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Birds & Wildlife Of Sri Lanka

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A chance to see rare birds, wildlife and whales on this extraordinary holiday in Sri Lanka.
  • Product Code 47360
  • Holiday Type Bird Watching & Walking, Rich In Wildlife Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays
  • Grade Grade 2
  • Holiday Duration Nights

As the early bird catches the worm, the early birder sights his quarry. The morning air is cool in the hills of Sri Lanka. The still air allows noise to travel so quiet is essential. The verdant jungle is ideal habitat, the time of day is ideal and all is set for the perfect morning

Sri Lanka is well known as a naturalist's paradise with 430 species of outstanding birdlife including 33 endemic to the island. There will also be good chances of encountering spectacular mammals including leopard, sloth bear and Asian elephant.

We fly into Colombo and drive to Waikkal for a night between mangroves and the ocean. Next morning we continue up to Kandy for two nights where activities will include a birding visit to the spectacular Peradeniya botanic gardens, searching for colourful specialties such as Layard’s parakeet and Sri Lanka hanging parrots and more.

Then on and up through tea plantations to Sri Lanka's highest town Nuwara Eliya and across to Horton Plains where several endemics can be found such as the Sri Lanka whistling thrush and Sri Lanka white-eye, as well as soaring raptors. Still in the hill zone we continue to Kithulgala on the banks of the Kelani Ganga, and then to Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a lowland tropical rainforest with endemics such as Sri Lanka blue magpie, Sri Lanka frogmouth, red-faced malkoha, green-billed coucal, as well as the newly discovered, endangered Serendib scops owl. There may be sightings of Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and Giant Squirrel.

We descend to drier plains of the National Parks of Udawalawe, famed for its Asian elephants and Yala with its magnificent rock outcrops and most of all, its population of leopards, plus sloth bears and deer herds.

Finally we reach Mirissa for whale-watching with a short boat trip to look for the huge Blue Whale, Short-finned Pilot Whale and large schools of acrobatic Spinner Dolphin. We return to the Colombo area for our final night before flying home.


Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoying a huge diversity of birdlife including 33 endemics to be sought.
  • Marvelling at Blue Whales at Mirissa - the best place in the world to see them.
  • Scanning the bush at Yala National Park for leopard.
  • Photographing elephant at Udawalawe National Park.
  • Enjoying the insights of our Sri Lankan birding guide.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Gatwick to Colombo via Istanbul plus en route stop in male (Turkish Airlines).
      Airport transfers.
      Half board with breakfast and dinners taken at hotels.
      All local transport costs.
      A highly experience and knowledgeable professional Sri Lankan birding guide
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
  • Flights: Gatwick-Colombo via Istanbul (c14hrs + en-route stop in Male), Turkish Airlines.
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions.
  • UK add-on flights and/or upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required.

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Blue Magpie Lodge, Sinharaja

The Blue Magpie Lodge is only 5 minutes away from the Sinharaja Rain Forest, and has simple Sri Lankan style accommodation provides an excellent base for exploring the rich nature around the lodge, including a swimmable natural stream. Delicious cuisine is authentically Sri Lankan, and served in an open restaurant with magnificent views, where butterflies and birds flutter about nearby. Friendly staff will add to your stress free and peaceful stay here, in the middle of nature. Rooms are simple but clean and spacious and come with en-suite bathrooms, fans, veranda and mosquito nets.


Ranweli Holiday Village, Waikkal

We stay in good tourist class hotels throughout and a good example is the Ranweli Holiday Village, our first hotel, just 18km from the airport. This eco lodge is a perfect starting point for experiencing the flora and fauna of Sri Lanka, as it is committed to environmental care and ecotourism. The village is set on its own land on a peninsula where mangrove forests and rivers meet the sea, where nature is on your doorstep, making a tranquil setting to help you relax after the long flight to Sri Lanka. Friendly and helpful staff are on hand to make your stay a pleasant one. The restaurant serves excellent Singhalese food as well as international cuisine, and is where we take breakfasts and dinners. You can take a snack or drink at the bar constructed of eco-friendly materials that sits next to the outdoor beach-front pool. The hotel even has its own Ayurvedic centre. Rooms come with private balcony, mini fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning, ceiling fan, telephone and safe. The bathrooms are equipped with solar powered water heating. There is also free internet available.


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