Tour Day 1
Be warmly welcomed by Leisure Island Holiday Tours as you arrive to Bandaranayke International Airport where you’ll be taken to Colombo within an around 45mins of travel time. Check-in to a hotel in Colombo and spend that quiet night with immense pleasure.
Tour Day 2
Wake up in the dazzling morning and have your delicious breakfast at the hotel. Get ready for the beginning of your journey for it’s the Thalangama bird sanctuary, your first destination where you’ll reach around45mins of travel time.
Though seen tiny as an islet, Sri Lanka is indeed comprised along with her diverse climate, a number of bewildering destinations where Thalangama wetlands stands among them. For bird watching seekers, Thalangama is of course a paradise for it is a site composed of over 100 different species of migratory, resident and endemic birds where among herons, bitterns, egrets, swallows, gulls, kingfishers, water hens, teals and bulbuls are some of them. Located near Colombo, it is not merely for bird watching, but also for a nature lover it will indeed make a pleasure for them to witness butterflies and dragonflies like Rapacious Flangetails and Blue eyed Pond cruisers that swing about here and there and mammals like the endangered weatern subspecies of the Purple-faced Leaf monkey. This graceful site is glistened by the enormous Thalangama Tank that has made the species attract to the wetlands along with its mangrove risen up in and around the azure water bodies. Relax in peace and harmony, for Thalangama wetlands is truly a blessed home of nature that enriches Sri Lanka, the Beauty Queen.
After your wondrous moment along with the birds, check- in to the hotel in Thalangama within 15mins, where you’ll spend a lovely night of relaxation.
Tour Day 3
After enjoying a moment of delightful breakfast get ready as it’s Willpattu, the largest national park in Sri Lanka, where you’ll arrive around 4hrs and 30mins of travel time.
After your commencement to Willpattu, get excited for now it’s time that you’ll begin your thrilling safari in Willpattu.
The loving isle Sri Lanka, has been adorned by stunning sanctuaries where among Willpattu rises for its pride. Holding its fame as the largest and one of the oldest national parks in Sri Lanka.
Willpattu is world renowned for its leopard population. This park lies on the northwest coast and stretches on the border between North Central province and North Western province, locating approximately 180 km north of Colombo. Not merely for its wildlife, but also for its archeological significance, Willpattu has gained honor with the legend that refers the Prince Vijaya from India and his followers 500 years ago was landed in a place called Thambapanni in the northwest corner of Willpattu. This tremendous park is also blanketed with wraps of dense, dry country woodland whereas apart from the creepy leopards, one could also view the sights of sloth bears, spotted dears, wild pigs and crocodiles. Being the second best park after Yala for leopards, Willpattu is of course a destination where one could never imagine to stick-off his eyes from this appealing, wildlife scenery.
After wandering about the mighty sanctuary, check-in to the hotel in Willpattu within 20mins and live that quiet night, full of excitement.
Tour Day 4
Wake up and make yourself relished with a delicious breakfast for you’ll be witnessing Willpattu the whole day. After your delicate moment with wildlife, make your return to the hotel and erase all your tiredness in this pleasing night.
Tour Day 5
Rise and shine and fuel up your body for today is the day that you’ll be visiting Polonnaruwa Archeological sites, perhaps an ancient ruined kingdom where you’ll arrive around 3hrs and 45mins of travel time.
Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient city of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms while it has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. After 1200 long years of ruling of Anuradhapura, in 1017, Chola king Rajarajan 1 plundered Anuradhapura resulting the shift of the capital to Polonnaruwa where he reined Sri Lanka for 52 years. Being named as Jananathamangalam by Cholas, Polonnaruwa achieved freedom from Cholas after the victory of King Vijayabahu 1, earlier it was an important settlement for crossings of Mahaveli Ganga (Mahaveliriver) were commanded towards Anuradhapura. Being the 2nd civilization, it was the throne of governance between the middle of the 11th century to the 13th century. The invasion of Kalinga Magha leaded to many consequences causing the breakdown of the kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Till the move of capital to Dambadeniya, Polonnaruwa remained in peace, besides the attacks from other countries. The city is full of well preserved relics and tanks, testifying the ancient glory; such as Parakrama Samudraya (Tank), the impressive 17m high Lankatilaka temple, the Gal Viharaya, a rock temple containing four Buddha statues carved in granite, ruins of the Royal Palace featuring 31m high and 3m thick walls, the Thivanka image house that has a 26 feet Buddha statue, which were all built by king Parakramabahu the great between 1153–1186. Other popular destinations are the,
Thuparamaya, a building where the roof was made completely out of bricks, Medirigiriya Vatadage (a Buddhist structure), NissankaLatha Mandapaya (an ancient building), Rankoth Vehera (180 feet stupa/temple), Kiri Vihara (stupa/temple), Satmahal Prasadaya(pyramid-shaped, seven storied building), Hatadage (an ancient relic shrine), Lotus Pond, Somawathiya Chaitya(temple), Dimbulagala Monastery and 11 feet high granite Statue known to be King Parakramabahu 1ofPolonnaruwa. Wasgamuwa National Park and Angammedilla National Park, which belongs to Polonnaruwa District, are breathtaking destinations for those who are interested in elephant and birds watching.
