Sri Lanka with Wild Insights

With Keith and Linda Offord
Sri Lanka with Wild Insights Sri Lanka with Wild Insights
$6324.5

Sri Lanka is a land with immense cultural diversity influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British - a land of ancient cities and National Parks such as Minneriya, Udawalawe and Yala that are home to Leopard, Indian Elephant, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Sloth Bear and Marsh Mugger Crocodiles. Birds are prolific with 33 endemic species including Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Crimson Flameback Yellow-fronted and Crimson-fronted Barbets, Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Hanging-Parrot, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Blue Magpie Whistling-Thrush Yellow-eared Bulbul Bush-Warbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler and Ashy-headed Laughing-Thrush and Legge's Flowerpecker to name a few, plus a host of other migrants and residents. Our tour takes us to highlands, lowlands, plains and rainforest. We are also making a few cultural stops here and there. Throughout the two weeks we will travel through verdant scenery, stay at very high standard hotels, meet delightful people and enjoy a general sense of serenity.

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day 1

London

Depart Heathrow on an overnight flight to Colombo.

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Depart Heathrow on an overnight flight to Colombo.

day 2

Katunayake / Dambulla

Arriving at Bandaranaike International Airport Columbo (Katunayake) at lunchtime, …

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Arriving at Bandaranaike International Airport Columbo (Katunayake) at lunchtime, we then proceed by road to our first destination, Dambulla. We then check in to the hotel on Amaya Lake at Dambulla where two nights are spent.

day 3

Dambulla

Amaya Lake, Dambulla, is set amidst the Cultural Triangle, (…

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Amaya Lake, Dambulla, is set amidst the Cultural Triangle, (Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Pollonaruwa) and the sumptuous grounds provide a rich mix of habitats to a wide range of bird species. Forming a scenic backdrop is the magnificent Kandalama Lake and the mist-shrouded mountains of the Sleeping Soldier. We will spend the day exploring the grounds where we may see Black-hooded Oriole, Alexandrine Parakeet, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Lesser Goldenback, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Jerdon’s and Golden-fronted Leafbirds to name a few.

day 4

Sigiriya / Kandy

After breakfast we make the short journey to Sigiriya …

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After breakfast we make the short journey to Sigiriya rock fortress where we will stroll the surrounding grounds and woods. Here we might find Shaheen (local race of the Peregrine), Grey-bellied Cuckoo, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike, White-browed Fantail, Common Iora, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher and Indian Pitta. After lunch at Amaya Lake we leave for Kandy visiting the Dambulla Rock Temple en route, arriving in good time at our next accommodation at Hunas Falls Hotel in the hills near Kandy where two nights are spent.

day 5

Kandy

After breakfast we will enjoy a full day birding …

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After breakfast we will enjoy a full day birding around hotel. The lake and surrounding forest is excellent for a wide range of species including Layard’s Parakeet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Brown-capped and Sri Lanka Scimitar Babblers. Other forest birds include Blue-winged Leafbird, Emerald Dove, Brown-breasted and Kashmir Flycatchers, Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Stork-billed Kingfisher and White-bellied Sea Eagles which regularly patrol over the lake.

day 6

Kandy / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast we visit The Temple of the Tooth, …

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After breakfast we visit The Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic, then proceed to Nuwara Eliya stopping on the way at a tea plantation and factory and lunch. After checking in at our hotel we will make the short journey to Victoria Park where bird species include Forest Wagtail, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Indian Blue Robin, Pied Thrush, Indian Pitta, Kashmir Flycatcher, Sri Lanka White-eye and Dull Blue Flycatcher. Check in to the St. Andrews Hotel, Nuwara Eliya where two nights are spent.

day 7

Horton Plains

Today, after breakfast, we visit Horton Plains, a unique …

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Today, after breakfast, we visit Horton Plains, a unique upland habitat. The specialities here include Sri Lanka Woodpigeon, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Pied Bush Chat, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Sri Lanka Bush-warbler, Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, endemic Rhino-horned Lizard, Bear Monkey, Giant Squirrel and Sambar. This is also a great area for raptors including Oriental Honey-buzzard, Legge’s Hawk Eagle and Rufous-bellied Eagle. Packed lunch. Later in the afternoon, we return to Nuwara Eliya for further local birdwatching.

day 8

Nuwara Eliya / Yala

After breakfast we descend from the fresher climate of …

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After breakfast we descend from the fresher climate of the highland down to the lower altitudes of the dry zone where we check in for three nights at the fabulous Cinnamon Wild Hotel at Yala. Throughout the journey we will be stopping at good bird sites along the way. The vicinity just around the hotel is excellent for birds and other wildlife, the lake nearby providing plenty of interest. Therefore, after lunch we will avoid further time in vehicles in favour of relaxation and local strolls.

