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SRI LANKA Herps, Birding & Wildlife Adventure

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Hump-nosed Viper

Sri Lanka is an island paradise, lined with amazing golden sandy beaches and turquoise blue waters. The oceans are rich with life, and amazing coral reefs. The deeper waters are home to marine giants such as the Blue Whale, the largest animal to have ever lived. Sri Lanka boasts a rich natural heritage, with amazing wildlife and biodiversity and incredibly for an island of its size can boast of iconic mega fauna such as leopards, elephants and sloth bears.

The island is also regarded as a biodiversity hotspot and teems with endemic birds, reptiles, amphibians as well as plant species found nowhere else on earth. With numerous man-made lakes and rivers running through its interior, lush tropical rainforests, mangroves and coastal lagoons, misty highlands laden with waterfalls and dry zone scrub jungles, Sri Lanka comprises of a wide range of picturesque landscapes and natural habitats which can be compared to that of a much larger continent.

Venture into an ancient land with thousands of years of history of ancient cities and a vibrant culture with amazing architectural monuments and incredible feats of engineering which can be linked to the origins of Buddhism in the country with magnificently constructed stupas and the ruined remains of ancient kingdoms. Taste the wonderful flavours of the local cuisine using fresh produce from land and sea. Boasting of a unique culinary heritage, Sri Lankan cuisine is rich in spices with its own distinct flavour and is a fusion of traditional dishes mixed with influences from traders and colonial powers.

Experience the misty highlands and tea country and have a cup of the world famous Ceylon Tea. The real treasure of Sri Lanka are its people, a rich multi-cultural and multi religious society. The warm hospitality and friendly nature of Sri Lankans will make anyone feel welcome. Get to know the people of this land, their ways of life and their amazing stories. Fall in love with the land like no other.

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Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Leopard

  • Tour Cost
  • 2019 Cost
    $5500 from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prices per person, double occupancy based on 5-8 participants

     

    NOTE: Tour can run with 3-4 participants, however, cost will be $5950 per person, double occupancy.

     

    Full payment required 120 days prior to departure date.

     

    Price based on double occupancy. If a single room is preferred, or roommate not available, a single supplement fee of $500 will be assessed.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost

    All ground transportation from Colombo, Sri Lanka. All accommodations. All meals from breakfast on first full day through lunch on departure day. All entrance fees and guide fees. Tips for meal service.

     

    Not Included in the Tour Cost

    International air travel, passport and visa fees, luggage fees, trip insurance, alcoholic beverages, departure taxes, gratuities for guides, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature or not specifically mentioned in itinerary as included.

  • Itinerary
  • DAY 1 Arrival in Sri Lanka

    The group arrives in Colombo Airport, and transfers to the hotel in Negombo for some rest and leisure before departure the following day.

     

    DAY 2 Drive to Weligama

    Leave Negombo and drive to Weligama (3.5 hours drive) to reach our hotel, Mandara Resort, for Lunch. After lunch head to Matara where we'll venture onto the Nilwala River in search of the Saltwater Crocodile, the largest reptile in the world. This river safari will get you up close and personal with these giant reptiles which are one of two species of crocodilian found in Sri Lanka. The other being the smaller Mugger Crocodile. You may see small hatchlings who tend to bask on branches and logs along the mangroves. The adults can grow to 15-18 feet long! After the river tour, we'll head back to the resort for dinner.

     

    DAY 3 Drive to Runakanda Conservation Center

    We'll leave Weligama after an early breakfast to reach Runakanda Conservation Center for Lunch (3 hours drive). After Lunch spend the afternoon herping in the forest in Runakanda. Dinner will be served at the center. (Restroom facilities available at the center, no worries!)

     

    After dinner we do some night herping in the forest around the center before we head back to Kukuleganga -- it is a 1 hours drive making for a late night.

     

    Key Species - Lowland Hump-nosed Viper, Green Pit Viper, Checkered Keelback Snake, Ferguson’s Roughside Snake, Boulenger’s Bronze-back Snake, Sri Lanka Keelback Snake, Wetzone Kangaroo Lizard, Lyre-headed Lizard, Whistling Lizard, Forest Day Gecko, Gans's Lankaskink, Gans's Snakeskink & many more Amphibians

    DAY 4 Runakanda Conservation Center

    We'll depart our hotel early to arrive for breakfast at the Conservation Center before we begin herping in the area. Lunch will also be served at the center, followed by more herps and birds in the afternoon.

     

    Following dinner at the Center, we will continue herping till late night in the surrounding forests, then return to our hotel.

    DAY 5 Drive to Kegalle / Sandaraja Wana Arana

    Early breakfast at the hotel and leave for the next location in Kegalle known as Sandaraja Wana Arana (4 hours drive), which is a private conservation center with a private forest area rich in snakes and other herps. Note the last 12KM to the center is not commutable by the mini coach and group will switch to tuk tuks or a local truck to get to the center. Lunch at the center, with herping and birding in the surrounding forest areas. Dinner served at the center followed by night time herping in and around the forest area. Return late night to Pinnawela (1.5 hours drive) for overnight stay.

     

    Key Species - Trinket Snake, Green Vine Snake, Sri Lanka Cat Snake, Wetzone Bronze-back, Flowery Wolf Snake, Rat Snake, Indian Cobra, Merrem’s Hump-nose Viper, Green Pit Viper, Great Forest Gecko & many more Amphibians

     

    DAY 6 Kegalle / Sandaraja Wana Arana

    We'll take a packed breakfast and drive 1.5 hours back to the Sandaraja Wana Arana Conservatin Center for herping in the forests around the center. Lunch and Dinner served at the center, with herping and birding into the night before we return back to Pinnawela.

