9 NIGHTS/ 10 DAYS BIRD WATCHING TOUR
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Welcome to Sri Lanka:
We welcome you to Sri Lanka. I personally myself will be there to welcome you and your family on arrival. Afterwards you will be introduced to your local chauffeur in the airport who will guide you throughout your tour. After a small briefing you will head towards to your hotel.
Air conditioned transport with dedicated Sri Lanka Tourist Board-licensed chauffeur guide throughout the tour
Bandaranaike International Airport to Colombo
Talangama Lake is a small, man built irrigation tank located at Talangama, Battaramulla, close to the administrative capital of Sri Jayewardenepura. While the reservoir is still used to provide water for cultivation of paddy fora limited extent, a unique wet land, mangrove eco-system has emerged around the tank making it a refuge for a large number of birds and other species of animal.
Colombo to Sinharaja:
Continue to Sinharaja. The drive will take a minimum of 4 1/2 hours also this depends on the road traffic.
Sinharaja Rain forest:
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot 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 Lion Kingdom.
Udawalawe National Park:
The Udawalawe National park which has acreage of 30,821 hectares, was declared as a National Park in 30 th June 1972 under the Fauna and Flora Protection ordinance. The park lies in the Rathnepura District in Sabaragamuwa Province Monaragala District in Uva Province. It forms of the largest conservation areas within these districts and largely comprises the lower and the immediate catchments of Udawalawe. The walawe reservoir is situated in the park and surface area of it at full supply level is about 3405 hectares.
Udawalawe to Nuwara Eliya:
Continue to Nuwara Eliya. The drive will take a minimum of 4 hours also this depend on the road traffic.
Hakgala Botanical Garden:
Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the five botanical gardens in Sri Lanka. The other four are Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden, Mirijjawila Botanical Garden and Seetawaka Botanical Garden. It is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. The garden is contiguous to Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. There are over 10,000 species of flora planted here and during the Spring season in Nuwara Eliya thousands of visitors come to see the blooms here. Number of annual visitors are around 500,000. The garden is famous for number of species of Orchids and Roses are planted there.
Horton Plains National Park - World's End:
You will be starting your journey early morning (6 am) with packed breakfast as you have a big day ahead. Horton Plains National Park the highest plateau of the island. To make sure to see the wildlife and the magnificent view before it is covered with mist. It is often considered to resemble the highlands of Scotland. Among the natural habitat of twenty one of Sri Lanka‘s endemic birds,four species are only endemic in Horton Plains. This is a very good place to be visited by bird lovers as there the birds can be observed while walking in the open space. If you are fortunate enough, you will be able to see the very shy purple faced leaf-monkey, which is one of the 25 critically endangered primates in the world. Afterward, you will be walking through the danger zone leading to the gentle trek to World’s End, a steep of 1050 meter drop into the valleys underneath. Cautiously walk in the edge as the wind will be blowing gently. If it is a clear day you will be able to see 81 km away standing from there up until the Indian Ocean. The nature walk in the national park it’s about 9 km’s walk through rocky, uphill, downhill & narrow patches and this excursion will take 3 – 4 Hrs. Climate of Horton plains - The average annual temperature will be 14-18 degrees Celsius.
Nuwara Eliya to Kandy:
Continue to Kandy. The drive will take a minimum of 2 1/2 hours also this depends on the road traffic.
Udawatta Kele Sanctuary Kandy:
Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, often spelled as Udawattakele, is a historic forest reserve on a hill-ridge in the city of Kandy. It is 104 hectares (257 acres) large. During the days of the Kandyan kingdom, Udawatta Kele was known as "Uda Wasala Watta" in Sinhalese meaning"the garden above the royal palace". The sanctuary is famous for its extensive avifauna. The reserve also contains a great variety of plant species,especially lianas, shrubs and small trees. There are several giant lianas. Many of small and medium size mammals that inhabit Sri Lanka can be seen here.Several kinds of snakes and other reptiles might be seen. Udawatta Kele was designated as a forest reserve in 1856, and it became a sanctuary in 1938.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya:
Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, where you will discover a wide variety of plants, flowers and spices which are only known in Sri Lanka. (It depends how much time you want to spend). You can walk around and check out the best quality gem and Jewellery shops in this neck of the woods (Premadasas Gem & Jewellery). Also, you can walk around the Kandy Lake under the shades of the big trees.
Kandy to Sigiriya:
Continue to Sigiriya. The drive will take a minimum of 2 1/2 hours also this depends on the road traffic.
Dambulla cave temple - Golden Temple of Dambulla:
Dambulla where there is the imposing rock tower over the plain with carved treasures init. Dambulla cave, the world recognized heritage was carved by king Valagambahu back in the first century BC. Also, there is a 14-meter-long carving of Buddha with all the Buddhist magnificence of the highest order.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress:
Sigiriya Rock Fortress which was built by King Kashyapa in a mere seven years as his citadel. Apart from the fact that it is a fortress, fantastic side of engineering is also a fact to mesmerize about Sigiriya Rock. The palace was built on top of the rock, where all the things have been carried physically by men. Unfortunately, only a little part of the palace remains on the summit which is still can be seen after climbing the rock. Moreover, the amazing countryside view of Sri Lanka can be seen from the top of the rock.
