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Sri Lanka - Endemic Birds

Tour Code: LKA03

A 10-day tour in search of endemic birds, visiting Sinharaja Forest and the Hill Country.

10 days from £2195(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1695 SRS: £395 + an optional 3-day extension


This birdwatching tour of tropical Sri Lanka roams from the riverine forests of Kithulgala, past the tea estates and rugged peaks of the Central Hill Country to conclude at the endemic-rich Biosphere Reserve of Sinharaja Forest. Most, if not all, of Sri Lanka's 33 endemic birds are likely to be seen during this tour, including the recently discovered Serendib Scops Owl and the brilliantly coloured Blue Magpie. In addition to these unique species we will also see a fine selection of South Asian birds, winter visitors such as Pied Thrush and Dry Country residents in Uda Walawe Reserve where Indian Elephant and Spotted Deer offer diversions from the abundant birdlife. Despite the focus on endemics, this tour also provides a great introduction to Oriental birdwatching for newcomers to Asia.

  • Superb tropical habitats
  • All or most of Sri Lanka’s 33 endemic birds
  • Exquisite winter visitors – including Pied Thrush & Indian Pitta
  • Indian Elephant, Spotted Deer and 2 species of endemic primate
  • Unique flora & colourful butterflies
  • Friendly locals
  • Tasty Sri Lankan cuisine
  • Dramatic & beautiful scenery
  • Expertly escorted by one of Naturetrek’s popular Sri Lankan ornithologists

Food

Included within the tour cost.

Accommodation

Standard tourist hotels/Rest Houses with private facilities are used throughout the tour.

Yellow-fronted Barbet (Colin Brown)

Yellow-fronted Barbet (Colin Brown)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 In Flight to Colombo

Day 2 Kitulgala

Day 3 Nuwara Eliya

Day 4 Nuwara Eliya

Day 5 Embilipitiya

Day 6 Uda Walawe

Day 7 Sinharaja Forest

Day 8 Sinharaja/Ratnapura

Day 9 Colombo/In Flight

Day 10 London

It is generally recognised that there are at least 33 bird species endemic to the tropical island of Sri Lanka* and the primary objective of this short tour is to provide the maximum opportunity to see most, if not all, of these. Although the itinerary is structured to concentrate on looking for the endemics, all the areas visited are rich in birds and newcomers to the avi-fauna of the Indian sub-continent will find plenty of new species among the island residents. In addition, Sri Lanka is an important wintering area for many passerines from the north of the continent and Himalayan species such as Pied Thrush, Kashmir Flycatcher and Indian Pitta should feature on the tour list, along with Blyth's Reed Warbler. The variety of species will be further enhanced during a brief visit to Uda Walawe National Park where we can expect to find a tremendous selection of waterbirds, raptors and other typical Dry Zone birds plus the resident herds of Indian Elephants, Spotted Deer and Sambar. There are few more agreeable alternatives to the misery of a British winter than a visit to Sri Lanka and with so many other superb habitats to visit on the island, participants on this tour may wish to consider extending their stay and perhaps travel to the Indian Ocean coastline of the south, where the wetlands are filled with a tempting variety of waterbirds and waders. This is an intensive birdwatching tour and contains little opportunity for sightseeing. If you are interested in the wider natural history of Sri Lanka and elements of cultural sightseeing, our longer February tour may better suit your preferences. Please refer to our brochure or ask the office for further details. * Taxonomists disagree over the exact number and new D.N.A. research suggests than further species hitherto regarded as sub-species should be considered as additional endemics.

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E.W.
Surrey
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The overall trip was superb and our leader was excellent in every way.
P.Y.
Norwich
I had a wonderful time! The people I met in Sri Lanka were so welcoming and cheerful. Their country is full of history and interest and the birds were stunningly beautiful. Our guide was great at seeking out the Sri Lankan specials such as the daytime hideaway of owls.
A.M.
Kent
As we saw or heard over 200 species of birds, including virtually all the endemics, we did very well. I can heartily recommend this trip.
Mr & Miss L.
East Sussex
Upali (Ekanayake) was a fantastic leader, hard working and very professional. His enthusiasm is infectious and his birding skills of the highest order. Fantastic value for money, we would have no hesitation in recommending this trip to other birders.
W.O.
Hertfordshire
This was my first Naturetrek tour and not my last! Excellent value for money.
A.L.
Kent
Upali proved to be an enthusiastic and hard working tour leader, particularly when he dug out a superb pair of Sri Lankan Frogmouths on our last day.
J.B.
Staffordshire
The hotel by the lake at Embilipitiya was excellent. The day in the dry zone at Uda Walawe was brilliant. All in all another excellent holiday.
A.M.
Kent
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The main guide Upali was very good at his job, his mimicry of bird calls was outstanding and his knowledge of bird life and general natural history was excellent. As we saw or heard over 200 species, including virtually all the endemics (some of which were recent splits), we did very well. Upali, the guide, was excellent. His knowledge of Sri Lankan birds was first class. I can heartily recommend this trip.
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Sat 12th August 2017 - Mon 21st August 2017

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Sat 4th November 2017 - Mon 13th November 2017

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Sat 27th January 2018 - Mon 5th February 2018

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Sat 27th January 2018 - Mon 5th February 2018

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Land only cost: £1695 More info

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Tour extension: Blue Whales extensionMore info

Sat 11th August 2018 - Mon 20th August 2018

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Tour extension: Blue Whales extensionMore info

Sat 11th August 2018 - Mon 20th August 2018

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Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for detailsMore info

Land only cost: £1695 More info

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Tour extension: Blue Whales extensionMore info

Sat 3rd November 2018 - Mon 12th November 2018

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Land only cost: £1695 More info

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Tour extension: Blue Whales extensionMore info

Sat 3rd November 2018 - Mon 12th November 2018

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Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for detailsMore info

Land only cost: £1695 More info

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Tour extension: Blue Whales extensionMore info

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The overall trip was superb and our leader was excellent in every way.
E.W., Surrey

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