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Colombo: Colombo Airport (CMB) and Negombo City Transfer

1. Colombo: Colombo Airport (CMB) and Negombo City Transfer

Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable private transfer from Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to your hotel in Negombo. After landing at the airport, head to the arrivals lobby to meet your driver who will be holding a board with your name on it. If you are unable to locate your driver, a support team is on hand 24/7. Your driver will escort you and your luggage in a comfortable and safe vehicle so all you have to do is sit back and relax during the 1-2 hour journey. Rely on your driver's expertise to travel the safest, most traffic-free route possible. Feel free to let your driver know in case you need to stop for refreshments or emergencies.

Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Full-Day Tour

2. Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Full-Day Tour

After pickup from your hotel, travel first to Dhambulla Golden Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Inside the caves, discover a collection of beautifully preserved ancient Buddhist statues and intricate wall paintings. After exploring Dhambulla Golden Cave Temple, the tour proceeds to Sigiriya, also known as the "Lion Rock." Ascend to the top, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Next, head to a local village to experience the traditional Sri Lankan way of life. Meet the locals, learn about their customs, and witness traditional activities like farming and cooking. Finally, visit the Minnariya National Park, famous for its large population of wild elephants and is known as one of the best places in Sri Lanka for elephant sightings. Embark on a thrilling jeep safari through the park, allowing you to get up close to these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Minneriya: Minneriya National Park Private Safari

3. Minneriya: Minneriya National Park Private Safari

With the grace of majestic giants and pristine tropical dry forest settings, Minneriya National Park is a perfect spot to spend a few hours witnessing one of the most astonishing wildlife spectacles on earth.  Renowned as a prominent stopover for wandering elephants searching for food during the August and September the dry season, Minneriya National Park attracts up to 300 giants from the neighboring national parks. Enjoy the flicker of monkeys swinging through the branches and search the forest for the sight of majestic elephants, leopards, sloth bears, mongooses, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild buffalo, porcupine and Indian pangolins. Do not miss out on this quintessential safari destination in a strikingly beautiful forest.

Sigiriya Dambulla & Minneriya Safari with Pickup/Drop

4. Sigiriya Dambulla & Minneriya Safari with Pickup/Drop

Experience the wonders of Sri Lanka on our captivating day tour that begins with convenient pickups from Colombo, Negombo, and Kalutara areas. Prepare for a day filled with cultural exploration, natural beauty, and culinary delights. Our first stop is the Dambulla Cave Temple, a Unesco6 World Heritage Site renowned for its ancient rock cave complex. Marvel at the intricate cave paintings, Buddha statues, and the serene atmosphere that surrounds this spiritual site. After soaking in the history and artistry of Dambulla, we'll indulge in the sweetness of local fruits, a delightful opportunity to savor the exotic flavors of Sri Lanka. Next, we embark on a journey to the iconic Sigiriya Lion Rock, another Unesco-listed treasure. Ascend this ancient fortress, perched atop a towering rock, and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the lush landscape. Recharge with a scrumptious Sri Lankan meal, an authentic culinary experience that will tantalize your taste buds with flavors unique to the region. Our adventure continues with a thrilling national park safari, either at Kaudulla, Minneriya, or an Eco Park—our choice will be guided by the opportunity to spot the most wildlife on that particular day. Whichever park we choose, prepare for an awe-inspiring wildlife encounter, where you may spot elephants, leopards, and a myriad of bird species. As the day unfolds, you'll be immersed in the natural and cultural wonders of Sri Lanka, making unforgettable memories. We'll conclude the tour by dropping you back to your respective pickup locations, leaving you with a heart full of memories and a deeper appreciation for this enchanting country.

Kandy/Negombo: Sigiriya, Dambulla & Minneriya Private Tour

5. Kandy/Negombo: Sigiriya, Dambulla & Minneriya Private Tour

Experience the ultimate Sri Lankan adventure on a tour of Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Minneriya National Park from Negombo. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle with a licensed guide while exploring ancient sites and immersing yourself in the country's natural beauty. Your adventure begins with a visit to the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 5th century A.D. Enjoy stunning views as you hike to the top of the fortress, passing through ancient frescoes and mirror walls along the way. Next, arrive at the Dambulla Cave Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses numerous statues and paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha and his teachings. Admire the serene beauty of these sacred caves and learn about the ancient religious beliefs and practices of Sri Lanka. The tour culminates at the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy an open-air 4x4 Jeep safari in search of elephants, the park's most intriguing inhabitants. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants and observe the park's other wildlife, including a plethora of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The picturesque landscape of the national park includes a beautiful lake surrounded by jungle, making this stop a wonderful opportunity to relax and unwind amidst the breathtaking nature of Sri Lanka. Fully soak in Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage, history, and diverse wildlife before the end of your trip.

