why sri lanka safaris are truly unique

Located just off the coast of southern India, recent evidence suggests that a bridge of shoals connected Sri Lanka and India in ancient times; however, the two countries are now worlds apart. Far from the fast-paced modernisation of India and her huge cities, Sri Lanka is a microcosm of diversity – palm-fringed beaches, ancient Buddhist cities, verdant tea plantations and lush national parks are amongst her many highlights.  Our job, is to combine these highlights to provide a Sri Lanka safari holiday that perfectly blends these into one unforgettable adventure.

Sandy palm-fringed beaches, incredible marine life, the highest density of wild leopards found anywhere, and unbeatable cultural experiences.

Swimming with Blue Whales in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Safari Reviews

  • This trip was incredible. We saw the perfect blend of culture, wildlife and scenery. We were blessed with amazing weather, and loads of wildlife sightings. All accommodation was just as we expected, and service everywhere was exceptional. Harriet's prompt phone call to Australia shortly after we inquired online was an early sign that NWS was on their A game. Fantastic service guys. NWS local knowledge is also exceptional - we would totally trust NWS to build another itinerary.

    Tailor-made Sri Lanka Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Amazing - the whole experience, from the airport pick-up to the drop-off. The team was very professional. Truly unforgettable and life-changing. Snorkelling with a blue whale, the largest creature to ever exist, is an experience I'll always remember. Thank you for making this adventure possible. I can't wait to travel with NWS again!

    Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari

    5 out of 5
  • This was the best vacation my wife and I have ever been on. Patrick was committed to providing us great opportunities to see the whales, and he delivered. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.

    Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari

    5 out of 5
  • I honestly had an incredible time. The things I saw I will never forget. I mean, I swam with whales! Patrick and Joshua are awesome people. I learned so much from them. The pure size and majesty of what I saw literally took my breath away. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!

    Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Basically got what I hoped for! Everything was very well arranged. Really nothing I had to do from the point I arrived at the airport. Our guide, Joshua Barton, was a very knowledgeable guy. Always cracking jokes and keeping spirits up. Good introduction about the plan for the coming week when I arrived. As for the whales, we got lucky 4/7 days. I can die a happy man now!

    Sri Lanka Blue Whale Safari

    5 out of 5
  • Excellent trip - great recommendations, great guide and (mostly!) superb places to stay. Fulfilled expectations and successfully saw everything I set out to. All suggestions very good, especially considering I did a last-minute trip so getting availability was always going to be a bit tricky. But all well organised and very straight-forward/efficient

    Tailor-made Sri Lanka Safari

    5 out of 5
  • The four of us thought NWS did a terrific job organising our trip. Not long into our journey, we realized that organisation is imperative in India and Sri Lanka, and everything ran like clockwork. The guides were very good in each location, and we can never say enough good things about the drivers and guides in the parks. NWS did what they said they would do and got us close to the animals we wanted to see: tigers and leopards. NWS got us to the animals and we would definitely book with them again!


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Now welcoming an era of peace after decades of civil war, Sri Lanka can at long last show off her beauty to travellers and with some of her hidden treasures now once again accessible, the best time to visit is now – before mass tourism really takes off. The capital city of Colombo is where Sri Lanka’s many cultures and influences fuse together and is a real joy to explore, from the colonial architecture to the many markets and gardens. Visit the cultural triangle with its ancient religious monuments dating back thousands of years, climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya, witness the Dutch colonial heritage at Galle, visit the Temple of Tooth, cool down in the tea stations in the hills and, finally, relax on the endless white sand beaches.

If you have travelled in Africa before, please do not expect the same frequency and volume of wildlife. Sri Lanka is, after all, a tropical island... There is also some fantastic whale watching from the Port of Mirissa where you might see dolphins, as well as blue whales and other ocean mammals.

Offering some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia, Sri Lanka is home to Yala National Park, where you can go specifically to track leopards, and Minneriya National Park, where the renowned elephant gathering takes place.

Swim with blue whales, see elephant gatherings, and track wild leopards.


Sri Lanka is by and large a relaxed and friendly country and, although it still bears some of the scars of its more turbulent recent history, the infrastructure is progressing all the time. Traffic can still be somewhat unpredictable, but the road quality is improving. Outside of the main cities of Colombo and Kandy, facilities can be more basic but the standards of accommodation and food are high throughout the country; Natural World Safaris has access to some beautiful boutique lodges.

Combining well with India, particularly the south, and the Maldives, due to frequent flights between Colombo and Male, many people choose to visit the cultural and wildlife areas of Sri Lanka first before heading to a paradise island to relax in splendour.

Sri Lanka is a relatively small island, but there is plenty to discover and you can easily spend ten days to two weeks exploring and it does have its fair share of stunning sandy beaches that are not to be missed.

Why book with us

We are destination specialists

Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

We are wildlife specialists

As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

We really care about our destinations

At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 


Contact our destination specialist to start planning your journey.

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