SRI LANKAN WILDLIFE – Leopards, Elephants, Sloth Bears and Birds

Tour Duration: 
6 Nights / 7 Days Programme

PROGRAMME  :   SRI LANKAN WILD LIFE TOUR LEOPARDS, ELEPHANTS, SLOTH BEARS AND BIRDS

DURATION      :     6 Nights / 7 Days Programme

PERIOD           :     Valid until 30th April 2012

SRI LANKAN WILDLIFE TOUR HIGHLIGHT

  • Witness the world’s largest ‘Bird Wave’ in virgin rainforest
  • Guided exploration trek through Sri Lanka’s largest rainforest at Sinharaja
  • Guaranteed Asian elephant sightings in Udawalawe National Park
  • Sunset safari in 4WD Jeep with experienced Naturalist in Udawalawe National Park
  • See the elephants in the Transit Home prior to being released back to the wild
  • Camp out in style in the true wilderness of the jungle
  • Savour a BBQ by the Camp’s roaring fire
  • Observe the leopards during an early morning safari in Yala National Park
  • Yala National Park – home to the highest density of leopards in the world
  • Visit the historical cty of Galle, one of Sri Lanka’s 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 1 Night in the vibrant city of Colombo
  • Visit Sri Lanka’s precious gem capital, Ratnapura
  • Witness Sri Lankan traditional life during a walk through a local village

Day 01 : Bandaranaike International Airport - Colombo

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Hotels,Resorts,Accommodations in Colombo Sri LankaCOLOMBO - There are many landmarks in Colombo city showing the influence of the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, all of whom laid claim to Ceylon at some stage. Places of interest in the city to visit include, the Colombo Museum, Gangamaya Temple, the Vihara Maha Devi Park, the Old Parliament, the modern World Trade Center, the Dutch Museum, and the National Art Gallery.

Another place of great interest to visit is the area known as pettah, or ‘old town’. Once a prime residential area, it degenerated into the ‘native quarter’ as British Colonialists moved into the suburbs. It is a area with plenty of hustle, bustle, colour and vibrancy.
Colombo has it’s fair share of interesting colonial buildings including Cargills, Colombo’s oldest department store which first opened its doors in 1844, and the Grand Oriental Hotel, originally built as an Army Barracks in 1837.
Colombo, as a cosmopolitan city, offers the full range of shopping opportunities, luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants. When the sun goes down the night time activities such as Casinos, Night Clubs and Karaoke Bars burst into life.

GANGARAMAYA TEMPLE perfectly located next to Beira Lake in central Colombo is this serene Buddhist Temple. Gangaramaya Temple is not only a place of worship, it is also a centre of learning. It features the Vihara (temple), the Cetiya (Pagoda) the Bodhitree, the Vihara Mandiraya, the Simamalaka and the Relic Chamber. In addition, a museum, a library, residential hall, a three-storied Pirivena, educational halls and an alms hall are also on the premises. All the subsequent incumbents of Gangaramya have had the will, the drive and the energy to serve the public in religious, cultural and national matters. For over a century from 1890, it has been making a valuable contribution to the traditions of Viharas and Pirivenas. It has also been instrumental in establishing Buddhist temples in America, Tanzania and England.

 

Day 02 : Colombo – Sinharaja Rain Forest

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RATNAPURA - CITY OF GEMS Gems are a very important mineral resource in Sri Lanka. According to the chronicles, Sri Lankan gem industry has a very long history and dates back even before the 6th century B.C. It is one of the oldest industries of Sri Lanka, and still plays a major contribution to the country’s economy. Since ancient times Sri Lanka has been known as the "Ratnadeepa" (the island of gems) by foreigners.
Located in the south west of Sri Lanka, Ratnapura is surrounded by low-country tea and rubber plantations. Dotted around the immediate countryside is the open topped gem pits, virtually unchanged since the industry was first established. 
A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders this protected reserve has to offer, and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.

