Wildlife Photography Tour in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world for bird, wildlife and nature photography, being a biodiversity hyper hotspot with a contrasting variation of ecologies such as rainforests, mangroves, wetlands, dry evergreen forests and cloud forests in the highland with mesmerizing landscapes for long-range scenic shots as well as some of the world’s beautiful sandy beaches.
Alternative Tour Name: Bird, Wildlife And Nature Photography Tour In Sri Lanka
Walking and photographing birds and other wildlife in Kitulgala Rain Forest and village areas
Birding and photographing in Nuwara Eliya Highlands
Hike in Horton Plains National Park and photographing
Photographing waders and water birds in Bundala Ramsar Wetland and Bundala National Park
Bird and wildlife photographing in Yala National Park (leopards, bears, elephants, crocodiles plus forest and water birds
Bird and wildlife photographing in Lunugamvehera National Park (leopards, bears, elephants, crocodiles plus forest and water birds
Photographing birds including many endemic birds, and other wildlife in Sinharaja Rain Forest
Note: You can extend this tour to other national parks such as Wilpattu national park, Minneriya national park, Kaudulla national park, Udawalawe national park.
Also photograph Blue & Sperm Whales, dolphins and marine turtles relaxing in tropical beach.
Yala National Park – This Park is situated in the Dry Zone in Sri Lanka, comprising of a range of habitats including scrub jungles, water reservoirs, brackish lagoons and riverine habitats. Yala has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Its elephant heard is of about 300-350. This is the best park in the country to see and photograph leopards, elephants as well as mammals such as Sloth Bears, Black-naped Hare, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Hanuman Langur, Toque Monkey, Stripe-necked and Ruddy Mongooses, Wild Boar, Golden Jackal. You can see the reptiles, Land and Water Monitor and Marsh Crocodile.
Bundala wetland – This is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka and was the first wetland declared as a Ramsar Wetland in Sri Lanka. It comprises of a scrub jungle bordering the sea together with large shallow pools. It is a very good place to watch water birds & migrant waders during northern winter—October to March.
Sinharaja Rain Forest – This is a great place for bird watching and photography. This is the last remaining significant primary forest patch in the island. It is home to most endemic flora & fauna species. This is the single most important site in Sri Lanka in term of endemic birds. Here you can encounter spectacular mixed feeding flocks of birds.
Kitulgala Rain Forest – Kelani Valley forest reserve is established as a forest reserve to protect the watershed of Kelani River. It is home to many of Sri Lanka’s endemic fauna and flora. The forest is a secondary lowland rainforest on the lower slope with the forest extending up to the higher elevations, contiguous with the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. Kitulgala also has several waterfalls and caves of ancient times.
The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 British World War II film by David Lean, of which the scene creation was done in Sri Lanka and many of them were at Kitulgala area including the bridge explosion
Horton plains cloud forest – This is undoubtedly one of the world’s best nature reserves and nature photography venues. This area is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including many migratory birds. It also features many interesting attractions such as Bakers Falls, Chimney Pool and the famous World’s End (a 3700 ft sheer drop that offers fabulous views of the tea estates below and all the way out to the distant southern coastline).
Lunugamvehera national park – This park is serves as a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park. Sri Lankan elephant, leopard, water buffalo, Sri Lankan sambar deer, wild boar, spotted deer, mugger crocodiles are among the commonly found animals. Large water birds such as grey heron, black-headed ibis, Asian openbill, painted stork, and spot-billed pelican together with a variety of raptors can be seen in this park. This park is more quite park, located close to Yala Park. Very beautiful small national park with nice water reservoirs. Possible to watch and photograph Sloth bear and leopards with less disturb.
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
- Meals - lunch
- Tourist visa and travel insurance
- 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. But we have two monsoon rains, southwest monsoon (May to September) and northeast monsoon (November to March). Most of national parks such as Yala, Bundala, Lunugamvehera, Minneriya Wilpattu are located in affected areas of southeast monsoon. General tourist season in Sri Lanka is from November to March. Some national parks are busy with more jeeps specially in Yala. If you can avoid this period, you can enjoy calm and quite jeeps safari experiences in parks. So the best time to do safaris in national parks are April to end of August. Only Yala national park will be closed in September for a month or 45 days in every year.
This photographic tour is focused on the photographer whose primary interest is to photograph top bird, wildlife and nature photos and locations in Sri Lanka. Usually, photographers have to go out on their own or join a birding or wildlife safari tour where their photography needs often conflicts with the goals of serious birders and nature lovers. Even though our Bird, Wildlife and Nature Photography Tours in Sri Lanka looks like a wildlife or birding tour, the emphasis is on photography opportunities rather than species count, while still endeavoring to seek a large spectrum of birds and other animals.
Yes, you have a great chance to see and photograph different combination of wildlife in this tour. This mainly depend on the sites you visit and your expert tour guide. You have to have an expert naturalist guide with an overall knowledge of wildlife photographing. Then you can easily achieve your targets.
A veteran guide from Walk With Jith team, with knowledge and ample experience in photography tours will guide you. He will make sure that you will get optimal time for photography at the main attraction of sites and will take you to non-touristic wild locations, off the beaten tracks, for a really local perspective.
Most of the hotels have free Wi-Fi facility either in room or in specific public area. Some few hotels would charge you for Wi-Fi facility in rooms. But in some isolated areas such as Sinharaja rain forests, there is no Wi-Fi facility.