Bird Watching Tour 01

10

NIGHTS

11

DAYS

Day 01 - Negombo

 Your tour guide will be waiting for you on arrival at Colombo International Airport and from there you will take to your Hotel in Negombo. After a tour of Negombo you can relax and enjoy the rest of your evening.


 Overnight at Negombo.


Day 02 - Sinharaja

 After breakfast proceed to Sinharaja via Bodinagala.On the way visit Bodhinagala Forest for a Bird Watching trail.


 Overnight at Sinharaja.


Day 03 - Sinharaja

 We take an early breakfast and a packed lunch and set off to the Singharaja Forest for a long Bird Watching Trail. After a tired but exhilarating day we are back for the night at a place of our choice.


 Singharaja rain forest, which is a world heritage site, may be described either as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical wet evergreen forest. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is very interesting. 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka have been recorded in Sinharaja. Singharaja is the best location to observe the flock behaviour of birds We will be looking for Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Blue Magpie and Spot-winged Thrush, Endemic White-faced Starling, Sri Lanka Myna amongst others. Also keeps an eye out for the endemic purple-faced leaf monkeys moving through the canopy, and the impressive grizzled Indian squirrel.


 Overnight at Sinharaja.


Day 04 - Udawalawe

 After breakfast proceed to Udawalawe National Park. Arrival at Udawalawe in time for lunch.After lunch & a Short break, leave Hotel for an evening Safari & Bird Watching at the park. his 30821 hectares dry zone game park was declared as a protected national park in 1972. It has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C. This park is world famous for its elephants. You will see whole herds of them, adults and young, bathing and playing in the water or feeding. The safari will also be an unforgettable bird watching experience as Udawalawe has a wide variety of birds. The endemic Red-faced Malkoha, has its favourite habitat in this parkland. Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket-tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White-necked Storks, OpenBills, Ibis, Shama (the Forest Nightingale), Stork-billed Kingfishers and Peacocks are found in fair numbers. Among the migrant birds are the Forest Wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns.


 Overnight at Udawalawa.


Day 05 - Yala

 After breakfast proceed to yala for an evening bird watching & wild life safari. YALA NATIONAL PARK lies 24 km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka and spans Southern and Uva provinces. The park consists of 97,878ha. The altitude is 90m from sea level. The vegetation in this park comprises secondary forest, possibly a few hundred years old at the most. It is predominantly semi-arid thorny-scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation occur along the costal lagoons. Yala is renowned for the variety of its wildlife and its fine coastline and associated coral reefs. A large number of important cultural ruins bear testimony to earlier civilizations and indicate that, much of the area was populated and well developed.


 Overnight at Yala.


Day 06 - NuwaraEliya

 After breakfast, head towards the NuwaraEliya. En route, visit to dowe ancient temple, rawana waterfalls, ella gap and nature walk to little adams peak. Little Adams Peak whether considering the word Little it is named after the sacred Adams Peak (Sri Pada where the foot print of Lord Buddha is preserved) regarding the similarity between the two mountains. Therefore the mountain was called as Little Adams Peak.After completing, drive to NuwaraEliya.


 Overnight at NuwaraEliya.


Day 07 - NuwaraEliya

 After breakfast proceed to Horton Plains and commence walking inside the Park. Horton plains national park is undoubtedly one of the worlds best nature reserves. The park is also home to a wide variety of flora and 24 species of mammal such as elk, deer, giant squirrel, wild boar, wild hare, porcupine and leopard. For bird enthusiasts, there 87 species (14 of which are endemic), including many migratory birds. The Plains also feature many interesting attractions such as Bakers Falls, Chimmini Pool and the famous World End. On completion return to hotel & overnight at NuwaraEliya.


Day 08 - Kandy

 After breakfast, proceed to Kandy. En route visiting to Ramboda waterfalls & temple of tooth relic. Evening visit to Udawattakele. Udawattakele is a Buddhist sanctuary and there is a temple in the vicinity. Vegetation comprises dense forest, mostly plantation and secondary formations. About 80 species of bird have been recorded from the area.The history of the gardens goes as far backs as1371. The garden is a horse-shoe-shaped peninsula round which flows the chief river of Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli. The total area is 147 acres containing more than 4000 plant species.


 Overnight at Kandy.


Day 09 - Dambulla

 After breakfast proceed to Dambulla en route visit to spicy garden matela&UNISCO WORLD HERITAGE listed golden cave temple complex.


 Overnight at Dambulla.


Day 10 - Dambulla

 After breakfast visiting to the lion' rock segiriya. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477-495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure Sigiri the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. After lunch proceed to bird watching and safari tour to Kawdulla national park. Kaudulla National Park is a national park on the island of Sri Lanka located 197 kilometers (122 mi) away from the largest city, Colombo. It was designated a national park on April 1 2002 becoming the 15th such area on the island. Along with Minneriya and Girithale BirdLife International have identified Kaudulla as an Important Bird Area. Historically Kaudulla was one of the 16 irrigation tanks built by King Mahasen. Following a period of abandonment it was reconstructed in 1959. It now attracts and supports a variety of plant and animal life, including large mammals, fish and reptiles.


 Overnight at Dambulla


Day 11

 Transfer to Colombo International Airport for your onward flight.


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