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Birding Tour in Sri Lanka

Itinerary Overview

Birding Sri Lanka 14 days itinerary is created to cover most of the Sri Lanka’s bird kingdoms. Throughout the journey you will be able to come across more than 490 bird species, 33 Endemic, over 170 migrants from East & West Siberia, East Asia, Northern & eastern India, Middle East & Eastern Europe and 230 resident rest Vagrants. While exploring the birds meantime you can experience Sri Lanka’s climatic zones. Relish Sri Lanka’s otherworldly UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Sigiriya, adventurous safari tours, historic Temple of the Tooth and finally loss yourself in Colombo the capital city.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Airport to Negombo

An Ornithologist from Exemplary Voyages will warmly welcome you at the airport and escort you to your hotel in Negombo.

In the evening Informative pre-tour discussion & exchange of views.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Negombo
Day 2

Negombo – Muthurajawela – Ingiriya - Rathnapura

After an early breakfast visit Muturajawela Marsh & Lagoon.

The Muthurajawela Marshes are situated just south of Negombo and covers an area of approximately 6,000 hectares inclusive of the Negombo lagoon. The daily high tide brings in seawater from the ocean made this wetland a paradise for aquatic birds and many reptiles.

After the excursion, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Sinharaja via Bodinagala forest reserve.

Bodhinagala Forest Reserve is a secondary lowland rainforest patch in Western province of Sri Lanka. Bodhinagala considered as one of the main hotspot for bird watching, with higher density of endemics. The endemic highlights of Bodhinagala are Green – Billed Cocal, Hanging Parrot, Spur Fowl, Yellow –fronted Barbet, Gray – Horn bill and Layard’s Parakeet.

There after you will travel to Rathnapura and check-in to your hotel.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Rathnapura
Day 3

Sinharaja Rainforest

Early morning Birding in Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Sinharaja is a tropical humid Ceylonese rain forest of Indo-Malayan Realm. More than 60% of the floras are endemic and many of them considers as endemic. There is much endemic fauna, especially birds, and it is home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians. The unbroken canopy which rises up to the height of about 40m at the eve-green rain-forest limits the falling of sunlight on the forest bed.

Commonly seen Birds: Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Blue magpie, Spot-winged Thrush, White-faced Sterling, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Black-throated Munia, Sri Lanka Myna, Greater Rackettailed Drongo.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Rathnapura
Day 4

Sinharaja Rainforest

Trekking through the Sinharaja Rainforest exploring more Birds and endemic species.

Rest of the day spent at leisure or with on own activities.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Rathnapura
Day 5

Rathnapura – Udawalawe – Tissamaharama

Early morning do a bird trail in Sinharaja Rain Forest, and depart to Tissamaharama en route visit Udawalawa National Park and Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

Situated in Udawalawe, in the Sabaragamuwa province, adjacent to the Udawalawe National Park, Elephant Transit Home better known as ETH, is a veterinary hospital complex and a wild animal rehabilitation centre managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Do a safari in Udawalawe National park to spot intermediate zone bird life in Sri Lanka.

Evening transfer to Tissamaharama and check-in to your hotel.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Tissamaharama
Day 6

Tissamaharama to Bundala

Birding Safari in Bundala National Park in the morning.

The Bundala National Park is a sanctuary of colorful migrant birds. Available statistics confirm, about 100 species of water birds inhabit the wetland habitat at Bundala, a half of them being migrant birds such as Greater Flamingo which visits Sri Lanka in large flocks of over 1,000 individuals, in the Winter months from Rann of Kutch of India. Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a RAMSAR site in the country in 1991. In the year 2005, it was recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

Commonly seen birds: Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant Stork, White-necked Stork, Openbill, Hoopoe, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, European Bee-eater, Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Blue-faced Malkoha, Indian Pitta, Lesser Whistling Teal, Egrets, Asian Openbill, Eurasian Spoonbill, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Brown-capped Babbler.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Tissamaharama
Day 7

Tissamaharama to Yala

Early morning Birding safari in Yala National Park.

