There is only one Sri Lankan public holiday in November this year:
Il Full Moon Poya Day is next Thursday, 6th of November 2014.
Il Poya Day commemorates the first Buddhist missionary by the first 60 Arahants.
There are two major seasonal events in November for nature lovers and eco-tourists, namely Kaudulla elepant gathering and Kalpitiya dolphin watching . Furthermore, the numbers of migratory birds from northern parts of Asia are increasing.
Kaudulla National Park in Polonnaruwa District is located just north of the more famous Minneriya National Park. During the local dry season in northern hemosphere summer months, Minneriya tank is the setting of Sri Lanka’s spectacular nature event called “elephant gathering”. Beginning in September or October, most wild elephants start migrating back to the north and on their way stay a few weeks at the Kaudulla tank belonging to the island’s most important “elephant corridor”. October and November is peak season for this “second elephant gathering” in Kaudulla National Park, with up to 200 animals. But also during Sri Lanka’s touristic high season, particularly in December and January, there are good chances to see large herds of elephants bathing at Kaudulla lake after sunrise and before sunset. Locals in Sigiriya and Habarana, where most safaris start, always know current meeting places and elephant numbers according to sightings during the previous days. So after arrival in the centre of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, simply ask us, where to go (Minneriya or Kaudulla) and what you can expect to see.
From November to March is dolphin watching season in Sri Lanka, a thrilling event for children and adults alike. Sri Lanka’s hotspot for dolphin and also for whale watching in November is Kalpitiya Island in the North-Western Province. Sightings of huge pods of one thousand or even up to two thousand Spinner Dolphins are probable on boat tours in the early morning. Spinner Dolphins are the most common species. Bottlenose, Risso, Indo-Pacific Humpback and Electra Dolphins (Melon-headed Whales) are seen regularly, too. The Dolphins often swim along side the boats and frolic in the seas.
Sperm Whales also occur near Kalpitiya during west coast high season, from November till march. With some luck, Blue Whales, Minke Whiles Dwarf Sperm Whales and even Orcas are also spotted.
The World Biodiversity Congress,
organized by the Global Scientific Research Foundation,
will take place from 24th November to the 27th November 2014
at Colombo’s renowned luxury hotel Cinnamon Lakeside.
The conference will discuss sustainable utilization and using traditional know-how. The Global Scientific Research Foundation (GSRF) is a non-governmental and non-profit Research organization working for sustainable Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation, bringing together students, professional, academics and organizations through consultative, advisory and educative processes. Last years World Biodiversity Congress conference was held in Chieng Mai, Thailand.
Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts together with SriLankan Airlines and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA) will organise Asia’s first-ever "Travel Bloggers Conference" (TBC). It will take place from 14th to 18th of November 2014. It is hoped to promote Sri Lanka to the forefront of tourist destinations among future holiday makers.
Over 50 bloggers from around the world will join the Conference and can take part in a four day Pre-Conference tour in Sri Lanka offered by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, with travel experiences and learning opportunities making this conference stand out from the ordinary "just a one day" conferences in meeting halls only. The event is expected to be held annually in different parts of Asia.
TBC Asia registrations are open at www.tbcasia.com.
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