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The Wilderness of Sri Lanka

Depart: 1st Apr 2015
Return: 5th Apr 2015
Price: SGD1150 (Single) / SGD930 (twin)
Group Size : 10 (min) / 16 (max)

 Highlights:

  • Ample opportunities to explore the wild animal and birds of Sri Lanka with total 5 safari game drive 
  • Yala National Park is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of Sri Lankan leopards - Panthera pardus kotiya
  • Bundala National Park, designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2005, is an important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka
  • Udawalawe National Park located next to Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River, is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants
  • Kalametiya is one of Sri Lanka's oldest bird sanctuaries, and home to over 180 species of birds
  • Tissamaharama, the ancient capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century BC 
  • Artificial lake Tissa Wewa, believed to have been created in the 3rd century BC by King Yatala Tissa
  • Yatala Dagoba, a stupa built by King Yatala tissa in BC era with its surrounding wall of sculpted elephant heads and large moonstone
  • World Heritage Site (UNESCO) Galle founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia

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Singapore - Colombo - Tissamaharama (D)

Depart from Changi Aiport, arrive Colombo, capital city of Sri Lanka in the afternoon. Transfer to Tissamaharam, the town was used to be the capital of the Sinhalese Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the 3rd century B.C and visit Tissa Wewa and Yatala Dagoba. Tissa Wewa is an artificial lake, whereas Yatala Dagoba is a stupa, both built by King Yatala Tissa during 3rd century BC. Enjoy the sunset at Tissa Wewa and check out the huge flocks of egrets that descend onto the trees around the lake in the evening. Check in hotel and have a welcome dinner. Overnight at Tissamaharama.

Yala National Park (B/L/D)

Today is a full day of game drives at Yala National Park, the 2nd second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is also important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants, Sri Lankan leopards and aquatic birds. Overnight at Tissamaharama.

 Bundala and Udawalawe National Park (B/L/D)

You will be visiting Bundala National Park in the morning session. Bundala is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. The park harbors 197 species of birds, and was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2005. It is also the first wetland in the country to be declared as a Ramsar. Followed by a visit to Udawalawe National Park after lunch in late noon. Udawalawe National Park is a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe Reservoir on the Walawe River. Udawalawe provides an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. Overnight at Tissamaharama.

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary and Galle (B/L/D)

After breakfast, you will visit one of the Sri Lanka oldest bird sanctuaries - Kalametiya. The sanctuary is over 1600 acres of protected lagoon and wetland, and is home to over 180 species of birds. It is a very important site particularly for migrant shorebird. After lunch, you will check out and be transferred to Galle, the administrative capital of Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Galle, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese. It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. Dinner at the fort city of Galle, and heading towards Colombo Airport. 

 Colombo - Singapore 

Overnight flight from Colombo, and reach Singapore in the morning. 

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Inclusions :

  • Transfer from Colombo to Yala at private vehicle
  • Safari jeep for total 5 game drives
  • Session at Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
  • 3 nights accommodation at comfortable 4 star hotel with pool 
  • Visit to Galle
  • All entrance fees and permit
  • All meals as per itinerary above
  • Xing Asia tour leader (x1)
  • One hour pre trip briefing and departure notes

Exclusions :

  • International flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka (Participants to purchase flight tickets only upon trip confirmation)
  • Visa entry to Sri Lanka (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Additional beverages (including alcohol) not included in meals
  • Any other incidental expenses incurred by participants
  • Tips for both driver and local guide per person (voluntary basic)
Remarks

Weather :

  • Sri Lanka temperature : 27° /  22°

Fitness :

  • Able to carry own photography equipment and personal chores

Suggested airline and flight detail as follow :

  • Airline : Sri Lanka Airline
  • Price : Online promotion range from SGD559 onwards
  • Depart : Wednesday 1st Apr 2015 
  • UL307 / 0955 1115
  • Return : Sunday 5th Apr 2015 / UL306 / 0155 835