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WILDLIFE, CULTURAL & OUTLOOK DEEP EXPOSURE

In chess for pure immersion into remote lands, deep desire to encounter the most incredible wildlife from the most common to the most elusive, birding into the most exclusive area offering multiple chances to spot resident to the endemic ones. Venture yourself into all climate zones from wet to arid in experiencing the dry & intermediate. 4x4 riding dirt roads, walking  abandon tea road, boating on a huge reservoir, share momentaneous native pilgrimage &  get ready your full gear to capture exceptional moments, sceneries, wildlife & people. 

Intense motion for nature & wildlife watcher in joining this adventure spotter to get the best Ceylon has to offer!

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 The Mudhouse / 4*Rustic Seclusive - Spread throughout a large expanse of forest on the outskirts of a small village in Sri Lanka lies The Mudhouse – a private and seductive retreat, far away from the beaten track.Flanked by lakes and blessed with abundant birdlife, wildlife and natural beauty, The Mudhouse offers a range of rustic accommodation in private and individually designed huts.Run with environmental sustainability as its core focus, The Mudhouse aims to be a positive force for the people and nature with whom we co-exist.Fun and friendly, this laid-back lodge offers a unique chance to experience rural Sri Lankan life in all its colourful splendour.

  • Clusters of uniquely designed huts spread throughout a large expanse of forest land. All huts are constructed with natural materials, using ancient techniques with a distinctly modern twist.Each structure is designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Whilst all the individual layouts differ, the facilities are essentially the same.All huts have outdoor showers, indoor bathrooms, dining & lounge areas and relaxation spaces adorned with hammocks and mats – all designed in a style that benefits the overall aesthetic and ‘back-to-nature’ theme.There is no mains electricity in the guest areas. Lighting at night is provided by plentiful candles and lanterns as well as subtle, solar powered LED lighting. The local village was connected to the national grid in 2012 and we now have power in the office for charging phones, cameras, ipads or whatever other gadgets you bring.Staying at The Mudhouse is a little like stepping back in time to your own village in the jungle and to a more simple way of life, where things move at your pace.
  • Much of the produce is sourced from our own organic farm, with other ingredients purchased locally from farmers or from the market in town. Traditional Sri Lankan meals are prepared the traditional way, using clay pots and firewood. Rice and curry is the staple of the country and we offer a huge variety of dishes at any given time.There is no menu as such – meals are prepared according to what is in season and most fresh. We don’t tend to serve much meat as we find it hard to source quality produce locally. Fish, however, is a different story. Being surrounded by lakes and only 30 km from the coast, there is a range of sea and fresh water fish available throughout the year.Vegetarians will be happy here and a wide selection of grains, pulses, seeds, vegetables and fruits are prepared daily – many in ways you may not have come across previously.
The Sanctuary at Tissawewa / Historical Feel 2* - Located in the heart of the historical area of the ancient city of Anuradhapura, is one of Sri Lanka's landmark colonial buildings. Set on 14 acres of lush landscaped gardens, this masterpiece of Raj architecture, one of the islands first purpose built hotels, has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. The hotel has all the charm of eastern style, with open verandah and deep eaves where at night flying foxes peevish whine is heard in the trees.
  • 22 high and wooden ceilinged rooms that open out on to our sprawling piece of cultivated wilderness where you can lie in a four poster bed and feel transported to a different era of gracious living. Each room offer private hot/cold shower, A/C, Air drier, 19" flat screen TV with satellite international channels, laundry service & Wifi
  • The restaurant provide very simple and limited Sri Lankan dishes. No other facilities provided onsite.
Wildgrass Nature Resort / 5*Minimalistic Comtemporary - Set close to the UNESCO world heritage sites of Sigiriya Lion Rock. Comprising just 8 villas, Wild Grass is set amidst 25 acres of unfenced forestland that is frequently visited by rabbits, deer, wild boar, monkeys and over 40 species of birds as well as the occasional wild elephant.It is the ideal location for nature lovers, whether families with children, couples or honeymooners, who wish to enjoy their holiday disturbed only by the sounds of nature, while enjoying the ancient history and marvels of the Cultural Triangle, The unique feature of Wild Grass remains its exceptional natural beauty; our villas promote the sense of being at home amidst an abundance of space and absolute privacy – the ultimate luxuries afforded to the traveler seeking a perfect rest.
