FOREST AND RIVER ESCAPES
Full day Excursions
What can be seen- Over 80 species of birds, including the endemic Sri Lanka Spurfowl,Brown-capped Babbler, Spot-winged Thrush, Black-capped Bulbul, Grey Hornbill and Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot.Mammals, including Giant Squirrels, Palm Squirrels, Toque Monkeys, Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Golden Palm Civets and SambarAbout 70 species of butterflies including the Blue Mormon, Common Sailor, Crimson Rose, Bluebottle and Blue Oakleaf. Many species of dragonflies.Admire various birds, the water warans, even crocodiles and the mindblowing mangroves. Visit a cinnamon farmer, an ancient temple on a small island, a fish farm and the marvellous floating red and white lotus flower fields.
What to wear/ bring- Comfortable clothes, hats/caps, camera, insect repellent, sun block.
You will be picked up from your beach hotel and then proceed to Hiyare Rain Forest. Hiyare is a reservoir bordered by 243 hectares of secondary lowland rainforest. The reservoir was established in 1911 and covers 22 hectares. It is managed by the Galle Municipality. The Forest Department also has jurisdiction as the reservoir adjoins the Kottawa Kombala Forest Reserve. Even though this is a small patch of forest, because it was once a part of the Sinharaja-Kanneliya forest complex, it is home to a great many species – birds, butterflies, mammals, fish and plants - and a remarkable number of endemics.A volunteer organisation called the Wildlife Conservation Society of Galle has established a unique biodiversity breeding centre for threatened species and an animal rescue programme for injured wildlife. They also maintain a plant nursery, and conduct regular conservation education programmes for students and laypeople.
On completion of this tour, you will be transferred to Balapitiya.
Discover the unique beauty of MADU GANGA nature on a boat trip.Mangrove vegetation lines the riverbeds, and occasional islets emerge as the river flows into the sea. Further upstream, we see kraal-fishing constructions and fishermen making their way in rowing boats to collect their day's catch. The occasional blue kingfisher flits in the vicinity of the kraal, a pond heron stands tall in the water, and other wetland birds have arisen from their slumber. A relatively unspoiled lagoon, the Maduganga estuary is a 915-hectare complex coastal wetland ecosystem that opens to the Indian Ocean. 770 hectares of the total area consist of open water, while the remaining 145 hectares are the islands. The site is an ecological asset that harbours many wetland vegetation types as well as a variety of fauna, including a number of globally and nationally threatened or endangered species.On completion of this tour, you will be dropped at your hotel
Note: This full day excursion can be done only for the guests who are staying at the southern beach hotels from Colombo to Mirissa.