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Saturday, April 18, 2015

MAY & JUNE 2015 SPECIAL OFFERS


PACKAGE 1

Four nights/ Five days Sri Lanka wildlife retreat covering visits to Udawalawe National Park and Yala National Park

2 - pax cost per person based on double room occupancy in USD 535/=
3 - pax cost per person based on triple room occupancy in USD 455/=



PACKAGE 2

Five nights/ Six days Sri Lanka wildlife & Culture tour covering visits to Wilpattu National Park, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park and Dambulla

2 - pax cost per person based on double room occupancy in USD 610/=
3 - pax cost per person based on triple room occupancy in USD 530/=


Friday, April 17, 2015

Sri Lanka’s first Open Air Zoo declared open


Sri Lanka’s first Open Air Zoo was declared open in Pinnawala on Friday.
The Open Air Zoo has been planned in line with international standards.
The Open Air Zoo built in an expanse of 44 acres adjacent to the world famous elephant orphanage in Pinnawala consists of two zones – ‘Sri Lankan’ and ‘World’.
The ‘Sri Lankan’ zone will have native animals of Sri Lanka such as deer, leopards and crocodiles. The zoo will have a special open section displaying the free-roaming Sri Lankan leopard.
The ‘World’ zone will house non-native animal species.
The Minister said the public will be afforded an opportunity to visit the open air zoo free of charge from from April 17 – 30.

Tour Images - Gerry Kimber Tour 12/03 - 02/04

The following images were taken by client Gerry Kimber while on tour in Sri Lanka with Jetwing Eco Holidays. Naturalist chauffeur guide Mahinda Jayasinghe accompanied them on tour.

Sri lanka white-eye

Sri Lanka Grey hornbill

Chestnut-headed bee-eater
Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl

Painted stork

Green bee-eater

Blue-tailed bee-eater

Spot-billed pelican

Little egret

Asian openbill

Greater Thicknee

Tusker

Common Kingfisher

Crested Hawk-eagle



Images courtesy of Gerry Kimber

The Beach Life Beckons at Jetwing Lagoon & Yala

The Beach Life Beckons at Jetwing Lagoon & Yala

z_p14-The-Beach.jpgJetwing Lagoon, Negombo and Jetwing Yala, Yala, two of Sri Lanka's most well known properties, now unveil a further addition to their already diverse offering: beach access, complete with comforts such as beach bars, lounge areas, and a swimming pool as well as access to the sea which is indeed swimmable.
Known as Sri Lanka's premier hospitality brand, Jetwing transformed the formerly known Blue Lagoon into the resort it is today - a sizeable investment in a piece of tourism history, due to its status as the country's first resort and also Geoffrey Bawa's first resort design. In the transformation, Jetwing ensured that the late master's vision remained untouched and expanded upon with 55 rooms and the longest pool in the area at a 100m in length. Overlooking the calm waters of the Negombo lagoon, the property has gone on to be ranked No. 3 on TripAdvisor for hotels in Negombo. The recently developed beach access lies opposite the hotel, next to Thalahena Villas by Jetwing and features another pool at 25m in length, a wholly Lankanesque beach bar - complete with bicycle seats for stools and trishaw hammocks - and a lounge area.
Launched in January 2014, Jetwing Yala is known as a beacon of the Deep South of Sri Lanka, and an oasis of luxurious indulgence in the middle of nature at its wildest. Only a few kilometers from the famed Yala National Wildlife Park, Jetwing Yala is fringed by forest on the sides and overlooks massive sand dunes and the Indian Ocean. With breathtaking sunsets and where the stars at night appears to only be an arm's length away, the property is also testament to the Jetwing brand's commitment to sustainability; featuring the largest privately owned solar park in the country - currently generating 40 percent of the hotel's daily electricity demand. Adding another dimension to the resort is the beach area directly facing the resort; an expanse of pristine beachfront and soft sands as far as the eye can see, with a beach bar and lounge area along with internationally trained lifeguards patrolling the area during the day.
"Opening up the beach access at Jetwing Lagoon and developing the area was an element we have spent some time developing.
"We wanted to make sure that the areas were in-line with each property's unique personality, and function as an extension of the resorts themselves - complete with food and beverage facilities, seating, and safety and in the case of Jetwing Yala, the latest beach destination in the country", Jetwing Chairman Hiran Cooray stated. 
Via Daily News