  • Encapsulate yourself in your private villa surrounded by nature. Heighten your senses as you take in the natural sounds of the jungle, from your bedroom or living area. Each villa comprising of an air-conditioned bedroom, living and ensuite bathroom and outdoor rain shower and balcony. Free Wifi and multiple aminities will be available in your bedroom villa.
  • Our restaurant bring on the table to you traditional Sri Lankan curries meet Western Cuisine. Whether you are un the mood for a chicken curry or a pork chop, all our dishes are freshly prepared with locally sourced ingredients from our very own garden or village community.
  • The swimming pool nest at the edge of the forest will give you a good refreshing rest between some birding walks
Gal Oya Lodge / 4* Rural Luxury - Discover an ancient land untouched by time; a haven of serenity in which to reconnect with the rhythms of the earth. Immerse yourself in nature. Soak yourself in local culture. Explore the rich wildlife of Gal Oya, one of Sri Lanka’s most remote and least visited wilderness areas. Gal Oya Lodge is a unique Sri Lanka ecolodge spread across 20 acres of private jungle. Take your time enjoying this natural paradise through the experiences we offer, which include a walk with our Vedda neighbours, one of the last remaining communities of the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka. Gal Oya Lodge is more than just a Sri Lanka ecolodge. Our philosophy lies at the heart of the design – to bring you closer to nature and to protect the local environment. The concept lives in every detail, from the undisturbed lush forest of our mountain site to the natural materials – such as cajan, wood and illuk – used to create our bungalows. And, of course, we use appropriate technology and recycling to preserve precious natural resources such as water and energy. Our desire to put nature first doesn’t mean that we’ve compromised on the things that make your holiday special. Gal Oya Lodge facilities include a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, seamlessly integrated into the scenic landscape. And the spacious bungalows have touches of luxury to make you feel at home. Our friendly locally-recruited staff are keen to share with you the stories and hospitality of the region. And the quality of our naturalist guides make us proud, sure to contribute to your visit by vividly bring alive the secrets of the natural world.
  • Sri Lankan culture and tradition are the inspirational elements at the heart of Gal Oya Lodge. Our bungalows draw their character from rural Sri Lankan villages, created using local techniques, tried and tested over time. Our tables and chairs are handmade by the local village craftsmen using teak and mara wood, applying traditional skills passed down from generation to generation.
  • Cuisine and locally sourced food is a special highlight of Lodge life. Lovingly prepared, the day’s menu will include a choice of Sri Lankan and Western items, featuring home grown herbs and vegetables, and produce from neighbouring village farmers. Innovative, fresh and healthy, meals are served in the dining room. Be sure to try our delicious national favourites such as curries, sambol and roti.
  • Proximity and synergy with nature goes beyond design. It is the foundation of how we do things. Our enhanced Sri Lanka ecolodge concept follows environmentally sound practices including recycling, energy conservation, growing our own produce and using sustainable materials whenever we can. We have recently installed a wildlife training and research facility to work with local conservation organisations and to help protect wildlife.
Kottukal Beach House / 4* Beach Small Lodge - Nested on a sandy stretch of pristine South East coastline rests upon the Indian Ocean, where your mornings are woken up to the serene sounds of crashing waves. Dot an unexplored shoreline flourishing with natural wonders & Nestled amidst a sprawling coastal estate of coconut trees, our own is a plush hideaway neighboring the world famous surfing hotspot of Arugam Bay, an driving distance from one of the least explore National Park which is Kumana. designed with stunning ocean vistas is our token of island beauty – open to your leisure in the form of two contemporary Deluxe Rooms or two larger boutique Chalets, complete with sophisticated wooden accents, elegant furnishings, and a touch of warmth from our home of Sri Lankan hospitality.
  • Kottukal Beach House offers only four distinct rooms in the form of two contemporary Deluxe Rooms or two larger boutique Chalets dressed in rustic earthen tones, each of our living spaces naturally complements our coastal environment and feature the added pleasure of a private balcony or terrace for simply lounging, or waking up to the rising sun. Fitted with modern amenities including free wireless internet access, air conditioning, and an ensuite bathroom with a luxury rain shower that provides both hot and cold water, each room caters to a contemporary lifestyle.
  • Our rustic Dining Room well versed in cuisines of the world, our chef will be happy to plate up a range of continental favourites or Sri Lankan specialties. His frequent visits to our neighbouring fishing village also ensures that any seafood you desire is not only fresh, but comes personally recommended by the local fishermen who reeled in the catch from our eastern seas.
