Human Family Meets Monkey Family: Monkey Excursion in Polonnaruwa

3 Hours

Meet the kings, queens and troops of Polonnaruwa – the home of the famous Disney Nature Monkey Kingdom 

Why should you book this trip?

  • Observe a variety of social behaviors, including: maternal care, play, food competition, grooming, a rich repertoire of facial gestures, body postures and vocal signals of these very interesting primates
  • It’s a very different, unique activity to be done in the historical cultural triangle; going beyond historical monuments. [ easy access from Habarana / Sigiriya / Kandalama / Polonnaruwa]
  • It is a fascinating activity for those who love observing animal species in their beautiful natural environment
  • Understand monkeys’ different social organizations and ecological strategies
  • Opportunity to take easy, up-close photographs of monkeys
  • Guidance by an experienced guide/naturalist makes the tour more interesting
  • See how monkeys are different as individuals, and observe the similarities they share with humans
  • Learn about their family relationships and friendships as well as their often dramatic social histories
  • Opportunity to follow monkeys on foot in the forest & to contribute to primate conservation


Morning session of the Monkey Tour starts at 6 a.m., after the briefing by the team that will assist you throughout the tour. The first species you would find would be the grey langur and a small troop of monkeys. Watch as they wake up and follow them closely for a small part of the day, as they venture to feed themselves and interact socially with each other, as well as with other species and other animals including humans. We enter the land of the archeology of Polonnaruwa and the nature reserve, which is our study area for monkeys and langurs around 7:15 a.m. The tickets should be bought here from the box office of the Central Cultural Fund for all foreign guests.

Once inside, you can also meet Maya and Kip and the other 'actors' of Disney Nature's Monkey Kingdom, along with the troop, if they are within the study area.

Some days there would be spectacular territorial struggles between langurs and monkeys, with hours of preparation.

Our field session ends at 9 a.m., since the primates are fed and are back to the trees to rest.

Our Services Include

  • Guided tour with Professor Dittus on availability or a senior researcher
  • Entry Permits to Polonnaruwa Historical Site
  • Refreshments
  • Documentary film
  • A lecture about the primates [if required]

Our Services do not Include

  • Transportation to the location
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned above

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Human Family Meets Monkey Family: Monkey Excursion in Polonnaruwa
From $120
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $120
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $120
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $115
/ Adult - 4 Persons
  • SLDT/2404/OTH21
  • 7:00 AM or 3.00 pm
  • Polonnaruwa Archaeological Reserve [Transport could be provided from your location at an extra cost]
  • 24 Hours
  • All Year Around


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