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Private Tour: The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya

Private Tour: The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya - Minneriya, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Minneriya, Sri Lanka

From USD
$33.00

The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya is a seasonal safari which takes you to see the biggest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. Enjoy seeing the gentle giants of the animal kingdom ... More info ›

The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya is a seasonal safari which takes you to see the biggest gathering of Asian elephants in the world. Enjoy seeing the gentle giants of the animal kingdom. Get closer to nature as you watch them feed, bathe and play right before your eyes. You will also be entitled for a complimentary pickup and drop off if you stay in a hotel within 5km of the entrance gate of Minneriya National Park.

SKU: LK50100000

You will begin your Great Elephant Gathering Safari at the entrance gates of Minneriya National Park at 2:30pm in the afternoon. If you are staying in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gate of Minneriya, you will be receiving a complimentary pickup.

Sri Lanka has a very high count of Asian elephants. It is believed that there are over 4000 elephants spread over many areas of the island, with over 2500 being in protected areas. The North Central Province has a fairly large concentration of the animals.

Minneriya National Park, which is one of the main areas where elephants can be seen, was formed around the artificial reservoir created by King Mahasena in the third century AD. Over the ages, the area around the reservoir became a haven for wildlife and was later declared a wildlife sanctuary and national park.

During the months from August to October the water levels of the reservoir goes down, allowing a fresh growth of plants to rise from the newly revealed ground. During this season elephants from the areas around Minneriya, such as Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Matale and Kaudulla, make their way to Minneriya National Park in order to feed on the fresh growth. This results in a large influx of elephants gathering on the banks of the reservoir. At the peak of the Great Elephant Gathering, it is believed that over 200 elephants gather at the same place, making it the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.

You will be visiting the banks of the reservoir in a jeep, and watching from a safe distance. As the sun sinks in the sky, you will see the awe-striking sight of large numbers of huge elephants flowing in from all directions. You can watch from mere feet away as whole families of the mammals feed and play. Watch the giant pool party where large glistening bodies roll in the water, and spray it into the air. See the most incredible sight that you can never see anywhere else in the world.

In addition to the elephants, other wildlife such as various species of deer, monkeys, the Sri Lankan sloth bear, crocodiles and many different species of birds can also be seen in Minneriya National Park. You will be finishing your safari at 5:30pm at the entrance gates. If you stay in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gates you will be entitled to a complimentary drop off right at your hotel.

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Polonnaruwa Ruins Ride Cycling Tour from Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa Ruins Ride Cycling Tour from Polonnaruwa - Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Duration: 2 to 3 hrs
Location: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

From USD
$122.00

The tour gives you the wonderful opportunity to enjoy viewing the remnants of the ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Wander amongst the ruins of the second largest kingdom of old and get to know more about them ... More info ›

The tour gives you the wonderful opportunity to enjoy viewing the remnants of the ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Wander amongst the ruins of the second largest kingdom of old and get to know more about them. Cycle to the beautiful Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) and listen to its history. View the clean green countryside of Polonnaruwa and feel more relaxed. Finish off with a refreshing king coconut drink.

SKU: LK60120100

You will be starting your cycling tour 9:00 am at the entrance of the old city of Polonnaruwa. The city carries a history from over millennia ago. Though it existed on a smaller scale before; the city truly flourished between the 11th century and 13th century AD, when it was the capital of the country. The city was architecturally advanced and the ruins found in this UNESCO World Heritage Site today rival that of ancient cities such as Angkor and Egypt.

You will be starting your tour with a visit to the ruins of King Parakramabahu I's Palace which was a magnificent 12th-century edifice that rose to seven stories. You can still see the remains of the central wall which supported over 40 interconnected rooms and the bottom section of the structure.

In line with this monument is the Council Chamber built by the same king, who was an amazing engineer. The perfectly designed Chambers had such good acoustics that you could hear the speaker in any corner of the room. The base of the chamber and some of the pillars still stand, and you will be able to observe the fine stone craft used on the outer wall carvings.

You will also view the mysterious Satmahal Prasada (otherwise known as Seven Storied Edifice), whose makers are unknown. The stepped pyramid style building bears resemblances to Mayan and Angkor stepped pyramids. The Atadage and Hatadage, the first and second Sacred Tooth Relic Shrines of Polonnaruwa, will also be places you will pass on your bike.

