Lying in the Indian Ocean just off the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent, the compact island of Sri Lanka contains rich bounty for the nature traveler. Herds of Asian elephants and troops of monkeys roam its rain forests in the tropical lowlands. Waterfalls plummet from cloud forest highlands that shelter hundreds of colorful bird species. Golden beaches ring the island, while offshore, giant blue whales and sea turtles swim in clear turquoise waters. A global biodiversity hotspot, Sri Lanka has many endemic flora and fauna to impress the traveler captivated by unique natural wonders. Once known as Ceylon during the British empire, Sri Lanka has a diverse cultural heritage that dates back more than 2,000 years, with a vibrant Buddhist presence and layered influences from Indian, Arab and European adventurers drawn here over the centuries.
Close-Up Primate ViewingSee toque macaques, leaf monkeys and gray langurs at the 12th-century ruins of Polonnaruwa, alongside a Smithsonian primate researcher
Asia's Best Leopard ViewingLook for leopards in Yala National Park, with one of the world's highest concentrations, plus sloth bear, jackal and Asiatic buffalo
Private Whale Watching CruiseFrom Mirissa Harbor, search for blue whales from our private chartered boat, and look for dolphins, orcas and sperm whales in season
See Sri Lanka Differently When You Travel with Nat Hab
Find out why our approach to Sri Lanka, one of the world's most up-and-coming destinations, is the ideal way for nature and wildlife lovers to explore the rich treasures of this small island nation:
The Most Nature-Focused Itinerary You'll Find
Most Sri Lanka trips focus primarily on history and culture. And while we would never ignore those aspects in this country so rich in human heritage, our primary emphasis is Sri Lanka's equally outstanding natural beauty and diverse wildlife. We don't think you'll find another itinerary that's nearly as nature-intensive as ours, while also including outstanding cultural highlights.
A Remarkable Diversity of Native Wildlife—Elephant, Sloth Bear, Whales & More!
While some trips may include a whale-watching excursion or a day on safari in the jungle, ours does it all: we go in search of blue whales, leopards in Yala National Park, sambar, monkeys, scores of tropical bird species, and plenty more.
One of the World's Best Places to Spot a Leopard
Sri Lanka is home to one of the world's highest densities of leopards. Specifically, Yala National Park, a highlight of our itinerary, is where you'll find a great concentration of these charismatic predators. And though they are notoriously elusive, your odds of sighting one (or more) are better here than almost anywhere else.
A Privately Chartered Whale-Watching Excursion From Mirissa on the Indian Ocean coast, you'll have the world's best opportunity to look for blue whales, the largest mammal on Earth. While most visitors do so in larger 50-passenger boats, we charter our own private vessel for a personalized and uncrowded experience—not to mention access to the insightful interpretation our Expedition Leader provides.
Better Vehicles for Better Wildlife Viewing
We use the very best safari vehicles designed for wildlife viewing in Yala National Park. Our open-top Toyota Land Cruisers with a long wheel base are the most solid and most comfortable sightseeing vehicles on offer.
Small Groups—10 Guests Max—Ensure an Intimate Wilderness Experience Not only do we cap our trips at 10 travelers, we split the group further for wildlife safaris in Yala National Park, for a truly exclusive experience with personalized guiding.
Outstanding Guides, Plus a Remarkable Guide-to-Guest Ratio
You'll not only travel with Nat Hab's own professional naturalist Expedition Leader, but also a Sri Lankan national guide throughout your journey, for the ultimate in knowledgeable interpretation, personal attention and individualized service.
High-End Accommodations Provide Every Comfort
We choose our accommodations for both location and amenities, getting you as close to nature as possible while also providing the comforts that make your travels easy, relaxing and gratifying. From our tented safari camp in Yala National Park to our luxury beachfront boutique resort on the Indian Ocean designed by a renowned Sri Lankan architect, you'll find the places we stay nearly as memorable as the wildlife and culture we encounter.
Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Sri Lanka Safari
With Natural Habitat Adventures, you receive our exclusive quality-value guarantee that promises we will meet the high expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
Feel Good About Your Carbon-Neutral Journey
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset—including your round-trip flights from home. Natural Habitat Adventures has been the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company since 2007
Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat Adventures its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Read what travelers are saying about our Sri Lanka wildlife tour:4.9 average rating out of 19 reviews
Natural Habitat & WWF – Discovering Our Planet Together
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