A visit to the Zoo in Dehiwala Colombo – Visiting the ambassadors of the wild!

The national zoological gardens of Sri Lanka is one most visited tourist destinations in Sri Lanka as it is home to some of the most fascinating creatures of the wild. Read on to know more about this wondrous place and the animals you could see here.

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National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka | Image Credit: Hafiz Issadeen from Dharga Town, Sri Lanka, Jaguar full, CC BY 2.0

Overview

Founded in 1936 The National zoo of Sri Lanka is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Aisa. The Zoo has a substantial collection of animals that live worldwide with over 3000 animals and 350 species. The zoo has well-landscaped gardens and a dense tree coverage which in turn provides shady and serene pathways.

Animal Diversity

The Zoo is home to a collection of native and non-native wildlife that includes mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. They are placed in different kinds of habitats which comprises of an aquarium, a walk through aviary, a reptile house and a butterfly garden. After constant complaints from the visitors today the zoo is undergoing a major restoration project in order to make it more animal-friendly.

Attractions

The Zoo also hosts animal shows every day and will be an exciting experience especially for children if you take them with you. The shows include an elephant dance, Sea lion performance and a chimp show that features a chimpanzee named Sanju. The zoo management has planned to add more attractions to the zoo upon the completion of the restoration programme.

Getting there and accommodations

You can reach the zoo easily by a taxi and it will be even easier if you are stationed in a Colombo hotel nearby. Speaking of accommodations near the zoo the Berjaya Hotel Colombo is a good place to plan your stay after a tiring day of exploration.

Things to remember

After you enter the zoo there are certain things you should remember that is never trying feeding the animals which are strictly prohibited and you can be fined when caught and remember the zoo can be very crowded during weekends and on special holidays so the best time to visit the zoo is during weekdays. The walk around the zoo isn’t very exhausting; although it is best to avoid visiting the zoo during the afternoon if you do, bring a hat or an umbrella with you to protect yourself from the scorching tropical sun.

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Snorkelling in Timon Island – An Underwater Paradise

Timon is one of the best spots known for its abundant marine life in Malaysia, where tourists may enjoy snorkeling for reasonable prices.

Snorkelling| Img by: Free-Photos via Pixabay

 

Why Timon Island?

The island is located off the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsula, in the South China Sea. It is an extremely popular diving spot which attracts many snorkeling enthusiasts too. A year-round destination, it features many accommodation options be it a resort or hotel in Timon Island including the likes of Berjaya Tioman Resort, Malaysia, which offers snorkeling too.

Best Sites to Snorkel

Some of the best to sites to go snorkelling include Renggis Island known for its shallow warm waters and docile marine life, Coral Island & Malang Rocks, Salang Beach and the Marine Park with a noteworthy turtle population.

Safety

A higher concentration of coral reefs ensures that there is no danger of fast and high water currents. Most of the popular and mainstream snorkelling sites are sheltered from open water. So just don on a life jacket, a pair of flippers and a snorkel and let the gentle currents carry you about while taking in magical underwater sights.

Marine Life

Professing a thirty-metre visibility, the reefs and scattered hulls of wrecked fishing vessels are home to a diverse array of marine life. Turtles, rays, puffer fish and 6-year-old coral await your inspection here.

 

 

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Diving in Mahé, Seychelles – Experience a Fantastic Under Water Experience

The island of Mahé, in Seychelles, is famous for its stunning beaches. It also happens to be a top diving site known for its beautiful coral reefs and shipwrecks teeming with marine life.

Diving in Mahé, Seychelles| Img by: Alf Altendorf via FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

The Best Time to Dive

While it is possible to dive all year round, the quality and visibility levels at the sites may vary. The months of April /May/ October and March are considered to have the best conditions suitable to do so. Many a hotel in Mahé the likes of Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino organize reputable diving expeditions on request.

Marine Life

Seychelles boasts of a very rich marine life. Mostly due to extremely strict conservation rules. At almost all the dive sites a diverse variety of fish, colorful corals, turtles and reef sharks can be found. The islands are also famous for its underwater granite formations whose crevices are home to lesser-known sea creatures.

Marine Conservation

Seychelles take conservation quite seriously and has many strict regulations in place to preserve its marine life. There are a total of 6 national parks spread across Mahé in addition to several islands which are managed by conservation organizations.

Climate

The region is blessed with a lovely balmy tropical temperature, attracting tourist from all over the globe wanting to enjoy a blissful holiday, the water temperatures range from 26° from June to August while warming towards the latter months.

 

 

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Night Safari Experience at Singapore – A wild evening in store

Safaris are one of the most sought after activities during a holiday, by both locals and tourists alike, for the love of nature and its wonders.

