Sri Lanka an Eco Paradise Adventure

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You will be amazed with the discovery of Eco-Tourism or Ecological awareness that has been in existence for hundreds of years in this isle. Nature has always been an essential part of the Sri Lankan life style. Whether it is a tree or for that matter water. it is a matter of respect. Even before the digging of a well for water, religious rites are performed and the well remains a sacred part of life. It is here that people even talk to snakes ask them move out of their way, since you need the snake to balance the eco-system and villagers have learned to make use of this system without exploiting it.

World's resources are dwindling and being polluted by the minute beyond recovery. Eco tourism had made it possible to meet the challenge of transporting millions of tourists to their destinations while maintaining the pleasure without harming the existence of the destinations. Sri Lanka is in the forefront of this endeavour.

Sri Lanka is an ideal destination of eco tourism with a wealth of activities for the whole family. From nature trails, hiking, cycling, bird watching, photography or wild life safaris are just the beginning of the list. You could also visit a tropical forest, relax in the beach or hike to natural forest reserves. No part of the country is just a step away from eco friendly activities.

Eco-lodges and eco friendly hotels are now the name of the game and if you feel like getting in tune with nature, try nature's gift to the world……… the paradise isle of Sri Lanka.

OUR NATIONAL PARKS & CAMP LOCATIONS !

1. BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK

BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK, covering an area of 6216 hectares, is located about 250km southeast of Colombo in the Hambantota district. The park falls within the southeastern arid zone of Sri Lanka, with a general climate that can be classified as hot and dry. The terrain is generally flat with sand dunes bordering the coastline, and vegetation consists mainly of dry thorny scrublands and lagoons. A total of 383 plant species have been recorded from the park, including 6 endemics and 7 species considered as nationally threatened. It is also home to 32 different species of mammals, 5 of which are classified as threatened. For keen birdwatchers, the complex wetland system harbours a rich bird life (approximately 197 species), including several species of migratory waterfowl. This has led to the declaration of the park as Sri Lanka 's first ‘Ramsar' wetland – one of great international importance especially for migratory waterfowl.

ECO SAFARI CAMP

We operate three different campsites right inside the park itself. One is on a cliff overlooking the ocean below, and the other two are in shady areas next to the lagoon. The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

Activities

Bird watching, Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, Wildlife Safaris etc.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Yala National Park, Sinharaja Rainforest, Udawalawe National Park, Kalamitiya Bird Sanctuary, Rekawa Turtle Observation Camp.

Eco Trail: The beach is an important nesting site for turtles. Between October and January, four of Sri Lanka 's five species of marine turtles come to lay their eggs. Wildlife living in the park includes Elephants, Spotted Deer, Grey Langur, Jackal, Water Monitor, Crocodiles, the Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green turtles. Among all the 150 species of water birds resident here are the Flamingo, Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Jungle Fowl, Cattle Egret, Median Egret, Large Egret, Open bill, Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Black-winged Stilt, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, etc. Migrant birds include Asiatic Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lesser Sand, Large Sand Plover, Kentish Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, etc.

2. HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK

HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK is undoubtedly one of the world's best nature reserves. It is characterised by a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, covered in upper montane forest and wet patana grassland. In general, the forests are seen on the hilltops or upper slopes, and the grasslands in the valleys and lower slopes, eventually giving way to wetland habitats. Spanning approximately 10,000 hectares the park is also home to a wide variety of flora (57 species, 29 endemic to Sri Lanka ) and 24 species of mammals such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare, porcupine and leopard. For bird enthusiasts, there are 87 species (14 of which are endemic), including many migratory birds. The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as ‘Baker's Falls', ‘Chimmini Pool' and the famous ‘World's End' (a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline).

ECO TREKKING CAMP

Since vehicles are not allowed into the park, Horton Plains is a PARTICIPATORY CAMPING location, giving guests the opportunity of getting involved in the whole process of setting up the camp, and even assisting in the cooking! Although park regulations prohibit the lighting of campfires, we can still create a magical setting with lanterns, wonderful surrounding views of the Plains themselves and the diverse flora and fauna present (especially watch out for leopards!) N.B. Due to the altitude of the park, be prepared for sometimes cold and windy weather.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawala, Haputale, Belihuloya, Balangoda, Hatton.

