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Your Sri Lanka wildlife tour begins in Columbo. You will be received at the airport by our representative and then brought to the hotel at Habarana after a drive for three and half hours.
In the morning, we travel to Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Visit the world famous rock-cut Buddha statues of Gal Vihara and the Parakrama Samudra (‘Sea of Parakrama’), a 2500-hectare man made reservoir built by King Parakramabahu I (1153 –1186 AD) with a capacity of 134 million cubic meters. The place is also good for bird watching and species commonly sighted include Wooly-necked Stork, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Large Cuckoo Shrike and Coppersmith Barbet. Here you will encounter troops of Toque Macaques, who were famously featured in both the BBC’s ‘Temple Troop’ and David Attenborough’s ‘ Life of Mammals’. One will be intrigued by the power play between the Macaques and Hanuman Langur.
Post lunch, we go on a safari in Minneriya National Park for Elephant sightings. During September and October, over 300 elephants gather on the receding shores of the Minneriya Tank. Witnessing ‘The Gathering’ of Elephants at Minneriya is an awesome experience.
In the morning we drive for four hours to reach Wasgamuwa around noon. You can spend rest of the day in leisure and explore your surroundings.
Today we go on game drives in the morning and in the afternoon in Wasgomuwa National Park. Many species of mammals have been recorded in the park, However, the park is more famous for the large herds of Sri Lankan Elephants. It is also one of the important bird areas in Sri Lanka.
In the morning we drive for five hours to reach Kandy around noon. We then visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to see the world’s largest captive herd of elephants. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation, is also a breeding ground for wild elephants. The orphanage cares and protects many orphaned elephants found in the jungle. The elephants are taken to the nearby river twice daily for a bath, and all the babies under three years of age are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers. Each animal is also given around 76 kilograms of green manure a day and around 2 kg from a food bag containing rice bran and maize. Here guests are allowed to get up close to and interact with the animals.
In the morning drive for five hours to reach Embilipitiya. En-route visit the Kandy Temple, also called the Temple of Tooth. It is a sacred site for Buddhists and is believed to hold the sacred tooth relic of the lord Buddha.
Afternoon safari is the nearby Uda Walawe National Park, one of the best places in the world for sighting Asian Elephant in the wild. The park is also famous its water birds.
We leave Embilipitiya in the morning and drive for three hours to reach Yala. Yala National Park, located in the southeast region, is the second largest park in Sri Lanka. It is famous for its population of Sri Lankan Elephants as well as its aquatic birds. It is estimated that about 300 species of birds are known to reside at Yala. The park is also famous for its high concentration of Leopards and the Sloth Bears. There are also a wide variety of other animals that include Sambar, Jackal and Spotted Deer.
According to experts, Yala Block 1 has one of the highest densities of Leopards in the world. Yala, therefore, offers one of the best chances in Asia to see and photograph Leopards. We go on an afternoon safari at Yala National Park.
We go for morning and afternoon safaris at the Yala National Park.
In the morning we drive for seven hours to reach Negombo. After we reach our hotel, you can spend rest of the day at leisure.
The trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. We will arrange for your transfer to the airport in time for your home bound flight.
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