Night Safari Experience at Singapore | Image Credit - Allie Caulfield, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Night Safari Experience at Singapore | Image Credit – Allie Caulfield, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikipedia Commons

About

The first nocturnal park in the world, Night Safari Singapore has over 1000 nocturnal animals in their natural after dark environment.

The Beginning

This is an exceptional experience that sits you right in the middle of a forest. Indulge in the fine meal together with afters and drinks amidst the tranquillity of a jungle. The site also provides scenic views of the great and impressive Seletar Reservoir.

Feeding the wild

Watching lions gorge on their prey is something that is always awe inspiring and you are bound to be treated to a similar sight here. You can watch them eat their meals provided by the keepers. Keep in mind that this occurs only on particular nights.

Things to remember

The jungle is a world of its own, and there are some do’s and don’ts for the ones who venture into that mysterious, captivating and dangerous world, both for their own safety and the animals. Follow the rules given by your tour guide for a fun night and get back to your best value hotels in Singapore safely, like the Destination Singapore Beach Rd for instance.

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Forest Flying in Mackay – An Exhilarating and Non-Invasive way to Experience Eungella National Park

 

The Eungella National Park of Queensland is absolutely gorgeous, and is famous throughout the world for being one of the longest stretches of sub-tropical rainforests on the continent.

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Meet the Flying Fox

In addition to being a type of mega-bat, a flying-fox is in this case a spiritual equivalent of a zip-line. Similar to a pulley of sorts, it allows people to glide along a cable propelled by gravity to overcome various obstacles such as canyons and rivers.

The Benefits of a Flying Fox

The flying foxes of Finch Hatton Gorge allow riders to whizz through the tree-tops, with complete control of their speed, allowing them to experience the gorgeous beauty of these forests the best way possible, from above. If you’re vacationing at one of many hotels in Mackay, such as the likes of Oaks Rivermarque, you should definitely try this.

Weight Requirements

The minimum weight requirement to embark on a flying fox is 18 kilograms, while the maximum limit is 120 kilograms. No additional fitness or experience is required.

Points to Note

Due to safety, riders must wear fully-covered shoes and have any long hair tied back. All possessions must be secured, and if one intends to take pictures, a camera with a strap is recommended over a mobile phone.

 

 

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Best things to do in Otaru – Make the most of your time!

This scenic town in Asia has many things you can do, to while away your time during a weekend getaway with your loved ones.

Snow Light Path Festival

If you are in town during the month of February, don’t miss out on the Otaru Snow Light Path Festival. The city is decorated with lights and tiny snow statues and the festival lasts for 10 whole days. You’d feel like you are inside an old Dickens novel, it’s a must-see.

Otaru Canal Promenade | Image Credit - Markus Leupold-Löwenthal, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Otaru Canal Promenade | Image Credit – Markus Leupold-Löwenthal, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons

Visit the Canal

Hotels in the Asia Pacific almost always is close to water bodies, and the Park Hotel Group is no different, with the hotel being within travelling distance to the Otaru Canal. This canal has a rich history and is a part of many monumental times in the past. Take a walk along the path during a quiet evening and sit in one of the restaurants overlooking the canal.

Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery

Known for being one of the best whiskey makers in Japan, they have a distillery in Otaru, and also provide tours inside the building, taking you through the process of whiskey making.

Sakaimachi Street

The central merchant street in Otaru, you can get your shopping done here, and walk to this street for the daily essentials too.

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Trang Island Adventures – An Exhilarating Tropical Quest

Thailand is one of the most ultimate choices for a tropical getaway and there are many breathtaking experiences to be had in this nation. A Trang Island adventure however, is something remarkable.

The Islands

There are more than 46 islands to explore outside of the mainland area, offering secluded beaches, snorkelling experiences, and many Krabi resorts to choose from such as Anantara Si Kao Resort.

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Image Credit: Anantara Si Kao Resort

Pak Meng Pier

This is where most voyages concerning the Trang Islands begin, and the moment you set foot on this pier you will be able to witness the exquisite tropical splendour of these islands and Thailand as a whole.

Ko Muk

This is the most popular first stop on a Trang Islands adventure. It features a range of affordable lodgings, a beautiful white-sand bar on the eastern side known as Hat Sivalai, and spectacular beaches on the west side, Hat Farang, which are eclipsed by looming limestone cliffs.

Ko Kradan

If you’re looking for someplace that is simplistic and isolated then Ko Kradan might just be perfect for you. The island has pristine beaches with fresh powdery sand leading to shallow aquamarine waters.

