Rekawa – Turtle Conservation
Rekewa is one of Sri Lanka’s most important turtle nesting beaches. Turtles nest here all year round but the main season is from April to July. You can go any night of the year (arrive before 9pm) to see up to 15 turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. If you’re lucky enough to see one of the huge leatherbacks squeezing out up to 100 eggs, not only can you see the exhaustion in her eyes you can feel it too. Incredible, but you might need to be patient, this is nature at it’s most glorious.
Snake Farm visit
If you’re up for learning about reptiles then take a visit to the snake farm. Its 40 minutes drive away but is well worth the journey if you’re into snakes! It’s an intimate view of Sri Lankan snakes, run by the 3rd generation of a snake loving family, it’s an interesting and a tiny bit scary adventure and everybody will learn so much and hopefully overcome a fear.
Udawalawe Elephant Safari
Udawalawe National Park is positioned just south of the Central Highlands, which displays a captivating mountainous backdrop. The park is one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see wild Asian Elephants throughout the year and only a 2 hour drive from Meda Gedara, which makes it the perfect opportunity to explore. The gentle giants roam the 30,000 hectares of vegetation and can often be seen feeding in the grassland all from the ease of your 4x4 safari vehicle. As if the magnificence and grandeur of seeing these powerful beasts isn’t enough, your guide will help keep your eyes peeled for wild boar, water buffalo, Crocodiles, Eagles, an array of exotic birds and if your lucky you may experience an occasional rare sighting of a leopard.
Bundala National Park
Bundala is one of the lesser-visited National Park reached by car in 2 hours. It is an Internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds; the park hosts nearly 200 species of birds and has huge flocks of flamingo’s. It is a fantastic maze of waterways, lagoons and dunes. There is also a small but very visible population of elephants and there’s a very good chance you’ll see crocodiles, Monitor lizards, monkeys, wild boars, mongooses, giant squirrels and civets.
Take to the skies in a sea plane with Cinnamon Air and view Sri Lanka’s serene beauty from the air. A bird’s eye view over the plantations and beaches will mesmerise your senses and give you the true meaning of a tropical paradise. You can take off and land in Dikwella (Mawella Lagoon) which is only 15 minutes drive from Meda Gedara. Even the excitement of taking off and landing on the water feels like a real adventure.