Reptile Group Expedition

Reptile Group Expedition

Classic Sri Lanka is Sri Lanka’s premier Wildlife Tour Operator, with deep knowledge and understanding about local ecology and biodiversity, which enables to cater to a wide range of interests and specialities. Our annual group from the USA specializes in seeking and photographing the reptile diversity of our island, with a special interest in snakes. Guided by expert herpetologists, this group travelled across the island, from the mangroves of Matara to the rainforests of Kitulgala and the dry zones of…

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The Water Garden Paradise

The Water Garden Paradise

With stunning views of the ancient Rock Fortress, this boutique-style property is design like the historic Water Gardens of the Kings of Ancient Sri Lanka but with all the luxurious of a star class boutique resort. A luxurious stay while exploring the Cultural Triangle, Water Garden is strategically located to enable vis titso all the historical sides in the region.

Exploring the Saltwater Crocodiles of the Nilwala River

Exploring the Saltwater Crocodiles of the Nilwala River

Not everyo ne wants to check these fearsome creatures out, but as a photographer, I find saltwater or estuarine crocodiles quite fascinating to watch. The largest reptile on Earth, the saltwater croc (Crocodylus porosus), known as Geta Kimbula in Sinhalese, can grow to lengths surpassing 6 meters (20 feet). This prehistoric creature is the apex predator of riverine ecosystems, found in a vast region around the world, including Sri Lanka, India, Papua New Guinea and the Indo–Pacific, all the way to Australia….

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Exploring a Forgotten Kingdom

Exploring a Forgotten Kingdom

When thinking about an ancient Kingdom in Sri Lanka, many think of UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. But little do many visitors who visit this island know there exist a historic kingdom and its remnants lying in suburban Colombo. A visit to Colombo usually involves a tour of the city, its colonial past and busy markets and streets. Yet around 30 minutes out of the city you will come across several ancient archaeological sites of one…

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A Crunchy, Rosy Fiesta!

A Crunchy, Rosy Fiesta!

This is definitely one of Mother Nature’s more heartwarming creations. Locals mostly know it as Red (Rathu in Sinhala) Jambu! But this sweet, crunchy tropical fruit is also known as Rose Apples, Wax Apples, Water Apple and even Java Apples! A fruit that is loved by all, including the birds and bats! The Jambu season starts in February with the blooming of dainty Jambu flowers. As the days turn to weeks, you will begin to see little red fruits emerging,…

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A Marvellous Birding Tour

A Marvellous Birding Tour

After initiating the first COVID lockdown in the island, inbound tours had to take a considerable break amidst the pandemic. But during the post-lockdown period, we were able to initiate some incredible adventure and wildlife tours, which were mainly targeted at the locals. Among them was the birding adventure to Sinharaja National Reserve. We ventured into Sri Lanka’s largest tract of lowland rainforests and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in search of the beautiful endemic birds found in this region. Sinharaja…

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Ulagalla

Ulagalla

One of Sri Lanka’s premier properties, Ulagalla is a beautiful blend of elegance, luxury and old-world charm. The boutique hotel is located in a sprawling 58-acre lush garden and centred around a 150-year-old mansion which is rich in culture and has historical significance. The hotel consists of 25 villas with private pools, meticulously designed and built to maintain the ecological balance of its surroundings. This is a perfect location to relax and unwind. But also is one of the best-located…

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The Veddah’s of Sri Lanka

The Veddah’s of Sri Lanka

The last of a disappearing race, they are a people who date back well beyond the arrival of the Kings from India in the 5th Century BC. They are the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. Archaeological and anthropological studies have revealed that they date as far back as the stone-age. Over the years the Veddahs began to conform to their colonizers, and adapt the customs and practices of the Sinhalese and the Tamil settlers such as subsistence farming. The remaining…

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Island Camping in Kalpitiya with Classic Sri Lanka

Island Camping in Kalpitiya with Classic Sri Lanka

  Sri Lanka is an island with many mini islets surrounding it. Out of which, the archipelagos of Jaffna and Kalpitiya are famous among travellers for namely island hopping. The islands of Kalpitiya have many adventures and experiences available within them, out of which the Island of Battalangunduwa remains the capitol. Battalangunduwa is the second-largest island after Uchchimune and Mohontuwarama, located at a distance of about 25 km from the mainland. Battalangunduwa is a beautiful island covering an area of…

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New Species of Snakes Discovered in Knuckles, Sri Lanka!

New Species of Snakes Discovered in Knuckles, Sri Lanka!

Here, with an intriguing bit of news! The incredible discovery of two new species of snakes was recently made by Mendis Wickremasinghe, in the Knuckles Mountain range, Sri Lanka. These two particular snake species (Aspidurai desilvai and Rhinophis gunasekarai), can only be found in Sri Lanka, and so they are said to be critically endangered. Mendis Wickramasinghe is one of Sri Lanka’s leading herpetologist, who have been responsible for the discovery of a considerable number of species of reptiles and…

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