Western Province, Sri Lanka
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Udawalawa National Park: Private Safari

1. Udawalawa National Park: Private Safari

Explore Udawalawe National Park, one of the most undisturbed and pristine natural ecosystems on the planet enriched with a wealth of Sri Lankan elephants. See huge herds of elephants, and enjoy glances of water buffalo, wild boar, spotted deer, jackal, and more. Discover an area of 30,821 hectares, which embodies the true essence of a tropical paradise. See a rich variety of exotic flora and fauna and enjoy the perfect getaway for bird-watchers. Enjoy ample opportunities for spotting endemic and migrated birds. This Udawalawe safari might even present you with the sighting of the Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl, Spur Fowl, and Green Pigeon.

Bentota: Yala National Park Safari Jeep Tour

2. Bentota: Yala National Park Safari Jeep Tour

Head off on a wildlife and nature adventure on a Jeep safari tour in Yala National Park. Keep an eye out for indigenous animals, including sloth bears, jackals, and more. Learn about Sri Lanka's most-visited park from your local guide. After your hotel pickup in Bentota, sit back and relax in your car as you make your way to Yala National Park. The park is Sri Lanka's second-largest wildlife park and an important nature reserve for around 50 butterfly species and many bird species. Upon arrival, embark on your safari drive by Jeep, keeping an eye out for local leopards and elephants in their natural habitat. Spot other indigenous animals, such as sloth bears, jackals, mongoose, axis deer, buffalos, wild boars, sambar deer, and hares. After the safari, journey back to Bentota to be dropped off back at your accommodation.

Bundala National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

3. Bundala National Park: 3-Hour Morning or Evening Safari

Meet your guide at the gates of the Bundala National Park for your choice of a 3-hour morning or evening safari observing the home of 32 species of mammals and 200 bird species. Enter the park and on board a jeep with a driver to explore the land crowded with thorny shrubs, swampy marshlands, scenic lagoons, and golden sand dunes as you spot wildlife in its untamed glory. See the wetlands with its diverse terrain that has created a startling variety of habitats attracting all sorts of animals. Located in the southern province of Sri Lanka 251km away from Colombo, Bundala National Park offers excellent opportunities for spotting wild boar, porcupine, spotted deer, mongoose, wild buffalo, the endemic jackal, fishing and rusty-spotted cats, and a diverse range of colorful bird species of up to 10,000 migratory birds from September to March. Observe the charming brackish lagoon that holds an important part of the ecosystem. Experience sightings of the rich aquatic wildlife, including rare types of turtles and crocodiles. Apart from the wildlife, enjoy the national park’s diversity of flora, offering you the complexity of a tropical forest.

From Negombo: White Water Rafting Adventure

4. From Negombo: White Water Rafting Adventure

Get your adrenaline pumping with an exhilarating white water rafting adventure in the Sri Lankan rainforest. Get picked up from your hotel in the morning and begin the 3-hour journey to Kithulgala Jungle, admiring panoramic views of the surrounding countryside along the way. Once you reach Kithulgala, listen to a quick safety briefing and introduction from your expert guide before your rafting adventure begins. After the presentation, begin your session. Zip along the Kelani River and its stream of continuous rapids. There are 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids spread over an area of over 5 kilometers, creating exhilarating rafting opportunities. Once you have finished, break for lunch at the adventure base restaurant before heading back to Negombo.

From Colombo-Negombo-Bentota-Kalutara: Sinharaja Hike

5. From Colombo-Negombo-Bentota-Kalutara: Sinharaja Hike

Explore Sri Lanka's last remaining virgin rainforest with this private tour with pick up from cities in the Western province such at Colombo, Negombo, Bentota and Kalutara. Benefit from the flexibility of having a personal guide throughout the day that can provide your with facinating cultural information. Relax with a convenient pickup and drop-off service in a climate-controlled vehicle. Get a taste of the land with a local lunch. Spend 4 hours in the rainforest while visiting spectacular waterfalls, summiting Sinharaja's tallest peak, and hiking through the lush rainforest. Admire the jungle trees, orchids, and a large array of bird species.

Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

6. Yala National Park: 3-Day Private Luxury Glamping Experience

Immerse yourself in the nature of South Asia and embark on a glamping adventure at the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala. Upon arrival at Tissamarama, check into your luxurious campsite and get acquainted with the onsite amenities. Spend some time to relax, savor a delicious lunch at the campsite’s main restaurant or at one of the many outdoor locations. Venture out into the wilderness on a game drive to explore the natural landscapes of Sri Lanka. Keep an eye out as you look for leopards in their natural habitat. Afterward, head back to camp and freshen up before drinks, appetizers, and a delicious meal around the campfire. Wake up to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, leave the campsite, and trek through thick bushes with pathway access to a wonderful lake that offers breathtaking views and bird watching opportunities. Encounter elephants, deer, palm squirrels, wild boar, both endemic and migratory birds, butterflies, and land monitors slithering around the lake. Listen to singing birds while you eat breakfast by a private lake. Return to camp for lunch before heading out on a game drive at Bundala National Park which harbors a rich birdlife, including several species of migratory waterfowl. Take an alfresco shower followed by drinks and appetizers around the campfire before tucking into a BBQ meal. Leave for a morning game drive before breakfast. After a refreshing breakfast, check out and return to your hotel.

