Day 1 | Hikkaduwa
It’s time to hit the beach. Day 1 will see you head straight to Sri Lanka’s southern coast and the idyllic coastal village of Hikkaduwa. The beach is considered one of Sri Lanka’s best surfing spots and one of the best for swimming and snorkelling. Whether you’re keen to catch a few waves or relax in the sun, you’ll fall in love with this stunning stretch of golden, palm-fringed coast. Explore the coral reef with snorkelling gear, take a boat trip or stroll the streets and enjoy a meal at one of the many bars and restaurants lining the beach.
Day 2 | Turtle Hatchery
Experience the workings of the Hikkaduwa turtle hatchery as they do their bit for conservation. The hatchery houses baby and juvenile sea turtles until they mature, keeping them safe from fishing nets and natural predators. Sea turtle populations are under threat around the world as they face challenges like human's consumption of turtle eggs, shells being turned into ornaments, sea pollution and fishing nets and boats. This small, yet vital hatchery aims to educate visitors about the plight of sea turtles and the importance of protecting them for the future.
Day 3 | Udawalawe National Park
Today, we make the journey from the tranquil beaches of Hikkaduwa to Udawalawe National Park. This 30,000-hectare national park is one of the best locations in the world to see elephants up close. The stunning open grasslands make it easy to spot the native Sri Lankan Elephants, a sub-species of the Asian Elephant. We’ll take a safari through the park which is also an important habitat for birds, deer and water buffalo. The night’s accommodation promises to be a wild affair as we glamp in Safari tents.
Day 4 | Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home
Today promises to be a very special day. We head to the Udawalawe Elephant Transit home to see firsthand how this amazing facility rehabilitates orphaned and injured elephants until they are able to return to the wild. No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without a close encounter with these gentle giants. The elephant's natural habitats are under threat from mining, farming and the timber industry and this important facility rescues orphaned calves and nurtures them back to health.
Day 5 | Yala National Park
And the unforgettable animal encounters keep coming. After leaving the Elephant Transit Home, we’re back out on safari at Yala National Park. Yala has been an animal sanctuary since 1990 and is one of the best places in the country to spot a leopard. While Yala National Park is considered leopard country, it is also renowned as the home of some of Sri Lanka’s most impressive locals including deer, crocodiles, jackals and abundant birdlife.
Day 6 | Mirissa Beach
After a wild time with Sri Lanka's natives, we’ll head back to the beach to relax. It’s a xxkm journey from xx to Sri Lanka’s most famous beach, Mirissa Beach. A real-life tropical paradise, Mirissa Beach offers breathtaking sunsets, amazing local seafood, surfing, swimming and a perfect place to chill out. You may want to make the most of the watersports on offer, or you may want to get away from things with a visit to a quieter beach further afield.
Day 7 | Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach
Take to the water and explore the other side of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. November to May is the best time to get out on the water for whale-watching. While it is possible other times of the year, the seas are often too rough. In the sparkling waters off the coast of Mirissa, the mighty blue whales come to feed in the plankton-rich waters. Take a whale-watching boat tour for a close encounter with the whales or failing that you're sure to spot dolphins, turtles or rays.
Day 8 | Mirissa Beach
When you’re at one of the best beaches in the world, you won't be in any hurry to leave. We spend another day at Mirissa Beach where you'll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the sights, tastes and activity of the village of Mirissa. Get in the water for swimming and snorkelling or head to nearby Weligama Beach, considered Sri Lanka’s number one surfing spot.
Day 9 | Mirissa Beach
Another day in paradise. We know how much people love it here, so we schedule another day to relax in this perfect beach village. Explore the beaches further afield like Unawatuna, discover the secret beach where you can swim with turtles or take a trip to the stunning Taprobane Island. Enjoy an idyllic dinner by candlelight on the sand.
Day 10 | Relax or swim with the turtles at Mirissa Beach
Just a short tuk-tuk ride from Mirissa, you will find a secret beach where you may be lucky enough to swim alongside a turtle. The warm, calm water of Turtle Bay makes it one of the best places to get close to sea turtles in their natural habitat. Snorkels and masks are available for hire. Guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience, one not to be missed.
Day 11 | Mirissa to Galle
Enjoy a morning of leisure in Mirissa (perhaps catch a last wave) before departing for the old town of Galle. Along the way, we’ll stop to watch the stilt fisherman as they fish the traditional way perched over the water on seats made from sticks and twine. Relax with a leisurely evening in Galle.
Day 12 | Galle Fort to Colombo
Today, you have all day to explore the fortified city of Galle. This fascinating city offers a unique mix of European architecture and South-Asian traditions set amongst an eclectic display of mosques, churches, museums and markets. At the heart of the city is the UNESCO world-heritage listed Galle Fort. Surrounded by the sea on three sides, this walled enclave is one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive sights. You may be enjoying more time in Galle, or if it’s time to head home, we will arrange your transfer back to Colombo for your return flight.