Prestige Automobile – BMW Home

Home is where everyone knows what’s best for you. It’s where everyone always goes the extra mile for your wellness and happiness.

As the authorised agent in Sri Lanka, we are the home for all BMWs in the country. Our experts are specially trained by BMW and we use only official BMW equipment to take care of your vehicle.

Here’s an exclusive opportunity to become a part of the Prestige family at special rates and enjoy the many benefits of bringing your BMW home.

 

Model More than 5 years after First Registration (Out of Warranty/Goodwill) More than 2 years and less than 5 years after First Registration (Out of Warranty) Less than 2 years after First Registration (Within Warranty)
BMW/ BMWi/ PHEV  (All Models) Free Rs. 100,000.00   (incl. VAT) Rs. 500,000.00 (incl. VAT)
Benefits Vehicle inspection at special rate Free inspection and free labour for Oil Service Free inspection and oil service

Prestige Automobile (Pvt) Ltd. I 234-238, Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla I Tel: 0112 875 666

Prestige Automobile – BMW Home

Cinnamon Air Scheduled Flight Services to Colombo – Sigiriya – Hambantota – Koggala

Cinnamon Air a leading domestic airline announces their regular scheduled flights in major tourism cities of Sigiriya, Hambanota, Koggala from Colombo (BIA) international Airport.

Now visit your dream destination quickly rather spending time on bumpy journey.

From To ETD ETA
Colombo (BIA) Sigiriya 14.00 14.30
Sigiriya Hambantota 14.45 15.30
Hambantota Koggala 15.45 16.15
Koggala Colombo (BIA) 16.30 17.00

 

Click Here for the Latest Flight Schedule

For more details see below image or contact to Cinnamon Air on +94 11 2 475 475

Cinnamon Air Scheduled Flight Services to Colombo – Sigiriya – Hambantota – Koggala

Thamaravila Hotel in Wilpattu

Thamaravila is a unique tented villa property just minutes from Wilpattu National Park. For a limited time we are pleased to offer highly discounted rates for local and expat wildlife enthusiasts, wildlife photographers and people with a love of nature.

Did You Know? The chances of seeing a Leopard at Wilpattu is exactly the same as Yala. The chances of seeing a Sloth Bear at Wilpattu is actually better than at any other reserve in Sri Lanka.

The Thamaravila located 10 Minutes From The Wilpattu National Park and 45 Minutes From Anuradhapura.

Fare Starting from

  • 18,000/- Per Villa on Half Board for 2 Guests
  • 22,000/-Per Villa on Half Board for 3 Guests
  • 35,000/- Exclusive Use Of Property on half board basis Max 6 Guests

For Reservations and Rates Please Contact – Danushka Kiridena- Sales and Marketing Manager info@Thamaravila.com or Office: +94 112 821515 or Mobile:+94 72 8991456 or see below image

Thamaravila Hotel in Wilpattu

Haier Free Standing Cooker Duty Free Price at Colombo Airport

Abans brought you an special promotion for Haier Free Standing Cooker for USD 235 at Abans Duty Free shop at Arrival lounge of Colombo BIA Airport.

Enjoy many feature of below,

  • 4 Gas Burners
  • Gas Oven
  • Mechanical Oven
  • Enamel Pan Support
  • Button Ignition
  • Thermostatic Oven
  • Oven Light
  • Flame Failure Device (FFD)

Contact to Amil Prasanna 077 793 0960 / Danushka Piyumal 07S 933 3217 for more details about the duty free prices and goods availability.

For more details see below image

Haier Free Standing Cooker Duty Free Price at Colombo Airport

Wildlife Photography Tour To Minneriya NP on 12 August 2017 by Prasanna Ambigaibagan

We Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature & Wildlife Photography Organised our 7th Wildlife Photography Tour to Minneriya National Park on August 12,2017.
*** Reservation – First confirmed First Reserved basis ***

Wildlife Photography Tour To Minneriya NP on 12 August 2017 by Prasanna Ambigaibagan
Wildlife Photography Tour To Minneriya NP on 12 August 2017 by Prasanna Ambigaibagan

Wildlife Photography Tour to Minneriya National Park of Sri Lanka – Date: 12th August 2017

Tour Start from Colombo: 6.00AM
Breakfast at Kurunegala
Lunch at Habarana
Half Day Safari : 2.30 Pm to 6.00 PM
Leaving from Minneriya NP : 6.30 PM
Dinner at Dambulla
Reach Colombo : 11.30 PM

Cost – All Inclusive
For Sri Lankan : LKR. 5,600/- per Person (Sri Lankan)
For Foreigner : LKR. 5,500/- + Entrance Ticket Fee

1 Halfday Safari (from 2.30 Pm to 6.00 Pm)
6 Person Per Jeep

Price Includes

  • Transportation – Colombo – Minneriya NP – Colombo
  • All Food
  • Halfday Safari Jeep Cost
  • Entrance Fee
  • Door Pick Up within Colombo City Limits*

For more details : inbox me or mail me
Email: prasanna@synergyy.com
Call: +94776534669
Facebook: Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature & Wildlife Photography

Thanks & Best Regards,
Prasanna Ambigaibagan MBA (UK) ACMA, CGMA (UK), BBA (UoP)
Naturalist & Wildlife Photographer
www.prasphotos.com
www.synergyy.com

Wildlife Photography Tour To Yala NP on 29 & 30 July 2017

We Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature & Wildlife Photography Organised our 6th Wildlife Photography Tour to Yala National Park on July 29-30,2017.
We attached our Group Photo of our Last Yala Tour on June 10-11, 2017, for your reference, Please see Below details,

Yala Group Tour 4 10-11 June 2017
Yala Group Tour 4 10-11 June 2017

First in First Reserve

Wildlife Photographt Tours to Yala NP
Wildlife Photographt Tours to Yala NP

Wildlife Photography Tour to Yala National Park of Sri Lanka – Date: 29th & 30th July 2017

