Jetwing Vil Uyana sits on its own man made eco-reserve which boasts a wetland, secondary monsoon forests and paddy lands. What was formerly a barren patch of land has now emerged into a nature lover’s paradise with more than a hundred varieties of wildlife inhabiting the area. Amongst the most eco friendly hotels in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka the property is surrounded by nature on all sides and a stroll through the premises will bring you into close contact with the environment and the animals and birds that live there. The enhanced biodiversity of the environs enables the hotel to conduct wildlife watching tours on the premises itself, which means you only have to step out of your room to experience the local wildlife.
For those who are delighted by the delicate beauty and varied colours of butterflies, our tour will enable you to observe species like the Common Jezebel, Crimson Rose, Plain Tiger, Banded Peacock, Blue Glassy Tiger and the Blue Mormon. Crocodiles and water monitors pop up in the lake from time to time, and a marsh crocodile has become a regular feature at the hotel because it chooses to bask near the restaurant. Lizards, geckos, frogs, fresh water turtles and snakes can be added to the list of amphibians and reptiles that have been sighted in the vicinity. Peafowls, Ceylon Jungle Fowls, Black Headed Orioles, Kingfishers, Egrets, Herons, Bee-Eaters, Barbets, Woodpeckers, Brahminy Kites and White Bellied Fish Eagles are among the many species of birds to be sighted here. Many varieties of mammals have made this reserve their habitat, and among the most commonly seen are the Grey Mongoose and the Grey Squirrel.
The wildlife watching tour is a unique feature the hotel has to offer and provides excellent opportunities for spotting large numbers of animals and birds. Beginning at 7.00 a.m. it lasts for approximately one and a half hours, and covers about 1.5 km of walking area. You will be provided with a water bottle, but do remember to bring a cap or a hat, field glasses, spotting scopes, camera, sun block and insect repellent. Wear earth-coloured (dull brown or green) comfortable clothes and walking shoes.