Birds watching-Sri lanka itinerary

Sri Lanka has recorded more than 468 species of birds. There are a total of 339 species found in Sri Lanka and a further 169 species of migrant birds, There are 26 species of endemic birds. Most of the 242 species of butterflies in Sri Lanka are found in the lower foothills (about 1000m above sea-level). About 6 species live at an elevation of 1300m. In March-April a spectacular seasonal migration occurs. This island is paradise for butterfly enthusiasts with 243 species of butterflies and skippers. Even the wetland reserves near the capital will hold as many as fifty different species.


Day 1-3

Day 1,2                     Muthurajawela Marsh(Negombo)

Muthurajawela Marsh is said to be the island’s largest saline peat bog. It is believed to have originated about 7000 years ago. . Muthurajawela bears staggering species of flora and fauna. Numerically 192 flora and 209 fauna, excluding 102 species of birds have been discovered. may see water birds such as herons, egrets in abundance It is also a residence for 40 different species of fish, of which 15 falls under the category of indigenous fauna. The nocturnal animal, slender Loris, which is believed to be endangered, can be seen once in a blue moon

Day 3            Anawilundawa (Chillav/Puttalam)

Anawilundawa is the second RAMSAR wetland site in Sri Lanka and has proudly recorded the sighting of more than 20, 000 birds of 150 species!

Day 4-7

Day 4,5              Sigiriya / Habarana

It now attracts and supports a variety of plant and animal life, including large mammals, eagles and reptiles.

Day 6,7                      Knuckles Range (Kandy)

Lying 25km east of the city of Kandy, the Knuckles mountain range exists as a unique ecosystem separate from the rest of the central hills. Covering a distance of about 12 miles Knuckles extends roughly from the northwest to the southwest of Sri Lanka. Over 120 bird species recorded here include many endemic ones including the yellow-fronted barbet, dusky-blue flycatcher, ceylon lorikeet, ceylon grackle, yellow-eared bulbul and Layard’s parakeet.( World Heritage site)

Day 8-10

Day 8              Horton Plains (Nuwaraeliya)

World’s End considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 1500m, hence its name. You can also see the beautiful Backer’s falls. (walk is about 9 km). The park shelters mammals such as Sambhur, Leopard and endemic Bear Monkies. This area is the home for over 20 endemic bird species including Sri Lanka’s Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler and Yellow-eared Bulbul.

Day 9,10 –   Yala National Park(Tissamaharama)

Yala National Park to see Wild animals including Elephants, Leopards, Deer, Sambhur, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Buffalo, Crocodiles, Peacocks and large number of birds. Look for the Tailed Jay, The Dark Wanderer, the Cruiser, the Common Tiger, the Plain Tiger, The Gladeye Bush Brown, The Little Banded Swift, the Common Rose, The Dark Blue Tiger, The Small Salmon Arab, The Tawny Coaster and the Common Leopard butterflies in the park Zebra Blue, Cornelian, the Mottled Emigrant, The Common Emigrant, The Danaid Eggfly, The Great Eggfly, The Common Indian Crow, The Brown King Crow, the Dark Blue Tiger found close to the beach.

                                     Bundala National Park

internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of Birds Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.

Day 10-14

Day 11, 12- Sinharaja rain forest (weddagala /kalawana)

This is Sri Lanka’s oldest rainforest national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka.See many butterflies including Ceylon Hedge Blue, The Red Spot, The Dark Palm Dart, The Rustic, The Indian Palm Bob, The Ceylon Snow Flat, The Common Jay and other butterflies.

It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. UNESCO named a World Heritage site.

Day 13,14,-  Colombo / Air Port 

Reach to Colombo. Visit the city, Chill out at the Galle Face Green or water’s edge, Bird watching at Palawaththa Lake

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