Sri Lanka Safari Holidays Leopards Yala Park

Galle South Coast: Beaches, Whales & Wildlife


LRW10C
10 NIGHTS
FROM £1,495
International flights quoted separately
From October to May, enjoy the magnificent beaches of the warm Sri Lanka south coast - excellent for swimming, diving & fishing. Visit Galle Fort & enjoy a whale watching boat ride, with blue whales & dolphins as the highlight. Also visit Udawalawe to see Asian elephants in the wild & spend a night at Yala National Park.  All transfers, whale watching, jeep safaris & park fees included.
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Galle Fort
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Whale Watching
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Blue Whales
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Dolphins
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Udawalawe
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Asian Elephants
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Yala National Park
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Kataragama Temple
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Tea Plantation
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Indian Ocean Beaches
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Galle Fort
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Whale Watching
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Blue Whales
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Dolphins
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Udawalawe
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Asian Elephants
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Yala National Park
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Kataragama Temple
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Tea Plantation
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Indian Ocean Beaches
Day 1
You will be met at Colombo Airport and transferred 3.5-hours to your hotel on the Galle Coast in the vicinity of the fortified town of Galle.
 
Galle Fort has a colourful history, as it was originally built by the Portuguese and later heavily fortified by the Dutch. It is today a World Heritage site, with a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population living within its walls. After visiting the town, your guide will drop you off at your hotel along this beautiful coast.
Day 2
At leisure to relax on the beautiful beaches of the Galle Coast, where there are many diving sites. From October to May you can hope to see whales in these waters, and from December to April sea turtles hatch on these beaches.
 
Optional day excursions are available to explore more of fascinating Galle Fort, with its many shops and markets, and walk along its ramparts. Prominent landmarks include the natural harbor, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests and an important Shiva temple.
 
You can take a day trip to the imposing Buddhist temple at Mulkirigala, or enjoy a canal boat ride to islands where you can see water birds, monkeys and water monitors.
Day 3
From October to May, travel 1-hour to the small town of Mirissa for an exciting Whale Watching boat ride.
 
Arrive at the fishery harbour in good time for the 07.00 departure. In these Indian Ocean waters you can hope to see the Blue whale, Bryde´s whale, Sperm whale, Fin whale and sometimes a Killer whale. Blue whales in concentrations not seen elsewhere in the world will be the highlight. The Common dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin, Spinner dolphin, Risso's dolphin and Striped dolphin are also seen in these clear waters and you may even see turtle, bluefin tuna and flying fish.
 
You will be on the water for 4-hours in seas that can get rough, so preventative travel sickness tablets are recommended if you are not a good sailor. Remember to take sun glasses, sun hat and good sun screen protection.
Day 4
Today enjoy a full day excursion to see Asian elephants in the wild, as we travel 4-hours to Udawalawe National Park.
 
This national park was created to provide sanctuary for animals displaced by the Udawalawe Reservoir and offers the best sightings of Asian elephants in Sri Lanka. It is also an important habitat for water birds, water buffalo, spotted & barking deer, wild boar, sambar, jackal, mongoose, leopard, jungle and fishing cats.
 
Afterwards we visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home that cares for orphaned calves and re-introduces them into the wild, where you can get close to these gentle giants.
 
Please be prepared for some rough roads.
Day 5
At leisure to relax on the beaches of the beautiful Galle Coast.
Day 6
Today you will be collected from your hotel by your driver/guide and driven 3.5-hours eastwards along the coast to Yala National Park.
 
Yala National Park is the premier game reserve in Sri Lanka, covering an area of nearly 400 sq miles (1,000 sq.km). It is famous for having the highest density of leopards in the world, but sightings of these magnificent animals are not guaranteed and you need to take at least 2 or 3 jeep safaris for a good chance of a sighting. On arrival enjoy an afternoon jeep safari.
Day 7
This morning enjoy another jeep safari into Yala National Park, before travelling 4-hours along the south coast to your hotel on the Galle Coast in the vicinity of the fortified town of Galle.
 
Along the way we visit the pilgrimage town of Kataragama - sacred to the Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and local Vedda people. Here you can view the Kiri Vehera, an ancient Buddhist stupa (sacred mound containing relics) dating back to the 6th century BC. There is also a multi-faith temple on the site.
  
Time permitting we also visit a Tea Plantation to see how the leaves of the tea bushes are dried, to make one of the most popular drinks in the world, before continuing to Galle.
 
Galle Fort has a colourful history, as it was originally built by the Portuguese and later heavily fortified by the Dutch. It is today a World Heritage site, with a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population living within its walls. After visiting the fort, your guide will drop you off at your hotel along this beautiful coast.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax on the beaches of the beautiful Galle Coast.
Day 11
Transfer 3.5-hours to Colombo Airport for your flight home.
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