After visiting Sri Lankan history’s pride, begin your next step of curiosity, the Minneriya National Park where you’ll witness a rare sight, the largest elephant gathering in Asia. Spend a wonderful evening with Mother Nature. Around 30mins of travel time you could reach to Minneriya from Polonnaruwa.
Situated in the North Central Province, covering an area of 8890 hectares, Minneriya National Park was designated as a national park in 1997. The dominant landmark of the national park is the vast Minneriya tank, built by King Mahasen in the 3rd century AD. The perfect time to visit the park is May to October, where about 300 wild elephants gather around the Minneriya tank for water. This phenomenon is the biggest Asian elephant gathering in the world.The park is a combination of evergreen forests, wetlands, scrublands, grasslands, rocky outcrops and abandoned Chena land. 24 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, and 75 species of butterflies are homed in this park, whilst two endemic monkeys, Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, endemic birds such as Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Black-crested Bulbul and Crimson-fronted Barbet roam throughout the park. Minneriya tank gives habitat to large water birds like Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, and Spot-billed Pelican whereas it is a quite fine site to witness reptiles like Painted-lip Lizard, Saltwater Crocodile, Indian python, Water monitor and Bengal monitor.
As the end of the day is approaching, it’s time to make your return to the hotel. Spend the quiet, peaceful night as your weariness will disappear.
Tour Day 6
Rise and shine and have your breakfast as today you’ll be heading to Ampara around 2hrs and 45mins of travel time. Jump on the boat for curious boat safari to witness the gigantic elephants swimming in the Senanayake Samudra.
After your breathtaking moment with elephants, check-in to the hotel in Ampara where you’ll spend a night with ample memories left in your heart.
Tour Day 7
Wake up for a beautiful morning and have your breakfast full of delight. Today you’ll be viewing the enchanting sights of Galoya National Park in a safari where you’ll reach within 30mins of travel time.
Sri Lanka is sprinkled with Mother Nature’s love that has appeared to be blessed with a number of wildlife sites where among Gal Oya National stands with pride. Located towards the southeast of the island in Ampara, 314km from Colombo, Gal Oya becomes the only place in Sri Lanka where safaris are turned to be “boat safaris” though jeep safaris are too conducted. The surprise in this boat safari is, one could witness the view of elephants swimming from an island to another island while animals coming from water edge to drink water is too viewed. It’s better to visit the park between March and July as the sights of mighty elephants swimming can be easily seen. Though rarely seen, it is said that this park is densely populated by combative sloth bears and menacing leopards whereas species of mammals like, common langur, endemic toque, macaque, wild boar, water buffalo and 3 species of deer can also be seen. This 25,900ha park is enriched with flora and fauna along with its blanketed ever green forests and savanna areas whereas for bird seekers, it’s quite a paradise for them as 150 species of birds like, the Indian Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Grey Heron, Lesser Whistling Duck, Grey Headed Fish Eagle and so on wander around this dazzling place. Anyone who are heartily wildlife lovers will be surely compelled to visit this sensational destination, Gal Oya National Park.
After a sensational moment in the loving park, enter to the temple of Deegavapi within 30mins of time.
