Emerald Island – Sri Lanka

Emerald Island – Sri Lanka

Date: 1st – 8th February, 2020

The island of Sri Lanka is known for its varied habitat, from the lush rainforest of Sinharaja to montane grassland and cloud forest of the Horton Plains making it ideal to spot a variety of wildlife.

With more than 450 species of birds, of which over 30 species are endemic birds. During the camp we will be visiting:

Sinharaja Forest Reserve can be described as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest. Singharaja is a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Birdwatching in this reserve is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal, and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.

Yala National Park comprises several major habitat types, including dunes, scrub forest, riverine forests, rocky outcrops, secondary forests, and coastal lagoons with mangrove forests.  This park is known for its Leopard sightings, other animals including Sloth Bear, herds of Asian Elephant, Buffalo, Sambar and the endangered Leopard subspecies, which is found only in Sri Lanka. Other carnivores found in the Park include Ring-tailed Civet and the endemic Golden Palm Civet.

Numerous birds such as Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Ceylon Wood-shrike, Ceylon Green-pigeon, and Ceylon Junglefowl can be spotted in Yala’s riverine forests.

Bundala National Park is a mix of scrub jungle and sand dunes bordering the sea. Bundala and Tissa wetlands are home to winter migrant birds and large flocks of flamingos. This one of the best places to see migratory birds.

Horton Plains National Park is one of the famous hill stations in Sri Lanka. Covered by montane grasslands and forest, it is famous for uncommon and rare highland birds. It is home to 21 endemic species including Ceylon White-eye, Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Ceylon Woodpigeon, and Dusky Blue Flycatcher, to name a few.

Grade: Easy- Moderate (Long Bird walks in Sinharaja and Horton Plains, that participants can opt to skip)

Group Leader: Mr. Asif Khan

Camp Fee: Rs. 1,67,000/- for members and Rs. 1,70,000/- for others

Payment schedule:

1st Installment (non-refundable) Immediate             Rs. 25,000/-

2nd Installment 1st September 2019                        Rs. 40,000/-

3rd Installment 1st October 2019                             Rs. 40,000/-

4th Installment 1st December 2019                           Rs. 40,000/-

Final Installment 1st January 2020                            Rs. 22,000/- (Rs. 25,000/- for non members)

 

Reporting: 1st February 2020 at Mumbai International Airport. Return to Mumbai International Airport on 8th February 2020. *

*Time may vary as per flight timings.

Camp fee includes:

Air tickets

Visa and processing charges

Full board accommodation as per itinerary

All park entrance fees.

Travel insurance for participants aged up to 60 years

Safari /trails as per itinerary

BNHS expertise

Camp fee excludes:

Food and drinks not on the group menu

Any sightseeing not mentioned in the itinerary

Expenses of a personal nature, laundry, telephone calls

Camera charges if applicable

Tips and gratuities

Services other than those specified in “Camp fee includes

Note: The cost has been calculated @ 1 USD = 70 INR, with minimum 15 participants travelling together. Your passport should be valid for up to 6 months from the last day of the camp.

Registration*: E-mail us at bnhs.programmes@gmail.com/programmes@bnhs.org or call at 022-22871202 or +91-9969798447 (Mon-Fri 09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.).

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  • Costs indicated are for one person of Indian Nationality.
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