Day 1 (29/07/2017)
Tour Start from Colombo: 6.00AM
Check in at Yala Adventure : 11.30 Am
Safari – 2.30 Pm to 6.10 Pm
Casual Gathering : 7.30 Pm upwards

Day 2 (30/07/2017)
Alarm Call: 5.00 Am
Safari/ Bird Watching at Yala Adventure : 6.00 Am to 10.30 Am
Check out Yala Adventure: 11 Am
Reach Colombo : 6.00 PM

Cost
Deluxe Room Accommodation A/C : LKR. 15,000/- per Person (Sri Lankan)
Tented Camp Accommodation A/C : LKR. 17,000/- per Person (Sri Lankan)
For Foreigner – LKR 14,800/- & LKR 16,800/- + Hotel Surcharges + Entrance Ticket Fee
see below link for Yala Adventure Room/ Tented Camp and Other Facilities Photos,
Click Here to Check the Booking.com

Availability
Tented Camp – 3 Tented Camps with Double / Triple Sharing Basis
Deluxe Room – 4 Deluxe Room with Double / Triple Sharing Basis

*** Reservation – First confirmed First Reserved basis ***

Activities
2 Half Day Safari – 6 Person Per Jeep
Bird Watching Around Lake (130 Bird Species are recorded)
Macro Photography at Butter Fly Garden

Price Includes
A/C Couch Transportation – Colombo – Yala – Colombo
Full Board Accommodation
2 Half Day Safari Jeep Cost
Entrance Fee
Door Pick Up within Colombo City Limits*

For more details : inbox me or mail me
Email: prasanna@synergyy.com
Call: +94776534669
Facebook: Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature & Wildlife Photography

Thanks & Best Regards,
Prasanna Ambigaibagan MBA (UK) ACMA, CGMA (UK), BBA (UoP)
Naturalist & Wildlife Photographer
www.prasphotos.com

Nuwara Eliya Horse Race – 2nd April 2017 onwards

We are delighted to introduce our ‘Pony Welfare Fund Raffle’ to be held on 2nd,16th,and 29th of April choose your favourite horse and qualify to enter the raffle race by race. Prizes. Rs 10,000, 5,000 and 2,500. Be one of the many winners. Tickets at the old tote building on race days.           –

Races starting from 10 Am to 2 Pm at Nuwara Eliya Racecourse.

For more details contact to organising team on 0770 30 90 90 or see below image

Nuwara Eliya Horse Race – 2nd April 2017 onwards
Nuwara Eliya Horse Race – 2nd April 2017 onwards

Colombo to Nuwara Elia / Nuwara Elia to Colombo for USD 153 per person Onway

Cinnamon Air announces a special promotion for this New Year season, fly to Nuwara Elia or Colombo for USD 153 per person one way only from 7th to 16th of April 2017.

Daily scheduled flights between

Colombo City (Waters Edge) to Nuwara Eliya (Lake Gregory) – Departure: 10:30 / Arrival: 11:00

Nuwara Eliya (Lake Gregory) to Colombo City (Waters Edge) – Departure: 11:30 / Arrival: 12:00

Book Now Using The Online Reservation – Click Here

Terms and Conditions

  • Only valid for travel in the period advertised
  • Inbound and outbound journey should be completed within the period advertised
  • Tickets shall only be valid for the date, destination and passenger specified there on & all tickets are non-refundable.
  • Country taxes must be collected separately at the time of ticketing.
  • All payments to be made in United States Dollars or by credit card. (Payments could be directly transferred to our Bank account or paid by credit card).
  • Please review our Terms and Conditions on Terms of Use
  • Additional Terms and Conditions may apply and are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Above fares are non-commissionable & subject to change without prior notice.

For more details see below image

Colombo to Nuwara Elia / Nuwara Elia to Colombo for USD 153 per person Onway
Colombo to Nuwara Elia / Nuwara Elia to Colombo for USD 153 per person Onway

Camping Units and Outdoor Adventures equipment for sale

Fairway Holding Companies subsidiary go outdoor lanka (pvt) ltd brought you many out door gadgets at a special prices as below,

3 Burner Gas BBQ Grill Rs. 46,000/-
Directors Arm Chair Rs. 11,650/-
Aluminum Lounger Cocoon Rs. 28,000/-
Trekking Hammock Rs. 6,500/-
Sleeping Bag Rs. 12,500/-
Single Mattress – Velvet with Build In Pump Rs. 8,500/-
3-4 People Camping Tent Rs. 15,250/-
3-4 People Camping Tent Rs. 6,000/-

For more details see below image or contact to Go Outdoors Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. #82/1A Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6. Or call now: 077222 2753

Camping Units and Outdoor Adventures equipment for sale
Camping Units and Outdoor Adventures equipment for sale

Vogue Jewellers – Special Discounts on December 2016

Vogue Jewellers announces a special promotional discounted price for Diamond and Gold Jewellery in this festive season.

Specially 45% off on Diamond jewellery and 17% off on Gold Jewellery from 15th to 18th for Commercial bank credit card and special discount valid for other credit cards also, for more details contact to Vogue Jewellers on 011 5414414

Or see below image

Vogue Jewellers – Special Discounts on December 2016
Vogue Jewellers – Special Discounts on December 2016

Photocause & friends 2016/17 – Interschool photographic competition & exhibition

Photocause invites photographic societies of all schools to be a part of this project in aid of the Sri Lanka Cancer Society”

Photocause – A cancer awareness support project since 2011.

Entries closing date : 30th November 2016

Event: .IDA Perera Gallery, Horton Place, Colombo 07.