Kulu Safari Yala / 4* Glamping Bush Tented - The spirit of Kulu is to tread lightly, leaving a minimal footprint on the natural ecology of our wilds. Comfortable accommodation with touches of luxury for the comfort of our guests, our campsite has been handpicked for its remoteness – most often our guests are the only dinner party for miles! All tents have been custom-made in South Africa by one of the world’s leading safari outfitters. Kulu’s Yala camp is ideally situated to explore the multiple sectors (referred to locally as ‘blocks’) of Yala National Park, and we run the majority of our safaris in Block 1 and 5. however, for guests staying 3 or more nights, we visit Block 3, 4 and Lunugamvehera National Park. We cater to clients with varying interests and passions. We host professional photographers on long stays, who depend on our local knowledge and guiding expertise to capture the best of our jungles through their lens.We love hosting families – our guides are adept at translating their knowledge of the jungle into a fun, learning experience for children.
  • Our Base Camp in Yala offers large tents (each tent is over 200 sq. ft.) that are secured on raised wooden platforms. Each tent includes a small deck (or ‘veranda’ as we like to call it) for some private space to sip an evening drink, or to relax with a good book. The tents have en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold showers. The fly screens support excellent ventilation while keeping out pesky critters.
  • Our kitchen is well geared for each discerning tastes and we will provide freshly cooked Sri Lankan delicacies
  • Just in case the lure of safari isn’t enough, Kulu has several activities on offer to keep you busy. * We have kayaks at our Yala Camp, so guests can get out on the water for a couple of hours of solitude, exercise and experience a different aspect of nature.* For more experienced guests, we invite them on a ‘jungle walk’ led by our guides. The walk provides a rare opportunity to learn interesting tips on the art of tracking, animal behaviour, and offers a unique perspective for birding as well as photography. * We also enjoy taking our guests to explore sites of historic and cultural significance in the vicinity of camp. Kataragama is one of the most sacred and symbolic places of worship for all religions, but especially for Buddhists, Hindus and indigenous communities. Sithulpawwa (which is believed to translate broadly to “Hill of the Quiet Mind”) is an ancient jungle monastery that dates back to the 2nd century B.C. Both locations attract many devotees, especially during times of religious festivities. * And what safari is complete without a sun downer at a scenic location, to mark the end of a perfect day in the jungle? But we like to keep the details a secret.
Hill Safari Eco Lodge / 2* Remote Mountain Lodge - Modern with touch of rustic lodge offering comfortable bedding & European washroom permitting to appreciate “Million Dollars” views given from just below the World End, don’t forget to bring some warm clothing, night are pretty chill.
  • Only 6 simply furnished bedrooms available (4 bedrooms with view) with private washroom with hot water & toilet. Beds are very comfy with good winter cover. If you feel cold in the room, heater can be request.
  • The Meals will be delightly Sri Lankan homemade & simply cooked without any exuberance
  • A common area with 2 sofas and few tables are set for your meals and coffee time. There are no facilities (apart of a baby foot:), as remote it is electricity can be off for sometime, if it is the case during your stay they will give you portable light for you to be able to use in your room to read. Wi-Fi onsite and NO mobile phone signal.
Jansen's Bungalow / 3* Tea Field Bungalow - The wind whistling through the trees of Sinharaja. The sounds of the creatures of the night. Or, the gurgles of a waterfall. There is something magical when the soothing sounds of Sri Lanka’s last rainforest tempt and seduce you on an adventure of a lifetime. Jansen’s Bungalow, a delightful retreat located within close proximity to the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve North Gate.Sit on 30 acres of lush greenery and scenic beauty, simple and elegant, this 6-roomed bungalow offers a mixed platter of comfort, excellent service and spectacular views on the rainforest itself.
  • Only 4 Deluxe rooms (1-3 pax) with private design washroom with AC or fan, White feel and polish cement stylish colonial well-appointed roomsOne extra mattress can be add in the room & Only 2 Family Room (1-4 pax) with private design washroom with AC or fan, Amazing double bed room with mezzanine incorporated 2 single beds.
  • Amazing home-cooking Sri Lankan dishes well garnished from breakfast, lunch and dinner & tea break. All made with locally sources ingredients and freshly preparedCan be cater for vegetarian, also being able to request non spicy. Some specific dietary won’t be able to cater, please inform us in advance.Facilities & ServicesYou will be able to share main living room to ended your day jungle incursion and share with the other habitants your day.
  • All facilities are fully natural and priceless as take a dip in the natural pool down the bungalow trail, take a bike to cycle in the village little road.