From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

7. From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

Enjoy an action-packed photography tour through Sri Lanka's most famous wildlife sanctuaries, from Sinharaja Forest Reserve to Bundala National Park. Grab the chance to take photos of exotic animals and birds, while accompanied by a local guide. Relax knowing food and accommodation are taken care of. Day 1: Begin your adventure by getting picked up from Colombo, Galle, Bentota, Beruwala, Negombo, or Hikkaduwa. Relax, and enjoy the views in air-conditioned comfort as you head to the first stop, Sinharaja. After arrival in the late afternoon, follow your guide on a trekking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest – one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Photograph endless species of endemic flora and fauna. After a busy day of capturing shots of Sri Lankan nature, check in to the Sinharaja Rainforest Eco Lodge, located on a plot of land that was once used for tea cultivation. Spend the rest of your night at this sanctuary surrounded by lush forest, and get a good night’s sleep. Day 2: Wake up early and devour a continental breakfast while taking in the rainforest views. Get driven to Udawalawe and commence a game drive through Udawalawe National Park, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. Take more wildlife photos. Once you’re feeling peckish, drive to Grand Udawalawe Hotel for lunch. After that, travel to Yala National Park and stay overnight at Leopard Nest for a luxury glamping experience at an environmentally friendly campsite. Day 3: Wake up early to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, then leave for a morning game drive in Yala National Park with your camera in tow. Look out for elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, crocodiles, and leopards, of which there are more per area than anywhere else in the world. Return from the morning trip to freshly squeezed juices from seasonal fruits followed by breakfast. After breakfast, take a nap on a hammock or check out some of the books about Sri Lankan wildlife conservation in the library. After lunch at the campsite, make your way to Bundala National Park, which is famous for its exotic migratory bird species. Explore marshes, lagoons, and sand dunes, and take photos of over 200 types of birds. Return to the Leopard Nest Campsite for another peaceful night’s rest. Day 4: Begin your day with another early start and Ceylon tea or coffee. Embark on a trek to a picturesque lake that offers breath-taking views and more bird-watching opportunities. Take photos of the abundant wildlife, including elephants, deers, palm squirrels, and wild boars. Eat breakfast at a private location by a lake while listening to the sound of singing birds and feeling the fresh breeze on your face. Afterward, explore the village and soak up the local atmosphere in the surrounding area. Return to the campsite for lunch. In the afternoon, start your game drive at Yala National Park and get another chance to photograph the leopards. Spend the evening at Leopard Nest Campsite reflecting on your past few days of adventure and marveling at the many photos you have taken of the experience. Day 5: After breakfast, get driven back to your hotel.

Sri Lanka: 3-Day Private Nature Trip to Belihuloya & Yala

8. Sri Lanka: 3-Day Private Nature Trip to Belihuloya & Yala

Day 01 7:30: You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo or other selected cities ( see the departure point) and driven approximately 4 hours to reach Belihuloya. 12:00: Arrive at Tree House Chalets and check in for lunch. After lunch, you will enjoy the surrounding of the hotel and spend couple of hours at leisure. 15:00: You will start your walking trail to the village with your guide. You will walk through beautiful paddy fields and the friendly welcoming breeze that blow through. (Unpaved muddy path and possible leech bites can be expected) Meet the villagers and peep into the rural village life. Enjoy a tea session with them before say goodbye! 18:00: Arrive back at your hotel refresh with worm water shower before enjoying your BBQ dinner at roof terrace. Spend the overnight Stay at Tree House Chalet. Day 02 Wake-up early in the morning and experience the sunshine over the mountains whilst discovering the wonder of nature surrounded by the chalet. 7:30: Enjoy your breakfast. 8:30: Your guide will take you through another memorable walking trail to Pahantudawa Falls, a marvelous creation of nature in a mini canyon like geographical setting nowhere can be seen in Sri Lanka, located about 1.5 km from the hotel (Involves a somewhat adventurous, challenging short climb walks) 10:30: Arrive back at the hotel and get refreshed before leaving to Yala. 12:00- 13:00 You will enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant on the way to Yala. 15:00: Arrive at Yala Junction where you will start your evening game drive at Yala National park to experience the wildlife treasure in one of the best homes for Leopards and other animals in Asia. 18:30: Check in to Leopard Nest Campsite and enjoy your private Alfresco shower followed by drinks and appetizers around the campfire. 21:00 Dinner will be served at one of many locations available through the camp. Dine under the stars for an unforgettable evening meal in the jungle experience. Stay overnight at Leopard Nest. Day 03 Wake up around 5:00 am to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee. Leave the campsite at 05:30 am and start to trek through thick bushes with a pathway access to a wonderful lake which offers breath-taking views and bird watching opportunities. If you are fortunate enough, you will encounter wildlife like elephants; Deers; palm squirrels; wild boars; etc. Also, you will confront both endemic and migratory birds; butterflies and lizards and land monitors slithering around the lake. Capture the splendid views of wildlife and nature to take back home. Don’t forget to ask your naturalist to share his adventures in the wild during the trek. Enjoy breakfast at a private location by a lake whilst listening to the singing of birds and feeling the fresh breeze. Return from the nature trail and check-into the campsite to refresh your souls before leave. You will check out at 11:00 am and be transferred back to your hotel.

