Sri Lanka Wildlife Expedition

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Overview

Sri Lanka

 

Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea The island is home to many cultures, languages and ethnicities. The majority of the population are from the Sinhalese ethnicity, while a large minority of Tamils have also played an influential role in the island's history Sri Lanka is one of 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world Although the country is relatively small in size, it has the highest biodiversity density in Asia. Sri Lanka has declared 24 wildlife reserves, which are home to a wide range of native species such as Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bears, the unique small loris, a variety of deer, the purple-faced langur, the wild boar, porcupines and Indian pangolins. Sri Lanka is home to over 250 types of resident birds It has declared several bird sanctuaries in the last few years and one of the hotspots for wildlife.
 

Willapattu National Park

 

Wilpattu National Park is among the oldest and most important of protected areas in Sri lanka. Its flora and fauna is representative of the dry lowland zone. The main topographical feature in this park is the concentration of “villus” or ‘lakes within it. Though looking like lakes, these “villus” are in flat basin like, fault depressions on the earth surface containing purely rain water.

 

Birding

 

Gray Francolin, Barred Buttonquail, Indian Peafowl, Woolly- necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Spot- billed Pelican, Darter, Common Kestral, White- bellied Sea Eagle, Greyheaded Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Booted Eagle, Changeble Hawk Eagle, Eurasian Thick-knee, Great Thickknee, Pheasant-tailed Jacana,Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Pin-tailed Snipe, Greater Painted-snipe, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Lesser sand Plover, Greater Sand Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Red shank, Marsh Sandpiper, Common Greenshank, Ruddy Turnstone, Little Stint,
Curlew Sandpiper, Gray-bellied Cuckoo. Blue-faced Malkoha, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Indian Nightjar, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Crested Treeswift, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Coppersmith Barbet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, SL Woodshrike, White-browed Fantail, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern Black Drongo, Jerdon’s Bushlark, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Greybreasted Prinia, Jungle Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Yellow-eyed Babbler, White-rumped Shama, Rosy Starling, Brahminy Starling, Baya Weaver, Indian Silverbill.
 

Mammals

 

Leopard, Jungle Cat, Rusty-spotted Cat, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear, Small Indian Civet, Common Palm Civet, Golden Palm Civet, Indian Grey Mongoose, Ruddy Mongoose, Sambar Deer, Spotted Deer, Hog Deer, White-spotted Chevrotain, Indian Water Buffalo, Wild Boar, Asian Elephant, Tufted Grey Langur, Toque Macaque, Indian Hare, Indian Gerbil, Indian Bush Rat, Soft-furred Metad, Greater Asiatic Yellow House Bat.

Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 - Jan 22 ARRIVE Colombo ( Dinner)


On arrival at the Bandaranayaka International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Representative from BAURS Travels will welcome you at the airport and proceed to Chilaw. (Approx.: travel time 01hr.) .
Check-into the Anantaya Resort & Spa after the flight journey.

Inaugurated with the vision of delivering an unrivalled and luxurious coastal retreat to the discerning holiday seeker of today, Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw warmly welcomes you to an experience that is refreshingly Sri Lankan. Seen as a strategic initiative of Laugfs Leisure Limited, Anantaya affords a memorable stay blanketed in serenity and luxury.
 

Day 2 - Jan 23 Colombo-Wilpattu ( B,L & D)


After breakfast, proceed to Wilpattu for a half day Safari (Approx: 04 Hrs) In the evening Check-into Big Game Camp in Wilpattu. The unique advantages of Sri Lanka Big Game Safari Wilpattu.
Big Game Safaris Wilpattu is visited by elephants and has a very rich birdlife. It’s located closer to the southern boundary of Wilpattu National Park, adjoining a lake, and is surrounded by a bush forest. Enjoy alfresco meals near the lake, surrounded by the serenity of nature. As this campsite is located just bordering a lake closer to the Park’s boundary, it feels more like living inside the park. There is plenty of wildlife within the campsite wandering across from the Park itself.
 

