Exploring the Wilpattu National Park in Sri Lanka – Exotic & Wild Adventures!

Looking to take a ride on Sri Lanka’s wild side? Don’t worry, it doesn’t involve anything dangerous, but rather a thrilling safari at the Wilpattu National Park home to some exotic wildlife!

Making the Journey

Located about 30 km from Puttalam, Wilpattu National Park can be found on the island’s northwest coast. While you can plan a visit here by yourself, another option would be to enlist the services of tour specialists the likes of Silvertree Travel which offer visits to Wilpattu as part of their packages.

The Distinctive “Willus”

One of the key features of the park is its natural lakes or “willus” made up of rainwater. These lakes are a part of Wilpattu’s delicate ecosystem and attract a range of animal and birdlife too.

An Exciting Safari

Going on a safari in Wilpattu National Park will be a definite highlight of adventure tour packages in Sri Lanka since it lets you see such diverse wildlife. Among the highlights are the Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan sloth bear and Sri Lankan elephant; but that’s not all, you may also see mugger crocodiles, Indian pythons, Sambar deer, purple-faced langurs, water buffaloes and Bengal monitors too.

Birds of a Feather

Birdlife abounds here with species such as the great egret, stork-billed kingfisher, Indian peafowl, Sri Lankan junglefowl and painted stork being spotted at the park. Due to its lakes, Wilpattu also attracts wetland birds including the whistling teal, white ibis and cattle egret. Bird lovers have much to look forward to!

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Encounters with Elephants in Sri Lanka – Introducing Elephas Maximus Maximus!

The country’s largest land mammal, ‘Elephas maximus maximus’ or the Sri Lankan elephant is an endemic and iconic animal that is worth seeing in its natural habitat. Here are some insights into this majestic creature.

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Ideal for Safaris

Featuring one of the world’s highest Asian elephant densities, the island offers plenty of opportunities to see these gentle giants up close. Most herds can be found in the dry zone national parks which are ideal for those looking to embark on an elephant safari in Sri Lanka.

The Gathering

No mention of elephants in Sri Lanka is complete without highlighting The Gathering; taking place at the Minneriya National Park, this wildlife spectacle sees 200 to 300 elephants gather in and around the Minneriya Reservoir! This generally takes place between August to mid-October and can be experienced on safaris organised by Cinnamon Nature Trails and other specialised tour operators.

Other National Parks

Of course, Minneriya is not the only national park for an elephant safari. The Udawalawe, Wasgamuwa, Yala and Kaudulla national parks, as well as the Hurulu Eco Park, also let you see these creatures in the wild.

Some Interesting Facts

• Elephants are strictly herbivorous
• They spend 16 to 18 hours per day eating
• A matriarch leads the herd
• The Sri Lankan elephant is between 7 to 10 feet in height
• From the male elephants in Sri Lanka, only around 5% have tusks
• Elephants have very good memories and can recognise humans or other elephants years or decades later; hence the phrase, “an elephant never forgets!”

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A Comprehensive Guide to Street Food in Colombo – Where It’s At!

In Sri Lanka, street food culture has existed for a very long time. It was developed as a necessity in Colombo as in some locations the population density was so thick houses weren’t equipped with cooking facilities. So, they took to setting up stalls outside on the street for everyone to go get their food from.

String Hoppers on Galle Road

The Galle Road is famous for street food and one famous dish that can be found here is string hoppers, a staple for both breakfast and dinner that is served with coconut sambol and curry. Try Green Cabin, for rumour, has it they are the best. Such hotspots can be found within a 4-10 minute drive from Cinnamon Red Colombo if you’re a foodie looking for where to stay in Colombo.

Samosa at the Pettah Train Station

 
At Pettah’s central station, samosas aren’t the only “short eats” (the equivalent of pastries to Sri Lankans.) On a walk through the station area you will find the best vegetable or chicken samosas in the country. There’s also beef if you need more bite in this fried triangle-shaped snack.

Pani-Pol in Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia

On the Galle Road beach stretch from Wellawatte to Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia a ‘must try’ is the pani pol – pancakes made from coconut topped in palm treacle and stuffed with coconut and sugar. If you have a sweet tooth, this one’s for you.

Kottu at Hotel de New Pilawoos

If you’ve wondered what the metallic beats that follow you through the streets of Colombo at night are, that’s a street vendor making your next order of kottu rotti. Kottu is made of rotti julienned and mixed together with eggs, meats, spices, curry, cheese and assorted vegetables. You can eat it anywhere, but branches of Hotel de New Pilawoos are particularly popular.

