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Mirissa, Yala & Udawalawa

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Product Code : SLT008
Duration : 8 Days
Tour Type : Luxury Coach Van or Car
Language : English / Sinhalese
7 Nights From
US$ 1,990.00
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Details

  • 8 days / 7 Nights
  • 4 or 5-Star Accommodation.
  • Full Breakfast.
  • Full Buffet Dinner.
  • English-Speaking Tour Guides.
  • Twin Share or Double.
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off.
  • IMPORTANT FACTS

  • Personal effects for windy/rainy/warm weather conditions should be carried.
  • Insect repellents, sun burn lotions etc, are recommended.
  • proper covering for your camera equipment in the ocean and in the rain forest is essential.
  • YALA NATIONAL PARK

    Yala (Ruhunu) National Park located in south eastern corner of the country and one side is bordering to the Indian ocean. It contains 1571.78 sq km and comprise of five blocks, Yala East national park and four sanctuaries, which mainly act as buffer to both Yala East and West. Out of all these parts of Yala National Park, Yala block 1 (140 sq km) is the mostly visited, highest leopard sightings observed and more research had done for leopards.

    Yala NP is combination of different terrains and habitats such as scrub forests, rocky outcrops, rivers, forests, sand dunes and lagoons. There are 32 species of mammals , over 150 species of birds, many species of amphibians , reptiles and aquatic fauna.

    With a large population of leopard which is based on rich variety of pray base in block 1 of 140 sq km serves as the best leopard habitat of Sri Lanka, with estimates of adult leopard density at 17.9 per 100 sqkm. In addition to the that many cubs and sub adults and loiters (who does not hold territory)will make the numbers more. the sightings and studies have shown around 50-60 leopards in Block 1 itself. For the leopards the strike rate is one in two safaris , Sloth Bear one in 4-5 safaris ( in season June-Sep 1in 3 )

    WHALE WATCHING , OFF MIRISSA

    Mirissa is the best place in the world for seeing Blue Whale and almost certainly the best place in the world for sighting both Blue Whales and Sperm Whales. These animals are more accessible here than in most other whale-watching hot spots of the world and it will be just a 40-minute boat ride out from Mirissa (at the southern tip of Sri Lanka). been close proximity of the continental shelf to the shore, the whales come to shallower water to feed on organisms that thrive in water constantly flushed with nutrients coming out of the country’s river systems. With the blue whale we have an astonishing strike rate of 95 percent with more than 25 excursions, in the last season.

    UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

    Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. the designation of the national park, the are is 165 kilometers (103 mi) from Colombo Lankan Elephants. It is a popular tourist d mainly because of common sighting of Asian Elephants. In addition during the bird migration season ( September - April) park is good for watch migrating raptors in elephants it’s 100 percent in both Yala NP & Udawalawa NP.

    SINGHARAJA MAN BIOSPHERE RESERVE (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE )

    Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hot spot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    The hilly virgin rain forest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests Eco region, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve's name translates as Kingdom of the Lion.

    The reserve 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 the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The commonest larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.

    An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Bird wing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.

    Main feature of the Singharaja is the mixed species flocks (bird waves). this is a regular activity happening is the flocks of birds of mixed species that go through the forest, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Dragon and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rain forest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. It is a mutual relationship observed among birds, a method by which they improve the availability of feed. The food of one species does not necessarily interest another. there are different groupings of bird species foraging at the different levels of the forest, such as canopy, sub canopy, undergrowth and forest floor.

    DAY 01

    You will be Pick from Colombo International Airport on your arrival and transfer to the hotel in Mirissa.

    DAY 02

    Early morning whale watching tour. After lunch you will be heading to Kirinda, closest town center to Yala National park. Accommodation will be in 4 Star hotel with double sharing room on FB basis.

    DAY 03

    On this day you will have two safaris in Yala National Park (YNP). You will be back to the hotel in between safaris for a break.

    DAY 04

    You will have Full day safari In YNP. this means you will spend entire day in the jungle. meals will be delivered to the park and this will give more opportunity to feel the jungle & unexpected leopard sightings.

    DAY 05

    After breakfast you will leave Yala to visit Udawalawa National park. You will have a safari in the Udawalawa NP prior to check in a hotel for a one night stay. In the afternoon you will have your second safari.

    DAY 06

    After breakfast you will be heading to Singharaja Man Biosphere Reserve. you will be check in to the Martin's lodge for two day stay. this is the closest and best accommodation you can find in this area. after lunch you will have one visit to the Singharaja MBR. will be back for dinner. if you are keen to explore night life in the forest it's possible to arrange night trekking in close by forest.

    DAY 07

    will spend entire day in the forest. On this day you will go across primary forest and the different elevations of the Singharaja MBR. Main concerns of the day will be catching some bird waves in the early morning and late in the afternoon.

    DAY 08

    You will be transferred in to the CMB for your departure flight.

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