Come and join Best of Lanka to explore the wild world of Sri Lanka. This unique holiday, designed by local experts, can turn your days to something more than amazing. You can witness extraordinary places from the fairly thick dry zone jungle of Wilpattu National Park, Sigiriya, the birds' heaven of Sri Lanka, to one of Sri Lanka's premier ecotourism destinations, Yala National Park. Be prepared for the excitement and expect the unexpected!
Best of Lanka will accommodate you for one night in Cinnamon Red in Colombo, two nights in Hotel Sinharagama in Nochchiyagama, two nights in The Other Corner in Habarana, two nights in Kitulgala Adventures in Kitulgala, and two nights in Yala Lake camp in Tissamaharama. All accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis.
Arrive in Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and meet with your representative at the arrival lounge. Transfer to Colombo will take one hour’s drive approximately. Do a jeep safari in Attidiya Wetland in the evening. According to a study done by the Society for Environmental Education, there are some 166 species of birds sighted in the area of which most are residential and around 40 migratory. The area also has a recorded 71 species of butterflies and 44 species of fish.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Anuradhapura for four hours’ drive approximately. Go for an evening safari at Wilpattu National Park. Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of floodplain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.
Go for a full day safari at Wilpattu National Park with picnic meals.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Habarana for one and a half hours’ drive approximately. Do evening game drive at Minneriya National Park and night jeep drives at Habarana jungle border.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Go for a bird watching at Sigiriya Sanctuary. Surrounding of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a designated forest reserve and is a very good birding destination. Sigiriya sanctuary is a well-protected area as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, waterways and thick canopied forests make it a heaven for birds. You will be accompanied by an expert birdwatching naturalist for the birding trip in Sigiriya Sanctuary in the morning. Go for a night walk at Popem's Arboretum for witness the Slender Loris.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kitulgala and do an evening bird watching in Kitulgala Village.
Go for an early morning birdwatching trail in Makandawa Rainforest patch. Bird watching in Kithulgala is considered as the main interest of a nature lover and can result in you seeing many of the country's endemic bird species such as Sri Lanka Orange-billed babbler and chestnut-backed owlet, as well as reptiles such as green pit viper and earless lizard and a variety of butterflies. Do an evening birdwatching.
Have breakfast at the campsite. Transfer to Yala National Park. Do an evening safari at Bundala National Park. The biodiversity of this park is immense, a total of 383 plant species have been recorded from the park, including six endemics and seven species that are considered nationally threatened. It is also home to 32 different species of mammal, five of which are classified as threatened.
The birdlife is also diverse. For keen bird-watchers, the complex wetland system harbors a rich bird life (approximately 197 species), including several species of migratory waterfowl. This has led to the declaration of the park as Sri Lanka's first ‘Ramsar' wetland, one of great international importance, especially for migratory waterfowl.
Go for a full day safari at Yala National Park. The park, one of Sri Lanka's premier eco-tourism destinations, lies 24 kilometers northeast of Tissamaharama and 305 kilometers from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons.
Have breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for departure for five hours’ drive approximately.
During this safari, you will visit Attidiya Wet Land, Wilpattu National Park, Minneriya national park, Sigiriya Sanctuary, Makandawa Rainforest Patch, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park.
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Best of Lanka will pick you up from the airport.
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