ITINERARY


Day 1 (L-D) Negombo - Yapahuwa Ruin & its inhabitant - The Mudhouse - Night Walk After your breakfast at your property located in Negombo, by 8.30am, you will depart in direction to the Mudhouse and on the way, we head 1hr30min drive to Yapahuwa is one of Sri Lanka’s best preserved and least visited ancient capitals. Dating from the 13th century, Yapahuwa was built in the style of Sigirya and stands resplendently above a 90 metre tall rock. Yapahuwa was a royal palace and a military fortress, originally constructed by King Buvanekabahu in 1273.However, Yapahuwa’s most distinguishable and striking feature is the giant stone staircase and carved lion statues (easily recognisable from their prominent appearance on the current 10 rupee bank note). This staircase was purpose built to access the shrine room where the relic was housed.It is possible to climb all the way to the summit and appreciate the spectacular 360 degree views. Vertigo sufferers may find this a bit of a challenge though! A couple of hours is usually enough to explore the site and small museum. After this history stop-over, you will take your final destination (The Mudhouse), where upon check in, you will enjoy a local lunch. After your lunch, in keeping with the local concept, grab our bikes which are more ‘Iron Horse’ than ‘Tour de France’, yet they are more than ample for the kind of light exploration we tend to do here. The land around The Mudhouse is predominantly flat an ideal for exploring by peddle power, to ride all the way to predominant places such as the Paramakanda temple and Tonigala rock (Stunning Scenery at its top). Many of the nearby villages and lakes can also be reached on the ride. At end of afternoon, chill at your mudhouse, and enjoy amazing local delicacies in a full natural atmosphere.Upon Sunset, walk around the huge vinicity to spot numerous of birds. before or After your dinner, you will depart for 1hr night walk to try spot Slender Loris or even the giant Squirrel Night at The Mudhouse in one of the House (depending their availability)

  • Birds Encounter can be spotted: Jerdon's Leafbird, Jerdon's Nightjar, Purple Heron, Red-Vented Bulbul, Green Imperial Pigeon, Purple Sunbird, Asian Koel, Yellow-eyed Babbler and many more... Some endemic as: Ceylon Woodshrike, Ceylon Junglefowl ...

Day 2 (B-L-D) 10h 4x4 Game Drive across Wilpattu National Park The largest of Sri Lanka’s national parks at 1,085 square kilometres, Wilpattu National Park (Land of Lakes) is now enjoying a renaissance following the declaration of peace in the country; opening its doors to visitors again after 16 years of closure, with a new visitor centre established in 2003. Before visitor numbers fully return to Wilpattu (it was at one point the most visited of all Sri Lanka’s parks), it remains a relatively uncrowded and unhurried park filled with a network of ‘Villu’ reservoirs, dense scrub jungle and grass-covered clearings. The unspoil seclusion of the park make it ideal for those looking for peaceful safari experience away from the crowd found in other area Very early in the morning (around 5.00am), you will depart for about 1hr30 transfer to Wilpattu National Park, from where you will change vehicule to enter the park with a 4x4 jeep, you will enter into one of the most amazing & one of the oldest National Park in Sri Lanka, the whole day about 10hrs you will ride the dust roads passing by reservoirs and magical forests in chess to encouter mutliple wildlife as Chacal, Fox, Elephants, horde of Wild Buffalos, Wildboars, Deers, various types of Monkeys, huge varieties of birds as well as if luck is with us Leopard and Sloth Bear. Enjoy an astonishing sunset before heading back to the Mudhouse Night at The Mudhouse in one of the House (depending their availability)
  • Birds Encounter can be spotted: Waterfowl - Little Grebe, Pintail, Garganey Common, Cresced Serpent-Eagle, Purple Heron, Great Thick-Knee, Orange-Breasted Green-Pigeon, White-Browed Bulbul, White Ibis, Little Cormoran and many more ... Some Endemic: Ceylon Green-Pigeon, Ceylon Red-Backed Woodpecker ...
Day 3 (B-L-D) Reservoir Sunrise Bird Walk around The Mudhouse - Anuradhapura Birding Sunset & Night Exploration

Early morning, If you are up get into a 2h sunrise walk iin the vinicity of your property where can be spotted multiples local tropical resident morning birds (let us know the night during dinner the day before if you want to join or not). Back to your property for breakfast.

