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

Sri Lanka: The Land of The Leopard

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Tour leader Chris Earley recently hosted a webinar about what Sri Lanka offers to travellers like us! Click here to watch it (36 minutes).
 
While sharing some affinity with nearby India, Sri Lanka is distinct in so many ways. Perhaps the most obvious difference is that the Leopard is Sri Lanka’s top predator. Here, it is not as self-effacing as it may be where it shares space with larger cats. We begin our explorations at Wilpattu National Park, 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 Whale population. We’ll have an exclusive excursion that should bring us in proximity to these behemoths!
 
To complement your Sri Lanka experience, consider a post-trip extension to the wonderful Maldives. Please contact us to indicate your interest.
Quest Nature Tours

Sri Lanka | 14 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Feb 17 - Mar 03, 2018
Cost:
US$6395 (Incl. US$400 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 Participants

Includes:
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.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrive Negombo
Day 2: To Wilpattu National Park
Day 3: Wilpattu National Park
Day 4: Sigiriya
Days 5 – 6: Kandy
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya
Days 8 – 9: Yala National Park
Day 10: Bundala National Park, Yala
Days 11 – 12: Sinharaja National Park
Day 13: To Galle
Day 14: Blue Whale expedition, Galle Fort
Day 15: Depart Negombo
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Your Tour Leader

Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.

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Quest Nature Tours

Sri Lanka | 14 days
Quest Nature Tours

Dates:
Feb 17 - Mar 03, 2018
Cost:
US$6395 (Incl. US$400 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
10 - 14 Participants

Includes:
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.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"One of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world!"

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