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WILDLIFE IN NO TIME

 

You are in transit! you came for a business trip! you have a long week end!  Join and venture across diverse climate zones with their own habitat from primary rainforest to scrub dry forest and its rare inhabitant as Purple Face Langur, Leopard, Chacal, and many others without forgotten  jungle walk to spot multiple endemic birds. So much on so little time, all nature lover & Wildlife &  Birder will be focus getting the possibility to observe the maximum of wild animal & birds in the right place & time. In No Time offer splendid destinations combine with unique experiences totally optimize!

Mini 2 pax

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

DECEMBER TO SEPTEMBER

OVERVIEW


Accommodation As most itinerary proposed, you won't have choice of properties design/service prestation/quality & level (from Guesthouse to 5* boutique/nature retreat/camp) during your stay. For this adventure trip only few nights will be fixed as no other property exist in the area, apart of that please let us know your desire of property type you wish to experience and your budget and we will add this expectation to this originate itinerary. Sinharaja Rainforest Lodge - Belong to you to let us know the property category you desire to live in (from guesthouse to boutique 5*) Bush Camp Site - Belong to you to let us know the property category you desire to live in (from Glamping 3* to 5*) Downsouth Beach Retreat - Belong to you to let us know the property category you desire to live in (from Beach Retreat 2* to Private Villa 5*)




ITINERARY


Day 1 (D) Bodhinagala Forest Hermitage Bird Walk - Sinharaja Forest Reserve Very early this morning after your breakfast at your property located in Negombo or Colombo, by 5.00am, you will depart in direction to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and on the way, we head 1h30min to 2h drive to Bodhinagala Forest Hermitage, nestling on the bank of the Kalu Ganga, this natural rainforest shields the buddhist hermitage from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, providing a serene environment for the meditating monks. Build up by amazing patch of wilderness complete with gentle slopes, crafting ridges and peaks shelter the Bodhinagala Monastery and some endemic creatures as the rare & shy Green-billed Coucal, Yellow-Fronted Barbet without forgotten the most visible mammals as Wildboar, Purple-faced Leaf, Toque Monkeys and Grizzled Indian Squirrel. After this stop over we will get back on the road for Sinharaja and its rainforest. At your arrival at your lodge set up at the border of the most untouched rainforest, proceed to your check in, take a time for resting or enjoy the scenery and location offered by this property, rest of the night free & easy. Night in a Sinharaja Rainforest Lodge (Let us know the level of the service & prestation expected for your property)

  • Birds Encounter can be spotted:The place to be to see the most of the endemic species of birds in Sri Lanka, up your head up and get the luck to encounter them... Some Endemic: Ceylon Spurfowl, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Thrush
Day 2 (B-L-D) Sinharaja Endemic Birding & Wildlife Walk - Udawalawe National Park Perfect Biosphere Reserve declarer Unesco World Heritage in 1988. Being the most important biodiversity site in the whole Sri Lanka (also internationally important for Tropical Biodiversity). Famous for its birds waves, Sinharaja comprises Lowland & Submontane wet evergreen forest with Submontane Patana Grasslands in the East. A staggering 64% of the tree species are endemic to Sri Lanka. Numerous Orchids & Pitcher plants are currently seen. Early morning, after your early breakfast depart for a walk all the way to late lunch into the Rainforest of Sinharaja to spot endemic birds as well as wildlife. Pass through large path, river side & jungle incursion to venture yourself into the heart of this untouched rainforest which 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. Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are about 3 elephants, and 15 or so leopards. The most common larger mammal is the endemic purple-faced langur, huge varieties of birds (with the highest number of endemic) also interesting mixed of Amphibians & Reptiles. You will be back to your lodge for late lunch, then you will take back the road to the border of Udawalawe NP. Arrival at your camp, proceed to your check in before enjoy a free and easy evening and night Night at Bush Camp Site (Let us know the level of the service & prestation expected for your property)
  • Birds Encounter can be spotted:The place to be to see the most of the endemic species of birds in Sri Lanka, up your head up and get the luck to encounter them... Endemic: Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Ceylon Hanging-Parrot, Layard’s Parakeet, red Faced Malkoha, Green-Billed Coucal, Serendib Scop-sowl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Greater Fameback, Black-Capped Bulbul, Spot-Winged Thrush, Ceylon Rufous & Brown-Scapped Babbiers, Ashy-Headed Laughinthrush, Ceylon Blue Magpie, White-faced Starling, Ceylon Hill Myna, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Ceylon Scimitar Babbler & Ceylon Drongo, and many more birds species can be spotted
Day 3 (B-L-D) Udawalawe National Park Wildlife Sunrise Safari - Beach time between unawatuna & Tangalle Very early this morning, by 5am, you will embark into a 3-4hrs Sunrise 4x4 journey within Udalawale National Park recognize for its number of elephants hearses living in the permises.From the time you will be introduce inside this amazing open grassland savannah, loads of birds will be able to spot especially close to the reservoir without forgotten the possibility to spot crocodile too. During your ide, you will encounter individual as well as hearses of elephants from baby to old mammal which can be spot easily. By 10am, you will head back to your property in Udalawale. for breakfast. After your breakfast, at 10 am, you will take the direction of your beach property between Mirissa to Tangalle (Unawatuna/Weligama/Matara/Talalla/Dikwella). Along the way, we will stop at an archaeological site, the Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya, where you will climb to the top of this mountain where numerous temples (7 temples exactly) to allow you to understand the deep culture of Sri Lanka, have been established in different point of the ascent. At its summit enjoy a breathtaking view of the region. On your return, we will take the road to your final destination of the day. Rest of the evening free Night in Downsouth Beach Retreat (Let us know the level of the service & prestation expectated for your property)
  • Birds Encounter can be spotted: Spot-billed pelican, Little cormorant, Grey heron, Indian pond heron, Cattle egret, Great egret, Little egret, Intermediate egret, Painted stork, Woolly-necked stork, Yellow-wattled lapwing, Green bee-eater, Crested treeswift and many more... Some Endemic: Sri Lankan junglefowl, Sri Lanka spurfowl, Sri Lanka green pigeon, Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lanka woodshrike and Sri Lanka Swallow.
Day 4 (B-L) Morning Catamaran Sailing Whale Watching Safari (ONLY AVAILABLE BETWEEN DECEMBER TO APRIL) ou Free Morning Beach Time (MAY TO NOVEMBER) - Colombo International Airport (From December to April ONLY) Between 4:30 am and 5:00 am, we will check out, then you leave for the port of Mirissa where you will have the possibility of recovering your catamaran to embark on a cruise of approximately 7 hours researching whales and dolphins in order to be able to meet them in their natural habitat. By 6.30 am departure towards the whales. Along the way our chef serves a freshly prepared breakfast including fresh fruit, when whales are sighted guests are invited to the bow and upper decks for the best viewing of these incredible creatures. After enjoying the whales, you will head towards Weligama Bay where the yatch anchors near the Snake & Trapobane Islands, perfect setting to enjoy swimming, paddle, snorkeling and getting your lunch before getting back to the port of Mirissa. Then we will proceed to take the direction of Colombo International Airport for you to be able to catch your flight OR (From May to November ONLY) After your breakfast, you will be free and easy to enjoy your property, the beach around until the time for departure. After process to your check out you will get back on the road to Colombo International Airport (if your flight happen to be night time, we will have the time to make a stop to Galle for a city tour of the old town) If you desire to spend an additional night at your beach property for you to take some more time to chill and enjoy your adventure as you are not rushing back home, please let us know we will be glad to make it happen for you. TO YOUR ATTENTION: Please make sure to book your flight depart from Colombo after 9.00pm




