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SRI LANKA Herps, Birds & Wildlife Adventure

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Green Vine Snake

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.

  • Tour Cost
  • 2018 Cost
    $4250 from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Prices 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 $300 will be assessed.

     

    Included in the Tour Cost

    All ground transportation from Colombo, Sri Lanka. All accommodations. All meals from Dinner on arrival day through breakfast 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, phone calls, laundry, or other items of a personal nature.

  • Itinerary
  • DAY 1: ARRIVAL / NEGOMBO
    Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be welcomed by your naturalist guide from Classic Sri Lanka and will be checked into Beacon Beach Hotel Negombo. Spend the day at leisure recovering from a long flight.

     

    DAY 2: NEGOMBO / WILPATTU
    After checkout head towards Wilpattu (3.5 hrs drive).
    Upon reaching, check into the Ibis, a boutique bungalow located next to an idyllic lake in Wilpattu for lunch.

     

    After a hearty authentic Sri Lankan meal, begin your herping adventure by exploring the property and its extensive forest and surrounding chena cultivations which are great for many a species of snakes from the highly venomous Russels Viper, Indian Cobra and Banded Krait to the common Sri Lanka Rat Snake.

     

    In the eavening with head lamps you will explore the surrounding area, where more nocturnal species will come out to hunt. Also keep a look out for the Grey Slender Loris which frequents this area.

     

    Snakes:
    Common Bronzeback, Common Bridle Snake, Flowery Wolf Snake, Sri Lanka Rat Snake, Indian Cobra, Boulenger's Bronzeback, Forstens Cat Snake, Indian Rock Python, Green Vine Snake, Common Indian Krait,Common Wolf Snake, Russels , Russels Viper, Rough Tailed Sand Boa

     

    Lizards:
    Green Garden Lizard, Painted-lip Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Lowland Kangaroo Lizard, Fan Throated Lizard

    Crocodiles and Monitor Lizards:
    Marsh Crocodile & Bengal Monitor

     

    Other reptiles:
    Parker's Black Turtle, Flapshell Turtle , Star Tortoise

     

    DAY 3: WILPATTU
    Spend the full day exploring the many habitats in the area from forest patches, village trails, abandoned cultivations, paddy fields, lakebeds etc on the lookout for the many unique species to the region.

    A special eye to be kept for the Indian Chameleon which is found in this region. Also a common species which will be found among the cultivations is the Star Tortoise which are considered a pest by the farmers.

    Snake:
    Common Bronzeback, Common Bridle Snake, Flowery Wolf Snake, Sri Lanka Rat Snake, Indian Cobra, Boulenger's Bronzeback, Forstens Cat Snake, Indian Rock Python, Green Vine Snake, Common Indian Krait,Common Wolf Snake, Russels , Russels Viper, Rough Tailed Sand Boa

    Lizards:
    Green Garden Lizard, Painted-lip Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Lowland Kangaroo Lizard, Fan Throated Lizard

     

    Endemic Crocodiles and Monitor Lizards:
    Marsh Crocodile & Bengal Monitor

     

    Other reptiles:
    Parker's Black Turtle, Flapshell Turtle , Star Tortoise

     

    DAY 4: WILPATTU / MANNAR
    Early morning make your way towards Mannar (4 hr drive)
    Full day exploration of the Mannar and its surrounding Dry Zones, scrub lands and mud flat areas.

    Special lookout for the Saw Scaled Viper found in this region along with the Sand Boa.

    Your naturalist guide along with the assistance of a local expert will ensure you tick as many species in your “must see” check-list as well as get you’re the best photographic encounters.

    Snake:
    Saw Scaled Viper, Indian Cobra, Common Indian Krait, Brown Vine Snake, Little File Snake, Rough Tailed Sand Boa, Green Vine Snake, Banded Racer, Bedommes Catsnake, Common Catsnake

     

    Lizards:
    Green Garden Lizard, Painted-lip Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Lowland Kangaroo Lizard, Fan Throated Lizard, Blotched Ground Gecko, Leschenault's leaf-toed gecko

     

    Other reptiles:
    Haly's tree skink,Common Skink, Dotted Writhing Skink,Sri Lankan Chameleon, Bengal Monitor

    Head back to your hotel where you will spend the rest of the evening at leisure in hotel.

