Budget Wildlife Tour Experience in Sri Lanka –less USD 50 per Day (all Inclusive)

I am Sri Lankan working professional passionate with wildlife and nature photography. Though I have a basic camera and lens (camera body: canon 70D and lenses of 18-55mm & 55-250mm) and budgeted life style, I always prefer to go wildlife photography tour as low cost as possible.

With god grace I got a friend who could travel with me on same basis with lower budget of less than USD 50 per day tour to Wilpattu National Park of Sri Lanka(though 7 people could occupy in jeep we always prefer only 2 per jeep, because from any angel you can take photograph without disturbing other partner).

We planned to visit Wilpattu National Park on 22nd October 2015 for one day tour (Fullday tour from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM) so we left from colombo 21st October 2015 night 10.30 Pm to Petteh private bus stand. Once we reach the bus stand we had a plain tea with rotti to boost us and then proceeds to a small shopping of 4 soft drinks (canned drink) and biscuits (250g) for our breakfast for our next day at Willpattu National Park. By11.15 pm we were at Colombo- vavuniya bus terminal and took Colombo – vavuniya Bus (via Puttalam route) at 11.40 pm.

By 2.45 AM bus stopped at madurankuli for a snack & breaks of 15 minutes and reaches Wilpattu Junction by 4.00 AM. As we discuss in advanced with our safari jeep driver, once we get down at Wilpattu Junction we called our safari tour coordinator (jeep driver) for pick up us and drop to room for a quick refresh, by 4.20Am safari driver came and pickup us and drop to room by 4.35 AM. After a quick refesh within 30 minutes we were get ready for a safari, we ask our jeep driver to come early as possible to go entrance as first visitor (commonly leopard sighting are high in early morning, so get into park early may bless us for a leopard sighting). So our jeep driver came by 5.10 AM and we reach Wilpattu National park Entrance by 5.25 AM as first visitor and 2nd visitor came by 5.35 AM.

By 6.00 AM counter was open and we proceeds to our wildlife photography experience. The month of october is known as rainy month at Wilpattu National Park, therefore we really felt we may not see a leopard for a whole day, but we may see a bear; even our safari driver said same. So from the time of entrance we could able to see a golden jackals, spotted deers, wildbore, peacock, bee eaters, fish eagle, serpent eagle, malabar hornbill and for the first time we show a sri lankan endemic hornbill and many more birds.

But luckily by 9.30AM our jeep driver spotted a Leopard at Talawila Villu(Lake) and this leopard sighting was lead till 12.00 Noon almost for 2.5 hours and I was filled my memory card with more than 400 photos of leopards. Than we proceeds to Kumbuka Villu for our lunch and after lunch we napped for an hour inside jeep. So this time would be good sleeping time for us and rest time for jeep driver too.

Than by 1.30PM we again proceeds to thalawila for spot a leopard again but we didn’t get a chance, so we were wait sometime at mannika villu as it is nearest lack to talawila lake. But no luck, but while waiting we could see again a couple of golden Jackals, Spotted Deers, Wildbore, Peacock, Bee eaters and many birds.

Due to a rainy season we left from there by 3.45 PM and reach entrance/ exit location by 5.30 PM. Just we entered to exit, a elephant was cross the road, so we were lucky to an elephant in that day too J.

Than we proceed to room and had a quick refresh; than same jeep driver drop us again at Willpattu Junction for us to take bus to Colombo. by 7.30 PM we taken jaffna –colombo bus and reach Colombo pettah Bus Stand by 11.00 PM and reach home by 11.45 Pm.

September 2015
September 2015
Wilpattu National Park -February 2015
Wilpattu National Park -February 2015

Our tour Cost Breakdown

Tuk Tuk charges from Home to Pettah Bus Stand LKR 150.00
Plain Tea and Rotti LKR 100.00
4 Soft Drinks and Biscuits LKR 1,365.00
Bus to Wilpattu Junction LKR 560.00
Snack at Mathurankuli LKR 130.00
3l Water Bottles LKR 180.00
Willpattu National Park Entrance Feel (3 Inclusing Jeep Driver) LKR 810.00
Safari Jeep Cost LKR 7,000.00
Tips to Jeep Driver LKR 1,000.00
Lunch LKR 540.00
Bus to Colombo LKR 560.00
Tuk Tuk charges from  Pettah Bus Stand to Home LKR 250.00
Room Charges LKR 1,250.00
Total LKR 13,895.00
Per Person LKR 6,947.50
in USD – USD 1 = LKR 140  USD       49.63

 

If you like to see photograph what we taken visit my Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/iloveyouprasanna

Or visit to youtube video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYGeKXlI5nE

If you have any questions please do write below comment, I am so passionate to give my answers.

 

Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public

Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) announced that WNPS Bungalows in Yala, Wilpattu and Udawalawe is now open for Non members of WNPS at same fee as now and WNPS members will obtain at a special rate.

The Bungalows in Yala, Wilpattu are cater upto 10 passengers and Udawalawe for 8 Passengers.

For more details contact to Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) on 0112 887390

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Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public
Department of Wildlife Bungalows are Open for Public

Safari Village Hotel at Uda Walawa and Wasgomuea – 20% till 19th May 2014

The Kinjou offer the Safari Village Hotel services at Uda Walawa and Wasgomuea, the services are available at a 20% of upto 19th May 2014.

