Endemic Birding Tour in Sri Lanka
Arrival to Sri Lanka
You will be welcomed by our representative at the Colombo Airport and transferred to a hotel in Negombo. In the evening, a briefing will be held about your tour.
Transfer to Weddagala & Evening walk Around Sinharaja Hotel for Birding
After breakfast you will be transferred from your hotel in Negombo to the Weddagala, where the Sinharaja North entrance is and enroute visit Ratnapura Bird Sanctuary, where we can observe some endemic birds in close vicinity. Yellow fronted Barbet, Crimson fronted barbet can be seen.
Night: Hotel in Sinharaja
Full day at Sinharaja virgin rainforest - a natural UNESCO World Heritage site
Early in the morning we will visit the Sinharaja rain forest which is the most explored bird wing in Sri Lanka. A prime birding site where 70% of Sri Lanka's of the 33 endemics and over 150 species can be added to a visitor’s bird count.
Another highlight of this forest is the mixed-species of bird flocks, averaging up to 42 individual species, which make this one of the world's largest mixed-species bird flocks.
Here we can observe Crested Goshawk, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Layard's Parakeet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal, Malabar Trogon, Frogmouth, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Blockheaded & Yellow-browed Bulbuls, Spot-winged Thrush, Scaly Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler, Ashy-headed Laughingthrush, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, White-faced Starling, Hill Myna, Sri Lanka Myna, White-throated Flowerpecker and Black-throated Munia, Orange-billed Babblers in association with Ashy-headed Laughing Thrushes, Crested Drongos, Malabar Trogons, Red-faced Malkohas, Blue Magpies and a miscellany of other species.
Night: Hotel in Sinharaja
Morning at Sinharaja Rain Forest & transfer to Udawalawe
Following an early breakfast, we will enjoy a half day exploration in Sinharaja rainforest, checkout and leave for Udawalawe. Evening visit to Elephant Transit Home (ETH), which was founded in 1995 at the Udawalawe National Park to provide protection for orphaned or abandoned elephant calves.
It is home to more than 50 rescued elephants between the ages of 1-6 years. These elephants are too young to survive in the wild are given special care and nourishment by a dedicated team. The transit home ensures that all elephants are returned to the forests when they are old enough and as such are raised with minimal human interaction. However, it is also important to note that this project was especially designed to foster human-elephant empathy.
Night: Hotel Udawalawe
Morning Safari at Udawalawe National Park & transfer to Tissamaharama
Early in the morning we will visit Udawalawe national park, the sixth largest animal sanctuary of Sri Lanka. Keeping company to the herds of elephants, the main attractions of the park are water buffalo, wild boar, spotted deer, sambar deer, jackal, black-napped hare, leopard, sloth bear, giant squirrels.
There are also excellent chances to spot the Malabar Pied Hornbill and search for the Jungle Pirnie, Forest Wagtail, and Blyth’s Pipit, Sirkeer Malkoha and the Changeable Hawk amidst the semi evergreen forests that are home to Spotted Deer, Grey Langur and Toque Macaque. An afternoon safari inside wildlife rich Yala National Park is our chance to observe the Painted & Black-Necked Stork, the Plovers such as the Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Little-Ringed Plover and Kentish Plover, Great Thick-Knee, Brown Fish Owl, Rosy Starling.
Night: Hotel Tissamaharama
Morning Safari at Bundala National Park & transfer to Nuwara Eliya
Early in the morning we will visit Bundala National Park. Bundala is Sri Lanka's first Ramsar site and the most important wetland for birds. 197 kinds of birds, with over 100 species of water birds living in this excellent bird watching site in Sri Lanka. The Greater Flamingo's final known sanctuary is Bundala National Park where enormous flocks can be seen throughout their migration season. This is one of the key sites of Sri Lanka birding tours where you can capture Wood Owl, the Waders, Garganey, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Curlew Sandpipers, Marsh Sandpiper, Watercock, Small Pratincole, Yellow-Wattled & Red-Wattled Lapwing, Oriental Skylark, Ashy-Crowned Finch-Lark, Terns, Gulls, the the Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern, Brahminy Kite, Shikra, Streaked and Baya Weavers and more.
After checkout we will be transferred to Nuwara Eliya, known as little England with evidence of British colonial architecture surrounded by tea plantations. Around the town we can observe Hill Country birds before visiting the Victoria Park in our quest to spot the Kashmir Flycatcher, Pied Thrush, Forest Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Indian Blue Robin among others.
Night: Hotel Nuwara Eliya
Morning visit at Horton plains National Park / Transfer to Kithulgala
Horton Plains amidst the mist at dawn, with packed breakfasts to try our luck to tick off the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler and Sri Lanka White-eye, among many others during a wonderful day of trekking.
Back to the hotel and leave for Kithulgala. Which is famous for white water rafting in Kelani river and adventure activities.
Night: Hotel in Kitulgala
Kitulgala Makandawa Rain Forest
In the morning with a pack breakfast we will visit Kithulgala nature reserve. The Makandawa Forest Reserve features many of the island's endemics (54 Species) including the Green-billed Coucal, Orange-billed Babbler, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Ceylon jungle & spurfowl Yellow-fronted Barbet, Common Hill Mynah, Layard's parakeet, Ceylon Lorikeet, Black-rumped Flameback, Sri Lankan Crested Drongo, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, etc. One of the key sites of Sri Lanka birding tours.
Night: Hotel in Kitulgala
Kitulgala Makandawa rain forest
Morning visit at Makandawa Forest Reserve is the last item on your birdwatching tour. Afterwards we return to the hotel and leave for Colombo Airport for departure. Optionally, you can have an extended beach holiday.