 

Day 03 : Sinharaja Rain Forest

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Siharaja rai forest sri lanka, birding safaris in sinharaja, walking safaris in sinharaja rain forestSINHARAJA RAIN FORESTlisted in 1989 as a Natural World Heritage Site, is described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest. Whatever its ‘technical’ name, Sinharaja Rainforest is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka. Exclusively found in Sinharaja are the Ashy-headed Laughing Thrush, Legg’s Flowerpecker and the endangered Green-billed Coucal. Sinharaja is Sri Lanka’s largest rainforest, and is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland forests remaining in the country. The word ‘Sinharaja’ means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest.

For more technical reading about the forest please click on the following link - http://www.srilankaecotourism.com/sinharaja.htm

 

Day 4 : Sinharaja Rain Forest - Udawalawe National Park

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Udawalwe Safaris,Wildlife Safaris Udawalwe,Elephant Safaris UdawalaweUDAWALAWE ELEPHANT TRANSIT HOME -  a refuge for orphaned elephants, presently there are 35 babies being reared in the Transit Home. The babies have minimum human contact so as to make the transition back into the wilderness easier. Many of these elephants have been either orphaned, cut off from the rest of the herd or been tragically caught up in the ongoing conflict with humans and their boundaries. The elephants are eventually released into the wild and can start to integrate with other elephants in Udawalawe National Park. Feeding times at the Transit Home are always a great source of entertainment to visitors, as they witness the childish antics of the baby elephants rushing to get first to the giant baby milk bottles. A very worthwhile visit, both to watch the baby elephants learning to cope in a new environment, and more importantly to see how the Asian elephant needs to be protected.

Elephant Safaris in Udawalawe ational Park Sri LankaUDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARKThis National Park is in the southern dry-zone of Sri Lanka, and spans approximately 31,000 hectares. Famed for it’s numerous resident elephants, it is not unusual to see herds gather to feed and bathe at the waterholes in the Park. With approximately 400 elephants residing within the Park boundaries it is an amazing and unforgettable honour to witness these elephants, both adults and young in their natural habitat. The August 2011 census of Asian elephants in Sri Lanka stated that there are approximately 5800 of these legendary animals living on the island’s shores. In addition to this main attraction, the Park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts. An incredible variety of bird species inhabit the Park and many others pass through on their migratory routes.
A 4WD open-top safari is the best way to see all the natural wonders that this protected reserve has to offer. With an experienced and knowledgeable Eco Team Nature Guide on hand at every step of the way, you will experience senses and sights impossible to be repeated. Bird enthusiasts shall be in their own winged paradise with not only the variety but the quantity of bird species in the Park. There are many endemic bird species including various types of Hornbills, Eagles and the peculiar Redfaced Malkoha. This truly will be a wildlife experience of which dreams are made.
                                                                                      

MAHOORA MOBILE SAFARI CAMP mahoora luxury campps in sri lanka, mahoora mobile safari camping in sri lanka
http://www.mahoora.com

The Mahoora Campsite is set up prior to your arrival, with accommodation in comfortably furnished tents, a fully equipped kitchen complete with Executive Chefs, hammocks to relax in and watch the world go by and attentive staff to pre-empt your every desire. For added comfort there are flushable toilets, showers and even a well-stocked jungle bar. In the evening you can enjoy a specially prepared barbecue in the most magical of settings as the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. Enjoy utmost indulgence as you revel in the Mahoora lifestyle under a vast canopy of a million stars.

Depending or style, [Luxury, Premium or Standard] we would throw in an array of comforts to make your “back- to- basics” camping safari more “luxurious or comfortable”. However, it must be appreciated that we are a mobile camping operation and not a permanent camp or a lodge.

 

Day 05 : Udawalawe National Park - Yala National Park

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  • Morning safari at Udawalawe National Park
  • After finishing the safari, leave for Yala National Park
  • Check in to Hotel in Tissamaharama
  • Evening at leisure or optional – safari at Bundala National Park
  • Dinner and overnight stay at,
  • Value/Standard – Priyankara Hotel or similar http://www.priyankarahotel.com/
  • Luxury -Yala Village hotel or similar.http://www.johnkeellshotels.com/YalaVillage.htm

Leopard Safaris yala national park,Sri Lanka,Spotting leopards Sri LankaYALA NATIONAL PARK - lies on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, and spans a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces.  The vegetation in the Park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest.  Small patches of mangrove  vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The Park is world renowned for the wide variety of its wildlife, most notably it’s large population of Asian elephants and it’s fine and healthy coastline, home to pristine many reefs. Yala National Park has the highest density of wild leopards in the world, with the Block 1 area of the Park having one leopard per square kilometer. It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well-developed.

