Bird watching tour Sri Lanka

10 Days

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Your tour begins in Kitulgala where you can encounter some fascinating species of birds including the endemic Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, the White-faced Starling and Green-billed Coucal.

Then visit the virgin Sinharaja rainforest, which is considered a biodiversity hotspot where 95% of Sri Lanka’s 33 endemic bird species can be found.

Udawalawe National Park has also become a popular spot for bird enthusiasts and is home to species including the Red-face Malkoha and Crested Serpent Eagles. Here we can “bag” a good number of “dry zone” residential birds.

Tour the Bundala Park, which was declared Sri Lanka’s first Ramsar site with its 197 species of birds including the migratory Greater Flamingo,and then the famous Yala National Park which is home to 215 different species of birds and Sri Lanka’s flagship mammals the Asian elephant, sloth-bears and leopards.

Then en route to Nuwara Eliya you will visit Hakgala where the endemic Dull-blue Flycatcher is the star of the botanical garden. See the awe-inspiring Horton Plains and spend the night in Sri Lanka’s hill capital Kandy. We will also take you to the KuruluKele Bird Sanctuary in Kegalle to tick off anything you may have missed, before you unwind on the sandy beach of Negombo for a final day of relaxation.

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Day 01: Airport -Kithulgala

Upon your arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be transferred to Kitulgala which was used as a location in the filming of David Lean’s award-winning film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ and is considered one of the island’s most picturesque locations 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 trail with your personal guide and hope to encounter some of Sri Lanka’s endemic bird species including the Orange-billed Babbler and the Chestnut-backed Owlet that have been recorded here.

Day 02: Kithulgala

After breakfast, enjoy a full-day tour of the Makandawa rain forest in Kitulgala which boasts an impressive list of endemic, migratory and resident birds. Many of the wet zone endemics such as the Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Hanging Parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul and the Spot-winged Thrush can be sighted here. Afterwards, you will spend the night close to nature at a comfortable hotel.

Day 03: Kithulgala - Sinharaja

After breakfast you will then be taken to the Sinharaja rainforest, which is recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Another highlight of this forest is the mixed-species of bird flocks, averaging up to 42 individual species, which make this the world's largest mixed-species bird flock. The mixed-species bird flock study of the Sinharaja forest has been continuing since 1981 and is considered the World's longest bird flock study. Birding highlights include: the Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, White-faced Starling and Scaly Thrush. After lunch, check-in to your hotel in Sinharaja before a bird-watching tour in the forest. We have also planned a night birding trail, where you may spot some of Sri Lanka’s nocturnal species including the Chestnut-backed Owlet and Serendib Scops Owl. Your overnight stay will be at a hotel selected given its close proximity to the forest.

Day 04: Sinharaja

Following an early breakfast, enjoy a day of exploration (with packed lunches) in the beautiful Sinharaja rain forest where we will search for more wet lowland forest birds including endemics. Depending on your interest, our guide will also help you to identify many butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, forest mammals and other wildlife. If you are feeling up to it, you could also do a night-walk along the peripheries of the reserve. At the close of the day, you will spend the night at a hotel close to Sinharaja Forest.

Day 05: Sinharaja - Udawalawe

Enjoy a pre-breakfast trail before you are taken to Udawalawe where you will check-in at the Big Game Tented Camp. Go on a safari at this 30,821-hectare dry zone game park in Udawalawe, where you may see an array of resident bird species including Grey Hornbills and Brown-capped Babblers, as well as birds of prey 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. Among the migrant birds found here are: the Purple Kingfishers, Forest Wagtails, Indian Pittas, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sandpipers and Terns. A night-time birding trail is also scheduled for you, after dinner, once you have settled in at the Big Game Camping Udawalawe.

Day 06: Udawalawe – Bundala - Yala

We start your day with a pre-breakfast birding trail on the borders of the Udawalawe National Park before you transfer to the Bundala National Park for a special jeep safari. Bundala has been internationally recognised as an important wintering ground for migratory birds. An evening safari at the Yala National Park is organised with a night birding trail and an overnight stay at the Big Game Camp in Yala. Boasting the highest leopard population density in the world, the Yala National Park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts while being widely noted as the best place in the world to film and photograph the Sri Lankan Leopard. At the close of you adventures for the day, you can look forward to your overnight stay at Big Game Camping Yala.