For more Information: contact to Photocause on 0750 160160 or 077 2272 348 or photocause@gmal.com

Or see below image

Photocause & friends 201617 - Interschool photographic competition & exhibition
Photocause & friends 201617 – Interschool photographic competition & exhibition

International Center for Sustainable Built Environment

International Center for Sustainable Built Environment ICB (Pvt) Ltd. offers solutions in Structural designing, Architectural Designing, Structural health monitoring for all structures, Green consultancy, Land and other surveying and laboratory testing covering all civil engineering aspects, that brings a successful sustainable growth strategy to the rapidly developing nation. ICB (Pvt) Ltd was established with a vision to be a leader in structural engineering structural health monitoring and green engineering; guiding the nation to a sustainable future. Our mission is to serve the stake holders of the built environment with the highest level of professional standards in structural engineering, structural health monitoring and green technology; ensuring safety, bringing in creativity and innovation, and promoting environmental conservation using sustainable approaches.

Services provided by International Center for Sustainable Built Environment

Civil Engineering Consultancy Services

Structural Engineering

Design reviewing and providing consultancy to achieve best results

Environmental Engineering

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Air Dispersion Modeling, Marine EIA and CZMP, Social Impact Assessments, Environment Audit, Solid waste audit and Management

Transportation Engineering

Traffic surveying, Road and Bridge Design

Geotechnical Engineering

Foundation designing, Slope stability analysis

Coastal Engineering

Environmental impact assessment, Design and consult of coastal structures

Structural Designing

Design any kind of structures (Steel, Concrete or Composite) and provide drawings and other required details.

Architectural Services

Provide any kind of architectural design and consultancy service.

Structural Health monitoring of structures

Check the condition of the structure by performing the relevant onsite and laboratory testing and provide solutions and recommendations to overcome problem.

 

Green Consultancy

Provide green consultancy from the beginning of the project and finally provide assessment report to acquire Green Certification from the Sri Lanka Green Building Council.

Land and other surveying services

Provide any kind of engineering survey using the latest technology.

Laboratory tests covering all civil engineering aspects

Structural and Material Engineering Testing

  • Material and component testing facilities ( a 1000 kN universal testing machine, a 10 kNm torsion machine and a 3000 kN compression testing machine)
  • Experimental stress analysis and non-destructive tests (strain measurements, rebound hammer test, photo elasticity, ultrasonic tests, Half-cell potential test, Microscopically examinations ,hardness and permeability tests etc).
  • Testing of Aggregates
  • Fully computer controlled portable on line data monitoring and logging systems for strains, displacements and loads etc up to 200 channels.
  • Testing of full-scale structural elements such as electric poles, man-hole covers, wall panels, hume pipes

 

Environmental Engineering test

  • Analysis of water / wastewater quality parameters (both laboratory & field testing to ensure conformity to Sri Lankan and WHO standards)
  • Analysis of bacteriological quality of water (Total coli form and fecal coli form tests )
  • Jar tests (Chemical usage in water and wastewater treatment)
  • Ambient air quality monitoring (using computerized mobile air quality monitoring station)

 

Geotechnical Engineering test

  • Soil classification & strength tests: (particle size, shrinkage, erodibility, direct shear, standard triaxial test, CBR)
  • Compressibility & drainage tests: (consolidation, compaction, permeability)
  • Advanced tests: (stress path controlled triaxial, large scale static triaxial, ROWE consolidation, resistivity)
  • Rock tests: (uniaxial comp./tensile tests, triaxial, abrasion, permeability, point load, ultrasonic properties, soundness)
  • Field tests: (plate load, vane shear, static/dynamic cone penetrometers, SPT, field density (incl. nuclear),vibration measurements, rock direct shear )
  • Drilling & sampling: (wash boring, rotary drilling, mechanized auger drilling, hollow stem auguring, thin walled, split spoon, Denison samplers)
  • Geophysical exploration: (resistivity, seismic tests)
  • Field instrumentation & monitoring: (settlement measurements, water level indicators, piezometers, extensometers, GPS instruments)
  • Field investigations for landslides, quarries and construction materials.

For more details contact to International Center for Sustainable Built Environment on 0112322508, 0112322520-1 or see below image

International Center for Sustainable Built Environment
International Center for Sustainable Built Environment

Junior Chamber International Sri Lanka – The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka award – Applications calls now

Junior Chamber International Sri Lanka invites applications for the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka. This award ceremony is organize to encourage and motivate young chambers to perform better.

The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka could be fulfill any one the below category

  1. Business, Economic and /or entrepreneurial accomplishment
  2. Political legal and ‘or Public Administration
  3.  Academic leadership and for accomplishment.
  4. Contribution to art, culture literature and/or media
  5. Moral and/or environment leadership
  6. Contribution to children, world peace and/or Human right
  7. Humanitarian and /or voluntary service
  8. Scientific and /or Technological development
  9. Medical innovation or Research
  10. Personal improvement/or accomplishment.

Deadline for nomination Extended till 30th October 2016 For More Information Call: Safraz – 0773 431 855/ Charitha 0784 784 784/ Isuru 0777 939 441

Or see below image

Junior Chamber International Sri Lanka - The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka  award – Applications calls now
Junior Chamber International Sri Lanka – The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Sri Lanka award – Applications calls now

Sakurai Aviation Limited – A New Aviation Company coming up in Sri Lanka

Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka stated to public that they received an application dated 05th July 2016 from Sakurai Aviation Limited, at No. 121/3, Kirulapone Avenue, Colombo 05, seeking from this office an Air Operator Certificate/Airline License to engage in Domestic Scheduled Operations, Charter Operations and Aerial Work to engage in Domestic Operations in pursuance of the Air Navigation Regulations of 1955. Business name of the company has been registered as Sakurai Aviation Limited and the trade name as “Sakurai Aviation Limited” The Directors of the Sakurai Aviation Limited are declared to be as follows.

