‘Go on a couch safari’ concept by Sri Lanka Tourism
With the sharp decline in tourism arrivals due to the global pandemic and flight restrictions, Sri Lanka Tourism has initiated a novel approach to promote the island through a concept “Go on a Couch Safari” covering wildlife streams from our most popular National Parks.
Every year, hundreds of elephants gather at the man-made reservoirs inside Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks in the dry season, a breathtaking sight. Considered one of the most beautiful natural phenomenons in the world, this experience will be streamed through Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) social media sites and an affiliated website from the Minneriya National Park as the first wildlife stream of the series.
Minneriya is home to the first recorded set of wild elephant twins which has become a sensation among wildlife enthusiasts and is expected to grab the attention of thousands of potential wildlife travellers to the country in the near future.
The Yala National Park, popular for the highest density of Leopards anywhere in the world and Udawalawe National Park are best known for terrestrial big five Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears, and Water Buffalos, Mugger and Saltwater crocodiles and other species such as sambars, jackals, spotted deer and peacocks that roam free in their natural habitats. A sunrise drive will not only let you see the top five wildlife varieties popular among wildlife enthusiasts, there will also be sightings of a number of migrant and water birds and several other rare and endemic flora and fauna.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) requests the assistance of all stakeholders and citizens to join hands with them to promote this event. ‘’Tourism is an industry that plays a critical role for the economy of Sri Lanka. We need to be ready to bounce back quickly once the time comes. We will be introducing several crowd sourcing initiatives to amplify the message. There are three ways which anyone can get involved in this national promotional project. We also will be having holiday offers that could be won by overseas viewers,’’ said Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando. This is an opportunity to showcase the amazing biodiversity of the island while maintaining the interest within the groups for Sri Lanka’s Tourism.
Day 1 – Minneriya,
4 November 2.00 P.M. (IST) + 5.30 GMT
Day 2 – Minneriya,
5 November 2.00 P.M. (IST) + 5.30 GMT
Day 3 – Kaudulla,
8 November 2.00 P.M. (IST) + 5.30 GMT
Day 4 – Udawalawe,
9 November 7.00 A.M. (IST) + 5.30 GMT
Day 5 – Udawalawe,
10 November 3.00 P.M. (IST) + 5.30 GMT
Day 6 - Yala,
11 November 7.00 A.M. (IST) + 5.30 GMT
Day 7 – Yala,
12 November 7.00 A.M. (IST) + 5.30 GMT
Day 8 – Yala,
13 November 3.00 P.M. (IST) + 5.30 GMT