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5 Days Discovering the Wild Side of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is blessed with a natural beauty and diversity that is simply awe-inspiring. The main reason for this incredible diversity is the widely differing altitudes within the country, ranging from sea level to 2500m above sea level. Diverse landscapes and isolation from the mainland, has gifted Sri Lanka with biodiversity that pulls tourists from around the world.

5 Days Discovering the Wild Side of Sri Lanka:

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Day 1. Less explored paradise, Wilpattu National Park

Less explored paradise, Wilpattu National Park
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Around 180 km from the capital, Colombo, Wilpattu National park is tucked away along the coast in Sri Lanka's North West. This wildlife haven is visited less by the touristy swarms and more by nature enthusiasts, photographers and researchers.

With large populations of asiatic elephants, leopards and the sloth bear, one can enjoy nature walks accompanied by trained naturalists and learn about the various species that inhabit the park. Take the full-day jeep safari to get a true sense of this paradise

Day 2. Transit and bird watching at hilly Kandy

Transit and bird watching at hilly Kandy
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A 160 km drive from Wilpattu takes travellers to the coffee estate dotted hills of Kandy. A trekkers paradise, Kandy is surrounded by mountains and forests ideal for nature lovers. The Udawattakele Rainforest Reserve or the Royal Forest Park of Kandy is siuated on the hillside behind the Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

The reserve is part of an ancient forest that stretched across these hills once upon a time. The resident bird species here make this an ideal birding destination when in Sri Lanka. Explore the reserve on foot, alone or with a guide while transitting through this hill capital. 

Day 3. Face to face with the Elephants of Udawalawe

Face to face with the Elephants of Udawalawe
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About 220 km from the hills in Kandy, is the best place in Sri Lanka to sight elephants, Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe guarantees sightings of elephants on every safari and is great place to observe and study these gentle giants.

Take the educational night walks with the resident naturalists to learn more about the areas fora and fauna. Visit the Elephant Transit Home which rehabilitates injured and sick elephants, and is a success story of the parks conservation efforts

Day 4. The best place in the world to see a leopard, Yala National Park

The best place in the world to see a leopard, Yala National Park
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90 km away from Udawalawe, kissing the island's eastern coast is leopard country, Yala National Park. With a population of 1 leopard per square kilometer, this is the planet's best place to sight the big cat. 

The full-day jeep safari in this fantastic park takes visitors to its inner-workings to learn more about the exotic animals that call it home. The ideal place to capture the leopard on camera. 

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Day 5. Blue whales of Mirissa

Blue whales of Mirissa
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A 150 km from Yala is the scenic Mirissa Beach from where a short boat ride on the warm Indian Ocean ends with the sighting of pods of blue whales, sperm whales and the rare Byrde's whale. One can even sight sea turtles and various fish species like the Bluefin tuna and flying fish

The whale watching season starts in November and ends in April. The Ocean is warm and calm during these months.

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