(based on 15pax – trip operates all year).
Sri Lanka is one of the most diverse places you can visit from: beautiful, golden beaches, great for surfing, whale watching and diving; to heavenly, lush green mountains filled with tea plantations, great for yoga and historical culture attractions; not to mention the numerous national parks which give you the rare opportunity to see many species, including elephants, leopards, bears, crocodiles, deer, monkeys and many bird species, in their natural habitats.
This programme will give you the opportunity to see a range of ecosystems, interact with elephants and local communities whilst supporting sustainable travel. You will experience a range of elephant interaction activities so that you understand and learn how tourism is affecting the treatment of these beautiful creatures.
Day 1: Colombo – Negombo
From Colombo airport you’ll be transferred to Negombo, about 15 minutes away. After chelcing in you’ll have time to relax before your welcome dinner.
Day 2: Negombo – Pinnawala
An early morning boat ride on the Dutch canal is an awesome way to start the day. You’ll then leave for Pinnawala about 2hrs away, with lunch en-route. ONce you check into your hotel you’ll have time to chill before dinner.
Day 3: Dambulla
In the morning there is an option to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. We don’t fully support their activities, although we do feel that it is an interesting learning experience so it is up to you if you wish to visit. (Please note that as a result of this our guide will not enter the site and the ticket price is not included in the cost.)
You’ll then head to Dambulla, about 3hrs away, with lunch en-route at a local restaurant. You will then enjoy your first jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, which is epic, followed by dinner at your hotel.
Day 4: Sigiriya
In the morning you’ll visit Hiriwadunna Village and enjoy a tour to see real local life, including a catamaran ride and typical Sri Lankan lunch. You’ll have some time in the afternoon to relax before your evening visit to Sigiriya fortress, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: Polonnaruwa
In the morning you have some time to chill, or an optional visit to Dambulla cave temple. Following lunch you’ll see the awesome Polonnaruwa site by bike, which is so cool, and then back to the hotel for another awesome meal.
Day 6-10: Wasgowuma
You’ll start with a 2.5hr drive to research center, just in time for lunch, before you begin your orientation and Field work. From tracking and using camera traps to GPS systems and data collection, you’ll be an important part of the team to help conserve this amazing species.
Day 11: Kandy
After the project you’ll make your way to Kandy, about 3.5hrs away with a lunch stop on the way. In the evening you’ll visit the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Day 12: Tissamaharama
You’ll start with a tea factory and plantation tour, which is so interesting, before reaching Nuwara Eliya for lunch. You’ll then drive through Ella before reaching Tissamaharama, with time to relax and chill before dinner.
Day 13: Yala
Today you have another epic day, full of safari drives in Yala National Park, where you can see so much, including: elephants leopards, bears, crocodiles, deer, monkeys and many bird species, in their natural habitat.
Day 14: Mirissa
Now after your hard work you’ll head down to the hidden treasure of Mirissa for some beach time and a day to relax.
Day 15: Colombo
Before heading back to Colombo you’ll stop at another UNESCO World Heritage site, Galle Royal Dutch fort. After lunch in Colombo you’ll enjoy a walking tour of the city before your last night and farewell dinner.
Day 16: Departure
what to expect
- Private vehicle for all transfers
- Full use of private jeeps
- Activities and entrance fees as mentioned in itinerary
- Elephant conservation project and associated activities
- English speaking tour leader throughout
- Accommodation and food
- Woodland Trust Carbon Project Contribution
- International Flights, personal insurance and visas (if applicable)
- Snacks and drinks
- Tips for leaders, guides and driver
- Services not mentioned in included
- Expenditure of personal nature
Based on twin sharing
16 days – £2845 per person based on 2 pax
30 days – £3950 per person based on 2 pax
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability. Therefore quoted rates might change accordingly.
Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling with us so please ensure that have the appropriate level of cover, which is why we recommend Covermore. This insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover.