Sri Lanka Endemic Birding
11 nights/12 days Bird Watching Experience

For an island, Sri Lanka has a high density of species of birds. A total of 444 birds have been recorded,including migrants. No less than 33 species of are endemic, found nowhere else in the world. The mixed species feeding flocks in Sinharaja (the Sinharaja Bird Waves) are the largest in the world. The birds are not too afraid of people so they are easy to watch.
  • Birdwatching
November - April
11Nights/12Days
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Sri Lanka Frogmouth

Dusky Blue Flycatcher

Red-faced Malkoha

Blue Magpie

Yellow-fronted Barbet

Layard's Parakeet

Bodhinagala Forest Reserve

This is a small tract of secondary lowland rainforest reserve dominated by a thick undergrowth of Bamboo. Bodhinagala is famous as the‘Coucal Forest’among birders as the rare endemic Green-billed Coucal is the highlight. The Sri Lanka Hanging Parrots, often heard in swift flight atop the canopy, is likely to be the first few endemics to be checked off together with Yellow-fronted Barbets. The creek Alms-giving & Kitchen Hall in the middle of the forest is ideal for seeing the diminutive Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher. The endemic Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, sometimes the females with chicks can be seen feeding on the kitchen waste. The Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill has also been recorded in Bodhinagala, and are often found feeding gregariously in the morning. In addition to the above, you may see the Malabar Trogon, potentially the Crested Drongo, Black-naped Monarch, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, and the winter visitors Forest and Grey Wagtails and Brown-breasted and Asian Brown Flycatchers. The group will also stake out for a pair of Collard Scops Owls nearby.

  • Sri Lanka Hanging Parrots

  • Collared Scopes Owl


Sinharaja Rainforest

Take an opportunity to see the lowland endemics and flocks of mixed bird species. There is a famous study done in Sinharaja forest which has been continuing since 1981 and is considered the world's longest continued bird flock study. According to it, on average, there are 42 individual birds that are in the flocks, which makes this the world's largest mixed species bird flock. Birding highlights include Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, White-faced Starling and Scaly Thrush. Also look out for the sub continental endemic Sri Lanka Frogmouth & also look for the endemic owls Chestnut-backed Owlet and newly discovered Serendib Scops Owl in day roost.

  • Sri Lanka Frogmouth

  • Blue Magpie


  • Kelani Valley Forest Reserve

    The Kelani Valley Forest Reserve is ideal for catching any endemic species you might have missed in the lowlands such as the Sri Lanka Myna, Green-billed Coucal, Spot-winged Thrush, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Purfowl, Brown-capped Babbler and Red-faced Malkoha. In the day roost, look for the Chestnut-backed Owlet & Serendib Scops Owl.

  • Chestnut-backed Owlet


  • Horton Plains National Park

    This Park has cloud forests and rare montane fauna. Birding highlights include the rare endemic Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, as well as the Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Hill White-eye, Dull-blue Flycatcher & the Sri Lanka Bush Warbler.

  • Dusky Blue Flycatcher


Udawattakelle Forest Reserve

There aren't many places in the world where a few kilometers out of the heart of town, so many endemic birds can be seen. The endemics here, includes the noisy Layard’s Parakeet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul and Brown-capped Babbler. Other forest birds include the Gold-fronted & Blue-winged Leafbird, Emerald Dove, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher and Chestnut-headed Bee-eater. More than one species of the beautiful kingfishers can be found here including the Stork-billed, and Common Kingfisher. The Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher is sometimes seen on the lakeside.

SCHEDULE

1
Colombo - Talangama

Arrival in Bandaranayake International Airport in Colombo and transfer to Hotel for overnight.  Scheduling an arrival in Colombo in the morning, means that you will have a chance for birding in the afternoon at Talangama Wetlands. There, you will see many water birds, where around 50 species in total of migrants & endemics have been recorded especially during November & April. Highlights include Cinnamon, Black and Yellow Bitterns, while the endemic Ceylon Swallow may also be sighted usually in the late afternoons. As dark falls, look for the Brown Hawk Owl & Collared Scopes Owl.

Overnight at Villa Talangama
Meals offered: Lunch,Dinner
2
Talangama - Sinharaja

After breakfast, leave for Sinharaja for the next two nights. Enroute, visit Bodhinagala Forest Reserve for endemics. This reserve is a small tract of secondary lowland rainforest dominated by a thick undergrowth of bamboo. Bodhinagala is famous as the ‘Coucal Forest’ among birders as the rare endemic Green-billed Coucal is the highlight. Continue to Sinharaja Rainforest.

Overnight at Martine’s Lodge
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
3
Sinharaja

Spend the morning & afternoon visiting Sinharaja Rainforest (a UNESCO world heritage site) for lowland endemics and mixed species bird flocks. Birding highlights.include Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, White-faced Starling,  Scaly Thrush, the sub continental endemic Sri Lanka Frogmouth & also look for the endemic owls Chestnut-backed Owlet and newly discovered Serendib Scops Owl in day roost.