  1. Mr. Malape Gama Ethi Rallalage Asanga Prabath Yasawardana
  2. Mr. Hapuarachchige Don Nimal Jayantha
  3. Mr. Warnakulasuriya Rushan Malinda Fernando

Sakurai Aviation Limited has nominated Mr. Tharnaga Sarathchandra Piyawansa to be the Accountable Manager in charge of the proposed operations of air services.

For more details see below image

Sakurai Aviation Limited – A New Aviation Company coming up in Sri Lanka
Sakurai Aviation Limited – A New Aviation Company coming up in Sri Lanka

Tips on Installing a Net-Metered System in Sri Lanka

  1. It’s appropriate to study the past electricity bills, of about three years, to ascertain variations in the power consumption pattern. The average electricity bill should be considered for the selection of an appropriate system.
  2. Scan the surrounding environment of the house and select an exposed, sunny South sloping roof area to locate the panel and inverter.
  3. In Colombo, solar panels need to be orientated at an angle of 7 degrees to the horizontal in the southern direction.
  4. The solar panels should be purchased accompanied with a suitable inverter and other appropriate items, known in the PV industry as Balance of System (BoS), and installed conforming to wiring regulations governing such installations.
  5. Solar tracking systems are capable of tracking the motion of the sun throughout the day to get maximum power generated from the solar panels. Such tracking systems can be installed for better results, but are significantly expensive.
  6. The customer is required to enter into an Agreement, with the utility (CEB or LECO). namely, the Agreement and Grid Interconnection Standards for Net-metering of an On-grid Renewable Energy based Generating Facility.
  7. The electricity distributor would take necessary steps to install the net-metering setup, after which the facility could start generating. The surplus could be banked to the grid legally as per the contract.
  8. What is the warranty period of the main components? For PV modules, manufacturing defect warranty is typically 10 years. For PV modules, performance warranty is typically 25 years and no more than 20% degradation performance at the end of 25 years. For inverter manufacturing defect warranty is typically between 5 to 10 years.
  9. Ensure your PV system is labeled accordingly, what to do and what not to do/touch, the single line diagram, and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manual should be handed over to you at the end of the work
  10. Be sure to keep a file of al I papers an d documents/contract pertaining to your project. This includes the contract, any written changes, all bills and invoices, receipts of payments and all correspondence with your Registered PV Service Provider. This should also include photos of the installation work in progress
  11. Look at the quality of materials especially the main components i.e. PV modules and inverter. PV modules and inverter must have IEC orTUV certification
  12. Get 3 to 5 quotations from the Registered PV Service Providers

Source: News

 

SsangYong Rexton W now for Rs. 7,950,000/- upwards

Micro Cars Sri Lanka announces a special price for the SsangYong Rexton W now for Rs. 7.95 million (9,750,000/-) upwards for the ex-stock. and Micro offers 3 Years/ 60,000Km Maintenance & Warranty for SsangYong Rexton W along with below features.

  • 5 Speed Mercedes Benz Transmissions
  • Triple layer ladder chassis for safety
  • 18” alloy wheels/side step
  • 7 Seater
  • Multi Function Steering Wheel
  • Bluetooth Hands free
  • Automatic Climate Control A/C
  • LED day time running lights
  • Front & Rear Sensors
  • Rear Camera
  • Cruise control
  • ABS / Air bags
  • HDC / ESP*
  • Leather electric seats
  • Sunroof
  • Electrcchromatic Mirror*
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rain Sensor Wiper
  • Autolight Sensors with Xe-non lights

For more details contact to Micro Cars on  0777 669393 or  0777 99 66 22 or see below image

SsangYong Rexton W now for Rs. 7,950,000/- upwards
SsangYong Rexton W now for Rs. 7,950,000/- upwards

Nike Summer‘16 Collection now Available for Rs. 6,590/-

Nike Stores in Sri Lanka introduce the Nike Summer‘16 Collection at a special price of Rs. 6,590/-. Nike Summer‘16 Collection is well known for the summer fits under Nike Dri-Fit brand. For more details about prices and variants visit to Nike Stores or franchises stores as below

  • 1/1, Bagatalle Road, Colombo 03. Tel 0115 740 077
  • Shop No. 01-02. New Wing – Liberty Plaza. Colombo 03. Tel 0115 117 676
  • Galleria Stores 232/1, Havelock Road, Colombo 05. Tel 0115 626 626
  • Shop No. 31-34, 1st Floor, Arcade Independence Square. Colombo 07. Tel 0115 965 555
  • Shop No. 15. Level 3. Kandy City Center. Kandy. Tel 0815 630 077
  • Selected ODEL Stores
Nike Summer‘16 Collection now Available for Rs. 6,590.00
Nike Summer‘16 Collection now Available for Rs. 6,590.00

Send One and Win 3 Times from Bank of Ceylon

Do you send money home to Bank of Ceylon from abroad? Then this is your chance to win thrice the money you send home so that your loved ones receive four times the money you send!

With Triple Wasi draws we are giving away a total of Rs.12,500,000/- in cash prizes. Selected winners can win up to Rs.100,000 in cash prizes. A total sum of Rs.2,500,000 will be given away in this draw. Hurry, the more money you send, more chances to win!

Win three times the money you send home through BOC TRIPLE WASI only from Sri Lanka’s No.1 Bank, Bank of Ceylon.

Any of the following money transfer systems to send money to Bank of Ceylon are applicable for the draw.

For more details see below image or contact to Bank of Ceylon on (+94)011 220 4444

Send One and Win 3 Times from Bank of Ceylon
Send One and Win 3 Times from Bank of Ceylon

Sri Lanka National Parks

  1. Yala National Park

Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. Divided into 5 blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public.

Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open.

Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National park is among the oldest and most important of protected areas in Sri Lanka. It also contains a number of important cultural sites. The sanctuary stretches from the North-western coast to the North-central province where the ancient city of Anuradhapura is located. Wilpattu National Park is laced with a complex of lakes called ‘Villus’, surrounded by grassy plains, set within scrub jungle. Many of the `big game’ found in Sri Lanka including elephant, sloth bear, water buffalo, and spotted dear can be seen here. Wilpattu is also known for leopards.

Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Kumana(Yala East) National Park

Formerly known as Yala East National Park, Kumana lies on the south-east coast in the Eastern Province, 12km south of Arugam Bay, and is easily accessible from the Wellawaya-Pottuvil Road. The Park is physically separated from the more famous Yala National Park and Strict Reserve by the Kumbukkan Oya (River) and is better known for its migratory birds. A natural highlight of the park is a 200 hectare swamp lake sustained by the river through a half a mile long narrow channel. These mangrove swamps are a destination of choice for migratory birds. Among regular visitors who nest and breed are pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, herons, egrets and little cormorants. Land animals found in the adjacent Yala are also found here.

Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
Indian Peacock – National Park, Sri lanka
  1. Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa is home to a vast array of animals, as well as, ancient sites and tanks. Known for its rich population of predators among which bears receive significant attention. It is believed that Wasgamuwa has the highest density of bears than anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Bordered by the famous Mahaweli and the lesson known Amban river, Wasgamuwa spreads through the districts of Matale in the central hills and the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Srilanka Leopard
Srilanka Leopard
  1. Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park, in close proximity to the eastern city of Amparai has an important task: to serve as the catchment area for Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir, the Senanayake Samudraya. It is the only national park where boat rides are allowed, offering visitors to the rare sight of swimming elephants, a phenomena famously known as ‘the crossings’.

 

  1. Udawalawe National Park

The Udawalawe National Park is Sri Lanka’s closest example of Africa’s savanna reserves. Better known as the country’s premier elephant park, Udawalawe revolves around the vast Udawalawe reservoir. Located on the base of hilly Ratnapura and Moneragala districts, the park is home, among other animals, to an elephant population of about 500. The park also boasts of an elephant transit home, with public displays during feeding times.

Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
  1. Lahugala Kithulana National Park

The eastern park of Lahugala is among Sri Lanka’s smallest among parks but its importance to elephants and endemic birds is very big.

 

  1. Maduru Oya National Park

Maduru Oya National Park is designed to protect the immediate catchments of five reservoirs developed under the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Program, Sri Lanka’s most ambitious irrigation project. The park provides refuge for wildlife and lies between the Polonnaruwa-Batticalo Road and Mahiyangana-Padiyathalawa Road in the districts of Ampara, Badulla and Polonnaruwa.

Elephant hugging at Minneriya National Park
Elephant hugging at Minneriya National Park
  1. Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains, a world heritage site is the catchment area for almost all of Sri Lanka’s major rivers. A silent and cold highland plateau in the central hills of Sri Lanka, the beautiful Horton Plains is surrounded by peak wildernesses and forests and is home to many endemic plants and animals thriving in a rare wet and cold climate. The park offers spectacular hikes and culminates with the World’s End, a dramatic 900 meter cliff with nothing but flat land beyond extending to the coast of Sri Lanka’s deep South./p>

 

  1. Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park lies in the dry and arid Hambantota District in Southern Sri Lanka. But the park’s many lagoons make it a paradise for migratory as well as resident birds. Every species of water birds found in the country find a safe haven here. Visitors will also be treated to many land animals from elephant to the deer. Bundala is also said to be the only park where visitors can spot both the Marsh and Seawater crocodile on the same safari trip.

Indian Peacock, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Indian Peacock, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Lunugamvehera National Park

Located adjacent to Yala National Park is Lunugamvehera Park, created primarily as a catchment area for the Lunugamvehera reservoir. A plan is mooted to amalgamate the park with its larger and more famous cousin Yala and if that happens, Lunugamvehera will be renamed as Yala West.

 

  1. Minneriya National Park

Home for the world famous Elephant ‘Gathering’, Minneriya National Park is nestled on the plains of the North-Central province, about 20kms from historic Polonnaruwa. Fed by the beautiful Minneriya tank, the park despite being one of the smallest, is a haven for elephants and birds, providing magnificent views to visitors.

 

  1. Kaudulla National Park

In close proximity to Habarana, the gateway to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa, Kaudulla revolves around an ancient tank and is considered as an important elephant corridor, offering regular sightings.

Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Hikkaduwa National Park

One of the two marine parks in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa National Park in the popular southern coast features fringing coral reefs showcasing a bio-diversity spectacle.

 

  1. Pigeon Island National Park

The 2nd marine park in the country, Pigeon Island is located in famed Nilaweli, on the outskirts of Trincomalee. The spectacular small island is home to a showcase of colorful corals and tropical fish and is a short boat ride from the world famous Nilaweli beach.

Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard @ Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Horagolla National Park

Horagolla is biologically, the most diverse and significant patch of forest in the wet zone of Sri Lanka, located just outside Colombo. The park presents a special zonal vegetation complex which provides a natural refuge for many species that are extremely rare, possibly extinct, in other parts of the island.

 

  1. Galways Land National Park

The only national park located within city limits, Galways is home to a montane eco system in the cold and windy hill station of Nuwara Eliya, also the highest located city in Sri Lanka. Galways is decorated by its beautiful population of birds, as well as, its colorful floral species of native and foreign origin. Along with the nearby Victoria Park, Galway is considered to be the most significant birding site in Sri Lanka.

Baby Elephant at Minneriya National Park
Baby Elephant at Minneriya National Park
  1. Ussangoda National Park

Believed to be the place where Ravana landed his mythical flying chariot, Ussangoda is situated in Nonagama, Hambantota in the deep South. Known for the red soil in the area, Ussangoda, with both land and sea features, is a haven for turtles.

 

  1. Angammedilla National Park

Originally a forest reserve within the Minneriya-Girithale Sanctuary within close proximity to Polonnaruwa, Angammedilla was established to protect the drainage basin of the giant Parakrama Samudra reservoir.

