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Birds and Wildlife Tour (11 Days)

Birds and Wildlife Tour (11 Days)

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All wildlife and nature lovers will certainly love the tour itinerary provided by Lakpura and enjoy a holiday filled with excitement. Some of the most enjoyed activities in Sri Lanka are wildlife safaris to some of the many National Parks that are located across the island. The island is currently home to about 7500 elephants while you can view herds of these gigantic animals roaming around. Parks and reserves are also home to leopards, deer, buffalo, sambar, sloth bear and many more endemic species.

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1 Day in Negombo

Upon arrival at your hotel in Negombo, you can rest and freshen up before your tour. Negombo is also a destination where you can witness a number of birds due to the lagoon, its surrounding mangroves and wetlands that encompass the area. Negombo is located along the Western coast of Sri Lanka and is a thriving hub for tourists.

Arrival and transfer to Hotel near Airport. Overnight at Hotel near Airport Possible highlights of birds: Brown hawk Owl, Indian Scope Owl, Red backed Flameback, Sri Lanka Swallow, Lesser Hill Mayna. Possible highlights of mammals: Brown Mongos, Ruddy Mongos, Indian Flying Fox.

1 Day in Kitulgala

Located about 80 km away from Colombo, Kitulgala is famed for its high adrenalin water sports such as white water rafting and abseiling. However, for the complete naturalist, we will cross the river in a dug out boat and then trek the Kitulgala Rainforest. There are many species of
birds and wildlife that you will come across

After breakfast drive to Kitulgala. Afternoon crossing the river by the rest house on dugout canoe to visit Kitulgala rainforest. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kitulgala. Possible highlights of birds: Ceylon Spurfowl, Serendib Scops Owl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Ceylon Frogmouth, Layard’s Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Ceylon Hanging- parrot, Malarbar Trogon, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Crimson-backed Flameback, Blackcapped Bulbul, Spot-winged Thrush, Rufous (Orange-billed) Babbler, Legge’s Flowerpecker, Ceylon Crested Drongo, Ceylon Hill Myna, Ceylon Blue Magpie Possible highlights of mammals: Toque Macaque E (wet zone race), Purple-faced Leaf Monkey E (wet zone race), Sri Lanka Red Slender Loris E, Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel e (wet zone race), Sri Lanka Flameback squirrel E, Dusky-striped Jungle Squirrel E, Sri Lanka Yellow Spotted Chevrotain E, Sambar, Wholly Horse-shoe Bat, False Vampire Bat, Rainbow Bat.

1 Day in Singharaja

Heading to the biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja Rainforest is a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve that is also a tourist hotspot. The reserve is home to 95% of endemic birds I Sri Lanka while this virgin rainforest offers the perfect environment for birds to thrive. You will enjoy a day of birding here.

Morning a short jeep drive to the Sinharaja rainforest and birding in the forest till evening. Overnight stay at the forest lodge in Sinharaja. Possible highlights of birds: Ceylon Spurfowl, Serendib Scops Owl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Ceylon Frogmouth, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Layard’s Parakeet, Ceylon Hanging- parrot, Malarbar Trogon, Crimson-backed Flameback, Yellowfronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Thrush, Ceylon Scally Thrush, Rufous (Orange-billed) Babbler, Ashy-headed Laughing-thrush, Legge’s Flowerpecker, White-faced Starling, Ceylon Crested Drongo, Ceylon Hill Myna, Ceylon Blue Magpie Possible highlights of mammals: Toque Macaque E (wet zone race), Purple-faced Leaf Monkey E (wet zone race), Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel e (wet zone race), Sri Lanka Red Slender Loris E, Sri Lanka Flameback squirrel E, Dusky-striped Jungle Squirrel E, Sri Lanka Yellow Spotted Chevrotain E, Sambar, Wholly Horse-shoe Bat, False Vampire Bat, Rainbow Bat.

1 Day in Udawalawa

The Udawalawe National Park is the next pit stop in your bird watching and wild life tour. The park is an excellent birding site where you will witness endemic birds such as the Sri Lankan Spurfowl and brown capped babbler. You will be able to spot a number of migratory water birds while the open parkland attracts birds of prey

Morning leave for Udawalawa. Check in to hotel in Udawalawa by lunch time, for one night. Afternoon visit Udawalawa National Park on jeeps. Overnight stay at hotel in Udawalawa. Possible highlights of birds: Crested Hawk-Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Indian Peafowl, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker, Sirkeer Malkoha, Blue-faced Malkoha, Indian Scops Owl, Alexandrine Parakeet, Plum-headed parakeet, Ornage-breasted Green Pigeon, Marshall’s Iora, Crested Treeswift, Coppersmith Barbet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Jerdon’s Bushlark, Blyth’s Pipit, Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark, Lesser Adjutant, Ceylon Woodshrike, Indian Black Robin, Whitebrowed Bulbul, Jungle Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Plain Prinia, Grey-breasted Prinia, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Black-headed Munia, Rosy Starling. Possible highlights of mammals: Ruddy Mongoose, Asian Elephant, Golden Jackal, Jungle Cat, Indian Flying Fox, Lesser Tube-nosed Bat.