 

Safari Village Hotel at Uda Walawa

  • 18 rooms with hot and cold water showers
  • 1st Hotel Opened In Udawalawa
  • 40 Foot Now Swimming Pool
  • 15 Min Drive To National Park
  • 5 Min Drive To Elephant Orphanage

Rs. 3500/- + 10% S/C per person H/B (Non A/C)

Guests who stay two or more night at the hotel are entitled to a half a day safari tour free of charge

 

Contact No : 047 2233201, 047 4920982

Tel: Colombo 0112589477, 011 2591728 (9.30 am to 4 30 pm only)

E-mail – kinioulankal@slt.lk

Website :www.safarivilliagehotel,con

 

Safari Village Hotel at Wasgomuwa

  • 30 min drive to mahiyangana temple
  • 1 hour drive to dambana vedda comunity
  • 12 cottages facing beautiful dunuwila lake
  • 1st hotel opened in wasgamuwa (since 1998)

Guests who stay two or more night at the hotel are entitled to a half a day safari tour free of charge

To Wasgomuwa 2.5 hours drive from Kandy through beautiful newly constructed 18 bends road Rs. 3500/- * 10% S/C per person H/B (Non A/C)

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Safari Village Hotel at Uda Walawa and Wasgomuea – 20% till 19th May 2014
Safari Village Hotel at Uda Walawa and Wasgomuea – 20% till 19th May 2014

Yala Official Website is Launched – http://yalasrilanka.lk

The official website for Yala National Park was launched by the Department of Wildlife to coincide with the first-ever World Wildlife Day. The in-depth, one-stop info cum conservation catalyst on the cutting-edge of web technology was launched by the Minister of Wildlife Resources Conservation Gamini Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa at a special event to mark the Wildlife Day.

Standing out is the website’s multi-faceted strategy of providing all what a visitor requires while preparing him to be a responsible tourist.

http://yalasrilanka.lk/  design approach brings in line with the world’s best websites in wildlife tourism, taking visitors through a fascinating journey that brings them up. Close and personal with the park while inspiring them to be ‘green’ tourists who’d be prepared for their adventure.

http://yalasrilanka.lk/ offers an inside-look at Sri Lanka’s most famous wildlife park with authentic facts and photography while also bringing service providers like hotels, safari jeeps, lodges into a well-planned nexus of facilitators.

The site is also linked to a special social media page that allows visitors to share their experiences and create a dialogue that promotes responsible tourism while highlighting problem areas which would bring the Wildlife Department to the equation.

http://yalasrilanka.lk/ is done in association with The 7th Frontier, a respected marcom agency already known for its internationally-acclaimed initiatives in wildlife tourism. “What we need is right partnerships that serve the country well and this is the first step in creating a wildlife portal that offers a single gateway to all of our parks”

 

 

Discover Wilpattu a Photography Workshop by Canon Photo Academy

Now you can get a new vision of take your photos in the nature and Discover Wilpattu on 25th,26th& 27th October 2013.

Join the Canon Team along with expert wildlife conservationist chithral Jayathilaka and Amphibian and Reptile specialist Mendis Wickramage as they travel through the thick bushes of Wilpattu capturing the wildlife on an expedition and photography.

Experience on photography Experience a special infrared and night photography session all for Rs. 20,000.00 per person and only for 20 Individuals.

For more information please conduct Mr.Gamini Mayadunne on 0773337133.

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Discover Wilpattu a Photography Workshop by Canon Photo Academy
Discover Wilpattu a Photography Workshop by Canon Photo Academy

Telescopes and Binoculars in Sri Lanka Rs. 10,000 Upwards

S&T Group in Srilanka offers you the special prices for the Telescopes and Binoculars in Sri Lanka at an affordable price of Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 38.000.00.

You are a proto star still trying to shine need to fire up properly.  You have a fashion of sky watching intention of learning. Astronomy dream of moon landing with kson Telescope.

For more information contact S&T Group on 0778696620 or see below image

Telescopes and Binoculars in Sri Lanka Rs. 10,000 Upwards
Telescopes and Binoculars in Sri Lanka Rs. 10,000 Upwards

Ceylon Hotels Corporation Happy Holidays Promotion till 31st July 2013

With Poya and the upcoming Holiday season, enjoy the sights and charm of Sri Lanka. Stay at one of our Resort Hotels, and enjoy the beach in Bentota (The Surf), or ancient ruins in Polonnaruwa (The Lake) or the natural beauty of the Yala National Park (The Safari).

Bentota (The Surf):

Rs. 10,000

Polonnaruwa (The Lake):

Rs. 5,000.00

Yala National Park (The Safari):

Rs. 7,000.00

 

Rates per person per night, full board, inclusive of all taxes and service, Children, under 12 years stay free (maximum 2 Children sharing the parents’ room).

Offer valid until 31st July 2013

For inquiries please call on 011 5585858 or visit www.ceylonhotelscorporation.com

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Ceylon Hotels Corporation Happy Holidays Promotion till 31st July 2013
Ceylon Hotels Corporation Happy Holidays Promotion till 31st July 2013