Wildlife Tours and Safari Holidays in Sri Lanka – An experience with the deep, intriguing wilds!

 

Want to experience a wildlife adventure tour in Sri Lanka? Most of the paths in the country hold an abundance of nature and adventure, like those given below.

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Yala National Park

The Yala National Park is well known among many a tourist as the nature reserve that holds the highest number of leopards on earth. It is made up of dry woodlands, wetlands, grassland, sandy beaches, thorn forests, and lagoons. Apart from stealthy leopards, one can witness freely roaming mammals such as loris, fishing cat, and the sloth bear.

Wilpattu National Park

Your wildlife excursion will be incomplete until you visit the Wilpattu National Park. The name Willpattu refers to the sand-rimmed ‘Villus’ (natural lakes) that are scattered around the park. Those who are interested in Sri Lanka wildlife holidays can look forward to a multitude of wild encounters in Willpattu. If you wish to spot an array of wildlife including sloth bears, elephants and even exotic species of birds, the best time to visit the park is from February to October.

Kumana National Park

Also known as ‘Yala East’, spotting animals is not an easy task in Kumana! However, it possesses a certain authenticity and a significant bird population. The nesting season which comes in the months of May and June makes it an ideal place to visit the park. You can request organizers such as Cinnamon Nature Trails to schedule a safari to coincide with the nesting season.

Bundala National Park

This park is well-known as a wildlife hotspot for aquatic bird life! The most impressive aspect of the park is its terrain made up of sand dunes, scrub jungle, salt pans, lagoons and long stretches of coastline.

 

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Adventure sports to try in Sri Lanka – An enthralling vacation experience!

A country that boasts stunning natural beauty, a utopia for thrill seekers; Sri Lanka offers its visitors a myriad of attraction that will quench their thirst for Adventure.

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Hiking and Trekking

Sri Lanka is home to a varied collection of landscapes ranging from undulating mountain ranges with stunning views, to breezy and serene plains that are ideal for trekking. Most of these places are also safe for camping since least of the wildlife in Sri Lanka poses threats to campers.

Rock Climbing

Sri Lanka is filled with a number of natural rock formations that are very much exciting to climb Most of the mountains located in the highlands of Sri Lanka and are easily climbable yet you’ll cherish a wonderful experience because of the stunning sceneries you see during your climb!

Paintballing

This is a recently emerging adventure sport that is gaining popularity among youth. If you are interested and you are travelling to Sri Lanka as a group this is certainly an adventure sport worth trying. Most of the adventure sports destinations are located far from major cities but if you are stationed at a luxury apartment in Colombo the likes of One Galle Face, the “Splatter Paintball” range located near a small town close to Colombo area is called Ambagaspitiya.

Whitewater rafting

The country is home to a myriad of rivers that features white waters and are a paradise for kayakers and rafting enthusiasts. Kithulgala is a town located in the banks of the mighty Kelani River and it is one of the most popular rafting destinations in Sri Lanka which never fails to thrill adventure seekers.

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The Elephants of Sri Lanka – One of the most magnificent animals of Sri Lanka

Elephants are one of the most popular animals in Sri Lanka. These gentle giant can be spotted both in the wilderness as well as hundreds of domesticated elephants too can be spotted around the country. Read on to know more about these magnificent creatures.

About

Elephants are Sri Lanka’s largest land mammal and they are a protected species of animals in the country. Known by the scientific name Elephas Maximus Maximus and they are also the largest Asian elephant species.

Habitat and behaviour

The elephants can be found living in grasslands around many of the country’s protected wildlife reserves. Female elephants and their calves live in groups and male elephants live a solitary life and they only interact with other elephants during the breeding season.

Threats faced by the elephants

Despite the efforts of the government, the population of the Sri Lankan elephants are continuously decreasing due to habitat loss and poaching.

Seeing them

You can see these gentle giants up close and personal at the elephant reserves such as Pinnawala or if you wish to see them in their natural habitats you can book an Elephant Safari in Sri Lanka from nature travel operators the likes of Cinnamon Nature Trails.

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Dune Bashing in Mui Ne – The Stunning Sand Dunes of Mui Ne!

Vast expanses of red and white rolling sand dunes make Mui Ne, the most colourful stop on your travel itinerary during your time in Vietnam. Read on to find out everything you need to make a stop there!

How to Get There

Located in the beautiful fishing village of Mui Ne down by the south coast of the country, the sets of giant dunes can be easily reached by many a resort in Mui Ne including the likes of Anantara Mui Ne Resort easily. Just request your hotel reception to arrange a tour and you can enjoy a frolicking good time fast!

Image Credit: Anantara Mui Ne Resort

Things to Do

The ideal spot for the sporty and adventurous, there is plenty of fun activities to do here such as sand boarding or signing up for a hot air balloon ride over the dunes. Or you can simply hire yourself a quad bike to let loose. A dune buggy can also be hired for around 30 minutes for USD 20.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit these magnificent geological oddities is early morning or evening just in time for the sunrise or sunset.

Tips

If you are all about avoiding the masses of tourists who flock to spots like these, you can consider visiting the dunes during midday. However, it will be quite hot so consider loading up on sunblock and carrying along plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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Navigating the Chao Phraya River – Voyaging along the ‘River of Kings’

Known all over the world as the Venice of the East, Bangkok’s stunning waterways disperse like capillaries into the city. When in Bangkok, one shouldn’t miss a breezy tour along the Chao Phraya River.

History

The Chao Phraya River is amongst the most iconic attractions in Bangkok. It has provided all that is required to drive away its original settlement to prosper into the Bangkok that we see today. From time immemorial, locals used to reside in the banks of the river and created livelihoods from its environment. There’s no surprise that this river is called the ‘bloodline of Thai people’.

What to see

A sightseeing river cruise will take you along the Chao Phraya’s breathtaking scenery! You’ll be able to catch a glimpse of religious monasteries such as the glorious Wat Arun, historical structures, the Grand Palace and many other eye-catching attractions. Cruising along the countryside will enable you to observe the lifestyles of the rural people dwelling on either side of the river.

Dinner cruises

Sounds interesting? Yes, it is. Do not miss the chance to experience a wonderful intimate dining experience in a luxurious dinner boat. Entice your taste buds with a range of famous Thai dishes while enjoying the breathtaking scenery on either side of the river. If you want to experience the best river cruise in Bangkok, book one of the Bangkok cruises offered by cruise providers such as Manohra Cruises for an enthralling sightseeing experience.

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Image Credit: Manohra Cruises

The best time

The best time to embark on a river cruise in Bangkok is during the dry season from November to May. Try to avoid taking a boat cruise during the rainy season since adverse weather conditions can ruin your pleasure of sightseeing!

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Image Credit: Manohra Cruises

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Adventurous Hanifaru Bay in Maldives – A blissful bay!

Hanifaru is an island in Maldives that is home turquoise blue waters and a bay with pristine white sand beaches. The reef teems with marine life and it is one of the few popular dive destinations where you get to see the magnificent Manta rays.

The Bay

Measuring not more than a football field, The Hanifaru Island is located in the Baa Atoll in the archipelago of Maldives. The island is home to a pristine white sand beach and a bay of turquoise blue waters that teems with marine life which makes it a popular dive and snorkelling destination.

The Manta Ray

MantaRay | Image Credit - Agsftw, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

MantaRay | Image Credit – Agsftw, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

The Hanifaru Bay is a breeding ground for the enigmatic Manta rays; a magnificent creature that gracefully swims across the oceans. Manta rays are a type of rays which belong to Manta genus and are known for its gigantic size measuring over 7 meters in width and weighing over a whopping 1350 kilograms.

What can you do in the bay?

Being a popular dive site in Maldives one of the exciting things you could do here is feeding the rays and other feeble sea creatures in the bay. This is one of the most sought over activities that tourists love doing. If you are lucky you can even see mantas do barrel rolls which is a spectacle to watch and will certainly be an experience worth your while

Best time to visit the bay

The right time to visit the bay is between May to November as this is the time period when there will be a concentrated plankton population in the bay which invites in these beautiful creatures for a feeding frenzy.

Places to Stay and diving Excursions

As the island of Hanifaru and the area surrounding the island is a protected reserve there aren’t any accommodation options in the island but you can find many resorts in the islands located close proximity to the Hanifaru islands the likes of Dhigali Maldives, you can book a diving excursion form almost any resort in Maldives but it is recommended that you plan your stay at a hotel near Hanifaru Bay in order to reduce the time and money spent on travel and for your convenience.

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Malaysian F1 Grand Prix – Travel and Transport During the Race Weekend

The Malaysian F1 Grand Prix is one of the most awaited racing events which is set to take place from the 29th of September to 01 of October 2018. Read on to plan out your travels schedule for the race weekend!

Hail a Taxi

Hail yourself a taxi to get to and from, the circuit picks up zone located just outside of the main entrance. Do make sure to look out for official F1 stickers on the taxis as these are the vehicles authorised to make the pickups and drops off by the gate.

Board a Train

If your planning on coming in from KL for the circuit, the fastest way to arrive is to board the KLIA Express to KL International Airport. After which one can possibly get a taxi or the shuttle services to reach the track. A special ticket will be issued just for the race so do make sure to purchase it upon arriving at the train station, which can be easily accessed from hotels such as AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort.

Utilise the Coach or Bus Services

A shuttle bus service will be operated from 2 different pick-up points in KL, every 30 minutes starting from 8.00 a.m. As many tourists will be coming in to watch the race as it will be one of the most popular things to do in Sepang during this time.

Parking

Planning on driving to the circuit? Then take the North-South highway from KL, however, do make sure to book a parking space in advance to guarantee yourself a spot.

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Nizwa – One of the Oldest Cities in Oman – Vacation in Nizwa

Known for its forts, majestic mountains, and ancient ruins, Nizwa offers travellers something intangibly different to take in. Read on to find out about the 4 must-visit destinations while here.

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Jebel Akhdar
Considered to be the main attraction in Nizwa, the Jebel Akhdar Mountain offers some truly spectacular views from the top. Booking a full day tour is recommended as it will enable you to visit quaint villages in the Hajar Mountains and take in picturesque mountain valleys lush with fruit groves.

Nizwa Fort
One of the main landmarks in the ancient city, visitors can take in the many courtyards, secret passages, and towers that are found in this 17th-century fort. The views from the top of the ramparts too will prove particularly wonderful!

Nizwa Grand Mall
After exploring and enjoying adventurous activities, a spot of shopping would definitely round things off. The Nizwa Grand Mall houses a variety of retail outlets along with a plethora of entertainment options. All within easy reach of surrounding Nizwa hotels including the likes of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Oman Trekking
If you happen to be the adventurous type, choosing a trekking tour in Nizwa would be ideal. Many activities such as rock climbing, canyoning and swimming can be enjoyed under the careful guidance of professionals. However, booking your tour in advance is well recommended.

 

 

 

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Sri Lankan Leopards – A mystique like no other!

Both trodden and untrodden paths of jungles in Sri Lanka hold an abundance of adventure and intrigue. After witnessing the elusive leopards, one’s appetite for adventure will certainly be satisfied.

Sri Lankan Leopard| Img by: Thimindu Goonatillake via Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA 2.0

Sri Lankan Leopard

Also known as Panthera pardus kotiya, the Sri Lankan Leopard is the biggest of the eight known world’s leopard species. These creatures usually come out at dusk and swagger through the jungle to catch their prey. That’s why this apex predator is called the “The Prince of Dusk”. In most of the countries leopards are nocturnal and quite difficult to spot but in Sri Lanka, it’s much easier due to the lack of any other predators’ presence.

Where to spot?

For those who wish to spot this terrifying creature, there will be no better place than the Yala National Park. It is home to more than 40 leopards and the park is recognized as having the world’s highest density of leopards. If you wish to receive the best of the Sri Lanka wild life tours, plan your journey with one the local tour operators such as Cinnamon Nature Trails, to experience magical encounters of these majestic predators.

Behavioral pattern

Young leopards are often not difficult to spot because they don’t try to hide like their adults. They automatically catch all the survival tricks as they grow up. All the female leopards are better hunters while male leopards are a bit lethargic when it comes to hunting a prey.

Leopard watching

Observing these wild creatures up close is an interesting activity adored by many tourists who visit Sri Lanka. Don’t get excited as you get closer to view a leopard on a tree or stalking its next prey!

 

 

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Sri Lanka Travel Guide Itinerary – Places to visit on your expedition

The teardrop-shaped island that floats in the vast Indian Ocean is a haven of tropical bliss. The country owns a rich culture coming from the variety of ethnic groups that make up the population. Apart from the gorgeous beaches, there is much to see and do on this small island.

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Explore the Kandyan Kingdom

This is the last of the ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka and is the second biggest city on the island. One of the must visit in Kandy would be the Dalada Maligawa also called the Temple of the Tooth Relic which charms visitors with the essence of the Kandyan culture. What’s more, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens which is a great place for a chilled time out.

The Lion Rock

More commonly known as Sigiriya Rock, the humongous boulder is now a World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular sought-after places in Sri Lanka. Climbing up is quite a thrilling experience. A few dozen steps to the top, you will see the queer Sigiriya frescoes and the mirror wall. Once you reach the top you will have the most beautiful panoramic view of the area. Another rock you might like climbing is a short distance away from Sigiriya Rock and is called Pidurangala.

Nuwara Eliya

This is the city with the coolest climate in Sri Lanka, located in the hill country. The best way to get here is by train observing the scenic views that you pass by. There are tea factories situated in this area, therefore the surroundings are filled with neatly arranged terraces of tea. Here and there you may spot a few tea pluckers carrying big baskets on their backs.

Yala National Park

Find rich wildlife in Yala National Park. Monkeys, elephants and sloth bears are some of the animals that can be observed in this nature reserve. However, the magnificent leopard species that is indigenous to Sri Lanka is the most amazing of them all. It is one of the most visited wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka. Hotels with good facilities, such as properties of Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts are available for a very comfortable stay.

 

 

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