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 are all rich sub-plots to the birding focus.


  • 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 bush walks 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


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

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.

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.


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.

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.


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


Enjoy a full day of leisure at your beachfront accommodation.

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.


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.

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.


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.

22Galle - Depart Colombo

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


Sri Lanka Unbound has done a very  good job in putting together travels that matched our diverse requirements – i.e birding,  wildlife and Bawa experience Glennis Von Bibra & John Roberts – Feb 2020

Prices & Inclusions


  • 1 Feb 2021 to 30 Nov 2021 From $9920 per person^

Prices are indicative only & subject to change.



  • 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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