Excursions perfectly enhance your holiday and offer excellent value. Prices are per person.
Colombo evening walking tour
A wonderfully personalised walking tour through the city of Colombo with guide Mark Forbes or one of his trusted friends. Witness some of the amazing architecture the Dutch and English left behind, walk along the old colonial streets, seek out former mansions and pass several notable landmarks. Available from Colombo.
Galle late afternoon walking tour
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Galle Fort with a local resident whose family has lived and worked here for generations. Wander the maze of narrow cobblestoned streets lined with colonial period buildings and old merchant houses then walk along the sturdy ramparts looking out to sea and visit colonial period churches, the lighthouse and museums. Available from Galle.
Minneriya National Park game drive
Minneriya National Park may be relatively small but is home to a range of wildlife including deer, monkeys and hundreds of birds. It’s also a superb place to observe herds of elephants bathing or grazing on the grasses, partiuclarly during the dry months (Jul-Oct) for the ‘gathering’ when they migrate here in search of water and fresh grass. Available from Chilaw (approx 2 hours drive). Also available from Habarana, Sigiriya and Kandalama.
A half day excursion during which yoy may spot blue Whales, sperm whales, dwarf sperm whales, spinner dolphins, striped dolphins or Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. Available along the south west coast from Nov-Mar while the east coast off Trincomalee is preferable from Mar-Apr. Dolphins can be seen until October.
Wilpattu National Park Jeep Safari
Wilpattu is one of the largest national parks in Sri Lanka and widely regarded as one of the best places to spot leopard in its natural habitat. The park is comprised of lakes called ‘Villu’ surrounded by grassy plains set within scrub jungle and along with leopard is home to elephant, sloth bear, deer and water buffalo. Available from Chilaw (approx 2 hours drive). Also available from Habarana, Sigiriya, Kandalama and Ulagalla.
Uda Walawe National Park
Early morning departure from Hambantota or Tangalle to Uda Walawe National Park (approx 1½ hours drive). On arrival embark on a game drive by jeep, watching for elephants, deer, macaques, water buffalo and more. After lunch (included) proceed to the Elephant Transit Home (supported by the Born Free Foundation) to see orphaned elephants being bottle fed. Also available from Bentota, Kalutara and Galle.