Ko Ngai

A direct contrast to Ko Kradan, this is one of the most developed of the Trang Islands so it is best to visit Ko Ngai towards the end of the tour so you can feast on expertly prepared Thai cuisine at one of their many restaurants.

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Minneriya Elephant Gathering – A Magnificent Wildlife Spectacle

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Although poachers have ruthlessly brought down the elephant population across the regions of Asia and Africa, Sri Lanka is home to some 5,000-8,000 elephants. Found in north-central Sri Lanka is the Minneriya National Park where hundreds of elephants every year travel to the banks of the reservoir constructed by King Mahasena to mate, feed, bathe and even socialize.

One of world’s biggest “gatherings”

Welcoming jeeps full of tourists from across the world, this wildlife spectacle occurs every year. Known as “The Gathering”, it offers a great chance to catch glimpses of elephants spraying muddy water onto each other, calves playing around and older elephants pulling the lush grass off the ground.

When and where?

The Minneriya National Park is found about a ten-minute drive away from the popular Habarana forest. As the water in the other sources in the park recedes during the dry season from July through early November, massive herds of elephants start to advance toward the reservoir. Many a popular travel & lifestyle magazine published online such as Cinnamon Magazine features The Gathering during the season providing enough information for enthusiastic tourists and locals.

How can you head to The Gathering?

Luckily enough, there are many safari planners and tour guides around the Minneriya Park. You can easily arrange a tailor-made safari to visit and witness The Gathering.

The plus points

Although relatively small compared to other reserves in Sri Lanka, Minneriya Park is also home to other wildlife including sambar, spotted deer, langurs and even macaques.

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Things To Do In Kalutara You Didn’t Know About – Hidden Gems That Are Totally Worth Exploring!

 

Kalutara in the dazzling western coast offers more than just golden beaches. Here are a few things to do in Kalutara, Sri Lanka that you probably didn’t know about.

Canoeing in Kalu River

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Canoeing is the best way to explore Kalu River

Gently flow along the Kalu Ganga (කළු ගඟ ) (River) which in Sinhalese means the “Black River”. According to local travel guides such as Travel Kalutara this can be done as a half day tour or overnight tour. Along the way, you’ll see verdant tropical greenery, exotic birds and cheeky monkeys who’ll make funny faces at you!

Water Sports

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Jet Skiing – Photo via Pixabay

Where there’s a beach, there’s almost always a chance for some fun in the water. In Kalutara you can try out a number of watersports such as

  • Jet skiing
  • Water skiing
  • Bodyboarding
  • Banana or tube rides, to name just a few.

 

Fishing Trips

fishing trips in kalu river

Hope on to a traditional boat ( Oruwa) and go on a fishing trip

Have some fun and catch your lunch at the same time! There are many hotels and tour operators who offer deep sea fishing expeditions in Kalutara. Hunt for a variety of fish ranging from tuna to sailfish, dorado, mackerel, and even the humoungous Marlin!

Spa in Kalutara

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A luxury spa in Kalutara – Photo by Anantara Kalutara Resort

You need a good break, after all, that adventuring around right? So book a spa session at one of the many luxury hotels in Kalutara and be prepared to be pampered like a prince or princess with a wide range of holistic Ayurvedic treatments.


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How To Enjoy a Non Hiker’s vacation in Nepal – Who needs hiking boots anyway?!

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Phewa Lake , Pokhara , Nepal – Photo via Pixabay

Over the last couple of years, Nepal has been one of the top vacation destinations to visit, especially for hikers. But, if you’re not one, visit Nepal anyway – here’s how to enjoy your trip!

Bird watching

Nepal is known to be home to around 10% of the world’s bird population with over 856 species that have been identified. Online blogs such as The Vacation Gateway will also be able to provide other popular locations for bird watching enthusiasts.

Food

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There are many good local restaurants in Nepal which offers a fresh choice of ingredients and lean meats for diners. Common ingredients used in Nepalese cuisine include tomatoes, potatoes, yoghurt, garlic and lentils.

Adrenaline activities

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Lush landscape in Nepal , Photo : Pixabay

With beautiful breathtaking landscapes, Nepal is the ideal destination for adrenaline junkies. You have the option of rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, riding on a hot air balloon or on a wildlife safari!

World Heritage Sites

In addition to Nepal’s unique cultural charm of monasteries, temples, etc, you will be able to find several UNESCO World Heritage Sites here such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Lumbini etc.

Lakes

Nepal is said to have over 200 jaw dropping lakes with glacier origin. Popular lakes to visit are Rara Lake, Tilicho Lake etc.

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