leisure.

With a packed breakfast leave for a morning Jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. (Approx. 3hrs)

Return to the hotel and again enjoy a late evening jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.(Approx.3hrs)

Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa & Uwa Province, and it is one of the world's best places to see wild elephants. At the center of the park lies the Udawalawe Reservoir, which provides water for agriculture and hydro-power generation spreads over an area 30,821 hectares. It is mainly thorny-shrub jungle with grasslands. Udawalawe is undoubtedly the best place in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year, there are about 500 elephants in the park and they often roam in herds of up to 100. Water Buffalo, Wildboar, Spotted Deer, Sambur Deer, Jackal, Samber, Black-naped hare, mongooses, bandicoots, foxes, s the endemic Toque Macaque and Gray Langers are other creatures can be seen in the park. This park is also known for a good bird watching site in Sri Lanka.

After the safari ride, return to the hotel and relax.
 Day 8 : UDAWALAWE - SINHARAJA (approx. 2 hrs 30 mins.)

Today After the breakfast proceed to Sinharaja Rainforest and check in to the hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure in the hotel.
 Day 9 : SINHARAJA - COLOMBO (approx. 3 hrs 30 mins.)

Today, early in the morning around 6.00am, before breakfast, leave to explore Sinharaja Biosphere. (Excursion duration: approx. 2 hours 30 mins)

Sinharaja is located between the Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces of Sri Lanka. It is a rain forest and national park. School children in the age group of 13 and above are often taken on excursions to this forest reserve as it is included in their school curriculum. This is one of world heritage sites declared by UNESCO. This is home to a variety of endangered mammal, birds, reptiles, butterflies including leopards. It is ideal for trekking but advisable to do so with a forest guide. Therefore you will be accompanied by a forest guide during your trek.

Return to the hotel on completion for your breakfast and get refreshed to proceed to Colombo.

Check in to the hotel and spend the day at leisure.
 Day 10 : COLOMBO – AIRPORT (approx. 40 mins)

After breakfast proceed to Bandaranayake International Airport.

Guests are requested to be at the airport at least3hrs prior to their departure flight time.

What's included

  • Return economy flight from London Heathrow
  • Accommodation for eight (08) nights at hotels mentioned above on a bed & breakfast basis, commencing with Breakfast on Day 3 and ending with Breakfast on Day 10
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle from Day 02 to Day 10
  • Services of an English-speaking Chauffeur Guide from Day 02 to Day 10
  • Yala National Park entrance and Safari for two half-day safaris
  • Udawalawe National Park entrance and Safari for two half-day safaris
  • Trek in Sinharaja rain forest
  • Trekker charges at Sinharaja rain forest
  • Applicable hotel service charges

What's not included

  • Any entrance fees to sites or any other costs related to excursions which are not mentioned above
  • Optional excursions
  • Additional costs that may relate to Covid-19 Travel & Health Guidelines in Sri Lanka at the time of travel (i.e. PCR/Antigen testing, Covid-19 local insurance cover, etc.)
  • Optional meal supplements and room upgrades at hotels
  • Hotels and transfers not mentioned above
  • Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and other beverages throughout the tour not mentioned above
  • Use of vehicle during leisure days/free time (additional mileage will be charged directly)
  • Early check-in and Late check-out charges
  • Tips, Gratuities & other incidental expenses
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as laundry, IDD calls, internet, etc.
  • Personal protective items such as face masks/shields, hand sanitizer, etc.
  • Camera/video recording permits
  • Air fare, travel insurance and visa fees
  • National Guide

Your Hotels

Negombo: Goldi Sands Hotel 4* or similar (Standard Room)
Nuwara Eliya: Blackpool Hotel 4* or similar (Deluxe Room)
Yala: Cinnamon Wild Yala 4* or similar (Superior Room)
Udawalawe: Grand Udawalawa 4* or similar (Deluxe Room)

Check-in : 14:00 hours
Check-out : Until 12:00 hours
Room occupancy : Maximum 2 adults

Offer is based on Twin share so 2 people must book to complete the offer. So valid with 2 full paying adults:

Solo traveller : £3599

Hotels : If the hotels mentioned in the itinerary are unavailable you will stay in hotels of a similar standard

Wheelchair access : The hotels and tour are not suitable for wheelchair users.

Mobile number : Please be sure to fill in mobile number when booking. This is so that the driver can get in touch with you.

Flight Times : Please note that flights may be subject to change, delay or postponement by the provider and that flight times are provisional. We search for the best times for you and will do our utmost to provide you with the flights detailed above. However, please note that flight times are subject to availability and may be amended.

Group : In Sri Lanka you will travel in a group of minimum 02 and maximum 20 people. If noone has booked on the date you booked in, the tour will still go ahead but you will not be a part of the group.

Visa : Please note that in order to visit Sri Lanka, you will require a tourist visa. For the most up-to-date information regarding travel visas – including prices and the required length of time that the document is needed for – we advise that you visit . Alternatively, you can contact the local embassy of the country you are planning to visit. For visa to Sri Lanka, please log in to, please don’t forget to bring the reference number of the Visa, if you get it through the ETA link.

