Day 1 - Airport / Wilpattu National Park

Arrival in Colombo International Airport and meet with our driver. You will be then transferred to Chilaw, just hour drive away from Colombo International Airport.

First you will visit Wilpattu National Park.Wilpattu National Park is located 25km north of Puttalam or 30km west of Anurdhapura. The park that lies on the northwest coast spans the border between North Central Province and North Western Province of Sri Lanka. To the south of Wilpattu National Park is River Modergam Aru; to the north is River Kalay oya.Wilpattu was declared a wildlife sanctuary on the year 1905. On 25th February 1938, the sanctuary was elevated to the status of National Wildlife Park. On 7th November 1947, the northern area of Wilpattu was declared as Wilpattu North Sanctuary.Wilpattu National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka span an area of no less than 131,693 hectares with altitude ranging between the sea-level and 152 meters.Wilpattu National Park is situated in the dry zone, and is unlike any other wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. A unique complex of over 50 wetlands called “Villu” is the most prominent topographical feature of the national park.

Wilpattu National Park`s varying natural habitats; coastal belt, natural lakes (villus), rocky outcrops, scrublands, open grasslands and dense forest provide for numerous species of animals. Among the species are 31 mammals. The biggest draws in Wilpattu are Leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) and Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus). Apart from those two mammals are Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus), Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, jackals, sambhur, barking deer, mouse deer Wild Pig, Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and Mugger Crocodiles.Butterflies recorded include the Great Eggfly, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bushbrown, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose and Crimson Rose.Countless species of birds can be found and the park plays host to numerous winter migrants from November to March, while menacing crocodiles top the list of reptiles.Butterflies recorded include the Great Eggfly, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bushbrown, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose and Crimson Rose.Also roaming on the grasslands are Star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) at Wilpattu. In the large Villus are Pond turtle (Melanonchelys trijuga) and the Soft shelled turtle (Lissemys punctata).

On your return to the camp after the full day safari, freshen up and join the amidst a roaring campfire to share your experience of wildlife you encountered during the safari in Wilpattu before sitting for a freshly cooked dinner and call it a day.

Overnight stay at Wilpattu.

Day 2 - Wilpattu National Park / Minneriya Natioanal Park

After a hearty breakfast at the camp, transfer to Habarana, 2 hours drive approximately is at the heart of cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon go on aguided safari in Minneriya National Park to see large herds of Asian Elephants.

This national park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbersDominated by the ancient Minneriya Wewa, the park has plenty of scrub, forest and wetlands in its 88.9 sq km to also provide shelter for toque macaques, sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards (the latter are very rarely seen, however).The dry season, from April to October, is reckoned to be the best time to visit (as by then water in the tank has dried up, exposing grasses and shoots to grazing animals). Elephants, which can number 200 or more, come to feed and bathe during what is known as the Gathering and flocks of birds, such as little cormorants, painted storks, herons and large pelicans all fish in the shallow waters. However, it`s also possible to see large numbers of elephants here at other times of year, too; we saw over 100 in February when we visited.The initial 40-minute drive (along a poor dirt road) into the heart of the park is through dense forest, where wildlife sightings are rare. But then the landscape opens up dramatically, and the views across the tank are superb.

During the dry season, Minneriya National Park functions as a feeding place for elephants living in the Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts` forests. Scrub plains and mixed evergreen forests, as well as rocky outcrops and marshes, make up the park`s topography, providing a diverse range of habitats for a variety of animals.

Overnight stay at Minneriya

Day 3 - Kumana Natioanal Park

After breakfast, take a guided Kumana Natioanal Park. Kumana Natioanal Park Located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka , the 18,149 hectare KUMANA (YALA EAST) NATIONAL PARK is a well-known eco tourism attraction and bird sanctuary where a multitude of birds breed and roost. One of the most significant features of the park is the `Kumana Villu` - a 200 hectare natural swamp lake, fed by the `Kumbukkan Oya` through a half mile long narrow channel. It is at this mangrove swamp that many water birds nest in May and June.

