Bird Watching from Galle

Escape to one of the most beautiful and offbeat rain forests in Sri Lanka

A relaxed bird watching tour out on the less trodden paths of the Kanneliya rain forest and around Galle. The spectacular Kanneliya forest reserve where most of the birding is done is home to at least 17 of the 33 endemics of Sri Lanka including the rare Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and the endangered White-faced Starling. You may see the rare resident Mountain Hawk Eagle or happen upon the Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher by the freshwater stream.

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    Tour Details

    A glimpse into your fascinating avian-filled 2-day tour


    *Transport throughout the 2-day tour.
    *Stay a night in Galle – accommodation of choice
    *Take a leisurely walk around the rice paddies in Galle to photograph birds winding down for the day at sunset
    *A guided trek into the Kanneliya rainforest with an English-speaking Naturalist
    *Enjoy a packed breakfast and lunch by a freshwater stream or one of the spectacular waterfalls. You may even spot the exotic Common Kingfisher.
    *Ideal for bird photographers to capture the colourful endemic Sri Lanka Blue Magpie or the Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot
    *Our expert guides with their keen-eye will not only help you identify them but give you tips on birding worth a lifetime.

    *This tour includes 1 packed lunch / 1 packed breakfast / 1 night in Galle / Transport from Galle throughout your 2-day tour / Guides fees

    • Duration:
      1 night/ 2 days
    • When to go:
      Available all year on request, but please enquire from our Private Travel designers as it should be booked ahead of time.
    • Booking/Payment / Cancellation :
      Cancellation will be subjected to hotel cancellation policies.
    • How to get to the tour:

      We can arrange transport from any location to Galle and a drop off to your next location at additional cost.
    • The Guiding:
      All guides are naturalists and English speaking. This tour is hosted by Naturalists specialized in birding and experienced in field and scientific research, these resourceful and flexible Guides have a keen sense of bird behaviour and will ensure that birders have opportunities to explore off beat and at night to ensure key species are observed while guests gain deep insights into the island’s avian fauna and natural history.
    • Can it be tailor-made:
      Yes, we have the flexibility to adjust it according to your preference
    • Is it a private tour:
      Almost all of our bird watching tours are private tours but we can organise a small group tour too. Our ratio is 1 bird watching leader to a maximum of 6-8 pax.
    • How much will it cost:
      Send us an enquiry and we will cost it out for you depending on the number of pax, pick up and drop off location




    FAQs on this experiential holiday

  • What can you see/do inside the rain forest?

    Other than the birds you will be able to see the elusive endemic Purple-faced Leaf Langur, indigenous plants and flowers, a variety of reptiles, amphibians and insects, fresh water streams and bat caves are worth a visit.

  • Can we speak with the Guides before booking a tour?

    Yes, we could arrange it at a convenient time for our Guides and for you – as they are mostly on the field and not in office.

  • What is not included?

    Travel insurance, additional meals and trip cancellation insurance, tips and gratuities to chauffeur and guide, Entrance tickets to the rain forest reserve.

  • Food?

    We can cater to varying food allergies or special requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free).

  • How do we pay for this tour?

    All bookings need to be confirmed at least 3 weeks in advance. Full payments to be made upon confirmation of the tour.

  • Tips and Gratuities?

    Tips and gratuities will be most welcomed by the vehicle driver and the Guide.

  • Beyond birding

    Well the Rough Guides has described us as a tour operator that can get you under the skin of the island. With our wide network of local contacts and curated authentic local interactions, we call them our ‘immersive luxury’ experiences.

  • Image Gallery

    Ceylon Blue Magpie Ceylon Blue Magpie
    Sunlight through the forest canopy Sunlight through the forest canopy
    Ceylon Junglefowl Ceylon Junglefowl
    Common Kingfisher Common Kingfisher
    Yellow-eared Bulbul Yellow-eared Bulbul
    The fauna of the rainforest The fauna of the rainforest

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