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Big Game Drive Tour

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Despite its small size Sri Lanka boasts of one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world whether in plants or animals and is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world. Of the ninety-one species of mammals found in Sri Lanka Asian elephants, sloth bear, leopards, sambar and wild buffaloes engages the majority of the attention of wildlife enthusiast. Yet the rarest mammals of Sri Lanka are the red slender Loris, Toque Macaque, and Purple-faced Langur, who according to IUCN clarifications are endangered due to habitat loss.

Meanwhile the ocean around Sri Lanka is home to large families of cetaceans including the mighty blue whales, sperm whales and lively dolphins. Altogether 26 species of cetaceans rule the waters surrounding the country, making it one of the best locations for whale and dolphin watching.

Despite the mighty elephants and rare amphibians found in the country birds are the glory of the Sri Lanka’s wildlife. Boasting nearly 433 bird species of which 233 are resident Sri Lanka holds 20 endemic species while another 80 species have developed distinct Sri Lankan races, compared to their cousins in Indian mainland.

Wildlife of Sri Lanka includes its flora and fauna and their natural habitats. Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of biological endemism (16% of the fauna and 23% of flowering plants are endemic) in the world even though it is relatively small.

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DAY 01: ARRIVAL AT COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – KALPITIYA

Arrival and transfer to Hotel in Kalpitiya for two nights. Rest of the day relaxation.

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DAY 02: KALPITIYA
Early morning kick off to search for Sperm Whales off Kalpitiya Shore.
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DAY 03: KALPITIYA - ANURADHAPURA
Morning the second session of whale watching off Kalpitiya. Afternoon proceed to Anuradhapura, for two nights. Visit the first capital of old Ceylon.
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DAY 04: ANURADHAPURA – WILPATTU
A unique feature of this park is the high density of "Willus" (Natural lakes) it has and the name has been derived based on this fact. The park is located 30 km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131,693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. Mammals that are identified as threatened species living within the Wilpattu National Park are the elephant (Elephas maximus), Sloth bear (Melursus ursinus), leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) and water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Sambhur, spotted deer, mongoose, mouse and shrew are more of Wilpattu's residents. Afternoon at leisure or continue to visit Anuradhapura city and ancient ruins.
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DAY 05: WILPATTU - HABARANA
Half day session at Wilpattu NP. Leave for Habarana for two Nights.
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DAY 06: HABARANA - POLONNARUWA
Visit the Sri Lanka’s second ancient capital Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. Full of ancient archeological monuments. Visit the Minneriya National park by jeeps. The “Gathering of Elephants” in Minneriya NP has been rated as a wildlife spectacle by Lonley Planet which happens from May to October. But elephants are guaranteed in every part of the year.
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DAY 07: HABARANA – SIGIRIYA – KANDY
Leave for Kandy for one day. En route climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The history of Sigiriya dates back to over 5000 years, to the Mesolithic period. One of Sri Lanka’s major attractions and a World Heritage Site, Sigiriya (Lion Rock) came into prominence in the 5th century AD, when the patricidal King Kasyapa, afraid of reprisals led by his half - brother, Mogolan, chose to move the seat of power from Anuradhapura to this 500m rock. Sigiriya is considered as one of the wonders in the world. Overnight stay in Kandy. Evening visit the last kingdom of Sri Lanka, Kandy and the Kandy Temple. Kandy’s main attraction, the ancient castle which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. The Dalada Maligawa itself is a magnificent shrine, with decorative walls, moat, turrets, golden roof and fine wood-work and its 16th – 19th century ambience vividly alive. Three religious services (pooja) with traditional music, held daily at dawn, mid-day and in the evening, can be viewed by visitors
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DAY 8: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA
After the breakfast leave for the “Little England” Nuwara Eliya through scenic tea plantations. Proceed to Nuwara Eliya for one night.
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DAY 9: NUWARA ELIYA – HORTON PLAINS
Early morning drive to Horton Plains.  This is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 meters is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometers from Nuwara Eliya. The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe. The plains' vegetation is grasslands interspersed with montane forest, and includes many endemic woody plants. Large herds of Sri Lankan Sambar Deer feature as typical mammals, and the park is also an Important Bird Area with many species not only endemic to Sri Lanka but restricted to the Horton Plains.
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DAY 10: NUWARA ELIYA - YALA
After the breakfast leave for Cinnamon Wild, Yala for two nights. Afternoon safari at Yala National Park. This the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres and is located about 300 kilometres from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas in Sri Lanka. Yala harbors 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
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DAY 11: YALA
Breakfast at Hotel. Full day safari in Yala National Park. Overnight stay at Yala.
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DAY 12: YALA
Breakfast at Hotel. One more morning game drive to Yala National Park. Leave for Weligama Bay Resort, Weligama for three nights.
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DAY 13 & 14: YALA - MIRISSA
Breakfast at Hotel. Look for Blue Whales off Mirissa. Overnight stay at Weligama. Mirissa situated in the southern coast of Sri Lanka is the closest point to the continental shelf and on the migratory route of Whales as they move closer to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, primarily to breed.
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DAY 15: YALA
Transfer to the International Airport for Departure.

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