Changeable Hawk Eagke, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Changeable Hawk Eagke, Willpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  1. Flood Plains National Park

The park is central to the integrity of the Mahaweli irrigation system, both for its unique “villus” and as a corridor for wildlife migration between grazing lands in Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya National Park. The area spans the Mahaweli River in Polonnaruwa district in North Central Province.

 

  1. Somawathiya National Park

Somawathiya National Park is one of the four national parks designated under the Mahaweli River Development project. Somawathiya Chaitya, a stupa said to be containing a relic of the tooth of the Buddha, is situated within the park.

Source: Wildlife Department Website

 

About Me

I Prasanna Ambigaibagan Cost Accountant by profession and passionate wildlife photographer from 2011, I do many budgeted road tours in overseas and meet many new friends and I do always invite them to Sri lanka and let them to experience Srilanka hospitality.

If anyone wanted to know more about Sri Lankan Wildlife and Wildlife Safaris, you can feel free to contact me by below comment or call me on +94776534669 (I do available in Whatsapp, Viber, IMO and Line).

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Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature and wildlife Photography
Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature and wildlife Photography

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Yala combines a strict nature reserve with a national park. Divided into 5 blocks, the park has a protected area of nearly 130,000 hectares of land consisting of light forests, scrubs, grasslands, tanks and lagoons. Two blocks are currently opened to the public.

Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Ironically, the park was initially used as a hunting ground for the elite under British rule. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents are the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, majestic elephants, sloth bears, sambars, jackals, spotted dear, peacocks, and crocodiles. The best time to visit Yala is between February and July when the water levels of the park are quite low, bringing animals into the open.

Srilanka Leopard
Srilanka Leopard
Block Extent Date added to the park
Block I 14,101 hectares (54.44 sq mi) 1938
Block II 9,931 hectares (38.34 sq mi) 1954
Block III 40,775 hectares (157.43 sq mi) 1967
Block IV 26,418 hectares (102.00 sq mi) 1969
Block V 6,656 hectares (25.70 sq mi) 1973

 

Yala National Park Weather

Yala is in a hot, semi-arid environment despite its lush greenish look, especially during the monsoon season. Temperature ranges from 260C to about 300C. The North-east monsoon season is when Yala gets most of its rainfall from September to December

 

Be a responsible Visitor to Yala National Park

Yala is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka with record-breaking numbers every passing year. Now as you think of coming to the park, we have a question for you. Why? If the answer is because it sounds like a ‘fun’ thing to do, we want to help you make the answer and your experience much more meaningful and productive. Here’s a checklist of preparations

  1. Do your homework by reading up on wildlife, its destruction and get to know the park you are preparing to visit. Start with its history; geography and the inhabitants. Each animal has incredibly unique features, behaviors, feeding patterns etc. Knowing your hosts will make the adventure all the more memorable.
  2. Get children involved too and friends. Talk about what you know and drive home the fact that you are not visiting a circus. Read to Do’s and Don’ts elsewhere on this page and take them to your heart. A wildlife safari is essentially an educational experience that imparts incredible happiness and doing it with friends and family is truly a ‘fun’ experience.
  3. Be prepared to speak up and act responsibly. Do not condone bad, ugly, selfish behavior and do not entice your trekker to break the law. Every wrong move may endanger the animals and your life too.
  4. Yala in its entirety is 26 times bigger than the city of Colombo. But the public is currently allowed only on two of its designated blocks making the park’s road network over-crowded with vehicular traffic, especially on public holidays. While new areas with more roads are being considered it’s a humongous and costly task experiencing delays. So the best you can do is to travel in an orderly, responsible manner, sticking to designated routes and not speed at any time.
  5. Remember, at all times that you are in someone else’s territory and conduct yourself as a responsible nature lover. Leave with only memories and do not leave even your footprints.
Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Leopard, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Rule of Thumb of Visiting Yala National Park

The rule of the thumb in visiting a national park is that you must simply blend in and try to be invisible. While you just can’t hide from them, there’s a lot you can do to make sure that the animals can simply ignore you. Each animal has its own personality and the slightest thing can destroy their peace. When you understand their habitat, lifestyle and behavior, you can become a good visitor. Just as much as an irritating and selfish neighbor can drive us wild, destroy our peace and turn us into angry human beings, the slightest thing can upset the equilibrium of animals and that may happen quite unwittingly on your part. This is why educating ourselves is to prepare ourselves for the journey. Avoid any kind of interaction, verbal or through gestures. Did you know even the noise of vehicles seem to affect the feeding habits and personality of elephants, for example? Animals sense who you really are. Be patient and respectful and they will roam freely. Predators can feel mostly under pressure because of photographers, which has huge impact on their hunting, feeding and reproductive habits. Be a spy and never force a photo op on them. Chasing an animal in your vehicle puts them under tremendous pressure and think of having to experience that visitor after visitor, day after day. Some species of birds are more sensitive in special times; the most crucial period for birds is nestling season. Any undue pressure can bring on the kind of pressure they feel when a predator is on the prowl. That’s quite cruel. Learning about animals is fun and adds meaning to life; what’s more, it prepares you to be a responsible visitor to the animal kingdom. Be patient at all times; the VIP is not you but your host, who wants you to come, be amazed and go, all unnoticed!

 

What in Leopard Mind

Imagine, you are a superstar and you don’t even know about it. And zillion people come at dawn and dusk, just the same way the paparazzi zoom in on their target. They hustle and jostle for vantage points, follow you round like a bunch of possessed men or a pack of looting hyenas. They won’t even let you eat in peace or let you enjoy that well-earned fiesta. If this happens to you, surely you can call in the Police or hire some security guards. You’d give a piece of your mind, at least. A leopard can’t call in the Police but it can give you a piece of its mind but it chooses not to; displaying greater tolerance and latitude that humans show. It has little option but to accept and adjust, letting you enjoy that perfect shot while our irresponsible actions may forever change even their gene pools, as they learn to live with noisy human visitors. There are some 40 leopards, the highest gathering in the world, putting up with you. A gracious host only asks for a considerate visitor!

