the journey

BIRD WATCHING TOUR 13 Nights / 14 Days

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Waikkala

Arrive in Sri Lanka and transfer to Waikkala and check into a 2 or 3 star hotel. Rest of day at leisure
Waikkala is in the midst of marine, coastal, estuarine, mangroves, marshland and manmade habitat systems and falls into the dry zone category. More than 60 species of birds can be observed here.  Eg: Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover, Purple Coot, Painted Stork, Stork Billed Kingfisher and others.
Overnight stay in Waikkala

 
Pinnawela

Early morning bird watching trail by canoe or walking with a naturalist. Return to hotel around Mid-morning. After late breakfast depart to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Afterwards proceed to Kitulgala. Arrive at 2 or 3 star hotel for overnight stay

 
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Kitulgala

Full Day bird watching – Kitulgala - This area has most of the rainforest bird species that are found at the World Biosphere Reserve at Sinharaja; albeit in lower numbers. Elusive endemic species like Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Green-billed Coucal and Spot-winged Thrush may be easier to see here because of the secondary forestation. Sri Lanka Orange-billed babbler and chestnut-backed owlet is also spotted here. Overnight stay in a 2 or 3 star hotel/Lodge

 

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Sinharaja Rain Forest

Morning optional White Water Rafting on the Kelani River or Bird Watching. Around noon proceed to UNESCO World Heritage Site Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve. The reserve is only 21 km from east to west and a maximum of 7 km from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless greater racket-tailed drongo and the noisy orange-billed babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive red-faced malkoha, green-billed coucal and Sri Lanka blue magpie. Overnight stay in 2/3 star hotels or commonly used by birdwatchers are Lodges in the peripheries of the Reserve.

 
Sinharaja Rain Forest

Full Day Bird Watching and overnight stay same as Day 4

 

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Ratnapura


Early morning bird trail and return to hotel. Around early noon depart to Ratnapura also known as the Gem City of Sri Lanka. Visit a gem mine to witness the mining of precious stones. Continue journey to Udawalawe.  Overnight at Athgiriya Campsite or similar

 

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Udawalawe


Early morning and late afternoon game drives of the Udawalawe national park to see wild elephants, reptiles and birds. Udawalawe lies on the boundary of Sri Lanka's wet and dry zones. The habitat surrounding the reservoir includes marshes, the Walawe river and its tributaries, forests and grasslands.

Endemics such as Sri Lanka spur fowl, red-faced malkoha, Sri Lanka grey hornbill, brown-capped babbler, and Sri Lanka jungle fowl are among of the breeding resident birds. White wagtail and black-capped kingfisher are rare migrants. A variety of water birds visit the reservoir, including cormorants, the spot-billed pelican, Asian open bill, painted stork, black-headed ibis and Eurasian spoonbill.

The open parkland attracts birds of prey such as white-bellied sea eagle, crested serpent-eagle, grey-headed fish eagle, booted eagle, and changeable hawk-eagle. Land birds are found in abundance, and include Indian roller, Indian peafowl, Malabar pied hornbill and pied cuckoo. Overnight at Athgiriya Campsite or similar

 
Buththala

Depart to Buththala in the Moneragala District.  Arrive at Wildscapes located by the Menik Ganga. Afternoon game drive of National Parks. Buththala is predominantly an agricultural area with rich bio-diversity. Pelawatta, one of Sri Lanka’s largest sugar plantations namely is located in this area. 2 of the largest national parks joint in Buththala namely Yala Block 3 and Lunugamvehera. An abundance of spotted deer, endemic birds, eagles, and leopards are frequently sighted here. The Weheragala Reservoir with its large extent of water attracts the birds such as the Hornbill and Black beaked spoon bill. Overnight at Wildscapes

 

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Yala

Depart to Yala on the Buththala- Kataragama Road through virgin forests.  Arrive at hotel. Afternoon game drive of Yala. Situated in Sri Lanka’s south-east coast hugging the panoramic Indian Ocean, Yala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1900 and was designated a national park in 1938. Yala is home to 44 varieties of mammal and 215 bird species. Among its more famous residents is the world’s biggest concentration of leopards, elephants, Sambhur, Crocodiles, wild buffalo and spotted deer.

Yala is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Of 215 bird species of the park, six are endemic to Sri Lanka. They are Sri Lanka grey hornbill, Sri Lanka jungle fowl, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, crimson-fronted barbet, black-capped bulbul, and brown-capped babbler. The number of water birds inhabiting wetlands of Yala is 90 and half of them are migrants. Waterfowl (lesser whistling duck, garganey), cormorants (little cormorant, Indian cormorant), large water birds (grey heron, black-headed ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, Asian openbill, painted stork), medium-sized waders Tringa sp., and small waders Charadrius sp. are among the common water birds. Black-necked stork and lesser adjutant are some of the rarer birds that can be seen in the park.
Overnight at hotel

 
Yala

Morning and afternoon game drives of Yala and overnight same as Day 9

 
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Kalmetiya

Depart to in the direction to Tangalle on the south coast to Kalametiya. Arrive at a 2 to 3 star hotel Late afternoon visit the Kalmetiya Lagoon to watch birds.

Kalametiya is a coastal wetland area that has an especially rich bio-diversity, and is situated on the picturesque southeastern coast of Sri Lanka.

Extensive reed beds, forests of mangroves and other wetland trees and salt marshes fringe this engagingly beautiful lagoon. Its waters are separated from the sea by a narrow strip of beach and only flow out through a narrow outlet that periodically closes completely.

There are four nationally threatened birds found within this Sanctuary - Indian Reef Heron, Glossy Ibis, Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl and Black-capped Purple Kingfisher with Jungle Fowl being the only endemic species. Overnight in Kalametiya

 
Koggala


Depart to Koggala/Unawatuna and relax for the rest of your stay enjoying the beaches of Sri Lanka. Overnight in 2 to 3 star hotel

 
Galle

Full Day at leisure with optional excursions to Galle Dutch fort. Overnight in Koggala/Unawatuna

 
Bandaranaike International Airport

Depart to Airport for onward journey.