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14 Days Birdwatching Safari Sri Lanka

Sinharaja Forest Edge, Palegama Mediripitiya Road, Mediripitiya, Deniyaya, 81524, Matara District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Adventurous Sri Lanka Safari

Join Best of Lanka for a 14-day safari to explore the mesmerizing Sri Lanka! You will visit beautiful places such as Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Sigiriya Sanctuary, and many more. Take a trip to the top of the world or voyage to the bottom of the ocean, go back in time, be pampered with true Sri Lankan hospitality, the surprises will never end. A treasure trove of amazing wonders is waiting to be discovered!

Highlights

  • Bird watching safari
  • Lagoon trip in Kalpitiya Lagoon
  • Trekking in Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Chance to see sambar deer and leopards
  • English-speaking chauffeur / guide
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious food

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Accommodation

You will spend three nights at Sinharaja Forest Edge, three nights at Yala Lake camp, one night at Nildiya Mankada Safari Lodge, two nights at Kitulgala Adventures campsite, one night at The Other Corner, two nights at Dolphin Beach Resort, and one night at Goldi Sands Hotel.

Program

Day 1

Arrival in Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) and meet with Best of Lanka's representative at the arrival lounge. You will be transferred to Sinharaja, approximately five hours' drive.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Sinharaja Forest Edge

Day 2

You will go for an early morning bird watching trail, have a breakfast at the hotel, and take a rainforest walk, be trekking through the quaint paths of Sinharaja where placid undergrowth lies in wait for the appreciation of all who wish to indulge in the tranquil wilderness of Sri Lanka's world-renowned rainforest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Sinharaja Forest Edge

Day 3

Trekking in the rainforest through the thick canopy of trees along more adventures jungle trails. This gives you an unmatched opportunity to explore the dense forest. This trail leads you to two waterfalls, namely Kekuna Ella and Pathan Oya.

You will have to expect leeches but your guide will assist you in preparations. You can have a bath in cool shallow water pool down the Kekuna Ella Water Fall so you must be prepared with swimsuits. The entire tour will take a maximum of seven hours and you will be out of the jungle before sunset.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Accommodation: Sinharaja Forest Edge

Day 4

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Tissamaharama, approximately four hours' drive. Then, you will go for an evening safari at Bundala National Park. Bundala National Park is a home to 32 different species of mammal, five of which are classified as threatened.

The birdlife is also diverse. For keen bird-watchers, the complex wetland system harbors a rich bird life (approximately 197 species), including several species of migratory waterfowl. This has led to the declaration of the park as Sri Lanka's first Ramsar wetland, one of the great international importance, especially for migratory waterfowl.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Yala Lake camp

Day 5 and 6

You will enjoy full-day safaris at Yala National Park on these days.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Yala Lake camp

Day 7

You will do a bird watching trail in Tissa Tank and the village and transfer to Udawalawe for one and a half hour of driving approximately. Then, you do evening safari at Udawalawe National Park.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Nildiya Mankada Safari Lodge

Day 8

You will do a morning safari at Udawalawe National Park and transfer to Kitulgala for three and a half hour of driving approximately. Then, you do evening bird watching in Kitulgala village.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kitulgala Adventures campsite

Day 9

You will do an early morning bird watching trail in Makandawa Rainforest patch. Bird watching in Kitulgala is considered as the main interest of a nature lover and can result in you seeing many of the country's endemic bird species such as Sri Lanka orange-billed babbler and chestnut-backed owlet as well as reptiles such as green pit viper and earless lizard and a variety of butterflies. Then, you do evening bird watching.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Kitulgala Adventures campsite

Day 10

After breakfast at the campsite, transfer to Habarana for four hours' drive approximately and go for an evening safari at Minneriya National Park. This park is home to Sri Lanka's favorites such as sambar deer, leopards, and elephants. However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya tank (built in the third-century anno Domini by King Mahasena).

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: The Other Corner

Day 11

After breakfast at the hotel, go for a bird watching at Sigiriya Sanctuary. You will be accompanied by the birdwatching naturalist expert for the birding trip. Then, transfer to Kalpitiya for three hours' drive approximately.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Dolphin Beach Resort

Day 12

You will do a chartered dolphin watching excursion. You will be watching the delightful dolphins swimming alongside and diving under your boat, riding waves in perfect synchronization, and twirling and leaping out of the water in a joyous display, a magnificent experience and one that will be cherished for years to come. You will also do an evening bird watching in Anawilundawa Wetland. There is a huge diversity of resident and migratory species of animals and birds there. Indeed, there are over 150 species of birds known to inhabit the sanctuary.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Dolphin Beach Resort

Day 13

After breakfast at the resort, you will go for a lagoon trip in the Kalpitiya Lagoon. Your boat ride will take you across the pristine waters of the lagoon in Kalpitiya towards the sand dunes and salt pans at a distance. For the nature lovers, both young and old, the time spent on the boat will give you a delightful surprise of the marine life in the lagoon. You can have a closer look at the diversity of flora, fauna, and birds endemic as well as common creatures to the area that make the lagoon their habitat. Then transfer to Negombo for three hours' drive approximately.

  • Meal: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Goldi Sands Hotel

Day 14

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) for departure, approximately 20 minutes' drive.

Location

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is one of Sri Lanka's premier ecotourism destinations, lies 24 kilometers northeast of Tissamaharama and 305 kilometers from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Province. The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons.

Bundala National Park

The biodiversity of this park is immense, a total of 383 plant species have been recorded from the park, including six endemics and seven species that are considered nationally threatened.

Minneriya National Park

Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park is an ideal eco-tourism location in Sri Lanka. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas.

Sigiriya Sanctuary

Surrounding of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a designated forest reserve and is a very good birding destination. Sigiriya Sanctuary is a well-protected area as it is a UNESCO's world heritage site, waterways, and thick canopied forests make it a haven for birds.

Anawilundawa Wetland

What makes Anawilundawa Wetland so special is the fact that it sits at a point where three very distinct eco-systems collide. Bordering the coast, Anawilundawa is also flanked by mangroves and freshwater lakes.

Kalpitiya Lagoon

Little fishing villages and local community live on the border of Kalpitiya Lagoon and the stretch between the lagoon and the mighty ocean will let you see the hard work the locals put in to earn their livelihood from the locally available natural resources. From small fishermen to the large-scale fishermen share the same space in the lagoon. Shrimp farms which are a booming business in the lagoon area of Kalpitiya can be observed in a distance.

Food

At Sinharaja Forest Edge, you will be provided with all three meals while at the other accommodations, your meals will be on bed and breakfast basis.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Bird watching safari
  • Boating
  • Trekking in the rainforest
  • Dolphin watching
  • Lagoon trip
  • An English-speaking chauffeur / guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • 13 nights' accommodation
  • Delicious food
  • Park entrance fees

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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