 

What to do in an emergency!

When you enter a national wildlife park you accept the risks involved. While animal attacks are rare, you must remember that they can happen. Animals are highly unpredictable, temperamental and may easily be provoked or spring to action without a warning. They are known to guard their herds and territories; with behavior different from one species to another. Elephants offer the highest risk while other predators may pose dangers at close range.

In case of an emergency, remind yourself to be calm and intently listen to the instructions of your tracker. If you are on your own, remain quiet, engine of vehicle cut and do not leave the vehicle at all.

In extremely dangerous situations, your tracker may ask you to put foot to the pedal; remember to keep calm and think rationally. Loud noise should be made only if trekker says so or when no other solution is in the offing, in the face of a violent, persistent attack, which is extremely remote and unlikely.

Your trekker is trained for any eventuality and will take you out of harm’s way. If you do not have a trekker, call for help if you need assistance if you are lost or need urgent help.

Elephant hugging at Minneriya National Park
Elephant hugging at Minneriya National Park

Yala National Park Bungalows (Bungalows inside Yala National Park)

A series of wildlife bungalows operated by the park afford nature enthusiasts to spend a night in the park. These bungalows are very basic, promote open space but give you an unforgettable experience as you experience a night in the animal kingdom. You can book a bungalow here. You can also be out on the beaten track before the rest of the traffic gets in. A series of wildlife bungalows operated by the park afford nature enthusiasts to spend a night in the park. These bungalows are very basic, promote open space but give you an unforgettable experience as you experience a night in the animal kingdom. You can book a bungalow here. You can also be out on the beaten track before the rest of the traffic gets in.

Below are List of Bungalows available for stay upto 3 days continuously,

Warahena Bungalow

First Night: LKR 8008.00

Second Night: LKR 14,504.00

Third Night: LKR 21,000.00

 

Mahasilawa Bungalow

First Night: LKR 8008.00

Second Night: LKR 14,504.00

Third Night: LKR 21,000.00

 

Ondaathe Bungalow

First Night: LKR 6,888.00

Second Night: LKR 12,264.00

Third Night: LKR 17,640.00

 

Heenwewa Bungalow

First Night: LKR 5,768.00

Second Night: LKR 10,024.00

Third Night: LKR 14,280.00

 

Thalgasmankada Bungalow

First Night: LKR 5,768.00

Second Night: LKR 10,024.00

Third Night: LKR 14,280.00

 

New Buthawa Bungalow

First Night: LKR 8008.00

Second Night: LKR 14,504.00

Third Night: LKR 21,000.00

 

Old Buthawa Bungalow

First Night: LKR 8008.00

Second Night: LKR 14,504.00

Third Night: LKR 21,000.00

If you are interested to Book Bungalows located inside Yala National Park : Click Here

 

Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka
Indian Peacock at Udawalawa National Park, Sri lanka

Are interested in camping inside Yala National Park

The campsite can provide accommodation for a maximum of 10 people at a time. You can also have 2 kids below the age of 6 in addition to that. Campsites are open for any bookings of not more than 3 days.

There are onsite toilets for campers and don’t forget to clean it when you are leaving. Littering inside the park is strictly prohibited so don’t leave anything behind apart from your footsteps. Permanent constructions are not allowed inside a campsite, you have a 20 X 20 ft. land to build your temporary dwellings.

If you have more than 1 camp tent, you may have to pay extra for each additional tent. All campers are entitled to a seasoned trekker when entering the park. No refunds are entertained under any circumstance.

  • The guest registration forms must be filled on arrival.
  • Alcohol consumption and smoking is strictly prohibited on campsites.
  • You have to be responsible for your actions inside the park. Make sure that you leave it as you see it.
  • Any harm caused to the nature by you is a serious crime and will be dealt with extreme prejudice.
  • Campers must be fully aware of the rules of the park and expected to be in line with all of them.

 

Safari Riders

Obviously, your trip to Yala revolves around the safari ride that takes you on an experience of a lifetime. Remember, this is no circus and animals are not on duty waiting for you. It’s that feeling of uncertainty and adventure that makes it a wildlife experience. To catch the inhabitants of the jungle you need to be there at the best time and thread patiently.

 

Plan your itinerary

Make a well thought-out schedule. If you are a local planning your first trip to Yala, plan you route and make sure you have proper transport. While a 4-WD vehicle is recommended a van with high ground clearance would do. If you don’t have one, you can hire a safari jeep at the entrance. If you are an overseas visitor, Yala would be among many other local destinations you plan to visit. So, it is important to slot it in well. Talk to your tour operator about travel time from your previous destination and where you need to be after Yala. It’ll give you a good idea if your agent has prepared you a good itinerary or not. The chances are you’d first visit the ancient kingdoms first and travel next to hill country before arriving in Yala, with plans to move on to the southern coast and then ending back in Colombo. Or you’ll do it the other way round. Look at the distance and travel time that will get you to Yala. Keep In mind that the best time to enter the park is when the park opens just after 6:00am or after 4:00pm when animals resurface after taking cover from the sun. You may also opt for a full day tour. Leave adequate time to arrive at the park at the planned entry time.

