• Wildlife Experiences

    Wildlife Experiences

    Throughout all our destinations indusexperiences offers guests fascinating insights into the flora and fauna of the chosen country. Imagine seeing a rare Bengal Tiger in the wild Sunderbans of India, an Irrawaddy Dolphin on its famed namesake River....or perched up high in a howdah, atop a stately elephant, trek through the jungle of the Royal Chitwan in Nepal ‘shooting’ the cantankerous one horned Rhino! As with all tours wildlife wonders can be tailored into your itinerary - perhaps an afternoon to the Sri Lankan Sinharaja Rain Forest or see white-handed Gibbons in the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.…..Specialist tours for Birders are led by leading experts.
  • Indus is proud to partner with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

    Indus is proud to partner with David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

    The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is an adaptable and flexible, non-bureaucratic organisation responding promptly to conservation threats by supporting trusted, reputable individuals and organisations operating in the field. Lean on administration but generous on funding, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation supports a range of innovative, vital and far-reaching projects throughout Africa and Asia.

    Indus is donating £50.00* per booking for clients recommended by DSWF visiting National Parks in India. For more information see: www.davidshepherd.org
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Whales, Dolphins & Leopards

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Colombo Kalpitiya Wilpattu National Park Colombo  Yala  Mirissa Kotugoda Colombo

Day 1. To Colombo
Fly from London on a scheduled flight to Colombo.

Day 2. Negombo & Kalpitiya
Arrive Colombo, met on arrival & transferred to Kalpitiya. In the waters of the lagoon the local fishermen catch some of the best crab in the world. In recent years, this small sea side community has been put on the map for excellent whale and dolphin sightings. It’s also rapidly becoming a popular spot for kite surfing. Four nights at the Bar Reef Resort or Palagama Beach.

Day 3. Kalpitiya - Dawn Dolphin Boat Trip
The Kalpitiya coast is home to something special - hundreds of dolphins. The waters around the Kalpitiya Peninsula are frequented by pods of several hundred Spinner Dolphins. Wake with the rising sun and head out to sea to wonder at these intelligent, sociable creatures. Best time to see them is when the sea is calm from November to April. The coast of Kalpitiya is also rapidly becoming popular for whale sightings.

Day 4. Kalpitiya - At Leisure
A day to relax and to enjoy the beauty of the land.

Day 5. Excursion to Wilpattu National Park
Reopened in 2010, Wilpattu National Park is the island’s largest National Park. It boasts a varied wildlife population with large herds of elephants, water buffalo and spotted deer. There is a high density of leopard, and, an incredibly wide variety of indigenous as well as migratory birds. At Kudurumulai Point view the breathtaking panoramic vista where Puttalam Lagoon and the Indian Ocean meet. Don’t forget bathing gear and plunge into the river waters by the Kokmottai Bungalow.

Day 6. To Colombo
Morning drive to Colombo. Afternoon city tour including the Dutch Reform Church and the Hindu Temple at Kochchikade. Overnight at the Galle Face Hotel.

Day 7. To Yala via Turtle Hatchery & Stilt Fishermen
After breakfast depart for Yala National Park on the East coast of Sri Lanka. En route visit a Turtle Hatchery. Between Unawatuna and Weligama see Stilt Fishermen, balancing on poles firmly embedded in the sea bottom, fishing close to the shore. Three nights at the Chaaya Wild.

Day 8. Yala - Morning & Afternoon Leopard Safaris
Morning safari to the Park. Trail leopard - visiting places where they are found regularly in caves and on rock outcrops including: ‘Kotigala’ and ‘Pandi-Kema.’ Keep the camera ready as the leopards appear to lie languidly - almost posing for the shot - but can disappear before the shutter clicks! Return to the Lodge with time to relax before an afternoon safari once again seeking out the shy leopards.

Day 9. Yala - Morning & Afternoon Safaris
On this morning’s safari look out for elephant, jackal, mongoose and, of course, the leopard. Return to the Lodge for lunch. Final afternoon safari. Birdlife, particularly in the migratory season, abounds in the park and includes babblers, storks, egrets and glorious rainbow coloured kingfishers.

10. To Mirissa
After breakfast drift via the Southern coastline to Mirissa for 3 nights at the Coco Tangalla a delightful boutique property bordering the Bay of Weligama.

Day 11. Mirissa
Day at leisure.

Day 12. Mirissa - Dawn Whale & Dolphin Boat Trip
Dawn whale and dolphin watching excursion off Dondra. Chances are fairly high that whales will be spotted during the peak months. A blue whale can reach 100 feet, and survives on tiny krill, downing roughly 6 tons per day to keep hunger at bay. It’s a true leviathan, moving with the grace of a prima ballerina! The waters of Sri Lanka are within the International Commissions Protected zone for whales. Over 26 species are known to live or pass through the waters including the blue and sperm whales.

Day 13. To Kotugoda
After breakfast depart to Kotugoda stopping to visit the lovely old sea port of Galle with its nostalgic Colonial air. Then discover the art of mask making in Ambalangoda. Overnight at the Wallawwa.

