Journey into the mountain-backed interior by private vehicle and take a 4×4 game-spotting drive: looking for the park’s herds of elephants—often seen with young—and water monitor lizards, water buffalo, deer, and leopard. Includes a lunch stop (own expense), entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Trip Outline
Sri Lanka Elephant Safari From Colombo, Bentota and Kalutara (Private)
Time : 5:00 am
BENTOTA / UDAWALAWE / BENTOTA
Early morning meet our driver/guide at your hotel in Colombo and drive to Uodawalawe national park. Your pick-up will take place at 5.00 AM. The drive from the West coast to Udawalawe national park takes around 2 hours and your jeep is ready by the time you reach the national park.
3-hour Jeep safari at Udawalawe National Park
After the jeep safari, which lasts between 3-4 hours, you will start the return journey at around 11.00 AM, en-route stopping at
Bentota beach is the most popular beach holiday destination on the island. The unique location of Bentota beach resort is one important reason for its popularity as a beach holiday destination. Bentota resort is located on an island and the island is connected with the mainland at its southern border. Bentota is mainly comprised of a narrow strip of land that spreads along the north-south axis. Unlike most other islands, Bentota is surrounded by both sea and river. One side of the island is the Bentota River while the western side of Bentota is flanked by the Indian Ocean. Large numbers of hotels are built in this narrow strip of land enabling the travellers to have a peaceful atmosphere during the holiday. You can a book a hotel in Bentota through Seerendipity Tours at a very affordable rate online.
Endangered sea turtle conservation project
Projects have been launched to conserve the population of turtles that are reaching extinction and such projects are found along the southern coast of Sri Lanka where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. The turtle digs a hole on the Beach, Lays her eggs and covers it with sand where it is supposed to, incubates in the heat of the sun. What often happens is, the eggs are dug out by fishermen and sold to people who consume them. But now the eggs are bought up by the conservation projects and are hatched the Natural way in enclosed areas where the Birds don’t have a chance of picking them up and the babies are let into the sea after two days at night time which offers them a better chance of survival.
Madu River Safari
In the global context, the ecological importance of this site has garnered it the ‘Ramsar Wetland’ status in 2003 being the second largest wetland in Sri Lanka with a colossal 915 hectares with 23 islands inhabited by nearly 300 families. The River Sanctuary is now a Tourist Development Area and a Special Area Managed (SAM) by the Coast Conservation Department. Balapitiya is where the ‘Madu Ganga’ makes its home.
City tour Galle
Galle is one of the ancient seaports of Sri Lanka and was an anchor point in the Silk Route. It was later discovered by the Portuguese where they built a fortress and the Dutch that succeeded them fortified it further. This fortress is today a World Heritage Site.
The fort has a colourful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria iv, for its unique exposition of "an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries.
The Galle Fort, also known as the Dutch Fort or the "Ramparts of Galle", withstood the Boxing Day tsunami which damaged part of the coastal area of Galle town. It has been since restored. The Galle Fort also houses the elite Amangalla resort hotel, located near the Dutch Reformed Church. It was originally built in 1684 to house the Dutch Governor and his staff. It was then converted into a hotel and named then as the New Oriental Hotel in 1865, which catered to the European passengers travelling between Europe and Galle Port in the 19th century.
You will be returning to your hotel in Colombo or in any other place on the west coast ay around 05.00 PM.