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Sri Lanka: Beach to Jungle

Sri Lanka

  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Native peacocks
  • Sloth bear
  • Spot leopards
  • Traditional stilt fishing
  • Rusty spotted cat

Sri Lanka: Beach to Jungle

Sri Lanka

2 passengers
  • VIP travel service VIP door to door
  • All inclusive All Inclusive
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Go in search of elephants and leopards

Discover Sri Lanka’s wildlife during a combined stay at a luxury beach-front resort overlooking the Indian Ocean, and five nights on the edge of the Yala National Park, boasting the highest concentration of leopards in the world. Three included game drives in wildlife hotspots offer the chance to spot not only the elusive leopard, but sloth bears, Asian elephants, crocodiles and over 200 species of bird too. You’ll also have the chance to explore UNESCO-listed Galle, discover Buddhist temples and see orphaned elephants at the Elephant Transit Home.


  • Included travel insurance
  • Return flights and transfers
  • All breakfasts (B), lunches (L) and dinners (D)
  • Free bar open 13 hours a day
  • Welcome drink
  • Free Wi-Fi at both hotels
  • Porterage at your hotels

Our included extras

  • Dedicated Saga Host at Cinnamon Bey
  • VIP Club Lounge at Cinnamon Bey
  • Welcome drink and drinks reception
  • Expert Host

Excursions and visits

  • Madhu River boat safari
  • Visit to Meetiyagoda moonstone mine
  • Galle fishing experience
  • Three game drives
  • Visit to Kataragama temple
  • Visit to Elephant Transit Home
  • Galle walking tour
  • Trekking in the Kanneliya Forest Reserve

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Day 1 UK-Beruwala, Sri Lanka

Cinnamon Bey

Fly to the beautiful west coast of Sri Lanka, a region famous for its stunning beaches and leisurely pace of life. Here you'll spend two nights at the locally rated 5-star Cinnamon Bey (4Q), a luxury retreat in a peaceful, coastal setting. Spend the afternoon at leisure, before a welcome dinner and drinks this evening where you can get to know your fellow travellers. D

Day 2 Beruwala

Madhu river

This morning, discover the incredible biodiversity of the Madhu River, as you travel through the mangroves on a boat safari. You’ll disembark on one of the small islands where you’ll witness displays of traditional industries such as cinnamon farming, coir making and coconut weaving. En route back to the hotel, stop at the Meetiyagoda moonstone mine. The afternoon is free to spend at leisure. B, L, D

Day 3 Beruwala-Galle-Yala

Traditional stilt fishing at sunset

Set off for Yala after breakfast, pausing en route at the colonial city of Galle. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Galle fish market, and witness stilt fishing. This age-old method is practised on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, and requires the fisherman to balance on thin wooden poles in shallow water, keeping completely still. If you’re feeling brave, perhaps try stilt fishing for yourself!

Continue to Yala and check in to the locally rated 4-star Cinnamon Wild (3Q) in Yala where you’ll stay for the next five nights. Spend the afternoon at leisure. B, L, D

Day 4 Yala

Yala National Park

Embark on your first game drive in the Yala National Park this morning, as you go in search of native wildlife. If you’re lucky you may be able to spot three of Sri Lanka’s ‘Big 5’ on one game drive, as the leopard, sloth bear and elephant can all be found in the park. Whilst searching for the elusive leopard, herds of spotted deer, Mugger crocodiles, wild boar, buffalo, langurs, and peacocks also provide brilliant photograph opportunities.

Return to your hotel for lunch, and spend the afternoon at leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional excursion to Mulkirigala Temple. B, L, D

Day 5 Yala

Storks in Bundala National Park

Spend this morning at leisure, or join an optional excursion to Bundala National Park for a game drive with a packed breakfast included.

After a late lunch, visit the holy town of Kataragama, one of the 16 places consecrated by Buddha. Here visit the Shrine of Lord Skanda and the Buddhist temple of Kiri Vehera that dates back to the 3rd century. 

Return to your hotel for dinner. B, L, D

Day 6 Yala

Keep your eyes peeled for leopards

This morning you have the opportunity to join another optional game drive in the Yala National Park. The park boasts one of the world’s highest density of leopards – keep your eyes peeled in the hope of spotting one – with no predators to fear here they are slightly less reclusive. 

After lunch at the hotel, return the national park and enjoy another included game drive, this time from the Galgae entrance. 

Return to your hotel for dinner. B, L, D

Day 7 Yala

See elephants on game drives

After breakfast, depart for a full day included excursion to Udawalawe. See orphaned elephants being fed at the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe, watching from a viewing platform. Orphaned elephants are looked after here, and that’s no easy task as one young elephant can drink up to 80 pints of milk a day! The Foundation works with the orphans to prepare them for being safely returned to the wild when they are around four years old. 

Look forward to a game drive in Udawalawe National Park this evening when you may see herds of Asian elephants in their natural habitat. This is an area of undulating country, open grasslands and reservoir, it offers a picturesque drive and means that elephant are relatively easy to spot. Another attraction in Udawalawe is its wild cats, including the Rusty Spotted Cat, Fishing Cat and the rare Golden Palm Cat.

Return to your hotel for dinner. B, L, D

Day 8 Yala-Galle-Beruwala

Galle Fort

Depart your hotel after breakfast, and travel back to Galle for a walking tour of this exotic city. It houses a 300-year-old fort, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The city was enlarged by the Portuguese in the 16th century and changed hands repeatedly between various colonial powers. It was under Dutch colonial rule that the Galle Fort was built, and you'll have an afternoon to explore the ramparts, fortified walls constructed from fossilised coral, and the fort's interior which is now home to a range of plush shops and boutiques. Enjoy a chilled drink or hot beverage as the sun sets.

Continue to the Cinnamon Bey Hotel (4Q) in Beruwala where you’ll spend a further six nights. B, L, D

Day 9 Beruwala

Cinnamon Bey backs on to a sandy beach

Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D

Day 10 Beruwala

Relax by the pool at the Cinnamon Bey

Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D

Day 11 Beruwala

The KDN forest reserve

Look forward to an included trekking experience in the Kanneliya Forest Reserve. The Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya forest complex, known as KDN, covers an area of over 10,000 hectares in southern Sri Lanka. The site is one of the richest areas in terms of flora in the whole of Southern Asia, and thus has been designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. B, L, D

Please note: this excursion is not recommended for those with walking difficulties.

Day 12 Beruwala

Unwind at the Cinnamon Bey

Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D

Day 13 Beruwala

Beruwala's beautiful beaches

Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D

Day 14 Beruwala

Perhaps indulge with a spa treatment

Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D

Day 15 Beruwala-UK

Plane wing against a sunrise

Transfer to the airport for your return overnight flight to the UK. B

Day 16 UK

Arrive in the UK for your included door-to-door travel service home.

Sri Lanka: Beach to Jungle

Sri Lanka

2 passengers

Sri Lanka: Beach to Jungle

Sri Lanka

2 passengers