22 Days/21 nights|From A$9920 per person twin share

Birding Sri Lanka

Private Tour

Discover some of the best National Parks in Sri Lanka on this private tour focusing on bird watching and nature-based activities. Birding trails, jeep safaris and bush walks are all part of your search for the many endemic bird species of Sri Lanka. Select cultural highlights, unique and interesting accommodation and an appreciation of the diversity of Sri Lankan landscapes that are all rich sub-plots to the birding focus.

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • Explore Sri Lanka's diverse eco systems including montane forests, dry-zone landscapes and the last remaining virgin rain forest
  • Search for endemic and rare birds on guided walks and jeep safaris with expert rangers and naturalists
  • Down to earth activities such as nature trails and bushwalks allow you to explore a low-key side of the island
  • Take in both well-known and rarely-visited National Parks in Sri Lanka
  • Stay in quaint accommodation and tented safari camps close to sanctuaries and national parks
  • Enjoy the scenic train in central hills into the tea country
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Explore Galle Fort on a guided tour

IDEAL FOR :

Birders and wildlife enthusiasts wanting to discover the best of Sri Lanka's wildlife, national parks and unique natural environment.

Day 01Arrive Colombo - Wadumunnegedara

Welcome to Colombo. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation set in private coconut estate, a journey of around an hour from the airport.Unwind and spend the remainder of your day at leisure.

Day 02Wadumunnegedara - Habarana

Wake up early this morning for bird watching around your estate. After breakfast you will travel to Habarana, into an area best known as the ‘Cultural Triangle’. Your journey will be around 3 hours.Your accommodation is set amidst nature giving you round the clock opportunity for birding. Later, your in-house naturalist will accompany you on a night walk.

Day 03Habarana

Rise early this morning to go on a nature walk with your in- house naturalist. Spend the rest of the morning at leisure enjoying the facilities at your accommodation. This afternoon you will embark on a game drive into Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park. Both parks are famous for observing elephants in their natural habitat and encountering these giants at close range is an unforgettable experience. As the Elephant herds migrate between both parks, your driver- guide will check with the Department of Wildlife and suggest which park to visit depending on the movement of the elephants on the day.

Day 04Habarana - Wasgamuwa

Rise early this morning to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO Heritage site. This colossal Rock Fortress, also known as ‘Lion Rock’, is possibly Sri Lanka’s best-known attraction. After this excursion return to your accommodation, refresh and drive to Wasgamuwa National Park, a journey of around 2 hours. Wasgamuwa National Park is a less visited natural park in Sri Lanka situated in close proximity to the cultural triangle. It is one of the protected areas best known for birds and Sri Lankan Elephants. This is the home to around 8 endemic bird species including red faced malkoha, Sri Lankan spurfowl, lesser adjutant and frogmouth. The elephants in this park are large and have adapted to living by marshlands. They are often referred to as Villu Aliya by locals meaning water elephants and are unique from the rest of the Elephant population. Wasgamuwa National Park is great for photographic opportunities for its beautiful landscape and open spaces with less crowds. Your accommodation inside the national park includes all facilities and an experienced naturalist for all safaris. This afternoon you will embark on a jeep safari.

Day 05Wasgamuwa

Rise early this morning to explore Wasgamuwa National Park on a jeep safari. Early mornings are great for birding in this quiet park. Return to the campsite and enjoy a leisurely lunch before embarking on an afternoon jeep safari.

Day 06Wasgamuwa

This morning rise early to explore Wasgamuwa National Park on a jeep safari. Be at leisure on your return to the campsite before embarking on an afternoon safari to discover more of the park.

Day 07Wasgamuwa - Elkaduwa

This morning after breakfast transfer to Elkaduwa, a journey of around 3 hours. Your accommodation is set on a 100 acre private plantation surrounded by nature including gushing waterfalls pristine forests and far reaching views of Knuckles mountain range. You will explore the surrounding areas for bird life on a nature walk this afternoon with the in-house naturalist.

Day 08Elkaduwa

This morning is a hike with the in-house naturalist. Surrounded by waterfalls, sprawling tea plantations and Knuckles mountain range, this hike is refreshing. As you climb up enjoy the beautiful cloud forests and watch colourfully clad women gently and efficiently plucking tea buds before returning to your accommodation to be greeted with freshly brewed Ceylon tea. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy facilities at your accommodation.

Day 09Elkaduwa - Kandy

This morning drive to Kandy on a journey of around an hour. Kandy, the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings is also known as the hill capital. It belongs to the fabric of legends. While Sri Lanka was under Portuguese and Dutch rule, the Kings of Kandy remained defiant and independent. It was much later during the British rule that the city finally fell to the biggest Empire in the world. Today Kandy still retains touches of its colonial history in buildings along with its lovely centrepiece, the Kandy Lake. On arrival in the city you will visit the Temple of Tooth, a UNESCO World Heritage listed Buddhist temple located in the royal palace complex before departing to your accommodation in the outskirts of the city.

Day 10Kandy - Nanu Oya - Ambewela

This morning you will drive to Kandy railway station to board a train to Nanu Oya. This scenic train ride is through Sri Lanka’s hill country with its lush tea plantations mountains covered in mist and smiling people. You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation in a little town on a mountain for your stay.

Day 11Ambewela

This morning visit Galway’s National Park. This Park is known for rare migrant and native bird species. Apart from the avifauna, the park has valuable floral species of both native and foreign origin making it quite diverse and unique. This afternoon enjoy a guided tour in the tea plantation/factory and learn about the age-old tea making process.

