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Endemic Sweep

Sri Lanka is a great location for birding and bird photography, with habitats such as Wetland Marshes, Mangroves, Rain Forest, Dry evergreen forests, Cloud Forests in the highlands. To top it being an island she has a high number of endemics.
While the experienced guide will ensure that all the endemics and specialties are sighted and you will get a good bird count he will also ensure that you get good photography opportunities to get top class images.

Day 1 – MEET UP / SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST
Day 2 and 3 – SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST (endemic birds)
Day 4 – SINHARAJA – NUWARA ELIYA
Day 5 – BIRD AND WILDLIFE WATCHING IN HORTON PLAINS
Day 6 – BIRDING IN KITULGALA FOREST AND VILLAGE
Day 7 – DEPARTURE

Great for Bird, Landscape and Cultural photography

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Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival / SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST

Tour organizer will meet you at your hotel in Ahungalle and depart to the forest areas of the Wet Zone in Sinharaja Man & Biosphere Reserve. Sinharaja world heritage rain forest is the last remaining significant primary forest patch in the island. It is home to most endemic flora & fauna species. This is the single most important site in Sri Lanka in term of endemic birds and encounter spectacular mixed feeding flocks of birds. First check in to our hotel for a short break. The afternoon we will take you to Sinharaja village and some local places for birding. Accommodation – Rock View Motel, Sinharaja village

Day 2 - 3

SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST

This day is set aside for exploring Sinharaja rain forest site in the heart of the wet zone. The park’s extensive bird list includes most of the country’s endemics and we have a good chance of seeing the majority of them, although some are easier to find than others. The ground-dwelling Sri Lanka Spurfowl requires stealth and sharp eyes, whereas roving flocks of Ashy-headed Laughing Thrushes and Orange-billed Babblers are much more obliging. Ceylon Hill-Mynas call loudly and clearly from exposed positions while Ceylon Hanging-parrots shriek past. Highlights – Green billed Caucal (E), Red faced Malkoha (E), Sri Lanka Blue Magpie (E), White faced Starling (E), Orange billed Babbler (E), Ashy headed Laughing Thrush (E), White throated Flowerpecker (E), Sri Lanka Myna (E), Sri Lanka Spur Fowl (E), Serendib Scops Owl (E), Brown capped Babbler (E), Scaly Thrush (E), Spot winged Thrush (E), Sri Lanka Crested Drongo (E) to name just a few endemics. Accommodation – Rock View Motel, Sinharaja village

Day 4

SINHARAJA – NUWARA ELIYA

After lunch, we drive from Sinharaja to Nuwara Eliya highland. Afternoon, If time permits, we will start our birding in local areas in Highland. Accommodation – Leisure Village Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Day 5

HORTON PLAINS

Bird watching in Horton Plains national park. We are spending 4 to 5 hours there. Set at an elevation of nearly 2,000 meters, Nuwara Eliya is a famous old hill-station that lies at the hub of Sri Lanka’s tea estates. Extensive areas of superb montane forest still remain, holding hill-forest specialties such as Sri Lankan Woodpigeon, Sri Lankan White-eye, the extremely secretive Sri Lankan have any chance of seeing what is generally regarded as the island’s trickiest endemic, the rare and shy Sri Lankan Whistling Thrush. With luck, we will also encounter the highland form of Purple-faced Monkey, known as the ‘Bear Monkey’ and Giant Squirrel. Highlights – Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon (E), Dull Blue Flycatcher (E), Sri Lanka White-eye (E), Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush (E), Yellow eared Bulbul (E), Sri Lanka Bush Warbler (E), Greater Flameback Woodpecker (E), Grey headed Canary Flycatcher, Pied Bushchat, Common Buzzard, rare Mountain Hawk Eagle and stunning Black Eagle Accommodation – Leisure Village Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

Day 6

KITULGALA FOREST AND VILLAGE

Morning we drive to Kitulgala rainforest area. After lunch, if river levels permit, we may be ferried across the river by dug-out canoe or walk through a hanging bridge to explore Kitulgala’s quiet forest trails, which are home to such exciting endemics as the tiny Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Orange-billed Babbler and Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill. As well as these unique Sri Lankan residents, the area is rich in other bird life with the shy (but noisy!) Black Bulbuls, Black rumped Flameback Woodpecker, Crested Goshawk and Crested Treeswifts to watch for as Indian Swiftlets swirl overhead. Highlights – Sri Lanka Chestnut backed Owlet (E), Sri Lanka Layard’s Parakeet (E), Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot (E), Sri Lanka Green billed Caucal (E), Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (E), Sri Lanka Spur Fowl (E), Brown capped Babbler (E), Spot winged Thrush (E), Indian Pitta (M), Dwarf kingfisher, Purple-rumped and Loten’s Sunbirds, Green Warblers, Pigmy and Black rumped Falme backed Woodpeckers, Lesser Yellow Napped, Orange Minivet, Orange billed Babblers (E) and many more. Accommodation – Kitulgala Rest House

Day 7

DEPARTURE

We will arrange your airport transfer according to flight time. Transfer time 3 hours. If we have free time in the morning we will do more birding in the area.

Private vehicle for pickup and drop as per the above itinerary
Stay as per itinerary
Transport to all birding locations
Top notch bird guide and local field assistant.
Airport pickup and drop.
Entry permits, Entry tickets, Parking charges, Boat tickets/Ferry tickets wherever required.
Assistance at all arrival and departure points.
Tour assistance by our tour manager.

All kind of personal expenses such as tips, laundry, telephone bills, beverages, etc.
Meals which are not mentioned in the inclusions section.
Airfare to Andamans.
Any personal expenses; Room service and special orders. Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages.
Any extra excursions or sightseeing apart from the suggested tour itinerary.
Camera fee (still or movie)
Extra usage of vehicle.
Any additional charges arising due to natural calamities, political disturbances, vip movement, etc.
Everything not mentioned in the inclusions.