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa (01 - 07 Apr 15)

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa from 1st - 7th April 2015


DATE                                               # OF WHALES                          # OF DOLPHINS


       
        2015.04.07                            Blue Whale 06+                   Spinner Dolphins 100+

        2015.04.06                            Blue Whale 10+                   Spinner Dolphins 200+

        2015.04.05                            Blue Whale 05+                   Spinner Dolphins 200+      

        2015.04.04                            Blue Whale 08+                   Spinner Dolphins 100+
                                                      Bryde Whale 01

        2015.04.03                            Blue Whale 05+                   Spinner Dolphins 300+

        2015.04.02                            Blue Whale 05                     Spinner Dolphins 200+

        2015.04.01                            Blue Whale 02+                   Spinner Dolphins 300+
                                                      Sperm Whale 10+                                                                                                                                       Pilot Whale 20+                 


Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa (25 - 30 Mar 15)

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa from 25th - 30th March 2015


DATE                                                       # OF WHALES                          # OF DOLPHINS


        2015.03.30                            Blue Whale 05+                   Spinner Dolphins 300+

 Sperm Whale 15+
Whale Shark 01
            Turtle 01

        2015.03.29                            Blue Whale 05+                   Spinner Dolphins 300+

        2015.03.28                            Blue Whale 05+                   Spinner Dolphins 300+

        2015.03.27                            Blue Whale 07+                   Spinner Dolphins 100+

        2015.03.26                            Blue Whale 04+                   Spinner Dolphins 400+

        2015.03.25                            Blue Whale 04+                   Spinner Dolphins 50+ 




Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa (18 - 24 Mar 15)

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa from 18th - 24th March 2015


       DATE                                            # OF WHALES                          # OF DOLPHINS


        2015.03.24                            Blue Whale 2+                      Spinner Dolphins 200+      

        2015.03.23                            Blue Whale 02                      Spinner Dolphins 100+      
        2015.03.22                            Blue Whale 02+                    Spinner Dolphins 50+

        2015.03.21                            Blue Whale 01+                    Spinner Dolphins 100+

        2015.03.20                            Blue Whale 01                      Bottlenose Dolphins 50+

        2015.03.19                            Blue Whale 02+                    -----------------------

        2015.03.18                            Blue Whale 02+                    ----------------------- 



Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa (05 - 17 Mar 15)

Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings at Mirissa from 5th - 17th March 2015


DATE                                            # OF WHALES                          # OF DOLPHINS

        2015.03.17                            Blue Whale 03+                   Spinner Dolphins 100+

        2015.03.16                            Blue Whale 01

        2015.03.15                            -----------------                       Spinner Dolphins 30+

        2015.03.14                            -----------------                       -------------------------

        2015.03.13                            Blue Whale 01

        2015.03.12                            ----------------                      Spinner Dolphins 200+

        2015.03.11                            ----------------                      Spinner Dolphins 100+

        2015.03.10                            ----------------                      Spinner Dolphins 300+

        2015.03.09                            Blue Whale 02

        2015.03.08                            Blue Whale 02

        2015.03.07                            Blue Whale 01

        2015.03.06                            Blue Whale 01                       Spinner Dolphins 100+

        2015.03.05                            Blue Whale 01                       Rissos Dolphins 30+




Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports (PVT) Ltd.

Monday, March 9, 2015

National Geographic, BT boost for Lanka’s wild life



Sri Lanka’s alluring wild life has got a boost via National Geographic and UK’s BT Channel 424 airing it on Sunday nights.
In prompting the telecast BT says “Discover dazzling landscapes, stunning seas and exotic creaturesin ‘Wild Sri Lanka’ now on Nat Geo Wild.”
“Sri Lanka’s definitely at the luxury end of the wildlife spectrum and there’s plenty to ‘ooh!’ over in this sumptuous series, unveiling the iconic animals, sublime scenery and startling secrets of this tropical gem set in the Indian Ocean,” it added.
“From over-excited elephants fighting for the best grassy bit in the meadow to acrobatic monkeys under aerial attack from eagles, leopards stubbornly refusing to change their spots, and dolphins outwitting all around them, this is natural history to drool over,” BT Channel 424 said.