Tour Code: LKA03
A 10-day tour in search of endemic birds, visiting Sinharaja Forest and the Hill Country.
10 days from
Land Only Price: £1695
+ 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.
Included within the tour cost.
Standard tourist hotels/Rest Houses with private facilities are used throughout the tour.
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.
Sat 12th August 2017 - Mon 21st August 2017
Flights: Flights are included in the tour cost
Regional Departures: Regional Departures are available. Call 01962 733051 for details
Land only cost: £1695
Room sharing options:
Tour extension: Blue Whales extension
Sat 4th November 2017 - Mon 13th November 2017
Sat 27th January 2018 - Mon 5th February 2018
Sat 11th August 2018 - Mon 20th August 2018
Sat 3rd November 2018 - Mon 12th November 2018
Visiting: Sri Lanka
If you wish to prolong your holiday we offer the following extensions.
Blue Whales extension
Rajan JollyOperations Manager
The overall trip was superb and our leader was excellent in every way.E.W., Surrey
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Tel: 01962 733051
Mingledown BarnWolf's Lane
Hampshire, GU34 3HJ
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