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Birding in Sri Lanka

11 Nights /12 Days

Our 11 nights 12 days bird watching tour is ideal for those who desire to witness the grand beauty and allure of the paradise island of Sri Lanka. Covering some of the most popular tourist attractions on the island, this exceptional tour promises supreme satisfaction to all. You will be able to enjoy bird watching tours in places like Muthurajawela Wetlands, Sinharaja Rainforest, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park, Horton Plains National Park as well as in Kitulgala. You will also get the chance to enjoy a delightful train ride in Ella during your stay in the paradise island.

This gorgeous tropical island which is blessed with verdant forests is home to many species of colourful winged beings. We arrange bird watching tours in Sri Lanka that cover many famous national parks and forests.

Negombo

  • Muthurajawela Wetlands

Sinharaja

  • Bird watching

Yala

  • Bundala National Park
  • Yala National Park

Nuwara Eliya

  • Ella
  • Horton Plains National Park

Kitulgala

  • Birds watching

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Negombo
Day 1

Arrival and transfer

A representative of Tangerine Tours will meet you once you arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. You will then be taken to your hotel in Negombo which lies in close proximity to the airport. You can spend the full day enjoying the comforts of the hotel and prepare well for the exciting days ahead!

Day 2 - Negombo
Day 2

Muturajawela Wetlands

After having your breakfast at the hotel, you will be visiting the famous Muturajawela Wetlands which is one of the best birding areas in the region. 102 species of birds have been recorded in the area. You can enjoy your delightful tour and return to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3 - Sinharaja
Day 3

Transfer from Negombo to Sinharaja

You will leave the hotel in Negombo to travel to Sinharaja in the morning. Have a leisurely breakfast and check out of the hotel. Once you reach the hotel you can unpack your bags and get some rest. You will then be taken to the Sinharaja Rainforest to enjoy a sensational bird watching tour. 20 of the 26 endemic bird species in the country are here. The birds in the forest can be seen in mixed breeding flocks too.

Day 4 - Sinharaja
Day 4

Bird watching in Sinharaja Rainforest

This day too you will be spent in the Sinharaja Rainforest enjoying a bird watching tour.

Day 5 - Sinharaja
Day 5

Bird watching in Sinharaja

You will be enjoying your third and final bird watching tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest today.

Day 6 - Yala
Day 6

Transfer from Sinharaja to Yala

Have an early breakfast at the hotel and prepare to travel to Yala. The journey will take you around 4.5 hours, so, start the day early. Once you reach the hotel you can check in and get some much-needed rest. In the evening you will be taken to the Bundala National Park, which has 197 species of birds, to enjoy a bird watching tour.

Yala - Day 7
Yala

Yala National Park

You will be enjoying an unforgettable safari tour in the world famous Yala National Park today. It is the second largest and the most popular national park on the island. 215 species of birds have been recorded in Yala National Park which has also been listed as one of the Important Bird Areas in Sri Lanka. After the safari tour, you will return to the hotel to get some rest.

Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya
Day 8

Transfer from Yala to Nuwara Eliya

Start the day with an early breakfast and prepare to travel to Nuwara Eliya in the Central Highlands. The journey will take you around five hours. En route, you will also get the chance to enjoy a scenic train ride in Ella. Many say this is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. After you reach the hotel in Nuwara Eliya you can spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 9 - Nuwara Eliya
Day 9

Horton Plains National Park

A delightful bird watching tour will be arranged in Horton Plains National Park today. It really is one of the most picturesque destinations on the island. 87 species of birds have been recorded in the national park. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the journey. As the climate in the region is quite cold you will have to pack some extra layers of clothing as well.

Day 10 - Kitulgala
Day 10

Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Kitugala

You will check out of your hotel after breakfast and prepare to travel to the charming town of Kitulgala. The journey will take you around 2.5 hours. You will be visiting the forests of Kitulgala to enjoy a remarkable bird watching tour.

Day 11 - Negombo
Day 11

Transfer from Kitulgala to Negombo

Check out of the hotel in Kitulgala after breakfast to reach Negombo. You can spend the full day idling upon the golden shores of the city

Day 12 - Departure
Day 12

Transfer from Negombo to Bandaranaike International Airport

The last day of your tour has dawned! A representative of Tangerine Tours will meet you at the hotel and take you to the Bandaranaike International Airport in time for your flight back home. We will then bid you adieu with the fond hopes of seeing you very soon!

  • To make changes to the above, select the itinerary and request for the relevant amendments to be made.
  • If this itinerary seems satisfactory, accommodation options can be provided on request.
  • Once your itinerary is ready to be finalised, specific lodging options from categories such as various star hotels (3-5 star), or special options (large resorts, camping, tree houses, boutique hotels etc.) will be recommended.
  • Payments are made possible through our secured online payment gateway or through bank transfers.
  • Please refer our Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions for reservations.
  • Being greeted by a Tangerine Tours representative on arrival at the airport
  • Accommodation at the selected hotels with respective meal basis.
  • All transfers & sightseeing in private transport with the services of an English-speaking specialized birds watching guide.
  • Special permission to access environmentally sensitive areas when required.
  • 24-hour monitoring of ground operations.
  • Early check-in & late check-out to the agreed hotels
  • Camera & video permits. (There are places that you are not allowed to get photographs such as Sigiriya Frescos, Dambulla cave temple due to the light sensitivity of the paintings were done thousands years ago. Please note that special permission need to take if you are planning to use Drone cameras in Sri Lanka)
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • Entrances fees. (Most of the entrance fees will not added to the total prices unless requested. We would suggest you to buy the entrance tickets at the entrance with the assistance of your driver. We will make pre reservations in advance when needed.)
  • Flights & air transfers
  • Tips & portages