    DAY 7 Drive to Knuckles (aka Riverston)

    After breakfast we will drive 4 hours to Riverston/Knuckles and check into Sir Johns Bungalow in time for Lunch. After lunch we begin herping in the Knuckles Massif area with help of our local tracker and our naturalists. We'll return to our bungalow for dinner followed by a night drive along the road spotting snakes and other herps along the way.

    Key Species- Indian Python , Dumerul’s Kuki Snake, Russell’s Viper, Green Keelback Snake, Leaf Nosed Lizard, Knuckles Pigmy Lizard, Pethiyagoda's Lizard, Knuckles Forest Gecko, Dotted Day Gecko, Haly's Treeskink, Four-toe Snakeskink & many more Amphibians

     

    DAY 8 Knuckles

    After breakfast we'll head out with our naturalist and local trackers to spend the whole day in the field herping in this unique habitat. Lunch will be brought to us from the hotel to a meeting point based on timing and coordination with our naturalist. We will continue herping through early evening and return to our bungalow for dinner. After dinner we will have another night drive along the road spotting snakes and herps.

    DAY 9 Drive to Habarana

    Today after breakfast we will head towards Habarana (3.5 hours drive), and check into our lodging, The Other Corner, in time for lunch. After lunch we'll head to Ritigala forest reserve and begin herping in this area. We'll return back to our hotel for an early dinner, followed by another night drive along the Ritigala road searching for snakes and other herps.

    Key Species- Buff-striped Keelback Snake, Boie’s Roughside, Sri Lanka Cat Snake, Trinket Snake, Common Bronze-back, Common Wolf Snake, Common Kukri Snake, Checkered Keelback Snake, Merrem’s Hump-nose Viper, Dotted Skink, Water Monitor, Land Monitor & few Amphibians

     

    DAY 10 Habarana / Ritigala

    After breakfast head towards Ritigala once again for more herping and birding. The group may elect to take packed lunch or return back to hotel during the hot hours to rest and return for late afternoon herping.

    After early dinner, we'll head to Pophams Arboretum for night time herping.

    DAY 11 Drive to Mannar

    After breakfast and checkout, we will head towards Mannar (4.5 hrs drive) to reach Vayu Resort, located on the edge of the Adams Bridge National Park, for check in and lunch. Afterwards we'll begin herping and birding in the region of Mannar. Dinner will be served at the resort, followed by night herping on the hotel property and vicinity.

    Key Species- Indian Cobra, Russels Viper, Saw Scaled Viper, Hook-nose Seasnake, Common Skink, Spotted Skink, Devaka's Sand lizard, Common House-gecko, Spotted House-gecko, Termite-hill gecko & few Amphibians

     

    DAY 12 Mannar Penninsula

    Spend the day herping in the Mannar Penninsula. Note that this would include mudflats, mangroves, lagoons, home gardens etc. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be at the Resort.

     

    DAY 13 Drive to Wilpattu / Big Game Camp

    After breakfast and checkout we'll drive to Wilpattu and check into the Big Game Camp for lunch, followed by afternoon herping in the buffer zones and village areas of Wilpattu. We will return to the Camp for dinner, followed by a night drive around the buffer zone and village roads searching for herps.

    Key Species- Indian Cobra, Russels Viper, Indian Python, Brown Vine Snake, Gamma Cat Snake, Forsten’s Cat Snake, Trinket Snake, Common Bronze-back Snake, Shaw’s Wolf Snake, Variegated Kukri Snake, Common Krait, Flat-backed Turtle, Star Tortoise, Painted-lip Lizard, Devaka's Sand Lizard, Mugger Crocodile, Bark Gecko, Haly's Treeskink, Tammenna Skink, Common Lankaskink, Land monitor & few Amphibians

     

    DAY 14 OPTIONAL Jeep Safari in Wilpattu National Park

    Breakfast will be served at camp and today we have two options... a final day of herping or clients can opt to go on a jeep safari into Wilpattu National Park (Cost not included). Lunch and dinner will be served at the Camp. We will enjoy a final night drive around the buffer zone and village roads searching for herps.

    DAY 15 RETURN HOME

    Breakfast will be served at Camp followed by checkout from the Camp and drive towards the airport for your flights home. Lunch will be provided en-route based on the departure time.

  • Accommodations
  • Arrival Hotel - Goldi Sands (http://www.goldisands.com/) Room- Economy Room
    Basis- Full Board Basis

     

    Day 2 - Mandara Resort, Weligama Room- Standard Lagoon View Room

     

    Day 3 & 4 - Laya Leisure- (http://www.layahotels.lk/layaleisure.php) Room- Deluxe Room

     

    Day 5 & 6 - Villa Pinnawela- (http://www.villapinnawalarest.com/) Room-Standard Room

     

    Day 7 & 8 - Sir Johns Bungalow Room- Standard Room

     

    Day 9 & 10 - The Other Corner- (https://www.tocsrilanka.com/) Room- Standard Room

     

    Day 11 & 12 - Vayu Resort- (https://www.kitesurfingmannar.com/) Room- Deluxe Room

     

    Day 13 & 14 - Big Game Camp- (https://www.srilankabiggamesafaris.com/big-game-camp-wilpattu.html) Room- Safari Tent