The tropical paradise island of Sri Lanka makes a wonderful setting for a bird watching tour Its lush vegetation and warm climate play host to an impressive variety of resident birds, including 33 endemic birds.
This bird watching tour in Sri Lanka range from 7 to 14 days and are mainly focused on the birds of Sri Lanka including all endemic birds. Well experienced team of birding guides of Walk With Jith will endeavor to show travelers more than 200 birds including all 33 endemics. This is one of the best birding Sri Lanka holidays you will find for an attractive competitive price.
Kitulgala rain forest is where the film “Bridge on the River Kwai” was made. This is a small secondary rain forest patch along one of major rivers in Sri Lanka. The whole area is rich with birdlife including some endemic birds to Sri Lanka. We will spend these two days in and around Kitulgala forest reserve and to reach the reserve cross the river by dugout canoe will be a memorable experience. In and outside of the forest we search for shy Green billed Caucal, and the elusive yet vocal Sri Lanka Spurfowl which we will really quite to see. Also here are Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, Spot winged Thrush, Brown capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Sri Lanka Layard’s Parakeet, Sri Lanka Yellow fronted Barbet, Sri Lanka Greater Flameback, Kitulgala is the best birding site to see endemic Sri Lanka Chestnut backed Owlet in close range.
Two nights in Kitulgala
We leave the lowland and travel through beautiful tea estates and climbing higher to Nuwara Eliya.
Later we visit to Victoria park in the town center a traditional site for certain sought after species. Migrant Pied Thrush can be seen beside the stream on feeding on the compost heaps. While Indian Pitta can usually be very confiding, sometimes even feeding under the bushes at edge of the park. Kashmir Flycatcher, Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Yellow eared Bulbul, Velvet fronted Nuthatch, Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher, Forest Wagtail and the distinctive race of Blackbird may also be present.
Next day an early start will be needed to drive up to the dramatic scenery of Horton Plains. Stopping by scheduled pool and wait quietly for the first rays of sunlight. With some luck and patience, a highlight of the highland birds will be the chance to see very shy Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush. The birdlife here should also include endemic Sri Lanka Yellow eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Wood pigeon, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler, Black Throated Munia.
Two nights in Nuwara Eliya highland.
One of the real highlight of any birding tour in Sri Lanka is birding in Sinharaja Rain Forest. This is the single most important site in Sri Lanka in term of endemic species, and represent the largest tract of old growth rainforest in the country.
Once in the forest we will walk along the old logging track, where we should encounter spectacular mixed bird species flocks. Among these feeding flocks we may find endemic Sri Lanka Orange billed Babbler, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo, Sri Lanka Red faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Malabar Trogon, Sri Lanka White faced Starling, Sri Lanka Ashy headed Laughingthrush, and Lesser Yellownaped to named just a few. There will be plenty more to see in or secretive places including Sri Lanka Serendib Scopes Owl, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush,
Also in the forest we should be able to find Giant Squirrel, endemic Purple faced Leaf Monkey, endemic Toque Monkey and endemic Layard’s Squirrel and many species of butterflies and dragonflies.
Two nights in Sinharaja rain forest
We are heading back to Colombo and transfer to the airport according to your flight time.
This is a custom tour and can be added more days and visiting sites as per the choice of visitors. Please speak with us.
Our main focus of the tour is to show all 33 endemic birds in Sri Lanka. Green billed Caucal, Red faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, White faced Starling, Orange billed Babbler, Ashy headed Laughing Thrush, White throated Flowerpecker, Sri Lanka Myna, Sri Lanka Spur Fowl, Serendib Scops Owl, Brown capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush, Spot winged Thrush, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo, Chestnut backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Small Barbet, Sri Lanka Yellow fronted Barbet, Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler, Sri Lanka Greater Flameback, Sri Lanka Lesser Flameback, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Sri Lanka Yellow eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Swallow, Sri Lanka Layard’s Parakeet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Sri Lanka Black capped Bulbul
What is included?
