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Observing a variety of mammal and bird life at Yala
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Photographing Leopards at Wilpattu
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Being among Blue Whales off the south coast
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Finding the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie and other endemic birds at Singharaja
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Enjoying the view at Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sri Lanka: The Land of The Leopard

Feb 16 - Mar 01, 2022

15 days | Sri Lanka | Quest Nature Tours

We're thrilled to return to Sri Lanka! This verdant island nation hosts a variety of habitats and intriguing locales. On this clockwise circuit of its top natural sites, we search for its signature wildlife in addition to its less conspicuous inhabitants. Foremost among its mammals is the Leopard, Sri Lanka's top predator. Here, it is not as self-effacing as in other countries where it shares space with larger cats. We begin our explorations at Wilpattu, one of the best locations to view and photograph Leopards in the world!

We’ll travel into the country’s lush interior and spice country, exploring the flora and fauna at Sigiriya Rock Fortress, in gardens and reserves near Kandy and in tea country. Sri Lanka’s fine bird life won’t go unnoticed – there are over 250 resident bird species including 31 endemics. As we move up into moss-clad forests at Horton Plains, we’ll watch for these and the local mammals including the endemic Highland Toque Macaque.

At Yala we should observe a significant population of Asian Elephants. Some believe they represent a distinct subspecies from those in mainland South Asia. We’ll also watch for the Sri Lanka Sloth Bear, and we may see Leopards once again among many other possibilities. Mugger Crocodiles occupy watercourses teeming with wading birds.

At Sinharaja we’ll enjoy some of the most enchanting forest. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve contains a very high percentage of endemic trees and a high number of the endemic birds, including the gorgeous Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. The lofty atmosphere of this primeval forest will provide a great opportunity to appreciate less evident wildlife such as amphibians, lizards and butterflies.

Our tour will wrap up along the south coast where unique circumstances sustain a Blue Whales. An excursion into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean may bring us in proximity to these behemoths.
 
For an experience of an intriguing island and its wild spaces, join us as we return to the wonderful island of Sri Lanka! We are offering a post-trip extension to the wonderful Maldives Archipelago. Please enquire.
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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6570 (Incl. US$375 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants
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What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$400 are included.

"One of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world!"
"This was a great tour to a beautiful country. Sri Lanka is probably the greenest place on the planet and it has amazing creatures to go with it."

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Meet in Colombo
2To Wilpattu National Park
3Wilpattu National Park
4Sigiriya
5 - 6Kandy
7Nuwara Eliya
8 - 9Yala National Park
10Bundala National Park, Yala
11 - 12Sinharaja National Park
13To Galle
14Blue Whale expedition, Galle Fort
15Depart Colombo
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Pete Read travels the world on the lookout for amazing landscapes of the most remote kind. A well-known naturalist, Pete brings a special focus on wildlife and wild places to our tours.

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Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$6570 (Incl. US$375 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 participants
Reserve my spot now!

What’s included: Accommodation, all meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader. Taxes and gratuities of US$400 are included.

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