Activities

Bird Watching, Participatory Camping, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, (Just outside the park: Cycling and Mountain Biking, Off-the-road 4WD Jeep Adventures).

Eco Trail : Mammals: Highland Race of endemic Purple faced Leaf Monkey, Dusky stripped Squirrel , Sri Lanka Sambar, Grizzled Giant Squirrel and Southern Otter. Other: Rhino Horn Lizard(Endemic) Black cheek Lizard (Endemic)Green garden Lizard Common garden Lizard Pigmy Lizard (Endemic)Birds: Montane Birds and several Endemic Species Butterflies: Tree Nymph (Endemic) Common Gull Common Pioneer Common Jazebel Indian Red Admiral.

3. UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city. The 30,821 hectare dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm and an average temperature of 29.4 0 C. It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds – adults and young, feeding and bathing or playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambur deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts. A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders this protected reserve has to offer, and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.

The ECO SAFARI CAMP is situated about 16 km inside the park next to the Walawe Ganga river (which feeds the nearby Udawalawe reservoir). Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. On your return from the afternoon safari, you will be welcomed with a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Sinharaja Rainforest, Waulpane Cave, Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, Udawalawe Reservoir, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park.

Activities

Bird Watching, Hot Air Ballooning (outside the park), Participatory Camping/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, Wildlife Safaris, Catamaran Rides (outside the park), Feeding time at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home.

Eco Trail - Mammals: Asian Elephant Giant Squirrel Grey Langur Soft & Hard TerrapinsStar Tortoise Marsh & Estuarine Crocodiles, Water & Land Monitors Spotted Deer, Wild Boar Birds: Storks and Raptors Butterflies: Crimson Rose Blue Mormon (E) Grass Yellow species Emigrant Species Indian Crow, Brown King Crow.

4. WASGAMUWA NATIONAL PARK

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK , located in the districts of Matale and Polonnaruwa and bordered by the ‘Mahaweli' and ‘Amban' rivers, stretches an impressive 36,948 hectares. It was declared a National Park in 1984, making it the only one in the Central Province . Home to a huge variety of flora and fauna (23 species of mammals – including elephants and bears, 143 birds, 8 amphibians, 17 fresh water fishes, 17 reptiles, 50 butterflies and 150 plants), this park is truly a paradise for the nature lover. With many small scale ancient tanks and several other ruins and ancient religious sites the park also has significant historical importance. For keen hikers, it is also home to the ‘Sudu Kanda' mountain range (about 470m above sea level).

The ECO SAFARI CAMP in Wasgamuwa National Park is located in a shady area surrounded by trees and right next to the Mahaweli river for easy access to ‘al fresco' bathing. Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Habarana, Dambulla.

Activities

Bird Watching, Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, Wildlife Safaris.

Eco Trail: Asian Elephant Mongoose species Giants Squirrel Grey Langur Sri Lanka Jackal Water and Land Monitors Spotted Deer, Wild Boar Toque Monkey (Endemic) Sri Lanka Leopard (Rare but possible sighting) Birds: Dry Zone Birds (Storks, Raptors etc) Butterflies: Crimson Rose Albatross species Migrant species; Indian Crow, Brown King Crow.

5. WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK is located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo), spanning an area that runs inland from the northwest coast towards the ancient capital of Anuradhapura (50 km to the east of the park). Covering an impressive 425 sq miles, the park is Sri Lanka 's largest. Having reopened in 2003 it is now an increasingly popular eco-tourism destination. Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.

The five locations for the ECO SAFARI CAMP in Wilpattu are all in excellent areas for observing the park's varied wildlife from the camp itself. Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Anuradhapura , Kalpitiya.

Activities

Bird Watching, Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, Wildlife Safaris, Boat Rides – transit to Kalpitiya (outside the park).

6. YALA NATIONAL PARK

YALA NATIONAL PARK lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka , spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces . The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons.

The park is renowned for the variety of its wildlife (most notably its many elephants) and its fine coastline (associated with beautiful coral reefs). It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.

