7 Day Sample Itinerary
Sunday to Saturday
Tours include daily jeep safaris with private guide to Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks and entrance fees to both. All transportation is in an air-conditioned coach/minibus or car with private driver. All excursions include a private local guide.
Day 1 - Wilpattu National Park
Departing from Negombo at 8:00 am, guests travel to the Aggressor Safari Lodge® near the Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks. The travel time is several hours.
After check-in and lunch, guests are taken on an afternoon safari into Wilpattu National Park around 2:30 pm to experience big game viewing of the parks with potential to see leopards, elephants, bears, buffalos, deer, crocodiles, jackals and many other animals and birds in their natural, jungle habitat and then back to the Safari Lodge for dinner at nightfall.
Day 2 - Sigiriya Rock Palace and Minneriya National Park
After breakfast, guests will leave the lodge at 7:00 am and travel to the 5th Century AD Sigiriya Rock Palace. The palace and fortress complex takes several hours to climb from the bottom to the top.
After lunch at a local restaurant, guests are taken on an afternoon safari from 2:30 pm into Minneriya National Park. It is home to the largest known Asian elephant gathering on Earth. Guests relax and watch as these huge animals drink, play and snack on the green, lush grasses that have been exposed by the receding water. Dinner follows at the Safari Lodge.
Day 3 - A day of rest and relaxation at the lodge
A local guide is available for a village walk or for exploring the flora and fauna on the safari lodge grounds.
Day 4 - Anuradhapura & Loris Night Safari
After breakfast, guests leave the lodge at 7:30 am to travel to the 3rd century BC ancient city in Anuradhapura. It served as the capital city of the country for nearly 1400 years until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period, it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The city also houses the Jetavana, the Abhayagiri Dagaba and Ruwanwelisaya stupa’s that house many ancient Buddhist relics and remains of Buddhist monks and nuns. The Jetavana stupa is the largest stupa in the Buddhist world in both its dimensions and mass. It is 231 feet high up to its broken pinnacle and it is estimated to be built of 160 million bricks.
•After the morning tour, guests are driven to Polonnaruwa and check into a luxury hotel for lunch and an overnight stay. In the evening (Approximately 6:00 pm), guests will set out on a two to three-hour evening safari at the Primate Center Nature Sanctuary at Polonnaruwa to see the elusive and shy Sri Lanka slender loris in its natural jungle habitat, before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Day 5 - "Monkey Kingdom" Primate Center
After breakfast, we leave the hotel at about 8:15 am and headed to the Polonnaruwa archeological site (10th century AD to 13th century BC) also known as the Monkey Kingdom where Disney Studios filmed the movie "Monkey Kingdom." It is home to three species of Sri Lankan monkeys: the Toque Macaque, the Gray Langur and the Purple Faced Langur. While visiting the monkeys in their natural jungle communities, visitors can observe their complex social interactions. Guests can observe behaviors including nurturing young, courtship, cooperation, teamwork, dominance, and aggression as the monkeys go about their day.
After the Monkey Kingdom tour the guests return to the Aggressor Safari Lodge for lunch and have the afternoon free to relax on the grounds or lounge at the lodge swimming pool.
Day 6 - Half Day of rest and relaxation at the lodge + Half Day at Wilpattu National Park
Guests choose if they wish to do a morning or afternoon half-day Safari in Wilpattu National Park. Lunch is had inside the Wilpattu National Park in an area frequented by troupes of monkeys. A local guide is available for exploring the flora and fauna on the lodge grounds for the rest of the day or the guests can simply relax around the lodge swimming pool.
Day 7 - Final morning at the lodge
Early breakfast and a final look around the Aggressor Safari Lodge before leaving for Negombo and your journey home.
Sample itineraries and maps are for illustrative purposes only. The exact route and sites visited are subject to change based on local regulations, guest experience, weather, and logistics, and are at the Captain’s discretion.