Bird Watching Tours in Sri Lanka, bird watching safaris sri lanka, birding holidays sri lanka



Bird Watching Main Locations
Adams Peak-Sri Lanka
Belihul Oya-Sri Lanka
Horton Plains-Sri Lanka
Kalpitiya-Sri Lanka
Kumana-Sri Lanka
Sinharaja-Sri Lanka
Wasgamuwa-Sri Lanka
Wilpattu-Sri Lanka
Yala-Sri Lanka
Bird Watching Tours
2 Nights / 3 Days Bird Watching Tour
6 Nights / 7 Days Bird Watching Tour
9 Nights / 10 Days Bird Watching Tour
13 Nights / 14 Days Bird Watching Tour
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Bird Watching Tours Sri Lanka - 9 Nights / 10 Days
: Bird watching tour Sri Lanka.
: 9 Nights / 10 Days
: Valid till 30th April 2014

Highlights of the Tour

  • Day 1 –Take a little rest after a long journey. It’s Bird Watching in the lagoons – Waikkala and Muthurajawela
  • Day 2 - Visit to the “Forest of the Lion King”- Best of the best of Sri Lankan Endemics.
  • Day 3 – A whole day of exploration at the “Forest of theLion King.
  • Day 4 – Visit the forests at Udawalawe National Park – Dry zone resident birds + Maximum of Maximus viewing! 
  • Day 5 - Visit the beautiful Mountain city of Nuweraeliya affectionately known as “Little England”.
  • Day 6 – Visit the most awesome and forbidden region [protected area] in Srilanka “Horton plains” National Park.
  • Day 7– Visit the “Dalada Maligawa” and Bird Watching in the beautiful Udawatthakele in Kandy.
  • Day 8 - The day at the Cave Temple in Dambulla and look for the rest of the dry zone birds.
  • Day 9 – End the tour with the climb to the “Rock Fortress” or “the Fortress in the Sky”” and spend the night at Negombo.
  • Day 10 – Good Bye and Departure


Our programmes are offered in the following 3 standards. Accommodation options have been selected after careful evaluation.

Birding safaris sri lanka,bird watching safaris sri lankaValue: Basic but clean. With a typical Sri Lankan touch , relaxed atmosphere and personalized service at Small family / enterprise run operations.

Standard: 3 Star equal: Better comforts and facilities with extra comforts. Mostly large establishments with Standardized service.

Premium: High standards of quality, décor, service and much more, with many extra comforts and activities to indulge yourself. We have offered locations with a unique Sri Lankan individuality, measuring up to international standards.

Day 1 - Waikkala / Negombo (HB)
Arrival and transfer to a hotel in “Waikkala” or “Negombo”.

Bird watching holidays in sri lankaThis hotel is located in a nature reserve and situated on a sandy beach with a swimming pool. At leisure at the hotel after a long flight or optional bird watching trail by boat.

Waikkala is located in the Puttalam District, which falls into the dry zone category. Waikkala is in the midst of marine, coastal, estuarine, mangroves, marshland and man made habitat systems. All of these have contributed to the avifaunal diversity visible in the immediate surrounding. Much of the avifauna is characteristically wetland. More than 60 species of birds can be observed here. More than 60 species of birds can be observed here. Eg: Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Polver, Purple Coot, Painted Stork, Stork Billed Kingfisher and others.

birding tours sri lanka,birding safaris sri lankaOptional - MUTHURAJAWELA is located south of Negombo in the Colombo district. A vast area of marshland and mangrove vegetation with an extent of 3100 hectares of which 1000 hectares is declared as sanctuary. This important wetland habitat is home to 85 resident birds.

Evening Bird watching trail. [Optional]


  • Arrival & transfer to a hotel in Waikkala or Negambo. At leisure after a long flight.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at  the hotel
  • Accommodation:-         
    • Value – Hotel Sunset Beach
    • Standard and Deluxe Ranweli Holiday Village or similar
Day 2 - Negombo / Waikkal - Singharaja (HB)

After breakfast proceed to Singharaja

birding in sinharaja rain forest sri lankaSINGHARAJA
Sinharaja rain forest, which is a world heritage site, may be described either as a Tropical Lowland Rain Forest or Tropical wet evergreen forest. Birding in this ecosystem is very interesting. 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka have been recorded in Sinharaja.
Sinharaja is the best location to observe the flock behavior of birds

Eg: SL Spur fowl, SL Jungle fowl, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Blue Magpie, Spot-winged Thrush etc.

bird watching tours sri lanka,bird watching safaris sri lankaSCHEDULE

  • After breakfast, we proceed to Sinharaja.
  • Lunch on the way at a hotel or a restaurant.
  • Dinner & overnight stay in a hotel at Sinharaja.
  • Accommodation:-
    • Value Blue Magpie hotel or similar
    • Standard – Rain Forest Edge or similar
    • Deluxe – Boulder Gardens or similar.
Day 3 - Sinharaja (HB)

After breakfast, leave for rain forest exploration and birding at Sinharaja.

bird watchoing safaris in sinharaja rain forest sri lankaSINHARAJA RAIN FOREST
Whatever its ‘technical’ name, it is undoubtedly a rich treasure trove of nature with a great diversity of habitats and a vast repository of Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is particularly interesting because it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka!  Named as a world heritage site in 1989, this lowland evergreen rain forest is steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word ‘Sinharaja’ means, Lion (Sinha) King (Raja), and it is popular belief that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest.


