Turtles hatching and going to the ocean
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Southern nature tourDiscover the scintillating south of Sri Lanka with our specially designed Southern Nature tour. At the end, we know you wouldn’t trade the experience of this 10-day nature expedition for anything in the world.

You can go bird watching, trek on narrow roller-coaster trails or board a safari jeep to discover the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lowland tropical rainforest is home to 95% of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds and shelters an array of endemic butterflies, fish, reptiles, mammals as well as flora.

The tour also features a trip to Tangalle where you will discover abundant marine treasures, the historic Galle Fort as well as the Udawalawe National Park, a place where you would spot elephants, monkeys and even crocodiles in the wild.

Sinharaja Rain Forest

Day 1
Colombo Airport – Sinharaja Rain Forest

You will be met and assisted by your driver at the Bandaranaike International Airport.

Proceed to the Sinharaja Rainforest Lodge and feel at home in your very own comfortable chalet. Relax and enjoy an evening stroll through quiet tea estates and connect with locals living in nearby villages.

Accommodation: Eco Lodge

Sinharaja forest, green cameleon

Day 2
Sinharaja Rain Forest

Visit the Sinharaja Rainforest – This lower Montane wet evergreen forest is Sri Lanka’s only Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. The different layers of this rainforest shelters different types of flora and fauna. In general, Sinharaja is home to monkeys, bats, butterflies, flying squirrels, eagles, fishing cats and elephants. It also shelters 95% of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds.

Accommodation: Eco Lodge

Galle fort light house

Day 3
Sinharaja Rain Forest – Galle

After breakfast, proceed to Galle Fort, one the most recognizable sights in the south of Sri Lanka. No visit to the south will be complete without seeing this impressive architectural masterpiece, built by the Dutch during the 17th century. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1988 for its architectural and historical significance. Although this complex is now lined with designer stores, chic restaurants and cafes, it continues to maintain its traditional charm.

Visit the nearby Dutch Museum and the Dutch Church before proceeding to the hotel for overnight stay.

Accommodation: Boutique hotel

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Day 4
Galle – Tangalle

Travel to Tangalle, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to soak up the sun. The rich marine life and dramatic coastline of Tangalle is best explored by sea. The adventurous traveler can enjoy an unforgettable diving or snorkeling experience here.

Later, visit the Mulkirigala Temple. Perched on an enormous rock at an altitude of over 200 meters, this temple is believed to have been built during the 3rd century. The Mulkirigala Temple, dubbed the ‘little Sigiriya’, is famous for its fascinating murals and sculptures.

Accommodation: Beach hotel

Turtles hatching and going to the ocean

Day 5
Tangalle

After a relaxing day, go see how giant Turtles lay their eggs at night on the Rekawa Beach. These Turtles that habitually crawl on to Sri Lankan shores are one of the world’s five types of sea Turtles.

Accommodation: Beach hotel

Udawalawe National Park Jeep Safari

Day 6
Tangalle – Udawalawe National Park

After breakfast, drive to the Udawalawe National Park to enjoy an exhilarating jeep safari.

The Udawalawe National Park is a unique eco-tourism hotspot famed predominantly for its vast elephant population, spotted either on the banks of a lake or in the dense jungle.

Deers, buffalos, and a good variety of birds can also be seen here.

Accommodation: Comfort hotel

Bambarakanda Water Falls

Day 7
Udawalawe – Belihul Oya

Proceed to Belihul Oya. Located approximately 160 kilometers from Colombo, Belihul Oya is a little scenic mountainous hamlet with cool, soothing weather conditions. The unique biodiversity of Belihul Oya makes it a haven for nature lovers.

Proceed a little further and you will see the magnificent Bambarakanda Falls, Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall.

Later, go canoeing or kayaking on the calm waters of the Samanalawewa Reservoir. Walk towards the dam and enjoy the breathtaking views of nearby mountains and waterfalls.

Accommodation: Guest house

sri lanka wildlife tour

Day 8
Belihul Oya

Start your day early and head to the Horton Plains National Park. Hike to the World’s End, a steep cliff about 4000 feet above sea level.

Continue hiking; spot the amazing birds at the Horton Plains National Park, a place famed for bird watching.

Accommodation: Guest house

gems tour

Day 9
Belihul Oya – Colombo

Commence your journey back to Colombo.

On your way, stop by in Ratnapura, the gem capital of Sri Lanka. Visit a gem mine, see how raw stones are discovered and transformed to treasured gem stones that have become world renowned.

Accommodation: Charming hotel

Western Sri Lanka Capital Colombo

Day 10
Colombo – Colombo Airport

Enjoy a fantastic shopping spree in Colombo. Explore the city’s diverse attractions including the Pettah Market, Galle Face Green and the many colonial style buildings.

Savor the flavor of Sri Lankan cuisine when you stop by at the Dutch Hospital for lunch. The Old Colombo Dutch Hospital is a grand 17th century building that features high-end shopping and dining venues.

Transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport.

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