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Elephants in Sri Lanka – The gentle giants of Asia

The most loved mammal in Sri Lanka is the elephant, with an elephant population of around 2500 to 3000. There are several places around the country to see elephants, listed below are a few of these sanctuaries.

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Yala

Located in the south-eastern corner of the island, Yala is found 309 kilometres south of Colombo. The northern part of Yala borders the Lahugala Elephant sanctuary.

Minneriya

Located 182 kilometres from Colombo, Minneriya National Park is situated in the north central plains. This is the largest known meeting place of Asian elephants in the world. Most Sri Lanka wildlife tours, the likes of Nature Odyssey, include Minneriya national park because it’s a great opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts to spot elephants in their homes.

Wasgamuwa

225 kilometres from Colombo is where you’ll find the Wasgamuwa National Park, which can be conveniently reached from several tourist attractions. Spanning over 36,900 hectares, the best time to witness the large herds of elephants is during the months of November to May.

Udawalawe

The sixth largest animal sanctuary, Udawalawe National Park is located 180 kilometres from Colombo. You can spot elephants here throughout the year as they often roam in herds of up to 100.

 

 

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A Desert Safari in the Dubai Desert – Warm Fun Adventures!

Embarking on a desert safari might sound tedious, but anyone who’s been on one would tell you otherwise. Want to know more about all the fun things to do on a desert safari in Dubai?

1) Sandboarding

The things to do in Deira Dubai are plentiful, one thing that stands out amongst the others is sandboarding. An incredibly popular activity, you are given the opportunity to ski from the highest sand dunes on a ski board. With soft sand to catch your fall, this is a thrilling experience which is also safe.

2) Falconry

Having a falcon in your life is considered an Arabian tradition. When you’re here, you too can take part by holding a falcon on your arm. While this may sound scary, it is rather amazing. If you’re looking for accommodation, there are a variety of splendid options around, such as the Avani Deira Dubai Hotel for example.

3) Camel trek

The camel trek is another activity that is popular in the desert. You can take in the gorgeous view of the sunset while travelling on the highest dune making your way to your camp. Here you can enjoy various food and drinks and relax with the beautiful environment around you.

4) Henna painting

An ancient practice that has existed for centuries in places like India and the Middle East, Henna painting is quite an art form.

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Explore the City While Visiting for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Experiences in every corner!

 

As an exciting, thrilling and all-around spectacular event, the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix brings in visitors from all over the world. However, while you’re here, check out some of these other cool activities.

1) Sepang International Circuit

This is where it all takes place. The Sepang Internation Circuit was inaugurated in 1999 and is where the first Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix took place as well. The circuit was well received by its fans for featuring wide straights and sweeping corners. The circuit has long played an integral role in the country’s industrialization. If you’re looking for a Sepang hotel, there are plenty of great options around like the Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort for instance.

2) Mangrove River Cruise

An activity popular amongst most tourists who visit Sepang is the mangrove river cruise. This half-day tour allows you to wind all the way through the lush mangroves and past the dense jungle here as well. You’ll be able to take in the gorgeous sights and listen to the sounds of the monkeys, monitor lizards, eagles and a variety of exotic birds.

3) Banghuris

If you’re into responsible tourism, you can check out Banghuris. This half-day agro tour takes you to a rural village where you can witness traditional wooden homes and how the locals go about their lives.

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Koh Phangan Travel Guide – The Best of this Paradise Isle

Backpackers deem Koh Phangan to be the backpackers’ paradise! From things to do to places to stay, this island has everything you need! Given below are a few things you can do if you do happen to visit this island.

Bottle Beach

If you are looking for an isolated shore with pristine shores and clear blue waters, Bottle Beach is what you are looking for! The beach here is fringe by thick jungle with palm trees lining the shores. Haad Khuat is known to have some of the finest white sand in Thailand.

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The full-moon party

Koh Phangan famous the world over for its wild full-moon parties each month! Koh Phangan might seem like a calm and quiet place to relax, but the full-moon day, all those party goers get wild! Hit the shores on a full-moon day and you are sure to be struck by the party vibe too.

Accommodation

Many a Koh Phangan resort is equipped with some of the best luxury facilities in the country. Hotels such as Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan Villas are designed for maximum satisfaction where contemporary comforts are concerned. All you’ve got to do is focus on having a relaxed holiday.