Regular sightings include such species of bird as pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets and little cormorants.The very rare black-necked stork has also been spotted at the swamp. Besides the prolific birdlife, Kumana is also home to some of the mammals found in the larger YALA NATIONAL PARK (west) park, such as elephants and leopards. The vegetation in Kumana consists mainly of mangrove trees, kumbuk trees and the karan fern, as well as the open marsh area. For bird watching enthusiasts, the park is an `absolute must`.

Kumana is a very important national park for birdlife. An incredible 255 species of birds have been recorded here and from April to July, tens of thousands of birds migrate to the Kumana swamp area. Rare species such as the Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Eurasian Spoonbill and the Great Thick-knee are breeding inhabitants while the waders and waterfowl visit too.

The Asian Openbill, Glossy Ibis, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Indian Pond Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Spot-billed Pelican, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Common Moorhen, Watercock, Purple Swamphen, White-breasted Waterhen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Black-winged Stilt, Lesser Whistling Duck and Little Grebe migrate here in large flocks while the Pintails fly 9,000 kilometres from far away Siberia. Rare migrant birds include the Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, Malabar Trogon, Red-faced Malkoha and Sirkeer Malkoha.

Most commonly seen are the Pacific Golden Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Grey Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Ringed Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Common Snipe, and Pintail Snipe.Fish species to be found in the lakes and tanks include the Tilapia and Common Mullet. Due to its coastal location, turtles are sometimes spotted coming ashore to lay eggs. These turtles include the Indian Black turtle and the Indian Flap-shelled turtle. Mugger crocodiles can also be seen here.

Overnight stay at Kumana.

Day 4 - Yala Natioanal Park / Airport

After a breakfast at the camp, you will be transferred to Kumana National Park entrance to transfer you to your next destination, Yala National Park, approximately 3 hours drive.

Yala National Park is the island`s principle national park and offers the greatest diversity of animal and birdlife in the country. The habitats found in the park are wide-ranging, from freshwater lakes to beaches, rocky outcrops to green plains and jungle. This creates an area of immense biodiversity and is one of the world`s most popular destinations to spot the elusive leopard, who love to lounge on the huge granite boulders that dot the parkland. The home of the Sri Lankan leopards, the Yala Park is the only place in the country where these fierce creatures can roam free in their natural habitat. A jungle safari in this park is must for all nature and wildlife lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and wildlife photographers. On a clear rainless day, one can spot a number of animals at this park ranging from leopards, elephants, Sri Lankan sloth bear, turtles, macaques, fishing cats, etc. One can also find a number of dangerous reptiles native to Sri Lanka like monitor lizards, types of crocodiles, Sri Lankan flying snake, Fan-throated lizard, Indian cobra, Russells Viper, and Sri Lankan krait.

next you will visit Yala, there will be bird watching safari in Bundala National Park. The Bundala National Park considered the most important birding destination in Sri Lanka was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and thereafter advanced to a National Park in 1993. The park boasts of nearly 200 species of birds, of which 150 are endemic and the rest migratory . Amongst the migratory birds are the Petite Blue Tailed bee-eaters, flocks of Flamingos, Brown Flycatcher, Sandpipers, Barn Swallow, Water Fowl, Common Redshank, the Lesser Sand Plover and Forest Wagtail. The complex wetland system within the park, now declared as Sri Lanka`s first `Ramsar` site (identified as an important wetland in the network of international wetlands) and declared a biosphere reserve by UNECO in 2005, is a haven to a number of aquatic birds such as the migratory Greater flamingo (large flocks of over 1000 birds), Ibis, Painted storks, Terns, Gulls and Ducks and the resident water birds such as Ppelicans, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants, Stilts and Storks.

Next transfer to Negombo for your of this ultimate wildlife safari tour of Sri Lanka. Your ultimate Sri Lanka Wildlife Tour comes to an end and you will be transferred to Colombo International Airport which is only 20 minutes away for the flight back home.