Discover a Resplendent Island Rich with Native Wildlife & Cultural Treasures
Lying in the Indian Ocean just off the southern tip of India, the compact island nation of Sri Lanka contains rich bounty for the nature traveler. Herds of Asian elephants and troops of monkeys roam its virgin rain forests in the tropical lowlands. Waterfalls plummet from cloud forest highlands, home to hundreds of varied species of colorful birds. Golden beaches ring the island, while offshore, great blue whales—the largest animal on Earth—swim in clear turquoise waters alongside graceful sea turtles. A global biodiversity hotspot, Sri Lanka has many endemic flora and fauna to impress the traveler captivated by natural wonders that don’t exist anywhere else. Sri Lanka, earlier known as Ceylon, also has a diverse cultural heritage that dates back more than 2,000 years, with a vibrant Buddhist presence and lingering influences from Indian, Arab and European adventurers drawn here over the centuries.
Enjoy some of Sri Lanka’s best primate watching among the 12th-century ruins of Polonnaruwa, with Toque macaques, leaf monkeys and gray langurs on view at close range
Look for leopards in Yala National Park, which boasts one of the world's highest concentrations of this elegant cat, along with sloth bear, jackal, Asiatic buffalo, wild boar and more
From Mirissa Harbor, make two cruises in search of blue whales on our private chartered boat, and keep an eye out 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 fascinating island nation:
The Most Nature-Focused Itinerary You'll Find
Most Sri Lanka trips focus 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.
A Remarkable Diversity of Native Wildlife
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, bounteous leopards, Asian elephants, myriad monkeys and more!
One of the World's Bests 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 one of the world's great concentrations of these powerful spotted cats. And though they are notoriously elusive, your odds of sighting one (or more) are better here than almost anywhere else.
Two Privately Chartered Whale-Watching Excursions From Mirissa on the Indian Ocean coast, you'll have the world's best opportunity to sail in search of great blue whales, the largest mammal on Earth. While most visitors do so in larger 50-passenger boats, we charter our own private vessels, just for our small groups, for a personalized and uncrowded experience—not to mention access to all the insightful interpretation our Expedition Leader provides.
Better Vehicles for Better Wildlife Viewing
No old vans with hard seats and worn-out shock absorbers for us! We use the very best safari vehicles designed for wildlife viewing in the wild terrain of 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 on 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 travel not only with Nat Hab's own professional naturalist Expedition Leader, but also a Sri Lankan national guide throughout, for the ultimate in knowledgeable interpretation, personal attention and individualized service.
High-End Accommodations Provide Every Comfort
We carefully choose our accommodations for both location and amenities, getting you as close to nature as possible while also providing the creature comforts that make your travels easy, relaxing and gratifying. From our distinctive tented safari camp in Yala National Park to our beachfront boutique resort on the Indian Ocean designed by a renowned Sri Lankan architect, you'll find where we stay to be almost as memorable as what we see and do.
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 the Way You Travel
We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, and a leader in sustainability in many respects.
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 its worldwide travel partner—a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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