INCLUDED / EXCLUDED


What is Included? All transfer from/to Colombo International Airport with a licenced national guide driver, all accommodations, full board meals, canyoning & rafting Activities, all entrances fees of National Parks, Forest Reserve & Sanctuary, one 4x4 jeep safari sunrise game in Udawalawe with experience 4x4 driver, Naturalist Guide at the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, drinking water, coffee & tea, Cultural Heritage entrance fees, 7h sailing on catamaran (Only From December to April). What is Excluded? Personal Travel Insurance & Repatriation, Additional 4x4 Safari in Udawalawe National Park, all chargeable water activities & surf lesson and board rental at your beach property, sodas and alcoholic beverages (none are available at site, need to buy by yourself prior arrival), tipping and gratuities to your licenced guide driver, Naturalist & 4x4 driver.




ADD INFO


What to Bring? Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera (if you have a DSLR with one 300mm lense to capture some wildlife & bird close up will be a plus), dry bag, money, change of clothes, swimwear, sea sickness tablets, Pareo, water bottle, toiletries, own medical treatment, basic first aid kit, very good light trekking shoes (Salomon X trail for example), anti-transpirant socks, light clothes for the treks easy to dry fast, one sweater for the night as the temperature could go down at the Sinharaja Forest Reserve Things you should know! Cell phone coverage could be sometime not available. Outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised in the event of bad weather. For the Catamaran Sailing Whale Watching - We plan to sail rain or shine, so please check the forecast and be sure to dress for the weather. In the event the Captain deems the sailing conditions unsafe, such as thunderstorms or extremely high winds, we will have to cancel it and replace it by another activity or if you extend the beach stay post-poned it another day (no refund). Seeing whales and any others wildlife (elephant, leopard, sloath bear,...) is never guaranteed. They are the end of the day land & marine mammals that are unpredictable, so it is up to what to show themselves. There is no refund if the wildlife decide not show If you are prone or unaware you get seasick, you will need to ensure you have sea sickness tablets before departure. Departure Daily based on a minimum booking of 2 pax per departure. Solo traveler will incur single supplement charges. For nature lover, wildlife & birding watcher & photographer, active family, groups of friends and others in good physical condition and good stamina. Guide Our Licenced National Guide Driver will be welcoming you onboard and will make sure you will be carefully taking care for your first to your last day. Recommended for Family, couple, nature enthusiast, birder & wildlife lover wanting to get away from the mass and close to nature. This program can be suitable for children 5 years and above if stamina is prepared as the trails surrounding the area (No challenging trail) Do we accept children Minimum age required will be 5 years old Teenager Responsible Traveler Be aware that you will be in a reserved area and a sensitive environment. Consider your actions:

  • Cut out plastic – remove and recycle plastic packaging before coming into the area
  • Bring rechargeable batteries as disposable batteries leach toxic chemicals as they degrade in a landfill, and recycling facilities are scarce in areas like Sri Lanka
  • Bring your own water flask (metal will be better) – you can fill up at the eating area instead of purchasing bottled water
  • If you smoke, never throw your cigarette butts on the ground or in the forest – dispose of them in ashtrays or bins
  • During outdoor and nature activities, take your cues from the expert local guides. Follow their instructions when observing wildlife. Be aware that you may need to take extra care in these areas to respect the natural environment.





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