- Accommodation with meals on half board basis - breakfast and dinner
- Services of an accompanying guide from airport to airport
- Main transport by air-conditioned vehicle (except safari jeeps)
- Entrances to the National Parks and other birding sites
- Bottled water (when taken from the vehicle)
- Tips for hotel staff, jeep drivers and trekkers
- All currently applicable taxes
What is not included?
- Any international airfare
- Tourist visa and travel insurance
- Meals - lunch
- Tips for your birding guide
- Camera fee (if applicable)
- Any additional taxes levied on the tourism sector in future
- Any expenses of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls
- Any item not mentioned in the price includes section
- Any increase in the entrance fee to National Parks or Sanctuaries in the future. The price is based on the current entrance fee
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control
Walk With Jith is a leading wildlife and bird watching tours Sri Lanka operator, with more than a decade of experience. Walk With Jith offers a wide range of birding Sri Lanka (targeting more than 200 birds including all 33 endemics and birds of prey), nature and wildlife photography, safari tours (view our Yala National Park Safari). Other types of special interest wildlife tours include dolphin and whale watching in Sri Lanka tours. Sri Lanka is renowned as the major destination for dolphin and whale watching.
As a tropical country, it is very fair to say that Sri Lanka does not have any seasonal changes like in Europe. You can watch resident birds and endemic birds throughout the year. We have two different monsoon rains. But it is not a big hindrance to watch birds. From October winter migrant birds start coming to Sri Lanka. These winter migrants can be seen until end of March. If you are concerned with both resident and migrant birds to Sri Lanka, the best time to visit is November to April.
If your main focus is to watch all 33 endemics, here are my top birding sites for endemic birds in Sri Lanka: 1. Horton Plains 2. Kitulgala Rain Forest 3. Nuwara Eliya 4. Sinharaja Rain Forest 5. Yala National Park Other than the sites listed above, there are many good birding sites all over Sri Lanka that would suffice a general bird watching tour. If you are coming to see a specific non-endemic bird you may have missed in a previous tour, you may need to go to a certain site in Sri Lanka not in the list for endemic birds. Here is my most visited or famous birding sites list for a general birding tour: 1. Anawilundawa Ramsar Wetland 2. Bundala Ramsar Wetland and National Park 3. Chundikullam Bird Sanctuary 4. Jaffa cost way and lagoon areas 5. Kaudulla National Park 6. Kumana National Park (East of Yala) 7. Mannar area 8. Minneriya National Park 9. Sigiriya Forest Reserve 10. Surrey Bird Sanctuary 11. Udawatta Kele Forest Reserve
Your bird watching guide plays a key role in your birding trip in Sri Lanka. He should know about all major birding sites and some secret places he has found by herself to see special birds. He should be very familiar with habitats. He should be good at recognizing bird calls and is good at locating the source of the call. He should be patience and friendly with his guests. Past trip reports and guest’s volunteer feedbacks are most important fact to select a right company or a guide. There are very few professional and expert birding guides in Sri Lanka with good knowledge, skills and experience. Most of them work for a few tour companies. When you choose a company for your birding trip you have to carefully look into the expertise and track record of the tour guide. Traveler’s Independent trip reports or reviews are one of a bestways to assess the birding guides of a tour company or freelance guides. Tour feedbacks and guests' comments will also give an idea of the guides and tour operators. Read www.srilankabirdingtripreports.com for independent tour reports of bird watching tours organized by Walk With Jith tours. Walk With Jith's tour feedbacks and guest comments will also give you an idea about their birding tours. Walk With Jith's birding tour guide team is something that you should take a look at if you are seeking a specialized, experienced birding tour guide.
Since November 2012 Sri Lanka has be free of locally acquired malaria until now (as http://www.news.lk/fetures/item/7270-let-s-together-keep-sri-lanka-malaria-free reports onApril 2015). However, please consult your family doctor or a specialist and get advice.
Price & Availability
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- Sri Lanka
- On Request
- Custom Tour
- 7 Days or more
- November to April
- +15 years
- Bandaranaike International Airport
- Bandaranaike International Airport