Endemic Bird watching

This tour mainly and solidly focuses in the endemic/resident birds in Sri Lanka. By engaging with this tour, the birder can get a broad idea and a knowledge about the endemic birds in Sri Lanka. This itinerary has been designed on a special request of a visitor who visited Sri Lanka before. Since you are our priority you can always customize your trip according to your satisfaction. Enjoy your stay in Sri Lanka.

8 Nights 9 Days

Route: Airport – Kandy – Nuwaraeliya – Udawalawa – Sinharaja – Kithulgala – Airport

Day 01 Kandy

  • On arrival meet our company representative at Bandaranaike International Airport
  • Proceeding to Kandy Hunnas Falls Hotel
  • Bird watching at Hunnas falls
  • Overnight at Hunnas falls Kandy
  • Possible significant species - Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Indian Pitta, Kashmir Flycatcher, Forest Wagtail, Pied Ground-Thrush


Day 02 Kandy / Nuwaraeliya

  • After breakfast proceeding to Nuwaraeliya
  • En – route enjoying the views and tea estates
  • Evening Birding at Victoria Park Nuwaraeliya
  • Possible significant species - Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Indian Pitta, Kashmir Flycatcher, Forest Wagtail, Pied Ground-Thrush, Ceylon White-Eye, Grey Wagtail, Indian Blue Robin.

  • Dinner and overnight stay at St. Andrews Hotel Jetwing Nuwaraeliya or similar kind of a hotel

Day 03 Nuwaraeliya

  • Early morning visit to Horton Plains National Park with a picnic breakfast
  • Possible significant species - Pied Bush Chat, Grey-Headed Canary, Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Common Blackbird, Kashmir & Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Sri Lanka Bush-Warbler, Ceylon White-Eye, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Velvet-Fronted Nuthatch.

  • Evening Birding around Nuwaraeliya (Lovers Leap or Hakgala Botanical Garden)
  • Possible significant species - Yellow-eared Bulbul, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Ceylon Woodpigeon, Ceylon White-eye, Pied bush chat, Common Blackbird, Sri Lanka Bush-warbler, Pied Flycatcher-shrike, Rusty-rumped Warbler, Kashmir Flycatcher, Forest Wagtail.

  • Overnight stay at Grand Hotel Nuwaraeliya or similar kind of a hotel

Day 04 Nuwaraeliya / Udawalawa / Sinharaja

  • Early morning proceeding to Udawalawa with a picnic breakfast
  • Safari at Udawalawa National Park
  • Possible significant species - Asian Openbill, Black-capped Kingfisher, Black-headed Ibis, Booted Eagle, Brown-capped Babbler, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Eurasian Spoonbill, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Indian Roller, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Painted Stork, Peafowl, Pied Cuckoo, Red-faced Malkoha, Spot-billed, Pelican, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, White Wagtail, White-bellied, Sea Eagle

  • After the safari proceeding to Sinharaja
  • Dinner and Overnight at Sinharaja or similar kind of a hotel

Day 05 Sinharaja

  • After breakfast full day visit to Sinharaja Rain Forest with a picnic lunch
  • Possible significant species - Besra Sparrow hawk, Ceylon Blue Magpe, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Green-Billed Coucal, Crested Serpent Eagle, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Black Eagle, Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Chestnut-Winged Cuckoo, Crested Goshawk, Chestnut-Backed Owlet, Ceylon Frogmouth, Spot-Winged Ground Thrush, Yellow-Browed Bulbul, , Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Ashy-Headed Laughing Thrush, Rufous-Bellied Eagle, White-Faced Starling, Ceylon Hill-Myna, Ceylon Woodpigeon, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Malabar Trogon, Red-Faced Malkoha, Serendib Scops-Owl.

  • Dinner and overnight stay at Sinharaja or similar kind of a hotel

Day 06 Sinharaja / Kithulgala

  • After breakfast full day birding at Sinharaja Rain Forest or Athwelthota forest reserve with a picnic lunch
  • After the visit proceeding to Kithulgala
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Mountriver Hotel or similar kind of a hotel

Day 07 Kithulgala

  • After breakfast white water rafting in Kithulgala
  • Evening birding in Kithulgala
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Mountriver Hotel or similar kind of a hotel
  • Possible significant species - Ceylon Hill-myna, Brown Hawk-owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-naped Blue Monarch, Dark-fronted Babbler, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Black-throated Munia, Black-hooded Oriole, Serendib Scops-owl, Black-capped Bulbul.


Day 08 Kithulgala

  • After breakfast full day birding at Kithulgala with a picnic lunch
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Mountriver Hotel or similar kind of a hotel
  • Possible significant species - Ceylon Hill-myna, Brown Hawk-owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-naped Blue Monarch, Dark-fronted Babbler, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Black-throated Munia, Black-hooded Oriole, Serendib Scops-owl, Black-capped Bulbul.


Day 09 Departure

  • After breakfast proceeding to Bandaranaike International Airport

Available Attractions

Kandy

Hunnas waterfall is located about 22 km from Kandy town, Sri Lanka. This is located in Matale District, Elkaduwa village. There are two roads to reach Hunnas waterfall. One is coming from Matale to Elkaduwa, the other is Wattegama (Kandy) to Elkaduwa. This waterfall is 125 ft in height and created by a stream from Hunnasgeria peak. Apart from the main fall several streams can be seen during rainy seasons. Hunnas falls is a very famous location for birdwatching with a lovely stay in the hotel. There is a high possibility to find and watch endemic birds in Sri Lanka.


