(B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
|Day 1||Airport – Negombo||Camelot Beach Hotel||D|
|Day 2||Negombo – Anuradhapura||Palm Garden Village||B, D|
|Day 3||Anuradhapura – Wilpattu – Anuradhapura||Palm Garden Village||B, D|
|Day 4||Anuradhapura – Sigiriya||Hotel Sigiriya||B, D|
|Day 5||Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Minneriya – Sigiriya||Hotel Sigiriya||B, D|
|Day 6||Sigiriya – Dambulla – Kandy||Tree of Life Hotel||B, D|
|Day 7||Kandy – Kitugala||Plantation Hotel||B, D|
|Day 8||Kitugala – Nuwara Eliya||The Rock Hotel||B, D|
|Day 9||Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Tissamaharama||Kithala Resort||B, D|
|Day 10||Tissamaharama – Yala – Tissamaharama||Kithala Resort||B, D|
|Day 11||Tissamaharama – Bundala – Sinharaja||Jansen’s Bungalow||B, D|
|Day 12||Sinharaja||Jansen’s Bungalow||B, D|
|Day 13||Sinharaja – Weligama||Twenty-two Weligambay Hotel||B, D|
|Day 14||Weligama||Twenty-two Weligambay Hotel||B, D|
|Day 15||Weligama – Airport||N/A||B|
On arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Our representative will welcome you at the airport and proceed to Negombo. (Approx.: travel time 20 mnts).
After breakfast, proceed to Anuradhapura. (Approx: 04 Hrs)
Optional: Do the city tour in Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was the third capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.
The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
Do bird watching around the archeological site.
Early morning proceed to Wilpattu National Park for a full day Safari game drive.
Wilpattu National Park is among the oldest and most important of protected areas in Sri Lanka. Its flora and fauna is representative of the dry lowland zone. The main topographical feature in this park is the concentration of “villus” or ‘lakes within it. Though looking like lakes, these “villus” are in flat basin like, fault depressions on the earth surface containing purely rain water.
Possible noteworthy species: Gray Francolin, Barred Buttonquail, Indian Peafowl, Woolly- necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Spot- billed Pelican, Darter, Common Kestral, White- bellied Sea Eagle, Grey- headed Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Booted Eagle, Changeble Hawk Eagle, Greater Painted-snipe, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, Kentish Plover, Lesser sand Plover, Yellow-eyed Babbler, White-rumped Shama, Rosy Starling, Brahminy Starling, Baya Weaver, Indian Silverbill.
Proceed back to the hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya. (Approx: 02 Hrs)
Optional: Start to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya – the 5th Century Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A Moat, Rampart, and extensive Gardens including the renowned Water Gardens ring the base of the Rock.
Visit the world-renowned Frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the Rock approached by a Spiral Stairway. These Frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Do the bird watching in Sigiriya Sanctuary.
Possible noteworthy species: SL Junglefowl, Shahin ( Local race of the Peregrine Falcon, Brahminy Kite, White- bellied Sea Eagle, Green Imperial Pigeon, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Alexandrine Parakeet, Indian Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Blue-fased Malkoha, Indian Blue Robin, Orange- headed Thrush.
Check-in to the Hotel Sigiriya.
After breakfast, proceed to Polonnaruwa. (Approx: 01 Hr)
Optional: In the morning visit Polonnaruwa Archilogical site.
Polonnaruwa, the capital from 11th -13th Century A.D. Here the monuments are better preserved. The circular Relic House (Vata-da-ge) Lankathilaka, Thuparama, Royal Palace,Rankoth Vihara and Galvihara with the beautiful rock cut Buddha statues are the most interesting.
Do bird watching around the archeological site.
In the evening do a half day safari game drive at Minneriya National Park by jeep.
Minneriya National Park is an ideal eco-tourism location in Sri Lanka. The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants.
Do birding in Minneriya National Park.
Possible noteworthy species: SL Junglefowl, Shahin ( Local race of the Peregrine Falcon, Brahminy Kite, White- bellied Sea Eagle, Green Imperial Pigeon, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Alexandrine Parakeet, Indian Cuckoo, Drongo Cuckoo, Blue-fased Malkoha, Jerdonn’s Nightjar, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Crested Treeswift, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher.
After breakfast, transfer to Dambulla. (Approx.: 30 mnts)
Optional: visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple.
