Whales, Dolphins, Leopards

Colombo • Kalpitiya • Wilpattu National Park • Colombo  • Yala • Mirissa • Kotugoda • Colombo

This is a ‘must do’ tour for nature lovers. See some of the world’s most iconic animals up close and very personal! If you want to experience the sheer delight and total awe of watching a whale broach: then come to Sri Lanka and have an amazing encounter with nature’s leviathans. See playful dolphins cavorting on bow waves, blue whales – the gentle giants of the sea – and sperm whale once the favoured species of the whalers, now, thankfully a protected species.

Highlights

  • Go Swimming with the Dolphins in Kalpitiya
  • Enjoy a refreshing river bath near Wilpattu National Park
  • Release baby turtles back to the ocean early in the morning
  • Take the ultimate selfie with a Leopard at Yala

Prices

Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £2,785.00

Single room supplement £850.00

Day 1. To Colombo

Fly from London on a scheduled flight to Colombo.

Day 2. Negombo & Kalpitiya

Arrive Colombo, met on arrival & transferred to Kalpitiya. In the waters of the lagoon the local fishermen catch some of the best crab in the world. In recent years, this small sea side community has been put on the map for excellent whale and dolphin sightings. It’s also rapidly becoming a popular spot for kite surfing. Four nights at the Bar Reef Resort or Palagama Beach.

Day 3. Kalpitiya – Dawn Dolphin Boat Trip

The Kalpitiya coast is home to something special – hundreds of dolphins. The waters around the Kalpitiya Peninsula are frequented by pods of several hundred Spinner Dolphins. Wake with the rising sun and head out to sea to wonder at these intelligent, sociable creatures. Best time to see them is when the sea is calm from November to April. The coast of Kalpitiya is also rapidly becoming popular for whale sightings.

Day 4. Kalpitiya – At Leisure

A day to relax and to enjoy the beauty of the land.

Day 5. Excursion to Wilpattu National Park

Reopened in 2010, Wilpattu National Park is the island’s largest National Park. It boasts a varied wildlife population with large herds of elephants, water buffalo and spotted deer. There is a high density of leopard, and, an incredibly wide variety of indigenous as well as migratory birds. At Kudurumulai Point view the breathtaking panoramic vista where Puttalam Lagoon and the Indian Ocean meet. Don’t forget bathing gear and plunge into the river waters by the Kokmottai Bungalow.

Day 6. To Colombo

Morning drive to Colombo. Afternoon city tour including the Dutch Reform Church and the Hindu Temple at Kochchikade. Overnight at the Galle Face Hotel.

Day 7. To Yala via Turtle Hatchery & Stilt Fishermen

After breakfast depart for Yala National Park on the East coast of Sri Lanka. En route visit a Turtle Hatchery. Between Unawatuna and Weligama see Stilt Fishermen, balancing on poles firmly embedded in the sea bottom, fishing close to the shore. Three nights at the Chaaya Wild.

Day 8. Yala – Morning & Afternoon Leopard Safaris

Morning safari to the Park. Trail leopard – visiting places where they are found regularly in caves and on rock outcrops including: ‘Kotigala’ and ‘Pandi-Kema.’ Keep the camera ready as the leopards appear to lie languidly – almost posing for the shot – but can disappear before the shutter clicks! Return to the Lodge with time to relax before an afternoon safari once again seeking out the shy leopards.

Day 9. Yala – Morning & Afternoon Safaris

On this morning’s safari look out for elephant, jackal, mongoose and, of course, the leopard. Return to the Lodge for lunch. Final afternoon safari. Birdlife, particularly in the migratory season, abounds in the park and includes babblers, storks, egrets and glorious rainbow coloured kingfishers.

10. To Mirissa

After breakfast drift via the Southern coastline to Mirissa for 3 nights at the Coco Tangalla a delightful boutique property bordering the Bay of Weligama.

Day 11. Mirissa

Day at leisure.

Day 12. Mirissa – Dawn Whale & Dolphin Boat Trip

Dawn whale and dolphin watching excursion off Dondra. Chances are fairly high that whales will be spotted during the peak months. A blue whale can reach 100 feet, and survives on tiny krill, downing roughly 6 tons per day to keep hunger at bay. It’s a true leviathan, moving with the grace of a prima ballerina! The waters of Sri Lanka are within the International Commissions Protected zone for whales. Over 26 species are known to live or pass through the waters including the blue and sperm whales.

Day 13. To Kotugoda

After breakfast depart to Kotugoda stopping to visit the lovely old sea port of Galle with its nostalgic Colonial air. Then discover the art of mask making in Ambalangoda. Overnight at the Wallawwa.

Day 14. To London

Transfer back to the airport for your scheduled flight back to London.

Cost Includes:

  • International flights in economy class.
  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.
  • Daily breakfast throughout.
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.
  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.

Cost does not include:

  • Visa Fee.
  • Any optional Excursions.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Travel Insurance.

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