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“Exclusively for Birders” is a special tour for both amateur and expert birders. It covers the entire spectrum of bird habitats from semi-arid drylands and low wetlands to highland wet montane forests.  

The tour length is 17 days and it covers the following destinations. 

  • Negombo
  • Birding in Anawilundawa Sanctuary
  • Wilpattu National Park
  • Mannar  (Semi-arid habitats)
  • Giant’s Tank
  • Sigiriya Sanctuary
  • Kawudull/ Minneriya National Park
  • Riverstone (Pitawala Patana)
  • Kandy (Peradeniya Botanical Garden)
  • Udawattakele Forest Reserve
  • Nuwara Eliya (Hakgala Botanic Garden)
  • Horton Plains National Park
  • Udawalawa National Park
  • Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Morapitiya Forest Reserve
  • Kithulgala Forest reserve
  • Diyasaru wetland Park, Colombo

Following is the proposed itinerary. But, this tour can be customized to fit your needs, interests, and budget.


Day 1

Rest in Negombo

On arrival, to be met by our English-speaking Guide. Transfer to your hotel in Negombo. [Optional: Negombo fish market, visit Palagathuray beach]

Overnight Stay at Negombo

Day 2

Travel to Wilpattu

Leave Negombo after breakfast. En route, do birding at Anawilundawa Sanctuary. Settle at Wilpattu. Wilpattu National Park is an undisturbed forest with pristine wildlife.

Overnight Stay at Wilpattu

Day 3

Safari in Wilpattu

Full-day jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park with packeted breakfast & lunch. [Optional: night walk in the village to see night wildlife]

Overnight Stay at Wilpattu

Day 4

Birding at Mannar

Travel to Mannar. On the way stop at Thanthirimale for birding in the dry scrubs and village setup with tanks. Evening birding at Korukulum.

Overnight Stay at Mannar (Palmaira House)

Day 5

Transfer to Habarana

Visit Vankalai Bird Sanctuary. On the way to Habarana, visit Giant’s Tank.
Birding at Sigiriya Sanctuary.

Overnight Stay at Habaran

Day 6

Safari in Kawudull/ Minneriya National Park

Jeep safari to Kawudull/ Minneriya National Park with packed breakfast and lunch. Visit Pidurangala for birding.

Overnight Stay at Habarana

Day 7

Transfer to Kandy

Travel to Kandy. Enroute visit Pitawala Patana and Riverston. Birding at Peradeniya Botanical Garden,

Overnight Stay at Kandy

Day 8

Birding at Udawattakele Forest Reserve

Morning birding at Udawattakele Forest Reserve, evening visit to Hakgala Botanic Garden, and if time permits Gregory Lake.

Overnight Stay at Nuwara Eliya

Day 9

Transfer to Udawalawa

Travel to Udawalawa National Park, morning bird watching at Horton Plains National Park. En route, stop at Ella for lunch.
[Optional: Visit Elephant transit home]

Overnight Stay at Udawalawa

Day 10

Safari at Udawalawa National Park

Half-day jeep safari at Udawalawa National Park. Travel to Eastern Sinharaja. Birding in the Rain forest.

Overnight Stay at Eastern Sinharaja

Day 11

Travel to Sinharaja Kudawa Side

After early morning bird watching at Deniyaya, travel to Sinharaja Kudawa side. Evening birding at Ketalapaththala road at Kudawa.

Overnight Stay at Sinharaja Kudawa

Day 12

Birding in Sinharaja Rain Forest

Full-day birding in Sinharaja Rain Forest. Best place to see several endemics.

Overnight Stay at Sinharaja, Kudawa

Day 13

Birding at Pitakele and Transfer to Kithulgala

Morning half-day birding at the Pitakele area. Travel to Kithulgala, en route visit Runakanda, Morapitiya Forest Reserve

Overnight Stay at Kithulgala

Day 14

Birding at Kithulgala Forest Reserve

Birding at Kithulgala Forest reserve. Evening birding at the village set up.

Overnight Stay at Kithulgala

Day 15

Birding at Kithulgala Forest Reserve

Full-day birding in Kithulgala Forest Reserve, including nocturnal bird watching.

Overnight Stay at Kithulgala

Day 16

Transfer to Colombo

Travel to Colombo, shopping during the day time and evening visit to Diyasaru Wetland Park.

Overnight Stay at Colombo

Day 17

Departure Transfer

Proceed to the Airport in time.

(Safe trip home)

  • Accommodation (Full-board) 
  • Transportation (air-conditioned) 
  • English speaking guide 
  • Wildlife specialized guide for safari
  • Entry tickets to excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Liquor
  • Tips

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