Our Naturalist

Chinthaka De Dilva, is overall naturalist with over 35 years birding experience and 30 years of tour leading experience and is considered as one of the most experienced birders in Sri Lanka. For many years he has been involved in many research project including cetaceans and bats as well. His lifelong interest to be in the wilds and to study its diversity has taken him to the Himalayas in Northern India too, yielding many new species to his life list.

Chinthaka’s, proficiency to find leopards and other difficult mammals on safaris in our National Parks is an inherent fanaticism, and has conducted many such highly successful tours. A keen interest in bird vocalization has given him a thorough knowledge on the country’s birds. Devotion to butterflies, dragonflies as well as marine mammals takes him regularly to lesser known places throughout the country. He is a keen wildlife photographer too.

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Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world to watch birds and is truly a paradise for all Bird Watching enthusiasts. The activity becomes more common especially around the bird sanctuaries and wetland reserves in the south east part of the island while the temperate climate is ideal for migrating birds. Bird Watching in Sri Lanka.

The tropical climate and exotic landscape of the paradise isle of Sri Lanka makes it a true haven for bird lovers who arrive from all over the world. Sri Lanka is home to more than 400 bird species with around 23 endemics and 200 migratory birds arriving from India, Siberia, Scandinavia and Western Europe. The best time for Bird Watching enthusiasts to visit the island is towards the latter part of the year. In fact the month of December has been declared as the National Bird Month by the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, the national affiliate of Bird Life International. There are many bird sanctuaries spread throughout the island which includes the Kumana National Park, the Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, the Bodhinagala Sanctuary and Udawatte Kele to name a few. Many activities are organized during the National Bird Month for the public, exposing them to the treasures of bird life.

Bird Watching in Ritigala

Ritigala is located 188 km north-east of Colombo, at Ganewalpola, near Kekirawa/Maradankadawala of north-central plains of Sri Lanka. Black-capped Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Brown-capped Babbler, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Black-naped Flycatcher, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Black Eagle, Crested Serpent & Crested Hawk Eagle, Common Hill Mynah, Indian Pitta, White-rumped Shama are some of the bird species found within range.

Bird Watching in Habarana

Habarana is an area surrounded by many lakes and is a very good habitat for birds. As such it is one of the prominent bird watching hotspots in Sri Lanka. You can book and pre-arrange your Birdwatching tour in Habarana now.

Bird Watching in Sigiriya

The surrounding of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a designated forest reserve and is a very good birding destination. Sigiriya sanctuary is a wellprotected area as it is a UNECO World Heritage Site, waterways and thickcanopied forests make it a haven for birds. You can book and pre-arrange your Birdwatching tour in Sigiriya now. Bird Watching in Sri Lanka with Lakpura Travels

Sri Lanka specialist’s Lakpura Travels have reviewed over 100 traditional hotels and can provide expert advice on where to stay if you are looking for the best Bird Watching locations across Sri Lanka. You can book online through our site for Bird Watching holidays while you can choose from stylish holiday bungalows to eco friendly mud huts as your abodes. Colorful and tropical birds visit the island at different times of the year following air currents. Ceylon flycatcher, Green beater, eagles, herons and woodpeckers are a few of the delights that you can spot. So grab your birding equipment (i.e. binoculars, cameras, suitable clothing, supplies, etc.) and come to Sri Lanka for a truly memorable Bird Watching experience!

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