The five locations for the ECO SAFARI CAMP in Yala are all in excellent areas for observing the park's varied wildlife from the camp itself. Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Bundala Bird Sanctuary, Kalamitiya Bird Sanctuary, Kataragama, Udawalawe National Park .

Activities

Bird Watching, Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, Wildlife Safaris.

Eco Trail - There are about 35 leopards, a large number of elephants living inside the park and these can be seen bathing in anyone of the numerous lakes within the park. Other animal living in the park include sloth bear, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, toque monkey, stripe-necked mongoose, ruddy mongoose, wild pig, jackal, water monitor, marsh crocodile and estuarine crocodile. Also, 130 species of birds have been recorded here, they includes Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, Brown-capped Babbler, Stone Curlew, Greater Thick-knee, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Sirkeer Malkoha, Blue-faced Malkoha, Green Bee-eater, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Blue-faced Malkoha, Green Bee-eater Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Brahminya Myna and Rose-colored Starling.

HILL COUNTRY LOCATIONS

1. KITAL-ELLA

The pretty hillside region of KITAL-ELLA (near BANDARAWELA ) is named after the Sinhalese word for waterfall (”ella”) and the Sri Lankan “kitul” tree. It is situated approximately 10 km from Bandarawela town in a very attractive location overlooking the ‘Namunukula' mountain range. At an altitude of 1,230 metres, the area has an extremely pleasant climate, with warm (but not humid) days and cool nights. The environment is remarkably varied with something to satisfy everyone's taste. One can choose to wander through the lush tea plantations, paddy fields and vegetable plots, marvel at the many waterfalls or explore the dense forests of pine trees. For the more adventurous, the area offers some fantastic bike and hiking trails with unbeatable views of the surrounding mountains and into the famous ‘Ella Gap'.

The holiday hideaway of KITAL-ELLA BUNGALOW offers guests a perfect opportunity to “escape from it all” without sacrificing the luxuries of good food, a comfortable bed and hot/cold water! With no other houses visible from the bungalow, one can enjoy the serenity and beauty of the landscape without any interruptions. The large outside balcony/porch area provides a central feature from which guests can sit and relax, listening to the sounds of nature and admiring the fabulous view.

Nearby locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Horton Plains National Park (Maha Eliya), Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Rawana Ella Falls , Belihuloya, Buttala, Haputale.

Activities

Bird Watching, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Hiking/Trekking, Scenic Rail Rides, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, Nature Trails.

Eco Trail - Birds: Lower Montane Birds Butterflies: Tree Nymph (Endemic) Blue Glassy Tiger, Common Mormon, Red Helen Common Rose.

2. BELIHULOYA

BELIHULOYA is a very picturesque little hamlet situated in the “Sabaragamuwa” province of Sri Lanka , approximately 160 km from Colombo . This beautiful hillside location is a climatically transitional area, linking both the dry and wet zones and the hill and low country at an altitude of less than 1500m. As a result, the vegetation consists of moist semi-evergreen forests, tropical savanna forests, dry patana grasslands and montane temperate forests, making it one of the richest bio-diversity spots in Sri Lanka – a perfect location for nature lovers.

THE RIVER GARDEN NATURE & ADVENTURE RELATED ACTIVITY CENTRE provides an ideal base for a wide range of nature and adventure related activities. Try anything from trekking across the Horton Plains (the Horton Plains mountain range is visible from the River Garden restaurant itself) to canoeing in the ‘Samanalawewa' reservoir. Whatever it is you want to do, we can help you do it!

RIVER GARDEN RESORT offers three accommodation options for guests…

The INIDIVIDUAL COTTAGES are situated in the beautiful shady garden area below the River Garden restaurant. There is a winding path through the garden that links the cottages, restaurant, shady cabana-style seating areas and the Belihuloya river. At night, atmospheric lanterns illuminate the whole area.

A spacious ECO LODGE is located in the “Kinchigune” area of Belihuloya, with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and the “Samanalawewa” reservoir. The lodge has been restored using traditional old methods such as cajan (weaved coconut palm leaf) to cover the clay tiled roof. Set in a shady garden full of a variety of herbs and trees, guests can even pluck a jack fruit from one of the trees and learn to cook it the Sri Lankan way!

