Tuskers of Asia

Have you ever witnessed wild souls with emotions, living like a family, travelling together, taking care of each other, fighting for family, teaching babies. It’s time for you to join the epic journey we have designed for you to have a leisurely observation on the Sri Lankan Elephants and Tuskers; the giant jumbos living an innocent, secluded life all around the island. Travel Design by CDC came up with this beautiful idea as we always think innovatively to fulfill the lifelong desires of our clients. If you are a nature lover who wants to wander through the country photographing the magical movements of these gigantic mammals, never miss the chance to join our ride.

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Tour Details

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Day - 01
Airport > Negombo

  • Drive : 30 minutes
  • Hotel : Jetwing Lagoon, Negombo
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Having arrived at the Airport you will be warmly welcomed by our representatives of the Travel design team who will be your family and guidance each and every day on your journey here. Scamper to your hotel in Negombo; a scenic calm city with a lagoon and a beach sketching the serene beauty of the small island of Sri Lanka on your mind. Drop your bags and walk in to the Ayurvedic Spa at the hotel where you can forget the tiresome long flight and enjoy a delicious sea food and local cuisine mixed dinner at the Geoffrey’s Pavilion before you scroll along to get delighted by an exotic cocktail at the Kalapuwa lounge and bar at the hotel. As the night stars begin to shine have a dreamy walk on the white sands of the beach as the fishermen drag their boats to shore and run back to lie on the bed to get a goodnight sleep.

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Day - 02
Negombo > Rambukkana > Kandy

  • Drive : 3 hours
  • Hotel : Earl’s Regent, Kandy
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Reach Pinnawela to visit the Elephant Freedom Project where the lucky captive elephants are living, waiting to share the days with you. After a welcoming tea have a safety talk and volunteers can give a helping hand in mocking the enclosures considered to be the homes of elephants. As the giants line up for the morning walk you also can accompany them with the guidance of mahouts; keepers of the elephants and learn the tricks of taming and talking to these proud creatures. After the walk, another sizzling cup of tea can be sipped while having a cookery lesson at a kitchen of a local hosting family who will be more than willing to share the local culinary secrets with you. It will certainly be a relishing memory to taste the homemade lunch prepared on your own. Then comes the time to wash Manika and Seetha, the two friendly elephants in the nearby river and watch them spraying water over the gigantic body using the trunk, a magical moment to seize in a camera roll. After the bath elephants will be starving and waiting to pass the fruits from your hands in to their massive mouth. Before concluding you take up a short English conversation session with the children of the local families living nearby to encourage them on learning the global language. Check in to hotel in Kandy.

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Day - 03
Kandy > Minneriya / Kaudulla > Dambulla

  • Drive : About 3 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Dambale Boutique Chalets, Dambulla
  • Highlights :
    Chalet rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

We as a team honor the meaning of ecotourism. Therefore our tour plan is to give the chance for you to capture the beauty of wild life without interrupting the lifestyles of animals. A Safari ride in Kaudulla National park nestled in the middle of the cultural triangle is a great example for the above declaration as the jeep ride along the paths of the park is an incomparable way of discovering the living patterns of the gentle and intelligent elephants.
When the warmth of the sunlight fades and the cool breeze start swirling around chilling the atmosphere, you can see some giant shadows coming out of the evergreen forests of Minneriya National Park to “The Gathering” (April to November) which is the get together of the elephants and the tuskers living all around the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The event is sort of a celebration of wild giants who reach the Minneriya Reservoir searching for water to quench their thirst in dry season and an epic chance for the travelers who want to observe the behavior patterns of the elephants while maintaining the distance without disturbing them. Open your eyes and trace the image of the calves cuddling to mother elephants and the male elephants guarding them or some teenage elephants playing with the gang. Return to hotel.

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Day - 04
Dambulla > Gal Oya

  • Drive : About 3 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Gal Oya Lodge
  • Highlights :
    Bungalow Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Withdraw to Gal Oya national park rich with evergreen forests and savannas and also which embraces a reservoir. This is the only national park in Sri Lanka where you can take a boat ride to spot the animals roaming in their natural habitat. Most bewitching scenery in the park is elephants swimming from island to island searching for food. Islands have become the living paradise of these gigantic mammals and it’s wonderful to see herds of elephants gazing happily without any interference from the visitors. With a boat safari in the Senanayaka Samudraya which is the largest lake in Sri Lanka you will be able to spot many endemic and wildlife species. Best time to visit Gal Oya is from June to November for the best sightings of elephants swimming.

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Day - 05
Gal Oya

  • Hotel : Gal Oya Lodge
  • Highlights :
    Bungalow Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After a short jeep ride that lasts for about 45 minutes and is filled with spectacular wild life sceneries you will be able to reach the Reservoir for the boat safari. Gal Oya is not only famous for swimming elephants but also for bird life. You will get to see the islands invaded by thousands of vibrant feathered birds and you can take a walk to take a closer view of the nests. Boat rides can be taken by morning from 6 a.m. and evening from 6 p.m. and will remain for about 5 hours. A picnic lunch at the park can be arranged as per your preference which will be memorable when dining in beautiful surroundings. Later on proceed back to hotel to spend some time in leisure.

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Day - 06
Gal Oya > Udawalawe

  • Drive : About 3 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Grand Udawalawe, Udawalawe
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Udawalawe is a National park great as a destination where you will be spending an amazing experience. Get in to a jeep as the evening comes and go around viewing the magical sceneries of elephants playing in the water or adult feeding the young. An experienced guide will describe you all the specific details about the park and its wild life on your way. Spend the night in a camp site listening to the heartbeat of the wild and the mesmerizing sound of flowing water which will be an epic chance to witness a life of a true journeyer.

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Day - 07
Udawalawe > Colombo

  • Drive : 4 hours
  • Hotel : Galle Face Hotel
  • Highlights :
    Superior Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Leaving the calm acquaintances you’ll be headed to Colombo, the commercial capital of the island and the largest city of Sri Lanka. Have some artistic experience at the National museum and do some shopping to grab designer clothes, handbags, handicrafts to take home. The day will give you a time to wind down and rest. Under the illuminating city lights at night, visit Galle face beach and stop by small shops called “KADE” clustered along the beach to taste a spice wade with salty prawns on top.

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Day - 08
Colombo > Airport

  • Drive : 1 hour
  • Highlights :
    Departure

On the final day after having a scrumptious breakfast we’ll chauffer you on your way back to Airport. It is the time to say goodbye to the sound of wild. We hope you will fly home recalling the splendid memories you gather while your stay at the island.

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