highlights of sri lanka wildlife

Highlights of Sri Lankan Wildlife
Leopards, elephants, bears, and whales.

9 Nights/ 10 Days


A comprehensive, private wildlife tour in Sri Lanka with overnight stays at handpicked wilderness accommodations. All breakfasts, four lunches, six dinners, dedicated chauffeur and scheduled safaris/walks with naturalists included.


Tour Description

map 3An extraordinary private wildlife holiday offering accommodations situated close to nature and all the "must see" wildlife highlights in Sri Lanka. Scheduled safaris and walks will be conducted with the finest naturalists in the country.

Your wildlife holiday will begin in Wilpattu, a less-frequented haven for nature enthusiasts. Enjoy walks with experienced naturalists and learn about the various species that inhabit the park with full-day safaris.

Transit in Sri Lanka's hill capital of Kandy en route to Udawalawe and have the chance to experience some of the cultural highlights on offer.

It's on to Udawalawe next where you will spend two days embarking on exciting safaris and educational night walks with resident naturalists. Udawalawe guarantees sightings of elephants on every game drive and is great for observing and studying these great beasts. You will even be able to check out the Elephant Transit Home which rehabilitates injured and sick elephants and has become an integral cog in the conservation mission.


Then it's on to Yala which is simply the best place in the world to see leopards with a density of one leopard per square kilometer. Go on full-day tours in this fantastic park and explore its inner-workings to learn more about the exotic animals that call it home.

All this while staying at peaceful accommodations as well as Big Game Tented Campsites located on the borders of the parks, where you can enjoy the best tented camp experience that Sri Lanka has on offer.

Lastly, visit Mirissa where you will go whale watching in waters renowned for pods of Blue and Sperm Whales. Explore the historical heritage site, the Galle Fort, and unwind under the sun before your journey back home. 

Tour Itinerary


Day 01 - Airport- Wilpattu[D]

yala lepord safari in Sri LankaOnce you arrive at the airport in Katunayake, your personal chauffeur will escortyou to Wilpattu, the perfect place to start your wildlife adventure. The Wilpattu National Park is one of Sri Lanka’s less-frequented parks but is nonetheless highly rewarding with the wide variety of wildlife on offer. Enjoy a short walk in the wilderness close to the campsite while an optional safari can be organised depending on the time of your arrival. Dinner and an overnight stay has been organised at the Big Game Tented Camp keeping you in the lap of luxury, while at the same time, close to nature.

Day 02- Wilpattu[B/L/D]

leopard3A comprehensive full-day safari at the Wilpattu National Park with packed breakfast and lunch awaits you on Day 2. Known as Sri Lanka’s oldest and largest national wildlife parks, Wilpattu will give you the chance of experiencing some of the countries most renowned wildlife highlights including the majestic Sri Lanka Leopard, Sloth Bears and a host of endemic bird species. After dinner you can take a night walk with our resident naturalist to hobnob with the park’s nocturnal animals including Ring-tailed Civet Cats, Gray Slender Lorises, owls and chameleons.

Day 03 - Wilpattu– Kandy[B]

BR01At the earliest light of the day wake up and take breakfast at the campsite. You will be transferred to Kandy. (Approx.5 hours travelling distance). En route you can visit Spice garden at Mathale. Kandy was a last stronghold in Sinhalese royalty. Kandy is highlighting most of magnificent monuments, Temple of tooth relic as well. .  Its architectural monuments date mainly from the 19th century, when King Vikrama Rajashinha went on a building spree, the cost of which hastened the downfall and eventual surrender to the British forces in 1815. Stay at Thilanka Hotel or similar.

Day 04 - Kandy –Udawalawe [B/D]

elephant safaris in Sri LankaYou will get an early start on Day 4 with a transfer to Udawalawe where you will first visit the Elephant Transit Home, a project that has proven vital in the conservation of these magnificent beasts. You may observe these rehabilitated elephants from a safe distance as the project attempts to reduce human contact before their release back into the wild. Later you can enjoy an evening safari at the Udawalawe National Park before dinner and an overnight stay at the Big Game Tented Camp in Udawalawe.

Day 05 - Udawalawe[B/L/D]

Enjoy a full – Day safari at the Udawalawe National Park with picnic lunch. This park is spans approximately 31,000 hectares and is located in the southern dry zone. It is the only place in the world where an elephant sighting is guaranteed on every single safari drive. You can Visit many Birds and mammals. Overnight stay satay at Big game camp.

Day 06 - Udawalawe – Yala [B/L/D]

bird watching in Sri Lanka  After breakfast, you will be transferred to Yala. Here, you will spend your final three nights at the comfy tented camp we have set up bordering the Yala National Park, which is home to a range of ecosystems found nowhere else in Sri Lanka. Go on an evening safari at the park which boasts the largest density of leopards in the world. With a density of one leopard per square mile, Yala is known as one of the best places on earth to film and photograph these regal beasts.

