Sri Lanka Wildlife & Beaches Suggested Itinerary 

Focus your time exploring Sri Lanka’s best beaches and wildlife spots.

When you want the ideal blend of time on powder sands lapped by warm water and time spent on safari looking for Sri Lanka’s elephants, this trip follows a route that checks off five incredible locations. You can visit Wilpattu National Park from Anuradhapura, Minneriya National Park from Kandalama, and the world-famous Yala in search of wildlife before spending time on sunny shores on Sri Lanka’s south coast.

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Anuradhapura, Kandalama, Nuwara Eliya, Yala, Koggala

Recommended itinerary

Days 1-2

Anuradhapura

After touching down in the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, you’ll meet your private driver. They’ll take you to your first hotel – the beautiful Uga Ulagalla – but will remain at your disposal for the next seven days as you explore Sri Lanka. On your first full day, a visit to Wilpattu National Park is highly recommended if you hope to spot elusive Sri Lankan leopards and sloths.

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Days 3-4

Kandalama

Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is next. From your base at Heritance Kandalama, you can visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and take a Minneriya National Park jeep safari.

Sigiriya

Minniriya National Park

Days 5-6

Nuwara Eliya

An elegant hotel awaits your arrival in Nuwara Eliya, a highland location with something of a British feel to it. On the way here, your driver can take you to the remarkable Dambulla Cave Temple.

Nuwara Eliya

Days 7-8

Yala

You’ll arrive at Jetwing Safari Camp on the south coast full of anticipation of what you’ll see when you venture into Sri Lanka’s most famous national park. On a three-hour jeep safari, you’ll look out for the wild Sri Lankan elephants, monkeys, and buffalo – perhaps even a lurking crocodile.

Days 9-12

Galle

Finish your trip on the beautiful south coast beaches by staying at The Fortress Resort & Spa. Be sure to allow some time to explore the city of Galle and admire the faded grandeur of its Dutch colonial buildings. After four nights here, a private transfer will take you to Colombo for your flight home.

Galle