A memorable safari

Right, now that you just can’t wait to get to this amazing animal kingdom, you need to do your homework before you actually get there. Proper preparation is the key to making the most of your safari to Yala National Park of Sri Lanka

 

How to get to Yala National Park of Sri Lanka

Top routes from 7 famous locations

Colombo (Capital City)

Colombo 01 – Fort >> Bandaragama >> Horana >> Ratnapura >> Palmadulla >> Kahawatta >> Madampe >> Udawalawe >> Thanamalwila >> Tissemaharamaya >> Yala Block 1 {243km}

Kandy To Yala through Nuwara Eliya

Kandy >> Pilimathalawa >> Gampola >> Nuwara Eliya >> Walimada >> Bandarawela >> Diyathalawa >> Haputhale >> Wallawaya >> Tissemaharamaya >> Yala Block 1 {245km}

Galle to Yala

Galle > >Matara >> Hambantota >>Tissa >> Yala Block 1 {169km}

Arugam Bay to Yala

Arugam Bay >> Buttala >> Kataragama >> Yala

 

Yala National park Entrance Ticket for Foreigner
Foreign Adult – LKR 3688.00
Foreign Child – LKR 1037.52

 

Safari Jeeps Price
For Half day tour : LKR. 4000 – 6000
For Fullday Tour: LKR. 8000 – 10000

For more detail contact to Wildlife Department of Sri Lanka, Address: 811A,Jayanthipura,Battaramulla. Sri Lanka. or contact on +94 11 2 888 585 or email to: dg@dwc.gov.lk

Source: Yala National Park Official Website

 

About Me

I Prasanna Ambigaibagan Cost Accountant by profession and passionate wildlife photographer from 2011, I do many budgeted road tours in overseas and meet many new friends and I do always invite them to Sri lanka and let them to experience Srilanka hospitality.

If anyone wanted to know more about Sri Lankan Wildlife and Wildlife Safaris, you can feel free to contact me by below comment or call me on +94776534669 (I do available in Whatsapp, Viber, IMO and Line).

if you’re interested you can follow my Wildlife photography page on Facebook on below link

Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature and wildlife Photography
Prasanna Ambigaibagan Nature and wildlife Photography

Hants Avuruduv Sale from 1st March to 15th April 2016

Hants a leading mattress manufactures and seller in the market announces a special Sinhala/Tamil New Year 2016 discounts upto 15%.

Enjoy 10% discounts on Foam Mattresses and 15% discount on innerspring mattresses. This special offer is valid only upto 15th April 2016.

For more detail see below image or contact to Borella Showroom on 011 2687975-7

Hants Avuruduv Sale from 1st March to 15th April 2016
Hants Avuruduv Sale from 1st March to 15th April 2016

Bank of Ceylon Credit Card Offers for Sinhala/Tamil New Year 2016

Bank of Ceylon offers range of promotions islandwide to celebrate this Sinhala / Hindu New Year festive month of April 2016. BoC brings you range of offers from different segments of Chopping, Holiday tours, Footwear, Health Care, bookshops, Insurance, Restaurants, Childcare, Jeweler and wellness centers.

See below for detail information of BoC Credit Card Promotions for this New Year Season

 

Merchant Date of Promotions Discounts available for BOC Credit Card
House of Fashion March 27, 8th & 9th April 25%
Choice Park March 27, 3rd April 25%
 Choice Mart March 27, 3rd April 25%
Selections March 27, 3rd April 25%
GCS March 26th & 27th 25%
Fashion Gate March 26th & 27th ,2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10th April 25%
Samanmal 1st to 3rd April 25%
Cool Planet March 28th & 29th 25%
Diliganz March 30th & 31st, 6th,7th April 25%
Rich Look March 26th & 27th 25%
Spring & Summer April 8th&9th 25%
Fashionside April 8th,9th,10th 25%
Saree Mender 1st to 3rd April 25%
Galle City Stores March 26th & 27th 25%
Much More March 28th & 29th 25%
Ideals Exclusive 1st to 8th April 25%
Andhum Andhum 1st,2nd April 25%
Super Fashion 3rd April 25%
Only You 6th to 8th April 25%
Moonage 6th to 8th April 25%
Emma Fashion 7th to 8th April 25%
Piyarathna 2nd to 3rd April 30%
Ashee April 3rd, 18th to 24th 20%
OPAT 1st to 3rd April 20%
Chamathkara 1st to 30th April 20%
Fashion Bug 2nd to 4th April 20%
Mallu Mallu 1st March to 30th April 50%
Aliya 1st March to 30th April 50%
Kithala 1st March to 30th April 50%
Rajarata 1st April to 31st July 40%
Saunter Paradise Hotel 1st April to 31st July 30%
Lavanga Resort & Spa 1st April to 30th June 30%
Peocock Beach 1st April to 30th June 30%
Heritage Hotel upto 30th April 25%
Amaranthe Bay 1st April to 30th June 20%
Style Steps March 25th to April 15th 20%
Bootzz March 25th to April 15th 20%
Dr.Neville Fernando Hospital 1st April to 31st May upto 40%
Lanka Hospital 1st March to 31st May upto 10%
Durdans Hospital 1st March to 31st May upto 10%
Sarasavi Bookshop 1st to 30th April upto 20%
M.D. Gunasena 1st to 15th April 7.50%
Allianz Insurance Upto December 31st 35%
Raja Bojun 1st March to 12th April 10%
Aumrith Masala Talk 1st to 7th April 10%
Baby Care 6th to 8th April 25%
Panther 15th March to 30th April 15%
Vision Care 1st March to 30th April Upto 10%
JAT 1st March to 30th April 30%
VLCC 1st to 7th April 30%
Chamathka 1st to 30th April 20%
Raja Jewelers 28th to 30th April upto 45%

 

For more details see below image or contact to Bank of Ceylon on 011 220 4444

Bank of Ceylon Credit Card Offers for SinhalaTamil New Year 2016
Bank of Ceylon Credit Card Offers for SinhalaTamil New Year 2016

New Rules for Whales and Dolphin watching in Sri Lanka – Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC)

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said it would impose new rules and regulations for visitors with the purpose of regulating whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa.

The official personal stated that the new laws and regulations would implement to safeguarded the whales and dolphins from the visitors. He further said that Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) taken this rule after receiving many complains that some visitors had caused impact on animals by going too much closer to them and this rule would be impact from the nest whale watching season of August 2016.