BIRDING TOUR (TOUR CODE - FL05)
9 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS
Day 01 : AIRPORT - NEGOMBO
Arrival to Sri Lanka, guest will be met and welcome by our representative at the airport,then transfer to Negombo
IOptional - MUTHURAJAWELA is located south of Negombo in the Colombo district. A vast area of marshland and mangrove vegetation with an extent of 3100 hectares of which 1000 hectares is declared as sanctuary. This important wetland habitat is home to 85 resident birds.
Evening Bird watching trail. [Optional]
Overnight stay at Negombo
Day 02 : NEGOMBO - SINGHARAJA
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Singharaja rain forest.
SINGHARAJA Sinharaja rain forest, which is a world heritage site, may be described either as a Tropical Lowland Rain Forest or Tropical wet evergreen forest. Birding in this ecosystem is very interesting. 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka have been recorded in Sinharaja. Sinharaja is the best location to observe the flock behavior of birds Eg: SL Spur fowl, SL Jungle fowl, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Blue Magpie, Spot-winged Thrush etc
On completion, back to the hotel in Singharaja.
Overnight stay at Singharaja
Day 03 : SIGNHARAJA RAIN FOREST
After breakfast, leave for rain forest exploration and birding at Sinharaja.
SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST Whatever its ‘technical’ name, it is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka! Named as a world heritage site in 1989, this lowland evergreen rain forest is steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word ‘Sinharaja’ means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest.
Overnight stay at Singharaja
Day 04 : SINGHARAJA - UDAWALAWE
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Udawalawe
UDAWALAWE - This 30821 hectares dry zone game park was declared as a protected national park in 1972 and has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C. This park is world famous for its Elephants, seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding. This safari would be an unforgettable bird watching experience as “Udawalawe” is one of the best parks for bird watching too. The endemic species of bird called Red Faced Malkoha has its favorite habitat in the 192 square km parkland. Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket Tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White Necked Storks, Open Bills, Ibis, Shama - The forest Nightingale, Strol Billed Kin Fishers and peacocks are found in fair numbers. Among the migrant birds are the forest wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns.
Pm: Evening safari at Udawalawe.
Overnight stay in Udawalawe
Day 05 : UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK - NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Hakgala Garden on the way.
The Haggala botanic gardens were founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites who was superintendent of the more famous gardens at Peradeniya. Haggala botanical gardens were once the pleasure garden of Ravana of the Ramayana epic and according to many; it was one of the places where the beautiful Sitha was hidden by the demon king.
Nuwara Eliya has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degC this is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called little England. The Victoria Park in the centre of Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka. Yellow-eared Bulbul, Blackbird, in winter Pied Thrush and Kashmir Flycatcher are very common.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
Day 06 : NUWARA ELIYA - HORTON PLAINS - NUWARA ELIYA
After breakfast do an excursion to Horton Plains to “catch” the remaining Highland endemics.
HORTON PLAINS The Horton Plains is perhaps the most awesome and forbidding region of Sri Lanka. Located on a high windswept plateau at about 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) elevation, a visit to these plains is well worth the effort. The most awe-inspiring site is the World’s End, considered the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The terrific escarpment drops vertically for approximately 1,000 feet (328 meters) and falls away almost as steeply for another 4,000 feet (1,312 meters). In the early morning the Indian Ocean rims the horizon 50 miles (81 kilometers) to the south. The Horton Plains form the eastern extremity of the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. It extends through the alpine ruggedness for some 25 miles (40 kilometers), from west of Adam’s Peak (which you saw on your way to Sinharaja). Black eagles, blue magpies and other rare birds can be found here, not to mention the occasional black leopard, deer, sambar, jackals and purple-faced Monkey. On completion return to Hotel. Evening at leisure or optional to walk around the Nuwara Eliya city.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
Day 07 : NUWARA ELIYA - KANDY
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Kandy
City tour of Kandy. [Optional]
DALANDA MALIGAWA (TEMPLE OF THE TOORTH RELIC ) Kandy is also famous for a temple called Dalada Maligawa – another world heritage site. The Dalada Maligawa also called the Temple of the Tooth and known to house the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.
Udawattakele is a Buddhist sanctuary and there is a temple in the vicinity. Vegetation comprises dense forest, mostly plantation and secondary formations. About 80 species of bird have been recorded from the area.
The history of the gardens goes as far backs as1371. The garden is a horse-shoe-shaped peninsula round which flows the chief river of Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli. The total area is 147 acres containing more than 4000 plant species.
Overnight stay at Kandy
Day 08 : KANDY - SIGIRIYA
After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya. Enroute visiting a spice garden and batik factory in Matale. [Optional] and also optional visit to Dambulla Rock temple.
Dambulla Dambulla, an ancient city, is known for its beautiful Cave temples and a huge Buddha statue. The history of the 5 caves containing over 150 images of Buddha goes back to 1st century BC when king Valagambahu took refuge here. This place is worth visiting not only for the cave temple, but also for the beautiful view over the countryside you can get from the hill. Evening bird watching around the premises. In Sigiriya we are trying to go after the dry zone birds we missed in Udawalwe.
Overnight stya at Sigiriya
Day 09: SIGIRIYA - NEGOMBO
After breakfast visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and proceed to Negombo
SIGIRIYA ROCK is located in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka and considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. It dates back from over 7,000 years ago, through the pre-historic to the proto-historic to the early history of Sri Lanka. Around 3rd Century BC devotees to the sangha (Buddhist clergy) prepared and donated a monastery consisting of rock-shelters and caves.
Proceed to Negombo after visiting Sigiriya Rock.
Overnight stay at Negombo
Day 10 : COLOMBO - AIRPORT
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for airport in time for Departure flight.Book Now
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