     

    DAY 5: MANNAR / HABARANA
    Morning herping in and around the Mannar Peninsula.
    After checkout, head towards Habarana ( 4 hrs drive).
    Check into your hotel, The Other Corner before heading out again in the evening explore the village tracts and forest patches. Special lookout for the Leschenault's leaf-toed gecko and Spotted Termite Hill Gecko.
    Night walk in the surrounding village tracks and hotel property.

     

    Snakes:
    Common Bronzeback, Common Bridle Snake, Flowery Wolf Snake, Sri Lanka Rat Snake, Indian Cobra, Boulenger's Bronzeback, Gamma Cat Snake, Indian Rock Python, Green Vine Snake, Common Indian Krait, Merrems Hump Nosed Viper, Common Wolf Snake, Russels , Russels Viper, Rough Tailed Sand Boa,Striped Kukri Snake

     

    Lizards:
    Green Garden Lizard, Painted-lip Lizard, Common Garden Lizard, Lowland Kangaroo Lizard, Fan Throated Lizard, Leschenault's leaf-toed gecko, Spotted Termite Hill Gecko

     

    Other reptiles:
    Common Skink, Bronze green Little Skink, Spotted Skink, Sri Lankan Chameleon, Bengal Monitor, Water Monitor, Marsh Crocodile.
    Head back to your hotel where you will spend the rest of the evening at leisure in hotel.

     

    DAY 6: HABARANA / KNUCKLES
    After check-out early morning drive towards Knuckles Mountain Range situated in the central highlands of the country.

     

    Explore the Knuckles range. One of the loveliest nature attractions of Sri Lanka. The changing terrain of grasslands, rugged mountain peaks interspersed with streams and cascading waterfalls make Knuckles mountain range that covers an area of 18512 hectares an ecologically rich region.

     

    Snakes:
    Common Hump Nosed Viper, Wall's Hump Nosed Viper, Sri Lanak Green Pit Viper, Russels Viper, Brown Vine Snakes, Common Rough Sided Snake, Blythes Earth Snake, Ceylon Cat Snake, Common Cat Snake

     

    Lizards:
    Sri Lanka Whistling Lizard, Leaf Nosed Lizard, Crestless Lizard, Sri Lanka Pygmy Lizard, Highland Kangaroo Lizard, Spineless Forest Lizard, Bent Toed Gecko, Cenapsis SP endemic to the region (Wall's Day Gecko, Sobahs Day Gecko, Spotted Day Gecko, Kandyan Day Gecko), Bronzegreen Little Skink, Common Skink, Peters Lanka SkinkSri, Lanka Leaf-nosed Lizard
    Kandyan Day Gecko

     

    DAY 7: KNUCKLES
    Spend the full day exploring the varying habitats in the knuckles region, from Cloud Forests, semi-evergreen forests and open grasslands.

    Snakes:
    Common Hump Nosed Viper, Wall's Hump Nosed Viper, Sri Lanak Green Pit Viper, Russels Viper, Brown Vine Snakes, Common Rough Sided Snake, Blythes Earth Snake, Ceylon Cat Snake, Common Cat Snake

     

    Lizards:
    Sri Lanka Whistling Lizard, Leaf Nosed Lizard, Crestless Lizard, Sri Lanka Pygmy Lizard, Highland Kangaroo Lizard, Spineless Forest Lizard, Bent Toed Gecko, Cenapsis SP endemic to the region (Wall's Day Gecko, Sobahs Day Gecko, Spotted Day Gecko, Kandyan Day Gecko), Bronzegreen Little Skink, Common Skink, Peters Lanka Skink

     

    DAY 8: KANDY
    After checkout head towards Kandy, where you will be spending the next two days, exploring the region. Of special note are the Hump Nosed Vipers, Spotted Kukri Snake, Common Bronzeback Tree Snake and Checkered Keelback as well as chances to see the Sri Lanka Hump Nosed Lizard.

     

    Though a major city in Sri Lanka the region still retains patches of forests which are home to many species of snakes and lizards.

     

    Snakes:
    Common Hump Nosed Viper, Indian Cobra, Green Vine Snake, Spotted Kukri Snake, Banded Racer, Common Bronzeback Tree Snake, Buff Striped Keelback, Sri lanka Keelback, Checkered Keelback,Ceylon Krait,Ceylon Krait.

