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MANNAR PENINSULAR BIRDING MIGRATORY RACE

Formally named as “Lion Kingdom” by the junction of the two very symbolic words ‘Sinha’(Lion) and ‘Raja’ (King)  thousand years ago, a powerful race of people-lions lived in thick jungles beliefs by natives still remain. Sinharaja owned exceptional rainforest start from 90meter above the sea level up to an elevation of 1.170m, treasure trove for the most number of endemic species on the whole Ceylon. Birds, reptiles, mammals & butteflies can be spotted through out slippery trails, wear your leetche socks, open your eyes, bring up your big lenses and get into one of the bird photoshoot paradise!

Mini 2 pax

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

15 DECEMBER 

TO APRIL

THE PALMYRAH HOUSE - 3/4*


The property Palmyrah House is situated in the approximate center of Mannar Island, with easy access to any place on the isle. We offer comfortable rooms, delicious food, a swimming pool, traditional well bath, recreational area, gym, library, bar, restaurant and some sightseeing bicycle ride around the safe, clean Mannar Island. Palmyrah House covers 35 acres, hosting fourteen rooms, all manned by our friendly and local staff which has been trained daily and carefully by Udaya (The resident manager and its team). By their genuine personalities, the entire team of The Palmyrah House will take good care of every of your need Accommodation The Palmyrah House is a luxury boutique hotel, consisting of fourteen rooms, all elegantly furnished for maximum comfort. Naturally all rooms are air conditioned, with their own private deck, adjoining bathrooms with hot-and-cold showers and having access to Wi-Fi. One of the guest building houses six bedrooms, with two on the upper deck and four on the lower deck. In addition, there are four chalets, with two rooms each as well as adequate housing for the staff. Superior Room (1-2 pax) Only 4 rooms (Ground floor only) with private design bathroom with individually controlled A/C, set with 2 full-sized single beds (for twin or queen request) with direct access to private own veranda,Wheel-chair accessiblity Deluxe Room (1-3 pax) Only 8 rooms with private design bathroom with individually controlled A/C, set with 1 king-sized bed (plus 1 full-sized single bed for triple occupancy) with direct access to private own deck (decks of suite can be conjointed to form a large deck for groups / family room). Wheel-chair accessiblity Suite Room (2-4 pax) Only 2 rooms en-suite bathroom with dual wash-basins & bath tub. Luxuriously appointed 2 suites with one King-size & 1 Queen-size beds with individual controlled A/C, with direct access to private own deck. Wheel-chair accessiblity PS: An expansive 950 sq each of two luxuriously appointed suites with triple bed space facing large screen TV screens, and en-suite bathrooms featuring bath tubs with spacious private conjoined decks. Cuisine Some of the best cuisine in Mannar, all meals are provided and dishes can be tailor-made to your tastes with a little prior notice. However, we do recommended that our visitors try our acclaimed local menu. Meals can be taken either at the restaurant (capable of seating 40 people), or at your own private deck. The food is prepared from the freshest ingredients from each day's ocean bounty as well as the best organic produce from Totum Farms. Guests should also try our homemade palmyrah jaggery and chili paste Facilities & Services Everyone of you need to stay refreshed, whether it be swimming pools, traditional well baths or trips to the beach. Enjoy our delicious local cuisine, made from the freshest local ingredients of land and sea. Burn off those calories at our gym, or take a sightseeing bicycle ride around the safe, clean roads of Mannar Island. You can also rent snorkeling gear if they are planning an ocean adventure and guides are available if they wish to explore the many natural and historical sites of Mannar. Also of interest is our beautiful range of signature handmade palmyrah products. Guides Our in-house Ornithologist will bring you along looking for the most birds possible during your time her - Combine group 1:10




