Elephants & Ancient Cities
The highest concentration of Asian Elephants occur during ‘The Gathering’ a seasonal event which takes place at Minneriya National Park during August and September. In other parks, elephant watching is good throughout the year. In Uda Walawe, elephants are guaranteed, a promise which no other park in Asia can make.
Arrive in Sri Lanka and transfer to Villa Talangama, Colombo for one night.
Afternoon visit Talangama Wetland and surrounding paddy fields for an assortment of brilliant red Dragonflies such as Elusive Adjutant, Eastern Scarlet Darter and Spine-legged Redbolt and with luck two rare gomphids. Around the lake and canals we find many pond damselflies including endemic species of Gems, Sprites, and Threadtails. The list of species for the wetland is around 24 and growing. At Talangama one will encounter common species of beautiful butterflies, such as Tailed Jay, Common Crow, Common Palmfly, Common Rose, Common Sailor, Plain Tiger and Common Tiger.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya for three nights. Afternoon safari at Minneriya National Park, during August to October, over 300 elephants gather on the receding shores of the Minneriya Tank. ‘The Gathering’ of Elephants at Minneriya is one of those awesome spectacles, which should rank alongside better-known wildlife spectacles such as the migration of wildebeest in Africa.
Morning visit Polonnaruwa (A UNESCO World Heritage Site), 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 metres, 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.
Afternoon another visit to Minneriya National Park for Elephants.
Morning visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which was the pleasure capital of a single king called Kashyapa in the 5 Th centuries A.D.
Afternoon visit Minneriya National Park once more to witness The Gathering.
After breakfast leave for Hunas Falls by Amaya, Kandy for one night. Afternoon walk in the hotel gardens.
Morning visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, which is an object of veneration to Buddhists and the most important sacred relic in the country. Also do a city tour.
Afternoon leave for Jetwing Blue, Negombo for one night.
Transfer to International Airport for departure.