Birds & Wildlife Tour – 11 Days

Tour Code: VST011

Tour Description

This is a fully guided private tour (You will have your own air-conditioned vehicle and a personal services of a driver/guide) The tour can be fully customized according to your requirements (Your choice of accommodation, attractions etc) You can start the tour at a preferred date :

Tour Highlights

  • • 150 different species
  • • 33 Sri Lanka endemics
  • • 38 species endemic to the rest of the Indian subcontinent
  • • 7 nocturnal birds
  • • 108 other Asian species

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers and transport in an A/C vehicle (Includes fuel)
  • Accommodation in double occupancy hotel /lodge rooms
  • Main meals (This will depend on the selected package)
  • All entrance fees including government taxes
  • Jeep services where necessary
  • Service of an expert local bird and wildlife tour leader throughout the tour
  • 3 bottles of mineral water will be provided free, per person per day

Exclusions

  • Airfares (Packages including airfares are available upon request)
  • Extra meals, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls / fax / email and laundry charges
  • Still camera permit and video camera permit at some locations
  • Any other items not included in the above “Inclusions”

Extra Information

  • Above prices are valid until 30/04/2018
  • Peak period supplements may apply (Please Inquire)
No of Travelling 1-2 Pax 3-6 Pax 7-9 Pax Above 10 pax
Cost Per person $ 1900 $ 1700 $ 1500 Please Inquire
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Day 1
Airport - Colombo

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Airport Garden Hotel or similar Transit hotel (B)

Upon arrival in Colombo Sri Lanka, you will be greeted by a representative from our ground agent who will transfer you to your accommodation.


Day 2
Colombo - Kithulgala

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Kitulgala Rest House / Base camp or similar Kitulgala Rest House or similar (B)

You are met by a professional guide for the drive to Kitulgala rain forest for two nights. This trip takes approximately three hours and will take you through lush wet zone home gardens containing small scale spice cultivations, rubber plantations, over perennial rivers and streams.

Some endemic birds found hereare the Yellow-fronted Barbet, Ceylon Hanging-Parrot,Ceylon Spurfowl, Green-billed Coucal, Red-facedMalkoha, Layard’s Parakeet, Spot-winged Thrush andthe Ceylon and Ceylon Crested Drongo Rufous.


Day 3
Kitulgala

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Kitulgala Rest House / Base camp or similar (B)

The Kalani Valley Forest Reserve is a low country rainforest containing a host of endemic birds and other wildlife unique to the Island. Some of these birds are found around home gardens and will be a fascinating experience. One of the more sort after endemics is the Chestnut-Backed Owlet. We will head to a known stakeout in search for the Chestnut-Backed Owlet.


Day 4
Kitulgala - Sinharaja

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Martins Lodge or Blue Magpie Lodge (B)

After breakfast you embark on your next adventure and leave for Sinharaja rainforest [A UNESCO World Heritage site] for three nights, which covers an area of 11,187 hectares of primary and secondary forests. It is home to many endemic Sri Lankan fauna and flora and is the best location to see mixed species bird flocks and offers an ideal opportunity to see a range of endemic, resident and migrant species.


Day 5
Sinharaja Rainforest

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Martins Lodge or Blue Magpie Lodge (B)

The former logging roads provide the best access for prime birding in Sinharaja which are home to Orange- Billed, Babbler , Ceylon Crested Drongo, Red-Faced Malkoha, Ceylon Blue Magpie, Ceylon Hill-Myna, Ashy- Headed, Laughing Thrush, Green-Billed Coucal, Lesser Yellownape, Orange Minivet, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Black-Naped Monarch, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, White- Faced Starling, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Yellow-Browed Bulbul, Bronze-Winged Pigeon, Spot-Winged Thrush, Legge’s Flowerpecker, Brown-Backed Needletail, Green Imperial Pigeon, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Chestnut-Backed Owlet, Scaly Thrush, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Black-Throated Munia, Layard’s Parakeet, Black Eagle, Rufous-Bellied Eagle, Legge’s Hawk Eagle, Crested Goshawk Besra, Dark-Fronted Babbler and Velvet-Fronted Nuthatch.


Day 6
Sinharaja

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Martins Lodge or Blue Magpie Lodgeby (B)

The diversity of butterflies in Sinharaja is high. The rare species we are hoping to see would include Blue Okeleafe, Five-Bar Swordtail, Great Crow and The Tree Nymph. As for mammals, the dense Rainforests tends to keep them more elusive. Although the endemic Purple-Faced Leaf Monkey, Red Slender Loris, Layard’s Flame-Back Squirrel can be found. On occasions, owling at night may reveal some of these mammals and others such as Indian Palm Civets.


Day 7
Sinharaja - Embilipitiya - Udawalawe

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Centuria Hotel or similar (B)

We take a 4 hour drive to Embilipitiya. The observant traveler may witness the changing of three climatic zones as you descend gradually into the low country. The changing lifestyles, industries and agriculture of the people is very intriguing. If time permits we will also visit a village trading fair. Embilipitiya is where most tourists base themselves in order to visit Udawalawa National Park. By lunchtime, we will reach our hotel where we have lunch, rest and spend one night.


Day 8
Udawalawa - Nuwara Eliya

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Oakray Tea bush or Brezee summer Hill Nuwara Eliya (B)

Before ascending to Nuwara Eliya in the hills, we will drive through dry zone cultivations and home gardens. You will witness one of the most renowned waterfalls of Sri Lanka the Ravana Falls named after the Infamous King Ravana of the Hindu epic the “Baghavthgeetha”. The winding road leading to Nuwara Eliya gives a good perspective of the country’s people their gardens and agriculture.


Day 9
Nuwara Eliya

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Oakray Tea bush or Brezee summer Hill Nuwara Eliya (B)

Our second day begins with a pre-dawn start to the Horton Plains National Park for the endangered Sri Lankan Whistling Thrush. Horton Plains is the only National Park in Sri Lanka where visitors are allowed to walk freely. It is situated 2200 m above sea in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, approximately twenty kilometers south of Nuwara Eliya and covers 3162 hectares. It is home to a wet Montane climate with a mean annual temperature of 15degrees centigrade. The vegetation in Horton Plains is defined as Montane Rainforests or Cloud Forests which shows gnarled and stunted growth not exceeding 15 meters in height.


Day 10
Nuwara Eliya - Kandy

Accommodation

  • Hotel : Hotel Suisse/ Thilanka or similar (B)

Today we will explore the tea plantations of the central hills and visit a tea factory. We will then descend to the one-time capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, until the 1860’s the main crop of the country was coffee, but in 1869 the Coffee Rust Fungus killed the majority of plantations, resulting I the birth of tea plantations. The picturesque setting of the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens contains over 4000 species of plants in 147 acres of land. The Indian Flying Fox colony will be of our principal interest, but we will also expect to see Alexandrine Parakeet, endemic Ceylon Small Barbet and the Indian sub continental endemics such as Common Hawk Cuckoo and Lesser Hill-Myna.


Day 11
Hikkaduwa – Airport

Morning:
Visit patch of tall wet forest in Kandy, looking for wet lowland forest birds including some endemics, butterflies, forest mammals and other wildlife.

After Lunch:
Leave for Airport or a hotel near the airport, for departure in the evening or next day.

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