The Gal Vihara Rock Sculptures are a very important destination of your tour which displays some of the best artistry of the Polonnaruwa period in its three giant statues; the standing, seated and reclining Buddhas which were carved from solid granite. The carvings were so beautifully done, with detailed expressions that stone crafters afterwards were unable to match the perfection of these statues.

Some of the other things you will get a chance to see are the vaulted halls of the wonderfully preserved Thuparama; Rankoth Vihara which is the biggest pagoda in Polonnaruwa; the Shiva Temple built by the Cholas who invaded in the 10th century; and the famous Vatadage of Polonnaruwa with its circular structure, embellished guard stones, carved balustrades and central stupa surrounded by Buddha statues at the cardinal points.

After viewing the ruins in the old city, you will be pedalling to the Parakrama Samudra, again a creation of the formerly mentioned illustrious monarch. The vast reservoir which was built to preserve and make use of 'every drop of rain', still remains an extremely impressive feat even today. The reservoir boasts some wonderful views that you can enjoy while visiting it. Later you will pedal back to your starting point enjoying the green countryside and many toque macaque monkeys that live in the area. You will finish off your tour by 12:00 pm with a fresh and cooling king coconut drink.

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Private Tour: The Sacred City of Anuradhapura Cycling Tour

Private Tour: The Sacred City of Anuradhapura Cycling Tour - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

From USD
$122.00

This tour takes you the oldest city of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. Feel the weight of two millennia in the ruins of the city, which was grand in its heydey ... More info ›

This tour takes you the oldest city of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. Feel the weight of two millennia in the ruins of the city, which was grand in its heydey. Hear the local legends and stories about Anuradhapura. Cycle by the beautiful Tissawewa reservoir. View the majestic Jetavanaramaya, which was one of the tallest monuments in the Ancient World. See Anuradhapura as you have never seen it before.

SKU: LK60130100

Your tour will be starting at the embankment of Tissa Wewa, at 8:00 am. You will be met by your cycling guide and provided with bicycles and helmets as well as refreshments for the ride. The artificial reservoirs were created in the 3rd century BC by King Devanampiyatissa and are the third oldest manmade reservoir in Sri Lanka. The embankment of Tissa Wewa is 2 miles long and 25 feet tall. You will be able to cycle along the embankment enjoying the view.

From Tissa Wewa you will be biking to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura City, where all the ancient monuments and ruins are. Your guide will tell you many native stories and legends about Anuradhapura along the way. En route to the city, you will be stopping by the Isurumuniya Temple which was also built by King Devanampiyatissa in the 3rd century BC. This temple is the location of many famous stone carvings that you will get to see; including the Isurumuniya Lovers, the Royal Family, and the Elephant Bathing carving by the pond outside. The carvings range from various centuries, showing this to have been a place where art and religion combined.

Once you get to the Anuradhapura Ruins you will first view the Abhayagiri Stupa, which was part of massive Abhayagiri Monastery.The Stupa was the second largest brick structure in the world after Jetavanaramaya. You will be able to see the elaborate moonstones and the reclining buddha. You will also be able to see the famous giant Samadhi Buddha statue and the beautifully designed Twin Ponds (Kuttam Pokuna) which were also part of the Abhayagiri Monastery.

Another important part of the Abhayagiri Monastery that you will be seeing is the Lankarama Stupa. The ancient ruins show that it would have been a vatadage, based on the evidence of pillars and a stupa house. Nothing else is known about this stupa that was built in the 1st century BC. You will see the site marked by a small stupa built fairly recently.

After the Abhayagiri monastery area, you will be visiting Jetavana Pagoda. Jetavanaramaya was built in the 4th century AD and was the largest brick structure of the ancient world. Jetavana remains an impressive sight with carved bas-reliefs, high arches and beautifully shaped lotus pedestals.

The next sight to see is the Ruwanwelisaya Pagoda which was built in the end century BC. It was the second largest stupa after the above mentioned two stupas. The pagoda is the oldest that is still in use, and you can see pilgrims worshipping here. You will see plenty of elephant sculptures here; from the full sized elephant sculptures in the outer wall to the old stone elephants in the bas of the stupa.