  • We take an early breakfast and a packed lunch and set off to the Singharaja Forest for a long Bird Watching Trail.
  • After a tired but exhilarating day, we are back for the night at a place of our choice.
  • Accommodation:-
    • Value Blue Magpie hotel or similar
    • Standard – Rain Forest Edge or similar
    • Deluxe – Boulder Gardens or similar.
Day 4 - Sinharaja - Udawalawe (HB)

bird watching in udawalawe national park sri lankaThis 30821 hectares dry zone game park was declared as a protected national park in 1972 and has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C.
This park is world famous for its Elephants, seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding.
This safari would be an unforgettable bird watching experience as “Udawalawe” is one of the best parks for bird watching too.

The endemic species of bird called Red Faced Malkoha has its favorite habitat in the 192 square km parkland. Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket Tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White Necked Storks, Open Bills, Ibis, Shama - The forest Nightingale, Strol Billed Kin Fishers and peacocks are found in fair numbers.

Among the migrant birds are the forest wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns.

Evening safari at Udawalawe.

bird watching in sri lankaSCHEDULE

  • Finishing breakfast, proceed to Udawalawe National Park.
  • Arrival at Udawalawe in time for lunch.
  • After lunch & a Short break, leave camp for an evening Safari & Bird Watching at the park.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Udawalawe / Embilipitiya.
  • Accommodation
    • Value & Standard  Big Game camp
    • Deluxe – Mahoora Elite camp


Day 5 - Udawalawe National Park- Nuwara Eliya (HB)

After breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Hakgala Garden on the way.

Bird watching and Photography safaris sri lankaHakgala Gardens
The Haggala botanic gardens were founded in 1860 by the eminent British botanist Dr. G.H.K. Thwaites who was superintendent of the more famous gardens at Peradeniya. Haggala botanical gardens were once the pleasure garden of Ravana of the Ramayana epic and according to many; it was one of the places where the beautiful Sitha was hidden by the demon king.

Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13degC this is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called little England. The Victoria Park in the centre of Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka. Yellow-eared Bulbul, Blackbird, in winter Pied Thrush and Kashmir Flycatcher are very common.

bird watching srilankaSCHEDULE

  • Finishing breakfast, proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
  • More Bird watching at Hakgala Garden.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at the hotel.
  • Accommodation:-
    • Value – Windsor Hotel
    • Standard & Deluxe – Grand Hotel or similar
Day 6 - Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains (HB)

After breakfast do an excursion to Horton Plains to “catch” the remaining Highland endemics.

birding in horton plains sri lankaHORTON PLAINS
The Horton Plains is perhaps the most awesome and forbidding region of Sri Lanka.  Located on a high windswept plateau at about 7,000 feet (2,134 meters) elevation, a visit to these plains is well worth the effort.  The most awe-inspiring site is the World’s End, considered the finest view in all of Sri Lanka.  The terrific escarpment drops vertically for approximately 1,000 feet (328 meters) and falls away almost as steeply for another 4,000 feet (1,312 meters).  In the early morning the Indian Ocean rims the horizon 50 miles (81 kilometers) to the south.  The Horton Plains form the eastern extremity of the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary.  It extends through the alpine ruggedness for some 25 miles (40 kilometers), from west of Adam’s Peak (which you saw on your way to Sinharaja).  Black eagles, blue magpies and other rare birds can be found here, not to mention the occasional black leopard, deer, sambar, jackals and purple-faced Monkey.

On completion return to Hotel. Evening at leisure or optional to walk around the Nuwara Eliya city.


  • Value – Windsor Hotel
  • Standard & Deluxe – Grand Hotel or similar


Day 7 - Nuwara Eliya - Kandy (HB)

After breakfast proceed to Kandy.

birding in sri lanka,sri lanka birding toursCity tour of Kandy. [Optional]

Dalada Maligawa
Kandy is also famous for a temple called Dalada Maligawa – another world heritage site. The Dalada Maligawa also called the Temple of the Tooth and known to house the Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha.

Udawattakele is a Buddhist sanctuary and there is a temple in the vicinity. Vegetation comprises dense forest, mostly plantation and secondary formations. About 80 species of bird have been recorded from the area.