As the tale of history bygone whispers the mysteries of the isle, Sri Lanka becomes fortunate to be blessed with an immense number of sites, blanketed by their cultural importance, where among Deegavapi Stupa holds a great dignity. This has become really significant among Buddhists, for this is one of the 16 places divined by Lord Buddha’s presence. It was during the 6th Century BC that Lord Buddha during his 3rd visit to Sri Lanka along with 500 Arhaths, spent his time meditating in this remarkable destination. It is referred to as King Saddatissa was the creator of this enormous stupa whereas it is said that this ruler also donated a jacket adorned with gold lotus flowers and a variety of gems to cover the stupa. Located in Ampara, Sri Lanka’s history boasts that this wondrous stupa was known to be as “Naka Seya” whilst it is also believed that the “NiyaDhatu” (nail) of Lord Buddha is kept though some believe that nothing is placed in this stupa. It is trusted among people that after the visit of Lord Buddha this Temple came under the guarding of Deity Mahasen. Deegavapi is indeed a site where anyone could feel the spirituality that will inevitably touch your senses.
After your graceful day full of journeys, make your return to the hotel in Ampara where you’ll spend your night full of remarkable memories.
Tour Day 8
Rise and shine for a splendid morning and have your flourishing breakfast. Then get ready as you’re about to head to Kumana National Park around 2hrs and 30mins of time whereas you’ll experience a stunning safari moment around this exquisite park.
In spite of the large stupas that rise through the blue sky and tanks that recall Sri Lanka’s history’s mysteries, Sri Lanka indeed becomes a paradise for wildlife lovers, for the isle is comprised with a number of wildlife destinations where among Kumana stands in pride. This gorgeous national park is renowned for its stunning avifauna as it’s quite a home for birds like, herons, egrets, white ibises, spoonbills, painted storks, pelicans and so on. Located 391km southeast from Colombo, Kumana is comprised with a vegetation mainly of mangrove trees, kumbuk trees, karan ferns and open marsh areas. Despite the flocked birdlife, Kumana has become an outstanding habitat for a large number of threatened wetland species, including the turtle species: Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle and Olive Ridley Turtle and the threatened species of reptiles: Mugger Crocodile. One could also witness mammals such as elephants, leopards, Golden Tackle, wild boar, European Otter and the endangered Fishing Cat. Earlier known as Yala East National Park, Kumana is uniquely featured with its 200ha mangrove swamp called “Kumana Villu” where many water birds nest during the months of May and June. Kudawila Wewa, Thummulla Wewa and Kotalinda Wewa are some amazing spots of wildlife for they are water pools sprinkled through the area. It is true that nature lovers will never hesitate to witness such an astonishing site, for Kumana national Park is the heart of nature’s treasure, wildlife.
After the amazing moment of safari, get ready because you’re about to start you camping, a unique experience to feel the reality of Sri Lanka’s glorifying nature.
Tour Day 9
Wake up for the alluring morning and relish yourself with a tasty breakfast as today you’ll spend the whole day around the Kumana National Park enjoying the safari.
Upon the end of your safari, wear off you’re your tiredness in your camping site along with the enjoyable activities engaged in.
Tour Day 10
Wake up for an exciting day and have your breakfast at the hotel as today you’ll be heading to the frosty city of Ellaaround 4hrs of travel time where you’ll spend a alluring time of leisure. Check-in to the hotel in Ella and spend your night in relaxation and relief.
Tour Day 11
Rise and shine for a lovely morning and have your yummy breakfast for today you’ll be hiking in the Little Adam’s Peak around 20mins of time.
Despite of her size, Sri Lanka is not second in her amusing destinations spread island-wide. Little Adam’s Peak is among them, but don’t hesitate to visit, for the word “Little” refers that it views as same as the Adam’s Peak, but smaller than its size. Also known as “Punchi Sri Pada”, this rises up in a height of 1141m that gives hikers and trekkers an ideal destination to enjoy thrilling moments. Get astonished as you walk through the lavishing tea plantations, pearly-white waterfalls and green-painted paddy fields while you’ll go through a zig-zag path giving a remarkable experience to feel on. Located 2km from the nippy city of Ella, it is indeed a pleasant feeling to witness the beauty-painted sunrise, if you climb up in the morning along with the clouds rolling in. It will take 35-45mins to reach, but the views of Kataragama and Hambantota beaches and the Ella Gap seen from the summit will of course vanish all your weariness like dust. Home to a wide biodiversity, Little Adam’s Peak offers you a 3600 view that will glue your eyes to the stunning sights. Along with its loving sceneries and memorable experiences, Little Adam’s Peak is truly a glorifying site to prove Sri Lanka’s enriched beauty.