Minneriya National Park Safari in a 4x4 Vehicle

6. Minneriya National Park Safari in a 4x4 Vehicle

Explore pristine tropical dry forest settings on a guided safari through Minneriya National Park with hotel pickup and drop-off from Habarana included. See wandering elephants, spot swinging monkeys, and enjoy a view of the Minneriya reservoir. Meet your driver at your hotel and head to the Minneriya National Park. Enter the forest, and enjoy the flicker of monkeys swinging through branches. As you drive through the grassland, keep an eye out for the giant elephants who have wandered over in search of food from neighboring national parks. Search the woods for an array of wildlife, including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, mongooses, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild buffalo, porcupines, and Indian pangolins. Stop for a stunning view of the Minneriya reservoir before returning to your hotel.

Minneriya National Park Jeep Safari

7. Minneriya National Park Jeep Safari

Welcome to our thrilling wildlife tour at Minneriya National Park, where you'll embark on an unforgettable adventure into the heart of Sri Lanka's untamed wilderness. Get ready to witness the mesmerizing spectacle of the annual Minneriya Elephant Gathering, a breathtaking natural phenomenon that brings together hundreds of majestic elephants in one location. As you delve into the park's diverse ecosystem, you'll encounter a plethora of other fascinating wildlife, from elusive leopards and sloth bears to colorful birds and endemic reptiles. Our expert guides will lead you on a safari through the park's verdant landscapes, ensuring you have a safe and enriching experience while witnessing some of the most extraordinary wildlife encounters of your life. Summary of Main Activity: The main activity of this wildlife tour is the safari through Minneriya National Park, primarily focused on observing the awe-inspiring Minneriya Elephant Gathering, where hundreds of elephants gather near the Minneriya Tank during the dry season. This phenomenon provides a unique opportunity to witness these gentle giants up close and study their natural behavior. Tour Highlights: Minneriya Elephant Gathering: Experience the unparalleled wonder of observing a massive congregation of elephants, as they interact, bathe, and forage, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle. Diverse Wildlife: Encounter an array of fascinating creatures, including leopards, sloth bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, and a wide variety of bird species such as painted storks, pelicans, eagles, and kingfishers. Lush Landscapes: Immerse yourself in the scenic beauty of Minneriya National Park, with its lush greenery, picturesque landscapes, and serene water bodies. Expert Guides: Our knowledgeable and experienced guides will provide insights into the wildlife and ecosystem, ensuring you gain a deeper appreciation for the animals and their habitats. Responsible Tourism: We prioritize ethical and sustainable practices, ensuring that our tours have minimal impact on the environment and wildlife. Photography Opportunities: Capture stunning moments of wildlife in their natural habitat, creating lasting memories of your extraordinary adventure. Join us on this extraordinary wildlife tour at Minneriya National Park, and let the magic of nature's wonders unfold before your eyes. Discover the untamed beauty of Sri Lanka's wilderness and create memories that will stay with you forever.

Minneriya National park safari with jeep & Entrance ticket

8. Minneriya National park safari with jeep & Entrance ticket

Your day will begin with pick-up at Minneriya head on to National park. Minneriya National Park is not just about elephants; it's a captivating landscape of rich greenery, open grasslands, and the picturesque Minneriya Tank. The diverse habitats provide an exquisite backdrop for your safari, making every moment a visual treat. While the elephants are the star attraction, the park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, monkeys, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species. The abundance of flora and fauna ensures that every safari is a unique and enriching experience Safaris are conducted in sturdy, open-top jeeps, guided by experienced naturalists who are well-versed in the park's ecology. These guided excursions maximize your chances of spotting wildlife while ensuring safety and respect for the animals' natural behaviors. For bird enthusiasts, Minneriya is a dream come true. The park hosts a diverse avian population, from majestic raptors to elegant waterfowl, making it a haven for birdwatchers. As the day unfolds and you've absorbed the incredible wildlife encounters and stunning landscapes, we'll conclude our adventure by safely returning you to your hotel or accommodation

Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

9. Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

Day 1: Colombo-Anuradhapura-Sigiriya Embark on an exciting and very rare 3-day cultural tour of Sri Lanka's holiest, the Cultural Triangle. Get picked up in Colombo and head to your hotel in Sigiriya via Anuradhapura, the oldest city in Sri Lanka. The first activity of the 3-day tour is the hop-on, hop-off city tour of the historical city of Anuradhapura. The tour covers a large number of historical places, such as Buddhist temples, dagobas, palaces, gardens, and other remarkable structures in the city that testify to the grandeur of ancient civilization. The city tour also includes the most sacred 8 Buddhist sites in the city, better known as "Atamasthana," Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanarama, Mirisaveti Stupa, and Lankarama. Later in the day, settle in for a good night's sleep at your hotel in Sigiriya. Day 2: Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya After breakfast, leave for the Sigiriya rock fortress, home to one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Your Sigiriya tour starts early in the morning, allowing you to escape the mid-day heat. Climb the rock and reach the summit to see the site of the king's palace, swimming pool, and king's throne. Soak up the breathtaking scenery from the top of the pinnacle. Later, drive to Polonnaruwa and see the dozens of ancient temples, Buddha statues, and many other ancient structures built by ancient kings. Witness massive stone-cut Buddha statues, dagobas, an audience hall, and much more at the cultural museum of Polonnaruwa. Later in the day, go on an off-road jeep safari to see the great gathering around Minneriya Lake. Enhance your experience with a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park. Spot wild elephants, bears, wild boars, deer, buffalo, monkeys, and maybe even a leopard. Stay overnight in Sigiriya. Day 3: Sigiriya-Kandy-Colombo Depart early for Colombo via Kandy, visiting a spice/herbal garden en route. In Matale, spices and herbs are used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medicine. Hear about this history as you explore the site with your guide. Later, visit Dambulla Golden Temple and Tooth Relic Temple, which are sure to add another level of sacrosanctity to your experience. Dambulla hosts more than 150 Buddha statues and a large number of ancient murals. The next stop will be Kandy City. Today, Kandy is one of Sri Lanka's most important cities because of the presence of the temple of the sacred tooth of the Buddha. Thousands of devotees visit this temple every day, making it the most popular Buddhist shrine on the island. Return to your hotel in Colombo.

Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour

10. Wilpattu National Park Safari Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in the Wilpattu area or Park Entrance you will enter Wilpattu National Park to explore the Willus, light forests, scrubs, grasslands, lagoons, and magnificent range of animals. With your private 4WD Jeep and expert guide, the ‘Golden Hours’ of the day will be used to focus on leopard spotting, either the first 2 hours or the last 2 hours of the day. Throughout this safari, you will search for the world’s most concentrated number of leopards, sloth bears, and elephants, as your knowledgable guide and driver expertly navigates the vast area and roads. The morning tour will begin at 5.30am from your hotel, to take in sunrise as the park opens at 6am. Whilst the afternoon option allows you to explore from 2pm until sunset when the park closes at 6pm. Leopards, elephants, water buffalo, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted deer, peacocks, and crocodiles can all be found in this rich environment.

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(26 reviews)

Amazing day out with Shan visiting Polonnaruwa and elephant safari. Shan was very knowledgable of both Polonnaruwa and the nature/wildlife that Sri Lanka has to offer. We also stopped off at other points of Interest whilst driving between destinations. I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in doing this. The day was topped off nicely with a coconut.

The driver was great! Friendly, courteous and very committed - top. He was also very nice when we visited the bird park and gave us the peace and quiet we needed. The journey there and back was very pleasant. The safari was also great, the guide tried to show us everything without us constantly bumping into other groups.

Kenneth was the best guide!! He made the day amazing, he was knowledgeable. He made sure my needs were met & was so accommodating. He was very knowledgeable & navigated the roads really well! I felt very safe with him & had an amazing time thanks to him! Yes a hard worker, I highly recommend!!

We had a great day trip from Colombo to Sigiriya and Dambula. Our driver was very friendly, on time, and accommodating to our plans!

The activity was amazing and our driver was very insightful and got us very close to many elephants. I highly recommend