21 day tour
Our itineraries can be trimmed to see the greatest number of birds. Bird watching 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 / ANURADHAPURA
A.M. Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake and leave for Anuradhapura.
P.M. Relax/birding around the hotel.
Possible noteworthy species : Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night-heron, Asian Openbill, Black-headed Ibis, Lesser Whistling-duck, Brahminy Kite, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Ceylon Green-pigeon, Blue-faced Malkoha, Brown Hawk-owl, Indian Pitta.

Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Anuradhapura.

Day 2

ANURADHAPURA
A.M. After breakfast birding around tanks (man made lakes) and ancient city area
Possible noteworthy species : Spot-Billed Pelican, Little Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Ceylon Green-pigeon, Green Imperial-pigeon, Blue-faced Malkoha, Indian Cuckoo, Black-rumped Flameback, White-naped Flameback, Indian Pitta, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Indian Roller, Black-headed Cuckooshrike, Large Cuckooshrike.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Anuradhapura.

Day 3

ANURADHAPURA / SIGIRIYA
A.M. After breakfast leave for Sigiriya.
P.M. Birding in and around Sigiriya Sanctuary.
Possible noteworthy species : Crested Hawk-Eagle, White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, Grey-Headed Fish-Eagle, Shaheen (Local Race Of The Peregrine), Blue-Faced Malkoha, Grey-Bellied Cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, ‘Square-Tailed’ Drongo-Cuckoo, Indian Scops Owl, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Stork-Billed Kingfisher, Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Coppersmith Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Indian Pygmy Woodpecker, Ceylon Woodshrike, Large Cuckooshrike, Bblack-Headed Cuckooshrike, White-Rumped Shama, Orange-Headed Thrush, Indian Pitta, Thick-Billed Flowerpecker. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Day 4

SIGIRIYA
A.M. After breakfast climb the Sigiriya Rock.
P.M. Birding around the Rock.
Possible noteworthy species : Shaheen (Local Race Of The Peregrine), Blue-Faced Malkoha, Grey-Bellied Cuckoo, Indian Cuckoo, ‘Square-Tailed’ Drongo-Cuckoo, Coppersmith Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Brown-Headed Barbet, Black-Rumped Flameback, Indian Pygmy Woodpecker, Crested Treeswift, Ceylon Woodshrike, Large Cuckooshrike, Bblack-Headed Cuckooshrike, Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Day 5

POLONNARUWA
A.M. After breakfast full day excursion to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya..

Day 6

SIGIRIYA / KANDY
A.M. After breakfast leave for Kandy.
P.M. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya.
Possible noteworthy species : Alexandrine Parakeet, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Large Cuckooshrike, Indian Pitta.

Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.

Day 7

KANDY
A.M. After breakfast visit Udawattakele Sanctuary.
Possible noteworthy species : Emerald Dove, Ceylon Hanging Parrot, Layard’s Parakeet, Brown Fish Owl, Black-Backed Dwarf Kingfisher, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Ceylon Small Barbet, Crimson-Backed Flameback, White-Rumped Shama, Tickell’s Blue Flyctacher.
P.M. Visit the Temple of the Tooth.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya..

Day 8

KANDY / 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
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.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 10

NUWARA ELIYA
A.M. After breakfast leave for Tissamaharama.
Birding around the wetland’s of Tissamaharama.
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,Brown Fish Owl, Wite-Naped Flameback, Indian Reed-Warbler, Pipits & Wagtails, Streaked & Baya Weaver

Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 11

NUWARA ELIYA / TISSAMAHARAMA
A.M. After breakfast leave for Tissamaharama.
P.M. Birding around the wetland’s of Tissamaharama.
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,Brown Fish Owl, Wite-Naped Flameback, Indian Reed-Warbler, Pipits & Wagtails, Streaked & Baya Weaver

Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 12

TISSAMAHARAMA
A.M. After breakfast full day excursion to Yala National Park with picnic lunch.
Birding around the wetland’s of Tissamaharama.
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.
Dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 13

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.
P.M. Birding outside Bundala National Park in the evening for Indian Scops Owl, Indian Little Nightjar & Jerdon’s Nightjar.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Day 14

TISSAMAHARAMA / KALAMETIYA / EMBILIPITIYA
A.M.
 After breakfast leave for Embilipitiya, visit Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary en route.
P.M. Jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park – Bird watching.
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 15

EMBILIPITIYA / SINHARAJA
A.M. After breakfast jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park.
Lunch in Embilipitiya.
P.M. Proceed to Sinharaja.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 16

SINHARAJA
After breakfast full day birding in Sinharaja World Heritage Wilderness Area with picnic lunch.
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.
Dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 17

SINHARAJA
After breakfast full day birding in Sinharaja World Heritage Wilderness Area.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Sinharaja.

Day 18

SINHARAJA / KITULGALA
A.M. After breakfast Leave for Kitulgala.
P.M. Birding around Kitulgala.
Possible noteworthy species : Ceylon Hanging Parrot, Layard’s Parakeet, Green-Billed Coucal, Serendib Scops-Owl, Chestnut-Backed Owlet, Brown Hawk-Owl, Ceylon Frogmouth, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Black-Rumped Flameback, Crimson-Backed Flameback, Spot-Winged Ground Thrush.
Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in Kitulgala.

Day 19

KITULGALA
After breakfast full day birding in Kitulgala Forest Reserve with picnic lunch.
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.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kitulgala.

Day 20

KITULGALA / INGIRIYA / BELLANWILA-ATTIDIYA / KATUNAYAKE
A.M.
 After breakfast leave for hotel near the Airport visiting Ingiriya Forest Reserve (Bodinagala) en route.
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. Visit Bellanwila-Attidiya Sanctuary.
Possible noteworthy species : Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night HERON, Brahminy Kite, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern, Asian Openbil, Black-Headed Ibis, Lesser Whistling Duck, Pheasant-Tailed Jacana.

Dinner and overnight stay in Katunayake.

Day 21

DEPARTURE
A.M. After B’Fast Boat visit to Muthurajawela Swamp.Lunch in Katunayake.
P.M. Late night DEPARTURE.