After a thrilling moment of hiking, make your return to the hotel and spend your night in peace and pleasure.
Tour Day 12
Wake up for a day of amazement and fuel up your body with a yummy breakfast as today is the day that you’ll be proceeding to Udawalawe in an around 2hrs and 30mins. Check-in to the hotel and then enjoy an Elephant Safari in the evening as the roaming elephants will stick your eyes.
Udawalawe National Park, covering an area of 30,821, is the third most visited National park of Sri Lanka, whereas it is about 165 kilometers from Colombo. The park is formed with the Walawe River and its tributaries, marshes, forests and grasslands. 94 plants, 21 fish, 12 amphibians, 33 reptiles, 184 birds (33 of which are migratory) and 43 mammals have been recorded from the park including 135 species of butterflies. About 250 herds of elephants have been identified within the park and the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home is a popular area in the park, asit looks after abandoned elephant calves. Apart from elephants, other mammals that can be spotted are the Rusty-spotted cat, the Fishing cat, Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan sloth bear, Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, Indian muntjac, Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain, wild boar, Golden jackal, Asian palm civet, toque macaque and tufted grey langur. Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Brown-capped Babbler and Sri Lanka Jungle fowl with many other migrant birds make this park a paradise for bird watchers.
After a memorable moment with nature, get ready to travel to Mirissa, where you’ll arrive within 3hrs and 30mins of travel time where you’ll check-in to a hotel to spend a night of excitement.
Tour Day 13
Wake up in the precious morning and grab your breakfast as you’ll be proceeding to Mirissa in an around 20mins oftravel time to jump into a boat that sails around 6:30 in the morning where you’ll witness a breathtaking sights of the loving whales and dolphins in few hours’ time.
Mirissa is a small coastal town located in the southern Sri Lanka about 240km from Colombo. The Mirissa beach, yet another perfect example for the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, is the greatest attraction as it is not only an ideal destination for relaxation but also a paradise for surfing, snorkeling, boating as well as sailing. Ocean around Mirissa is considered as one of the best places for whale and dolphin watching around the island, whereas the whale watching season begins from October while it ends April. Blue whale, Bryde's whale, Sperm whale, Killer whale and Pilot whale are the mostly witnessed whale species in this area whereas Bottlenose dolphins, Spinner dolphins, Risso's dolphins and Striped dolphins are the dolphins commonly spotted in this remarkable site.
After spending a moment with the cetaceans, land on to Habaraduwa within45mins to visit the Turtle Hatchery where you’ll witness cute, lovely turtles.
Approximately 136.7 south from Colombo, Habaraduwa, is a coastal town in southern Sri Lanka. This town is most famous for the turtle hatchery protecting sea turtles such as the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings and there are tanks in the hatchery for disabled turtles for further care.
After a wonderful time with turtles make your return to the hotel to spend your night with peace and harmony.
Tour Day 14
Wake up in the precious morning and grab your breakfast as you’ll be proceeding to Mirissa today too to witness a gorgeous sights of the loving whales and dolphins in few hours’ time. After viewing the loving whales and dolphins, step up on your next step to the Galle Fort, where you’ll reach in and around 20mins of time.
Galle Fort is situated in the southern province of Sri Lanka, 119 Km from Colombo. A Portuguese ship accidently landed to Galle in 1505 by a storm, making the beginning of the modern history of Galle. Initially built by Portuguese and then rebuilt by the Dutch, Galle Fort holds fame as the biggest tourist attraction in the city whereas within the vicinity you can see the Dutch reformed church, the clock tower, the Old Dutch government house, the residence of the commander, Buddhist temple, the all saints Anglican Church, the Meera mosque, Great Warehouse and national maritime museum and buildings with colonial style architecture. Rumassala mountain, Natural harbor, The Galle International Cricket Stadium; which is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world are other important destinations and Unawatuna town which is renowned for its beautiful beach and corals can be reached within minutes from Galle.
After spending a delightful time in the Galle Fort, make your step to Colombo in and around 30mins of travel where you’ll spend the night full of relaxation and relief.
Tour Day 15
After a moment of pleasure and leisure in the city of Colombo, land on to Bandaranaike International Airport within around 45mins as it’s time to farewell to the loving isle, Sri Lanka, with an ample of memories left in your heart as a souvenir.