Dambulla is a large town, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy. Due to its location at a major junction, it’s the centre of vegetable distribution in the country. The temple is composed of five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, Dambulla Rock, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding flat lands, which includes the rock fortress Sigiriya.
Continue the journey to Kandy via Matale. (Approx: 03 Hrs)
Optional: In the evening, visit Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is the major tourist attraction in Kandy and is located spectacularly against a vast serene lake. The Tooth Relic is a symbol of sovereignty and receives state protection.
Check-in to the Hotel and do bird watching around the hotel.
Do birding around the hotel.
After breakfast, visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden.
Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya, was started as a pleasure Garden by a Sinhala King, with its amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. Sixty Seven hectares of exquisite beauty and botanical treasurers containing more than 4,000 species, this is heaven, not only for Scientists but to every nature lover as well.
Possible noteworthy species: SL Hanging Parrot, Alexandrine Parakeet, Stork-billed kingfisher, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Crimson-backed Goldenback, Indian Pitta, Black-naped Monarch, Forest Wagtail, Dark-fronted Babbler , Green Warbler, Large-billed Leaf Warbler, Common Hill Myna, White-rumped Shama, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher.
Continue the journey to Kitulgala. (Approx: travel time 01 ½ hrs)
Kitulgala had a brush with fame when it was chosen as the location for David Lean’s 1957 epic, Bridge on the River Kwai. Kitulgala is one of the few remaining lowland rain forest in Sri Lanka and the traditional home gardens gives a higher bio-diversity in both fauna and flora.
Check-in to the hotel, and do bird watching around the hotel.
Do bird watching in Kitulgala.
Possible noteworthy species: SL Spurfowl, SL Junglefowl, Crested Goshawk, Besra, Rufous- bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, SL Green Pigeon, SL Hanging Parrot, Layard’s Parakeet, Red- faced Malkoha, Green- billed Coucal, SL Frogmouth, Serendib Scops Owl, Chestnut- backed Owlet, Dollarbird, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Malabar Trogon, Yellow- fronted Barbet, Crimson- fronted Barbet, SL Grey Hornbill, Crimson-backed Goldenback, Indian Pitta, Black-naped Monarch, SL Blue Magpie, SL Swallow, Black- capped Bulbul, Yellow- browed Bulbul,
In completion, continue your journey to Nuwara Eliya. (Approx: 02 Hrs)
Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coldest places on the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence. Houses are like Country Cottages or Queen Ann style Mansions.
Sri Lankan Tea – Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839. In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted Tea Seedlings on 8 hectares of forest land, in the Loolkandura Estate. In 1873, the Tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23lbs being shipped to London. Tea will grow only on rolling terrain. It is classified into 3 main groups as Low Grown, Medium Grown, and High Grown.
Enroute do birding at Victoria park in Nuwara Eliya.
Possible noteworthy species: Forest Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Indian Blue Robin, Pied Ground-Thrush, Indian Pitta, Kashmir Flycatcher, Ceylon White-Eye.
Early morning visit Horton Plains National Park, with a picnic breakfast.
Horton Plain is a gently undulating highland plateau at 2,100m, lying at the south and of the Central Highlands, its surroundings forests and the adjoining Peak Wilderness, constitute Sri Lanka’s most important catchment area of almost all major rivers. The plains are also of outstanding scenic beauty and conservation importance, containing most of the habitats and endemic fauna and flora representatives of the country’s wet and montane zones. The western slops support the most extensive area of montane cloud forest surviving in the country.
Witness the Baker’s Falls and World’s End during your trekking excursion at Horton plains. Baker’s Falls is a famous waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is situated in Horton Plains National Park on a tributary of the Belihul Oya. The height of the Baker’s waterfalls is 20 metres (66 ft). The falls were named after Sir Samuel Baker, who was a famous explorer.
Do birding at Horton Plain.
Possible noteworthy species: Common Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Crimson- backed Golden back, SL Blue Magpie, Pacific Swallow, Yellow- eared Bulbul, SL White- eye, SL Bush Warbler, Green Warbler, Large-billed Leaf Warbler, SL Scimitar Babbler, Dark- fronted Babbler, Velvet- fronted Nuthatch, SL Whistling Thrush, Indian Blackbird, Pied Bushcht, SL Dull blue Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Black- throated Munia.
Continue the journey to Tissamaharama. (Approx: 05 Hrs)
Check-in to Kithala Resort.
