This programme is an extension of the Sri Lanka North itinerary, so you will experience everything that has to offer, with incredible UNESCO sites and invaluable hands-on experience and conservation fieldwork. Working with one of the leading research institutions in the region you will have the opportunity to develop your skill set as well as explore the beautiful south coast. Some well-deserved beach time after the jungle.
Day 1: Colombo – Negombo
From Colombo airport, you’ll be transferred to Negombo, about 15 minutes away. After checking in you’ll have time to relax before your welcome dinner.
Day 2: Negombo – Sigiriya
An early morning boat ride on the Dutch canal is an awesome way to start the day. You’ll then leave for Sigiriya about 3.5hrs away, with lunch en-route and visit Dambulla Cave temple on the way. Once you check into your hotel you’ll have time to chill before dinner.
Day 3: Dambulla
After breakfast, you’ll head to Polonnaruwa for an ancient city tour by bike and after lunch you will then enjoy your first jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, followed by dinner at your hotel.
Day 4: Sigiriya
In the morning you’ll visit Sigiriya Rock fortress and then transfer to the research centre.
Day 5-9: Wasgamuwa
This is the main focus of the programme, where you’ll get up close and personal with one of the planets most fascinating and humble species. From tracking to camera traps, GPS systems and data collection, you’ll be an important part of the team to help conserve and protect both the elephants and the communities in which they love
Day 10: Kandy
After the project you’ll make your way to Kandy, about 3.5hrs away with a lunch stop on the way, and in the evening you’ll visit the sacred city of Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Day 11: Galle – Weligama
Today we head south to Weligama but on the way, you’ll stop off at another UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as Galle. You’ll then continue along the coast until you reach Weligama, a very cool surfing spot, where you’ll spend the next few days hanging out.
Day 12 and 13: Weligama
Relax, chill, eat, sleep, surf, yoga, swim…the choice is yours.
Day 14: 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
- 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
14 days – £1995 per person based on 7 pax
Small deviations in the tour programme 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 you 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.