Day 14. To London
Transfer back to the airport for your scheduled flight back to London.

The Cost From

Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis                      £2,785.00

Single room supplement                                                  £850.00

 

Cost Includes:

  • International flights in economy class.

  • Accommodation with en-suite facilities.

  • Daily breakfast throughout.

  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing.

  • Transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles.

  • Excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary.

  • Full ATOL Bonding.

 

Cost does not include:

  • Visa Fee.

  • Any optional Excursions.

  • Any expenses of a personal nature.

  • Travel Insurance.

 

Whale watch – an awe inspiring experience up close to these giants of the deep or take a lesson to master the art of kite surfing

 

 

  • Go Swimming with the Dolphins in Kalpitiya
  • Enjoy a refreshing river bath near Wilpattu National Park
  • Release baby turtles back to the ocean early in the morning
  • Take the ultimate selfie with a Leopard at Yala

Meet our Scholars and Trip Leaders

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SarahShawS A R A H   S H A W

Tour lecturer Sarah Shaw is a Faculty Member at the Oriental Institute at Oxford University, and an Honorary Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies. One of her key research interests is Indian and Asian influences on British nineteenthcentury writers, of whom Kipling is surely the most famous. Throughout the tour she will give a series of short lectures about Kipling and his work, as well as carefully chosen poetry and short story readings.

 

VibhaJoshiParkinD R . V I B H A   J O S H I   P A R K I N

Dr Vibha Joshi Parkin is  professorial Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Tuebingen University and Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford from where she also obtained her doctorate. Working with the Nagas since 1 985, Dr Vibha Joshi Parkin has conducted extensive fieldwork on their religion and material cultures and will impart her intimate knowledge of the tribes. Her research interests focus on two inter-related themes, traditional religion, conversion to Christianity, healers and  healing practices and ethnographic museum collections, history of colonial collecting (especially textiles), cultural history of the Naga peoples and their self-presentation. She is the author of research monograph, A Matter of Belief: Christian Conversion and Healing in North East India (Berghahn, 2012), co-author of, The Land of the Nagas (Mapin, 2004), co-curator of the international exhibition on the Naga at the Basel Museum of World Cultures  and co-editor of the book, Naga: A Forgotten Mountain Region Rediscovered (2008).She has authored several articles based on her research among Naga in edited books and journals.

 

david tolleyportrait AD A V I D   T O L L E Y - VISITING ARTIST AND TUTOR IN FINE ART AT THE RUSKIN SCHOOL OF ART

David Tolley is a Visiting Artist at The Ruskin School of Art where he specialises in Photography and Film. He has exhibited in Germany, Australia, Greece (Athens), USA (New York), and the U.K. (London and Oxford), and will be showing work in Poland (Warsaw) and Germany (Berlin) in 2016. He studied English Language & Literature at the University of Oxford (1997).

 

 

Heather Kelly

H E A T H E R   K E L L Y

I am a botanist by training, with a PhD in plant physiology and a broader interest in plant ecology. In recent years my focus has been on teaching rather than research and I have taught interdisciplinary science with the UK's Open University, as well as whole organism biology at Durham University. Teaching at both universities has included running field trips on which students learned about assessing biodiversity, the impact of environmental factors on plant growth and processes such as succession. I am really keen to encourage people to look at how organisms interact with their environment, particularly at a time when we can see that environment changing. I would like to do this in Kasmir and Ladakh by looking at how the vegetation changes with factors such as altitude and rainfall and also at how primary succession allows the colonisation of bare ground. The Himalayas, with their natural beauty and the fact that so many British garden plants have their origins here, make an ideal location for this. 

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John Macgillivray1

J O H N    M A C G I L L I V R A Y

Currently I am a part time science tutor at the Open University with over 20 years experience of teaching undergraduate, general science modules. This has including a senior tutor role at OU Residential Schools, leading geology/ecology field trips and similar independently led field trips. I have previously worked in the UK Meteorological Office and National Engineering Laboratory (UK). I hold a first class honours degree in Earth science and a degree equivalent in Physics. Recently I have carried out published research work with Professor Ray MacDonald (Lancaster University/ University of Warsaw) and Professor B. Bagiński (University of Warsaw) on the Tertiary dyke systems of Southern Scotland and NE England, adding to previous jointly published research work I have carried out.

 

 Bobs PictureR O B E R T (BOB)   C O O K

Retired as a Warrant Officer from the British Army after 34 years. His family has a long almost unbroken line of military service dating back alhmost 170 years.

Since retirement from the army Bob has operated a busy Bed & Breakfast in York, U.K. together with his wife. Amongst other interests, Bob is the volunteer curator of the 2nd Infantry Division Kohima Museum Trust also located in York. It was in this role that Bob first visited the battlefields of Kohima in 2008 and has since been back another 8 times leading military and civilian groups to explain and explore the many different aspects of what is probably the most important unknown battle of WW2. During his visits to Kohima, Bob’s knowledge and understanding of the Battle has steadily increased as has his liking for the friendly Naga Hill people of Nagaland in North East India.

