Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka with Dr. Mark Brazil
March 21 – April 6, 2018
March 15-31,2019

Overview:

Search for abundant wildlife in Yala National Park, which boasts Asia’s largest concentration of leopards, along with Asian elephants, spotted deer, and over 200 species of birds. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sigiriya, an ancient palace and fortress built atop a huge granite monolith; the ruins in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s medieval capital; and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, a significant site of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Explore Sinharaja, a vast tropical rainforest that is home to over half of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of flora and fauna. Stay in superb accommodations—from a colonial-era mansion to world-class game lodges—offering splendid vistas of the surrounding wilderness.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1-2: Depart USA / En Route
Day 3: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Day 4: Colombo / Galle / Sinharaja
Day 5: Sinharaja
Day 6: Sinharaja / Yala National Park
Day 7: Yala National Park
Day 8: Yala National Park / Tissa
Day 9: Yala / Bundala National Park / Nuwara Eliya
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plains
Day 11: Nuwara Eliya / Kandy
Day 12: Kandy
Day 13: Kandy / Sigiriya
Day 14: Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
Day 15: Sigiriya
Day 16-17: Sigiriya / Colombo / USA

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Expedition Easy Team.

Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka with Dr. Mark Brazil
March 21 – April 6, 2018
March 15-31,2019

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 1-2 – Depart USA / En Route
Board your independent flight to Sri Lanka. Lose a day crossing the International Date Line.

Day 3 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
Arrive in Colombo in the very early morning and transfer to Gateway Airport Garden Hotel. After a welcome lunch and briefing, take a stroll around the hotel grounds to search for common birds and butterflies.

Day 4 – Colombo / Galle / Sinharaja
After breakfast, depart overland for historic Galle. Take a walking tour of Galle’s historic district, one of the best preserved examples of a European-built fortified city in South Asia, including Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built by the Dutch in the 16th century. After lunch at a local restaurant, a scenic drive brings you to the fabled Sinharaja Biosphere Reserve. Sri Lanka’s single most important conservation area, Sinharaja protects the largest remaining area of tropical forest on the island. An incredible two-thirds of the plants in the forest are found nowhere else on earth, along with all but one of Sri Lanka’s bird endemics. Dinner and overnight for two nights at the Rainforest Edge Resort.

Day 5 – Sinharaja
A full day walking tour of this stunning park may reveal such spectacular creatures as Sri Lanka junglefowl (the national bird), yellow-fronted barbet, the bizarre red-faced malkoha, and the Sri Lanka blue magpie.

Day 6 – Sinharaja / Yala National Park
Today, head east, descending into the lowlands of Yala, Sri Lanka’s most celebrated national park. Stop for lunch in Udawalawe National Park, with a chance to search for wild elephants in the afternoon. Arrive at Yala this evening and check in to the Jetwing Yala Hotel, your base for three nights.

Day 7 – Yala National Park
Take morning and afternoon safaris into Yala; with over 100,000 hectares of thorn scrub and coastal wetlands, this park boasts the highest density of leopards in Asia. It is also home to healthy populations of wild water buffalo, Asian elephants, and spotted deer.

Day 8 – Yala National Park / Tissa
Take one last safari in Yala, before an afternoon visit to the wetlands of Tissa to seek out colorful wetland birds including storks, egrets, herons, and kingfishers.

Day 9 – Yala / Bundala National Park / Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast drive to nearby Bundala National Park, famous for its concentrations of shorebirds and waterbirds. Resident painted storks and gray-headed fish eagles are joined by migrant shorebirds, terns, and ospreys, while the surrounding thorn bush supports chestnut-headed and green bee-eaters, and Sri Lanka woodshrikes. After lunch venture into Sri Lanka’s “Hill Country.” Your final destination, Nuwara Eliya, is known locally as “Little England,” a hill station that was once home to over 200 British families. Dinner and overnight for two nights at the splendid St. Andrew’s Hotel.

Day 10 – Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plains
Depart before dawn to appreciate the beauty of early morning at Horton Plains, a grassy highland plateau studded with rhododendrons and surrounded by cool, mossy forests. Wildlife found here includes sambar deer, grizzled giant squirrels, and the endemic purple-faced leaf monkey. Also keep an eye out for avian endemics such as the yellow-eared bulbul, Sri Lanka white-eye, and the Sri Lanka whistling-thrush. Return to Nuwara Eliya for lunch, then spend the afternoon strolling through the lovely Hakgala Botanical Garden.

Day 11 – Nuwara Eliya / Kandy
Rise early this morning to search for a multitude of over-wintering migrants in leafy Victoria Park. After breakfast, depart for Kandy, stopping en route to visit a tea plantation to learn about the production of world-famous Ceylon tea. Arrive in Kandy in time for lunch, then spend a relaxing afternoon in the Peradeniya Botanic Gardens. Check in to Tree of Life Hotel for dinner.

Day 12 – Kandy
This morning take a stroll through the extensive natural forest surrounding the hotel, and return to the hotel for lunch. This afternoon tour the Temple of the Tooth, said to house a tooth of Buddha. This World Heritage Site was originally part of the Royal Palace complex of the Kandyan Kingdom, and is one of the holiest places of worship and pilgrimage for Buddhists around the world.

Day 13 – Kandy / Sigiriya
After breakfast, depart overland to the heart of Sri Lanka’s “cultural triangle.” Stop at a local batik factory, and enjoy lunch at Ranweli Spice Garden, where you will learn about the cultivation of exotic spices such as turmeric, cloves, vanilla, cardamom, and more. Arrive in Sigiriya this evening and check in to the Kandalama Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 14- Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
This morning, tour the magnificent ruined city of Polonnaruwa. A former Buddhist kingdom, Polonnaruwa is famous for its intricately carved stonework, including a large reclining Buddha.

Day 15 – Sigiriya
Today, visit Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, a huge granite monolith rising out of the jungle. This stunning World Heritage Site features the ruins of a 5th-century fortress and palace, colorful murals, and the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and fountains. In the afternoon board jeeps to search the surrounding forest for troops of endemic toque macaques, Sri Lanka gray hornbills, and Asian elephants.

Day 16-17 – Sigiriya / Colombo / USA
In the early afternoon drive to Colombo with a stop en route to visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla. Check in to the Gateway Airport Garden Hotel for dinner and a chance to relax. Board your independent late evening flight, arriving in the USA the next day.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Natural Wonders of Sri Lanka with Dr. Mark Brazil
March 21 – April 6, 2018
March 15-31,2019

Rates:

March 21 – April 6, 2018
Approx. $10,480 per person sharing
Single – Approx. $13,480 per person
Single Share – $10,480 per person

March 15-31, 2019
Approx. $10,480 per person sharing
Single – Approx. $13,680 per person

Rates are based on per person sharing and are approximate until the time of booking. Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights:

International Air Not Included.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc. Airfare prices are subject to change until booked and ticketed

Included:

All accommodations and transportation; all excursions in the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides; all gratuities; all accommodations; all group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included:

Airfare from your home city/Colombo and Colombo/home city; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above), and other incidentals; and email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Expedition Easy Reservation Form, along with your 25% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

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March 21 - April 06, 2018
March 15-31, 2019