13days

from

$2,080

per person twin share

Sri Lanka is a birder’s paradise, boasting of diverse and favorable climatic conditions and natural habitats such as forests, scrublands, grasslands, wetlands, seas and agricultural lands.

The country is home to 439 species of birds of which 236 are breeding residents, 203 migrants and the rest vagrants. For a country as small as Sri Lanka having 33 endemic species and 68 endemic subspecies of birds with a species endemism of 11% goes to demonstrate why Sri Lanka is one of the finest birding destinations in the world. In addition there are close to 200 seasonal migratory birds both terrestrial and aquatic. Since Sri Lanka is situated at the farthest southern point away from the south of India with no other landmass until the South Pole, the migrating birds end their long journey in Sri Lanka, making it a regular wintering ground. You will be covering bird watching sessions at Kitulgala picturesque wetland, Sinharaja Rain forest, Udawalawe /Yala/Bundala National Parks & Horton plains grassland plateau.

This tour includes 12 nights/13 days accommodation, 12 meals including daily buffet breakfast, transport in air-conditioned vehicles, English-speaking Tour guides and more.

  • Best time period to experience - resident birds and endemic birds can watch throughout the year. From October - winter migrant birds start coming to Sri Lanka. These winter migrants can be seen until April. If need to watch both resident and migrant birds to Sri Lanka, the best time to visit is November to April.

 

Day 01: Airport - Negombo

On Arrival at Colombo International airport you will be welcomed by our representative/chauffer guide/national guide. Upon completion of arrival formalities check into the hotel in Negombo.

Hotel
Jetwing Sea - Negombo

Day 02: Negombo - Kithulgala

Meals
Breakfast
Attractions
Kithulgala Rain Forest
Activities
Birding in Kithulgala Area
Hotel
Rafters Retreat - Kithulgala

After breakfast, leave for your chosen hotel at Kithulgala  for a birding session.
Note : Light cotton clothes / Warm clothes for up country visit / Waterproof jackets /Comfortable shoes / Sun hats / Sun lotions / Insect repellents are recommended.

The adventure sports capital of Sri Lanka, Kitulgala – a small village on the Kelani River in the Western hills, offers the thrills of white-water rafting, jungle trekking, bird watching and cave explorations to travellers looking for an action packed holiday. It is also a popular destination for outbound training programmes.  This is an area of rolling hills, tropical rain forests and winding rivers, snug in the wet zone with two monsoons each year. For white water enthusiasts, the river offers enough spills for experienced paddlers and novices alike. However, it is imperative that you do so through a reputed and certified operator with qualified guides. Kitulgala offers rafting on Grade 3 and 4 rapids down the Kelani River swishing down through jungle, tea and rubber plantations. Just off the river, a small primeval forest, home to about 54 rare species of birds offers exciting explorations for the nature lover.

Day 03: Kithulgala - Singharaja

After breakfast, proceed to Sinharaja for a birding session in Sinharaja periphery.

Meals
Breakfast
Attractions
Kithulgala Rain Forest
Activities
Birding in Kithulgala Area
Hotel
Rainforest Eco Lodge - Singharaja

 

Note: Light cotton clothes / Warm clothes for up country visit / Waterproof jackets /Comfortable shoes / Sun hats / Sun lotions / Insect repellents are recommended.

Day 04: Sinharaja

Meals
Breakfast
Attractions
Sinharaja Rain Forest
Activities
Birding in Sinharaja Rain Forest
Hotel
Rainforest Eco Lodge - Singharaja

After breakfast, full day birding at Sinharaja Rain Forest. 

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa 216 km northeast of Colombo is a cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. One of the most significant kingdoms in Sri Lankan history this medieval capital (11th - 12th Century AD) remains a well-preserved city of ancient stupas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and imposing statues. The ruins of this ancient city stay scattered over an extensive area of woodland and can be explored within a day. The city was enclosed by three concentric protecting the royal palace complex at its centre, the  religious buildings - called Quadrangle, lie to the North and are very well preserved to this day.  The largest monuments are found here including the buildings of the Menik Vihara, Rankot Vihara, Alahana Pirivena and Jetavana monasteries, the incredible Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara, the soaring Lankatilaka shrine, the majestic King's Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath are must see sights. And of course, the giant statue of Polonnaruwa's greatest king - Parakramabahu, and the vast ‘Sea of Parakrama’ – a 12th century man-made reservoir which dominates the city are not to be missed either.

Day 05: Sinharaja - Udawalawe

After breakfast, spend the time at leisure. In the evening, proceed to Udawalawe National Park.

Meals
Breakfast
Attractions
Udawalawe National Park
Activities
Evening 4wd jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park
Hotel
Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort - Udawalawe

Note: Light cotton clothes / Warm clothes for up country visit / Waterproof jackets /Comfortable shoes / Sun hats / Sun lotions / Insect repellents are recommended.

For Asian Elephants in the wild, Udawalawe National Park is the ideal place. Lying on the boundaries of the Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces, the Udawalawe National Park is home to large herds of Sri Lanka’s largest land mammal, the majestic Asian Elephant. Sightings of elephants are very common here, so much so that you are likely to be treated to a few chance encounters just driving past the boundaries of the park. The park gets its name from the Walawe Reservoir   which was built using the waters of the Walawe River, one of Sri Lanka’s major rivers.  The park landscape is a mixture of abandoned teak plantations, grasslands and scrub jungle and is also an ideal location for bird enthusiasts as well. Other animals to be seen include the water buffalo, sambar, monkeys and if you are lucky, maybe even an elusive leopard.

1 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
Nr. of PAX 02
Price AU$2,080

 

Price Inclusive of:

  • Accommodation 04 star hotels on Bed & Breakfast Basis starting with breakfast on Day 02 and ending with Breakfast on Day 13. Cost may change.
  • Arrival, departure transfers and the tour as per the itinerary in an air conditioned Car accompanied with an English speaking licensed Chauffer guide. 
  • Passenger Insurance (Vehicle) 
  • Fuel, Parking & highway fees 
  • Complimentary SIM Card on arrival
  • Garlands on arrival
  • All currently applicable government taxes and service charges

 

Price Exclusions:

  • Cost of Entrance Tickets & Jeep hire charges to the sites visited in the itinerary.
  • Lunch & Dinner cost
  • Peak period supplements
  • International air-fare, airport tax or any kind of insurance cover other than what is stated. 
  • Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
  • Any other Sites not mentioned in the itinerary. 
  • Any other item not specifically mentioned above in ‘PRICE INCLUSIONS’. 
  • Visa fees to Sri Lanka.

General:

  • Hotel check-in time: 1400h and Hotel check-out time: 1100h. 
  • ‘No Show’ will not be entitled to any refunds. 
  • Acceptance of these ‘Terms and Conditions’ is a requirement of your booking. Submission of a booking is your acknowledgement that you have read, understood and agreed to be bound by these ‘Terms and Conditions’. 

Payment:

  • In order to confirm your tour package, full payment is required upon confirmation. 
  • Credit card payments require a 3.5% surcharge. 
  • Bank TT or Pay Pal (3.5% surcharge required) are accepted which is a common mode of payment.

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