Sri Lanka:

Whale snorkelling, elephant safaris and sightseeing trips

March 15 - 24
March 29 - April 7
April 28 - May 7
  • 10 days
  • Whale snorkelling, elephant safaris and sightseeing trips
  • level of difficulty: easy
  • 1 680 EURO
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    Swimming with whales
    Twenty-six species of cetaceans have been sighted around Sri Lanka. Although our main target are blue whales and sperm whales, if we come across a dolphin, manta or turtle, we will also take our time with them. Some of the animals move fast enough and you can't swim with them. Others are more sociable - that's where we'll jump in.
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    Snorkelling with reef sharks on Pigeon Island
    Sri Lanka is popular among divers the world over. There are many reefs located in shallow depths. Most are patch reef systems - in-lagoon reef fields.
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    Elephant safari in Minneria Park
    Minneria is a national park originally designed as a habitat for elephants. It is here that the 'Big Gathering', the world's largest single concentration of elephants (up to 200), can be seen. The park area is relatively small, increasing the chances of
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    Visiting Sigiriya Rock
    Sigiriya is a rocky plateau in the centre of the island. A citadel palace was built on top of a 170-metre cliff, once surrounded by gardens with fountains and pools. Ancient travellers described the palace's pediment as being lined with precious stones. Nothing remains of these, of course, but the giant royal throne is well preserved. Parts of the frescoed gallery and the 'mirror wall', a stone polished to a high lustre with minerals, remain.
    The ascent up the mountain is done by a staircase carved between the paws, throat and jaws of a lion of immense size. The steps lead up to a terrace of 1.7 hectares, from which there is an amazing view of the surrounding countryside.
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    The ancient city of Anuradhapura
    Anuradhapura is the capital of the first Sinhalese kingdom. Here you can get a glimpse of different cultural eras. See the stupas, the ruins of a monastery and the Bodhi tree, one of the island's most important holy sites. Every year, tens of thousands of devotees make pilgrimages to the eight other holy places. One of the 'must see' spots on the island.
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    Trincomalee sights and beaches
    Fort Frederick is a 17th century fort built by the Portuguese on the sacred Mount Konamalai. It's now a military base, so you can't get in everywhere. There are reindeer here that you can feed, so bring along something tasty to eat (like mango slices).
    Temple Koneshwaram ('Temple of a Thousand Columns') is one of the island's five Hindu temples dedicated to the god Shiva. It was founded more than 2,500 years ago. It was as majestic as similar structures in India and Indonesia. Unfortunately, the ancient temple was looted and destroyed by the Portuguese, and its columns were used to build a fort. The current building was built in 1952 with donations from the faithful. It is decorated with only a few statues hidden by the locals from the Portuguese. The temple is one of the largest pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka.
    The Seruvila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara Temple is one of the 17 most revered Buddhist shrines in Sri Lanka. It was built in the second century B.C. According to legend, Shakyamuni Buddha placed flowers on the mountain and wished for a temple to be built on this spot. The Lalata Dathun Wahanse, the sacred frontal bone of the Buddha, is located here.
Day 1. Meeting in Colombo
Meet and greet at Colombo airport. Transfer to Trincomalee. Hotel check-in. Rest after your flight and have some free time. In the evening, orientation briefing.
Welcome to the land of elephants and tea. More than 21 million people live on 66,000 square kilometres. The climate is tropical, with temperatures throughout the year hovering around 30°C during the day and 26°C at night. The water temperature is 28°C.

The island has a well-developed tourist infrastructure with many cafes, restaurants and small hotels. The level of service is quite high, but with a peculiarity peculiar to Asia. Sri Lanka is a safe country for tourists. Because of the Tamil-Singal conflict in 2009 the country has heightened security measures. The streets of large cities are often lined with military personnel or checkpoints, which keeps the number of serious crimes to a minimum. What tourists should beware of is theft and petty fraud. Lankans may sell a non-existent tourist service or do something for nothing and then demand a small sum of money.
Day 2. Getting to know Trincomalee
Sleep in in the morning after yesterday's long drive. Check dive in the ocean. Sightseeing tour of Trincomalee.
Trincomalee is a town on the north east coast. It sits in a cozy cove that protects it from the winds and waves.

