Day 1 check in at your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing, Enjoy Jeep Safari at Wilpaththu National Park on day 2 where you can see Sri Lankan wild leopards in their natural habitat. Do a game drive on day 3 in Minneriy National Park and get to see elephants in their natural habitat. Visit Wasgamuwa National Park a home to 23 species of mammals on the 4th day. enjoy the amazing Trekking at Knuckles Mountain Range which lies in central Sri Lanka on day 5 for a variety of flora and fauna in a series of isolated cloud forests. On day 6 do Jeep Safari at Yala National Park: Yala where you can see Sri Lankan wild animals in their natural state i.e. wild boar, deer, leopards, elephants, bears, peacocks, and many more animals roaming freely as nature intended them.Go for Jeep Safari at Udawalawe National Park lying on the boundary of Sri Lanka's wet and dry zones On day 7. Enjoy Trekking at Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve on day 8 and day 9 mark the end of our trip.
Visits to wild life parks will be at client's own risk. Safari vehicles (non-air-conditioned) available are basic with basic insurance cover (not comprehensive as in the case of vehicles used for tours
OTHER TIPS & INFORMATION
❖ Passport & Visas – you will need a passport with at least one blank page and validity for no less than six months from the date of arrival.
❖ Currency Exchange/Credit Cards – The local currency is Sri Lankan rupees (Rs.) and currency can be exchanged at bank counters in the arrival lounge. There are many certified money changers and banks throughout the country for currency exchange as well. All major credit cards are usually accepted at larger hotels, shops and restaurants.
❖ General Behavior – Sri Lanka in general is a very conservative country so be respectful towards the culture and different religions. You are required to dress appropriately (covering all parts of your body) when visiting sacred places like temples/shrines or any place of worship.
❖ Climate/Clothing – Most parts of the island get pretty hot and humid so you will mostly need light cotton clothing and comfortable shoes for walking/trekking. The hill country can get a little chilly at night so you will also need a light sweater for your stay there.
❖ Electricity – Electricity runs at 230–240V. Round, three-pin sockets are the norm, though you’ll also sometimes find square three-pin sockets, especially in more upmarket hotels. Adaptors are cheap and widely available.
❖ Health – Bring your mosquito repellent bug spray, sun block or tan lotion and any medication you may need for your trip. You can get them at supermarkets and pharmacies locally but it’s best to bring your own if you are comfortable with certain brands.
❖ Festivals/Public Holidays – Sri Lanka is a land of many festivals and celebrations. You can find out the festivals taking place before your arrival into the country. Sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited on all Poya (full moon) days and religious festivals.
❖ Tipping – Tipping your chauffer guide is at your discretion. If you are happy with your chauffer guide’s service and would like to tip him, we recommend a starting tip of USD$10-15 per day.
Hotel Rules & Regulations
❖ The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1400Hrs
❖ The official check-out time at all hotels will be 1200Hrs
On arrival in Sri Lanka, please clear immigration, collect your luggage then proceed through the customs green channel to the arrival lobby. We will be waiting in the designated area with a paging board. You will then be escorted to the vehicle park for your transfer.
Transfer from Airport to Negombo (Approx: 20Mins)
Overnight; At Hotel in Negombo
After breakfast proceed to Wilpattu (Approx: 4Hrs).
Enjoy a Jeep Safari at Wilpaththu National Park: Wilpattu wild life sanctuary where you can see Sri Lankan wild leopards in their natural habitat. Wilpattu National Park (Willupattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world-renowned for its leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population.
Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura (Approx. 1Hr)
Overnight; At Hotel in Anuradhapura
After breakfast proceed to Minneriya (Approx.: 2Hrs)
Enjoy a Jeep Safari at Minneriy National Park: Minneriya wild life sanctuary where you can see herds and herds of Sri Lankan wild elephants in their natural habitat. The elephants gather at the waterholes for drinking and you may watch them bathing their young and immersing themselves in the river. They can also be sighted at close range sometimes. You will find this a delightful place to survey our wild elephants.
