Big five in seven days

Best of Sri Lankan wildlife in the shortest possible time

6 Nights/ 7 Days 


A private wildlife tour, covering Sri Lanka’s ‘Big Five’: Leopard, Sloth Bear, Elephant, Blue & Sperm Whale with overnight stays at carefully selected accommodations. All breakfasts, two lunches, five dinners, scheduled safaris/walks with naturalists and a chauffeur provided.

Tour Description


mapA wonderful private wildlife holiday which offers cosy accommodations situated close to nature, and most of the country’s “must see” wildlife highlights including its ‘Big Five’ with safaris and walks conducted by some of Sri Lanka’s finest naturalists.

Experience the splendour of Blue Whales and Sperm Whales with an awe-inspiring whale watching tour in Mirissa. Sri Lanka is known for being one of the best locations to spot these beautiful mammals of the ocean and will set the perfect backdrop to get your adventure under way.

Visit the historic Galle Fort during your stay here, where you can learn more about Sri Lanka’s colonial history and explore one of the country’s best-known architectural highlights.

After that, go on safari at the Yala National Park which is known for being the best location to photograph and film the regal Sri Lankan Leopard. You will get to observe a range of animals including elephants and sloth bears as well as endemic, resident and migratory bird species. Go on a night walk along the border to see some of the park’s natural nightlife too.


Then it’s off to Udawalawe, another one of Sri Lanka’s well-known National Parks, where playful elephant herds and endemic bird life is abundant.

You even have the option of visiting Sri Lanka’s ‘Gem City’, Ratnapura, on your way back to Colombo.You can rest and relax at a serene hotel in the city before your transfer to the airport for your flight back home, bringing to an end an unforgettable holiday which will undoubtedly hold ample memories.

Tour Itinerary


Day 01 - Airport –Mirissa[D]

Wildlife tours Sri LankaUpon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be greeted by your chauffeur and transferred to Mirissa. We have organised dinner and an overnight stay at the elegant Imagine Villa Hotel where you can relax and recuperate after your journey. Spend your first day enjoying the comforts of this exotic, colonial-style hotel and relax on the beautiful golden beach which the hotel overlooks.

Day 02 - Mirissa[B/D]

M03You have an early start on Day 2, as you will be taken to the Mirissa Harbour by 6.15am to go whale watching (Season is from November to April) in order to catch a glimpse of the majestic Blue Whales and Sperm Whales, two of Sri Lanka’s ‘Big Five’. Sri Lanka is located within the International Whaling Commission’s protected zone in the Indian Ocean while 26 of the identified cetacean species are found in the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Sri Lanka’s southern coast is among the best locations in the world to see Blue Whales and boasts the longest Blue Whale season which falls during their annual migratory route from the Horn of Africa to the Arabian Sea. In the evening, you will be taken to the archaeological and architectural heritage monument, the Galle Fort, which was first build by the Portuguese colonists in 1587 and extensively fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. Dinner and your overnight stay will be back at the Imagine Villa Hotel.

Day 03 - Mirissa- Yala[B/D]

wildlife safaris in Sri LankaYou will be taken for one last whale watching tour before your transfer to Yala. You can check in at the Big Game Camp in Yala and enjoy a wildlife adventure with an evening safari of the famous Yala National Park, which is commonly regarded as one of the best places to spot leopards, a favourite amongst the ‘Big Five’. Male leopards in the Yala National Park are bold and unafraid of safari jeeps and this offers visitors the perfect opportunity to photograph and film them. Dinner and an overnight stay has been organised at the Big Game Camp located on the borders of the park where you will enjoy the finest tented camping experience.

Day 04 - Yala[B/L/D]

wildlife safari Yala Sri LankaEnjoy a full-day safari in the dazzling Yala National Park,which spans a vast 97,878 hectares, where you can see wild elephants and herds of water buffalo grazing by watering holes strewn throughout the park and catch a glimpse of the Sri Lanka Sloth Bear, another principal feature of the five. Yala is also known for being one of the best parks for bird-enthusiasts with its various habitats which boast an array of endemic and resident birds. The country’s largest bird, the Lesser Adjutant, has been often spotted in the park among a host of other exotic birds. A night walk will also be included with the guidance of an expert naturalist.

Day 05 - Udawalawe[B/L/D]

wildlife safari Udawalawa Sri LankaYou will be transferred to Udawalawe where after lunch you will go on an evening safari at the Udawalawe National Park, which is famous for being home to approximately 600 resident elephants, which will be the main focus of the ‘Big Five’. You could also see water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard. Dinner and your overnight stay has been organised at the Big Game Tented Camp in Udawalawe where you can enjoy the comforts of the tented campsite while being close to nature.

Day 06 - Udawalawe–Colombo [B]

birding in Sri LankaAnother early-morning safari has been organised for you at the National Park. The park is also renowned for its species of gorgeous birds including the Red Faced Malkoha, Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket Tailed Drongos and peacocks. The park also boasts a healthy list of migratory birds including the Forest Wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns and Osprey Sand Pipers. Head back to the camp for breakfast after which you will be taken back to Colombo. You have the option of visiting Ratnapura, ‘the Gem City’, en route while an overnight stay has been organised at the Lake Lodge in Colombo.

Day 07 - Colombo – Departure

On the final day you will be transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport in time for your flight, bringing your exotic Sri Lankan wildlife experience to an end.



Terms and Conditions


  • Accommodation in the hotels and camps mentioned as per the above itinerary on a DOUBLE / TWIN sharing basis
  • Meals as mentioned in the programme (B= Breakfast, L= lunch, D= Dinner)
  • Two whale watching boat safaris (only for the winter season, from November to April. This is not applicable for the summer season)
  • Jeep safari as mentioned in the programme in Yala and Udawalawe national parks, including entrance fees, jeeps, trekkers and snacks and water
  • Transportation throughout the tour in A/C Vehicle with dedicated English speaking chauffeur guide/national guide. Total mileage calculated to 1000 km. if this limit is exceeded a supplement of GBP 0.30 per km will be charged.
  • Service charges and all Government taxes


  • Any meals not mentioned in the programme
  • Additional meals and beverages consumed
  • Whale watching boat safari (during summer season – from May to October)
    • Any personal effects not mentioned here
  • Charges for any optional activities mentioned
  • Any gratuities to the driver or any other additional attending staff
  • All other expenses which are not included in ‘OUR RATES INCLUDE’ column


  • Full payment with the confirmation
  • 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


  • 50% of full fee is charged if cancelled within 31-42 days of travel
  • 75% of full fee is charged if cancelled within 15-30 days of travel
  • 100% fee is charged if cancelled within 14 days of travel







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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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