Bird Watching Tours in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka 's abundant bird-life makes the island a true Ornithologist's paradise. Of the 427 recorded species, 250 are resident and 23 are endemic to the country.



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Bird Watching Tours Sri Lanka - 6 Nights / 7 Days.
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: 6 Nights / 7 Days.

Highlights of the Bird Watching Tour

  • Bird watching in Muthurajawela & Bodhinagala - renowned bird watching sites
  • Visit Singharaja – Rain Forest visit – where 95% of endemic bird species have been recorded
  • Visit Udawalawe National park which is world famous for large herds of Elephants– for Safari & bird watching
  • Visit Kalametiya sanctuary, Bundala & Yala national parks –Dry Zone Bird Watching & Waders at it is best
  • Horton Plains Nature reserve visit

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

Birding tours in 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 safaris in sri lankaWAIKKALA - SRI LANKA
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.
Eg: Common sandpiper, little ringed plover, Purple coot, Painted stork, Stork-billed kingfisher and others.

Sri Lanka birding tours,birding in sri lankaNEGOMBO - SRI LANKA
Bustling Negombo town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. The narrow strip of land between the lagoon & the sea and the many can also make good exploring. The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it in the same year and captured it again in 1644.

The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Neg ombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.


  • Arrival & transfer to a hotel in Waikkala or Negombo.
  • At leisure after along flight.
  • Dinner & over night stay at Waikkala / Negombo.
  • Accommodation
    • Value – Hotel Sunset Beach or similar
    • Standard and Deluxe Ranweli Holiday Village or similar
Day 2 - Waikkala – Bodinagala – Sinharaja Rain Forest(HB)

Morning Bird watching trails in a boat. Leaving to Sinharaja Forest after a late breakfast.

Bird Watching and Birding Tours Sri LankaThis is a forest reserve belonging to the western zone category, with an extent of about 50 acres and is situated at Ingiriya in the Kalutara district. This small patch of lowland, being a natural rainforest, is home to many species of endemic flora and fauna. It is close to Colombo and therefore holds a specific importance.

The bird life of this area has the highest species diversity, with 151 being recorded, of which 9 are endemic. The most important record was the identification of the Green-billed Coucal, which is regarded as one the rarest endemic birds in Sri Lanka . We will see many more species including the Alexandrine Parakeet, Brown-headed Barbet and the Brown-breasted and Tickell's Blue Flycatchers.

Sri Lanka Birding,Bird watching holidays in sri lankaSCHEDULE

  • After an early morning Bird Watching trail at Ranweli & breakfast, proceed to Sinharaja via    Bodinagala.
  • On the way visit “Bodhinagala ” Forest for a Bird Watching trail.
  • 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 Rain Forest(HB)

SOME OF THE BIRDS IN SINGHARAJA RAIN FORESTBirds in Sinharaja Rain Forest Sri Lanka, Sinharaja Birding Safaris
Singharaja rain forest, which is a world heritage site, may be described either as a Tropical Lowland Rainforest or Tropical wet evergreen forest. Bird Watching in this ecosystem is very interesting. 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka have been recorded in Sinharaja.

Singharaja is the best location to observe the flock behaviour of birds We will be looking for Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Blue Magpie and Spot-winged Thrush, Endemic White-faced Starling, Sri Lanka Myna amongst others.  Also keeps an eye out for the endemic purple-faced leaf monkeys moving through the canopy, and the impressive grizzled Indian squirrel.

Birding in Sri Lanka Rain Forest, Birding inside Sinharaja Sri lankaSCHEDULE

  • 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 - Singharaja Rain Forest/ Udawalawe National Park
Leaving Singharaja Rain Forest to Udawalawe.

Birds in Sri Lanka, Birding in Sri Lanka,Birding SrilankaBIRDS IN UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
This 30821 hectares dry zone game park was declared as a protected national park in 1972. It has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C. This park is world famous for it’s elephants. You will see whole herds of them, adults and young, bathing and playing in the water or feeding.

The safari will also be an unforgettable bird watching experience as Udawalawe has a wide variety of birds. The endemic Red-faced Malkoha, has its favourite habitat in this parkland. Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket-tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White-necked Storks, OpenBills, Ibis, Shama (the Forest Nightingale), Stork-billed Kingfishers and Peacocks are found in fair numbers. Among the migrant birds are the Forest Wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns.

