14 day tour

With nature at its heart, A. Baur & Company Travel (Private) Limited is a pioneer in the travel business in Sri Lanka. Naturally, realizing the bounty of the country’s natural history, especially the avian fauna, it is the first company in the Island to offer this hot spot
of biodiversity and endemism to visitors from all over the world. With years of experience in the travel industry, the company is proud to offer the highest professionalism to our clients. Today, A. Baur & Company Travel (Private) Limited handles the majority of bird-watching tours in the Island. The company is the local ground agent for a large number of bird-watching tour companies of Europe and the USA. – about eight leading bird-watching companies of Britain are operating with A. Baur & Company Travel (Private) Limited.

Day 1

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ARRIVAL / SIGIRIYA
A.M.    Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake and proceed to Sigiriya.
P.M.    Birding around the hotel garden.
Possible noteworthy species : Ceylon Green-pigeon, Black-rumped Flameback, Indian Pitta, Brown-headed Barbet, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Asian Paradise lycatcher, Black-capped Bulbul, Orange-headed Thrush, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Black-hooded Oriole. 
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Day 2

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SIGIRIYA
A.M. After breakfast birding in Sigiriya Sanctuary.
Possible noteworthy species : SHAHEEN (Local race of the Peregrine), Grey-bellied Cuckoo, ‘Square-tailed’ Drongo-cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, Crested Treeswift, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Coppersmith Barbet, Indian Pitta, Ceylon Woodshrike, Large Cuckooshrike, Black-headed Cuckooshrike, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Ceylon Small Barbet, White-browed Fantail, Tawny-bellied Babbler, Orange-headed Thrush, Jungle Prinia, White-rumped Shama, Purple Sunbird, Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Greater Racket-tailed DrongO. 
P.M. Vistit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Day 3

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SIGIRIYA
A.M. After breakfast climb Sigiriya Rock.
P.M. Birding in Sigiriya Sanctuary.
Possible noteworthy species : In addition to the species seen in the morning Ceylon Green-pigeon, Green Imperial-pigeon, Alexandrine Parakeet, Brown Fish-owl, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Asian Paradise Flycatcher. 
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Day 4

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SIGIRIYA / KANDY
A.M. After breakfast climb the Sigiriya Rock.
A.M. After breakfast leave for Kandy visiting the Dambulla Rock Temple en route.
P.M.    Birding in Hantana area.
Possible noteworthy species: Black Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Hawk-Eagle, Ceylon Hanging Parrot, Alexandrine, Rose-Ringed, Plum-Headed & Layard’s Parakeet, Lesser Yellownape, Black-rumped Flameback. 
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 5

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KANDY
A.M. After breakfast birding in Udawattakele Sanctuary.
Possible noteworthy species : Emerald Dove, Ceylon Hanging Parrot, Layard’s Parakeet, Black-Backed Dwarf Kingfisher, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Crimson-Backed Flameback, White-Rumped Shama, Tickell’s Blue Flyctacher.
P.M. Visit Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya.
Possible noteworthy species : Common Hawk-cuckoo, Alexandrine Parakeet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Large Cuckooshrike, Indian Pitta.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 6

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KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA
A.M. Leave for Nuwara Eliya
P.M. Birding in Victoria Park.
Possible noteworthy species : Forest Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Indian Blue Robin, Pied Ground-Thrush, Indian Pitta, Kashmir Flycatcher, Ceylon White-Eye.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 7

NUWARA ELIYA
A.M. Very early start to visit Horton Plains National Park, with picnic breakfast.
Possible noteworthy species : Ceylon Woodpigeon, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Pied Bush Chat, Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Common Blackbird, Sri Lanka Bush-Warbler, Grey-Headed Canary, Kashmir & Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Velvet-Fronted Nuthatch, Ceylon White-Eye.
P.M. Birding around Nuwara Eliya.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 8

NUWARA ELIYA / TISSAMAHARAMA
A.M. After breakfast leave for Tissamaharama birding enroute.
P.M. Birding around wetlands in Tissamaharama area.
Possible noteworthy species : Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern, Brahminy Kite, Shikra,Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana and other common water birds, PIPITS & WAGTAILS, STREAKED & BAYA WEAVER.

Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 9

TISSAMAHARAMA
A.M. After breakfast jeep safari in Yala National Park.
Possible noteworthy species : Spot-Billed Pelican, Oriental Darter, Painted & Black-Necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Black-Winged Stilt, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Great Thick-Knee, Small Pratincole, Yellow-Wattled & Red-Wattled Lapwing Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Little-Ringed, Kentish, Mongolian & Greater Sand Plover, Marsh, Wood & Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Brown-Headed Gull, Caspian, Gull-Billed & Whiskered, Tern, Bengal Bushlark, Ashy-Crowned Finch-Lark. Toque Monkey, Grey Langur, Golden Jackal, Mongooses, Asian Elephant, Wild Boar, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Water Buffalo. Sl Giant Squirrel.
P.M. Birding around Tissamaharama Tanks.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 10

TISSAMAHARAMA
A.M. After breakfast jeep safari in Bundala National Park.
Possible noteworthy species : Greater Flamingo, Northern Pintail, Garganey, Watercock, Black-Winged Stilt, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Great Thick-Knee, Small Pratincole, Yellow-Wattled & Red-Wattled Lapwing Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Little-Ringed, Kentish, Mongolian & Greater Sand Plover, Marsh, Wood, Terek & Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Brown-Headed Gull, Caspian, Great-Crested, Lesser-Crested, Gull-Billed, Whiskered, White-Winged, Saunders’s & Little Tern, Bengal Bushlark, Oriental Skylark, Ashy-Crowned Finch-Lark, Jerdon’s & Indian Little Nightjar.
P.M. Birding around Tissamaharama wetlands.
Possible noteworthy species : Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern, Brahminy Kite, Shikra,Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana and other common water birds, Pipits & Wagtails, Streaked & Baya Weaver.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 11

TISSAMAHARAMA / KALAMETIYA / EMBILIPITIYA
A.M.    After breakfast leave for Embilipitiya, visit Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary en route.
Possible noteworthy species : Purple Heron, Brahminy Kite, Shikra,Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana and other common water birds, PIPITS & WAGTAILS.
P.M. Jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park.
Possible noteworthy species : Spot-Billed Pelican, Oriental Darter, Cormorants, Lesser Adjutant, Montagu’s Harrier, Pied Harrier, Crested Hawk-Eagle, White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Grey-Headed Fish-Eagle, Barred Buttonquail, Ceylon & Orange-Breasted Green-Pigeon, Plum-Headed Parakeet, Blue-Faced Malkoha, Sirkeer Malkoha, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Prinias.

Toque Monkey, Grey Langur, Golden Jackal, Mongoose, Asian Elephant, Spotted Deer, Water Buffalo, Sl Giant Squirrel.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Embilipitiya.

Day 12

EMBILIPITIYA / SINHARAJA
A.M. Very early start with picnic breakfast  to visit Sinharaja World Heritage  Wilderness Area for a full day’s birding.
Possible noteworthy species : Oriental Honey Buzzard, Rufous-Bellied Eagle, Shikra, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Ceylon Woodpigeon, Red-Faced Malkoha, Green-Billed Coucal, Chestnut-Winged Cuckoo, Serendib Scops-Owl, Chestnut-Backed Owlet, Ceylon Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Yellow-Browed Bulbul, Himalayan Black Bulbul, Spot-Winged Ground Thrush, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Ashy-Headed Laughing Thrush, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Ceylon Blue Magpe, White-Faced Starling, Ceylon Hill-Myna.
Lunch/Dinner/Overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 13

SINHARAJA
After breakfast birding in Sinharaja.

Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 14

SINHARAJA / INGIRIYA / AIRPORT
A.M. After breakfast leave for Ingiriya Forest Reserve (Bodinagala)
Possible noteworthy species : Green-Billed Coucal, Chestnut-Backed Owlet, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Malabar Trogon, Black-Backed Dwarf Kingfisher, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Crimson-Backed Flameback.
Lunch in Ingiriya.
P.M. Proceed to a Hotel near the airport for changing room + Dinner
Late night DEPARTURE.