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Best Wildlife Tours in Srilanka

You already know how unpredictable and wild Sri Lanka is. One of the most exotic Asian tourist destinations, it offers the best wildlife tours in Sri Lanka. From luxury camp safari, to elephant rides and several sanctuaries, Sri Lanka is the hottest attraction of the year. The luxury camp safari at Sri Lanka’s Wilpattu region is an international favourite, and people come in from across the world to indulge in a great time in the lap of nature. Expect a very well set-up campsite, with the best of high-end amenities. Yes, it’s just like being in a posh hotel, except you’re so much closer to nature. Explore the depths of forest, and indulge in some delicious local cuisine. Have bonfires, mini picnics in the woods, or even have a small nature party, the expedition will leave you spoilt for choice.

 

Have you heard of the Sinharaja Rain Forest? One of the biggest Sri Lankan attractions, Sinharaja is known for its remarkable flora and fauna. Rarest species of animals, birds and even trees are found there. Or the wonderful safari experience that awaits you at the Udawalawe National Park. Opt for a jeep safari through the wild terrain of Udawalawe, and see elephants, deers, and a range of other exotic animals. A 5-hour safari through the great National Park will cost you Rs 6260. If you’re a trekker, you have to check out Knuckles Mountain. The trail follows you through Matale, Laggala and Pallegama, and is one of the best treks for wildlife lovers and nature photographers. You can even stay at the hilltop accommodations, and make the most of your expedition in the best wildlife tours in Sri Lanka.

Popular Packages

Package Name Duration Price Starts From Rating  
  Luxury Camp Safari at Wilpattu in Sri Lanka 2D 1N ₹ 29394 4.0 star View Details
  Day Tour to Sinharaja Rain Forest 1D ₹ 4559 3.0 star View Details
  Day Trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage 12 Hrs ₹ 5784 3.0 star View Details
  Safari at Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka 5 Hrs ₹ 6260 4.0 star View Details
  Day Tour to Udawalawe in Sri Lanka 1D ₹ 6260 4.0 star View Details
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    Luxury Camp Safari at Wilpattu in Sri Lanka
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    Anuradhapura
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity:Expedition camp is located on a peninsula in the forest and surrounded by two rivers (deep enough for swimming) and just beyond a tea plantation in Wilpattu.After your arrival at the campsite, start your day with a lip-smacking breakfast and indulge in...

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    Sabaragamuwa
    d1 Day

    About the Activity: Embark on a day tour to Sinharaja rain forest reserve to see the nature's gifts being lulled and preserved.Get picked up from your hotels in Sabaragamuwa at around 6 AM and start your tour by taking a walk in the tea plantation estates and delight ...

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    Kegalle
    h12 Hours

    About the Activity: If you are looking for some amazing Elephant safari tour, this tour is a perfect fit for you.Start your delightful activity at around 05:30 AM by getting picked up from your hotels in an air-conditioned vehicle from Kegalle and acquaint yourself mo...

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    Udawalawe
    h5 Hours

    About the Activity: Enthrall in an amazing safari in Udawalawe National Park with experienced drivers who ensure that you have best of your time.Get picked up from your hotel in Udawalawe city at around 5 AM and start the game drive from the entrance of Udawalawe Nat...

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    Udawalawe
    d1 Day

    About the Activity: If you are looking for a tour to explore the beautiful Udawalawe in Sri Lanka, this tour is a perfect fit for you.Get picked up from your hotels early morning at around 4.30 AM  in Udawalawe, and continue your drive while you relish the scenery tow...

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    Matale
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity: Embark on this amazing trek to Knuckles Mountain Range and enjoy the wild natural beauty of this region after getting picked up from your hotel.Get picked up from your hotel in Kandy at around 7.30 AM and proceed towards the start point of the trek...

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    Chamarel
    d1 Day

    About the Activity: Start your tour by boarding a vehicle that will be available from the lobby of your hotel in Chamarel around 08:00 AM to begin this sightseeing tour.Discover some of the best attractions and landmarks of beautiful Mauritius. This tour takes you to th...

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    Hambantota
    h4 Hours

    About the Activity: If you are looking for some adventurous wildlife safari experience, the trip to Yala National Park is a perfect fit for you.Get picked up from your hotels in Hambantota early morning at around 5 AM and embark on this amazing four hour long national...

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    Hambantota
    h13 Hours

    About the Activity:Bundala National Park lies in the town of Hambantota in Sri Lanka and is one of its most momentous and exciting sights.The park is an important site for the migration of more than 197 birds during the months of winter, the most notable amongst them b...

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    Chamarel
    h5 Hours

    About the Activity: Starting your hiking early in the morning from Le Petrin  in Plaine Champagne  you will take a scenic track through the Maccabée forest .Enjoy this opportunity to discover the breathtaking views on the island with possibilities of many snapshots al...

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    Hambantota
    d2 Days n1 Night

    About the Activity:Indulge in a turtle observation tour in the Rekawa beach and it is an ideal location for turtle watching.Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for mealtimes, this is camping in style.After your arrival at the campsite, start ...

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    Colombo
    d5 Days n4 Nights

    About the Activity:Get picked up from Colombo Katunayake International Airport and reach Kithulgala after two hours drive.Enjoy white water rafting for some time and reach to Hatton where you will be accommodated at the Tea Hills Bungalow.Fill your second day with the l...

