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Birds & Wildlife of Sri Lanka

A chance to see the birds, wildlife and whales of Sri Lanka.

As the early bird catches the worm, the early birder sights his quarry. The morning air is cool in the hills of Sri Lanka. The still air allows noise to travel so quiet is essential.  The verdant jungle  is ideal habitat, the time of day is ideal and all is set for the perfect morning

Sri Lanka is well known as a naturalist's paradise with 430 species of outstanding birdlife including 33 endemic to the island. There will also be good chances of encountering spectacular mammals including leopard, sloth bear and Asian elephant.

We fly into Colombo and drive to Waikkal for a night between mangroves and the ocean. Next morning we continue up to Kandy for two nights where activities will include a birding visit to the spectacular Peradeniya botanic gardens, searching for colourful specialties such as Layard’s parakeet and Sri Lanka hanging parrots and more.

Then on and up through tea plantations to Sri Lanka's highest town Nuwara Eliya and across to Horton Plains where several endemics can be found such as the Sri Lanka whistling thrush and Sri Lanka white-eye, as well as soaring raptors. Still in the hill zone we continue to Kithulgala on the banks of the Kelani Ganga, and then to Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a lowland tropical rainforest with endemics such as Sri Lanka blue magpie, Sri Lanka frogmouth, red-faced malkoha, green-billed coucal, as well as the newly discovered, endangered Serendib scops owl. There may be sightings of Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and Giant Squirrel.

We descend to drier plains of the National Parks of Udawalawe, famed for its Asian elephants and Yala with its magnificent rock outcrops and most of all, its population of leopards, plus sloth bears and deer herds.

Finally we reach Mirissa for whale-watching with a short boat trip to look for the huge Blue Whale, Short-finned Pilot Whale and large schools of acrobatic Spinner Dolphin. We return to the Colombo area for our final night before flying home.

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You enjoy being outdoors in the fresh air, communing with nature and discovering the world at a relaxed pace. Short countryside strolls or sightseeing on foot make you feel good. You enjoy cities with art and culture and like to develop an interest in your surroundings. You are reasonably fit and healthy. No previous experience is required. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 5 miles of walking on well made paths with up to 300m of ascent.



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  • Accommodation

    Good tourist class hotels throughout.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • Half board with breakfast and dinners taken at hotels.
    • All local transport costs.
    • A highly experience and knowledgeable professional Sri Lankan birding guide
    • the Services of a Chapters Experience Holidays Tour Leader

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Enjoying a huge diversity of birdlife including 33 endemics to be sought.
    • Marvelling at Blue Whales at Mirissa - the best place in the world to see them.
    • Scanning the bush at Yala National Park for leopard.
    • Photographing elephant at Udawalawe National Park.
    • Enjoying the insights of our Sri Lankan birding guide.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights: Gatwick-Colombo via Istanbul (c14hrs + en-route stop in Male), Turkish Airlines.
    • Regional  flights may be available from £30 supplement. Please ask for details.    
    • UK add-on  flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.
    • Visa is required.

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