Leopard Safari Tours in Sri Lanka

Block I of the Yala National Park in Southern Sri Lanka is one of the world’s top spots for watching leopard.  The preserve provides the ideal environment for the leopard with a mix of rocky outcrops and scrub jungle coupled with a high density of prey, especially spotted deer, which are numerous in the park enabling them to survive in much smaller territories compared to other parts of the world; Yala has an average density of one leopard per every three square kilometres which is the highest in the world.  Protection against poachers and frequent visitation to the park over the past two to three decades has habituated most of Yala’s leopards to safari jeeps enabling good opportunities for close-up encounters.

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Arrive in Sri Lanka and transfer to Thotupola, Piliyandala, for 2 nights.

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Full day canoeing and abseiling at Thotupola.

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After breakfast leave for Elephant Reach, Tissamaharama for 2 nights. Watch the BBC wild life documentary “Leopard Hunters” filmed at Yala National Park.

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Morning and evening game drives at Yala National Park.

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Morning and evening game drives at Yala National Park. After breakfast leave for Ella Adventure Park for 2 nights. Trek down to the campsite.

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Full day at Ella where you will engage in adventure sports such as Sky Roping, Abseiling and trekking.

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7

After breakfast leave for Jetwing St.Andrew’s, Nuwara Eliya, for 2 nights. Evening, visit to Victoria Park.

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8

After breakfast, trekking through the grasslands and cloud forests of Horton Plains National Park to the famous World’s End

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9

After breakfast, leave for Royal River Resort, Kithulgala, for 2 nights. Afternoon, visit Kelani Valley Forest Reserve for another look at the lowland endemics. Cross the Kelani River in a dugout canoe and reach the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve, which is a lowland tropical rainforest rich in endemic fauna and flora. The Kelani Valley Forest Reserve is ideal for any missed lowland endemics such as Sri Lanka Myna, Green-billed Coucal, Spot-winged Thrush, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Brown-capped Babbler and Red-faced Malkoha. As dusk falls, look for Deepal Warakagoda’s newly discovered Serendib Scops Owl.

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10

After breakfast, white-water rafting at Kithulgala. After noon, visit Belilena Prehistoric Caves.

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After breakfast leave for Villa Talangama for one night. Afternoon Local birding at Talangama for Black and Yellow Bitterns.

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