Birding safaris for Birds Lovers 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 - Embilipitiya – Kalamitiya – Bundala National Park– Yala National Park (FB)

Leaving Udawalawe to Yala via Kalametiya & Bundala.

Kalametiya sanctuary is situated in the Hambantota District and falls into the dry zone category. Major habitat types are lagoons, mangroves and scrublands. These lagoons support breeding colonies of pelicans, herons, egrets and open-billed stork and large wintering populations of migratory ducks and shorebirds.

Birding Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Birding ,Bird watching Sri Lanka,Sri Lanka Bird WatchingBIRDS IN BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK SRI LANKA
The high species richness of birds in the Bundala National Park resulted in it being declared as Sri Lanka’s first Ramsar site in 1990, a wetland of international importance for migratory waterfowl.  The park consists mainly of dry thorny scrubland and lagoons. The highlight of Bundala is the migratory Greater Flamingo, which visits in large flocks of over 1000 individuals, from Rann of Kutch in India. In particular we may find Indian Cormorant, Yellow Bittern, Black-crowned Night and Purple Herons. The area is also famous for crocodiles.

YALA NATIONAL PARK lies 24 kmnortheast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka and spans Southern and Uva provinces. The park consists of 97,878ha. The altitude is 90m from sea level. Bord watching trips in sri lanka,bird watching in national parks sri lanka

The vegetation in this park comprises secondary forest, possibly a few hundred years old at the most.  It is predominantly semi-arid thorny-scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation occur along the costal lagoons. Yala is renowned for the variety of its wildlife and its fine coastline and associated coral reefs. A large number of important cultural ruins bear testimony to earlier civilizations and indicate that, much of the area was populated and well developed.


  • Arrival at Kalametiya & Bundala for a bird watching experience.
  • Packed lunch will be provided.
  • After lunch proceed to Yala for a Wildlife & Bird Watching tour.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Yala / Tissamaharama.
  • Accommodation :-
    • Value & Standard  Big Game camp
    • Deluxe -  Mahoora Elite camp
Day 6 - Yala – Maha Eliya (Horton Plains) – Nuwara Eliya (HB)

After breakfast, we leave for Maha Eliya (Horton plains) National Park with packed Lunch.

Birds in the Horton Plains - Sri Lanka Horton Plains is one of the countries outstanding nature reserves. It covers the renowned World’s End, a sheer drop of 3700ft which offers an awesome view.  Other attractions include Bakers Falls and Chimney Pool.

Horton Plains Nature Reserve is approximately 10,000 hectares in extent. A remote, high plateau, 2000m, supports grassland fringed and interspersed with patches of dense montane cloud forest. This locality is famous among bird watchers for the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush.  We will also be looking for the endemic Yellow-eared Bulbul, the Fantailed Warbler, the Ashy headed Babbler and the Sri Lankan Blue Magpie. There are three varieties of lizards located here including the Horned Lizard.

SCHEDULE Horton Plains for Bird Watching Safaris

  • Proceed to Horton Plains around 6am. (a 5hrs drive . approx)
  • Arrival at Horton Plains around 11.00 am for the Bird Watching & Wildlife Trail.(soft trail for 6km)
  • Lunch at Horton Plains.
  • After lunch proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
  • Evening at leisure after a city tour.
  • Dinner & Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
  • Accommodation
    • Value – Windsor Hotel
    • Standard & Deluxe – Grand Hotel or similar

Day 7 - Departure from Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast guest will be transferred to the Airport or the next destination.
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Our Rates - Please contact us
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**Discounted rates are available for 3 pax and above. Please Contact Us

Transportation Cost

In US $
  • Transport in an air conditioned vehicle with a driver / guide. [ We have allocated 900 km for the tour which is quite sufficient and any additional running will be charged at 00.40 USD per km]

Bird Watching Guide Fee US $ 600
(Guide’s Fee, Meals & Accommodation)

Cost Includes:
  • Accommodation at the Hotels / camps on HB basis.
  • Entrance fees / Permits / Jeep Safaris at all locations.
  • All Campsite fees and related fees when camping.
  • All government taxes
Cost does not include:
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Bird Watching Guide Fee. (Given Separately)
  • Transportation. (Given Separately)
  • Tips and Porte rage 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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Your tour will be handled by an experienced travel consultant who will provide a personalized service.

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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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