Birding Tour In Sri Lanka
With more than 450 bird species comprising of endemic, resident and migrants, Sri Lanka is a fascinating birding destination for viewing a great variety within a relatively short period. Starting from wet zone jungles to the dry zone wetlands our birding tours provide an excellent chance of observing a wonderful diversity of Sri Lankan avian fauna with the guidance of professional birdwatchers.
Day 01: Arrive Colombo/Kitulgala (85 kms/02 hrs)
Arrival in Sri Lanka and transfer to Kithulgala. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Birding at the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve. This is ideal for any missed lowland endemics such as Sri Lanka Myna, Green-billed Coucal, Spot-winged Thrush, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Brown-capped Babbler and Red-faced Malkoha. Also look for Hill Mynah, Lesser Yellownape, Crested Drongo, Greater and Black-rumped Flamebacks, Black-capped Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch and Black Eagle. As the dusk falls look for the sub continental endemic Sri Lanka Frogmouth. O/N in hotel.
Day 02: Kitulgala – Nuwara Eliya (75 kms/01 ½ hrs)
Morning the local villager will help you cross the Kelani River in a dugout canoe and reach the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve, which is a lowland tropical rainforest rich in endemic fauna and flora. The Kelani Valley Forest Reserve is ideal for any missed lowland endemics such as Sri Lanka Myna, Green-billed Coucal, Spot-winged Thrush, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Brown-capped Babbler and Red-faced Malkoha.
After wards leave for Nuwara Eliya. Afternoon, visit Victoria Garden for Himalayan migrants Kashmir Flycatcher, Pied Thrush Indian Pitta and Indian Blue Robin. Other highlights include Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Hill White-eye and Dull blue Flycatcher. O/N in hotel.
Day 03: Nuwara Eliya – Yala (170 kms/04 hrs)
After breakfast, leave for Yala. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel. Afternoon, safari at Yala National Park. Research on Leopards in Yala Block 1 has shown it has one of the highest densities of Leopards in the world. Yala is the best place in Asia to see Leopards. Other large animals you may see include Elephant, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Jackal, Grey Langur and Mongoose. In the water holes you may see Mugger Crocodile, Painted Stork, Lesser Whistling Teal, Black-headed Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Great, Median & Little Egrets & the rare Black-necked Stork. Also drive up to the Buttuwa Tank to see the rare winter visitor, Bay-backed Shrike. The migrant bird species that you are likely to see include Indian Pitta, Brahminy Myna & large flocks of Rosy Starling flying for roost. O/N in hotel.
Day 04: Yala – Sinharaja (180 kms/04 hrs)
One last morning safari at Yala National Park. Afterwards leave for Sinharaja. Reminder of the day at leisure. O/N in Hotel.
Day 05 & Day 06: Singharaja
Morning & afternoon birding at Sinharaja Rainforest (A UNESCO World Heritage) with the emphasis on endemic plants, reptiles and birds. You can see endemic birds include the Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Ceylon Hanging Parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal, Serendib Scops Owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Crimson-backed Flameback, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Thrush, Ceylon Rufous and Brown-capped Babblers, Ashy-headed Laughing thrush, Ceylon Blue Magpie, White-faced Starling, Ceylon Hill- Myna, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Ceylon Scimitar Babbler and Ceylon Crested Drongo. Indian sub-continental endemics include Malabar Trogon and Ceylon Frogmouth. O/N in hotel.
Day 07: Transfer to Colombo airport (200 kms/03 hrs)
After breakfast, transfer to Colombo airport to board your flight for onward journey.