day 9

Yala

After breakfast we have a full day jeep safari …

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After breakfast we have a full day jeep safari in Yala National Park with picnic lunch. One of the largest national parks in the country, the terrain at Yala is varied with grassy plains and forest, rocky scrubland, lagoons and a coastline. This multitude of environments supports a diverse range of animals and an abundance of birdlife including Spot-billed Pelican, Painted & Black-necked Storks, Lesser Adjutant plus an array of raptors and waders. Mammals include Asian Elephant, Sloth Bear, Mugger Crocodile, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, Golden Jackal. Yala also has one of the highest concentrations of Leopard in the world.

day 10

Yala / Salt pans

After breakfast we return for another morning in Yala …

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After breakfast we return for another morning in Yala National Park. Then, after lunch at Cinnamon Wild we then proceed for another jeep safari to the nearby saltpans and lagoon. This is an excellent area for waterbirds such as Greater Flamingo, Western Reef Egret, Garganey, Great Thick-knee, Pacific Golden Plover, Little Ringed, Kentish, Lesser and Greater Sand Plovers, Marsh, Wood, Terek and Curlew sandpipers, Little Stint, a wide range of terns and Brown-headed Gull.

day 11

Uda Walawe

After breakfast we proceed to Uda Walawe National park, …

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After breakfast we proceed to Uda Walawe National park, arriving in time for lunch. We then take a jeep safari into the park, looking out for Spot-billed Pelican, Oriental Darter, Lesser Adjutant, Montagu’s and Pied Harrier, Crested Hawk Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Barred Buttonquail, Plum-headed Parakeet, Blue-faced and Sirkeer Malkohas and Malabar Pied Hornbill. We also have a good chance of mammals such as Toque Monkey, Grey Langur, Golden Jackal, Spotted Deer and Water Buffalo and of course Asian Elephant for which the park is well-known. One night at Centauria Wild Udawalawe.

day 12

Uda Walawe/Sinharaja

After breakfast we proceed to Sinharaja, stopping en route …

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After breakfast we proceed to Sinharaja, stopping en route at good birding areas. Sinharaja is in the wet area of Sri lanka and is one of the most important remaining areas of rain forest – home to a wide range of species, many of which are endemic. Check in to the Rain Forest Edge Boutique Hotel in Sinharaja where two nights are spent.

day 13

Sinharaja

After breakfast full day visit to Sinharaja Forest Reserve …

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After breakfast full day visit to Sinharaja Forest Reserve which is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Included in the species we may see are Oriental honey-buzzard, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Shikra, Crested Serpent Eagle, Black Eagle, Chestnut-winged Cuckoo, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Lesser Hill Myna, Green-billed coucal , Lesser Yellownape, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Red faced Malkoha, Ashy-headed Laughing-thrush and Spot-winged thrush. Packed lunch and dinner at the Rain Forest Edge Boutique Hotel.

day 14

Sinharaja/Katunayake

After breakfast, birding local areas and raptor-watching from terrace …

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After breakfast, birding local areas and raptor-watching from terrace followed by lunch at Rain Forest Edge Boutique hotel. We then proceed north west, by-passing Columbo towards the international airport and check in to the Gateway Hotel Airport Garden in Katunayake where one night is spent.

day 15

Katunayake

After breakfast and some last birding in the garden …

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After breakfast and some last birding in the garden we proceed to airport for lunchtime flight to London Heathrow.

days 14 - 16

Optional Whale – Watching Extension 

(Not part of the Escorted Tour led by Keith and Linda)

Day 14: Sinharaja/Marissa

After breakfast birding around …

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Day 14: Sinharaja/Marissa

After breakfast birding around Sinharaja rain forest followed by lunch in Rain Forest Edge Boutique hotel After lunch depart by air-conditioned minibus or coach to Marissa and check in to the Mandara Hotel where one night is spent. Lunch and dinner at Mandara Hotel.

Day 15: Marissa/ Katunayake

All morning whale watching by boat with picnic breakfast. This trip provides a fantastic opportunity to see the mighty Blue Whale – the largest mammal on earth as well as a variety of other whale species, Spinner Dolphins and Flying Fish. This trip will of course be weather dependent.

After lunch at the hotel depart by air-conditioned minibus or coach, by-passing Columbo towards the international airport and check in to the Gateway Hotel Airport Garden in Katunayake where one night is spent.

Day 16: Katunayake

After breakfast and some last birding in the garden we proceed to airport for lunchtime flight to London Heathrow. 

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