Yala National Park showcases a vast variety of indigenous animals and is best known for large herds of roaming elephants and the ever-elusive leopard. The park's dry thorn scrub, interspersed with small dusty glades, It is reminiscent of Africa, a perfect environment for safaris and also Bird spotting.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Tissamaharama
Day 8

Tissamaharama to Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast departs to Cool hill country, Nuwara Eliya, enroute visit Hakgala Botanical Gardens.

Later check-in to the hotel and relax with the cool climate in Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Day 9

Nuwara Eliya to Horton plains

Early morning birding at Horton Plains National park.

Horton plains were declared as a national park in the month of March 1998. The park covers an area of 3,160 hectares of montane grassland fringed and interspersed with patches of dense montane cloud forests. Horton Plains is the highest plateau in the country, which lies 5000ft above mean sea level.

Commonly seen birds: Sri Lanka Wabler, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Scaly Thrush, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Hill White eye, Brown Baza, Yellow-eared Bul Bul, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk eagle.

Evening birding around Victoria Park.

Overnight stay a 3* hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Day 10

Nuwara Eliya to Kandy

Early morning birding in & around Galway Forest Reserve.

Depart to Kandy, en route visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden.

Kandy was the last stronghold of Sinhalese Dynasty until 1815 A.D. Its charming beauty is enhanced by the wooded valley and the ranges of mountains in its vicinity, which rise up to many thousands of feet above the sea level.

Overnight stay a 3* hotel in Kandy
Day 11

Kandy

Early morning bird watching at Udawatta Kele Sanctuary.

Udawatta Kele Sanctuary is a historic forest in the city of Kandy. During the days of the Kandyan Kings, Udawatta Kele was known as “Uda Wasala Watta” in Sinhalese “the garden situated above the royal palace”. It is the only sanctuary located in an immediate outskirt of a city in Sri Lanka.

The species of birds such as Layard’s Parakeet, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Blue-winged Leafbird, Spotted Dove, Emerald Dove, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Brown-headed Barbet and Black-backed Kingfisher are commonly seen in the forest. Red-faced Malkoha and Kashmir Flycatcher found therein listed as threatened.

Evening visit Temple of Tooth & Cultural show.

Overnight stay a 3* hotel in Kandy
Day 12

Kandy to Sigiriya

After breakfast proceed to Sigiriya, and bird watching in the vicinity of the fortress.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress was built by King Kashyapa in the 5 century A.D. and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Many dry zone birds could be witnessed at Sigiriya Gardens and along the banks of inner moat and the hinterland beyond it.

Commonly seen birds: Great Stone Plover, Little Scope Owl, Green Imperial Pigeon, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Lesser Sand Plover, Indian Pitta, Brown Breasted Flycatcher.

Evening leisure at the hotel.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Sigiriya
Day 13

Sigiriya to Colombo

Wake up bright early morning and explore around Kandalama Lake area for Bird spotting.

Later leave the hotel after having breakfast and transfer to Colombo.

Check into to the hotel.

Today, you can summarize the “Bird check list” with your local Ornithologist to evaluate the success of your birding tour in Sri Lanka.

Evening spent at leisure.

Overnight stay at a 3* hotel in Colombo
Day 14

Colombo to Airport

Enjoy your last breakfast at the Sri Lankan hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Price starting from USD 2025 p.p*

**Conditions apply**

The above price includes:

  • Accommodation on BB basis for 13 nights.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle throughout the tour with an English Speaking Naturalist guide.
  • Entrance & Activity Fees:

Mutharajawela visit / Bodinagala Forest Reserve / Sinharaja Rain Forest visit / Udawalawa safari / Yala national Park Safari / Bundala national Park Safari / Hakgala Botanic Garden / Horton Plains visit / Galway Forest visit / Peradeniya botanic garden / Udawattakale Forest visit / Kandy temple of the tooth relic visit / Sigiriya entrance

The above prices does not include:

  • Flights / Visa / Entrance Fees / Any other not mentioned above