10 day tour with a focus on endemics

Our itineraries can be trimmed to see the greatest number of birds. Tours can also be done in reverse direction, and other destinations, such as Anuradhapura, can be included. It is also possible to visit the island outside the winter season, mainly for the endemics and the resident birds.

Day 1

ARRIVAL / KITULGALA
A.M. Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake and proceed to     Kitulgala.
P.M. Birding in Kitulgala.
Possible noteworthy species : Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Brown Hawk-owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-naped Blue Monarch, Black-capped Bulbul, Dark-fronted Babbler, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Black-throated Munia, Ceylon Hill-myna, Black-hooded Oriole.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Kitulgala.

Day 2

KITULGALA
After breakfast full day birding in Kitulgala Forest Reserve.
Possible noteworthy species : Black Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Ceylon Spurfowl, Ceylon Junglefowl, Ceylon Green-pigeon, Ceylon Hanging-parrot, Layard’s Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Brown Hawk-owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Black-backed Dwarf Kingfisher, Ceylon Swallow, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Gold-fronted Leafbird, Spot-winged Ground-thrush, Legge’s Flowerpecker, Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Ceylon Hill-myna, Ceylon Crested Drongo. 
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Kitulgala.

Day 3

KITULGALA / RATNAPURA / SINHARAJA
A.M. After breakfast proceed to Sinharaja via Ratnapura, birding in the garden of Ratnaloka Tour Inns before having lunch.

Possible noteworthy species : Ceylon Hanging-parrot, Plum-headed Parakeet, Ceylon Small Barbet, YELLOW-FRONTED BARBET, Ceylon Swallow, Forest Wagtail, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Gold-fronted Leafbird, Loten’s & Purple-rumped Sunbird. 
Dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 4

SINHARAJA
After breakfast full day excursion to Sinharaja World Heritage Wilderness Area.
Possible noteworthy species : Crested Goshawk, Besra Sparrowhawk, Rufous-Bellied Eagle, 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.

Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, S L Giant Squirrel, Layard’s Striped Squirrel, Indian Palm Squirrel.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 5

SINHARAJA
After breakfast full day birding in Sinharaja or Athwelthota forest reserve (adjoining Sinharaja forest).
Here it is possible to see almost all the species we see in Sinharaja.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 6

SINHARAJA / TISSAMAHARAMA
A.M. After breakfast drive to Tissamaharama.
P.M. Birding around Tissamaharama wetlands.
Possible noteworthy species : Spot-billed Pelican,  Black-crowned Night-heron, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern,  Lesser Whistling-duck, Cotton Teal, Oriental Darter, Purple Heron, Brahminy Kite, WATERCOCK, Pied Crested Cuckoo, Indian Scops-owl, Brown Fish-owl, Stork-billed Kingfisher, White-naped Flameback, Indian Reed-warbler, Baya Weaver. 
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 7

TISSAMAHARAMA
A.M. After breakfast jeep safari in Yala National Park.
Possible noteworthy species : 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, Bengal Bushlark, Ashy-Crowned Finch-Lark, Brahminy Starling, Rosy Starling.

Toque Monkey, Grey Langur, Golden Jackal, Mongooses, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Elephant, Wild Boar, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Water Buffalo, Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel.
P.M. Jeep safari in Bundala National Park.
Possible noteworthy species : Greater Flamingo, Northern Pintail, Garganey, Watercock, Eurasian Stone Curlew, Great Thick-Knee, Small Pratincole, 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, Oriental Skylark, Brahminy Starling, Rosy Starling. Toque Monkey, Grey Langur, Golden Jackal, Mongoose, Elephant, Water Buffalo. 
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 8

TISSAMAHARAMA / NUWARA ELIYA
A.M. After breakfast 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 9

NUWARA ELIYA
Very early start to visit Horton Plains National Park, with picnic breakfast.
Possible noteworthy species : Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Pied Bush Chat, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Common Blackbird, Sri Lanka Bush-Warbler, Grey-Headed Canary, Kashmir & Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Velvet-Fronted Nuthatch, Ceylon White-Eye.
Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Sambar. 
P.M. Birding around Nuwara Eliya.
Possible note worthy species: Ceylon Woodpigeon, Forest Wagtail, Pied Flycatcher-shrike, Yellow-eared Bulbul, PIED BUSH CHAT, Ceylon Scaly Thrush, Common Blackbird, Sri Lanka Bush-warbler, Rusty-rumped Warbler, Large-billed Leaf-warbler, Great Tit, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Kashmir Flycatcher, Ceylon White-eye, Pied Bushchat. 
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 10

NUWARA ELIYA / KANDY / AIRPORT
A.M. After breakfast leave for Kandy
Lunch in Kandy.
P.M. Transfer to hotel near Airport for changing room + Dinner
DEPARTURE in the night.