Surrounded by vast paddy fields and a plethora of natural beauty, the Kithala Resort is a true piece of haven as one explores the magnificence of Southern Sri Lanka. Inspired by the scores of exotic birds one encounters at the hotel and the area is home to, the resort was named Kithala or the Purple Coot.
Early morning proceed to Yala National Park & do a half day Safari game drive.
Yala National Park is the second largest and most visited in Sri Lanka. Yala is situated in the Southeast region of the Country. The Park covers 979 square kilometres. It originally had been designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1900. The Park is best known for its variety of its WildAnimals. Yala is one of the 7th important Bird areas in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 Bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of Mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest Leopard densities in the world.
Possible noteworthy species: Barred Buttonquail, Indian Peafowl, Woolly- necked Stork, Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Spot- billed Pelican, Darter, Common Kestral, White- bellied Sea Eagle, Grey- headed Fish Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Booted Eagle, Changeble Hawk Eagle, Eurasian Thick-knee, Great Thickknee, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Gray-bellied Cuckoo. Blue-faced Malkoha, Sirkeer Malkoha, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Inddian Nightjar, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Fish Owl, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Crested Treeswift, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Coppersmith Barbet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Yellow-crowned Woodpecker.
In the afternoon birding around Thissamaharama wetland .
Possible noteworthy species: Purple Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern, Brahminy Kite, Shikra,Purple Swamphen, Pheasant-tailed Jacana and other common water birds, Pipits & Wagtails , Streaked & Baya Weaver
Proceed back to the hotel.
Early morning proceed for a half day safari game drive at Bundala National Park.
This is the first Ramsar site in Sri Lanka and it is the most important wetland for birds in Sri Lanka outside the Northern Province. The lagoons of the park are among the most important wintering areas for migratory shore birds in the country. The Park contains five shallow, brackish lagoons, with saltpans in three interconnecting channels and marshes including the adjacent coast. This unique area of picturesque lagoons and inter tidal mud flats where the wintering birds rest and feed, golden beaches and sand dunes frequented by nesting sea turtles and the thorny scrub jungle where Elephant, spotted deer and wild buffalo are found.
Possible noteworthy species: Painted Stork, Woolly-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Spot-billed Pelican, Black -headed Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Eurasian Spoonbill, Lesser Whistling-duck, Northern Pintail, Garganey, Black-necked Stork, Little Grebe, Lesser Crested Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Little Tern, Whiskered Tern, Jerdon’s Nightjar, Indian Nightjar, Pied Kingfisher, Little Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Darter, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern, Striated Heron, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret.
Continue the journey to Sinharaja. (Approx: 04 Hrs)
Check-in to the Jansen’s Bungalow.
Jansen’s Bungalow sits on 30 acres of lush greenery and scenic beauty, within minutes from Sinharaja. With 4 rooms and all modern amenities, you are assured of a complete and fulfilling stay during your holiday with us.
Early morning start to visit Sinharaja World Heritage Wildernes for birding.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve’s name translates as Lion Kingdom.
Do bird watching in Sinharaja Rainforest.
Possible noteworthy species: SL Spurfowl, SL Junglefowl, Crested Goshawk, Shikra, Besra, Oriental Honey- buzzard, B lack Eagle, SL Wood Pigeon, Black- headed Cuckooshrike, SL Blue Magpie, SL Drongo, SL Scimitar Babbler, Orange- billed Babbler, Ashy- headed Laughingthrush, SL Hill Myna, White-faced Starling, SL Spot- winged Thrush, SL Thrush, SL Legge’s Flowerpecker, Black- throated Munia.
Early morning do birding around the hotel.
After breakfast, proceed to Weligama. (Approx: 03 Hrs)
Leisure on the beach.
Early morning do a Whale & Dolphin Watching excursion in Mirissa.
(One Whale & Dolphin Watching excursion is included.)
The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.
Optional: In the evening, Visit Galle Heritage site.
Galle, has one of the most beautiful old Dutch / Portuguese Forts in all of South East Asia. It is a Port town and there is a thriving neighbourhood with the Fort Walls. Once inside you can walk around the Old Fort and get lost amongst all the small streets. Spend an hour or so wandering around the Old Dutch Church in the heat of the day and read some of the old Tombstones from 200 yearsago.
Galle is also famous for its historical architechtural marvels.
The Dutch Church in Galle is considered to be a masterpiece. The story behind the construction of Galle fort is also an interesting tale to listen to.
Transfer to airport for departure flight.