There are also many other monuments that you may visit in Anuradhapura based on time constraints. Your tour will be concluded outside the ancient city by 12 pm.

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Private Tour: Wilpattu National Park Safari

Private Tour: Wilpattu National Park Safari - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Duration: Flexible
Location: Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

From USD
$56.00

Book this private tour for either morning, evening, or full-day to experience one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka, the Wilpattu National Park.  With your private vehicle and experienced driver, explore this park on the northwest coast spanning the border between North Central Province and North Western Province of Sri Lanka. The biggest draws in Wilpattu National Park are Leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya), Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) along other mammals and birds.

SKU: LK50060100

Meet up with your driver at the gate of Wilpattu National Park in Anuradhapura at approximately 5:30am or 2:30pm to start your exciting safari tour in Wilpattu National Park.

Wilpattu National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka, spans an area of approx ... More info ›

Book this private tour for either morning, evening, or full-day to experience one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka, the Wilpattu National Park.  With your private vehicle and experienced driver, explore this park on the northwest coast spanning the border between North Central Province and North Western Province of Sri Lanka. The biggest draws in Wilpattu National Park are Leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya), Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) along other mammals and birds.

SKU: LK50060100

Meet up with your driver at the gate of Wilpattu National Park in Anuradhapura at approximately 5:30am or 2:30pm to start your exciting safari tour in Wilpattu National Park.

Wilpattu National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka, spans an area of approx. 131,693 hectares with altitude ranging between the sea-level and 152 meters. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1905 and in 1938 elevated to the status of National Wildlife Park. On November 7th, 1947, the northern area of Wilpattu was declared as Wilpattu North Sanctuary. Wilpattu National Park is situated in the dry zone and is unlike any other wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. A unique complex of over 50 wetlands called “Villu” is the most prominent topographical feature of the national park. ‘Villu’ are shallow natural lakes filled with rainwater surrounded by open grassy plains amidst the dense scrub jungle. The presence of these Villus with an abundance of water can best be explained in the weather patterns that prevail over the park: while the period of drought is only during the months of May to early September, the main rainy season is during September to December with the heavy downpours of north eastern monsoon; inter monsoon season visits the park March and April. Annual temperature in the Park is around 27.2 Celsius and its annual rainfall is approximately 1000 mm.

Wilpattu National Park has various natural habitats - coastal belt, natural lakes (villus), rocky outcrops, scrublands, open grasslands and dense forest provide for numerous species of animals. Among the species are 31 mammals. The biggest draws in Wilpattu are Leopards (Panthera pardus kotiya) and Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus). Apart from those two mammals are Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus), Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, jackals, sambhur, barking deer, mouse deer Wild Pig, Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and Mugger Crocodiles. Butterflies recorded include the Great Eggfly, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose Great Orange Tip, Glad-eye Bushbrown, Blue Mormon, Common Mormon, Common Rose and Crimson Rose.

Countless species of birds can also be found and the park plays host to numerous winter migrants from November to March, while menacing crocodiles top the list of reptiles. Also roaming on the grasslands are Star tortoises (Geochelone elegans) at Wilpattu. In the large Villus are Pond turtle (Melanonchelys trijuga) and the Soft shelled turtle (Lissemys punctata). The tour ends at the original departure point.

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Camping in Wasgamuwa National Park

Camping in Wasgamuwa National Park - Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Duration: 2 to 3 days
Location: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

From USD
$354.00

An adventure that lets you discover the beauty and majesty of Sri Lanka's wildlife, your journey will begin at the very gates of the Wasgamuwa National Park at 10.30am. Catch a glimpse of the island's many endemic species including hoards of Asian Elephants, Spotted Deer, Wild Buffalos, Wild Boars & even the elusive Leopard and Sloth Bear if lucky, as well as many other species of birds, reptiles and aquatic creatures ... More info ›

An adventure that lets you discover the beauty and majesty of Sri Lanka's wildlife, your journey will begin at the very gates of the Wasgamuwa National Park at 10.30am. Catch a glimpse of the island's many endemic species including hoards of Asian Elephants, Spotted Deer, Wild Buffalos, Wild Boars & even the elusive Leopard and Sloth Bear if lucky, as well as many other species of birds, reptiles and aquatic creatures. Set up camp at around 6.30pm and spend your evening around a campfire under a beautiful sky full of stars. On the following morning, depart on an early Safari that will conclude at approx 10.30 am. Truly a lifetime experience for the wildlife enthusiast.

