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Wildlife Tours Sri Lanka

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12 Days 11 Nights

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Overview

Wildlife Tours Sri Lanka

Wildlife tours Sri Lanka range from wild elephants and leopards to sea turtles and a vast variety of birds. Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park is known to have the highest density of leopards in the world.

National parks and bird sanctuaries, particularly in the southern and central zones, have the best opportunities to see animals in their natural habitat. Stay alert for a sighting of the endangered sloth bear or leopard, watch hundreds of elephants feeding and washing in a tank or lagoon during “the gathering”; or be amazed by the egg-laying sea turtles. Our tours include many possibilities for wildlife watching and birding

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Itinerary

Day 01 - Airport to Habarana -
Day 01 - Airport to Habarana -

Arrival, welcome by a representative of Lanka Tour Host and transfer to Chaaya Village in Habarana.
Take an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park to witness the famous ‘Gathering’ of wild elephants.
Dinner and overnight stay in Habarana

Day 02 - Visit Sigiriya
Day 02 - Visit Sigiriya

After breakfast visit Sigiriya Sanctuary for a morning of delightful birdwatching. In addition to seeing the typical dry zone species the ‘tanks’ around Sigiriya host an array of birds associated with water.
The more interesting ones include Spot-billed Pelican, Oriental Darter, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Grey-headed Fish-eagle, SHAHEEN (the local race of the Peregrine, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Sri Lanka Green-pigeon, ‘Square-tailed’ Drongo-cuckoo, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Blackrumped Flameback, CRIMSON-BACKED FLAMEBACK, Sri Lanka Swallow, Large Cuckoo shrike, Black-headed Cuckoo shrike, Sri lanka woodshrike, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White-rumped Shama and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.
Dinner and overnight stay in Habarana.

Day 03 - Sigiriya Rock and Minneriya National Park
Day 03 - Sigiriya Rock and Minneriya National Park

An early breakfast is needed today in order to climb to the summit of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress ahead of the mid-day heat. View the ruins of the citadel of King Kashyapa (500 AD) and the breathtaking vista right around the rock from 200 m above the plateau.
In the afternoon either rest or visit Minneriya National Park once more to witness the assembly of elephants. The tank just outside your hotel and the hotel’s bird trails also present a relaxing birding session.

Day 04 - Habarana to Kandy
Day 04 - Habarana to Kandy

After breakfast leave for the hill capital, Kandy where the Temple of the Tooth Relic stands The Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is the most important sacred relic in the island and is an object immensely venerated by all Buddhists.
After lunch, we relax for some hours to prepare ourselves for a grand evening. Today is our day of witnessing the world-famous pageant ‘Esala Perahera’ of Kandy. We will have reserved seats for the parade and it will be well past midnight when we return to the hotel.

Day 05 - Kandy to Nuwaraeliya
Day 05 - Kandy to Nuwaraeliya

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya visiting a Tea Factory En route
Afternoon – birding in Hakgala Botanic Garden.
Birding highlights include Sri Lanka Woodpigeon, Crimson-backed Flame back, pied flycatcher shrike, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Indian Blackbird, Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Gre-headed canary flycatcher, Sri Lanka Scimitar babbler, Sri Lanka bush warbler, great tit, Sri Lanka White-eye and black-throated Munia.

Day 06 - Nuwaraeliya City Tour
Day 06 - Nuwaraeliya City Tour

A predawn starts with a packed breakfast to reach the Horton Plains at first light to see the elusive Whistling Thrush and for a morning of great birding Species to look out for Ceylon Woodpigeon, Crimson-backed Flame back, Hill Swallow, Pied flycatcher shrike, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Indian Blackbird, Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Pied Bush chat, Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler, Sri Lanka Bush-warbler, Sri Lanka White-eye and Black-throated Munia.
Possible Mammals: Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Sambar, and Dusky Striped Squirrel.
Return to Nuwara Eliya for lunch and spend the afternoon birding around Nuwara Eliya.

Day 07 - Nuwaraeliya to Kithulgala
Day 07 - Nuwaraeliya to Kithulgala

After breakfast leave for Kitulgala.

In the afternoon birding in the Kitulgala village area

Species to look for are Sri Lanka Green-pigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Ground-thrush, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Orange Minivet, Legge's Flowerpecker and Black-throated Munia.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kithulgala.

Day 08 - Kithulgala
Day 08 - Kithulgala

Full day birding in the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve
Birding highlights of Kitulgala will include Sri Lanka Green-pigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Ground-thrush, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Orange Minivet, Legge's Flowerpecker, Black-throated Munia and Sri Lanka crested drongo.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kithulgala.

Day 09 - Kithulgala to Sinharaja
Day 09 - Kithulgala to Sinharaja

After breakfast leave for Sinharaja Rainforest (a UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area).
Have lunch at the Lodge and spend the afternoon birding in Sinharaja Forest.
Possible species: Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Lesser Yellow nape, Black-romped Flame back, Crimson backed Flame back, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Square-tailed Black Bulbul, Spot-winged Ground thrush, Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush, Ashy-headed Laughing thrush, Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Sri Lanka Rufus Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Ledge's Flowerpecker, Sri Lanka White-eye, Black-throated Munia, White-faced Starling, Sri Lanka Hill-myna, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 10 - Sinharaja
Day 10 - Sinharaja

Full day birding at Sinharaja Rainforest with picnic lunch. Sinharaja is Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforest and is home to most of the island’s endemic birdlife.
Species to look out for Crested Goshawk, Shikra, Basra Sparrow hawk whack, Black Eagle, Rufus-bellied
Eagle, Crested Hawk-eagle, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Woodpigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Plum-headed Parakeet, Layard's Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Lesser Yellow nape, Black-rumped Flame back, Crimson-backed Flame back, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Square-tailed Black Bulbul, Spot-winged Ground-thrush, Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush, Ashy-headed Laughing thrush, Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Velvet fronted Nuthatch, Ledge's Flowerpecker, Sri Lanka White-eye, Black-throated Munia, White-faced Starling, Sri Lanka Hill-myna, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 11 - Sinharaja to Negombo
Day 11 - Sinharaja to Negombo

After breakfast bird around the Lodge for some time and leave for a hotel near the Airport
Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.

Day 12 - Safe Journey
Day 12 - Safe Journey

Transfer to Airport

Included/Excluded

  • 11 nights Accommodations with Dinner & Breakfast
  • Ac Comfortable new car with English speaking Chauffeur/Guide
  • 02 Bottled of drinking water per person per day
  • Entrance Fees and Jeep Charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips & Donations

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