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Sri Lanka - Wildlife & Nature Safari - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 22 February - 07 March 2020 (14 nights) 
Sri Lanka - Wildlife & Nature Safari Walking Holiday

Sri Lanka is an often overlooked gem in the Indian Ocean. It boasts dense rainforests, tropical beaches, breathtaking highlands, abundant wildlife and a 2000 year old cultural history. After meeting in Colombo, Habarana is our first base for safaris into Minneriya National Park plus visits to the cultural triangle of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. Highlights include a walk led by a primatologist, climbing the enigmatic 600 foot high Sigiriya Rock and visiting the famous Dambulla Cave Temple, with its recumbent 47 foot long Buddha. Transferring to the central hill country, we enjoy stunning views from our tea estate / ecolodge accommodation. This is our gateway for a day visit to Kandy and walks in the Knuckles mountain range. From our grand resort in the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya, we visit local villages, waterfalls and tropical mountain forests in Horton National Park. Travelling south west, we stay in an ecolodge on the edge of Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve, the largest great lowland Gondwanan Rainforest in Southern Asia. A local naturalist will lead us through this fertile area which is high in endemic species, especially birds. Our final destination is the seaside colonial city of Galle, an old trading port influenced by Portuguese and Dutch colonialists, now resplendent with rambling laneways, ancient mosques, grand mansions and museums. A local guide leads us through Galle Fort, illustrating connections between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. Your 15 days will be filled with the diverse landscapes, exotic tastes and cultural delights of Sri Lanka.

Overview

Sri Lanka is an often overlooked gem in the Indian Ocean. It boasts dense rainforests, tropical beaches, breathtaking highlands, abundant wildlife and a 2000 year old cultural history. After meeting in Colombo, Habarana is our first base for safaris into Minneriya National Park plus visits to the cultural triangle of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. Highlights include a walk led by a primatologist, climbing the enigmatic 600 foot high Sigiriya Rock and visiting the famous Dambulla Cave Temple, with its recumbent 47 foot long Buddha. Transferring to the central hill country, we enjoy stunning views from our tea estate / ecolodge accommodation. This is our gateway for a day visit to Kandy and walks in the Knuckles mountain range. From our grand resort in the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya, we visit local villages, waterfalls and tropical mountain forests in Horton National Park. Travelling south west, we stay in an ecolodge on the edge of Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve, the largest great lowland Gondwanan Rainforest in Southern Asia. A local naturalist will lead us through this fertile area which is high in endemic species, especially birds. Our final destination is the seaside colonial city of Galle, an old trading port influenced by Portuguese and Dutch colonialists, now resplendent with rambling laneways, ancient mosques, grand mansions and museums. A local guide leads us through Galle Fort, illustrating connections between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. Your 15 days will be filled with the diverse landscapes, exotic tastes and cultural delights of Sri Lanka.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Discover the national parks, wildlife, world heritage sites & culture of this Indian Ocean jewel
  • View elephants and birdlife in Minneriya National Park
  • Tour the ruins at Anuradapura, one of the ancient capitals
  • Learn about monkey conservation in Polonnaruwa
  • Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock Fortress 
  • View statues & frescos at the Dambulla Cave complex
  • Spend time in the heart of Sri Lankan tea country near Kandy
  • Spot some of the 160 endemic flowering plants in Knuckles mountain range
  • Experience rich biodiversity in Horton Plains National Park & Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
  • Delight in the historic city of Galle & walk the Dutch built Galle Fort

Details

Details:

22 February - 07 March 2020 (14 nights) 

Twin share/person (starts/ends Colombo)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,750 until 30/09/2019
Regular: A$7,250
Single Supplement: A$1,450
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 8 guests

Accommodation:
3.5-4 star hotels & lodges with private facilities 

Special Interest:
Wildlife, Botanical, History, Culture and Food

Walk Rating:
Easy to Moderate: 5-15km per walking day with some challenging options and high humidity. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

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  • Alan Don

    Alan Don is a retired national parks and wildlife officer and forester who worked in Central and Southern Queensland. Alan has travelled with interNATIONAL PARKtours in Japan, South America, Madagascar, Singapore and Australia. He has cycle toured around eastern Canada, and also travelled in Indonesia, Ireland, Namibia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. He is now a volunteer guide at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, and spends two months a year caretaking a colony of endangered mammals in western Queensland. Alan is a long-time field naturalist and amateur photographer.

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