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Wildlife and Nature Viewing Tour in Sri Lanka

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 6 people
Destination(s): Sri Lanka  
Specialty Categories: Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1140 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1500 US Dollar (USD)

For a small island, Sri Lanka has many nicknames: Serendib, Ceylon, Teardrop of India, Resplendent Isle, Island of Dharma, Pearl of the Orient. This colorful collection reveals its richness and beauty, and the intensity of the affection it evokes in its visitors. Head for the rolling hills to escape the heat of the plains in the cool of tea plantations. The entire island is teeming with bird life, and exotics like elephants and leopards are not uncommon. To top it all off, the people are friendly, the food is delicious and costs are low.

Marco Polo considered Sri Lanka the finest island of its size in the entire world, and you'll likely agree after exploring the country's fabled delights. What takes your fancy? Beaches? The coastal stretch south of Colombo offers palm-lined sandy expanses as far as the eye can see. Culture? Try the Kandyan dances, a procession of elephants or the masked devil dances. Ruins? You'll find enough ancient and inspiring architecture in the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa to satisfy that inner archaeologist.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Airport - Negombo - Sigiriya.

If you are fond of nature this is an ideal tour for you! Sri Lanka is an island that is very attractive to nature lovers for its mountains, plains, water falls, national parks, beaches, mountain ranges, paddy fields, tea plantations, rain forests, rivers, landscapes and waterfalls. On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met at the international airport and then you would leave to Sigiriya. Relax at your hotel & in the early evening visit the Sigiriya rock fortress. Climb the fortress built by the patricide King Kashyapa in the 5th century A.D. Today it’s a treasure trove of rare art. In the pocket of the giant rock are the famous frescoes of the kings heavenly maidens. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 2: Polonnaruwa - Minneriya Park.

After breakfast get ready for an excursion to Polonnaruwa, the second ancient capital city for three centuries, it is one of the most interesting places in Sri Lanka with many well preserved ruins of palaces and monasteries. Minneriya is a small town in Sri Lanka. It is famous for two things, the great Minneriya lake built by King Mahasen and for the Minneriya National Park which is a hot spot for safari lovers because of the abundance of Elephants. The 8890 hectares of the Minneriya National Park is an ideal eco tourism location in Sri Lanka. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas, it is home to Sri Lanka’s favourite & popular animals such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century A.D. by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September) this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters. Early morning and late evening are optimum observation times of the day for resident and migratory birds. Flocks of about 2000 little cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) can be observed as they dive in the waters of the Minneriya reservoir, it is not a rare scene. In addition painted strokes (Mycteria leucocephala), Great white pelicans (Pelicanus anocrotalus), Ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres) and Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) too can be seen. Return back to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3: Dambulla - Knuckles.

The reason it is called Knuckles is because there is a mountain with five peaks in itself, that resemble the knuckles of a clenched fist when seen from the Kandy area. Since this inner mountainous area is off the motoring roads, it remains an unspoilt nature reserve even today. All major routes to the Knuckles Nature Reserve are to be covered here and large number of prime scenic images which will only do justice to this wonderful Sri Lankan World Heritage. Stay overnight in Knuckles with accommodation and dinner included too.

Day 4: Knuckles Range - Matale - Kandy.
After breakfast you will depart for Kandy via the knuckles range. The importance of the Knuckles mountain range is obtained from several factors as it has a parasitical quality because of the mountain peaks, the crystal clear and perennial waterways, cloud forests and exquisite fauna and flora. Vibrant with history running into several millennium and a veritable treasure house of cultural heritage, the Knuckles mountain range can be considered as an mirror to the past. Arrive at the hotel in Kandy, the center of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka and visit the city of Kandy. The most famous landmark of Kandy is its lake which is in the center of the city. Later visit the Temple of the Sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Later in the evening view a Kandyan cultural performance and stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Kandy - Peradeniya - Pinnawela - Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast visit the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya which is well known for its large variety of plants, ornamental, decorative, useful & medicinal properties. There are more than 4000 plants. You can visit the elephant orphanage at Pinnawela too. The orphanage was established to feed, nurse & house young elephants abandoned by their mothers. The young ones often fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water during the drought period. At P.M. leave for Nuwara Eliya the center of hill country en-route visit a tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world famous Ceylon tea. Spend the evening walking in the cool climate. Arrive at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 6: Nuwara Eeliya - Horton Plains - Kitulgala.
Enjoy an early breakfast on the way to Kitulgala you will stop at the Horton Plains Nature Reserve and embark on a guided tour with a resident naturalist guide. Horton Plains is another wildlife hot spot, the vegetation over here is open, grassy woodland, home to species such as the sambar, leopard and endemic purple-faced langur here onwards you will continue to Kitulgala. Stay overnight in Kitulgala.

