Tigers and Leopards of Asia

An incredible safari combining the best areas of both India and Sri Lanka to see the big cats of Asia. In India you will visit Bandhavgarh National Park to go in search of the impressive bengal tiger before travelling to Yala National Park to spot the elusive Asian leopard.

Duration 16 days
Price From $4,427
When Oct - Apr
Destination Sri Lanka & India

Safari Overview

You will experience a whole host of wildlife on this 16 day safari, spending time in the best spots in India to track Bengal tigers, and Sri Lanka to search for Asian leopards – a truly unforgettable and incredible experience. These endangered species are rare, and this safari gives you the best chance of encountering these big cats in the wild. You can also expect to see common langurs, jungle cat, elephants and even panthers!

You will begin your wildlife adventure by exploring Bandhavgarh and Kanha National Parks in India. Both of these are fantastic places for tiger-spotting, and you will hopefully catch sight of one of the wild Bengal tigers here! These endangered animals are shy and reclusive, but if you’re lucky you’ll catch a glimpse of one of these mysterious creatures. You will then fly to Sri Lanka, where you explore Udawalawe National Park, hopefully catching sight of some of the large population of elephants that reside there, before going to stay in Yala National Park, home to the highest concentration of leopards in the world.

What makes this trip extraordinary?

  • Embark on a journey in search of two of the world’s most important big cats; leopards and tigers!
  • Explore wildlife rich national parks in India and Sri Lanka.
  • Great wildlife viewing with the chance to see elephant, wild boar, Bengal fox and jungle cat!
  • Visit the historical fort city of Galle.

One of our favourite big cats safaris; search for Bengal tigers and Asiatic leopards in India and Sri Lanka.

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Day by day

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Leela Palace New Delhi

Day 2

Delhi - Bandhavgarh

This morning after breakfast you will be escorted to the airport for your onward flight to Khajuraho, where you will be driven approximately 5 and a half hours to Bandhavgarh National Park. You will check into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to relax. Set in the Vindhyanchal ranges, Bandhavgarh spans 437 square kilometres.

Overnight: Kings Lodge B, D

Days 3-4

Bandhavgarh National Park

You will spend two full days here exploring the park, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives with relaxing breaks for lunch and taking walks through the park if you wish. During these days you may be lucky enough to catch sight of one of 90 tigers that live here, as well as spot some of the many other resident animals, birds and reptiles.

Overnight: Kings Lodge B, L, D

Day 5

Bandhavgarh - Kanha

After your last morning safari in the park, you will be driven approximately 5 and a half hours to Kanha National Park. This is one of the largest National Parks in India, spanning over 1945 square kilometres. This picturesque area inspired Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel ‘The Jungle Book’.

Overnight: Shergah Tented Camp B, L, D

Days 6-7

Kanha National Park

Your days will start with morning game drives they can be rather cold so be sure to wrap up! The tigers in this park are doing extremely well, and you may also striped hyenas, sloth bears and wild dogs. You can enjoy your breakfast in the beautiful surrounds of the park, and you will head back to camp at lunchtime. You will then be able to relax for a few hours and explore the park if you wish, before going on your afternoon game drive. You can also go on nature walks, bike rides, or bird watching treks escorted by one of the camp’s expert naturalists.

Overnight: Shergah Tented Camp B, L, D

Day 8

Kanha National Park - Delhi

This morning, after your final morning game drive through the park, you will be driven approximately 4 and a half hours to Raipur airport where you will board a flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 9

Delhi - Colombo

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (please note that this flight is not included in the safari and needs to be arranged by yourself). Upon arrival you will be met by your driver who will take you to Colombo.

Day 10

Colombo - Udawalawe

Today you will journey to Udawalawe. You will check into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy your new surroundings.

Day 11

Udawalawe National Park

Today you will enjoy a morning game drive in the park, after which you will have some time to relax before enjoying a second game drive in the afternoon. The park spans 31,000 hectares, and the terrain is comprised of a large water reservoir and dry grasslands.

Day 12

Udawalawe - Yala

This morning you will be driven to Yala National Park; the park is situated in the south-eastern corner of the island, and the environment here differs to Udawalawe drastically; the terrain is varied, and is comprised of beaches, green plains, jungle and rocky areas. Yala National Park has the highest concentration of leopards anywhere in the world, and so your chances of seeing one whilst exploring this park are extremely high! There are also a large number of elephants at Yala, who sometimes enjoy bathing in the watering holes at the park, so you may spot one of these wonderful creatures whilst exploring the park!

Overnight: Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris B, L, D

Days 13-14

Yala National Park

You will enjoy early morning safaris, in search of the array of wildlife that resides here, returning to the campsite for lunch before embarking on your afternoon adventure. Evenings will be spent sharing stories of your animal sightings with one another, before going to sleep surrounded by the noises of the jungle.

Overnight: Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris B, L, D

Day 15

Yala - Galle

Today you leave Yala National Park, heading to the historical city of Galle. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you will have time to explore the many markets, shops and galleries here. You will then check in to your hotel for the night, which sits perched upon a rocky cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and is perfect for visits to the beach.

Day 16

Depart Galle

Today you will check out of your hotel before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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.

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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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