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Sri Lanka - Elephants & other Wildlife

Tour Code: LKA04

A 10-day celebration of Sri Lanka's Asian Elephants with visits to several premier reserves.

11 days from £2695(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2195 SRS: £495 + an optional 3-day extension


The tropical island of Sri Lanka is the best place in the world in which to see Indian Elephants. Elephants are still relatively numerous in Sri Lanka and this wildlife holiday is timed to coincide with their annual migration through Minneriya National Park where several hundred elephants may be seen in a day. Then we’ll we drive through the picturesque Hill Country to visit in turn, Yala National Park and Uda Walawe National Park. Many more elephants and a wide variety of other mammals and birds inhabit both of these splendid parks. The highlight, though, is often Leopard, which we have a good chance of seeing here. For a taste of the island’s rich culture, we also visit the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya.

  • Herds of Indian Elephants
  • Many other Asian mammals & a good chance of Leopard
  • Abundant birdlife including endemic species
  • Superlative scenery
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Tasty cuisine
  • Exotic tropical flora and butterflies
  • Learn from our popular local naturalist tour leader

Food

Included with the price of the tour.

Accommodation

Three or four star tourist hotels are used throughout the tour, most with swimming pools and other amenities. Twin rooms with private facilities (single rooms being available on request)

Asian Elephants (Brian Goodey)

Asian Elephants (Brian Goodey)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2/4 Sigiriya; Minneriya National Park

Day 5 Kandy

Day 6 Nuwara Eliya

Day 7/8 Yala National Park

Day 9 Embilipitiya; Uda Walawe National Park

Day 10 Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage/Airport

Day 11 Fly London

Everyone loves Elephants, or so it seems, but in a world with ever increasing human demands for space and natural resources the wild Elephant is inevitably the loser. Elephants are self-evidently big creatures, with a capability of devouring 200kg of green matter each day it is not surprising that just a few animals can wreak tremendous damage to farmland creating disastrous potential for conflict with local villagers. There is evidence that Asian Elephants were once widely distributed throughout the Indian sub-Continent but almost inevitably it has proved impossible for large numbers of elephants to live alongside man and today the mighty tusker is regarded as an endangered species with only small numbers surviving in widely fragmented remnants of their former range. Despite a growing human population significant numbers of Asian Elephants may still be seen on the tropical island of Sri Lanka and this is the destination of our exciting new tour which aims to not only observe wild elephants in their natural habitat but also to provide some insight into the cultural importance of the animal and how the conflicts with humans are being addressed by conservationists. The elephant is intrinsically part of the history, tradition, myths and culture of the island, a status celebrated by the annual Perahera ceremony which takes place in Kandy each August during which ornately decorated elephants parade through the streets of the city. The famous elephant orphanage is situated close to the city and later in the tour we will have the opportunity to enjoy somewhat closer encounters with jumbos and maybe even help in washing the youngsters! This tour is a celebration of all things elephantine but along the way we are guaranteed to see a splendid selection of Sri Lankan birds, mammals, reptiles and butterflies as well as many glimpses of Sri Lankan culture.

The start of the climb up Sigiriya rock (Thomas Mills)Sigiriya wall paintings (Thomas Mills)Sigiriya rock (Thomas Mills)The view from the fortress at the top of Sigiriya rock (Thomas Mills)Sigiriya Hotel (Thomas Mills)Sigiriya Hotel and Sigiriya Rock (Thomas Mills)One of Minneriya's larger herds of Elephants (Thomas Mills)Asian Elephants in Minneriya NP (Thomas Mills)Asian Elephants in Minneriya NP (Thomas Mills)Asian Elephants, Minneriya (Thomas Mills)Jeep safari to see Asian Elephants in Minneriya (Thomas Mills)Temple of the Tooth, Kandy (Thomas Mills)Temple of the Tooth, Kandy (Thomas Mills)Kandy Traditional Dancing (Thomas Mills)Kandy Lake (Thomas Mills)Toque Macaque (Thomas Mills)Indian Ocean, Yala (Thomas Mills)Lesser Adjutant, Yala National Park (David Allison)Young male Leopard, Yala National Park (Thomas Mills)Green Bee-eater, Yala National Park (Thomas Mills)Asian Openbill, Yala NP (Thomas Mills)One of the top spots for leopard sightings in Yala (Thomas Mills)White-bellied Fish Eagle, Minneriya National Park (Thomas Mills)Uda Walawe National Park (Thomas Mills)Asian Elephant, Uda Walawe National Park (Thomas Mills)Asian Elephant, Uda Walawe National Park (Thomas Mills)Male Elephants, Minneriya National Park (Thomas Mills)

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Sat 14th October 2017 - Tue 24th October 2017

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Sat 20th October 2018 - Tue 30th October 2018

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Sat 19th October 2019 - Tue 29th October 2019

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Tour Extensions

If you wish to prolong your holiday we offer the following extensions.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve extension

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