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Sri Lanka’s Monkey Kingdom

Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa and its ancient ruins is the ultimate forest playground of one of man’s closest relatives, the Toques monkeys. The second kingdom of Sri Lanka is a complex ancient civilisation devoted to Buddha and his teachings, science, advanced irrigation systems, medicine that cured snakebites in a bath and grand architectural designs. Abandoned for around seven hundred years by man but not by beast, the Toque Macaque monkeys, one of three species found in Sri Lanka, still remember who they are and what they are doing here, in the incredible ruins of this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site. Polonnaruwa is home to a large monkey population who were famously featured in Disney’s engaging documentary film ‘Monkey Kingdom’. Polonnaruwa is a gloriously majestic backdrop for this experience, which allows you to closely observe the three diurnal primates of Sri Lanka: grey langur, purple-faced leaf monkey and toque macaque. Although these creatures can be seen in various parts of the island, this is one of the best places for travellers to get up close and personal with the monkeys of Sri Lanka. The Monkey Kingdom Expedition is perfect for those who want to get close to a monkey community and learn about their family relationships, friendships and habits.

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Ella Sri Lanka

Badulla, Sri Lanka

Ella is a small town in the Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka governed by an Urban Council. It is approximately 200 kilometres east of Colombo and is situated at an elevation of 1,041 metres above sea level. The area has a rich bio-diversity, dense with numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Ella is in essence a gap formed in a mountain range, very famous hot spot with the ardent adventure tourist with it myriad of adventure trails and what a beautiful sight it presents to the tired mind after a long journey. On one side the dark mountain tops with rutted cliffs falls from dizzying heights into out of site gorges where the turbulent yet infant stream of kirindi oya leaps and gambols among the rocks, on the other side green hills dotted with trees falls more gently bending their shaggy side to long winding valleys, creating a magnificent vistas around you. Look out for the following peaks Chimney-pot hill to the East, Kataragama peak to your West and in the distance straight down your nose is Yala National park until it end in the pale blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Hot Air Ballooning in Sri Lanka

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Immerse yourself in the ride of a lifetime. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful countryside of Sri Lanka. There are few pleasures as amazing and unforgettable as drifting gently over breathtaking views of this tropical paradise. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!. What is Air Ballooning? Feel the excitement as you lift off and drift effortlessly over the spectacular scenery. As the climbing goes on unnoticed, find yourself amidst endless horizons of rugged mountains and green fields with only the burners to disturb the peace. Watch your pilot gradually lower the balloon until it is just inches above the evergreen trees. as you pick leaves or touch the tree tops, spot a bird or an animal waking to the daybreak. Air Ballooning is an expirience unlike traditional air travel, where u cannot feel movement and the silence is absolute. Leaving you to enjoy the surroundings with utmost serenity and peace. Flight Plan Since flights average about an hour or so and the whole excursion is upto about 3 ½ hours from the time of pick up to the time you are dropped back at your hotel. Where the hot air balloon flies is always in the direction of the wind and no two flights are the same. Preparations Hot Air Ballooning flights are subjected to weather conditions on the scheduled day. An early morning wake up call confirms the ride. If a flight is cancelled in view of the bad weather, payment will be refunded. The destination or the exact route of a Hot Air Ballooning cannot be predicted since the flight is subjected to as the wind direction. Since it is little warmer high up in the air, the hot air ballooning enthusiasts are advised to dress casually. A hat or cap to shade you from the sun is an excellent idea. Closed toe shoes are recommended in view of the limited floor space of the wicker basket. Hot Air Ballooning Season in Sri Lanka Hot Air Ballooning trips are operate during this season. During the period of November to May, most often the winds are light and the sky is at its bluest. Of the season March and April offer the best weather. At other times of the year too Hot Air Ballooning is possible. However strong winds blowing from the east take you downwind of the mountains on the western side of the island. The Tourism Promotion Bureau of Sri Lanka in association with the Ceylon Airship and Balloon Club organizes Sri Lanka Balloon Festival on yearly basis. The participants that arrive from Asia and Europe annually are treated to an exclusive week-long tour of the island. The 2011 Sri Lanka Balloon Festival was held in March.

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