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Birdwatching and Wildlife Tour (10 Days)

Birdwatching and Wildlife Tour (10 Days)

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Sri Lanka is a country which is a home to 439 species of birds of which 236 are breeding residents, 203 migrants and the rest vagrants. In addition, there are close to 200 seasonal migratory birds both terrestrial and aquatic, moving away from the Northern winter travelling from as far as Siberia. Exploring Sri Lanka in a Motor Home will give you a unique experience.

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2 Days in Sinharaja

A much loved destination for nature enthusiasts, the first schedule of the bird watching tour will consist of a trip the Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve which will include afternoon and morning drives to experience some native as well as migratory birds that visit. A bio diversity hot spot, Sinharaja is a designated Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.

Morning Pick-up from Colombo by 0800 hrs and proceed to Sinharaja rainforest. Afternoon visit the rainforest Overnight stay at a 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 & etc. 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.

Morning a short jeep drive to the Sinharaja rainforest and birding in the forest till evening. Afternoon visit the rainforest Overnight stay at a forest lodge in Sinharaja.

1 Day in Udawalawa

Heading to the Udawalawe National Park you will enjoy an afternoon safari where you will be educated about the various species of birds that visit. An excellent bird watching location, Udawalawe is also home to herds of Sri Lankan elephants. From endemic breeding resident birds to rare migrants, this open parkland attracts many birds alike

Morning leave for Udawalawa. Check in to hotel in Udawalawa by lunch time, for one night. Subsequently an afternoon visit to Udawalawa National Park 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

Moving on to the Yala National Park which is considered as one of the most Important Bird Areas with endemic and native birds flying around while due to the park’s diverse landscape, there are water birds inhabiting Yala as well. You will go on a safari to Bundala National Park which is an important wintering ground for migratory water birds.

Morning leave for Thissamaharama for two nights. Check in at the hotel by lunch time. Afternoon visit Yala National Park by jeeps, the park consists of wetlands, and dry grasslands, scrublands and forest, looking for waterbirds, shorebirds, forest and nocturnal birds including some endemics, and also butterflies, Asian Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear and other forest mammals, and other wildlife. 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.

Morning safari drive in Bundala National Park Evening birding at Tissa wetlands, looking for water birds and other wildlife. Afternoon visit wetlands around Tissa looking for water birds. Overnight stay at the hotel in Tissamaharama. Possible highlights of birds: Great Thick-knee, Black and Yellow Bitterns, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Small Pratincole, Watercock, Brown Fish Owl, Indian Scops Owl, Blue-faced Malkoha, Ceylon Woodshrike, Marshall’s Iora, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Jungle Prinia, Rosy starling. Possible highlights of mammals: Chital, Samber, Asian Elephant, Tufted Grey Langur e, Eurasian Wild Boar, Golden Jackal, Striped-necked Mongoose e, Ruddy Mongoose e, Indian Grey Mongoose, Indian Gerbil, Wild Water Buffalo, Indian Hare

2 Days in Nuwara Eliya

While discovering Nuwara Eliya, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll along landscaped gardens and experience the bird life at the Victoria Park. Next you will also make a stopover at the Horton Plains National Park which boasts of over eighty species of birds. Horton Plains National Park too forms as an Important Bird Area.

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.

Early morning proceed to Horton Plains National Park Late afternoon visit Victoria park in the town or a forest near town. 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), Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel e (highland race), Dusky-striped Jungle Squirrel E, Striped-necked Mongoose e.

1 Day in Kitulgala

From Nuwara Eliya we drive to Kithulgala where you will be enjoying a visit to the Kithulgala Rainforest in a dugout canoe. Here, similar to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, there are many native and endemic birds that you will come across when exploring the area. Birds that you may see include the Serendib Scops Owl the Ceylon Spurfowl etc

After breakfast drive to Kitulgala. Afternoon crossing the river by the rest house on dugout canoe to visit Kitulgala rainforest. Overnight stay at the rest house 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 Colombo

You can spend a morning birding session at Kithulgala once again and then head towards Colombo for departure. Kithulgala is the ideal place to look for wet lowland forest birds, butterflies, insects and other wildlife while the cool climate, gushing riverbeds as well as the beautiful landscape will keep you wanting to come back to Sri Lanka for more.

Morning birding in Kitulgala, looking for wet lowland forest birds, butterflies, forest mammals and other wildlife. After lunch drive to the airport as per the departure time.

After a relaxed morning and breakfast at the hotel check out and, drive to the Airport for your flight back home!

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