After your breakfast, grab your bike which are more ‘Iron Horse’ than ‘Tour de France’, yet they are more than ample for the kind of light exploration we tend to do here. The land around The Mudhouse is predominantly flat an ideal for exploring by peddle power, to ride all the way to predominant places such as the Paramakanda temple and Tonigala rock (Stunning Scenery at its top). Many of the nearby villages and lakes can also be reached on the ride. Back to The Mudhouse to packed up your bags ready to go and enjoy your lunch before we depart for Anuradhapura (transfer about 2h-2h30) drive to Anuradhapura. At your arrival, please process to your check in and take some time for chilling and enjoying your property. By 4.30pm, depart to explore alternatively the Ancient Sacred City of Anuradhapura by getting the right spot for sunset & birding session which will offer perfect exposure of astonishing sceneries before getting inside the ancient city to get to few monuments extremely active by pilgrim where you will feel the weight of two millennia in the ruins of the city and its heritage, which was grand in its heydey. Hear the local legends and stories about. Back to your property for late dinner. Rest of your evening free & easy.

Night at The Sanctuary at Tissawewa in a Double or Twin Bed Room

  • Birds Encounter can be spotted: Black-Rumped Flameback, Rose-Ringed Parakeet, Purple Swamphen, Lesser Whistling-Duck, Cotton Teal, Purple-Rumped Sunbird, any more ... Some Endemic: Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Woodshrike, Ceylon Swallow and many more
Day 4 (B-L-D) Sunrise Walk around Forest Ruins Of Kaludiya Pokuna - Pidurangala Rock Sunset Climb (Optional)

Early wake up and after your breakfast and check out, by 6am depart for 40min drive to explore the ancient ruins of Kaludiya Pokuna, well hidden into a deep forest where a Buddhist Monastery has been build more than 1200 years ago. Literally translated by “the black water pool made by the sombre reflexions of trees and boulders of the neighboring forest and mountain where you will be able to see some amazing man-made advanced hydraulic system with artificial moats running through some of the buildings (like the bath houses, toilets. …).This place offer amazing surrounded for birds and some wildlife to be spot, so open your eyes.

After this exploration, we will take back the road in direction of Dambulla. At your arrival to your property, you will proceed to your check in, then enjoy your lunch. After you lunch take some time to chill and rest, or enjoy the rest of your afternoon by yourself to go around the property owned huge land with fantastic Dry Evergreen forest and a reservoir with large quantity of tropical birds. Dinner at your property & rest of your evening free & easy.

Night at Wildgrass Nature Eco Resort in Contemporary Villa (depending the availability) or similar

Addition Activity can be arrange: By 4.00pm, you will heading for sunset to the direction of un-famous un-crowed Pidurangal Rock which is an overlooked gem offeing giant reclining Buddha statue and what we call the view to see of the Sigiriya rock. After a climb of steps and small climb on the builder, the 360 degree scenery will be yours.

Back to your property for late dinner. Rest of your evening free & easy.

  • Birds Encounter can be spotted: White-Rumped Shama, Orange-Headed Thrush, indian pitta, Indian Cuckoo, Spotted Dove, Indian Scops Owl, Stork-Billed Kingfisher any more ...
Day 5 (B-L-D) Sunrise Ascent of the Lion's Rock - Gal Oya national Park

Early this morning, you will be heading to the world famous and referred as “the eight wonder of the world”and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage. Rising 200 meter above the surrounding jungle with a flat plateau on top, it formed from the magma of an extinct volcano over 200 billion years ago, Climb the Sigiriya rock provide one of the world best examples to explore ancient urban planning built up over 1500 years ago offering over 1200 steps to the top. The earlier you start the climbing the better to avoid large crowed as well as the heat can become intense upon the sun rise. Upon the climb you will encounter multiple opportunity to stop featuring gorgeous views. You will pass by the Mirror Wall (now Stained orange) used to be a highly polished white wall wrapping around the edge of the rock. Reaching the northern side of the rock where the main entrance to the palace, you will not miss the huge Lion Paws, then continue the climb until the top to fell completely accomplished. After the descent, you will depart back to your property by 7.30 - 8.00am, where your breakfast will be awaiting for you. After your morning meal, you will get back on the road to the lost & wild east of Sri Lanka and its astonishing final destination Gal Oya National Park. Upon arrival at your lodge (Around 5pm), proceed to your Check In, then take a time to rest of the day enjoying the property. Rest of the evening free and easy

Night at Galoya Lodge in Wooden Bungalow

Day 6 (B-L-D) Gal Oya National Park Birding Walking & 4x4 Safari

Discover an ancient land untouched by time, a haven of serenity in which to reconnect with the rhythms of the earth. Immerse yourself in nature. Soak yourself in local culture. Explore the rich wildlife of Gal Oya, one of Sri Lanka’s most remote and least visited wilderness areas where secluded wildlife paradise and some of the most beautiful landscapes can be experience.