Food markets

When in Thailand, something that absolutely cannot be missed is the night market experiences. Koh Phangan offers some of the most amazing authentic Thai food as the Thong Sala night market on this island! Be greeted by the magical aroma of food cooking in over 20 different stalls lined up on the streets.

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The ancient rock fortress – Fun facts about Sigiriya to get you going!

Sigiriya is a must visit for those visiting Sri Lanka, as it is an ancient marvel. The extensive network of gardens and reservoirs, together with the rich history make this site a truly memorable visit to everyone.

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The formation

It’s believed by archaeologists that during the prehistoric times the rock was uninhabited. The rock was formed from the magma of an extinct volcano and provided different shelters, such as caves.

The entrance

The entrance to this ancient palace is flanked by the stone paws of a lion, which inspired the name ‘Lion Rock’. Previously, the entrance to the castle was through the mouth of a lion, however, the head collapsed, leaving only the paws.

The gardens

As you leave your hotel in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, the likes of The Paradise Resort & Spa to explore the ancient marvel, make sure you spend time at the gardens. These gardens are some of the oldest in the world, and an example of amazing urban planning.

The frescoes

One of the best-known features of Sigiriya are the frescoes you’ll find. These colourful murals depict damsels holding flowers, but only a few remain today. These murals are the subject of a lot of adoration, which can be seen until today.

The history

King Kasyapa chose Sigiriya as his royal residence, as he was afraid of potential attacks from his brother, the rightful heir to the throne.

 

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Bird Watching in Sri Lanka – A Bird Watcher’s Paradise!

Due to its tropical location, abundant rain forests, and mangroves, Sri Lanka is home to over 452 recorded species of Birds. Read on to know more about bird watching in the paradise isle of Sri Lanka.

Overview

Sri Lanka is a country that boasts a tropical climate, the island has an abundant supply of fruits and grains, and the ecological conditions are perfect all of these factors make the country an idyllic home to a variety of birds making the island an ideal destination for avid bird watchers and nature lovers.

Best Places for bird watching

Sri Lanka’s largest forest – Sinharaja, Yala national park, and the Horton plains forest reserve are some of the places that are frequented by birdwatchers apart from these, all most all the wildlife reserves are ideal for spotting new kinds of birds.

Getting to these places and accommodation options

You can reach the forest reserves through public transport or by booking your very own transport which can be a taxi or a tuk-tuk. When you reach the destination, you can opt for guided tours or you can explore and spot birds yourself. There are also specific accommodation options that many bird watchers love the likes of Birds Park Polgahawela. The property is located in the midst lush greenery that includes trees and vines which in turn attracts a large number of birds. Staying at this property is also considered as one of the exciting things to do in Kurunegala.

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Image Credit: Birds Park Polgahawela

Things to remember

Make sure that you enjoy the boons of mother nature without harming it. Do not disturb the birds while you track their activities and watch them. Also, do not litter at the jungle grounds and dispose of plastic items in a responsible way.

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The Journey to the Peak, Hong Kong – An Amazing Ascent!

One of Hong Kong’s most famed attractions, The Peak (or the Victoria Peak) offers spectacular views, to say the least! Getting to the summit is part of the whole adventure that’s well worth experiencing.

The Journey Begins

While you can reach the summit via minibus or bus, the best way to do so is via The Peak Tram. This historic tram service can be taken from its lower terminus on Garden Road, within a 10 minute drive from Cosmo Hotel Hong Kong. Do note an upgrade project began in April 2019 so check the official site to see if trams are running when you visit.

The Peak Tram official site: https://www.thepeak.com.hk/en

The Ascent to the Top

Once you have reached The Peak Tram terminus from your Hong Kong boutique hotel get ready for a most unique ride. Apart from the dramatic views, because the tram travels on quite an incline an optical illusion is created whereby buildings seem to be tilting at alarming angles!

Next Stop, The Peak Tower

The tram’s ascent will take you to The Peak Tower where you can enjoy some shopping and eclectic dining too. Madame Tussauds Hong Kong and the Madness 3D Adventure are two attractions here, while those who love nature can take the Peak Circle Walk amidst lush landscapes.

A Sensational Summit

For vistas that will leave you in awe, head to Sky Terrace 428, which is aptly located 428 metres above sea level! Hong Kong’s highest viewing platform, it offers awe-inspiring vistas of Victoria Harbour and the cityscape below.

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