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Home > Discovery Tour Programs > Wild Life Tours > Sri Lanka's Big Five

Sri Lanka's Big Five

Tour Code : WLT/SLB5/1010

Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights

Season : This is a seasonal tour run during the whale watching season only from November - April each year.

Introduction : Venture on this tour in to the wilds & Seas of Sri Lanka is to in search of Sri Lanka’s Big Five – The Blue Whale, Sperm Whale, Asian Elephant, Leopard and Sloth Bear, while enjoying the cultural, Historical sites and beautiful sceneries of Sri Lanka

Tour Highlights

  • Dolphin watching in Kalpitiye
  • Safari in Wilpattu National Park
  • Polonnaruwe Ancient kingdom (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Maligawila ancient rock cut Buddha Image
  • Safari in Udewalewe National Park
  • Safari in Yale National Park
  • Whale Watching in Mirisse

Tour Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival : Airport to Kalpitiye

KalptiyeArrival in Sri Lanka and transfer to Kalpitiye for two nights.

Kalpitiye ,a marine sanctuary with a diversity of habitats ranging from bar reefs, flat coastal plains, saltpans, mangroves swamps, salt marshes and vast sand dune beaches, has been identified as a hotspot to see several different varieties of dolphins like Spotted, Spinner, Fraser’s, Risso’s and Common Dolphins as well, In Kalpitiya dolphin watching is possible 03 – 04 km off the coast ,often like a sheet of glass on calm days.


Dinner & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Kalpitiya

Day 02 : Kalpitiye

KalpitiyeEarly mornings take the boat from Alankuda and head out to sea in search of different varieties of dolphins. The early morning light will be provide perfect conditions to capture these flawless acrobats on film as they show off their tricks with an eternal grin, as if posing specially for you. Further beyond the reef, the voyage continues up in search of Sperm Whale - the largest toothed whale in the world. The deep sea off the Kalpitiya Peninsula where the continental shelf lies provides an ideal habitat for these giant oceanic predators, which need to dive several hundred meters to hunt prey such as the


Giant Squid
. Evening relax on the beach

Dinner & Overnight stay at the same hotel in Kalpitiye

Day 03 : Kalpitiye To Wilpattu

WilpattuAfter breakfast, leave for Wilpattu for two nights and afternoon, game drive at Wilpattu National Park in search of Leopard and Sloth Bear.  Wilpattu; Sri Lanka’s the largest National Park, occupying about a 1100km2 (425 sq mile) tract of shore line and jungle on the northwest coast, The park, become an eco tourism destination to rival Yala in the south, with huge expanses of forest and an array of rare mammal with over 250 species of birds, The park is also a best place to sight Asian Elephant, Barking Deer, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Jackal, Asiatic Buffalo, Crocodiles in addition to Leopards & sloth Bears


Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel nearby Wilpattu National Park

Day 04 : Wilpattu

KalpitiyeEarly morning and evening again game drives at Wilpattu National Park in search of more Leopards, Sloth Bears etc……

Diner & Overnight stay at the same hotel nearby Wilpattu National Park

Day 05 : Wilpattu To Polonnaruwa

PolonnaruwaAfter breakfast leave for Polonnaruwe and evening visit Polonnaruwa (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. At Polonnaruwa we will encounter troops of Toque Macaques, who were famously featured in both the BBC’s ‘Temple Troop’ and David Attenborough’s ‘Life of Mammals’. One will be intrigued by the power play between the Macaques and Hanuman Langur.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Giritale

Day 06 : Polonnaruwa To Buttale

Maligavile Buddha statueAfter breakfast leave for Buttale and En route, visit the ancient Maligavile Buddha statue, dates back to the 7th century AD and is the one of largest freestanding images of Lord Buddha in Sri Lanka, reaching a height of about 14 meters. The statue is carved out of a single piece block of limestone and much time can be spent here taking in the peaceful wilderness setting filled with birds and plenty of monkeys.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Buttale

Day 07 : Buttale To Udawalawe

Udawalawe National ParkAfter breakfast leave for Udawalewe & visit Udawalawe National Park for dry zone birds and Elephants in the evening. The Park is one of the guaranteed and is probably the best place to see wild herds of Elephants, consisting of tightly-knit family groups of up to four generations of related adult and sub-adult females and young. Look for dry zone birds, which include Little Green Bee-Eater, Malabar Pied Hornbill & Blue-faced Malkoha. In a visit to Udawalawe National Park close to 50-60 Elephants can be seen at Elephant transit Home, Nursery Herd which comprise of many baby Elephants is one of the key attractions.


Dinner & Overnight stay at a Hotel in Udewalawe/Embilipitiye

Day 08 : Udawalawe To Yala

YalaAfter breakfast, leave for Yala  for three nights .Yale ;Sri Lanka’s one of the best National Parks to see a wide variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife because of its scrub plains, lagoons and rocky sections. A recent study has shown that Yala has one of the highest densities of Leopards in the world, offering great opportunities for viewing and photography. Yala is also home to over 500 Asian Elephant with the highlight being the 10-12 large Tuskers that roam around the park. The Park is also the best place in Asia for sighting the shy and usually nocturnal Sloth Bear. The park is also good for dry zone specialties like Indian and Great Thick-knees, Sirkeer and Blue-faced Malkohas and Malabar Pied Hornbill. A day's birding in the park, during the northern winter, can yield a 100 species

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel nearby Yala National Park

Day 09 : Yala

YalaMorning and afternoon safaris at Yala National Park in search of Leopards, Sloth Bears ,Asian Elephants and Bird life…

Dinner & Overnight stay at the same hotel nearby Yala National Park

Day 10 : Yala

YalaMorning and afternoon  again safaris at Yala National Park in search of more Leopards, Sloth Bears ,Asian Elephants and Bird life

Dinner & Overnight stay at the same hotel nearby Yala National Park

Day 11 : Yala To Mirissa / Galle

MirissaAfter breakfast leave for Mirisse/Galle and evening relax on the beach

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Mirisse/Galle

Day 12 : Mirissa

MirissaMornings Mirissa - marine safaris; take the boat from the fishery harbor out to sea in search of Whales.

Blue Whales and Sperm Whales are both seen regularly in these waters. It is the best place in the world for seeing Blue Whale and almost certainly the best place in the world for sighting both Blue Whales and Sperm Whales. And evening relax on the beach

Dinner & Overnight stay at the same hotel in Mirissa/Galle

Day 13 : Mirissa

KalpitiyeMorning, again take the boat from the Mirisse’s fishery harbor out to sea, in search of  more Blue Whales and Sperm Whales.  And evening relax on the beach

Dinner & Overnight stay at the same hotel in Mirissa/Galle

Day 14 : Departure : Mirissa To Air Port

KalpitiyeAfter breakfast, transfer to International Airport

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What Tour Includes / Excludes

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation on HB basis (breakfast & dinner) 
  • Transportation in an A/C Car (Up to 02 Pax) / A/C Micro van (03 - 05 Pax)/A/C Mini coach (06-12Pax)
  • Airport Transfers.
  • Entrance tickets for all activities mentioned above
  • Jeeps for safaris where mentioned
  • Government Taxes.

Tour Excludes

  • Tips and porterage.
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Lunch & Beverages
  • Flights & Visas
  • Early check-in & Early checkout charges
  • Optional Activities
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