One of the aspects that make Galoya National Park truly special is that it is the only place where you can take the only boat safari in Sri Lanka and, if you are lucky, see the Asian elephant swimming in its natural habitat. Imagine the thrill of being out on the water in a NP, watching these magnificent creatures swimming from island to island, foraging and socializing at the water’s edge of the largest manmade lake in Sri Lanka . But also being lucky to spot some of the 32 species of mammal including elephants, wild boar, leopards, sloth bears as well as 100s of bird species.… an absolute experience to live in! The memory will stay with you long after your return home.

Early wake and after a quick coffee, at 6.00am join a resident naturalist for an early morning bird walk with its sunrise around the lodge, enjoying the abundant birdlife and beautiful surroundings. The walk offers a number of possible routes through the trees and around the nearby lake, to observe a wide range of bird species such as Kingfishers, Eagles, Kites and many aquatic birds. Please feel free to discuss your interests with your naturalist for a tailored trip to suit your preferences. Return at the lodge for breakfast (around 8.30-9.00am).

By 12.30am for a unique delicious picnic lunch in the National Park. Enjoy this lunch next to the river, waterfall or overlooking one of the park’s many breathtaking views. After this splendid time, we will continue this jeep ride & by foot for about 4hrs into the forgotten Nilgala section of Gal Oya National Park. Once protected by ancient royalty for the abundant medicinal plants and endemic birdlife, the park’s unique ecosystem is home to herds of elephants, wild boar, four species of deer, jackals, sloth bears, marsh mugger crocodiles and an array of rare exotic birds. Our more intrepid guests can couple the drive with a safari on foot. Hike through the park with our expert naturalists and see wildlife up close while exploring hidden corners of the park.

You will be back at the lodge by the end of day, for you to be free and easy to enjoy yourself at the lodge.

Night at Galoya Lodge in Wooden Bungalow

  • Birds Encounter can be spotted: Galoya recorded than 150 species of birds. The Alexandrine Parakeet, Plum-Headed Parakeet, Spot-Billed Pelican, Red-Faced Malkoha can seen even if they are very shy. The Indian cormorant, Oriental Darter, Grey Heron, and Lesser Whistling Duck are among the common water birds you will be able to spot around the Senanayake reservoir. The white-bellied sea eagle, and grey-headed fish eaglewill be more visible in the grassland part as well as the indian roller.

Day 7 (B-L-D) Gal Oya National Park Wildlife Boat Safari - Pottuvil - Kudumbigala Wildlife & Monestary doorstep of Kumana National Park 4x4 Sunset Ride

An early morning start as by 5.30am we go back into the Gal Oya National Park for a water boat safari about 2-3h of the only experience in Sri Lanka that allows you to spot wildlife from the water. It’s a unique way to immerse yourself in the animals’ habitats. With a little luck you could spot elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. After this amazing boat experience get back to the lodge to enjoy your breakfast and check out.

By latest 9.30- 10.00am, you will embark for 2h transfer to your beach retreat by Pottuvil (40km North of Kumana National Park). At your arrival, you will be enjoying your lunch prior your check in and enjoy some freetime for you to rest a bit or walk around the property.

The only dirt road access to Kumana cross over its buffer zone who owned an ancient a forest hermitage called Kudumbigala, dates back to the 3rd Century and has always been a reputed Buddhist hermitage. Number of caves, with rock inscriptions and ruined temple complexes cover by tick evergreen tick forest shared by wild animals (Sri Lankan Leopard, Sloth Bear, Asian Elephant, Crocodile, Golden Chacal and many more...) stick by reservoir, lagoon & padi fields where farmers, fisherman, monks live to share the same land.

Kudumbigala Wildlife Sanctuary is an incredible place to experience by walk & 4x4 to go deep into the wild cultural spot. Multiples migratory & resident birds can be spotted as well as numerous of wildlife

By 2.00pm you will head off for a 3-4h 4x4 ride within Kudumbigala Wildlife Sanctuary located on the way to Kumana National Park where you could spot Sri Lankan Elephant, Golden Chacal, Crocodile, multiple birds and of course hiking through the bush to go to some monestary offering astonishing & rare sceneries (keep your geat at all time, you could be surprise). At your way back to your beach property, refresh yourself away from the dust cought during the ride then join us for your dinner. Rest of the evening free & easy.