     

    Lizards:
    Sri Lanka Hump-nosed Lizard, Highland Kangaroo Lizard,

     

    DAY 9: KANDY
    Spend the day herping in Kandy and the surrounding region. Habitat mix of lowland wetzone forests and intermediate forests.

     

    Snakes:
    Common Hump Nosed Viper, Indian Cobra, Green Vine Snake, Spotted Kukri Snake, Banded Racer, Common Bronzeback Tree Snake, Buff Striped Keelback, Sri lanka Keelback, Checkered Keelback,Ceylon Krait,Ceylon Krait.

     

    Lizards:
    Sri Lanka Hump-nosed Lizard, Highland Kangaroo Lizard, Sri Lanka Keelback
    Common Hump-nosed viper

     

    DAY 10: KANDY / KITULGALA
    After checkout head towards Kitulgala (3 hrs drive). Kitulgala is in the lowland wet zone and home to the Makandawa rainforest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. This area has a very high rate of endemism, not only are many unique species of reptiles found here, but also many endemic species of birds.

     

    Species to lookout for mainly is the Green Pit Viper, Sri Lanka Hump Nosed Lizard, Sri Lanka Whistling Lizard, Highland Kangaroo Lizard as well as the Ceylonese Cylinder Snake.

     

    Snakes:
    Green Pit Viper, Ceylonese Cylinder Snake, Sri Lanka Keelback, Checkered Keelback, Olive Keelback , Boulengers Bronzeback, Sri Lanka Blossom Krait

     

    Lizards:
    Sri Lanka Hump-nosed Lizard, Highland Kangaroo Lizard, Sri Lanka Whistling Lizard

     

    Other reptiles:
    Common Skink, Rock Skink, Spotted Skink, Bronegreen Little Skink, Sri Lanka Green Pit Viper, Sri Lanka Hump Nosed Viper

     

    DAY 11: KITULGALA
    Spend the day in and around the Makadawa Forest Reserve.

    Snakes:
    Green Pit Viper, Ceylonese Cylinder Snake, Sri Lanka Keelback, Checkered Keelback, Olive Keelback , Boulengers Bronzeback, Sri Lanka Blossom Krait

     

    Lizards:
    Sri Lanka Hump-nosed Lizard, Highland Kangaroo Lizard, Sri Lanka Whistling Lizard

     

    Other reptiles:
    Common Skink, Rock Skink, Spotted Skink, Bronegreen Little Skink

     

    DAYS 12 : KITULGALA/NUWARA ELIYA
    After checkout, you will head towards Nuwara Eliya in the central highlands (3 hrs drive). After checking into our hotel, if time permits, head to either Galways Forest or Victoria Park to try ones luck at finding the Endemic Sri Lanka Rhino Horned Lizard.

    Also lookout for many species of birds especially the endemic highland species such as the Dull Blue Flycatcher and Yellow Eared Bulbul.

     

    Snakes:
    Common Rough Sided Snake

     

    Lizards:
    Pygmy Lizard, Rhino Horned Lizard, Black Cheeked Lizard

     

    DAYS 13 : NUWARA ELIYA
    Early morning head up to Horton Plains National Park, a unique highland wilderness of Cloud Forests and undulating grasslands.

     

    Look around for the Sri Lanka Rhino Horned Lizard, Sri Lanka Pygmy Lizard, Cheeked Lizard as well as the Common Rough Sided Snake, Sri Lanka Rhino Horned Lizard, Sri Lanka Pygmy Lizard.

     

    DAY 14: NUWARA ELIYA / MATARA
    Today after checking out, you will head down towards the Southern Coast of Matara (4.5 hrs drive). In Matara, you will venture out by boat on the Nilwala River for a mangrove and river tour.

    This river is famous for its large populations of Estuarine or Saltwater Crocodiles. Some giant specimens reach over 15-17 feet long. Another common sighting on the river cruise is the Water Monitor, often seen among the mangroves.

     

    DAY 15: MATARA/AIRPORT
    In the morning go on one more boat ride on the river to get the best photographs possible. After check-out you will head back towards Colombo where you will be dropped off back at the Bandaranaike International Airport to catch your flight back home.

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  • Good quality hotels close to our herping/birding locations.

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