Day 07 - Yala[ B/L/D ]

leopard safaris in Sri LankaYour first full day in Yala will be spent thoroughly exploring the Yala National Park with a full-day safari inclusive of packed lunches. Yala boasts the highest density of leopards not only in Sri Lanka but in the whole world, which is why it is commonly considered to be the best place to film and photograph these elusive beasts. The park also boasts a stunning array of other creatures, from Sloth Bears, Golden Palm Civet cats and Wild Water Buffalo to Hornbills, Black-capped Bulbuls and peacocks. After your adventure in the wild, you will once again be able to rest in the cosy setting of the tented camp with a campsite dinner before an optional night walk with your guide.

Day 08 - Yala–Mirissa[B]

Wildlife tour Sri LankaYou will be transferred to Mirissa in the afternoon, which is located along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Relax on the golden sandy beaches of this vacationer’s paradise and recharge your batteries. You can spend the day basking under the sun, explore the area and learn about the local culture or even stay at your hotel and enjoy the facilities available to you. You will be staying at the beautiful and serene Imagine Hotel located close to the famed Mirissa beach.

Day 09 - Mirissa[B]

Whale watching Sri Lanka Wildlife Tours in Sri LankaAnother early start awaits you in Mirissa as an exciting whale watching tour has been organised for you (Season from November to March). These coastlines are known as some of the best locations to spot pods of Blue Whales and Sperm Whales. You will be taken to the Mirissa harbour by 6.15am where you will set off to catch a glimpse of the whales on their migratory path from the Horn of Africa to the Bay of Bengal. You will later visit the Galle Fort which was built by Portuguese colonists and later fortified heavily by the Dutch in the 17th century. This Fort is considered a historical and archaeological heritage monument. Then head back to your hotel for dinner.

Day 10 - Mirissa–Airport [B]

Your last day on the tour can be spent lounging on the beaches of Mirissa. You can reflect upon the numerous memories you would have no doubt acquired throughout this exciting tour before you are transferred to the airport in time to catch your flight back.



Terms and Conditions



  • Accommodation in the fully serviced mobile tents/hotels mentioned as per the above itinerary on a DOUBLE sharing basis
  • Meals as mentioned in the programme (8 days all inclusive at camp sites and last 2 days breakfast at hotels)
  • Transportation throughout the tour in an A/C Vehicle with an English-speaking chauffer guide/national guide.
  • Jeep safaris at national parks as mentioned in the programme including,Air transfer from Colombo Airport to Mattala Airport
    • Entrance fees to national parks
    • 4WD Jeep
    • Trekker/naturalist fees
    • Snacks and water during the safari
  • Current prevailing Government taxes and service charges


  • Meals not mentioned in the programme
  • Any extra beverages or food/snacks consumed
  • Whale watching boat safari (during summer season – from May to October)
  • Optional activity costs
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here
  • Tips for the staff
  • Personal effects for windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered
  • Insect repellents, sun protection creams etc, are highly recommended
  • Suitable casual clothing and footwear for outdoor activities


  • Full payment with the confirmation


  • 90 Days or more    - US $ 200 Administrative Fee
  • ·60 to 89 Days          - 15% of the tour cost will be charged 
  • ·30 to 59 Days          - 25% of the tour cost will be charged
  • 14 to 29 Days          - 50% of the tour cost will be charged
  • 08 to 13 Days          - 75% of the tour cost will be charged
  • Less than 7 Days   -No refund shall be given







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Colombo 08, Sri Lanka


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5 star rating

"Your guides, drivers and staff are exceptional, and the foundation of your great company. And our driver really did a fabulous job. A delight to be with and a charming influence on the journey. You have the good concept – Nice work and thank you for the great experience.”

Stephen from Canada, 25/11/2016

 5 star rating

The trip you suggested and organized through Eco Team gave us a good overview. We liked specially the Mahoora Explorer in Wilpattu and Udawalawe.

Anita & Ueli Letsch - Switzerland
29th March 2017

 5 star rating

Everyone has been so friendly and helpful. We have had such an excellent trip. The safaris in Yala and Udawalawe were a wonderful experience. We have many memories to take home and we saw so many wildlife. Chauffeur Guide were knowledgeable. The Big Game safari Camps were excellent, best service we have ever had. Attention to details very welcoming and food very good.

Mark Foyn - England
1st August 2017

5 star rating

Rukan was wonderful and we enjoyed his careful driving as well as his company throughout our journey. His English is very good and we had great conversations. It was nice to gain insight into the history and culture of Sri Lanka by speaking with him.
Our safari guide in Yala (Kasun) was the best! We saw 6 leopards and 3 sloth bears over the course of 4 outings. Compliments to him and the driver. I was worried that 4 safaris would not be enough, but that turned out not to be the case with their expert tracking skills.

We really enjoyed most of the lodges, especially Kings Pavilion, Chena Huts and Buckingham Place. Great rooms, service, and restaurants. Both Buckingham and Kings Pavilion surprised Rick with birthday cakes either in our room or at dinner. Buckingham also had a special table set up for us with flowers and decorations and the staff presented a birthday card signed by all of them!

All the food was wonderful both at the buffets and when ordering a la carte from menus. Pack meals during safaris were also very good with plenty of variety.

We both had a great time in your beautiful country. Thank you for all your help in planning this adventure. I would definitely recommend Eco Tours to my friends and family if they ever want to visit Sri Lanka. You really made us feel special.

Elaine Lee, USA

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