Ultimate Bird Watching Tour of Sri Lanka
15 days bird watching tour of Sri Lanka

Tour Overview

The mother of all bird watching tours in Sri Lanka. This bird watching tour itinerary covers the entire most important and not to miss bir watching sites of Sri Lanka from dry zone, wetlands, rain forests, lakes, hill country to shore birds.

  • 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

Meals as per mentioned meal plans

Transport

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
  • Transfer to Negombo – 20 minutes drive approximately
  • Overnight stay in Goldi Sands Hotel in Negombo
Day 2

Anawilundawa Wetland

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Anawilundawa Wetlands – 2 hours drive approximately
  • Afternoon bird watching in Anawilundawa Wetlands which is one of the two most important birding sites in Sri Lanka named by RAMSAR. In Anawilunda Wetlands you would be able to see birds types such as Cormorants, ducks, egrets, herons, storks, eagles, terns, swallows, swifts, kingfishers and other resident birds
  • Overnight stay Palmyrah House in Mannar
Day 3

Mannar

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning bird watching in Mannar beach and lagoon area where you would be able to see birds such as Waders, migratory bird, resident birds, Terns, Ducks, Gulls, Flamingos during the migratory season, Frigate birds, boobies, eagles, cormorants, snipers, plovers, sand pipers, noddies and skuas
  • Transfer to Wilpattu National Park – 2 to 3 hours drive approximately
  • On the way visit Thanthirimale ruins and surrounding lakes for bird watching (Water birds and resident birds)
  • Overnight stay in Sinharagama Hotel in Wilpattu
Day 4

Wilpattu National Park

  • Full day safari in Wilpattu National Park from 6 AM to 6 PM to see 8 endemic birds, eagles, water birds and other resident birds (Picnic meals will be served during the safari)
  • Overnight stay in Sinharagama Hotel in Wilpattu
Day 5

Sigiriya

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Sigiriya – 2 ½ hours drive approximately
  • On the way see some birds near lakes of Kekirawa (Water birds and resident birds)
  • Afternoon bird watching in Sigiriya Sanctuary to see Endemic birds, migratory and resident birds, eagles, water birds, swifts, swallows and Falcons
  • Late evening walk in Habarana Jungle to see nocturnal bird species such as Owls and Nights Jars. Optionally visit Popem’s Arboretum in Dambulla to see Slender Loris.
  • Overnight Sorowwa Resort & Spa in Habarana
Day 6

Sigiriya

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning bird watching in Sigiriya Sanctuary to see endemic birds, migratory and resident birds, eagles, water birds, swifts, swallows and Falcons
  • Transfer to Kandy – 2 hours drive approximately
  • A walk in Peradeniya Botanical Garden to see Parrots, Pigeons, Woodpeckers, barbets, Bul buls, Warblers, sunbirds, flower peckers, Ioras and fly catchers
  • Overnight stay in Thilanka Hotel in Kandy
Day 7

Udawattakale Sanctuary

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Morning walk in Udawattakale Sanctuary in Kandy for bird watching. You can see birds such as Parrots, Pigeons, Woodpeckers, barbets, Bul buls, Warblers, sunbirds, flower peckers and fly catchers
  • Transfer to Nuwara Eliya – 3 hours drive approximately
  • Bird watching walk in Victoria Park Nuwara Eliya to see birds such as Parrots, Pigeons, sunbirds, flower peckers, fly catchers, Chats, Thrushers, Wabblers, and Wagtails
  • Overnight stay in Glenfall Reach Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Day 8

Horton Plains National Park

  • Transfer to Horton Plains National Park at 5 AM – 1 ½ hours drive approximately
  • Early morning bird watching walk in Horton Plains National Park to see bird such as Pigeons, Parrots, Barbets, Minivets, Cisticolas, Priniyas, Green Wabblers, Thrushes, Chats, Flycatchers, sunbirds, flower peckers, bul buls and White Eyes (Picnic breakfast will be provided during the walk)
  • Transfer back to Nuwara Eliya – 1 ½ hours drive approximately
  • Afternoon bird watching walk in Hakgala Botanical Garden to see birds such as Mainas, Bul buls, Pigeons, Parrots, Woodpeckers, Shrikes, Blue Magpie, Drongos, Prinias, Warblers, Mynas, Thrushes and flycatchers
  • Overnight stay in Glenfall Reach Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Day 9