The SEMI-LUXURY CAMPSITE at River Garden provides an ideal opportunity to experience camping in style! This is camping with a difference - the tents are very spacious, clean and modern, and guests are guaranteed a good night's sleep on comfortable mattresses and listening to nature's very own orchestra! The camp has easy access to the restaurant, toilets, shower and freshwater ‘al fresco' bathing in the river.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Horton Plains National Park (Maha Eliya), Udawalawe National Park, Sinharaja Rainforest, Bandarawela, Bambarakanda Falls, Duwili-Ella Falls, Waulpane Cave, Adam's Peak Wilderness Sanctuary (Sri Pada).

Activities

Agro-Tourism Activities, Bird Watching, Caving, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Kayaking and Canoeing, Nature Trails, Nature Wedding and Honeymoon Packages, Off-the-road 4WD Jeep Adventures, Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Special Study Tours for Fauna and Flora, Hiking/Trekking.

3. The KNUCKLES NATIONAL HERITAGE AND WILDERNESS AREA.

The KNUCKLES MOUNTAIN RANGE (so-called because its appearance resembles a set of knuckles in a closed fist) has been declared a conservation area, and is now known as the KNUCKLES NATIONAL HERITAGE AND WILDERNESS AREA. The region stretches an impressive 155 sq km that contains five major forest formations, a wide variety of rare and endemic flora and fauna and some breathtaking mountain scenery. It is a real paradise for those who love to hike or mountain bike, offering numerous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls and lush tea plantations, and alongside terraced paddy fields and colourful Kandyan home gardens. The chance to visit traditional small mountain villages in the area gives an interesting insight into the close-knit atmosphere that such a local community fosters and provides a welcome departure from fast-paced modern day life.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Meemure Village , Kandy , Nitre Cave , Dambana (home of the ‘Veddha' people).

Activities

Agro-Tourism Activities, Bird Watching, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Hiking/Trekking, Nature Trails, Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Special Study Tours for Fauna and Flora.

ECO TREKKERS CAMP is located in the Bay Group Estate, Riverston (northern part of the Knuckles Range ), at an altitude of 1400m above sea level. It is a magical place to revel in the sheer beauty of the sun rising behind the Manigala peak, gradually illuminating the vast valley below. After a fascinating day exploring the area, guests are welcomed back to the camp with a hearty barbecue meal, an opportunity for a refreshing bath in the nearby brook and an evening of stargazing and simply enjoying the wonder of the surroundings.

Guests will be met at Raththota and driven to the camp. Here they will be welcomed and served with a refreshing drink. While sipping the drink they will be briefed on the camping rules and regulations. Before lunch is served, guests are free to take a bath from the crystal clear brook. An afternoon of trekking and the Evening at leisure, star gazing and enjoying hearty B.B.Q dinner.

4. MEEMURE VILLAGE CAMP

MEEMURE VILLAGE CAMP offers guests an opportunity to experience what it is like to live in the ancient isolated village of Meemure . The village is situated deep in the Knuckles Wilderness, where the local people have maintained their traditional and cultural attitudes towards the forest's existence. They rely heavily on the forest for their survival and gain as much as 63% of their total income from the forest resources .

Eco Trail: Flying Fox species (Roosting colonies) Birds: Wet Zone and Lower Montane Birds Butterflies: Blue Mormon (Endemic) Common Mormon, Common Sailor, Common Jazebel Red Pierrot.

SPECIAL INTEREST LOCATIONS!

1. BUTTALA

The area surrounding BUTTALA is part of the Monaragala district in south-eastern Sri Lanka . According to the 5th century Buddhist chronicle “Mahavamsa”, Buttala itself was situated on the northern border of King Dutugemunu's Ruhunu Kingdom as a defence base to be used on his way to Anuradapura, making it a location of considerable cultural and historical importance. The landscape is tremendously varied with abandoned chena fields, irrigation tanks, dense tall dry zone forests, thorny scrub jungle, many flowering trees and rare tropical woods (such as the protected ebony tree). The region also provides an ideal base from which to explore the famous Yala National Park . The park was originally a reserve for hunters, but it was declared a protected area in 1900, a sanctuary in 1909, and a national park in 1938. It is a fascinating agglomeration of protected areas and consists of a variety of different ecosystems, essential for the diverse wildlife that inhabits it.

