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Paradise Island Safari

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Gampola, Sri Lanka
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About Paradise Island Safari
Paradise Island Safari Team offers keen insight and a unique perspective to some of the most famous wildlife sites in Wilpattu, Kumana, Minneriya and Bundala National Parks. We also provide hiking/trekking sessions to Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, bird watching tours, camping experiences, village trekking experiences and cycling tours around the country. Paradise Island Safari team is a well trained passionate, dedicated and experienced team with a high professional background to provide you the best quality of service that brings you up to the extreme pleasure during your holiday. We provide attractions and activities that interest you, including day tours, hiking/trekking, camping in the wilderness, cycling & adventure safari. We can make arrangements to suit your own personal needs and interests. Thus, turn an ordinary trip into the experience of a lifetime.
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This trek starts from Rangala which is a village amidst tea estates. Trekkers will trek through line houses, pine forests, lowland rain forest, water streams etc. experiencing the village life. You can refresh yourself by having a bath in a fresh water stream which starts from the Knuckles Mountain Range. Then you’ll walk towards the Heeloya village…
Heeloya is a rural, remote agricultural village in the Kandy district with a unique attraction of understanding how justice was meted out in the good old days. The proceedings of hearing a case by the village-headman and the location are still intact.
The main livelihood of the village community is paddy cultivation, home gardening, livestock and spices. Villagers engage in toddy tapping, handicrafts, bee-keeping, traditional dances etc., as supplementary income sources.
Visitors to Heeloya can get a feel of the life in a typical village in addition to trekking and sight-seeing and a culinary experience in true Sri Lankan style!
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Robert J wrote a review Feb 2020
Elsternwick, Australia4 contributions1 helpful vote
Dhanushka and his expert guides looked after us very well. We visited Udawattakele Forest Reserve nears Galle and Kanneliya and Kottawa Forest Reserve near Galle. They have excellent knowledge of Sri Lankan birds including calls which make identification and visual confirmation quite easy. I would recommend Dhanushka and his team for both beginners and long time birders. Well done.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Irina S wrote a review Feb 2020
Mayen, Germany6 contributions1 helpful vote
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I did hiking on knuckles mountains while my first holiday in sri lanka this year. Never did anything like this before, but I always felt save and good cared with the three guys (Dhanushka, a Male-nurse and one local man unimaginable in flip-flops). They brought lunch, water and leeches-socks for me and helped me to challenge tricky rope. The pictures taken during the hike were send to me while Google drive, especially when you travel alone nice to have some pictures with yourself at. I enjoyed this trip very much and fell in love with the beautiful nature, I'm sure I will come again and explore more. I can only recommend these hiking trips for every nature interested person and active vacationer.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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MPersson wrote a review Jan 2020
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Our trek up Knuckles Mountain Range with Dhanushka was one of the highlights of our trip to Sri Lanka. It was very obvious that Dhanushka has a deep passion for the Sri Lankan wilderness/wildlife - especially the birds. He was a wealth of knowledge and was eager to share what he knew with us. He and his assistants were very attentive. They made sure we had enough water, food, etc. and most important - helped inspect for, and remove leeches. I would highly recommend Dhanushka to anyone who is considering trekking in Sri Lanka.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Responded Jan 26, 2020
Thanks much for your wonderful feedback...
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John O wrote a review Sep 2019
Chicago, Illinois7 contributions
Danushka and our driver he arranged for were fantastic on our safari. They went out of their way to make sure we saw all the amazing wildlife in the park- Sloth Bear, leopard, elephant are the "big three" and we got to see them all. It is clear they are passionate about their job and really wanted to make sure we got the most out of the experience. Danushka also shared a wealth of information about all of the animals, the climate, and the park. Fully recommend and will be calling again for future trips!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Kanchana A wrote a review Aug 2019
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A group of us including a 6 year old did the Off season Adams peak trek in August 2019 with Dhanushka, Duminda and Kumara thru the Moray estate/ Peak Wildenss sanctuary route and climbed down through the Hatton route. We really enjoyed our trek and was so lucky to have found such a capable team to lead us as we were of average fitness. Dhanushka was very professional and delivered the package he promised and during the trek kept us informed about the forest and its species. His knowledge on flora and fauna a of the sanctuary was very good. He was also fun and very friendly. another very important member of this team was Duminda who was the medical officer who had a well equipped First aid box which came in handy when one of our friends got a cramp. We really enjoyed our experience and look forward to going with him on many more treks in the future.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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