Kitulgala

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Kitulgala – 2 ½ hours drive approximately
  • Afternoon bird watching in Belilena pre historic cave area to see birds such as Munias, Flower peckkers, sunbirds, fly catchers, Mynas, Babblers, Monarchs, Wabblers, Prinias, Bul Buls, Wagtails, Drongos, Orioles, Leafbirds, Woodpeckers, barbets, Pigeons, Nuthatchs, Hornbills and Coucals
  • Overnight in Plantation hotel in Kitulgala
Day 10

Makandawa Rain Forest

  • Morning bird watching in Makandawa Rain Forest in Kitulgala to see birds such as Munias, Flower peckkers, sunbirds, fly catchers, Mynas, Babblers, Monarchs, Wabblers, Prinias, Bul Buls, Wagtails, Drongos, Orioles, Leafbirds, Woodpeckers, barbets, Pigeons, Nuthatchs, Hornbills, Owls and Coucals
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Sinharaja Rain Forest near Kudawa entrance – 2 to 3 hours drive approximately
  • Walk for bird watching in a bordering village of Sinharaja Rain Forest to see birds such as Munias, Flower peckkers, sunbirds, fly catchers, Mynas, Babblers, Monarchs, Wabblers, Prinias, Bul Buls, Wagtails, Drongos, Orioles, Leafbirds, Woodpeckers, barbets, Pigeons, Nuthatchs, Hornbills, Blue Magpie, Owls and Coucals
  • Overnight in Sinharaja Blue Magpie Guest House
Day 11

Sinharaja Rain Forest

  • Early breakfast at the guest house
  • Full day bird watching in Sinharaja Rain Forest in search for birds such as Munias, Flower peckkers, sunbirds, fly catchers, Mynas, Babblers, Monarchs, Wabblers, Prinias, Bul Buls, Wagtails, Drongos, Orioles, Leafbirds, Woodpeckers, barbets, Pigeons, Nuthatchs, Trogans, Hornbills, Blue Magpie, Frogmouths, and Coucals
  • Overnight in Sinharaja Blue Magpie Guest House
Day 12

Sinharaja Rain Forest

  • Breakfast at the guest house
  • Morning bird watching village walk by the border of Sinharaja Rain Forest to see birds such as Munias, Flower peckers, sunbirds, fly catchers, Mynas, Babblers, Monarchs, Wabblers, Prinias, Bul Buls, Wagtails, Drongos, Orioles, Leafbirds, Woodpeckers, barbets, Pigeons, Nuthatchs, Hornbills, Blue Magpie, Owls and Coucals
  • Transfer to Tissamaharama – 4 hours drive approximately
  • Overnight stay in Yala Lake Camp in Tissamaharama
Day 13

Bundala National Park

  • Morning safari in Bundala National Park from 6 to 10 AM to see birds such as Terns, Gulls, Ducks, Snipers, Cormorants, Egrets, Quails, Flamingos in the season, Storks, Ibises, Bitterns, Herrons, Pelicans, Eagles, Kites, Ausprey, Eagles, Crakes, Rails, Water cocks, Plovers, Lapwings, Snipers, Godwits, Curlews, Sand pipers, Stints, Pigeons, Cuckoos, Malkohas, Cuckoos, Swifts, Swallows, Bee Eaters, King fishers, Shrikes, Pipits, Larks, Prinias, Tailorbirds, Fantail, Starlings, Weavers and Munias (A picnic breakfast will be served during the safari)
  • Afternoon bird watching walk near Tissa Lake and Debarawewa Lake to see birds such as Terns, Ducks, Cormorants, Egrets, Storks, Ibises, Bitterns, Herrons, Pelicans, Eagles, Kites, Lapwings, Sand pipers, Pigeons, Cuckoos, Malkohas, Swifts, Swallows, Bee Eaters, King fishers, Shrikes, Pipits, Larks, Prinias, Tailorbirds, Fantail, Starlings, Munias, Jacana and Owls
  • Overnight stay in Yala Lake Camp in Tissamaharama
Day 14

Bundala National Park

  • Breakfast at the Camp
  • Transfer to Colombo – 5 to 7 hours drive approximately
  • On the way visit Kirala Kele Sanctuary to see birds such as Terns, Ducks, Cormorants, Egrets, Storks, Ibises, Bitterns, Herrons, Pelicans, Eagles, Kites, Lapwings, Sand pipers, Pigeons, Cuckoos, Malkohas, Swifts, Swallows, Bee Eaters, King fishers, Shrikes, Pipits, Larks, Prinias, Tailorbirds, Fantail, Starlings, Munias and Jacana
  • Overnight stay in Cinnamon Red Hotel in Colombo
Day 15

Transfer to Airport

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Airport – 1 hour drive approximately