From Negombo: Udawalawa National Park Wildlife Safari

9. From Negombo: Udawalawa National Park Wildlife Safari

Your day will begin with early morning pickup at your hotel in Negombo. Then relax on the 5-hour drive to Udawalawa National Park, created in the 1970s to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. Upon arrival, go for a safari drive and look out for the thriving elephant population. Search for other indigenous wildlife, such as buffalo, wild boar and sambar deer. Now the third most visited park in Sri Lanka, Udawalawe is also an important nature reserve for around 50 species of butterfly and many kinds of bird. Enjoy an authentic lunch at a local hotel in Udawalawe, at your own expense. Then journey back to Negombo, where you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

From Colombo: Negombo Beaches 5-Day Break & Catamaran

10. From Colombo: Negombo Beaches 5-Day Break & Catamaran

Day 01 You will be picked up from your hotel or the airport in the selected cities and greeted by your personal guide and take you to Negombo. Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Negombo on bed & breakfast basis. Day 02 After breakfast, you will drive to enjoy a wetland bird-watching tour in Muthurajawela Sanctuary. Muthurajawela wetland - “Swamp of Royal Treasure”, one of the main bird watching locations situated towards the southern part of Negombo in Sri Lanka. The region supports 192 distinct species of flora and 209 distinct species of fauna, including Slender Loris. The mixture of vegetation types and aquatic habitats in Muthurajawela has made it an ideal eco-zone for a variety of birds. After the tour, you will be moved back to your hotel and relax in the evening. Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Negombo on bed & breakfast basis. Day 03 After breakfast, you will be witnessing a fish lagoon tour in Negombo. A trip through the buzzing local fish market of Negombo. You can buy fresh fish for lunch, explore the mangroves by boat, do some fishing and experience how local fishers carry out traditional fishing. Then take a catamaran ride and have a picnic lunch with Live cooking on an island with grilled seafood. Refreshment will be provided during the boat trip. Take a Catamaran ride with an experienced driver through the lagoon area while you relax and see the beautiful scenery. End of the lagoon trip and drop you to the hotel. Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Negombo on bed & breakfast basis. Day 04 After breakfast, you will spend the day at leisure relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities. Negombo is a beautiful beach resort on the western coast of Sri Lanka. The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major tourist attractions of Negombo bringing locals and tourists to enjoy a memorable beach holiday. Accommodation is in a 4 star hotel in Negombo on bed & breakfast basis. Day 05 There is no itinerary planned today. You will be driven to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo or the selected cities.

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What people are saying about Western Province, Sri Lanka

This was a fantastic experience! Organization was excellent with messages from our guide in literally minutes after booking. Ruwan was friendly, knowledgable and extremely engaged! We had a 3 hour tour where our guide took the initiative to take a different route through the park so as not to follow lines of jeep’s, we were completely alone most of the time allowing us to see so many animals! After 2hts we stopped at the lake where Ruwan and our driver prepared fresh fruit for us to eat and snack on! It was beautiful, peaceful and very very professional! I recommend Ruwan and give him 5 stars!

This private Safari was brilliant. We went to a private Safari at Yala earlier in the day and this was a lot better. Our guide was really friendly, knowledgeable and generally a very nice person to talk to during our tour. We saw so many groups of elephants and other animals. We felt very relaxed and he always asked us when we were ready to move on. We got close to the animals but also had respect for their privacy. I would recommend this tour for sure. Just keep in mind that the entrance fee is quite expensive.

After a slight delay, due to misunderstandings in the arrangement, we were picked up directly from the hotel. The guide was very nice and explained a lot about the animals we saw. He drove an alternative route to avoid jeep traffic jams and so we saw much better spots and more variety of animals. Highly recommended and in the time span of 3 hours it was perfectly adequate for us.

Amazing tour, very very knowledgeable guide and great spotter, saw so many different animals. I can only recommend a tour with him to anyone and would love to do one with him in the future again. 5/5!!

Everything was perfect, mainly communication with provider. Thak you for amazing experince.