Sri Lanka Young Explorers Safari

A 13-day safari to Sri Lanka's southern region, ideal for families with young children. Discover the wildlife of Udawalawe and Yala National Parks, including leopard, elephants and sloth bears, and hike through the tropical Sinharaja Rainforest, before heading to the stunning beaches of the south coast for some rest and relaxation...

Duration 13 Days
Price From $3,043
When Jul - Mar
Destination Sri Lanka

Safari Overview

Journey through the lush forests and idyllic beaches of Sri Lanka’s southern region on this tailor-made safari, designed especially for families. Your first destination is the last remaining fragment of tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja, where you can explore on foot to observe the diverse birdlife and reptiles up close. From jungle hikes to jeep safaris, travel across the island to witness the leopards of Yala and the elephants of Udawalawe National Park, including a visit to the orphaned elephants at the Elephant Transit Home. Finally, enjoy some rest and relaxation on the peaceful beaches of Tangalle, home to five species of nesting turtles, and discover the historic fortress-town of Galle. You will be accompanied throughout your trip by your personal guide, who will be able to tailor your journey to suit your family’s interests.

What makes this trip extraordinary?


  • Explore Sri Lanka’s tropical rainforest in search of blue magpies, giant squirrels,  snakes and more.
  • Visit orphaned elephants at dinner time in Udawalawe National Park.
  • Discover the wildlife of Yala National Park, home to leopards, elephants, peacocks, monkeys and sloth bears.
  • Relax on the beautiful beaches of the south coast, an important nesting site for five species of turtles.




From leopards prowling the dense forests to elephant herds, nesting turtles and ELUSIVE sloth bears, Sri Lanka is home to a fascinating array of wildlife.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Colombo

Flying into Colombo International Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your beautiful boutique hotel, The Wallawwa. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax at your hotel or explore the city.

Overnight: The Wallawwa

Day 2

Colombo - Sinharaja Rainforest

This morning you will be driven further inland to the Sinharaja Rainforest, the last remaining tract of tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka. In the late afternoon, join your guide as you explore the forest interior, looking out for bird species such as blue magpies, monkeys and reptiles.

Day 3

Sinharaja Rainforest

After breakfast this morning, you will head into the rainforest for a hike along the forest trails, discovering the diverse flora and fauna. Return for lunch at your hotel and relax before heading out for another rainforest hike in the late afternoon.

Day 4

Sinharaja Rainforest - Udawalawe National Park

Today you will be driven east to Udawalawe National Park, best known for its elephant population. En route to your lodge, stop off at the Elephant Transit Home, where you can watch as the orphaned elephants are bottle-fed. In the afternoon, head out for a game drive within the park.

Day 5

Udawalawe National Park

Spend the day exploring Udawalawe National Park. Surrounding a large reservoir, Udawalawe covers an area of over 300km² and contains a variety of habitats including wetlands, forests and grasslands. It is an important sanctuary for waterbirds and Sri Lankan elephants, and herds of elephants can often be observed feeding, bathing and playing in the waters of the park.

Day 6

Udawalawe - Yala National Park

Today you will depart Udawalawe and be driven to Yala National Park, the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Yala has one of the largest Asiatic leopard populations in the world, and is also home to Sri Lankan elephants, crocodiles, sloth bears, monkeys and deer. Arrive in time for lunch at your hotel, before embarking on a jeep safari in the park.

Overnight: Cinnamon Wild Yala B, L, D

Day 7

Yala National Park

You will spend the whole day exploring Yala National Park from your private jeep. There are 44 mammal, 47 reptile and 215 bird species that have been recorded in the park, including many endemic species. Aside from the leopards for which the park is best-known, Yala is home to elephants, sloth bears and the endangered Asian water buffalo.

Overnight: Cinnamon Wild Yala B, L, D

Day 8

Yala National Park - Tangalle

After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to your hotel near the beautiful palm-lined beaches of Tangalle. These beaches are more remote than the rest of the south coast, giving you a peaceful and more authentic experience. The area is also an important nesting site for five different species of turtle, which can be seen year-round coming up the beaches to nest.

Days 9-10


Your days here will be spent relaxing by the hotel pool, sunbathing on the beaches, and swimming and snorkelling in the clear waters of the Indian Ocean; the ideal way to relax after your adventures in the jungle.

Day 11

Tangalle - Galle

Travel west along the coastline to the historic fort town of Galle. In the evening, enjoy a walking tour of the fort and learn about the history that has shaped the town today, whilst seeking out the hidden nooks and crannies that only the locals know about...

Day 12


Spend your last full day in Sri Lanka exploring the cobbled streets of Galle, and relaxing on the surrounding beaches.

Day 13

Depart Sri Lanka

Today you will be met by your guide and driven north to Colombo, in time for your international flight home.

Trip Details

Dates and Prices

This is a tailor-made wildlife safari and can be edited to suit your needs, wants and budget. We have chosen the accommodation to be as close as possible to the wildlife-rich areas of interest.

About Tailor-made Safaris

A tailor-made safari is one designed specifically for you, around your taste, budget, people travelling, interests and more. This itinerary is just an example and can be refined and changed to make it perfect for you

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