2 Days in Yala

Travelling towards the Yala National Park which borders the Indian Ocean, you will be transported into a wild life sanctuary which is home to a dense leopard population. The safari ride with an experienced naturalist will take you around the park while Yala harbours about
215 bird species and is an important bird area in Sri Lanka

Morning leave for Thissamaharama. Check in at the hotel by lunch time, for two nights. Overnight stay at Hotel in Thissamaharama. Possible highlights of birds: Black-necked Stork, Spot-billed Pelican, Lesser Adjutant, Ceylon Junglefowl, Indian Nightjar, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Jerdon’s Bushlark, Ceylon Woodshrike, Whitebrowed Bulbul, Marshall’s Iora, Brahminy Starling, Rosy Starling. Possible highlights of mammals: Chital, Samber, Asian Elephant, Tufted Grey Langur e, Eurasian Wild Boar, Golden Jackal, Sloth Bear e, Leopard, Rusty-Spotted Cat e, Jungle Cat, Striped-necked Mongoose e, Ruddy Mongoose e, Indian Grey Mongoose, Indian Gerbil, Wild Water Buffalo, Indian Hare e.

2 Days Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya which is a tourist magnet in the highlands consists of buildings that have retained features from the Colonial era such as the Queen’s Cottage, the Post Office and the Grand Hotel. You can enjoy a visit to the Victoria Park which is a bird lovers paradise attracting many birds like the Indian Blue Robin and Pied Thrush.

Morning leave for Nuwara Eliya in the high hills. Check in at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya by lunch time, for two nights. Evening visit Victoria Park in town looking for Indian Pitta, Pied Thrush, Kashmir Flycatcher and some highland endemic birds. Overnight stay at Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Possible highlights of birds: Yellow-eared Bulbul, Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Dusky (Dull) Blue Flycatcher, Kashmir Flycatcher, Indian Blackbird (endemic race kinnissi a possible future split from the Indian Blackbird), Ceylon Hill white-eye, Ceylon Bush Warbler, Black-throated Munia (endemic nominate race, the Ceylon Hill Munia, a possible future split from the Indian races), Himalayan Buzzard, Pied Bush Chat. Possible highlights of mammals: Purple-faced Leaf Monkey E (highland race), Sambar, Toque Macaque E (highland race), Dusky-striped Jungle Squirrel E, Striped-necked Mongoose e, Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel e (highland race), Golden Palm Civet E.

1 Day Sigiriya

Another pit stop in your tour is Sigiriya while the Fortress consists of its very own designated forest reserve which is ideal for bird watching enthusiasts. A well protected world heritage site, the thick canopies of the forests are ideal for birds while the surrounding man made tanks attract many migratory and endemic birds.

After breakfast drive to Sigiriya, lunch at Dambulla. Afternoon visit Sigiriya Forest, looking for forest birds and other wildlife. Overnight stay at the hotel in Sigiriya. Possible highlights of birds: Forest Eagle Owl, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Nightjar, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Blue-faced Malkoha, Indian Pitta, Jerdon’s Bushlark, Ceylon Woodshrike, White-browed Bulbul, Indian Blue Robin, Orange-headed Thrush, White-rumped Shama, Jungle Prinia, Green Warbler, Large-billed Warbler, Browncapped Babbler, Streaked Weaver. Possible highlights of mammals: Purple-faced Leaf Monkey E (dry zone race), Tufted Grey Langur e, Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel e (dry zone race), Grey Slender Loris e, White-striped Chevrotain E, Brown Palm Civet E, Rusty-Spotted Cat e, Jungle Cat.

1 Day Negombo

Before heading to Negombo prior to your departure, you will once again visit the Sigiriya Forest Reserve in the morning where you can spot more birds. Then you will travel back to Negombo and relax in the comfort of your room and with time in hand maybe head towards the beach and enjoy some sun and sand before flying out.

Morning visit Sigiriya Forest, looking for forest birds and other wildlife. Afternoon drive to Airport for departure.

Includes:

  • Transport in a Private Vehicle, Fuel, Parking & Highway tolls.
  • Service of English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
  • All prevailing taxes and service charges.
  • 2 x 500ml Water Bottles per Person per Day.

Excludes:

  • Hotel Accommodation and Meals.
  • Entrance fees to the respective sites.
  • Chauffeur Guide's Accommodation.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Visa and Related Expenses.
  • Tips & Portages.

Complimentary:

  • 1 x 1 Liter water bottle per person per day.
  • 1 x Local SIM card per room.
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