$5,981.

Colombo Yala Habarana

March 18, 2023. 15 nights. 4–6 pax. $850 in single room.

Tour leaders: Lucas Bustamante, Frank Pichardo

Included. Package based on two people sharing a room. All meals and accommodation. All river and road transfers. Guides and tour leaders. Park entrance fees. Package based on...Package based on two people sharing a room. All meals and accommodation. All river and road transfers. Guides and tour leaders. Park entrance fees. Excluded. Additional nights due to flight cancellations. Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks. Insurance of any kind. International and domestic airfares. Laundry. Phone calls or messages. Photo equipment. Visa fees. Additional nights...Additional nights due to flight cancellations. Alcoholic beverages, bottled water and snacks. Insurance of any kind. International and domestic airfares. Laundry. Phone calls or messages. Photo equipment. Visa fees.

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Brief itinerary

Your first stop will be Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the area with the greatest number of endemic species in Sri Lanka. You will then visit Yala National Park, the most famous national park in Sri Lanka, a heaven for more than 200 different species of birds and 40 of mammals, including the iconic leopard, sloth bear, and elephant. Three hours drive from there, and you will be in Mirissa Bay, the perfect place for relaxing but also ideal to photograph seabirds, dolphins, and the blue whale. Finally, you will return to Colombo and get ready for the tour extension.

The tour extension will take you to three new UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya, and the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa. These places will blow your mind with its unique beauty, history, and cultural richness. You will also be among huge troops of macaques and langurs, documenting their behavior and lifestyle around the ancient temples of Sri Lanka.

Nisaetus cirrhatus
Varanus bengalensis
Lyriocephalus scutatus
Panthera pardus
Sus scrofa
Calotes versicolor
Trimeresurus trigonocephalus
Dambulla Cave Temple
Bubalus arnee
Semnopithecus vetulus
Pteropus giganteus
Macaca sinica
Crocodylus porosus
Calotes calotes
Melursus ursinus
Pteropus giganteus
Macaca sinica
Gallus lafayettii
Semnopithecus priam
Pavo cristatus
Anthracoceros coronatus
Macaca sinica
Elephas maximus
Psittacula krameri
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We came away with exactly what we were seeking: a fantastic introduction to Sri Lanka and plenty of great photos and memories. Because the group size is small, it was possible to influence the overall experience, so it felt very personalized. We cannot speak more highly of Frank, Lucas, and our local expert Mevan. I still can't believe how lucky we were with our leopard encounters, but I have a feeling luck had nothing to do with it. Expert planning combined with fantastic guiding made this the trip of a lifetime.

Carly Jones, United States

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When we first heard about Tropical Herping’s trip to Sri Lanka, we knew we would be in good hands and come away with some great experiences. While the main focus of the trip was wild leopards, we had a great balance of local food and culture throughout. In our downtime, we were given personalized photography lessons.

Casey Klebba, United States

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Visiting Sri Lanka could not have been better thanks to Lucas and Frank. Not only did they share their passion and photography advice with me, they also gave me an unforgettable and joyful experience. They are two of the best human beings you can meet in your life.

Melissa Costales, Ecuador

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