SKU: LK73100000

Near 37,000 hectares of untouched wilderness, Wasgamuwa is one of Sri Lanka’s most well preserved National Parks, offering a unique wildlife experience for any enthusiast or general traveler seeking an escape into the wild. Situated between the Matale and Polonnaruwa districts, at an expanse of 225 kilometers from the capital city of Colombo, this forest experiences a rainfall of 1650mm – 2150mm each year. The Park is bordered by the Amban River, Mahaweli River, Wasgamuwa Village and the Kalu Ganga (River) in the North, East, South and West and was declared a National Park in the year 1984. According the census report in 2011 there are over 360 Elephants in Wasgamuwa.

Being a Dry Zone Park, the Wasgamuwa National Park is home to over 150 floral species, many of them endemic. The park also houses 23 species of mammals and over 140 species of birds and a number of reptile species as well. The park is known for its hordes of elephants that you may see especially in the evenings. The Marsh Elephant is a subspecies that can only be seen near the Mahaveli River. You may also get to see two of the endemic monkey species found in Sri Lanka, or water buffalo, or even the rare sloth bear or golden palm civet.

Some of the bird species that you may see are the endemic red-faced malkoha and the Sri Lankan jungle fowl. You could also catch an elusive look at colorful pea fowl, painted stork, black-headed ibis or even a Sri Lankan frogmouth.

There are many reptiles you may see on the banks of water bodies, such as the Mugger Crocodile or water monitors. There are quite a few species of skinks, lizards and snakes as well. There are around 50 species of butterflies in Wasgamuwe Park that may interest butterfly enthusiasts. Eight of these species are endemic.

The Safari & Camping Experience

Anyone visiting Wasgamuwa National Park will experience wildlife safaris that will surely make their stay something memorable and unique. With a choice of two safari sessions that are available for the 1 Night 2 Days, the Wasgamuwa National Park wildlife safari and camping tours cater to the visitor’s needs, either providing an all-out experience of the entire park, or the must-experience 1-day tour that will cover most of the park’s features and must-see locations.

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1 Night Camping in Wilpattu National Park

1 Night Camping in Wilpattu National Park - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Duration: 1 day
Location: Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

From USD
$403.00

Wilpattu National Park is the largest natural forest reserve in Sri Lanka and also one of the oldest, and is home to an abundance of animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and critters. It is most famous for its population of Leopard ... More info ›

Wilpattu National Park is the largest natural forest reserve in Sri Lanka and also one of the oldest, and is home to an abundance of animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and critters. It is most famous for its population of Leopard. Experience a wildlife adventure like no other, camping outdoors among the birds, the bees and the trees. Enjoy delicious meals around a campfire and explore the untouched wilderness, taking photographs and memories of this beautiful jungle with you wherever you go. Sleep beneath a crystal clear sky, illuminating the earth around you with the light of thousands of stars. This is the ultimate Safari & Camping experience for any wildlife and nature enthusiast.

SKU: LK73311000

Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu) Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. The park is located 30 km west  Anuradhapura and located  26 km north of  Puttalam  (approximately  204 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population.  The Leopard population in Wilpattu is still not yet known.

41 species of Mammals (4 endemics), 149 Bird species including 3 endemic species, 57 Reptile species (8 Endemic species) have been identified within Wilpattu national park. 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 residents.

The Safari & Camping Experience

Anyone visiting Wilpattu National Park will experience wildlife safaris that will surely make their stay something memorable and unique. Given a choice between standard camping and premium camping services, the options available are designed to suit almost any type of wildlife enthusiast or visitor. With a two safari sessions that are available for 1 Night 2 Days, in the Wilpattu National Park, this wildlife safari and camping tour caters to the visitor’s needs, either providing an all-out experience of the park, or the must-experience 1-day tour that will cover most of the park’s features and must-see locations.

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