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One of the rarest wild orchids in Sri Lanka

One of the rarest species of wild orchids in the island, Dendrobium diodon is a dwarf epiphytic plant. Grown in the sub montane region, the plant has been recorded in the Kandy district. Although it is named as an endemic… Continue Reading →

Trail to the summit of Kirigalpotta with Jetwing

Kirigalpotta is the second highest peak in Sri Lanka and the trail to the summit of Kirigalpotta is arguably the best nature trail in Horton Plains. The trek is not too tough (but not easy either) and will let you… Continue Reading →

Sithulpawwa – the hill of the quiet mind

With its name derived from the word ‘Chiththala Pabbata’ – meaning the hill of the quiet mind, Sithulpauwa is located within the Yala National Park, in the Hambantota district in the deep south of Sri Lanka. Set in a stunning… Continue Reading →

Bird life of Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya

Located in the center of the Nuwara Eliya city, the Victoria Park, was formally named as such to commemorate the 60th Jubilee Coronation of Queen Victoria in the year 1897. Originally used as the research field of  the Hakgala Botanical Garden,… Continue Reading →

Sri Lankan Sand Boa – an uncommon, non-venomous snake species found in Yala

The only Sri Lankan member of the reptile Family Boidae, the Sri Lankan Sand Boa (Gongylophis conicus brevis) is a small but stout species which only grows up to approximately 0.5 m in length. They are relatively shorter than the… Continue Reading →

Elephant lover’s paradise

Minneriya National Park The national park has an ancient man made tank; Minneriya which date back to 276 – 303 BC and park has a land area of 8890 hectares. During the dry season large herds of elephants are seen… Continue Reading →

From wastes to resources – Organic farm at Jetwing Yala

Spread across half an acre of previously unutilized land, the vegetable/fruit farm at Jetwing Yala is a model of minimum input farming – which uses only organic matter to aid in the plants’ growth. A conventional composting facility and a process… Continue Reading →

Pidurangala – Silence and stunning vistas . . .

Located a mere 01km to the north of Sigiriya, the Pidurangala temple, became prominent in 5th century A.D. with the development of the Sigiriya fortress, and Sigiriya becoming the capital city of Sri Lanka. In the 18 years, the King… Continue Reading →

Nature walk to Lover’s Leap waterfall

The spectacular waterfall is about 30 meters high and falls off from a huge rock; and is incipient of the streams and brooks of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain range, Piduruthalagala (at 2524m). Lover’s Leap is not a large waterfall, nevertheless,… Continue Reading →

Bird life of Jetwing Warwick Gardens

Sri Lanka with its tear-dropped shape is dominated by the astonishingly varied features of topography, making it one of the most scenic places in the world. The differences in elevation influence temperature variations; – while it is always warm and… Continue Reading →

Bandula barb – a critically endangered, point-endemic freshwater fish species

The Bandula barb (Pethia bandula) is a point endemic species; which means that it is only found naturally at one specific location in the world – a 1.5 km stretch of stream in the wet zone of Sri Lanka. The Bandula Barb… Continue Reading →

Few more days for the elephant gathering at Minneriya National Park!

Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park’s predominant feature is the ancient, man-made Minneriya Tank  (built in the 3rd century by King Mahasen). The dry season spanning from June to October to each year, is the best time to visit the… Continue Reading →

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