For bird enthusiasts, the birdlife in Yala National Park is superb. Not only does Sri Lanka’s tallest bird, the critically endangered Black-necked Stork reside in the Park, but often observed is the country’s largest bird, the instantly recognizable and ungainly looking Lesser Adjutant.

The best leopard-spotting opportunities are generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. The male leopards in Yala National Park are very confident animals and they are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the 4WD Jeep, which will certainly guarantee some excellent photographic opportunities. As world renowned Wildlife photgraphers recently quoted after their visit to Yala National Park – “If God created somewhere for leopards, it had to be Yala”.

 

Day 06 : Yala National Park - Bentota

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Optional - Tread in the footsteps of the colonialists as you explore the living heritage of Galle Fort on foot

galle fort sri lanka,sri lanka galle fort,safaris in galle fort sri lakaGALLE FORT - is one of the best preserved examples of seventeenth century colonial fortifications in the world. The quaint narrow streets of this fascinating living museum still thrum with life even though the pace has slowed considerably since Galle’s heyday as the island’s premier port and trading centre just two centuries ago. The fortifications of Galle were begun by the Portuguese in 1587 when they built the Black Fort as a lookout post, however it was not until the Dutch arrived in 1640 that the fort was considerably expanded and improved as imposing bastions were built and connected by thick rampart walls. In 1796 the British took control of this city and their rule marked the final chapter of almost four centuries of European domination which has resulted in the fascinating hybrid – architecturally, culturally and ethnically – that Galle is today.

 

Day 07 : Bentota – Bandaranayake International Airport

SCHEDULE

  • Departure, after breakfast to Bandaranaike International Airport for departure flight.

- End of Tour -

 

RATES

Number of Guests

02 Guests

 

Per person in US$
Value

 

1,115

 

Per person in US$
Standard

 

1,362

 

Per person in US$
Deluxe

 

1,865

 

Single Room/Tent supplementary for the tour

 

 

SGL
Room/ Tent supplementary

 

Per person in US$
Value

 

222

 

Per person in US$
Standard

 

292

 

Per person in US$
Deluxe

 

745

 

OUR RATES INCLUDE

  • Accommodation at Hotel or similar hotels /Campsites mentioned in the above itinerary
  • Meal plan is on a Half Board basis - arrival day dinner to departure day breakfast
  • Private transportation throughout the Tour, in an air-conditioned Car/Van with English speaking Chauffer / Guide. Please note the total mileage calculated for this tour is for 750 Kms.  If exceeded the above quoted mileage is exceeded a supplement of US$ 0.4 per km will be charged
  • Entrance Fee for Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Entrance Fee for Yala National Park
  • 4WD Jeep safari and Trekker’s Fee  in Yala National Park
  • Entrance Fee for Udawalawe National Park
  • 4WD Jeep safari and Trekker’s Fee in Udawalawe National Park
  • Entrance fee for Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe
  • Service charges and all Government taxes

 

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Any additional beverages or food / snacks consumed
  • Optional activities / locations
  • Seasonal / Peak supplement
  • Any gratuities to the Eco Team Representative or any other attending staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here

 

IMPORTANT FACTORS

  • Personal effects for Warm/Windy/Rainy conditions should be considered
  • Insect repellent, Sun protection creams etc. are highly recommended
  • Casual and comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor activities

 

 

PAYMENT POLICY

Full payment with the confirmation

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 90 Days or more – US $ 200 Administrative Fee
  • 60 to 89 Days -   15% of the Tour cost will be charged 
  • 30 to 59 Days – 25% of the Tour cost will be charged
  • 14 to 29 Days – 50% of the Tour cost will be charged
  • 08 to 13 Days – 75% of the Tour cost will be charged

 

*Days will be counted from the 6.00am on the tour starting day.

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