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6 Nights/7 Days Discover Sri Lanka Wild Life Tour

Sri Lanka is a heaven for Wild Life enthusiast. The terrain of the jungles vary drastically and unlike the vast plains of Africa, the Wildlife experience in Sri Lanka far more engaging and thrilling as you have to track for sightings. The true Wildlife buff will truly enjoy a invigorating experience.


With our vast experience in offering varied Wildlife tour packages we have design this action-packed 7 day Wildlife tour that is designed to unravel the exciting life in the wild jungles of Sri Lanka one step at a time. Come discover ‘The Wild’ with Target Travels Sri Lanka

Day 01


On Arrival at the International Airport in Colombo, you will be met and assisted by a Target Travels representative and transferred to your retreat in Negambo

You can enjoy the day at leisure on the beaches of Negambo.

Day 02


After breakfast checkout from Negambo hotel and set off to Sinharaja Rain forest. On arrival to the region you will checkin to your retreat and then leave to discover the mesmerizing Singhraja Forest.


Sinharaja Rainforest is a UNESCO world heritage site and is the largest remaining rainforest reserve in Sri Lanka. It can also be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest. It is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka 's endemic species found nowhere else in the world.


It’s a paradise for Birders as Bird Watching in this ecosystem is of particular significant with the reserve being home to over 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka!

The word 'Sinharaja' means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest! Dinner and Overnight stay at the retreat near the forest.


Optional – Explore the gem mines and factories of Sri Lanka in Ratnapure. Ratnapure is the closest main town to the Sinharaja Rainforest and is the gem Capital of Sri Lanka. All of Sri Lanka’s precious rubies & Ceylon blue Saffirs and other semi-precious gem stone are found here.

Optional 2 – Clime Adam’s peak. Adam ’s Peak Mountain is also a stone’s throw from Sinharaja forest. With an additional nights extension to the tour in the region we can trek up the renown pilgrim mountain in the night to witness a stunning sunrise over the island at dawn. This is a truly breath taking sight and words cannot describe the beauty that unfolds a top this holy mountain.

Day 03


Early in the morning ( approx 5.00am ) proceed to Udawalawa National Park with packed breakfast.

Udawalawe

The Udawalawe National Reserve is over 30,000 hectares of wild nature reserve that is bordering the dry zone of Sri Lanka and was declared as a national park in 1972. The area records an annual rainfall of 152 4mm and has an average temperature of 29.4 degrees Celsius.

The main attraction at the park is its wild elephants. The park is home to many herds of elephants of varied sizes as well as the lone elephants.

In addition, for bird watchers the park is home many endemic and migratory birds and is once again a popular destination for bird watching in Sri Lanka.

The endemic species of birds called Red Faced Malkoha, Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket Tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White Necked Storks, Open Bills, Ibis, Shama - The forest Nightingale, Strol Billed Kin Fishers and peacocks are found in fair numbers in this park.

Visitors to the park may also find themselves luck if they can spot migrant birds such as the forest wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns.

In the evening proceed to Bundala National Park for yet another thrilling Safari adventure.

Bundala is the only National Park in Sri Lanka, where visitors get to observe both species of crocodiles that live in the country. A vast concentration of estuarine crocodiles live in the lagoon areas and in the estuary of the Kirindi Oya river , while the mugger or the freshwater crocodile dwells in the small freshwater lakes and in the upper regions of the Kirindi Oya(river).

The estuarine crocodile is the world’s largest reptile alive today. The male croc grows to a length of 7 meters and can weigh as much as 1200kg, with the female much smaller in comparison at around 3 meters in length.

The general behavior of these creatures is absolutely fascinating. The female croc digs a hole in the sand several meters away from the water, lays around fifty eggs at a time and provides protection to the nest by ensuring she stays in close proximity to her nest. When it is time for the eggs to hatch, she is near by to assist her new borns by carrying them to the water and continuously providing them with the motherly care until they are able to fend for themselves.