4D3N / 3D2N ITINERARIES


4D3N ALLAROUND MANNAR BIRDING Day 1 (D) At your arrival at your retreat set in the Mannar Peninsular, please proceed to your check in. Depending of your arrival time, if before 3pm, you will get introduce with your ornithologist, then got on the road or by foot for 3h of birding (the location will depend where birds has been spotted) around your retreat by the beach area as well as by the road side where small water container has been formed, multiple flock of Painted Stork, Spot-Billed Pelican, Red-Billed Tropicbird, little cormoran and many more can be seen. Back to your retreat around 6.30pm for everyone to enjoy your dinner and free & easy evening. Day 2 (B-L-D) After your breakfast, we will depart for Birding Island Chasing. As Mannar is a long strip surrounded by the sea & get an inland extention around the Giant's Tank, we will goes around diverse sights where armada of birds or specific birds can be spotted as well as experience breathtaking sceneries, we could be surprise too to encounter loner Golden Jackal crossing some lagoon or some donkey too. Early this morning, we could get going to Periyar Kalapuwa (lagoon) to look for for Common Teal, hundred of Showellers, Wigeon, Garganey. this plain is also good to sight Harriers. Crossing the lagoon to explore the Vankalai Lagoons marine area which is one of the best places in sri lanka for bird watching during migratory bird season. Lots of birds can be seen in shallow waters by the side of the road including greater flamingos if we are lucky. Multiple Birds can be seen by the side of Punarin road, Thaleimannar road including saltern and Madawachchiya road. Anytime we could stop on the way if we spotted any specific species. By 1pm, back to your retreat to enjoy your lunch and taking a break for anyone want to chill or if you feel still energize by yourself get to the beach area to see what birds can be seen. By 3.30pm, depart by foot or road for another 3h birding around your property where some birds you didnt yet spot can be seen. Back to your property by 6.30pm, for you to enjoy your dinner & the rest of the evening free & easy. Day 3 (B-L-D) Very early this morning, we could take the direction of the Mannar Mainland with its Giant's Tank Sanctuary, taking the time to explore holy Madu Church middle of Wani jungle. The Giant's Tank attract species which can't be regulary found in the southern part of the island as Black Drongo, Asian Flycatcher, Indian Roller, elusive European Bee-Eater, Black-Rumped Flameback and many more. Anytime we could stop on the way if we spotted any specific species By 1pm, back to your retreat to enjoy your lunch and taking a break for anyone want to chill or if you feel still energize by yourself get to the beach area to see what birds can be seen. By 3.30pm, we could be going to Tthe adam bridge area & Tailaimannar where its lighthouse & fishing port can encounter some flocks of Gulls gathering with Heuglin's & Palla's Gulls. Surely on our way we could be making some stop depend what we can encounter. Back to your retreat for dinner. Rest of your evening free & easy. BE ADVISE: Itinerary based on locations / sites visited may vary on daily basis dependent upon the density of species and individuals where the birds are; distance to sites may range from a couple of kms away to as much as 80 kms away from your property 3D2N EXPRESS MANNAR BIRDING Day 1 (D) At your arrival at your retreat set in the Mannar Peninsular, please proceed to your check in. Depending of your arrival time, if before 3pm, you will get introduce with your ornithologist, then got on the road or by foot for 3h of birding (the location will depend where birds has been spotted) around your retreat by the beach area as well as by the road side where small water container has been formed, multiple flock of Painted Stork, Spot-Billed Pelican, Red-Billed Tropicbird, little cormoran and many more can be seen. Back to your retreat around 6.30pm for everyone to enjoy your dinner and free & easy evening. Day 2 (B-L-D) After your breakfast, we will depart for Birding Island Chasing. As Mannar is a long strip surrounded by the sea & get an inland extention around the Giant's Tank, we will goes around diverse sights where armada of birds or specific birds can be spotted as well as experience breathtaking sceneries, we could be surprise too to encounter loner Golden Jackal crossing some lagoon or some donkey too. Early this morning, we could get going to Periyar Kalapuwa (lagoon) to look for for Common Teal, hundred of Showellers, Wigeon, Garganey. this plain is also good to sight Harriers. Crossing the lagoon to explore the Vankalai Lagoons marine area which is one of the best places in sri lanka for bird watching during migratory bird season. Lots of birds can be seen in shallow waters by the side of the road including greater flamingos if we are lucky. Multiple Birds can be seen by the side of Punarin road, Thaleimannar road including saltern and Madawachchiya road. Anytime we could stop on the way if we spotted any specific species. By 1pm, back to your retreat to enjoy your lunch and taking a break for anyone want to chill or if you feel still energize by yourself get to the beach area to see what birds can be seen. By 3.30pm, we could be going to Tthe adam bridge area & Tailaimannar where its lighthouse & fishing port can encounter some flocks of Gulls gathering with Heuglin's & Palla's Gulls. Surely on our way we could be making some stop depend what we can encounter. Back to your retreat for dinner. Rest of your evening free & easy Day 3 (B) After your breakfast, head out after saying good bye to our host for your next destination. BE ADVISE: Itinerary based on locations / sites visited may vary on daily basis dependent upon the density of species and individuals where the birds are; distance to sites may range from a couple of kms away to as much as 50 kms away from your property




INCLUDED / EXCLUDED


What is Included? Accommodation, transfer all around Mannar Island and mainland, full board meals, daily birding activities What is Excluded? Travel to Mannar Island, sodas and alcoholic beverages, tipping and gratuities to Ornithologist guide, & team member of your property. Massage & Kitesurfing




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What to Bring? Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binocular, light trekking dry bag, swimwear, money (no ATM), water bottle, toiletries, basic first aid kit, sleepers, long pans & shirt as well as short & tshirt, sweater for the fresh night, biscuit, Comfortable & light trekking shoes . Things you should know! Perfect for individual, family, group of friends in chess to observe the maximum of migratory birds across the un-explore Mannar peninsular and its mainland where you will be able to spotted multiple large flocks of unique birds species, and maybe can see some loner golden jackal. Departure Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Solo traveller will incur single supplement charges. For those in chess to spot & snapshot the most number of migratory species of birds totally adapted to family with children all ages (minimum 5yrs old), group of friends, couple or even individual. Do we accept children Yes we do accept children above 5yrs old. BE ADVISE: Itinerary based on locations / sites visited may vary on daily basis dependent upon the density of species and individuals where the birds are; distance to sites may range from a couple of kms away to as much as 80 kms away from your property The “off-birding-season” is generally from the month of May through to end-October.