The history of the gardens goes as far backs as1371. The garden is a horse-shoe-shaped peninsula round which flows the chief river of Sri Lanka, the Mahaweli. The total area is 147 acres containing more than 4000 plant species. 

flora and fauna sri lankaSCHEDULE

  • After breakfast Proceed to Kandy
  • Evening more birding in the area.
  • Late evening at leisure or city tour. [Optional]
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Kandy
  • Accommodation:
    • Value – Mountain Breeze hotel 
    • Standard – Thilanka Hotel
    • Deluxe – Amaya Hills hotel
Day 8 - Kandy - Sigiriya    (HB)

After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya.

Enroute visiting a spice garden and batik factory in Matale. [Optional]

Visit Dambulla Rock temple.

dambulla rock temple sri lankaDambulla
Dambulla, an ancient city, is known for its beautiful Cave temples and a huge Buddha statue. The history of the 5 caves containing over 150 images of Buddha goes back to 1st century BC when king Valagambahu took refuge here. This place is worth visiting not only for the cave temple, but also for the beautiful view over the countryside you can get from the hill.
Evening bird watching around the premises. In Sigiriya we are trying to go after the dry zone birds we missed in Udawalwe.

dambulla sri lankaSCHEDULE
  • After breakfast Proceed to Sigiriya
  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Evening bird watching around the premises of your hotel.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Sigiriya
  • Accommodation:-
    • Value  and  Standard – Kassapa Lions Rock
    • Deluxe – Sigiriya Village
Day 9 - Sigiriya - Negombo (HB)

After breakfast visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and proceed to Negombo.

sigiriya sri lankaSigiriya Rock
Sigiriya Rock located in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka and considered the Eighth Wonder of the World.  It dates back from over 7,000 years ago, through the pre-historic to the proto-historic to the early history of Sri Lanka.  Around 3rd Century BC devotees to the sangha (Buddhist clergy) prepared and donated a monastery consisting of rock-shelters and caves.

Proceed to Negombo after visiting Sigiriya Rock.

bird watching in sri lankaSCHEDULE

  • After breakfast visit Sigiriya Rock
  • Proceed to Negambo
  • Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy at the Beach
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Negambo
  • Accommodation:
    • Value – Hotel Sunset Beach or similar
    • Standard and Deluxe Ranweli Holiday Village or similar
Day 10 - Katunayake Airport

After breakfast leaving to the airport for departure.

- End of Tour -

Our Rates
No of Pax
02 Pax
Value (Rate per person US$)
Standard (Rate per person US$)
Deluxe (Rate per person US$)
**Discounted rates are available for 3 pax and above. Please Contact Us

Transportation Cost

In US $
  • The total mileage calculated for this tour is for 1100 Kms. If exceeded the above quoted mileage a supplement of US$ 00.40 per km will be charged.
  • Transportation throughout the tour, in an Air conditioned Micro Van with English speaking chauffer Guide

Birding Guide Fee US $ 880
(Guide’s Fee, Meals & Accommodation)

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodationon half board basis starting with dinner on day 01 till breakfast on day 10.
  • Entrance fees / Permits / Jeep Safaris/ trekker fees at all National Park.
  • Entrance fees to the cultural sites.
  • Bird watching fee.
  • All government taxes
Cost does not include:
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Bird watching guide fees. (Given Separately)
  • Transport for the tour (Given separately)
  • Tips and Porterage at hotels.
  • Any other services not specified above.
Payment policy:
Full payment with confirmation.
Cancellation Policy:
  • 90 Days or more - 200 US $ Administrative fee
  • 60 to 89 Days - 15 % of the tour cost will be charged
  • 30 to 59 Days - 25 % of the tour cost will be charged
  • 14 Days to 29 Days - 50 % of the tour cost will be charged
  • 8 Days to 13 Days - 75 % of the tour cost will be charged
  • Less than 7 days no refund.

*Days will be counted from the 6.00am on the tour starting day.

Eco Team should receive the cancellation in writing. Tour start day is not considered for computation of the period. 

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Naturally our ready made programmes will come cheaper than the tailor make programmes. How ever we are flexible enough to do minor changes to the ready made itineraries, with out any charge.? Please write to us

Do you own programme – Visit the location and activity pages on our site and you will come across mini tours in all of those pages. By combining them you can design your own tour. We will complete it by adding on the hotels and other cultural locations you may require.

Your tour will be handled by an experienced travel consultant who will provide a personalized service.

On certain occasions our standard programmes could be cheaper  than a tailor made programme for a specific client. But rest assured that we are flexible enough to effect minor changes to a standard programme as required by you,  our valuable clients  & offer same at no extra cost. Please contact us at we will do the needful.  

You also have the facility of designing your own  programmes by visiting our location and activity pages on the website and accessing the mini tours segment in those pages & selecting an appropriate combination. Our experienced travel consultants  will then add the finishing touches to the programme & provide a costing based on same. 

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