Day 7: Kitulgala - Sinharaja Rainforest.
After breakfast you have an option of going white water rafting in the river (minimum 2 persons are required and make payment direct). After, you will drive out to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve which is of international and ecological significance. It has recently become a world heritage site. The area has some of the best preserved virgin rain forest on earth, saved from commercial logging due to its inaccessibility. Dinner and an overnight stay in the Sinharaja area.

Day 8: Sinharaja - Ella.
After breakfast, the morning will be spent exploring the Singharaja rain forest. Due to the dense vegetation the wildlife is difficult to view and elusive mammals such as the leopard are present but rarely seen. You may see some of the brightly coloured birds in the region which tend to move through the jungle in mixed feeding flocks. In the afternoon you will leave to Ella. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Ella - Udawalawe National Park.

After breakfast leave early in the morning, trek along the hills of this small town area in Ella. Then you will travel South to Udawalawe. This large national park was designed to protect the diverse catchments of the Udawalawe reservoir. The vegetation here is different again; mainly compose of open parkland with some mature teak trees. The park is home to around 400 wild elephants which are easy to spot and there are also good numbers of golden jackal, crocodile and buffalo. The afternoon will be spent out on safari in the national park. Stay overnight in Udawalawe with dinner included.

Day 10: Udawalawe - Yala.
After breakfast in the morning you will head to the South-East corner of the island. The Yala national park is the most famous of all Sri Lanka’s parks. It contains an amazing variety of habitats from open park to dense jungle, it also contains fresh water rivers and lakes as well as beaches. Yala’s greatest claim is that it has the worlds highest concentration of leopard (though it still does not guarantee seeing any!) In the afternoon you will set off on safari into the Yala national park. Stay overnight at the hotel & dinner is included.

Day 11: Yala - Weligama - Beach.
After breakfast you will travel to your beach hotel in the South of Sri Lanka. Your journey will take you along the coast and you will be able to see the stilt fisherman in Weligama especially if you are staying at Unawatuna, if not this can be seen when traveling during day to Negombo. At P.M. relax at leisure and stay overnight at the hotel and dinner is included too.

Day 12: Beach Day.
Another day of relaxing and enjoying the sun and sea if you want to explore further, it is possible to hire a boat to take you over to the lighthouse situated on an off-shore island. A steep climb to the top offers fantastic views of the Sri Lankan coast. Stay overnight at the hotel & dinner is included too.

Day 13: Beach - Galle - Muthurajawela - Negombo.
After breakfast leave for Negombo en-route visit Galle. You can visit the old Portugese fort, later rebuilt and extended by the dutch is still in pristine condition. Most of Galle’s administration still takes place from the Fort. The view from the ramparts is superb. Visit a secluded off-shore village by boat in the Madhu River. Visit a sea turtle hatcheries and after embark on an excursion to ”Muthurajawela” which translates to ”Swamp of Royal Treasure” as it is rumoured the treasures of ancient Sri Lankan king’s were buried in these swamps. The area also supports local agriculture and forestry. Visitors to the region are guided through the sanctuary areas by the staff of the Muthurajawela Marsh Centre to avoid serious harm to the marsh ecosystem. Stay overnight at the hotel in Negombo.

Day 14: Negombo - Airport.
Tour ends Today, a transfer vehicle will be provided to take you to the airport for your onward flight.

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Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All rates quoted are in US Dollars & net per person inclusive of all applicable taxes.
- Every two persons sharing a double or twin room at mentioned properties or similar.
- Welcomed at the airport by our representative.
- Check-in and Check-out 12h00.
- Four nights on half-board basis (breakfast & dinner) and nine nights on bed and breakfast basis (breakfast only).
- Air-conditioned private vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur will be provided (Private Tour).
- No vehicle will be provided on any free days if any (as per program).
- Fuel and local assurance for vehicle & passengers while travelling included.
- The chauffeur will look after his meals & accommodation by himself.
- Basic Jeep to visit each reserve included for a half day – (Entrance fees for the reserve to be paid directly by clients). If for any reason the mentioned reserve is closed we shall make arrangements to visit another reserve.

Price Excludes:
- All entrance fees as per program to be paid directly in Sri Lanka Rupees and it will cost around USD 325 per person. - Please change foreign currency in to SLRS at the airport after customs, there are many 24hrs bank counters at the airport as all these payments have to be made only in SLRS. No credit card payments are accepted at these historical sites. (Entrance fees are subject to change, rates are as applicable at the moment – Children under 12 years will be charged a half rate in some places.)
- Personal spending (tips, laundry, mini bar, telephone, fax, beverages etc.)
- The rights to use video cameras at sites – most places they are free when you pay the entrance fees except at Kandy Tooth Temple and Pinnawela Elephant orphanage there are extra charges for Video camera’s only USD 05 per - Video Camera per location.
- Medical expenses, travel insurance, international flights.

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