Despite all this attention and care by the mother, the percentage of survival of these baby crocodiles is very sparse as they not only fall prey to turtles and other large fish but also to the adult male crocodiles who hunt them down to protect their own territory. Check-in to your hotel in Thissamaharama for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 04


After breakfast proceed for another Morning Safari at Bundala


 

BIRDS IN BUNDALA The Bundala Sanctuary was initially known as a bird sancturary with over 150 species of birds found here. The most prominent visitor to the park are the beautiful flamingoes that add a striking colour to the scenery.

The high species richness of birds in the Bundala National Park resulted in it being declared as Sri Lanka 's first Ramsar site in 1990, a wetland of international importance for migratory waterfowl. The park consists mainly of dry thorny scrubland and lagoons. The highlight of Bundala is the migratory Greater Flamingo, which visits in large flocks of over 1000 individuals, from Rann of Kutch in India. In particular we may find Indian Cormorant, Yellow Bittern, Black-crowned Night and Purple Herons.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Thissamaharama.

Day 05


Departure for a full day safari which will be done after breakfast.

YALA PARK is perhaps the island’s best known reserve, and one of its biggest, encompassing an area of 1,300 sq. km (500 sq. miles).


The vegetation in this park comprises secondary forest, possibly a few hundred years old at the most. It is predominantly semi-arid thorny-scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation occur along the costal lagoons. Yala is renowned for the variety of its wildlife and its fine coastline and associated coral reefs. A large number of important cultural ruins bear testimony to earlier civilizations and indicate that, much of the area was populated and well developed.

Your best chance to see a leopard is generally first thing in the morning and then again at dusk. The male leopards in Yala are very confident animals and they are often seen walking the tracks during the day. Young males in particular seem to have no fear of the jeep, which can lead to some excellent photographic opportunities. With the active conservation of these magnificent creatures have proved success in the recent years the leopard numbers are rising steadily with youngsters reported to be born often. Yala also is said to have the highest number of leopard density on the world, making leopard sighting chances for visitors very high.

As well as leopards there are a large number of elephants living inside the park and these can be seen bathing in the numerous lakes within the park. You can also see spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, wild buffaloes, sloth bear, jackal and mongoose.

The bird life is also fantastic and it is amazing how close you can get to them from the confines of the jeep, you can see Rosy Starlings, Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, Blue-Tailed Bee-Eaters and Common Iora's.

A packed lunch will be provide as we will cover two rides into the reserve; morning and evening run.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Thissamaharama

Day 06


After breakfast set-off to Colombo.


COLOMBO the commercial capital of Sri Lanka 's is as lively and bustling as any other Asia Pacific city. It is renowned for great shopping, luxury hotels, some exquisite restaurants and an entertaining night life. Colombo is an important port in the Indian Ocean since ancient time. The traders from the middle-east used Sri Lanka as an exchange center. The Arab traders came to gather the ivory, the precious stones and spices such as cinnamons, cardamom, cloves and pepper, which were highly priced in Europe

There are many locations relating to the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial times. Some of the more remarkable places to visit are the Colombo Museum, Vihara Maha Devi Park, Old Parliament, World Trade Center, Zoo, Dutch Museum, Kelani Viharaya, National Art Gallery, Independence Square, Folk Art Center- Kotte, Natural History Museum, BMICH, Municipal Museum, Railway Museum, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Wolfandhal Church and Vaneshwara Kovil.

On arrival in Colombo check-in to your hotel. You can either enjoy the evening at leisure or do a Colombo City tour (a drive through tour) and see the highlights of Sri Lanka’s commercial capital.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel in Colombo

Day 07


After breakfast proceed to airport for you onward journey. Our Target Travels representative will provide all assistance at the airport


PRICE INCLUDES

  • 6 Nights accommodation on Bed & Breakfast basis (optional Half Board available on request)
  • Transfers in an excellent Air Conditioned Car accompanied with a fluent English/ multi-lingual Chauffeur Guide.
  • All Entrance Ticket charges for the mentioned visits.
  • All Taxes for accommodation, Transportation & Entrances.

Starting From US$560/- p.p.

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • Transportation, entrance & other Charges for optional visits & activities.
  • Tips for Hotel & Guide / Driver.
  • All additional expenses not mentioned on the package.

Copyright (c) 2012 Target Travels Sri Lanka.