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From Colombo: Belilena Cave Expedition Day Tour

1. From Colombo: Belilena Cave Expedition Day Tour

Venture into Belilena Caves on a private 9-hour tour with a friendly guide. Hike through the dense jungles around Kitulgala. Explore the secretive caves to witness fossils and skeletal remains that are more than 10,000 years old. Wear long pants and closed shoes to avoid getting thorny burrs and insect bites. Bringing some salt for the leeches, mosquito repellant, and rain gear would be a good idea too. You will be meeting up with your chauffeur guide at hotel in Colombo at the prescribed time. Then Proceed to Plantation Hotel in Kithulgala where you will be meeting up your trekker. Your trekker will then drive you to Inoya Estate where the trail begins. You will then be hiking through the rough terrain of the jungle, on a narrow trail to reach the caves of importance. The area is a rain fores, with rough and slippery ground, dense undergrowth and many rare birds and other wildlife; providing lots of photo opportunities. It is also prone to sudden rainfall. You will reach the Belilena caves within an hour. They lie behind a gently cascading waterfall. Reaching them is a slightly difficult climb. The Belilena Caves are one of the most historic sites of the island. Excavations done between the years 1978 and 1983 have unearthed the skeletal remains of prehistoric people who lived there for period between 32,000 to 9,000 years ago, the Balangoda Man. The most famous excavated skeletal remains were dated to be from 16,000 years ago. In addition to the skeletons, other fossilized remains of animals used for food; such as pigs, barking deer, sambhur, monkeys, giant squirrels, and an assortment of reptiles and fish; were also found. There were also fossilized remnants of food plants, commonly used in the diet of these people, found in the caves. However, the most important finds were the geometric micro lithic stone tools dating back to 30,000 years, being amongst the earliest in the world; and the rubble foundations dating back 16,000 years; which are the earliest evidence found of substantial structures in South Asia. As such Belilena Caves occupy a very special place in the historic and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. You will be able to see the remains that have been unearthed, along with the excavations. Your guide will tell you about the Balangoda Man; and there will be plaques at prominent places that you can read to learn more. This archeological reserve is a major find for mankind; and you will be able to see the place, where humankind developed tens of millennia ago, with your own eyes. However, bear in mind that there are unexplored areas and live excavations in some places within the cave network. Therefore, you will have to follow your guide closely for safety. The cave entrance also provides excellent views with great opportunities for excellent photographs. You will spend an hour at the Belilena Caves, before hiking back. The tour will be completed once you get back to Plantation Hotel.

From Colombo-Negombo-Bentota-Kalutara: Sinharaja Hike

2. From Colombo-Negombo-Bentota-Kalutara: Sinharaja Hike

Explore Sri Lanka's last remaining virgin rainforest with this private tour with pick up from cities in the Western province such at Colombo, Negombo, Bentota and Kalutara. Benefit from the flexibility of having a personal guide throughout the day that can provide your with facinating cultural information. Relax with a convenient pickup and drop-off service in a climate-controlled vehicle. Get a taste of the land with a local lunch. Spend 4 hours in the rainforest while visiting spectacular waterfalls, summiting Sinharaja's tallest peak, and hiking through the lush rainforest. Admire the jungle trees, orchids, and a large array of bird species.

From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

3. From Colombo: 5-Day Private Wildlife Photography Tour

Enjoy an action-packed photography tour through Sri Lanka's most famous wildlife sanctuaries, from Sinharaja Forest Reserve to Bundala National Park. Grab the chance to take photos of exotic animals and birds, while accompanied by a local guide. Relax knowing food and accommodation are taken care of. Day 1: Begin your adventure by getting picked up from Colombo, Galle, Bentota, Beruwala, Negombo, or Hikkaduwa. Relax, and enjoy the views in air-conditioned comfort as you head to the first stop, Sinharaja. After arrival in the late afternoon, follow your guide on a trekking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest – one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Photograph endless species of endemic flora and fauna. After a busy day of capturing shots of Sri Lankan nature, check in to the Sinharaja Rainforest Eco Lodge, located on a plot of land that was once used for tea cultivation. Spend the rest of your night at this sanctuary surrounded by lush forest, and get a good night’s sleep. Day 2: Wake up early and devour a continental breakfast while taking in the rainforest views. Get driven to Udawalawe and commence a game drive through Udawalawe National Park, one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild elephants. Take more wildlife photos. Once you’re feeling peckish, drive to Grand Udawalawe Hotel for lunch. After that, travel to Yala National Park and stay overnight at Leopard Nest for a luxury glamping experience at an environmentally friendly campsite. Day 3: Wake up early to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee, then leave for a morning game drive in Yala National Park with your camera in tow. Look out for elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, crocodiles, and leopards, of which there are more per area than anywhere else in the world. Return from the morning trip to freshly squeezed juices from seasonal fruits followed by breakfast. After breakfast, take a nap on a hammock or check out some of the books about Sri Lankan wildlife conservation in the library. After lunch at the campsite, make your way to Bundala National Park, which is famous for its exotic migratory bird species. Explore marshes, lagoons, and sand dunes, and take photos of over 200 types of birds. Return to the Leopard Nest Campsite for another peaceful night’s rest. Day 4: Begin your day with another early start and Ceylon tea or coffee. Embark on a trek to a picturesque lake that offers breath-taking views and more bird-watching opportunities. Take photos of the abundant wildlife, including elephants, deers, palm squirrels, and wild boars. Eat breakfast at a private location by a lake while listening to the sound of singing birds and feeling the fresh breeze on your face. Afterward, explore the village and soak up the local atmosphere in the surrounding area. Return to the campsite for lunch. In the afternoon, start your game drive at Yala National Park and get another chance to photograph the leopards. Spend the evening at Leopard Nest Campsite reflecting on your past few days of adventure and marveling at the many photos you have taken of the experience. Day 5: After breakfast, get driven back to your hotel.

