NATURE TRAILS AT ALIYA
Experiencing the surprises of nature and emphasizing the natural world and, environment protection and management are the primary focuses of ALIYA Resort and Spa. Therefore, Aliya actively promotes the sheltering of natural flora and fauna and also defend against the environment degradation.
The resort conducts bird watching excursions, biodiversity conservation projects and daily presentations on environment management, all, free of charge in – order to awake and enhance the guest’s knowledge on the wonders of the environment.
Bird watching excursions are organized at the request of guests & stakeholders on Bird trails designed within and around the hotel.
These trails have been designed with the guidance and recommendation of subject experts.
At Aliya more than hundred Angiosperms can be
identified and many other floras are inhabited.
More than hundred species of birds and Angiosperms can be identified within the hotel territory. We can also find many wild mammals, lizards and butterflies surviving in the eco systems of the area along with variety of flora.
There are about 33 endemic bird species and 68 endemic subspecies in Sri Lanka. The majority of the endemic avifauna is found in the wet zone forests or the hills. Although, Aliya is located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, many endemic birds restricted to dry zone can be recognized in the vicinity of Aliya.
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis) and Brown-Capped Babbler (Pellorneum fuscocapillus) are very frequently observable endemics at Aliya Resort and Spa.
According to the geographical position in the Indian Continent Sri Lanka is the southernmost land mass beyond the south of India. Hence, many species of birds migrate annually from the northern autumn winter along the Central Asian-Indian flyway end their southward journey in the island. Western route, Eastern route and Andaman Island route are the three paths utilized by migratory birds to enter Sri Lanka. Some rare winter visitors such as the ‘Orange Headed Thrush’ along with other migrants such as the ‘Asian Paradise Flycatcher’, ‘Blue-tailed Bee-eater’ ‘Indian Pitta’ and the ‘Gull-billed Tern’ can also be seen at Aliya.
WINGS AT THE LAKE
CAPTURE ON YOUR OWN
Weaver Birds – Unique Sight of Bird Weaving
ALIYA is the only hotel in Sri Lanka you can experience the exceptional view of nesting Baya weavers (Ploceus philippinus), while wondering the breathtaking scene of Sigiriya and Pidurangala from the swimming pool. You’ll be able to see number of amazing nests weaved by Baya Weavers throughout the year. Its nest can be distinctively identified due to its exclusivity; “ colonially in woven chamber with long entrance tube hanging below, suspended in tree.”
Hornbills – Inimitable Bulky Beaks
Another splendid capture at ALIYA is beautiful large sized foraging hornbills. It can be very easily identified due to its large Inimitable Bulky Beaks. At Aliya both the hornbills present in the island can be spotted, which is the endemic Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis) and Malabar Pied hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus).
The Malabar Pied hornbill can be very easily distinguished from Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill due to its large casque on the bill. Grey Hornbill also can discover from its voice; “a loud kaa…kaa…ka ka ka ka and a rolling kuk-kuk-kuk ko ko kokoko”. If you give attention to this magnificent creature you possibly will get an opportunity to observe them on flight in front of the hotel gardens with the view of infinity pool and eye-catching lake, or may be easily notice while they are feeding on fruits of Banyan [Nuga in Sinhala] (Ficus benghalensis), Walu Nuga (Ficus benjamina) or Kon (Schleichera oleosa) trees.
RESOLUTION FOR THIRSTY AND STARVATION
During the dry season, the hotel territory is the only green patch of land available for species in the area.
Therefore, many animals are attracted to the hotel where safe breeding and feeding grounds are provided for them. The birdbaths placed around the hotel are the only source water available for foraging fauna in the area. Edible dry seeds and other food sources are also provided by the hotel for wild animals especially during the drought, preventing starvation of most wild beasts.
“Great king, refrain from killing birds in the sky and beasts in the forest. All creatures have a right to roam the
earth freely. You are only the administrator.”
(ARAHATH MAHINDA THERO TO KING DEVANAMPIYATHISSA, AT MIHINTHALE, 3rd CENTURY B.C.)
“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and
benevolence that makes no demand for its sustenance and extends
generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all
beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it”
A nature lovers Paradise with value for your leisure time spends!!!!
- Inspirational bird watching experiences
- Photographic opportunities
- Nature trails
- Customized tours for individuals, families and small groups arranged on request
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