Sigiriya to Negombo:
Continue to Negombo. The drive will take a minimum of 4 hours also this depends on the road traffic.
Negombo to Bandaranaike International Airport:
It's time to say goodbye. Look back on a wonderful time in Sri Lanka and many impressions that the country has given you. You will be collected at your accommodation and transferred to the airport. The drive to Bandaranaike International Airport will take 20 minutes.
For visiting Sri Lanka, tourists are advised to register online on www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
The applicable fee will be USD 30/=.
Sri Lanka is a very casual country, so no smart attire is required at any of the hotels. That said you may like to change for dinner at certain hotels – simply to make it more of an occasion. This is a personal decision. Because of the tropical climate light cotton and linen clothing is ideal. You will need some sturdy shoes for the climb up Sigiriya Rock, and on safari muted colors are best. Because of the heat we recommend you carry a sunhat and sunglasses at all times. We also suggest you pack some form of waterproof jacket as rain is always a possibility in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s currency is the 'Rupee', abbreviated as ‘Rps’. Rupees. Notes (Bills) are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000, 2000 and 5000 Rupees. It is not possible to purchase Sri Lankan Rupees outside of the country. The current exchange rate is approximately 110 Rps to the Australian Dollar and 150 Rps to the United States Dollar
Visiting foreigners can exchange money at international airports where 24-hour exchange facilities are available, through banks and approved money changers. Because you will not be spending any time in the cities we suggest you get all necessary currency at the airport on arrival.
Travelers Cheque /Credit Cards
Travelers’ Cheque should be of well-known brands like Thomas Cook, American Express and Visa. The hotels generally accept Major Credit Cards like American Express, Master Cards, Visa, etc., including hotels, shops and airlines.
Tipping (This is only a recommendation)
It is usual to tip your chauffeur guide and National Park Drivers and Guide. Though we give below the general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view these guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received.
Please note the below amounts are per group / couple / individual traveler.
Chauffeur Guide: USD 20.00 per day given on last day departure.
National Park Driver: LKR 1500
National Park Naturalist: LKR 1500
Safari Camp Staff: USD 20.00 per day given to staff on departure.
Please note that whilst all hotels include a 10% service charge in their rates, it is customary to leave tips at the end of your stay at the boutique properties in particular. We suggest 1500 Rupees per day which can be left with the manager on departure
In Sri Lanka voltage is 230 volts AC, 50 cycles, though some areas also have DC supplies. Visitors are advised to check the voltage before using electrical appliances. Socket sizes vary, so it is as well to take a set of plug adapters, available from most electrical stores.
The import of prohibited articles such as dangerous drugs, live plants, gold/silver bullion and coins, not in current use, is either totally prohibited or restricted. The law provides heavy penalties for the infringement of this restriction. Also, bylaw, visitors are banned from taking antiques and wildlife products out of the country – any infringement is punishable by fines and imprisonment.
Visitors to Sri Lanka find varied subjects for photography including people, monuments, wildlife, festivities, and landscapes. Most Sri Lankans are very happy to have their photograph taken but common courtesies apply and permission should be asked beforehand. No money need be given; this is not the Sri Lankan way.
Visiting Places of Worship
Removing shoes one’s before entering any temples is essential. Do not wear shorts, skirts above the knee or sleeveless tops in places of public worship.
It is always advisable to obtain good travel insurance to cover the worst possible scenario. Do keep a copy of your policy separately as a safeguard.
Before traveling to Sri Lanka it is advised that you consult your doctor or local travel clinic regarding any inoculations you may need. Malaria preventive course may be taken before your trip, but again this should be consulted with your doctor.
9 night’s accommodation
BB at all hotels, HB at Udawalawe & Weir House
Private air-conditioned car and English-speaking driver for tour and transfers
Entry fees to sights mentioned on the itinerary
Transport price includes accommodation for the driver
All prices are inclusive of tax and service charges
Transport times are approximate and subject to change due to road conditions and weather
All reservations subject to availability at time of booking
The standard check-out time in Sri Lanka is 12 noon and check-in time 02 pm.
Founded in March 2014 in Colombo Sri Lanka. Jagathsingh Jayasingh (Short Name - Jagath) who has been in this hospitality industry for past 15 years. It started in 1997 when Jagath was asked from the local church from Hatton (Christ Church - Dickoya) to accompanying Rev Richard Woodham to Adam's Speak. Luxurious Lanka founder and CEO is Jagath who is passionate about traveling and exploring new places. His motto "customer is always right".
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