Night at Kottukal Beach House byJetwings in Deluxe Room

  • Birds Encounter can be spotted: Waterbirds inhabiting wetlands of Kumana & Yala is 90% are migrants - Waterfowl, cormorants (little cormorant, Indian cormorant), large waterbirds (grey heron, black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, Asian openbill, painted stork), medium-sized wader and small wader are among the most common waterbirds. Black-necked stork and lesser adjutant are many of the rare birds that can be seen in the park. The migrant great white pelican and resident spot-billed pelican, lesser flamingo, pelicans, and rare species such as purple heron, night herons, egrets, purple swamphen, and Oriental darter. Crested serpent eagle and white-bellied sea eagle are the raptors of the park. The forest birds are orange-breasted green pigeon, hornbills, Old World flycatchers, Indian paradise flycatcher, Asian barbets, and Orioles.

Day 8 (B-L-D) Kumana National Park 4x4 Full Day Safari

After your very early breakfast & by 5.00am depart to Kumana National Park for a full day drive where you will embark yourself into a 4x4 on the most remote roads Kumana offers. Kumana being the Ramsar site in Sri lLanka with the highest birds type in the whole Sri lLanka, you will be able to amazed by stunning sceneries and spot multiple wildlife & birds away from the crowded other Ntaional Parks could have. Get the opportunity to walk into the wild and reach Bambaragasthalawa Ancient Temple (name given by the huge trees around the sacred site holding Bambara giant bee hives) which owned a giant reclining Buddha unfortunately has been damaged due to various acts of vandalism and nature as well as other caves close by where numerous rock inscriptions can be seen. Those caves night time are refuge to sloth bear, leopard has it wont be a surprise to see some poop and foot step on those species. (Take Away Lunch will be taken inside the National Park)

End of the day, you will depart Back to your beach property to finally rest and enjoy your dinner. Rest of the evening and night free and easy.

Day 9 (B-L-D) Pottuvil - Yala National Park 4x4 Sunset Wildlife Safari

After your breakfast, your morning will be free & easy to enjoy the beach, or walking aside the Pottuvil Lagoon to spot multiple birds. By 10.00am you will embark for 3h transfer to your camp set up at the side of Yala NP. At your arrival, you will be enjoying a late lunch at the campsite & received a short briefing & introduction and taking some freetime for you to rest a bit or walk around the property.

Yala is Sri Lanka's most renowed national park by the claim of the highest leopard density in the world. Forming a total area of 1268 sq km of scrub, light forest, grassy plains and brackish lagoons divided in 5 zones. Extremely rich on wildlife, you will definitively encounter huge amount of birds life, also crocodiles, buffalos, primates and of course the Leopard.

Yala is one of the biggest National Park which has been divided in Block, we will try to avoid the block crowded (block 1 which is also the most populated by Leopard) by 4x4 and going to those remote where also wildlife remind wild yet used to 4x4

By 3.00pm you will head off for a 3h evening 4x4 game drive within Yala NP where you could spot Sri Lankan elephant, the Sri Lankan sloth bearwild water buffalo but more than other to be able to spot wildly the Leopard . At your way back to the campsite, refresh yourself away from the dust catch during the ride then chill out at the common area until you join for a dinner where you could mixed with others to share your experience. Rest of the evening free & easy.

Night at Kulu Safari Camp in one Glamping Tent

  • Birds Encounter can be spotted: Waterbirds inhabiting wetlands of Yala is 90% are migrants - Waterfowl, cormorants (little cormorant, Indian cormorant), large waterbirds (grey heron, black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, Asian openbill, painted stork), medium-sized wader and small wader are among the most common waterbirds. Black-necked stork and lesser adjutant are many of the rare birds that can be seen in the park. The migrant great white pelican and resident spot-billed pelican, lesser flamingo, pelicans, and rare species such as purple heron, night herons, egrets, purple swamphen, and Oriental darter. Crested serpent eagle and white-bellied sea eagle are the raptors of the park. The forest birds are orange-breasted green pigeon, hornbills, Old World flycatchers, Indian paradise flycatcher, Asian barbets, and orioles.

Day 10 (B-L-D) Yala National Park 4x4 Sunrise & Sunset Wildlife Safari

An early morning wake up as by 5.00am you will enjoy a quick Tea, Coffee & small snack break before embarking back to your 4x4 for a 3h sunrise 4x4 drive into Yala or Lunugamvehera NP for you to explore another area who will offer you wonders to spot and observe. You will be back at the camp site for a Sri Lankan breakfast time from there you will have free time until lunch, you can spend by relaxing by the pool, reading a (wildlife) book, bird watching in the area of the camp or even joining one of our Sri Lankan cooking classes.

