Elephants, Leopards & Rainforests in Sri Lanka
Jetwing Eco Holidays presents the ultimate Sri Lanka wildlife safari! Spend 13 nights & 14 days of spotting majestic leopards & elephants and visiting lush rainforests.
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 Far Cry, Wasgamuwa for two nights. Afternoon, visit Wasgamuwa National Park which provides diverse habitats for fauna and flora. 23 species of mammals have been recorded in the park. The most important is the Asian Elephant.
Morning, game drive to Wasgamuwa National Park. Afternoon, excursion to Knuckles Wilderness, which is one of the most rugged and picturesque terrains of Sri Lanka. The drive from Reverseturn to Pitawala-Patana grasslands offers panoramic views of rugged hills.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing St. Andrews, Nuwara Eliya for two nights. En route, 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.
Morning, visit Horton Plains National Park for its cloud forests and rare montane fauna and also see the endemic Rhino-horned Lizard. Birding highlights include the scarce endemic Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush. Also look for Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Hill White-eye, Dull-blue Flycatcher & Sri Lanka Bush Warbler. Afternoon, visit Victoria Park for Himalayan migrants Kashmir Flycatcher, Pied Thrush, Indian Pitta and Indian Blue Robin. Other highlights include Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Hill White-eye and Dull blue Flycatcher.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing Yala for three nights. After arrival, walk the Tree Trail with the resident naturalist. After dinner, watch the BBC Wildlife documentary, Leopard Hunters, which will provide you with an insight to Yala National Park.
Morning and afternoon game drives to Yala National Park to see Leopards. According to the Leopard Research Initiative, Yala Block 1 has one of the highest densities of Leopards in the world. Yala therefore offers one of the best chances in Asia to see Leopards. Other large animals you may see include Elephant, Sloth Bear, Mugger Crocodile, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Jackal, Grey Langur, Mongoose. Birding highlights include Malabar Pied Hornbill, Painted Stork, Lesser Adjutant and Black-necked Stork.
Morning, birding in the hotel’s nature trail, which winds through a mixture of habitats, comprising of sea & lagoon, mud flats, shrub jungle & bare patches that provides a sanctuary to a diversity of birds. Afternoon, game drives to Yala National Park.
After breakfast leave for Jetwing Lighthouse, Galle for three nights. Inspired by the majesty of the old Dutch Fort in the Southern capital of Galle, is the Jetwing Lighthouse. Spend the day in this architectural masterpiece, which looks out to the Indian Ocean. The hotel is bordered by a stretch of golden beach that disappears into the distant horizon. Take a walk down the still open corridors or marvel at the beautiful, cinnamon-colored buildings or simply have a dip in the pool.
After Breakfast visit to the Kanneliya forest reserve, which is an excellent forest reserve of logged secondary forest and virgin forest in the interior and forest ridges. There is a wide access track and open forest allowing good views into the interior. This being an open forest makes it a good site to look for Sri Lanka Spurfowl.
Morning, visit Kottawa Arboretum, which is a lowland tropical rainforest rich in biodiversity. Here one can see massive, endemic Dipterocarp trees standing at 45 meters as ’emergents’ above the canopy. You can also see many endemic birds, which include Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Thrush and Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot.
After breakfast leave for Martins Lodge, Sinharaja for two nights. Visit Sinharaja Rainforest (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) for lowland endemics and mixed species bird flocks. According to a study of the mixed species bird flocks, on average 42 individual birds gather in the flocks, which makes this the world’s largest mixed species bird flock. The mixed species bird flock study of Sinharaja forest has been continuing since 1981 and is considered as the world’s longest bird flock study. Birding highlights include Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, White-faced Starling and Ceylon Scaly Thrush.
Full day at Sinharaja Rainforest.
Transfer to International Airport for Departure