Nature & Wildlife Photography in Sri Lanka

13 Nights & 14 Days, Period: November – April only

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Early morning and late afternoon, explore Sinharaja to photograph lowland endemics and the other unique flora and fauna found within these rainforests.

Blue Magpie Lodge, Sinharaja

  • Room Standard Room
  • Basis Half Board
5

Morning, leave for Nuwara Eliya (5 hour drive).

Afternoon, visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens to photograph highland endemics and the highland race of the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey.

Spend 02 nights in Ambewala to explore the central highlands.

Jetwing Warwick Garden, Ambewala

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
6

Early morning, visit Horton Plains National Park to photograph highland endemics, Sambar and highland landscapes. Horton Plains is Sri Lanka’s highest elevated national park lying approximately 7,000 feet above sea level and comprises of cloud forests and open grassland. Make an early morning start with a packed breakfast to Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. On the walk back you can stop over to see the impressive Baker’s Falls in full flow. Sambar, Sri Lanka’s largest species of deer are encountered regularly in the plains close to the entrance while the shaggy coated Bear Monkey (Highland race of the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey) is occasionally seen within the forested areas.

Afternoon at leisure.

Jetwing Warwick Garden, Ambewala

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
7

Morning, leave for Uda Walawe (3 ½ hour drive).

Afternoon safari at Uda Walawe in search of Asian Elephant and dry-zone birds. Uda Walawe was declared as a national park in 1972 and was at one time, an area where destructive slash and burn chena cultivation was widespread. The area was declared as a national park with the intention of safeguarding the flora and fauna in the catchment area of the reservoir on the Walawe river. With ample water and rich nutrition from the scrub jungles and grasslands, Uda Walawe is a stronghold of the Asian Elephant and one of the best places to see them in the wild year-round. Grey Langur, Toque Macaque, Jackal, Mugger Crocodile and Spotted Deer are the other larger animals seen occasionally. Uda Walawe also has occasional sightings of Jungle Cat, an elusive medium sized feline. The park is an excellent biding destination too especially for dry-zone species and raptors. Changeable Hawk Eagle, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Shikra, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Common Kestrel and Brown Fish Owl are some of the raptors regularly encountered here.

Spend 01 night in Uda Walawe.

Grand Uda Walawe Safari Resort, Uda Walawe

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
8

Early morning, one last guided safari at Uda Walawe in search of Asian Elephants and other wildlife.

After breakfast, leave for Yala (2 hour drive).

Afternoon safari at Yala National Park with an added emphasis on photographing Leopards and Sloth Bear. The Yala National Park is the country’s premier destination for wildlife viewing. Yala’s star attraction is undoubtedly the Leopard and Yala Block I is believed to have the highest concentration of these big cats in the world. Leopards however are elusive by nature and we recommend a minimum of three to four game drives to have the best opportunities for good encounters. It is also one of the few places in the country where the endangered shaggy coated Sloth Bear can be seen. Asian Elephants are also encountered; lone bull elephants, a few iconic tuskers and small herds of females and calves maybe seen. Jackal, Sambar, Spotted Deer Buffalo, Wildboar and the Grey Langur are among the other larger mammals that may be seen.

Spend 03 nights in Yala.

Cinnamon Wild, Yala

  • Room Jungle Chalet
  • Basis Half Board (Silver Category Accommodation)
9 - 10

Early morning and afternoon safaris to Yala National Park for wildlife photography with an emphasis on Leopard and Sloth Bear. Yala is also an excellent birding destination with close to 300 avian species recorded; Indian Peafowl and Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Painted Stork, Malabar-pied Hornbills, Chestnut, Green and Blue-tailed Bee-eaters are among the species seen regularly. The varied landscapes from lagoons, beaches to rocky outcrops immersed among the scrub jungle are also a treat to the eye as you search out the park's wildlife.

Cinnamon Wild, Yala

  • Room Jungle Chalet
  • Basis Half Board (Silver Category Accommodation)
11

Early morning, one last guided safari to Yala National Park.

After breakfast, leave for Mosvold Villa in Ahangama. Afternoon at leisure by the beach. You have the option of photographing the stilt fishermen towards sunset

Spend 03 nights in Ahangama on the south coast.

Mosvold Villa, Ahangama

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
12

Early morning, take a packed breakfast and travel to Mirissa Fisheries Harbour and head out to sea to look for the largest animal that has ever lived, the Blue Whale. Mirissa in southern Sri Lanka is regarded as the world’s top location for watching Blue Whales with sightings occurring on most mornings during the season which spans from November through to April. Pods of Spinner Dolphin are seen on most mornings while Bryde’s Whale, Sperm Whale, Orca, Risso’s Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin and Striped Dolphin are among the other species of cetaceans which are intermittently seen.

In the afternoon, go on a boat safari along the Nilwala River in search of the Estuarine Crocodile, the largest reptile in the world.

Mosvold Villa, Ahangama

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
13

Early morning, go whale and dolphin watching off Mirissa.

Afternoon at leisure. Afternoon at leisure.

Mosvold Villa, Ahangama

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
14

Departure transfer to BIA (3 hour drive)

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