Seamen and explorers have written about whale sightings in Sri Lankan waters for thousands of years, but it was not until recently that experts such as Dr Charles Anderson, discovered that blue whales migrate along the coast to the Bay of Bengal in November-December and make the return journey in April. It is now thought that this is the best place in the world to see the largest mammal to have ever existed. Take a short half an hour trip from Kalpitiya on the north-west coast or Mirissa on the south coast, and spend the morning spotting these giants, as well as sperm whales, dolphins and turtles. This is something not to miss!
For those adrenaline junkies out there, rafting on the Kelani River in Kitulgala where part of the film Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed in the early 1950s is a real highlight. There are three main rapids making it ideal for both intermediate rafters and beginners. As you travel down river, you can stop off to try tropical fruits and freshly made buffalo curd. This is a fun activity to enjoy with family or friends en route to the Tea Country.
Sri Lanka has a wealth of interesting diving sites. In the south there are the Great and Little Basses where the famous author, Arthur C. Clarke regularly dived, and several wrecks to explore off Unawatuna. On the east coast, there are stunning reefs around Pigeon Island, and World War 2 shipwrecks off Trincomalee and Batticaloa. The best time for diving on the south coast, when the sea is calm and clear, is from December to March and in the east from July to October.
Spend a few nights in the luxury tented accommodation within one of Sri Lanka’s National Parks (Yala, Udawalawe, Wilpattu, or Knuckles Range), and experience unlimited game drives in a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser. Enjoy freshly prepared meals, snacks, BBQ, chilled beer, spirits and wine.
Spending some time in Sri Lanka’s world rated Arugam Bay, one of the world’s top ten surf locations, will allow you to surf over the Bay’s five different break points and enjoy the laid back ambiance and the occasional beach party in this unspoilt East Coast location, in season between May and October. Alternatively, explore the entire South Coast between November and April and find uncrowded, fine waves from beach breaks to reefs with beautiful jungle backdrops!
Climbing Adam’s Peak, the fourth highest mountain on the island, is an activity all on its own. In season, the way is lit up all night and hordes of Buddhist followers and monks will be climbing with you to reach the top before sunrise where a beautiful ceremony is performed and you can see the strange pyramid shadow of the mountain where the Buddha was said to have laid his foot. Adam’s Peak is without doubt Sri Lanka’s holiest pilgrimage site!
Based around the UNESCO world heritage site of Kandy, our trekking expeditions make the most of the go-anywhere freedom of exploring on foot. They give plenty of time to explore Kandy’s vibrant streets, beautiful shrines and ancient temples between treks that take in tea plantations, rice paddies, mountain forests and other breathtaking scenery. We spend an unforgettable night at our Knuckles Base Camp before heading deeper in the jungle to explore this hiker’s paradise which features intense biodiversity in its forests, rivers, waterfalls, natural pools (great for a dip) and varied habitats.
Join our trek and explore some of Sri Lanka’s most amazing and unforgettable locations.
Our Self-Guided Cycle trips take you on an intoxicating and exhilarating self-propelled tour of Sri Lanka’s most breathtaking sites and scenery. You will ride along the south coast and through the beautiful Lowland Forest. Highlights include endless beaches, giant Buddhas perched on top of jungle hills, secluded temples overlooking rice paddies, riding through plantations of cinnamon, rubber, cashew nuts and bananas. This forest is full of wildlife ranging from monkeys and mongooses to monitor lizards and even the occasional wild elephant. There’s no better way to get up close to the local wildlife than on a bike. The ride starts in the surf hotspot of Hikkaduwa. From here you ride along the palm-fringed coast to the historic port of Galle with its UNESCO World Heritage Fort. Next stop is the beautiful beach resort of Mirissa before you finish the ride on the perfect beaches of Tangalle.
Get on your bike and explore some of Sri Lanka’s most amazing and unforgettable locations!
Leopard Safaris is an award-winning safari company specialising in ecotourism camping adventures that take you into the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness.
Using stylish South African tents, complete with queen-sized beds and a range of modern comforts, Leopard Safaris covers three major national parks: Yala, Wilpattu, and Uda Walawe.
The campsites are made up of non-permanent structures set up the day before your arrival, ensuring minimal impact on the parks, whilst still allowing delicious al fresco wining and dining and an unbeatable personalised service. Expert staff are dedicated to helping you seek out even the most hard to find wildlife in the park.
For game drives Leopard Safaris use customised Toyota jeeps which can handle every type of terrain, give excellent views and are fitted with camera support points for photographers.