In addition to being the curator, Bob is also a Trustee of the Kohima Educational Trust which aims to repay the debt of gratitude owed by the British veterans to the Naga Hill people for their unstinting aid and assistance against the Japanese Imperial Army. One of the ways of repaying this debt of gratitude is by sponsoring the education of the Naga children aged 14 – 16.

Bob is also the deputy chairman of the Burma Campaign Society which aims to improve and enhance the reconciliation between Japan and the U.K. In this role he has also visited Japan in company with a British army veteran of the battle to visit and pay respects to Japanese veterans of the Burma campaign and to visit the grave of Lieutenant General Kotoku Sato who commanded the 31st Japanese Division at Kohima.

Click here to view Bob Cook’s interview with Kohima Museum, York’s Curator

 

Dannys Picture

D R    D A N N Y    C L A R K-L O W E S

Is a geologist, educated at Cambridge and London universities, who has given industry training courses on geology at locations throughout the world, as well as publishing scientific papers and books. He is also a mountaineer who has climbed in the Swiss Alps and in the Himalaya. He will lead this tour to Nepal which will look at aspects of the geology and geography of the spectacular Himalaya, and will help participants achieve an understanding of how mountain belts and their associated rock types are created through plate movements.

 

joan

J O A N   P O L L O C K

I am a botanist by training, with a PhD in plant physiology and a broader interest in plant ecology. In recent years my focus has been on teaching rather than research and I have taught interdisciplinary science with the UK's Open University, as well as whole organism biology at Durham University. Teaching at both universities has included running field trips on which students learned about assessing biodiversity, the impact of environmental factors on plant growth and processes such as succession. I am really keen to encourage people to look at how organisms interact with their environment, particularly at a time when we can see that environment changing. I would like to do this in Kasmir and Ladakh by looking at how the vegetation changes with factors such as altitude and rainfall and also at how primary succession allows the colonisation of bare ground. The Himalayas, with their natural beauty and the fact that so many British garden plants have their origins here, make an ideal location for this.

 

NaturePhotography TourLeaders Baines R I C H A R D    B A I N E S – ORNITHOLOGIST / ECOLOGIST

Richard is an experienced ornithologist/ecologist who has been studying and working as a Nature Guide and in Wildlife Conservation for 30 years. From recording UK migrant birds as a volunteer for Flamborough Bird Observatory to monitoring Siberian migrants in China; he has become highly experienced in bird identification and ecology. He was born in North Yorkshire and lived here for most of his life. He has worked extensively with the North York Moors National Park (NYMNP) including a project in 2014 surveying a large area of open moorland for breeding waders such as Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria). He has travelled extensively especially in Asia, recently spending 3 months birding in Thailand. He returned from Gujarat in December 2015 with a great passion for Indian birds and of course the food! He is currently studying part time for his MSc in Environmental Conservation. Richard is very keen on always increasing his knowledge on the ecology of birds and other wildlife. His greatest asset is his knowledge and enthusiasm, he loves passing on his experience of wildlife to a wide range of ages and abilities.

 

NaturePhotography TourLeaders Race

S T E V E    R A C E – WILDLIFE  PHOTOGRAPHER

Steve is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. He has been a keen naturalist and birder for over 30 years, lived on the Yorkshire Coast all of his life and believes there is no better place for variety of habitats and amazing wildlife. Inspired by the natural world around him Steve captures incredible wildlife images. In 2013 he was “Commended” in the “Wildlife Photographe¬¬r of the Year Awards” and “British Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards” in which in 2015 he was “Highly Commended”. His work has been published in national and regional media and magazines, leaflets, websites and publications. Steve has also been featured on BBC Countryfile, Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch and regional television programmes. He also runs regular exhibitions, workshops, and delivers talks and lectures. Steve has worked for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as Education Officer at Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire and taken part in numerous projects for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, National Trust and other conservation organisations.

 

Pravin DangeraP R A V I N    D A N G E R A

Born in the textile cradle of India, Gujarat, Pravin has been an expert guide to travellers in India since 1996. A speaker of several languages and trained by Gujarat Tourism, his expertise lies in textile and village tours. His long standing experience as a textile tours escort has enabled him to develop close relations with local craft and village communities in Gujarat. He has led textile lovers from the UK, USA, Australia and several other countries across textile hubs in India.

 

Mike scott

M I K E   S C O T T

I grew up in a Royal Navy family, first in the Far East, and then near Portsmouth. Having considered, and rejected, following my parents into the Navy I took a degree at Brunel University where I developed my love of History. I also learned that I loved teaching and great passion in education – outdoor learning. I have long believed that it is important to bring History to life in the original environment. My career in education finally led me to a school where I was responsible for co–ordination of all co-curricular activities. However, life in that environment means you miss out on many things. Hence, I chose to leave and did so at just the right time. A range of opportunities presented themselves. I very proudly received my Guild of Battlefield Guides badge in February 2009. I am happy to be one of a grand company of brothers, with a wealth of experience. Being a Badged Guide amongst this group of men and women is a unique honor and a privilege.

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