12 Days Tour

11 Nights 12 Days Tour

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Sri Lanka’s wildlife ranges from wild elephants and leopards to sea turtles and a vast variety of birds. Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park is known to have the highest density of leopards in the world. National parks and bird sanctuaries, particularly in the southern and central zones, have the best opportunities to see animals in their natural habitat. Stay alert for a sighting of the endangered sloth bear or leopard, watch hundreds of elephants feeding and washing in a tank or lagoon during “the gathering”; or be amazed by the egg laying sea turtles. Our tours include many possibilities for wildlife watching and birding

DAY 01

Dinner & overnight stay in Habarana

Arrival, welcome by a representative of Lanka Tour Host and transfer to Chaaya Village in Habarana.

Take an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park to witness the famous ‘Gathering’ of wild elephants.

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DAY 02

Dinner & overnight stay in Habarana

After breakfast visit Sigiriya Sanctuary for a morning of delightful birdwatching. In addition to seeing the typical dry zone species the ‘tanks’ around Sigiriya host an array of birds associated with water.

The more interesting ones include Spot-billed Pelican, Oriental Darter, White-bellied Sea-eagle, Grey-headed Fish-eagle, SHAHEEN (the local race of the Peregrine, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Sri Lanka Green-pigeon, ‘Square-tailed’ Drongo-cuckoo, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Blackrumped Flameback, CRIMSON-BACKED FLAMEBACK, Sri Lanka Swallow, Large Cuckoo shrike, Black-headed Cuckoo shrike, Sri lanka woodshrike, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White-rumped Shama and Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Afternoon jeep safari at the Minneriya National Park for a second chance to witness the famous ‘Gathering’ of wild elephants

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DAY 03

Dinner & overnight stay in Habarana

An early breakfast is needed today in order to climb to the summit of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress ahead of the mid-day heat. View the ruins of the citadel of King Kashyapa (500 AD) and the breathtaking vista right around the rock from 200 m above the plateau.

In the afternoon either rest or visit Minneriya National Park once more to witness the assembly of elephants. The tank just outside your hotel and hotel’s bird trails also present a relaxing birding session.

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DAY 04

Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy

After breakfast leave for the hill capital, Kandy where the Temple of the Tooth Relic stands The Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is the most important sacred relic in the island and is an object immensely venerated by all Buddhists.

After lunch, we relax for some hours to prepare ourselves for a grand evening. Today is our day of witnessing the world famous pageant ‘Esala Perahera’ of Kandy. We will have reserved seats for the parade and it will be well past midnight when we return to the hotel.

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DAY 05

Dinner & overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya visiting a Tea Factory En route

Afternoon – birding in Hakgala Botanic Garden.

Birding highlights include Sri Lanka Woodpigeon, Crimson-backed Flame back, pied flycatcher shrike, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Indian Blackbird, Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Gre-headed canary flycatcher, Sri Lanka scimitar babbler, Sri Lanka bush warbler, great tit, Sri Lanka White-eye and black-throated Munia.

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DAY 06

Dinner & overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya

A predawn start with a packed breakfast to reach the Horton Plains at first light to see the elusive Whistling Thrush and for a morning of great birding Species to lookout for: Ceylon Woodpigeon, Crimson-backed Flame back, Hill Swallow, Pied flycatcher shrike, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Indian Blackbird, Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Pied Bush chat, Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler, Sri Lanka Bush-warbler, Sri Lanka White-eye and Black-throated Munia.

Possible Mammals: Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Sambar and Dusky Striped Squirrel.

Return to Nuwara Eliya for lunch and spend the afternoon birding around Nuwara Eliya.

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DAY 07

Dinner & overnight stay in Kithulgala

After breakfast leave for Kitulgala.

In the afternoon birding in the Kitulgala village area

Species to look for are: Sri Lanka Green-pigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Ground-thrush, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Orange Minivet, Legge's Flowerpecker and Black-throated Munia.

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DAY 08

Dinner & overnight stay in Kithulgala

Full day birding in the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve

Birding highlights of Kitulgala will include Sri Lanka Green-pigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Ground-thrush, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Orange Minivet, Legge's Flowerpecker, Black-throated Munia and Sri Lanka crested drongo.

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DAY 09

Dinner & overnight stay in Sinharaja

After breakfast leave for Sinharaja Rainforest (a UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area).

Have lunch at the Lodge and spend the afternoon birding in Sinharaja Forest.

Possible species: Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Layard's Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Serendib Scoops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Lesser Yellow nape, Black-romped Flame back, Crimson backed Flame back, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Square-tailed Black Bulbul, Spot-winged Ground thrush, Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush, Ashy-headed Laughing thrush, Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Sri Lanka Rufus Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Ledge's Flower pecker, Sri Lanka White-eye, Black-throated Munia, White-faced Starling, Sri Lanka Hill-myna, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.

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DAY 10

Dinner & overnight stay in Sinharaja

Full day birding at Sinharaja Rainforest with picnic lunch. Sinharaja is Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforests and is home to most of the island’s endemic birdlife.

Species to lookout for: Crested Goshawk, Shikra, Basra Sparrow hawk whack, Black Eagle, Rufus-bellied

Eagle, Crested Hawk-eagle, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Woodpigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Plum-headed Parakeet, Layard's Parakeet, Green billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Serendib Scoops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Lesser Yellow nape, Black-rumped Flame back, Crimson-backed Flame back, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Square-tailed Black Bulbul, Spot winged Ground-thrush, Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush, Ashy-headed Laughing thrush, Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Velvet fronted Nuthatch, Ledge's Flower pecker, Sri Lanka White-eye, Black-throated Munia, White-faced Starling, Sri Lanka Hill-myna, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.

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DAY 11

Dinner & overnight stay in Negombo

After breakfast bird around the Lodge for some time and leave for a hotel near the Airport

Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.

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DAY 14

Safe Journey 

After breakfast proceed to Colombo City Tour and Shopping. Tansfer to Airport.