On a ‘journey back to basics', TREE TOPS JUNGLE LODGE offers a real jungle experience in a nature retreat with simple clay huts blending discretely into their beautiful surroundings of virgin forest, rocky hills, and abundant wildlife. The lodge is located near Buttala, in the Weliara wilderness, which is hidden between the Yala National Park and the Arahat Kanda mountains. This unique location is an ideal place to lose oneself in a completely different environment and learn about the rich history and ‘eco'-philosophy behind the whole ‘Tree Tops' project. You can choose to relax in a hammock and admire the prolific birdlife or take a native style bath at the freshwater well, enjoy the thrill of a bullock cart trip through the wilderness to the ancient temples, visit the herds of elephants at the Weliara lake, learn about the traditional ayurvedic plant medicine using the plants in the area around the lodge or even try your hand at the native art of cooking rice and curry! With so much to see and do, it is quite possible to spend all your time in the close proximity of the lodge itself, but for those who want to venture further afield, it also provides an ideal base for exploring nearby locations of interest such as Yala National Park and various ancient Buddhist monuments .

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Haputale, Bandarawela, Yala National Park , Kataragama, Arugambay, Pottuvil.

Activities

Agro-Tourism Activities, Bird Watching, Cycling and Mountain Biking, Hiking/Trekking, Nature Trails, Speical Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, Bullock Cart Rides, Wildlife Observations.

Eco Trail - Mammals: Asian Elephant Endemic Toque monkey, Grey Langur, Mongoose species Water Buffalo, Birds: Dry Zone Birds / Nocturnal birds (Owl species) Butterflies: Common Tiger Glassy Tiger Blue Glassy Tiger, Common Bird Wing (Endemic)

2. DAMBANA

DAMBANA is a remote jungle village of indigenous people, situated about 300km from Colombo . The population of these indigenous ‘Veddha' people now consists of only about 350 families, a number significantly reduced from a once thriving community. The ‘Veddha' are so influenced by the imposing dominant culture that they risk losing their traditions and what has been their livelihood for centuries. However, they remain determined that their way of life will continue into future generations. The Chief himself told us on a recent visit to the village that his main worry is that he may not be able prevent the ‘Veddha' traditions from dying out during his own lifetime. Visitors to this fascinating village have the opportunity to meet and chat with the people who live there, learn about their traditions, and gain a unique insight into their way of life. Your visit will also be of a direct financial benefit to the community because, as well as paying them a rent for the campsite and a fee for their involvement in the programme, Eco Team also uses local produce and labour whenever possible.

Our campsite is located next to the ‘Delikadeliwewa' tank in very close proximity to the Dambana village itself. During your stay, the ‘Veddha' people will visit the camp in their traditional costume in order to perform some traditional dances. The camp is also close to one of their former hunting grounds so guests can have the chance to participate in a mock hunt. Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

MahiyanganaTemple, Kandy , Knuckles Mountain Range.

Activities

Learning the livelihood of the ‘Veddha' people, Partipatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping, Hiking/Trekking, Eco-Tourism concepts.

3. SIGIRIYA

The ancient city of SIGIRIYA was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids. Translated as ‘Lion Rock' into English, the name of the monument indicates the way in which visitors used to begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya') of a lion (‘sinha'). Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock. The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 ft up from the green scrub jungle). The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly an acre in size), that was used in its entirety to build King Kasyapa's fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive ruins.

Located next to the Thalakotewewa reservoir, which has fabulous views of the Sigiriya Rock itself, our ECO ‘HERITAGE SITE' CAMP provides a unique base from which to explore the Rock itself and the surrounding area. Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Dambulla, Matale, Habarana, Minneriya National park , Giritale, Polonnaruwa, Wasgamuwa National Park .

Activities

Bird Watching, Canoeing and Kayaking, Hot Air Ballooning, Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping .

