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Sri Lanka Flying Safari

Travelling by private charter plane, journey across Sri Lanka to explore the cultural sites of Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the emerald hills around Hatton, the wildlife of Wilpattu National Park and the relaxing beaches of the south coast.

Duration 13 days
Price From $13,741
When Dec - Mar
Destination Sri Lanka

Safari Overview

The ultimate way to travel around Sri Lanka, flying on a private charter plane to experience the highlights of the island while cutting out the arduous journey times. Discover the ancient historical cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa and the wildlife of Wilpattu National Park, before heading south to the verdant tea gardens of the Hill Country and the peaceful, palm-fringed beaches of Weligama Bay.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Explore Wilpattu National Park, the oldest national park in Sri Lanka and one of the best places to spot Asiatic leopard.
  • Hike through picturesque tea plantations in the Hill Country.
  • Relax on the beaches of Weligama Bay while staying at the luxurious Cape Weligama resort.
  • Enjoy scenic bird’s eye views of the Spice Isle from your private charter plane.
TRAVEL IN STYLE AS YOU DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE WILDLIFE, CULTURE AND BEACHES OF THE SPICE ISLE.
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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Colombo - Anuradhapura

On your arrival into Sri Lanka you will be met and assisted to board your private charter flight to Anuradhapura, in the islands northern region. From here, you will be met by your driver-guide and transferred to your hotel nearby. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight: Ulagalla

Day 2

Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa

Rise early and head out for a full day’s exploration of the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s first and second capital cities, respectively. With ancient stupas, pagodas, Buddha Statues and monuments dating back thousands of years, you can choose to walk or cycle around these historic sites, marvelling at the culture and engineering work of the cities.

Overnight: Ulagalla B

Day 3

Sigiriya & Minneriya

Another early start this morning as you head to the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The Fortress, built in the 5th century atop a high limestone monolith for King Kaysapa, enjoys incredible views across the surrounding countryside. The rock is best climbed in the cool of the early morning, when you can take time to enjoy the ancient frescoes found in the caves as you ascend. In the afternoon, journey to the nearby Minneriya National Park, where from July to September you may be able to encounter ‘The Gathering’, where hundreds of elephants congregate on the banks of the Minneriya Tank to drink, feed, play and mate.

Overnight: Ulagalla B

Day 4

Wilpattu National Park

Today you will be driven an hour to Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka’s oldest park. Wilpattu, also known as the land of lakes owing to its many ‘willus’, is one of the best locations for spotting leopard in Sri Lanka, and its 'off the beaten track' location means many sightings can be enjoyed all to yourself. Spend the day in the park on a private jeep safari before returning to your hotel. With some luck, you may encounter elephant, sloth bear, deer, crocodile, a diverse array of birdlife and the majestic Asiatic leopard.

Overnight: Ulagalla B

Day 5

Ulagalla - Hatton

This morning you will fly by seaplane south to the tea plantations of Hatton, landing on Castlereagh Lake. Flying across a third of the country, you will get superb views of the ecosystem changing from flat and semi-arid farmland to verdant green hills blanketed with tea bushes. On arrival in Hatton, you will be transferred to your bungalow where a welcoming cup of tea or signature gin and tonic will be waiting to greet you. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight: Tea Trails Bungalows B

Days 6-7

Hatton

Spend the next two days exploring the tea plantations around Hatton. Other than some time exploring a working tea factory, most of your time here is yours to explore at your own pace; walk or cycle through the plantations, or simply relax by the poolside.

Overnight: Tea Trails Bungalows B, L, D

Day 8

Hatton - Weligama

Today you will take to the skies once more, for your charter flight south to the coast at Weligama Bay. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Cape Weligama, overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Overnight: Cape Weligama B, L, D

Days 9-12

Yala National Park

Spend the next few days relaxing by the Indian Ocean at your luxurious hotel. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to explore the historic Galle Fort, with noticeable Dutch, Portuguese and British architectural influences, the perfect spot for strolling on a warm afternoon before sundowners on the fort's ramparts.

Overnight: Cape Weligama B, L, D

Day 13

Depart Sri Lanka

Today is your final morning in Sri Lanka. You will be driven to the airport in time for your international flight home.

Trip Details

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This safari is tailor-made to meet your specific requirements including your preferred number of days, dates of travel, standard of lodges and budget.

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