Thereafter proceed to Habarana (Approx: 45Mins)
Overnight; At Hotel in Habarana
After breakfast proceed to Kandy (Approx.: 2.5Hrs)
En route Visit Wasgamuwa National Park: Wasgamuwa National Park is home to 23 species of mammals. The park is inhabited by a herd of 150 Sri Lankan elephants. Marsh elephant (Elephas maximus vil-aliya) roams in the Mahaweli river area. Both monkeys found in the park, purple-faced langur and toque macaque, are endemic to Sri Lanka. While water buffalo and Sri Lankan axis deer are common to observe, Sri Lanka leopard and sloth bear are rare. Small golden palm civet is another rare endemic mammal. The number of bird species recorded from the park is 143. This includes 8 endemic species. Endemic red-faced Malkoha is a resident bird in this national park. Sri Lanka Jungle fowl is another endemic bird inhabits the park. Lesser adjutant, yellow-fronted barbet, and Sri Lanka Spur fowl are the species that visit the reservoirs and streams of the national park. Peafowl, painted stork, black-headed ibis and Eurasian spoonbill are the park's other aquatic birds. Rare Sri Lanka frogmouth can be found here. Another rare species, chestnut-winged cuckoo, is seen near the Mahaweli river. Endemic and endangered Fejervarya pulla is one of the eight species of amphibians of the park. Of 17 reptile species recorded in the park, five species are endemic. Water monitor and mugger crocodile are common in the waterbodies of the park. Skinks Lankascincusspp., lizards Calotes ceylonensis and Otocryptis wiegmanni, and serpent Chrysopelea taprobanica are the endangered reptile species. Endemic Garra ceylonensis and combtail are among the 17 fish species reside in the aquatic habitats of the park. Of the park's 50 butterflies, eight species are endemic.
Thereafter proceed to Kandy (Approx: 3Hrs)
Overnight; At Hotel in Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Knuckles (Approx. 2Hrs)
Enjoy Trekking at Knuckles Mountain Range: The Knuckles Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, in the Districts of Matale and Kandy. The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resemble the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. Whilst this name was assigned by early British surveyors, the Sinhalese residents have traditionally referred to the area as Dumbara Kanduvetiya meaning Mist Laden Mountain Range (Coo ray, 1984). The higher montane area is often robed in thick layers of cloud. In addition to its aesthetic value, the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic microcosm of the rest of Sri Lanka as the conditions of all the climatic zones in the country are exhibited in the massif. At higher elevations there is a series of isolated cloud forests, harboring a variety of flora and fauna. Although the range constitutes approximately 0.03% of the island’s total area, it is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country’s biodiversity. The isolated Knuckles range harbors several relict, endemic flora and fauna that are distinct from central massif. More than 34 percent of Sri Lanka's endemic trees, shrubs, and herbs are only found in these forests.
And Proceed to Nuwara Eliya (Approx: 4.5Hrs)
Overnight; At Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast proceed to Yala (Approx. 5Hrs)
Enjoy a Jeep Safari at Yala National Park: Yala National park is where you can see Sri Lankan wild animals in their natural state... Inside the park you will come across wild boar, deer, leopards, elephants, bears, peacocks, and many more animals roaming freely as nature intended them to live. The elephants gather at the waterholes for drinking and you may watch them bathing their young and immersing themselves in the river. They can also be sighted at close range sometimes. You may also see leopards sunning themselves on rocks in the park. Herds of deer roam at will keeping a wary eye on the predators. Peacocks flaunting their colorful feathers strut around and flamingoes are a breathtaking sight. You will find Yala a delightful place to survey our wild animals.
Overnight; At Hotel in Yala/Tissamaharama
Optional – Enjoy a Jeep at Yala National Park in the Early Morning (5.30am)
After breakfast proceed to Udawalawe (Approx. 3Hrs)
Enjoy a Jeep Safari at Udawalawe National Park: Udawalawe lies on the boundary of Sri Lanka's wet and dry zones. Plains dominate the topography, though there are also some mountainous areas. The Kalthota Range and Diyawini Falls are in the north of the park and the outcrops of Bambaragala and Reminikotha lie within it. The park has an annual rainfall of 1,500 millimeters (59 in), most of which falls during the months of October to January and March to May. The average annual temperature is about 27–28 °C (81–82 °F), while relative humidity varies from 70% to 82%. Well-drained reddish-brown soil is the predominant soil type, with poorly drained low humid grey soils found in the valley bottoms. Mainly alluvial soils form the beds of the water courses
Overnight; At Hotel in Udawalawe
After breakfast proceed to Sinha raja (Approx. 3Hrs)
Enjoy a Trekking at Sinha raja Rain Forest Reserve: Sinha raja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Sinha raja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve's name translates as Lion Kingdom. The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Thereafter proceed to Bentota (Approx. 3.5Hrs)
Overnight; At Hotel in Bentota
After breakfast proceed to Airport for departure (Approx. 2.5Hrs)
END OF TRIP
Valid through 01st November 2021 to 30th April 2022
Currency quoted in US$
Rates based on per person sharing double
For a minimum of 2 pax on tour
|Period||4* Hotels||5* Hotels|
|01.11.2021-19.12.2021||US$ 1235||US$ 1995|
|20.12.2021-10.01.2022||US$ 1585||US$ 2725|
|11.01.2022 -30.04.2022||US$ 1395||US$ 2025|
Highlights: NEGOMBO | WILPATTU | ANURADHAPURA | MINNERIYA | HABARANA | WAS GAMUWA | KANDY | KNUCKLES | NUWARA ELIYA | YALA | BENTOTA
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