Sri Lanka: 3-Day Private Nature Trip to Belihuloya & Yala

4. Sri Lanka: 3-Day Private Nature Trip to Belihuloya & Yala

Day 01 7:30: You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo or other selected cities ( see the departure point) and driven approximately 4 hours to reach Belihuloya. 12:00: Arrive at Tree House Chalets and check in for lunch. After lunch, you will enjoy the surrounding of the hotel and spend couple of hours at leisure. 15:00: You will start your walking trail to the village with your guide. You will walk through beautiful paddy fields and the friendly welcoming breeze that blow through. (Unpaved muddy path and possible leech bites can be expected) Meet the villagers and peep into the rural village life. Enjoy a tea session with them before say goodbye! 18:00: Arrive back at your hotel refresh with worm water shower before enjoying your BBQ dinner at roof terrace. Spend the overnight Stay at Tree House Chalet. Day 02 Wake-up early in the morning and experience the sunshine over the mountains whilst discovering the wonder of nature surrounded by the chalet. 7:30: Enjoy your breakfast. 8:30: Your guide will take you through another memorable walking trail to Pahantudawa Falls, a marvelous creation of nature in a mini canyon like geographical setting nowhere can be seen in Sri Lanka, located about 1.5 km from the hotel (Involves a somewhat adventurous, challenging short climb walks) 10:30: Arrive back at the hotel and get refreshed before leaving to Yala. 12:00- 13:00 You will enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant on the way to Yala. 15:00: Arrive at Yala Junction where you will start your evening game drive at Yala National park to experience the wildlife treasure in one of the best homes for Leopards and other animals in Asia. 18:30: Check in to Leopard Nest Campsite and enjoy your private Alfresco shower followed by drinks and appetizers around the campfire. 21:00 Dinner will be served at one of many locations available through the camp. Dine under the stars for an unforgettable evening meal in the jungle experience. Stay overnight at Leopard Nest. Day 03 Wake up around 5:00 am to freshly brewed Ceylon tea or coffee. Leave the campsite at 05:30 am and start to trek through thick bushes with a pathway access to a wonderful lake which offers breath-taking views and bird watching opportunities. If you are fortunate enough, you will encounter wildlife like elephants; Deers; palm squirrels; wild boars; etc. Also, you will confront both endemic and migratory birds; butterflies and lizards and land monitors slithering around the lake. Capture the splendid views of wildlife and nature to take back home. Don’t forget to ask your naturalist to share his adventures in the wild during the trek. Enjoy breakfast at a private location by a lake whilst listening to the singing of birds and feeling the fresh breeze. Return from the nature trail and check-into the campsite to refresh your souls before leave. You will check out at 11:00 am and be transferred back to your hotel.

From Colombo: Muthurajawela Sanctuary Bird Watching Tour

5. From Colombo: Muthurajawela Sanctuary Bird Watching Tour

Head to the Muthurajawela Marsh in Negombo to experience the vibrant birdlife at the bird sanctuary. Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in Muthuajawela’s lush greenery and wildlife. Ride a boat across the lagoon.  From pickup in Colombo, it takes approximately an hour to get to Muthurajawela. En route, enjoy your included packed breakfast. Upon arrival, start your hike through the wilderness. A professional bird guide will help to identify birds you see along the way. Get a chance to see little green herons, black-crowned night herons, Indian cormorants, Eurasian curlew, shikras, white-bellied sea eagles, and many others. Later, complete your experience with a 2-hour boat ride on the lagoon and get a chance to see more birds such as waders or water birds. After, get dropped back off at your accommodation in Colombo. Muthurajawela, one of the 12 high-priority wetlands in Sri Lanka, has nearly 200 species of flora, 102 species of birds, 40 species of fish, 14 species of reptiles, over 20 species of mammals, and almost 50 species of butterflies in the sanctuary. The wetlands of the Muthurajawela Bird Sanctuary sprawls over 6230 hectares on the western coastline of Sri Lanka. Over 200 years ago, the area was prime agricultural land, which produced the beautiful pearl-like rice that was served to the kings of the Kotte Kingdom. Once the fields were abandoned due to saltwater seepage from the Dutch Canals, nature took over, and with time it became populated with the highly biodiverse ecology of the coastal wetlands that it is now.

Sri Lanka: Western Province Highlights Day Tour and Safari

6. Sri Lanka: Western Province Highlights Day Tour and Safari

The tour lasts about 12 hours, a large part of which is dedicated to sightseeing at Sigiriya, Dambulla and Minneriya. This is a perfect opportunity to encounter Sri Lanka's fascinating wildlife while visiting the most most popular historical monuments in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. This private tour with a car or van start in the western province (Colombo, Negombo, Kalutara, Bentota) and takes you through the picturesque countryside amidst patches of forests, rice paddies and laid-back villages to the cultural triangle. During the day you will be visiting Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla golden temple and Minneriya national park. This is one of the very rare opportunity for travelers to many important tourist attractions within a few hours time. Our guide/driver will be assisting with tickets, provides you with information. The tour is private, it means it can be done at your own pace. Our luxury air-conditioned vehicle provides you a very comfortable and safe journey. The tour can be customized to meet your specific requirement, please inquire.

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