Day 12Ambewela

This morning visit Horton Plains National Park. This is an open plain and the biggest watershed in the country. This park is the home to a large number of endemic birds and mammals. A trek in this park will take just over 3 hours. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 13Ambewela - Yala

Depart to Yala this morning, a journey of 5 hours. Upon arrival you will check in to your tented accommodation along the border of the park. Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most visited wildlife reserve, best known for sightings of leopards. It is also the home for a wide range of other animals including birds, elephants and reptiles. This afternoon explore Yala National Park on a jeep safari with your in-house naturalist.

Day 14Yala

Today you will explore the park with two halfday safaris in the morning and afternoon with your in- house naturalist. In between is your leisure time with excellent birding in and around your accommodation.

Day 15Yala - Tangalle

Early this morning depart to Tangalle. En route visit Bundala National park. With a wonderful maze of waterways, lagoons and dunes, Bundala National Park is an internationally important wetland sanctuary that shelters some 150 species of birds, many journeying from Siberia and the Rann of Kutch in India during northern hemisphere winter. After the safari, drive further up the south coast to Tangalle on a journey of around two hours. Spend the remainder of your day at leisure at your accommodation by the sea designed by Sri Lanka’s best-known architect Geoffrey Bawa.

Day 16Tangalle

Embark on a birding tour this morning to Kalametiya bird sanctuary. Situated on the picturesque south eastern coast, in the district of Hambantota, Kalametiya, along with Rekawa and Ussangoda, forms a coastal belt of land of outstanding beauty littered with numerous bays, coves, lagoons, rocky outcrops and sandy beaches. Remainder of your day at leisure to enjoy the pristine beach and facilities at your accommodation.

Day 17Tangalle

Enjoy a full day of leisure at your beachfront accommodation.

Day 18Tangalle - Deniyaya

Depart to Deniyaya this morning on a three-and-a-half-hour journey for your stay near Sri Lanka’s only remaining virgin rainforest, Sinharaja. This reserve is only 21 kms from east to west, and a maximum of 7 kms from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Remainder of your day at leisure at your accommodation located on the periphery of the rainforest.

Day 19Deniyaya

Embark on a nature trail for bird watching with the in-house naturalist early this morning. Return to your accommodation for breakfast. Discover more wildlife on a unique nature trail this afternoon and join the in - house naturalist for a bush walk later tonight.

Day 20Deniyaya - Galle

Depart to Galle this morning a journey of around 2 hours. Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage City and considered to be the best example of a fortified city in south and southeast Asia. One of the most remarkable things about Galle Fort is that it is a living monument - families that have lived here for generations continue to inhabit the fortified streets and here’s your chance to experience the same. Your boutique accommodation is a restored 18th century Dutch mansion inside Galle Fort.

Day 21Galle

Discover the many faces of Galle with your driver-guide this morning. He will help you to find a way to look beyond the touristy facade and discover the Fort’s true nature. Spend the remainder of your day exploring and enjoying Galle Forts quaint boutiques and restaurants

Day 22Galle - Depart Colombo

Today drive to Colombo's International airport for your departure flight, a journey of 2 hours on the southern expressway.

Testimonials

"Sri Lanka Unbound co-ordinated our 2 week trip to Sri Lanka in both a professional and personalised fashion. We were blessed to have the services of a skilled chauffeur/guide." Russell and Michelle - August 2018

Prices & Inclusions

Deluxe

  • 1 Feb 2021 to 30 Nov 2021 From A$9920^

Prices are indicative only & subject to change.

Inclusions

Included:

  • Accommodation with breakfast at hotels listed
  • Dinners at Deniyaya for 2 nights and Wadumunnegedara for 1 night
  • All meals at Wasgamuwa for 02 nights
  • All inclusive (all meals & drinks) at Yala for 02 nights
  • All transfers, touring and sightseeing by private air-conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver /guide
  • Train tickets (subject to availability)
  • Private sightseeing with English speaking driver / guide
  • Entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bird watching at Wadumunnegedara
  • Bird watching at Habarana with a naturalist
  • A game drive into Minneriya/Kaudulla National Park
  • Visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • 5 half day private safaris inside Wasgamuwa National Park with an experienced naturalist
  • A walking trail in Elkaduwa to the waterfall at the Estate for bird watching
  • An early morning trek to with the in-house naturalist for bird watching in Elkaduwa
  • Visit the Temple of Tooth in Kandy
  • Visit Galway’s Land National Park
  • Visit Horton Plains National Park
  • Visit a tea factory in Ambewela
  • 3 half day shared safaris into Yala National Park with an experienced naturalist
  • A game drive into Bundala National Park
  • Birdwatching at Kalametiya bird Sanctuary
  • Early morning nature walk for bird watching in Deniyaya with a naturalist
  • An afternoon trek to the waterfall in Deniyaya with the in-house naturalist
  • A night walk with the naturalist in Deniyaya
  • A guided walk at the Galle Fort with driver guide
  • Assistance on arrival and departure at the airport and at train stations
  • 24-hour support through our local representative office
  • Bottled water available in the vehicle
  • Sri Lankan government taxes

Not Included:

  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, communications, gratuities, etc
  • Meals, excursions and activities other than those specified as included
  • Visa fees and Electronic Travel Authorisation

Additional inclusions may vary from private tour to private tour. A full list of inclusions and exclusions will be provided with each individual enquiry/quote.

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