This is a sample itinerary. Weather & conditions will always dictate the final tour choices. You will enjoy daily jeep safaris with private guides to Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks & trips in air-conditioned mini-bus to cultural sites.
Day 1 - Wilpattu National Park
Departing from Negombo at 8:00 am, you will travel to the Aggressor Safari Lodge near the Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks. The travel time is several hours.
After check-in and lunch, it's time to head out on an afternoon safari into Wilpattu National Park with potential to see leopards, elephants, bears, buffalos, deer, crocodiles, jackals and many other animals and birds in their natural, jungle habitat. Then, back to the Safari Lodge for dinner at night fall & sounds of the jungle.
Day 2 - Sigiriya Rock Palace and Minneriya National Park
You'll leave the lodge at 7:00 am, after an early breakfast, to travel to the 5th Century AD Sigiriya Rock Palace. The palace and fortress complex takes several hours and you'll have the opportunity to climb from the bottom to the top for spectacular views and to inspect the oldest parts of the ruins.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you have another afternoon safari adventure, this time into Minneriya National Park. which during dry season hosts the largest known Asian elephant gathering on Earth. Regardless of which season you're there, you'll be able to watch (and photograph) safely from your jeep as the huge animals romp & play ...snack on the lush green grasses ... and refresh themselves in the lake. Dinner follows back at the Safari Lodge.
Day 3 - A day of rest and relaxations at the lodge
You have had long days up to this point, with loads of stimuli. You deserve a vacation ! However, if you're up for more excitement, a local guide is available for a village walk or for exploring the flora and fauna on the safari lodge grounds.
Day 4 - Anuradhapura
After breakfast, it's a 7:30 am roll-call for your transport to the 3rd century BC city in Anuradhapura, which served as the capital city of the country for nearly 1400 years. Until the 11th century, it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power & urban life in South Asia.
The city houses the Jetavana, the Abhayagiri Dagaba and the Ruwanwelisaya stupas which harbor ancient Buddhist relics and the remains of Buddhist monks and nuns. The 231-foot high Jetavana stupa is the largest stupa in the Buddhist world ... in both dimension and mass. An impressive sight.
After this visit, you'll be driven to Polonnaruwa where you'll check into a luxury hotel for lunch and an overnight stay. At about 6:00 pm, you'll have the opportunity to set out on a 2-3 hour evening safari to see the elusive and shy Sri Lanka slender loris in its natural jungle habitat, then return to the hotel for a late dinner.
Day 5 - "Monkey Kingdom" Primate Center
Sleep well ... as you'll leave the hotel at 5:30am after an early breakfast. Today, you're off to Sri Lanka’s Primate Center for a "monkey excursion". Established over 50 years ago, the Primate Center is where Disney Studios filmed the movie "Monkey Kingdom" and it's home to three species of Sri Lankan monkeys: the Toque macaque, the gray langur and the purple faced langur.
While visiting the monkeys in their natural jungle communities, visitors can observe their complex social interactions. You're likely to view the primates nurturing young, in courtship & cooperation, and in displays of dominance and aggression.
Time now to return to the Safari Lodge for lunch and a free afternoon to relax on the grounds or enjoy the swimming pool.
Day 6 - Half Day of rest and relaxation at the lodge / Half Day Wilpattu National Park
You'll be given the choice of morning or afternoon half day safari in Wilpattu National Park. Lunch is provided inside the Park in an area frequented by troupes of monkeys. Again, for your time off at the lodge, a local guide is available for exploring the flora and fauna on the lodge grounds ... or you can simply "hang out".
Day 7 - Early breakfast and a return to Negombo
We strongly suggest an add-on of several days, before or after your Safari Lodge stay. We know Sri Lanka well and are always happy to help you with your planning.
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