    Good 3.0
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    Colombo
    d10 Days n9 Nights

    About the Activity:This tour of Sri Lanka for 10 days takes you through umpteen number of wonderful landmarks of the country which symbolise its historic transformation.You will get more than enough time to rediscover the treasures hidden in the different cities like Sil...

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Attractions

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Dehiwala Zoo

Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. . When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions.

  

Location: This zoo is located at 
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.

Highlights:
 This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Sinharaja Forest Reserve (kingdom of the lion), is a paradise for nature and wildlife lovers. It is home to a vast number of endemic species of birds and mammals of Sri Lanka. About 95 percent of Sri Lankan endemic birds and more than 50 percent of endemic mammals are known to have their habitats in this Forest Reserve. Year round, the forest is covered by plenty of rain clouds. The area span of the reserve is about 21 KM from east-west and about 7 KM from north-south.

 

Location: Situated in the Southern Province, a two-hour drive from Galle via Galle-Deniyaya-Madampe Highway.

Highlights: Experience the leisurely pace of wildlife and the splendor of dense and copious evergreen rainforests. The guide will tell you about different endemic species of flora and fauna that you encounter during your guided tour.

Timings: Opens daily from 6:30 AM to 6 PM

Price: Approximate price ranges from 664 LKR to 1160 LKR

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Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage

Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka. The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora. 



Highlight:  
One can pack some food to enjoy an open air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend. 

Timings
: Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: Approximate price starts from 2353 LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child
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Gal Oya National Park

Experience the thrill of both jeep safari and the boat safari in the Gal Oya National Park of beautiful natural scenery and varied wildlife. Dominated by the largest reservoir of Sri Lanka Senanayake Samudraya the park area expanses over 25,900 hectares.

The topography consists mainly of grasslands, forests and scrubs. Though the park shelters leopards and sloth bears, they are an elusive sight. Instead, you can see some of the largest herds of elephants in this park.

Other commonly sighted species are endemic Toque Macaque, wild boar, common langur and water buffalo. The park also offers great sight for birdwatchers. Best for: Swimming elephants from boat safari.



Location: Mainly Badulla district with a part reaching to Ampara district.

Best time to visit: March to July.

Price: Full Day Safari price is LKR 11,000 per jeep. Ticket price is LKR 2,000/LKR 1,000 per adult/child.

Timing: Full Day Safari 5.30am to 06.00pm
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Minneriya & Kaudulla National Parks

These two national parks in Sri Lanka are only a half hour drive from each other. Situated in the North Central Province, these parks are located near the ancient Minneriya and Kaudulla Tanks. The area has an abundance of scrubs and jungles with wetlands.

Home to toque macaques, crocodiles, elephants and sambar deer, these two parks are rich in biodiversity. Though leopard and sloth bears are also sheltered in the area, it is hard to spot them.



Best For: Getting close to large herds of elephants. Best time to visit is during May to September to watch large number of elephants.

Location: 182-197 KM away from Colombo.

Price: Safari Price is LKR 6,500 for each National Park.

Additional Price: Tickets per adult is LKR 1,500 and per child is LKR 750.

Duration: safari duration is 4 hours.

Timing: Evening Safari 2.30am to 6.30pm and morning safari is 5:00am to 8:00am.
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Galway's Land National Park

One of the newest and the smallest National Parks, Galway's Land is a dense forest. This is another best places to visit in Sri Lanka. This park is situated at within the city limits of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. This National Park was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1938. Apart from the avifauna, the park has valuable floral species of both native and foreign origin. The park is open 6 AM- 5PM.

Highlights: The National Park is a habitat to 10 Sri Lankan endemics, Wild boar, Barking deer and exotic birds.

Location: The National park is located Department of Wildlife Conservation, Havelock Rd, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.

Price: The entry fees is 1490.65 LKR
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Yala National Park Camping

The sensational Yala wildlife National Park promises unparallel thrill and excellent adventurous experience with a visual treat of scenic excellence in the exclusive Yala Safari Camping. It is indeed an extra ordinary experience to rise up to a place where for miles there is no soul visible except the caretakers.The spectacular terrains provide a fascinating visuals through dense to scrub vegetation, rocky pools, spectacular ravines, fresh water lakes with snaking coastline along with sight on endemic mammals like Asian elephant, leopard, black bear, crocodiles, grey languor and many others. It’s a paradise for birdwatchers with the presence of paradise flycatchers, Ceylon Shamas etc.



Location: Thalgasmankada, Sri Lanka

Highlights: Sri Lankan Leopard which is present in Block 1, in a density of one leopard per square kilometre.  

Things to Know: Presence of person of wildlife department is mandatory within the park

Price
: Approximate price starts from 4500-6000 LKR for foreigners
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Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. The topography is dominated by fifty wetlands. With low scrubs and deep forests, the park is home to numerous species of flora and fauna. The biggest attraction for tourists is the spotting of leopard and sloth bear.

The other animal species that can be found in this area are Asian Elephants, jackals, Sambar deer, water buffalo, crocodiles, spotted dear and many more. With its impressive array of bird species, the area is a haven for bird watchers.



Best for: The avid and serious safari-goers can see the elusive leopard and sloth bear.

Location: 25km north of Puttalam or 30km west of Anurdhapura. It is 4 hours drive from Colombo.

Best time to visit: February and October are the best time to visit.

Price: Full Day Jeep Safari price is LKR 10,000 per jeep.

Timing: Full-Day Safari 5.30am to 06.00pm.

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