Big Five in Seven Days

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A 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.

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Day 01 - Airport –Mirissa[D]

Upon 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 recover from your journey. Spend your first day enjoying the comforts of an exotic, colonial-style hotel and relax on the beautiful golden beach which the hotel overlooks.

Day 02 - Mirissa[B/D]

You will 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 Whale and Sperm Whale, 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 Dutch Fort which was first built by the Portuguese in 1587 and then extensively fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. Dinner at your overnight stay will be arranged at a hotel in Mirissa.

Day 03 - Mirissa- Yala[B/D]

You will be taken for another 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 in Sri Lanka.

Day 04 - Yala[B/L/D]

Enjoy a full-day safari in the dazzling Yala National Park which spans a vast 97,878 hectares. This is a Park where you can see wild elephants and herds of water buffalo grazing by watering holes strewn throughout its territory 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. Its habitat also boasts 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 - Yala - Udawalawe[B/L/D]

After breakfast, you will be transferred from Yala to Udawalawe.  En route, a visit to the Elephant Transit Home will be made in the afternoon, before checking into the Udawalawe camping site. You will then go on an evening safari at the Udawalawe National Park, which is famous for being home to approximately 600 resident elephants; the main focus of the ‘Big Five’ here. You could also see water buffaloes, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and if lucky, the leopard. Dinner and your overnight stay will be 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]

Another early morning Safari has been organized 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 rich list of migratory birds including the Forest Wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns and Osprey Sandpipers. Head back to the camp for breakfast after which you will be taken to Colombo. You have the option of en route visiting Ratnapura, the city renowned for its gems, while an overnight stay will be organized at a hotel in Colombo

Day 07 - Colombo – Departure

On the final day you will be transferred to the Bandaranaike International Airport well ahead of time for your flight - bringing your exotic Sri Lankan wildlife experience to a close.

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COST OF THE TOUR

Summer  (From 01st May 2019 till 31st October 2019)
Cost Per Person (Double Sharing in US $)
2 Pax - 960 US $
4 Pax - 830 US $
6 Pax - 790 US $

Single Room Supplement - General Period
616 US $ Per Person

Triple Room Reduction - General Period
110 US $ Per Person
Please note that there will be a Summer Peak Supplement (Per Person) from 1st July to 31st August.

Winter (From 01st November 2019 till 30th April 2020)
Cost Per Person (Double Sharing in US $)
2 Pax - 1,040 US $
4 Pax - 910 US $
6 Pax - 870 US $

Single Room Supplement - General Period
680 US $ Per Person

Triple Room Reduction - General Period
250 US $ Per Person
Please note that there will be the following supplement (Per Person)

  1. Winter Peak Supplement From 20th December 2019 to 15th January 2020

  2. X Mas Eve Gala Dinner Supplement 24th December

  3. 31st Dinner Night December

Summer  (From 01st May 2020 till 31st October 2020)
Cost Per Person (Double Sharing in US $)
2 Pax - 980 US $
4 Pax - 850 US $
6 Pax - 810 US $

Single Room Supplement - General Period
628 US $ Per Person

Triple Room Reduction - General Period
120 US $ Per Person
Please note that there will be a Summer Peak Supplement (Per Person) from 1st July to 31st August.

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Terms and Conditions

OUR RATES INCLUDE

  • Accommodation in the fully serviced mobile tents / hotels mentioned as per the above itinerary on a DOUBLE sharing basis
  • Every day breakfast 
  • Transportation throughout the tour in an A/C Vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur 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 Fee
    • Snacks and water during the safari
  • Current prevailing Government taxes and service charges

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • 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

IMPORTANT FACTORS

  • 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

PAYMENT POLICY

  • Full payment with the confirmation

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 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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