Compared to other resorts in Sri Lanka, it has a drier and warmer climate. The place is known for its long and wide beaches, which have been ranked as the best on the island by numerous ratings. It is not very crowded, which makes for a relaxing holiday on the soft yellowish sands.
Days 3 - 4. Going out into the ocean to look for whales
A half-day trip to the ocean in small boats. The duration of the outing depends on weather conditions and animal availability, the outing can last from 4 to 9 hours.

Finding a whale in the ocean is not an easy task. In Sri Lanka there are no lookouts (special people who sit on the shore and look for whales with powerful optics), so we are in constant communication with the captains of the fishing boats. Fishermen provide us with full information on whale sightings.

Before leaving, it's advisable to have a hearty breakfast and take pills for seasickness. It is worth recharging the cameras and, better still, taking spare batteries, as the main one may not be enough.
Day 5. Climbing Sigiriya Rock and elephant safari
A big day of sightseeing. Early in the morning, while it is still not too hot, climb the rock plateau of Sigiriya to see the ancient fortress at the top of the mountain. In the afternoon, a safari trip to Minneria National Park in search of wild elephants.

There are elephants in all the national parks in Sri Lanka. There are indeed a lot of animals on the island, you can even meet them on the road. There are special farms and kennels where you can feed and ride elephants. But in our opinion, the best place to see them is in their natural habitat, where they are free to roam, rather than being led around by their handlers.
Day 6. Snorkelling with reef sharks on Pigeon Island
A day out - without a busy programme. A trip to the uninhabited Pigeon Island takes only 10 minutes by boat. Early morning snorkelling on the island's home reef. Over 300 species of fish can be seen there. Turtles and reef sharks are often seen.
Days 7 - 8. Going out in the ocean to look for whales
The advantage of the wilderness is that two days that are identical in description can turn out to be totally different. We continue to look for cetaceans.
Day 9. Ancient City of Anuradhapura
Travel to the city of Anuradhapura, the capital of the first Sinhalese kingdom. Here you can get a glimpse of different cultural eras. See the stupas, the ruins of a monastery, and the Bodhi tree, one of the most important holy sites on the island.

The climate here is very hot, but we'll be travelling mainly by car - no long walks are planned.
Day 10. Departure home
Last day of the trip. Purchase of souvenirs. Transfer to Colombo. Departure home.
Price: 1 780 USD
3 - 12 March, 2024
12 - 21 March, 2024
24 March - 2 April, 2024
30 April - 9 May, 2024
  • Included:
    • Group transfers (pick-up and drop-off) to the recommended flight - please ask at the time of booking.
    • Stay at a 3* hotel with pool on the first line with breakfast
    • Entrance to all parks and attractions, taxes and fees
    • Jeep safari
    • Four ocean walks with whale watching
    • Snorkelling on a coral reef with sharks
    • All transfers per programme
    • Guiding throughout the trip
  • Not included:
    • Flight to Colombo City
    • Health insurance and visa
    • Snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, flippers)
    • Meals not included in the program
    • Visa, PCR test and other costs for entry into Sri Lanka.
    • Additional options (extra charge):
    • Private room (single)
    • Private transfer
  • Additional information
    • Water temperature about +28-29C
    • Temperature on land about +32-34C
    • Currency: Sri-Lankan rupee (LKR), American dollar (USD)
    • Outlets: G, voltage 220 volts
  • Getting there
    Flights to Colombo via SHJ, DXB, DOH.
  • To-pack list
    • Passport, tickets
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Light trekking boots
    • Snorkeling equipment
    • Anti-mosquito spray
  • Snorkeling and freediving equipment
    • Mask
    • Snorkel
    • Flippers
    • GoPro or other underwater camera
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