Bird Watching of Sri Lanka
10 days bird watching tour of Sri Lanka

Tour Overview

This 10 days bird watching tour in Sri Lanka focuses on Dry zone, Wetlands and rainforest birds of Sri Lanka which covers Anawilundawa wetlands, Wilpattu National Park, Makandawa Rain Forest of Kitulgala, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park and also the lakes of Tissamaharama.

  • StartColombo
  • FinishColombo

We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

Detailed Itinerary


Meals as per mentioned meal plans


Air conditioned transfers with an English speaking chauffeur guide

Day 1

Welcome to Sri Lanka

  • Arrival in Colombo International Airport and meet with our representative at the arrival lounge
  • Transfer to Negombo – 20 min drive approximately
  • Overnight stay in Ranweli Holiday Village in Negombo
Day 2

Anawilundawa Wetland

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Anawilundawa Wetland – 1 hours drive approximately
  • Bird Watching at Anawilundawa
  • Anawilundawa is a man made wetland constructed in the 12th Century AD and is located on the western migratory bird route. This is a sanctuary with prolific bird life in beautiful surroundings. The vegetation of the site consists of a scenic forest in the low country dry zone and in addition to birds, mammals such as mouse deer, hare, mongoose, squirrels, wild cats (such as civets), wild boar and fruit bats and reptiles and amphibians like land monitors, water monitors, lizards, geckoes, skinks, and tortoises can be sighted.
  • Transfer to Nawadankulama for bird watching
  • The Nawadankulama Tank is about half and hour’s drive from the Anawilundawa Sanctuary. It is barren and dry when there is no rainfall. The tank is frequented by large flocks of migrant ducks. Collared dove and Indian grey partridge are present year round along with several species of eagle.
  • Overnight stay in Hotel Sinharagama in Nochchiyagama
Day 3

Wilpattu National Park

  • Full day safari at Wilpattu National Park with picnic meals
  • Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.
  • Overnight stay in Hotel Sinharagama in Nochchiyagama
Day 4


  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Transfer to Sigiriya – 2 hours drive approximately
  • Sigiriya Sanctuary bird watching
  • Surrounding of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a designated forest reserve and is a very good birding destination. Sigiriya sanctuary is a well protected area as it is a UNECO World Heritage Site, waterways and thick canopied forests make it a heaven for birds. You will be accompanied by our expert bird watching naturalist for the birding trip in Sigiriya Sanctuary in the morning hours from 6 Am to 10 AM. Finishing the morning bird watching in Sigiriya you will be transferred to an Eco Lodge in Habarana for lunch and for some rest. There too you would be able to see many verities of birds in the lodge’s compound. At 3 PM we venture in to the jungles of Habarana surrounded by many lakes which is a very good habitat for birds.
  • Overnight stay in Back of Beyond in Pidurangala
Day 5


  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Bird watching in the Garden
  • The Garden is surrounded by forest that is typical to the north central plains of Sri Lanka. It is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Our staff is specially trained to help you identify birds, butterflies and trees in the forest. As our property borders an elephant path, elephant sightings are possible, especially during the dry season.
  • Garden walk in the night for spotting the Slender Loris
  • Overnight stay in Back of Beyond in Pidurangala
Day 6


  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Transfer to kitulgala – 4 ½ hour drive approximately
  • Do evening bird watching in the Makandawa Rainforest Patch
  • The Kalani Valley forest reserve is low country rain forest containing a host of endemic birds and other wildlife unique to the Island. Some of the birds are found around home gardens and will be a fascinating experience. One of the more sort after endemics is the Chestnut-backed Owlet, we will head in the direction to a known stakeout and then to the Serendib Scops Owl stakeout. The latter mentioned owl created a sensation in the birding world. Other endemic birds found here is the Yellow-fronted barbet, Ceylon small Barbet, Ceylon Spurfowl, Green-billed Coucal, Layard’s Parakeet, and the Ceylon Rufous Babbler to name a few.
  • Overnight stay in Kitulgala Adventures
Day 7

Makandawa Rain Forest

  • Early Morning bird watching at the Makandawa rain forest
  • Back to campsite
  • Evening bird watching tour in the village
  • Overnight stay in Kitulgala Adventures
Day 8

Bundala National park

  • Breakfast at the camp site
  • Transfer to Tissamaharama – 5 hour drive approximately
  • Do evening bird watching safari in Bundala National park
  • The bio diversity of this park is immense: A total of 383 plant species have been recorded from the park, including 6 endemics and 7 species that are considered nationally threatened. It is also home to 32 different species of mammal, 5 of which are classified as threatened. The birdlife is also diverse. For keen bird-watchers, the complex wetland system harbours a rich bird life (approximately 197 species), including several species of migratory waterfowl. This has led to the declaration of the park as Sri Lanka's first ‘Ramsar' wetland – one of great international importance especially for migratory waterfowl
  • Overnight stay at Yala Lake Camp
Day 9

Yala National Park

  • Full day safari at Yala National Park with picnic meals
  • YALA NATIONAL PARK, one of Sri Lanka's premier eco tourism destinations, lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 305 km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces. The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons.
  • Overnight stay at Yala lake camp
Day 10

Yala National Park

  • Do Morning bird watching in the area of Tissa Lake and the village
  • Transfer to airport for departure – 5 hour drive approximately