Day 07: Yala – Nuwara Eliya

Venture back into the Yala National Park for a morning safari to see some of the 215 different bird species that reside within the Park. You may be able to spot species such as Barbets, Blue-Breasted Quail and Barred Buttonquail as well as mammals like the Asian elephant, sloth-bears and leopards. Then we will whisk you off to the hills of Nuwara Eliya where on the way you will visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, with an array of flowers and plants. You will spend the night at a Nuwara Eliya hotel.

Day 08: Horton Plains - Kandy

Before dawn, with packed breakfasts, you will be taken to the Horton Plains National Park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka which is recognised as an Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Horton Plains is home to several resident and endemic species of birds including: the Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Wood Pigeon, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler and most importantly, the endangered Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush and Scaly Thrush. We should also be able to sight the Sambar Deer and the endemic Purple-faced Monkey. After a late lunch, you will next proceed to the hill capital of Kandy with an overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 09: Kandy – Kegalle - Negombo

In the morning, after a birding trail, your next stop will be Negombo, with the option of visiting Kandy’s cultural sites en route. If there’s time, you may even visit the Kurulu Kele Bird Sanctuary in Kegalle. Kurulu Kele is a protected area of just over 113 hectares where once again you will be able to spot some of the 95 recorded bird species, including 10 endemics, such as the Spur fowl, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet and the Legge’s Flowerpecker - that grace the island-paradise. Then you will spend the night at an hotel, before the final day.

Day 10: Airport

On the final day of the programme, you can choose to transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight back or extend your stay according to your requirements.

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COST OF THE TOUR

Summer  (From 01st May 2019 till 31st October 2019)
Cost Per Person (Double Sharing in US $)
2 Pax - 1,040 US $
4 Pax - 960 US $
6 Pax - 930 US $

Single Room Supplement - General Period
750 US $ Per Person

Triple Room Reduction - General Period
230 US $ Per Person
Please note that there will be a Summer Peak Supplement (Per Person) from 1st July to 31st August.

Winter (From 01st November 2019 till 30th April 2020)
Cost Per Person (Double Sharing in US $)
2 Pax - 1,215 US $
4 Pax - 1,030 US $
6 Pax - 1,000 US $

Single Room Supplement - General Period
990 US $ Per Person

Triple Room Reduction - General Period
250 US $ Per Person
Please note that there will be the following supplement (Per Person)

  1. Winter Peak Supplement From 20th December 2019 to 15th January 2020

  2. X Mas Eve Gala Dinner Supplement 24th December

  3. 31st Dinner Night December

Summer  (From 01st May 2020 till 31st October 2020)
Cost Per Person (Double Sharing in US $)
2 Pax - 1,160 US $
4 Pax - 980 US $
6 Pax - 950 US $

Single Room Supplement - General Period
770 US $ Per Person

Triple Room Reduction - General Period
250 US $ Per Person
Please note that there will be a Summer Peak Supplement (Per Person) from 1st July to 31st August.

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Terms and Conditions

OUR RATES INCLUDE

  • Accommodation in the fully serviced mobile tents / hotels mentioned as per the above itinerary on a DOUBLE sharing basis
  • Every day breakfast 
  • Transportation throughout the tour in an A/C Vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide/national guide.
  • Jeep safaris at national parks as mentioned in the programme including,Air transfer from Colombo Airport to Mattala Airport
    • Entrance fees to national parks
    • 4WD Jeep
    • Trekker Fee
    • Snacks and water during the safari
  • Current prevailing Government taxes and service charges

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

  • Meals not mentioned in the programme
  • Any extra beverages or food/snacks consumed
  • Whale watching boat safari (during summer season – from May to October)
  • Optional activity costs
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here
  • Tips for the staff

IMPORTANT FACTORS

  • Personal effects for windy, rainy, warm weather conditions should be considered
  • Insect repellents, sun protection creams etc, are highly recommended
  • Suitable casual clothing and footwear for outdoor activities

PAYMENT POLICY

  • Full payment with the confirmation

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • 90 Days or more    - US $ 200 Administrative Fee
  • ·60 to 89 Days      - 15% of the tour cost will be charged 
  • ·30 to 59 Days      - 25% of the tour cost will be charged
  • 14 to 29 Days      - 50% of the tour cost will be charged
  • 08 to 13 Days      - 75% of the tour cost will be charged
  • Less than 7 Days   -No refund shall be given

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