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Bird Watching in Sri Lanka



This tour is designed to cover the variety of 33 endemics and other 465 recorded varieties of the birds of Srilanka, leopards, sloth bears, and elephants for a delightful experience. Sri Lanka has become a prominent location for ornithologists and bird enthusiasts from around the World. This birding heaven flaunts a range of environments including damp to arid zones, jungles, hill country, lowlands and tropical rain forests where a stunning native and migratory birds can be found. We welcome you to check out Sri Lanka's amusing world of birds, vegetation and flagship creatures with this unique birding tour which includes a chosen list of renowned bird-watching areas and national forests.

Trip Highlights

· Trip Highlights for Bird Watching Tour:

  • Marvel at island, resident and migratory birds
  • Visit rainforests to experience the stunning flora and fauna of Sri Lanka
  • Relaxing night walks and safaris are bound to leave you excited
  • National parks in Sri Lanka will allow you to witness the majestic elephants, bears, and leopards


Upon your arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be moved to Kitulgala which was filmed in the David Lean's award-winning movie 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' and is considered as one of the most beautiful areas as well as a hotspot for endemic birds. Depending on your time of arrival, you can choose to rest at your hotel, or do a short bird-watching. Take your guide to see Sri Lanka's native bird species consisting of the orange-billed babbler and the chestnut-backed owlet.

  • Arrival at the airport

After a morning meal, indulge in a full-day trip of the Makandawa tropical rain forest in Kitulgala which boasts an impressive checklist of native, migratory and resident birds. Much of the wet area endemics such as the Sri Lanka green pigeon, hanging parrot, layard's parakeet, Sri Lanka grey horn expense, yellow-fronted barbet, black-capped bulbul, and the spot-winged thrush can be found here. Afterward, you will undoubtedly spend the night near nature at a gorgeous Forest Edge Hotel.

  • Makandawa tropical rainforest

  • Several species of birds

After a morning meal, you will visit Sinharaja rainforest, which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. One more emphasis of this forest is the mixed-species bird groups, averaging as much as 42 specific species, which makes this the World's largest mixed-species bird group. The mixed-species bird group research of the Sinharaja forest has been proceeding since 1981 and is taken into consideration the World's lengthiest bird group study. Birding highlights consist of the red-faced malkoha, Sri Lanka blue magpie, white-faced starling, and scaly thrush. After lunch, check-in to your resort in Sinharaja before a bird-watching trip in the woodland. We have also planned a night birding route, where you might find some of Sri Lanka's nocturnal varieties consisting of the chestnut-backed owlet and Owl.

  • Sinharaja rainforest

  • See rare species of birds

Following an early breakfast, enjoy a day (with jam-packed lunches) in the gorgeous Sinharaja jungle where you will see damp lowland woodland birds including endemics. You will also see varieties of butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, forest creatures, and various other wildlife. If you are feeling up to it, you can also do a night-walk along the perimeter of the area.

  • Day at Sinharaja rainforest

  • Night walk around the vicinity

Enjoy a pre-breakfast trail before you are taken to Udawalawe where you will certainly check-in at the Big Game Tented Camp. Take part in a safari in the 30,821-hectare park in Udawalawe, where you may see a range of resident birds including grey hornbills and brown-capped babblers as well as predators such as the white-bellied Sea Eagle and the crested serpent-eagle. This park is famous for its herds of elephants, seen feeding and bathing at watering holes with their playful calves. Amongst the migrant birds discovered right here are purple kingfishers, forest wagtails, Indian pittas, whiskered terns, osprey, sandpipers, and terns. A night-time birding path has also been organized for you after supper.

  • Transfer to Udawalawe

  • Come across several resident bird species

Start your day with a pre-breakfast birding route on the borders of the Udawalawe National Park before you move to the Bundala National Park for an exclusive jeep safari. Bundala has been recognized as internationally famous for migratory birds. A night safari at the Yala National Park has also been arranged with an evening birding path and an overnight stay at the Big Game Camp in Yala. Flaunting the highest possible leopard populace thickness on the planet, Yala National Park is a haven for wild animals fanatics while being extensively kept in mind as the very best place on the earth to a movie and photograph the Sri Lankan Leopard.

  • Bundala National Park

  • Night safari at Yala National Park

Venture back right into the Yala National Park for an early morning safari to see some of the 215 different bird types that live within the park. You may be able to identify barbets, blue-breasted quail and barred buttonquail along with creatures like the

Venture back right into the Yala National Park for an early morning safari to see some of the 215 different bird types that live within the park. You may be able to identify barbets, blue-breasted quail and barred buttonquail along with creatures like the Asian elephant, sloth bears, and leopards. Then we will certainly whisk you off to capitals of Nuwara Eliya where en route you will undoubtedly visit the Hakgala botanical gardens. You will certainly invest the evening at the avian breeze in Nuwara Eliya.

  • Yala National Park

  • Hakgala botanical gardens

Before dawn, with jam-packed breakfasts, you will visit Horton Plains National Park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka which has additionally been recognized since the Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Horton Plains is home to numerous residents and migratory birds consisting of the yellow-eared bulbul, wood pigeon, Sri Lanka bush warbler and most significantly, the threatened Sri Lanka whistling thrush and scaly thrush. We will certainly likewise try to find sambar, deer and the native purple-faced monkey.

  • Horton Plains National Park

In the morning, after a birding path, you will leave for Negombo with the choice of visiting Kandy's social sites en route. If there's time, you might even see the Kurulu Kele Bird Sanctuary in Kegalle. KuruluKele is a protected area of just over 113 hectares where once again you will have the ability to find several of the 95 taped bird varieties, including ten endemics, such as the Spur chicken, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, and Legge's Flowerpecker that poise the island-paradise. Then you will stay at the peaceful St. Lachlan Hotel before the last day.

  • Negombo

  • Kurulu Kele Bird Sanctuary

On the last day of the program, you can choose to move to the Bandaranaike International Airport for your trip back or expand your trip according to your requirements.


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