Overnight at Martine’s Lodge
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
4
Sinharaja - Kitulgala

In the morning, do some local birding before leaving for Kitulgala for two nights. in the afternoon visit Kelani Valley Forest Reserve for another look for the lowland endemic species. The tour will take you across the Kelani River in a dugout canoe to enter the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve, which is a lowland tropical rainforest, rich in endemic fauna and flora.

Overnight at Plantation Hotel
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
5
Kitulgala

Continue enjoying the morning & afternoon, birding and owl watching at the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve for endemics.

Overnight at Plantation Hotel
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6
Kitulgala - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya for two nights.
In the afternoon, visit Victoria Park for highland species,  such as the Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Hill White-eye and Dull Blue Flycatcher. Also visit a nearby wetland for proposed endemic Black-throated Munia, Paddyfield Pipit, Pied Bush Chat, Pintail Snipes, Zitting Cisticola, Plain Prinia, Blyth's Reed Warbler and if you are lucky, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler.

Overnight at Cocoon Hills
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7
Nuwara Eliya

In the morning, visit Horton Plains National Park for its cloud forests and rare montane fauna and also observe the endemic Rhino-horned Lizard. In the afternoon, visit Hakgala Botanical Garden for highland endemics. The real draw here for birdwatchers are the montane endemics like Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Ceylon Hill Munia and Dull-blue Flycatcher.

Overnight at Cocoon Hills
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8
Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

After breakfast leave for Kandy for one night. In the afternoon, visit Udawattakelle Forest Reserve. The endemics here, includes the noisy Layard’s Parakeet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul and Brown-capped Babbler, etc.

Overnight at Amaya Hills
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
9
Kandy - Sigiriya

After breakfast, leave for Sigiriya for two nights. In the afternoon, visit Kaludiya Pokuna by Kandalama Lake for looking for the dry lowland endemic birds.

Overnight at Hotel Sigiriya
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
10
Sigiriya

After breakfast, visit Polonnaruwa (a UNESCO world heritage site).
Birding highlights include seeing a large colony of Rose-ringed Parakeets which holds the lion's share of the nest holes found on the tall Colon Trees (Adina cordifolia). You might also have a chance at seeing the Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, and the well-camouflaged Blue-winged Leafbird, etc.
In the afternoon, take a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, which is dominated by the Minneriya tank. The tank provides water to 8900 hectares of paddy field and is thriving with fresh water fish. As well as providing water for irrigation, this tank and its environs have provided the necessary resources for various wildlife and plant.

Overnight at Hotel Sigiriya
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
11
Sigiriya - Katunayake

Spend the morning birding at Sigiriya Sanctuary.
Birding here will be your final chance to get any dry zone birds that you may have missed. Look for the Orange-headed Thrush, Purple Sunbird, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White-rumped Shama and Shahin. Perhaps there is a chance to see the rare Blue-eared Kingfisher around the Sigiriya Moat. You may also visit the World Heritage Site of Sigiriya Rock Fortress to see frescos of celestial nymphs. On completion, proceed to Katunayake for one night.

Overnight at Tamarind Tree
Meals offered: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
12
Katunayake - Colombo

Transfer to Bandaranayake International Airport for departure.
**If you need PCR test negative result for your returning journey, please do not hesitate to ask us. We can arrange and reschedule your program.

Meals offered: Breakfast

NOTES

  • This is a bird watching tour. The local bird spotters will try their best to find birds of your choice, but as these are wild animals, there is no guarantee to be able to observe all the birds mentioned on this homepage.
  • It may rain near the forests of Sinharaja. It is recommended that you bring your own rain gear (top and bottom) and rain protection devices or covers for your camera equipment.
  • Since this is a bird watching tour, it will involve walking into the bush or densely vegetated forests. Protective long sleeved clothes, long pants and water proof shoes are recommended for daily wear.
  • If you need a designated camera porter to help carry your photography equipment, we can arrange for that.

PRICE

November 2022 - April 2023
Number of people Price per one
3 (Triple room) Contact us
2(Twin/Double room) Contact us
1(Single room) Contact us
Single room supplement Contact us
 
【Above program indcludes】

Special Bird Spotter at each birding session | Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary | Private car and and English speaking driver guide | Meals – Mentioned in the itinerary| Toll, parking fee, etc | Other surcharges

【Above program excludes】

Entrance fee for Sinharaja Forest Reserve (US$ 12)(Generally, we search for birds outside of the forest reserve and at the borders of the forest reserve. If you want to see inside the Forest Reserve, please consult with your guide and pay for your entrance to enter the reserve directly.)| Personal expenses - Drinks, phone calls, laundry, etc. | Tips to the guide and driver | ETA ※The ETA is needed to travel to Sri Lanka. It can be obtained online.

※We will kindly arrange the tours as you wish. For example: changes for a different hotel, arrangements for only private car or guides, tour plans without meals.

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