Ancient Cities, Wild Encounters and Tropical Beaches of Sri Lanka

9 Nights & 10 Days, Summer Itinerary

Season: From April to September (6 months)

1

Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be transferred to a nearby hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Spend 01 night at your hotel.

Anantaya Resort & Spa, Chillaw (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast

The Horathapola Estate, Kulliyapitiya (Gold Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner only)
2

After breakfast, leave for Wilpattu.

In the afternoon, go on a guided jeep safari to Wilpattu National Park. Popularly dubbed as ‘the land of the lakes’, Wilpattu National Park is famous for watching wildlife within its picturesque villus and dry evergreen forests. It is Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest national park re-opened since early 2010 after being closed for nearly three decades due to the civil war. Wilpattu is one of the top spots in Sri Lanka for watching Leopard and Sloth Bear. Other larger animals seen regularly here include Jackal, Mugger Crocodile, Sambar, Spotted Deer and Buffalo are among the larger animals regularly encountered. Elephants can be seen here but not in numbers encountered within other dry-zone national parks.

Spend 02 nights at Wilpattu.

Big Game Camp, Wilpattu (Silver Category)

  • Room Safari Tent
  • Basis Half Board

Wilpattu Safari Camp (Gold Category)

  • Room En-suite Tent
  • Basis All Inclusive
3

Today, go on a full day guided safari to Wilpattu National Park in search of Leopard, Sloth Bear and other wildlife. You also have the option of doing a mid-day excursion to Kudurumalai point along the Wilpattu coastline, believed to be the location where Prince Vijaya and the first group of Indian settlers set foot to Sri Lanka. The area is characterized by steep cliffs and fossilized limestone remains and provides panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

Overnight at Wilpattu.

Big Game Camp, Wilpattu (Silver Category)

  • Room Safari Tent
  • Basis Half Board

Wilpattu Safari Camp (Gold Category)

  • Room En-suite Tent
  • Basis All Inclusive
4

Checkout after an early breakfast and leave for Anuradhapura, where you will go on a guided tour. Anuradhapura was the country’s first capital comprising of religious places of worship and Buddhist shrines constructed by the past kings of Sri Lanka.

Afterwards, check-in to your hotel near Sigiriya and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Aliya Resort and Spa, Sigiriya (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner only)
5

After breakfast, drive to Sigiriya and climb the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Visit the palace ruins of King Kassapa which was constructed on top of a massive 200 meter high rock surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, frescoes, the mirror wall and other structures.

In the afternoon, visit Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park to view ‘The Gathering of Elephants’ which is a seasonal congregation of elephants that takes place between June through to November. During other times of the year, Elephants can be seen at the Hurullu Forest Reserve.

Aliya Resort and Spa, Sigiriya (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
6

Morning, leave for Trincomalee on the east coast and spend the remainder of the day at leisure by the beach.

Trincomalee on the island’s north-east is regarded as one of the world’s largest natural harbours and with a rich cultural heritage, its famous white sandy beaches and serene turquoise blue waters and is increasingly becoming a popular option for those seeking a beach stay on the east coast. ‘Trinco’ has been used by the island’s major port going as far back as the Polonnaruwa era around two thousand years ago having attracted the Danish, Dutch, Portugese, French and British and has even bombed by the Japanese in 1942 during the second world war.

Spend 03 nights in Trincomalee.

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, Nilaveli (Silver Category)

  • Room Superior Room
  • Basis Half Board
7-8

Full day at leisure by the beach.

Suggested excursions include:

Whale and Dolphin watching:
Along with Mirissa in the south, Trincomalee on the east coast is the island’s other established location for whale watching the Blue Whale. The deep waters around Trincomalee’s natural harbour can often result in the Blues coming very close to shore and are occasionally seen from the land from a viewpoint at Swami Rock. The sightings of Blue Whales and pods of Sperm Whales off Trincomalee peak from March through to April. The Blue Whales however are resident around Sri Lankan waters and chance encounters are possible during other months. Large pods of Spinner Dolphins in their hundreds are encountered on most days during this period. Orca, Bryde’s Whale, Risso’s Dolphin and Short-finned Pilot Whale are some of the other cetaceans which maybe encountered during an oceanic safari.

Snorkeling – Pigeon Island:
Trincomalee also has an expansive area of shallow fringing coral reefs in the area off Dutch Bay. The Pigeon Island marine sanctuary off Nilaveli remains the most popular option for snorkeling in the area. Deriving its name from the Rock Pigeon which has colonized the island in large numbers, Pigeon Island contains some of the best preserved coral reefs in Sri Lanka. Close to 100 species of coral, 300 coral reef fish species along with Hawksbill Turtle, Green Turtle and Olive Ridley may be encountered here.

Cultural Tour of Trincomalee:
One of the most popular sites to visit in Trincomalee is Fort Fredrick which lies on Swami Rock, which was originally built by the Portugese in 1627 and restored by the Dutch in 1665. At its summit lies the sacred Koneswaram Hindu Temple which was fully restored in 1632 after the original temple was which was believed to be over 2500 years old destroyed by the Portugese and was toppled over the edge of Swami Rock into the sea. Adjacent to the Koneswaram Temple is the Lovers Leap viewpoint where you can get sweeping views from the summit of Swami Rock over the Trincomalee harbour and its coastline. You can also visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery, where there are 362 graves of the servicemen who lost their lives on duty during World War II. Trincomalee was under the rule of the British during World War II when it was bombed by the Japanese in 1942 along with several Australian and British ships in the area.

Overnight in a beach resort in Trincomalee.

Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, Nilaveli (Silver Category)

  • Room Superior Room
  • Basis Half Board
9

After breakfast, leave for a hotel near Negombo on the west coast. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Upon request, you can travel to Katunayake on a fixed departure run by Cinnamon Air. The flight departs Trincomalee at 11:30hrs and lands at 12:45hrs stopping via Sigiriya. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Spend 01 night near Negombo.

Jetwing Sea, Negombo (Silver Category)

  • Room Superior Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
10

Departure transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport

4

Spend the morning enjoying the peace and tranquility of the beach with golden sands and blue waters.

In the afternoon take part in a unique experience to witness the biggest reptiles on earth the Saltwater crocodile, take a guided boatride along the Nilwala River in Matara. These majestic and giant predators can range in size from a few feet in a juvenile to over 15 feet in adult males. A key component of the river ecosystem, the river is also teeming with birdlife. All safety measures are ensured along with life jackets as well as safety instructions.

Mosvold Villa, Ahangama (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
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