Wildlife holidays to Sri Lanka
Tell me about Sri Lanka …
The verdant tropical island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is an ideal place to escape the gloom of a British winter.
Although geographically close to the southern tip of India it is culturally very different from its neighbour with a population 69% Buddhist and a proudly independent Sinhalese history.
The rugged terrain of the island’s centre is characterised by mountains and hills rising to over 2,000 metres, and this is the home of the island’s tea industry.
Sri Lanka has magnificent tracts of forest cloaking many of the southern hills. The best example of this precious habitat is Sinharaja Forest which is recognised internationally as a World Biosphere Reserve.
Our Sri Lanka specialist recommends...
"I recommend our ‘Sri Lanka – Wildlife & History’ tour combines a traditional birdwatching and wildlife holiday with the island’s ancient culture also included. We hope to see most of the 33 endemics that are found on the island and the mammal highlights are Asian Elephant and the Leopard."Rajan Jolly
Whats special about the wildlife?
Sri Lanka has many zoological affinities with South East Asia and much of the flora and fauna is unique to the island, including 33 species of endemic bird.
Theres a high level of endemism in the fauna and flora especially in the mountainous regions.
An abundance of superb wetlands as well as forests and a benign attitude towards wildlife by the friendly islanders contribute to Sri Lanka being a perfect natural history destination.
Naturetrek tours to Sri Lanka
Naturetrek offers several natural history tours to Sri Lanka. These include bird watching and wildlife holidays (including a bargain bird watching holiday), botanical tours in celebration of Sri Lankas tropical flora and botanical gardens plus a holiday focusing on Blue Whales & Leopards.
Highlights from our Sri Lanka wildlife tours include:
- A visit to Yala National Park in search of Leopards, Indian Elephants, Sambar & Marsh Mugger Crocodiles
- Dry Zone bird species such as Indian Rollers, Ashy Swallow-shrikes & sunbirds
- Wintering birds including passerines from the Himalaya & waders from Siberia
- Mangrove plant communities, plus orchids, ferns & balsams
- A chance to see the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy as well as the ancient city of Anuradhapura & the rock fortress of Sigiriya
- Looking for Blue Whales off Sri Lanka’s beautiful south coast
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Sri Lanka HOLIDAYS
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.
All the hotels used were wonderful - comfortable, with good service. The hotel at Sigiriya, the Tea Factory and the Boulder Garden will all live in my memory! A really well balanced tour with plenty of variety - some fascinating sights and a lot of information on history and culture as well as an abundance of birds and other wildlife. The guides were excellent, the company was great - it does always help to have congenial travelling companions! There were some amazing high points - our own personal Leopard sighting as we left the lodge on our second morning at Yala and a wonderful close encounter with a Sloth Bear later the same day! One of the best holidays I have had - and I have had some good ones!
Lester Perera was excellent and really tried hard to find us as many birds as possible. His local knowledge and identification skills were superb.