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Explore the Birds Paradise in Sri Lanka (12 nights / 13 Days Tour)

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Bird ParadiseDay 01 Colombo

Arrive at the Bandaranaike International airport Katunayake. You will be met and assisted on arrival by our airport staff and transferred to Colombo, the commercial capital of the country. (30 km, approx. 1 hour drive).  On arrival, check in at the hotel.Overnight stay at a Colombo hotel

Day 02 – Colombo / Kandy

After breakfast leave for Kandy. En-route visit the Kurulukele Bird Sanctuary in Kegalla.(81 km, approx. 2 hour drive). The forest Kurulukele is a significant area for birding tourism with plenty of native species. Possible noteworthy species: Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Green Pigeon, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Black-Capped Bulbul, Ceylon Hanging Parakeet, and more. Thereafter leave for Kandy(35 km, approx. 1 hour drive). Evening visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, specially for birding.Overnight stay at Kandy hotel

Day 03 – Kandy / Knuckles

After breakfast at hotel, leave for Udawattakele (Udawatta Forest) for birding.  Situated to the north of the Temple of the Tooth, this forest is about 257 acres in area and has a large number of birds. The birds seen most often within the sanctuary include the Sri Lanka Yellow-fronted Barbet (Megalaima Flavirons),Sri Lanka Layard’s Parakeet (psittacula caltropae), Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Spot-Winged thrush among a number of others. On completion, leave for Knuckles (45 km, approx. 1 ½ hour drive).Overnight stay at Knuckles Hotel

Day 04 Knuckles

After breakfast commence birding, walking through bird trails in the dense forest. The Knuckles Conservation Forest nestles within the Knuckles Mountain Range-Sri Lanka’s misty mountain of Dumbara. Bird life abounds in this forest. Seventeen of the 23 endemic species of Sri Lanka birds are found here among the 128 species recorded so far in this area. Endemic include the Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Brown-Capped Babbler, Dusky-Blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Lorikeet, Sri Lanka White-Eye, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka spur fowl, Sri Lanka Grackle, Yellow-Eared Bulbul and the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Evening, another birding visit to the forest.Overnight stay at Knuckles Hotel

Day 05  Knuckles / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. (125 km, approx. 4 hour drive)Nuwara Eliya, the misty city is located over 6000 feet above sea level. The drive will be through refreshing Tea Plantations covering the hills like carpets and cascading waterfalls to mesmerize you. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see various species, particularly the Indian Blue Robin, Pied Thrush or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. Kashmir Fly catcher is another attractive bird species found in the park. Galway's Land Bird Sanctuary, close to Lake Gregory, is another wildlife site of 0.6 km².  Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya Hotel

Day 06 – Nuwara Eliya / Horton Plains

After breakfast leave for Horton Plains (40 km, approx. 1 ½ hour drive). A highland plateau at an elevation 2134 meters comprising montane grassland and elfin forest. It is contiguous with Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. Horton plains National Park harbours 12 species of endemic birds. The following birds are recorded only for Horton Plains. Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, (Clissa Ornata), Dusky Blue Fly-Catcher (Eumyias Sordida), Sri Lanka White-Eye (Zoterops Ceylonensis), and Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon (Columba Torringtonni). Afterwards return to the hotel.Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 07 – Nuwara Eliya / Yala

After breakfast leave for Yala. (197 km, approx. 4 ½ hour drive). On arrival at Yala, check in at hotel. Afternoon, commence a jeep safari in Yala National Park. Kumana in Yala is reputed for its avifauna. Large number of certain species congregate to nest in the mangroves in May-June. Common birds include Pelican (Pelicannus Sp.) Painted Stork (Mycteria Leucocephala), Spoonbill (Platalea Leucorodia), White Ibis (Threskiornis Melanacephalus), Open Billed Stork (Anustomus Oscitans), Purple Heron (Ardea Purpurea), Gray Heron (A. Cineria).Thereafter leave for Hotel.Overnight stay at a hotel in Yala

Explore the Birds Paradise in Sri Lanka Day 08 – Rakawa / Ussangoda / Kalamitiya / Hambantota

Early morning leave for RUK area ( Rakawa, Ussangoda & Kalamitiya) near Hambantota. This area located between Tangalle and Ambalantota in the Deep South is reputed for avifauna. (67 km, approx. 1 ½  hour drive).  The area contains many ecological important terrestrial and wetland habitats. There is bird life, which include Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret, Grate Egret, Asian Open bill, Eurasian spoonbill, Purple Swamp hen. Kalamatiya is famous as a birds' paradise. Out of the recorded 427 bird-species, 250 species are found in Sri Lanka. Evening leave for Bundala National Park( 2 km, approx. 5 min. drive) and view the visitor centre. Leave for Hambantota (4 km, approx. 10 min drive)Overnight stay in a hotel in Hambantota.

Day 09 – Hambantota / Uda Walawe / Ratnapura

After breakfast leave for Udawalawe (60 km, approx. 1 ¼ hour drive) and commence a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. The avifauna in the park includes a large number of Warblers (prinia ssp) together with the usual low-country birds in forested areas, and a variety of Raptors. Water birds found on the reservoir include rare visitors/breeding residents such as Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis) and Ospray (Pandion Haliaetus).Notable endemic species are, Sri Lanka Spur fowl (Galloperdix Bicalcarata), Sri Lanka jungle fowl ( Gallus Lafayettii), Malabar pied hornbill (Antrhacoceros). Evening leave for Ratnapura (60 km, approx. 1 ½ hour drive).Overnight stay at a hotel in Ratnapura.

Day 10 – Ratnapura / Sinharaja / Ratnapura

After breakfast leave for Sinharaja Nature Reserve for birding.(60 km, approx. 1 ½ drive) One of the major features at Sinharaja is the presence of bird "Feeding Flocks”. These flocks give life to the forest which under normal conditions is silent and uneventful. It is also the highlight of bird watching in the forest. There are endemic birds to be seen in Sinharaja. They are Red-faced Malkoha, the Sri Lanka blue Magpie, the Ashy-headed Babbler, the White-headed Starling and the Green-billed Coucal the rarest of Sri Lankan birds.Overnight stay at a hotel in Ratnapura.

Day 11 – Ratnapura / Sinharaja / Ratnapura

After breakfast leave for Sinharaja Forest for 2nd day birding.Overnight stay at a hotel in Ratnapura

Day 12 – Ratnapura / Colombo

After breakfast leave for Colombo ( 101 km, approx. 3 hour drive). On arrival in Colombo, check in at hotel. Thereafter, commence a sightseeing tour of the city of Colombo. Drive through the commercial and city centre area known as the “Fort”, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office structures. See the busy markets and noisy bazaars of Pettah, the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. Drive past the Town Hall, Independence Square, the B.M.I.C.H (International Convention Centre) and Cinnamon Gardens residential area and visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people.Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo

Day 13 – Departure

After breakfast at the hotel leave to the Airport for your departure flight.

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