BIRD WATCHING

Sri Lanka

Overview

For an island of its size, Sri Lanka has a high density of species of birds. A total of 444 birds have been recorded including migrants. No less than 33 species of birds are endemic, found nowhere else in the world. The mixed species feeding flocks in Sinharaja (The “Sinharaja Bird Waves”) are the largest in the world. The birds are also relatively tame and easy to watch.

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Tour Plan

AIRPORT/COLOMBO

On arrival, transfer to Colombo with your birding guide. Check in the hotel. In the evening birding at Thalangama wetlands for the common water birds that include Black and Yellow Bitterns. On completion transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo.
COLOMBO/SINHARAJA RAINFOREST

After breakfast, transfer to Bodhinagala Forest Reserve for Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow fronted Barbet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot and if lucky, the scarce endemic Green billed Coucal. Next Transfer to Sinharaja. Check in the hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at a hotel near to Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
SINHARAJA RAINFOREST

After breakfast, Visit Sinharaja Rainforest (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) for lowland endemics and mixed species bird flocks. Birding highlights include Red faced Malkoha, Serendib Scope owl, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie and scary thrush. On completion, transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight stay at a hotel near to Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
SINHARAJA/TISSAMAHARAMA (YALA NATIONAL PARK)

After breakfast, leave for Yala for 2 nights. Afternoon, visit Yala national park for the dry zone species. On completion, transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Tissamaharama.
TISSAMAHARAMA (YALA NATIONAL PARK)

After breakfast, visit Tissa wetlands and afternoon visit Yala National Park once more. On completion, transfer back to the hotel.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Tissamaharamaya.
TISSAMAHARAMA/NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya. Afternoon visit Victoria garden for Himalayan migrants. On completion, check in the hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
NUWARA ELIYA/HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK/NUWARA ELIYA

NUWARA ELIYA/HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK/NUWARA ELIYA With packed breakfast, visit Horton Plains national park for the endangered Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush and Montane endemics. In the evening walk around Nuwara Eliya city.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya
NUWARA ELIYA/KITHULGALA

After breakfast, Leave for Kithulgala for 2 nights. Birding at Kelani Vally Forest Reserve which is a lowland tropical rainforest rich in endemic fauna and flora.

Overnight stay at a Camp site in Kithulgala.
KITHULGALA/KANDY/SIGIRIYA

After Breakfast, Leave for Sigiriya via Kandy. En route visit Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic. In the evening check in the hotel and relax.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya.
SIGIRIYA/MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK/SIGIRIYA

After breakfast, Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is also fantastic for dry-zone birding. Afternoon birding at Minneriya National park.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya.
SIGIRIYA/ANAWILUNDAWA

After Breakfast, transfer to Anawilundawa. In the evening birding at Anawilundawa birds sanctuary.

Overnight stay at a hotel near to Anawilundawa Sanctuary.
ANAWILUNDAWA/AIRPORT

After Breakfast, transfer to the airport for the departure.

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