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Birdwatchers Paradise Sri Lanka - 10 Days

Birdwatchers Paradise Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka · Private Tour · 10 Days
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Visit Udawalawe, Yala and Horton Plains National Parks, the trinity of wildlife enthusiasts, plus Sinharaja Forest Reserve spotting fascinating bird species in one of the most biodiverse countries. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Colombo → Kitulgala
Day 2 - Kitulgala
Day 3 - Kitulgala → Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Day 4 - Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Day 5 - Sinharaja → Udawalawe
Day 6 - Udawalawe → Bundala → Yala
Day 7 - Yala → Nuwara Eliya
Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya → Horton Plains → Kandy
Day 9 - Kandy → Negombo
Day 10 - Negombo → Colombo Airport

What is included

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking chauffeur guide
  • 9 nights accommodation at standard hotels, lodges and Big Game campsites with breakfast
  • Sightseeing as per the Itinerary
  • Entrance fee as per the sightseeing on the itinerary

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned in this itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Compulsory New Year, Christmas, and peak season supplements
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Colombo → Kitulgala

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. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Colombo → Kitulgala87 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Forest Edge Kitulgala

Kitulgala

day
2
Kitulgala

After breakfast, enjoy a full-day tour of the Makandawa rainforest 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 Horn bill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul and the Spot-winged Thrush can be found here. 

Afterwards, you will spend the night close to nature at a beautiful Forest Edge Hotel. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Forest Edge Kitulgala

Kitulgala

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3
Kitulgala → Sinharaja Forest Reserve

After breakfast, you will then be taken to the Sinharaja rainforest, which was named 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 makes 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 SerendibScops Owl, with an overnight stay at the Blue Magpie Hotel, which we have selected due to its close proximity to the forest.

Overnight at the lodge. 

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Kitulgala → Sinharaja Reserve141 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Blue Magpie Lodge

Sinharaja

day
4
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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 can also do a night-walk along the peripheries of the reserve. 

Overnight at the lodge. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Blue Magpie Lodge

Sinharaja

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5
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 the 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 Purple Kingfishers, Forest Wagtails, Indian Pittas, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns. A night-time birding trail has also been organized for you after dinner. 

Overnight at the camp. 

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Sinharaja Reserve → Udawalawe74 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Big Game Campsite

Udawalawe

day
6
Udawalawe → Bundala → Yala

Begin your day with a pre-breakfast birding trail on the borders of the National Park before you transfer to Bundala National Park for a special jeep safari. Bundala has been recognised as an internationally important wintering ground for migratory birds. 

An evening safari at the Yala National Park has also been 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

Overnight at the camp. 

Q
Udawalawe → Bundala68 km 1h 30min
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Bundala → Yala42 km 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
7
Yala → Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, 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. You will spend the night at the Avian Breeze in Nuwara Eliya. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Yala → Nuwara Eliya166 km 4h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Avian Breeze Hotel

Nuwara Eliya

day
8
Nuwara Eliya → 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 has also been recognized as of the 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 will also look for Sambar Deer and the endemic purple-faced Monkey. 

After a late lunch you will proceed to the hill capital of Kandy with an overnight stay at Polwatta Eco Lodge. 

Overnight at the lodge. 

Q
Nuwara Eliya → Horton Plains32 km 45min
Q
Horton Plains → Kandy108 km 2h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
9
Kandy → Negombo

Breakfast. In the morning, after a birding trail, you will leave for 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 Flower pecker that grace the island-paradise. Then you will stay night at the tranquil St. Lachlan Hotel before the final day. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

Q
Kandy → Negombo15 km 2h 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Negombo → Colombo Airport

After breakfast proceed to departure.

Q
Negombo → Colombo Airport11 km 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Kitulgala
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Forest Edge Kitulgala

Sinharaja
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Blue Magpie Lodge

Udawalawe
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Big Game Campsite

Yala
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Big Game Campsite

Nuwara Eliya
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Avian Breeze Hotel

Kandy
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Polwatta Eco Lodge

Negombo
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Hotel St. Lachlan

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
3-4 pax
Double Sharing
5-6 pax
Double Sharing
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Aug 2019$1324$1181$1079

Photos

Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, Kitulgala
Udawalawe National Park
Spoonbill, Bundala National Park
Yala National Park
Blue Magpie, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
Udawalawe National Park
Sri Lankan Green Bee Eater, Kitulgala
Bakers Falls, Horton Plains National Park
Tea Plantation, Nuwara Eliya
Negombo
Yellow Sri Lankan Giant Squirrell, Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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