Day 3 - Jan 24 Full Day Safari at Walpattu National Park ( B,L & D)


Wilpattu National Park is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. This national park is located in the northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world- renowned for its leopard population. There are many types of vegetation to be found in Wilpattu. 31 species of mammals have been identified within Wilpattu national park.
 

Day 4 - Jan 25 Full Day Safari at Walpattu National Park ( B,L & D)


Wilpattu National Park is known for its amazing wildlife which gets all the attention of the tourists. The Park is especially known for its population of Leopards who are the main source of entertainment and excitation in the entire region. Behind Leopards, the park is full of fascinating birds and animals and is thus one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country.
 

Day 5 - Jan 26 Walpattu -Sigiriana in Dambulla. ( B,L & D)


A tranquil luxury resort in the heart of Dambulla surrounded by paddy fields and orchards with modern amenities at your fingertips. Sigiriana resort by Thilanka offers an authentic experience of Sri Lanka in the most luxurious setting hidden away in the jungle. You will leave in a state of complete rejuvenation in body, mind and soul. After Breakfast, proceed to Minneriya National Park Safari.

Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts.
 

Day 6 - Jan 27 Sigiriya Rock/Mirissa ( B,L & D)


After Breakfast starts to climb the while witnessing the wildlife inside the Sigiriya Archeological site. Sigiriya - the 5th Century Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The 'Lion Rock' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town. A Moat, Rampart, and extensive Gardens including the renowned Water Gardens ring the base of the Rock.
In the evening proceed to Twenty-Two Weligama bay in Mirissa(Max 6 Hours) Mirissa is a small town on the south coast of Sri Lanka, located in the Matara District of the Southern Province. It is approximately 150 kilometres south of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 4 meters above sea level. Mirissa's beach and nightlife make it a popular tourist destination.
 

Day 7 - Jan 28 Mirissa ( B,L & D)


The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you when you embark on a whale/dolphin watching excursion off the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (Mirissa). Boat Safari to do Whale Watching.
 

Day 8 - Jan 29 Departure ( Breakfast)


After breakfast, proceed to the Colombo International Airport in time for your departure flight. (Approx: Travel time – 2 ½ - 3 hrs)
 

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation as per the hotels/Resorts mentioned in the Itinerary
  • All meals
  • Full Day safari at Wilpattu National Park on shared basis
  • Wildlife Permits
  • Whale Watching at Mirssia
  • Visit to Sigiriya Archaeological site
  • Airport pick and drop
  • Road transportation throughout the trip

Exclusions:

  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airfare
  • Visa cost
  • Liquor/beverages

DATES


22 January-29 January 2020 

TO BOOK
Call : +91 8602672443 or Mail at : expeditions@jehannuma.com

Payment Policy:

  • 25% of the tour cost to be paid at the time of booking.
  • 75% of the tour cost to be paid within 90-60 days of departure.
  • Balance of the tour cost to be paid before 60 days prior to the departure.
  • The trip will be considered as confirmed only if there is no default in the above payment procedure.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 90 days before date of departure: 25% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges if any.
  • 90-60 days before date of departure: 50% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges if any.
  • Less than 60 Days before date of departure: 100% of tour cost + Air / Rail cancellation charges if any.

Travel Information:
Money – Sri Lanka is a country where USD is commonly accepted everywhere. This includes hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and most places of interest while on a holiday.

Gratuity – We will collect a common kitty for the gratuity of all staff involved the making your trip special. The tour leader will collect this at the start of the trip so he/she can distribute it during the trip. We recommend USD 100 per person as a gratuity but leave it to the guest discretion to decide.

Whale watching – When going for whale watching the sea can be quite rough. Guests who have motion sickness should take precautionary medicines as prescribed by their physician.

Weather – The month of January is Sri Lanka’s dry season and you can expect the weather to be warm and humid. Average daily temperatures can range from 25 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius. Guests can expect a good amount of sunshine with negligible chances of rain.
 

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