Day 1:  Arrive Colombo in the morning, transfer by road to
Kandy, afternoon birding at Peradeniya botanical gardens
Day 2: Morning birding in forest areas around Kandy, such
as
Udawattekele Reserve, followed by transfer into the
hills to
Nuwara Eliya, afternoon birding locally
Day 3: Early morning birding in Horton Plains National
Park
, afternoon birding at Victoria Park
Day 4: Morning transfer to Kithulgala, remainder of the
day birding in
Kithulgala & Kelani Valley Forest
Reserve
Day 5: Full day birding in Kithulgala & Kelani Valley
Forest Reserve
Day 6: Morning transfer to Sinharaja, remainder of the
day birding in
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
Day 7: Full day birding at Sinharaja
Day 8: Full day birding at Sinharaja
Day 9: Morning transfer to Udawalawe, afternoon game
drive in
Udawalawe National Park
Day 10: Morning game drive in Udawalawe National
Park
, followed by transfer to Tissa, afternoon game drive
in
Yala National Park
Day 11: Morning game drive in Bundala National Park,
afternoon birding at
‘tanks’ and wetlands around Tissa,
Day 12: Morning game drive in Bundala National Park,
afternoon birding at
‘tanks’ and wetlands around Tissa
Day 13: Morning birding at ‘tanks’ and wetlands around
Tissa
, after lunch transfer to Colombo (airport),
Day 14: Depart Colombo

Whale-watching extension
Day 14: Morning whale-watching pelagic excursion,
afternoon at leisure/birding locally
Day 15: Morning whale-watching pelagic excursion,
afternoon at leisure/birding locally
Day 16: Morning whale-watching pelagic excursion,
afternoon at leisure/birding locally
Day 17: Morning whale-watching pelagic excursion,
afternoon transfer to Colombo (airport)
Day 18:  Depart Colombo
Brief Itinerary
14 Days Birding and Enjoying Wildlife in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka:
Kitulgala - Sinharaja - Udawalawe - Tissa, Bundala
& Yala - Horton Plains - Peradeniya & Udawattekele
More Details on This Trip
Brief Overview
hosts an astonishing array of birds and mammals,
including a range of endemic species found nowhere else
on earth, and more shared only with the Indian peninsula.

Our 14-day birding and mammal-watching tour, which also
incorporates time to appreciate many other aspects of Sri
Lanka's natural history, provides comprehensive coverage
of the island's principal habitats in all climatic zones.  We
begin the tour in the lowland rainforests of the wet zone, in
particular exploring the spectacularly lush Sinharaja
Rainforest Reserve, home to almost all island endemics
and the largest itinerant bird waves in the world which
make for exciting birding.  From here we move into the dry
zone, to the jungles and coastal lagoons of the southeast
of the island, where among a selection of birds we have a
good chance of the Sri Lankan subspecies of Leopard at
Yala National Park.  Finally, ascending into the highlands
to the grasslands and cloud forests of Horton Plains
National Park will allow us to catch up with endemics
restricted to this habitat and elevation.

Sri Lanka is an exhilarating place for birders, and this tour
provides an excellent overview of the islands natural
history.  There are extremely realistic chances to catch up
with all 33 birds endemic to the island, as well as a host of
restricted range species shared only with peninsular India,
and a selection of migrant visitors from India and further
afield in Asia which overwinter here.  As well as this, two of
Asia's most iconic large mammals, a good selection of
endemic mammals, reptiles and an abundance of
butterflies, and spectacular locations.

A 4-day tour extension provides the chance to experience
some spectacular whale-mammal watching during morning
pelagic excursions from the island’s southern coast.  
These waters are fast becoming recognized as one of, if
not the best site for Blue Whales in the world, regularly
seen here alongside a host of other marine mammals.
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