Nuwaraeliya

Nuwaraeliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. It is better known as Little England of Sri Lanka. The climate, surroundings, and architecture of this area are different than other villages due to its cooler climate, it is the most important area for tea production in Sri Lanka. There are many attractions available in the city including the golf course, trout streams, Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. And the naturally landscaped Hakgala Botanical Gardens is located there which displays roses and tree ferns, and shelters monkeys and blue magpies. Nearby Seetha Amman Temple, a colourful Hindu shrine, is decorated with religious figures.

One of the distinctive features of Nuwara Eliya's countryside is the widespread growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers usually associated with temperate Europe. This is covered with terraces growing potatoes, carrots, leeks, and roses, interspersed with tea bushes on the steeper slopes.

'Lovers Leap' is a spectacular waterfall set among tea plantation a short walk from the town of Nuwara Eliya. It falls a height of 30m in a long cascading sheet of water. It is said that it is named after a young couple who decided to be bound together forever by jumping off the cliff to their demise


Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains is a popular tourist destination, with World's End being the key attraction. Horton Plains National Park is a key wildlife area of open grassy woodland that is Species found here include the leopard, sambar, and the endemic purple-faced langur. The plains have a well-visited tourist attraction at World's End - a sheer precipice with a 1050 m drop. It is situated at the southern boundary of the park. Another cliff known as the Lesser World's End of 270 m (886 ft) is located not far from World's End. And Baker's Falls, a waterfall is situated within the Horton Plains.


Udawalawa National Park

Udawalawa National Park is located on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka. It is one of the popular destination for those hoping to spot wild elephants. And it is the best place to see elephants throughout the year as there are a few hundred elephants within the park and sometimes witness a herd of female moving or bathing together in the wild.

Other than the elephants, the national park provides home for many other species of mammals as Sri Lankan sloth bear, fishing cat, Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan axis dear, Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain and water buffalo. Udawalawa sanctuary is also known as a good bird watching in Sri Lanka bird lovers can get wonderful opportunity to observe many different varieties of birds including endemic spices and migrants as well. And on the other hand, Udawalawa Elephant Transfer Home is an elephant orphanage located within the national park. It is home to over 40 orphaned elephants.


Sinharaja

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national stop and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of worldwide noteworthiness and has been assigned a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As per International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Sinharaja is the nation's last practical region of essential tropical rainforest. Over 60% of the trees are endemic and huge numbers of them are viewed as uncommon. The bumpy virgin rainforest, some portion of the Sri Lanka swamp rain backwoods ecoregion, was spared from the most noticeably bad of business logging by its unavailability and was assigned a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The hold's name interprets as Lion Kingdom.

The hold is just 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a greatest of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, yet it is a fortune trove of endemic species, including trees, bugs, creatures of land and water, reptiles, feathered creatures, and well evolved creatures. On account of the thick vegetation, natural life isn't as effectively observed as at dry-zone national stops, for example, Yala. There are around 3 elephants, and 15 or so[vague] panthers. The most widely recognized bigger well evolved creature is the endemic purple-confronted langur.

Winged animals tend to move in blended bolstering herds, constantly drove by the brave SriLanka Crested Drongo and the loud orange-charged babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic winged creatures, the 20-rainforest species all happen here, including the tricky embarrassed malkoha, green-charged coucal and Sri Lanka blue jaybird. Reptiles incorporate the endemic green pit snake and mound nosed snakes, and there are a vast assortment of creatures of land and water, particularly tree frogs. Spineless creatures incorporate the endemic regular birdwing, butterfly and parasites.


Kithulgala

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which is getting two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. However, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the tangible foundations for the bridge. Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream and also popular as a location for adventure-based training programs. Kitulgala White Water Rafting takes about a 90-minute run each for 6.5 km with five rapids graded 2 and 3. The Rapids with their own distinctive characters are aptly named: Head Chopper, Virgin’s Breast, Butter Crunch, Killer Fall and the Rib Cage. Riding modern rafts equipped with safety gear, White Water Rafting at Kitulgala is safe for even kids over 10 years in age. The best time to enjoy White Water Rafting at Kitulgala is the period between May to December. During periods of heavy rain, the river could turn out to be very volatile and White-Water Rafting becomes very unsafe. The adventure operators on site would advise all water sports enthusiasts on the matter. However water levels could drop surprisingly fast, turning the river to its regular state during the rainy season as well.

Kitulgala also attracts bird watching enthusiasts and nature lovers in addition to the White Water Rafters in view of the birdlife abound in the Kitulgala Forest Reserve. Most of the birds found in the Sinharaja Rain Forest are seen at Kitulgala too. Since the Kitulgala Forest Reserve is a secondary forest that is more open than the densely wooded Sinharaja, the endemic species like Orange-billed babbler, chestnut-backed owlet, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Green-billed Coucal and Spot-winged Thrush are spotted with lesser trouble.