Top Bird Watching Sites in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, a small Island in the Indian Ocean situated near the equator is of 65,000 square kms of land mass. A small Island of this size, Sri Lanka is abundantly blessed with 22 main bird watching sites and many a local secret bird watching spots making Sri Lanka a prime bird watching destination in the world.

In this small land mass, the main bird watching sanctuary in Sri Lanka is the Kumana National Park which is considered one of the most important nesting and breeding grounds in Sri Lanka. Kumana is the eastern sector of popular Yala National Park. The Bundala National Park situated in the southernmost tip of the bird migratory route is a favourite birding ground where flocks of flamingos, herons and storks are a regular sight. The other important bird watching sites are Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary, Sinharaja Rain Forest, Bodinagala Forest Reserve, Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, Knuckles Biosphere reserve, Kitulgala Forest Reserve, Kanneliya Rain Forest, Yala NP, Wilpattu NP, Udawalawe NP, Wasgamuwa NP, Gal Oya NP, Minneriya NP, Mannar Island, Kitulgala Makanda Rain Forest, Anawilundawa bird reserve, Sigiriya sanctuary, Kaudulla NP, Lunugamwehera NP and Horton Plains NP in addition to numerous tanks, reservoirs, lagoons, marshes, lakes and rivers which are local secrets.

Following are some of the “Not to miss bird watching sites in Sri Lanka” for you to read and get an idea of what sort of a bird watching experience Sri Lanka has to offer.