By 3pm, we will depart for your 2nd Sunset 4x4 3h Game Drive into the National Park in chess to spot of course the famous Leopard, as well as all others species can be spotted during this 3h of games.

Back to the camp for dinner time. Rest of your evening will be free and easy

Night at Kulu Safari Camp in one Glamping Tent

Day 11 (B-L-D) Yala National Park 4x4 Sunrise Wildlife Safari - Train across the Hill Country - Ohiya Tuk Tuk to the feet of World's End

An early morning wake up as by 5.00am you will enjoy a quick Tea, Coffee & small snack break before embarking back to your 4x4 for a 3h sunrise 4x4 drive into Yala (Block 5) for you to explore another area who will offer you wonders to spot and observe. You will be having your breakfast inside the park.

The most scenic journey is to the Hill Country with the eastern train route, it’s hard to forget the experience of taking the train through Sri Lankan tea country. Nothing compares to the cold air that comes in through the windows and the endless rolling hills of tea plantations and lush forests.

By 10am we will depart from the entrance of Yala National (Park Block 5) by road to the city of Ella (around 3h drive). At your arrival at the railway station, depend of the time we arrive, you should have some free time to explore Ella and have lunch in the mountain city. Jump on a the afternoon local train to engaged yourself on an authentic experience with native passing by Thangamale Forest Sanctuary and climbing up to the feet of Horton Plain. At your arrival at the Ohiya Railway Station, we will take tuk tuk to reach our small far remote mountain lodge (about 30 min drive) which will offer such astonishing sceneries overlooking Udaveriya Estate & the edge of the World End. Upon arrival

proceed to your check in, then enjoy the scenery offered and a basic meal. Rest of the night free & easy to chill

Night at The Hill Safari Eco Lodge in Standard Double / Twin Bedroom

Day 12 (B-L-D) Udaveriya Estate & Settlement Sunrise Walk - Sinharaja National Park

When I looked into the distance it felt like infinity where the sky and lands met. I was lost in the beauty of Mother Nature as the mountain range blended with the sky and the perfect clouds made it look mesmerizing. What represent the feeling of trekking the Udaveriya Estate bypass broken road is known by the locals to offer its beauty throughout the walk. Distance won’t matter since it is a climb down all the way.

Early morning before your breakfast, walk to a sunrise located scenery point to appreciate one of the most exclusive scenery Sri Laka can offer, on the way down to your lodge for breakfast, walk through the Udaveriya abandon estate & his settlement where you could encounter kids going to school, habitant going to temple. This location offer an unique experience to see how local living far remote countryside live on daily basis. Back to your lodge for your breakfast, then we will depart 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 at Jansen's Bungalow in Deluxe Double / Twin Room

Day 13 (B-L-D) Sinharaja National Park Endemic Birding & Wildlife Walk

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, you will get the rest of your free time for you to walk around the Tea Field at the border of the Rainforest where more birds can be sport during sunset.

Night at Jansen's Bungalow in Deluxe Double / Twin Room

  • 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, 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 Samll 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 14 (B) Sinharaja National Park - Colombo International Airport

After your breakfast, you will embark for 4-5h transfer back to Colombo International Airport for you to catch your flight to your next destination.




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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, Village trekker leader on Day 5, 4x4 jeep safari game ride in Wilpattu, Gal Oya, Kumana, Yala & Sinharaja with experience Naturalist Guide, , drinking water, coffee & tea, Cultural heritage entrance fees. What is Excluded? Additional 4x4 Safari in Yala 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, Village trekker leader.




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What to Bring? Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera - Please briing along your DSLR with one 300mm lense minimum 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 goes down in the Hill Country Things you should know! Cell phone coverage could be sometime not available. Drone are forbidden to be use on the island without any government approval Outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised in the event of bad weather. Departure Daily based on a minimum booking of 2 pax per departure. Solo traveler will incur single supplement charges. For nature, wildlife lovers, individual, families, 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. - Wilpattu, Gal Oya, Kumana, Yala national Park Safari(s) & Sinharaja Forest Reserve Bird Walk will be accompany with experience Naturalist Guide Recommended for Families, couples, especifically for Birder & Wildlife enthusiasts and adventurous travelers wanting to get away from the mass with the opportunity to live in various properties design, feel & experience . This program can be suitable for children 8 years and above as no challenging hike. Be aware: This adventure is focus on looking for birds & wildlife with cultural interaction Do we accept children Minimum age required will be 8 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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