VAYU RESORT - 2*


The property The Vayu Resort is mainly a kitesurfing retreat in one of the most remote dune land of Sri Lanka, just sit in front of the Adam Bridge offering some of the most incredible sunset Sri Lanka could offer. The protected sandbanks of surrounded The Vayu are well-known for strong winds and as a sanctuary for numerous migratory birds pure paradise for all level of ornitholgists with countless species that can be spotted from your verandah! and all around Mannar Peninsular. The particularity of this unique property will be to be able to combine Kitesurf as well as Birding. If you are a family of children in their very active adolescence, everyone could find activities they could desire to do. Superb Kite Vibes in a rustic location with lots of care and attention to detail. We offer simple Western and Local food. The local food reflects the different culture and cuisine that’s found in the North of Sri Lanka. Accommodation The Vayu Resort wooden cabanas have been designed having studied our locations in Kalpitiya. We have 12 bungalows and 8 tents – so the camp will be pretty exclusive. Each wooden bungalow has been elevated to give you a nice view of the ocean and clearance from the sand that can fly due to high winds. We have included a 2 to 4-bed option making the bungalows suitable for groups of friends and families. The open-air washroom gives you a novel experience: shower under the stars! A verandah has been included for you to relax in privacy. All bungalows will be stand-alone and will have mosquito nets. Each bungalow is a short walk from the Adam’s Bridge and surrounded by nature. Deluxe Bungalow (1-4 pax) Only 6 bungalows Enjoy the dune sand surrounded at walking distance of the Indian Ocean you can appreciate from your terrace. All the Deluxe bungalows are wooden built, offer Twin or Double Bed(s) with FAN only, have a private open air bathroom and toilets. Purified water, coffee and tea, Uninterrupted power supply, Free WIFI, Free kitegear storage (For Kiter ONLY) Free boat rescues and help on the beach (For Kiter ONLY) Garden Bungalow (1-3 pax) Only 6 bungalows Enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the beach from your terrace. All the Garden bungalows (concrete built) offer Twin or Double Bed(s) with FAN only, have a private open air bathroom & toilets Purified water, coffee and tea, Uninterrupted power supply, Free WIFI, Free kitegear storage (For Kiter ONLY) Free boat rescues and help on the beach (For Kiter ONLY) Tent (1-4 pax) Only 8 Tents Tented accommodation ideal for budget Travelers & Backpackers. Big, comfortable and fully equiped with a common washroom. Purified water, coffee and tea, Uninterrupted power supply, Free WIFI, Free kitegear storage (For Kiter ONLY) Free boat rescues and help on the beach (For Kiter ONLY) Cuisine Food in Mannar is influenced by both Sri Lankan and Indian Cuisine. You will enjoy the best quality simple & food. We take pride in preparing healthy meals for our guests and we make sure healthy balanced diet is available for vegetarians and meat eaters. Try traditional Sri Lankan food, including hoppers, string hoppers, lamprais, pittu, kottu, rotti and of course rice and curry. Sri Lankan cuisine is known for its spicy food, but if you prefer milder dishes you will have plenty of choice, including a range of meats/ seafood, barbecue, salads and fresh fruit juices. Our buffet option will also include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. You will although enjoy some european cuisine and we can provide no-spicy meals if requested. Facilities & Services For all, kiters and non kiters we provide a vast range of free activities maximizing in quality and diversity ! If some day you feel that you want to do something different, it will be our pleasure to help and guide you! Kiteschool & Kite clinics, with our team of passionate and qualified instructors, you are sure to make great progress in kitesurf during your stay at the Vayu kitecamp. Yoga, the choice of thinking, it’s a life style. With the yoga techniques we can unit our mind body and spirit. Yoga allows us to experience a deep emotional awareness and meet our true nature. Massage, is a great option for your holidays. Specially after a long day birding or kiteboarding sessions. Qualified therapists prevent muscle ache and can relax muscular tension with a massage. Stand Up Paddle along the Adams Bridge. Take a little time to discover and explore the beauty of Mannar on a Stand Up Paddle. It can be practice on the ocean in front of the Vayu camp (Free of charge for guest unguided) Self-guided Village Cycle, we can provide a map (Free of charge for Vayu guests) Guides Our in-house Ornithologist will bring you along looking for the most birds possible during your time her - Combine group 1:10





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