Passport : Please note that your passport MUST be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the validation date of your visa.

Travel Documents : Please ensure you take all your final travel documents with you to Sri Lanka.

Personal Information : Please ensure that your personal details is filled in identically to the data on your passport. If this information does not match, you cannot travel to and from your destination. Amendment to this information if entered incorrectly will result in additional charges. If married, please fill in your surname as it appears on your passport.

Tour Itinerary : Please note that in exceptional circumstances the itinerary and/or excursions may be subject to change for reasons outside of the control of Lumle Holidays

Vaccination : If you are travelling to Sri Lanka, you may need to be vaccinated. For the most up-to-date health advice, you should visit your local doctor/GP or visit

Cancellation Conditions : This offer cannot be canceled or modified, and is strictly non-refundable


In Sri Lanka we have 4 categories of guides who are often given a wrong interpretation. As a responsible travel company we would like to clarify the various differences, capabilities & responsibilities of the guides which would lead to manage customer expectations.

National Guide – They are on the top of the list, holding the National Tourist Guide Lecturers license issued by the Tourist Board. The license is issued to those who successfully complete an intensive course covering subjects such as history, wildlife, flora, religions, soft skills, management skills, communication skills etc. The ability of speaking languages is evaluated & taken in to consideration. These guides are often used for groups over 8 people in order to manage the cost of the tour. But on request we can allocate a National Guide for smaller groups. In this case there will be a driver as well as a guide. The guide will provide you information about the country & site explanations. The guide will handle the organizational elements as well. There are national guides speaking various languages & guides speaking unique languages are at high demand.

Chauffer Guide – A Chauffeur guide drives the vehicle & would provide you background information about the places you visit. The Chauffeur guide too, follows a course conducted by the Tourist Board, but as not as intensive as the National guides course & has a lower level of selection policy as far as eligibility of the candidates are concerned. They have a license issued by the tourist board & can take you around the sites & give you the necessary information. The level of speaking the selected language could vary, but obviously would be able to understand each other. A Chauffeur guide accompany up to 7 people with him on a tour.

Driver – He drives your vehicle & can communicate in English, but cannot provide you any background information. His English can be basic, but would be able to have a conversation. He is not authorized to take you around the sites.

Specialist Guides – They are specialists in a concentrated fields such as Wildlife, Flora and Fauna, History & Archaeology, Walking, Hiking, Cycling etc. There are chauffeur & national guides working as specialists.

Special Room Request – Where Special requests i.e. Room locations, Interconnecting /Adjacent rooms, Double/Twin beds, Smoking rooms & non-smoking rooms etc. are an important factor in the choice of holiday, please advise us when the booking is made. We will pass on your request to the hotel but cannot guarantee that it will be accommodated.

Tipping – Tipping is customary in Sri Lanka, and while it is certainly up to the discretion of each client, we can provide you with a list of recommended tipping scales if you wish, or suggest an all-inclusive tips package that can be included in the total cost and that we, as LUMLE, will promise to distribute fairly to ensure the best possible service.


  • Hotel star classifications are based on leading international OTA’s (Online Travel Agents).
  • Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
  • Transfer times mentioned above are without stops and are subject to change with the change in weather conditions/ road conditions.
  • Bars, Clubs or similar entertainment is prohibited during “Poya” Days. As such, liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time.
  • Rooms will be on availability & if in case if the said hotels are fully booked due to any reason, similar hotels will be provided in the same vicinity or nearest location.
  • We do not provide the vehicle for any nightlife activities unless mentioned prior, which will be on chargeable basis.
  • Standard check – in & check – out times are 1400 hrs. – 1200 hrs. (this can change in few properties)
  • For visa to Sri Lanka, please log in to, please don’t forget to bring the reference number of the Visa, if you get it through the ETA link.
  • Visits to wild life parks will be at client’s own risk. Safari vehicles (none air-conditioned) available are very basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours).
  • Train ride in the hill country is frequently hailed as the most scenic train ride in all of Asia by the travellers. Therefore, we have included it as a part of your itinerary. But as your travel company it is our responsibility to explain the ground reality to avoid expectation drop / complains. Since it is a public transport kindly be aware of sudden cancelations or delays occurred which are beyond our control. Further train booking system is as traditional as our train system. Hence although our staff are vigilant and try their best to secure bookings, yet we cannot guarantee the exact seats on the exact category as it may change due to unforeseen circumstances. As the train system is fully public, you will travel together mostly with locals and some foreign travellers. You may or may not be seated together with your own group as the seat allocations may change depend on the seat availability & category you book.

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Your Program Duration = 10 Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.

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Travel Info

    • Flight time 11 1/2 hours (Colombo)
    • Timezone GMT+5 1/2 hours
    • Recommended airlines SriLankan Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar & British Airways 
    • Best season Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June & Dec 

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