Eco Trail - Mammals: Water Monitor, Land Monitor, Giant Squirrel, Grey Langur, Grey Mongoose, Brown Mongoose Birds: Dry Zone Birds Butterflies: Common Tiger Plains Tiger, Migrant species; Chocolate Soldier Common Leopard, Tawny Coster.

4. SINHARAJA RAINFOREST

SINHARAJA RAINFOREST is another UNESCO world heritage site, which can also be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical Wet Evergreen Forest . Whatever its ‘technical' name, it is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka 's endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka ! Named as a world heritage site in 1989, this lowland evergreen rain forest is steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word ‘Sinharaja' means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest!

We offer a variety of accommodation options at SINHARAJA RAINFOREST (see below for more details).

Nearby Locations – Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries

Udawalawe National Park , Waulpane Cave , Belihuloya.

Activities

Bird Watching, Hiking/Trekking, Nature Trails, Special Study Tours for Flora and Fauna, Rainforest Exploration, Participatory/Luxury/Super Luxury Movable Camping.

Eco Trail - Mammals: Endemic Purple faced Leaf Monkey, Black & Yellow Giant Squirrel, Flame Strip backed Squirrel Endemic Toque Monkey (Wetzone race) Birds: Endemic Species, Mixed Species Flocks, Fresh water fish: Walking Cat Fish (E) Comb tail Fish (E)Stone Sucker (E) Banded Mountain Loach (E) Black lined Barb Lizards: Tiny Kangaroo Lizard(E) Humped nose Lizard (E) Green garden Lizard Common garden Lizard Frog species Butterflies: Tree Nymph (E) Common Bird Wing (E) Blue Mormon (E) Five Bar Swordtail (E) Blue Oak Leaf (E)Common Blue Bottle Commander Great Egg-fly, Red Helen Clipper.

‘KUDAWA' ECO CAMP is located on a peninsula in the forest and surrounded by two rivers (deep enough for swimming) and just beyond a tea plantation (where you will see the traditional tea pluckers in action). Even without leaving the camp itself, so much can be seen – so let the nature come to you!

The peaceful camp is an ideal location for early morning Bird Watching before a fascinating nature trail through the forest. Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, transporting in comfortable tents, a fully equipped kitchen, chairs and tables, hammocks, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. On your return from the afternoon nature trail, you will be welcomed with a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

MARTIN'S LODGE provides basic accommodation (with the added luxury of hot water!) situated near the entrance to the Protected Reserve area and the Education and Information Centre. Although you don't get that feeling of being ‘enclosed' by the rainforest atmosphere, there is an attractive porch area that overlooks the canopy of trees below.

SUPER LUXURY CAMPING FACILITIES

Personal Toilets and Washing Facilities (Hot and Cold Water) / Raised Beds / Ultra-Spacious Tents with Bedroom and Open Living Areas (Umbrellas and Bathrooms Slippers Provided) / Fully Furnished Site / Unlimited Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages from a Well Stocked Bar / LandRover Defender or LandCruiser Jeeps / Unlimited Chilled Beverages during the Safari / Unlimited Safari Time / Special Lunch and Dinner Settings in the Camp / Five Course Dinner Menu / Full Cooked Breakfast / Staff in VIP Uniforms with 3 Years Camping Experience Attending to Every Need / Laptop and Digital Camera Charging Facilities/ Slide Show about the Site they are in / Information Folder about the site / Special Camp Illuminated Effects…

WE WILL MAKE YOU A ‘MAHARAJA' IN THIS SUPER LUXURY CAMP, WHEREVER IN SRI LANKA YOU WANT TO BE!

Please note that there may be certain constraints beyond our control when it comes to the number of people that we can accommodate at certain locations (especially at National Parks and Nature Reserves).

Due to the complex nature of the SUPER LUXURY concept, bookings must be made at least one week prior to the programme.

100% cancellation charge will be levied on any cancellations made within the 3 days prior to the programme. (Our team arrives at the site 3 days prior to the guests' arrival date to have everything fully prepared 1 day prior to the arrival date).

In case we can't get the requested site (especially National Parks), an alternative site will be arranged.

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