Birdwatching in Sri Lanka

Tick off the 33 endemic bird species of Sri Lanka!

A bird watching tour in Sri Lanka with time to explore areas off beat and bird watching at night, is perfect for those looking for a more private birding experience with experienced and flexible Naturalists. This tour of the island’s avian fauna and natural history covers all climatic zones of the island and offers a chance to spot over 250 species and a richer experience of diverse species habitats and elevations.

Sri Lanka Tailor-Made. Just for you!

    Tour Details

    Your bird watching holiday includes,

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    Offbeat bird-watching sites, comfortable overnight accommodation, excellent guides with a sound knowledge on birds, visit to as many habitats while maintaining a reasonable tour pace.


    *Includes meet and greet at airport / English speaking chauffeur with luxury vehicle / 24-hour operational support

    • Duration:
      13 nights/14 days or tailor-made
    • When to go:
      November to May
    • Accommodation :
      Eco lodge bordering a rainforest, a riverside hotel where you might happen upon an endemic, a bungalow that is home to numerous birds, a hotel by the wetlands all of which are bird-friendly.
    • Perfect for:
      *The avid birdwatcher
      *Ornithologists
      *Bird watching enthusiasts
      *Families with a passion for birds
      *The travelling birder targeting that perfect capture
    • 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, although the route is created with the perfect locations for the highest chance of spotting all 33 endemics we can adjust the pace of the tour 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:
      100% of what you spend, stays right here in Sri Lanka.

      Send us an enquiry to cost out a bespoke holiday for you.

    Map

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    FAQs

    FAQs on this experiential holiday

  • 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.

  • Food on this wilderness journey?

    All accommodation can cater to varying food allergies or special requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free). You don’t need to eat curries at every meal!

  • What’s included into the tour cost?

    *An English speaking experienced Naturalist to lead the tour
    *Accommodation and meals as noted on an itinerary
    *Entrance tickets to National Parks
    *Cost of safari jeeps
    *Private luxury vehicle with an English-speaking Chauffeur
    *A comprehensive bird check list for each guest.

  • Insects, Malaria and Vaccinations?

    Sri Lanka is malaria free. We do recommend that you consult your usual GP or Travel Clinic for up to date information on vaccinations required. Use a repellent containing 20%-30% DEET to prevent mosquito bites. Citronella Oil is a great natural remedy for preventing mosquito bites but ensure you are not allergic to it. Sri Lanka is malaria free. We do recommend that you consult your usual GP or Travel Clinic for up to date information on vaccinations required. Use a repellent containing 20%-30% DEET to prevent mosquito bites. Citronella Oil is a great natural remedy for preventing mosquito bites but ensure you are not allergic to it.

  • Can I have a mix of luxury and value Accommodation?

    The accommodation has been handpicked and are in the best locations to spot birds in Sri Lanka and we are able to upgrade accommodation in certain places.

  • 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.

  • Can I end the tour with a beach stay and which coast should I choose?

    Yes, we can add on a beach stay. From November to April, the West, South West and Deep South of the island are bathed in sunshine and with calm seas. You can stay along this coast even in the Summer months of July and August but seas are slightly rough. From May to October, you find some of the world’s best beaches in the stunning East Coast where you can wade out for hundreds of feet into the clear blue shallow seas.

  • Image Gallery

    Black-backed Dwarf Kingfisher
    Little ringed plover
    Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler
    Ceylon Blue Magpie Ceylon Blue Magpie
    Crested Hawk-eagle Crested Hawk-eagle
    Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher
     




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