With a wealth of experience more than 15 years, initiated and named after INPAC Japan Male, catering the most demanding and well verse travellers from Japan, in
2004 “Karusan Travels” established its corporate office in Sri Lanka with one branch office in Male.

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ENDEMIC BIRD TOUR SRI LANKA – 14N/15D TOUR

ENDEMIC BIRD TOUR SRI LANKA – 14N/15D TOUR

per person

Sri Lank considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world which contains many varieties of Endemic and Migrant birds. Most of the Sri Lankan bird sanctuaries are remote and least visited wilderness areas rich with wildlife hidden gems. Furthermore, these bird reserves are home to a very important habitat for birds which provide a terrific perspective for birdwatchers by seeing dozens of large flocks which teams with nesting birds in May – June.

As of now 33 identified species of endemic birds in Sri Lanka and most are found in the wet zone. The European winter, November through to April are considered the best months of the year to spot most of these endemics. Dry Zone national parks provide reside “Migrant Birds” in the same period. Kithulgala and Sinharaja forest reserves in the low lands are the two best spots to view a majority of these endemics. Horton Plains National Park, Yala National Park, Kumana National Park, and Udawalawe among the best parks. For bird-watching enthusiasts, the package of Endemic Birds of Sri Laka is an ‘absolute must’.


Tour Highlights

  • Bodhinagala Rain Forest  
  •  Kithulgala Rain Forest 
  • Sinharaja Rain Forest  
  • Yala National Park 
  • Bundala National Park  
  • Horton Plains  
  • Tea Plantation  
  • Kandy Temple 

Tour inclusions 

  • Meet & greet service at the airport by a representative of KARUSAN TRAVELS   
  • Hotel accommodation at above mentioned hotels OR similar on Bed & Breakfast Basis. (03 Star/04 Star/05 Star or Boutique Hotels) 
  • Air conditioned Transport 
  • 02 Water bottles per person, per day (500ml) 
  • Service of a Naturalist 
  • Entrance fees to the places mentioned in the tour programme 
  • Privately hired jeeps 
  • Departure transfer 
1
DAY 01 : AIRPORT | COLOMBO (Approx. 45 mins)

Upon arrival at the Colombo International Airport you will be received by KARUSAN TRAVELS Naturalist Guide and transfer to Hilton Colombo or similar for one night.

2
DAY 02 : NEGOMBO | KITHULGALA (Approx. 3 hours)

fter an early breakfast, leave for Kithulgala. En route visit the Bodhinagala Sanctuary. Bodhinagala is a very reliable site for number of endemics such as Green billed Coucal, Ceylon Spur Fowl, Black – Capped Bulbul, Spot – Winged Thrush, Ceylon Frogmouth. Proceed to Kithulgala and,

check into Kithulgala Rest House or similar for two nights.

3
DAY 03 : KITHULGALA

Today your naturalist will lead you to Kithulgala which is a resident for many number of endemic birds including the Spot-winged Thrush, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Ceylon Spur fowl, Ceylon Rufous Babbler, Ceylon Scimitar Babbler and Ceylon Frogmouth. Mammals include Grizzled Indian Squirrel and Layard's Striped Squirrel.

 Overnight stay at Kithulgala Rest House or similar

4
DAY 04 : KITHULGALA | SINHARAJA (Approx. 5 ½ hours)

After the breakfast, proceed to Sinharaja Rainforest.  The Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the best-known rainforest in Sri Lanka, is well worth a visit from anyone who is interested in the Fauna & Flora of this country. It has been declared a World Heritage Site, because of its unique and high biodiversity. Sinharaja hosts a variety of birds. Over 147 species have been recorded. This variety of species is possible because of the availability of specific habitats that range from 300 to 1500 meters. There are many endemic birds such as Ceylon Lorikeet ((Loriculus beryllinus), Layard’s Parakeet (Psittacula calthropae), Ceylon Jungle Fowl (Gallus Lafayetti), Spur Fowl (Galloperdix bicalcarta), Ceylon White-headed Starling (Sturnus albofrontatus), Ceylon Wood Pigeon (Columba torringtoni), Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis), Spotted-wing Thrush (Zoothera spiloptera), Rufous Babbler (Turdoides rufescens), Brown- capped Babbler (Pelleurneum fuscocapillum), Ashy-headed Laughing Thrush (Garrulax cinereifrons), Ceylon Blue Magpie (Cissa oronata), White Headed Starling (Sturnus albofrontatus), Green-billed Coucal (Centrophus chlororhynchus), Red-faced Malkoha (Phaenicophaeus pyrrhocephalus),Ceylon Hill Mynah or Grackle (Gracula ptilogenys), Serendib Scops Owl and Legge’s Flowerpecker (Dicaeum vincens) are some of the endemic birds found at Sinharaja.

Overnight stay at Blue Magpie Hotel or similar.

5
DAY 05 : SINHARAJA

Full day birding at Sinharaja Rainforest. Continue to spot the endemics and residents with your Naturalist and the tracker. 

Overnight stay at Blue Magpie Hotel or similar.

6
DAY 06 : SINHARAJA | TISSAMAHARAMA (Approx. 4 hours)

One morning session at Sinharaja Rainforest. Proceed to Tissamaharama for three nights.

Birding around Tissa Wetland.

Overnight stay at Chaarya Resort or similar.

7
DAY 07 : YALA NATIONAL PARK (Approx. 20 mins)

Full day game drive in Yala National Park. Yala is known for its density of leopard population. There is also a substantial elephant population along with Spotted deer, Sambar, Wild buffalo, Sloth bear, Jackal, Mongoose, Pangolins and Crocodiles. The bird life comprises over 120 species, and ranges from Lesser Flamingos to Paradise Flycatchers, Crested Hawk Eagles, and Black Bitterns. 

Outside of the park there are several other fascinating birding locations, including the ancient hermitage of Sithulpahuwa.

Overnight stay at Chaarya Resort or similar.

8
DAY 08 : BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK (Approx. 1 hour)

Morning visit to Bundala National Park. The five lagoons of Bundala National Park play host to about 324 species of creatures, great and small. This vast area is ripe for exploration and filled with surprising new discoveries on every journey. It is also the home of about 197 species of bird, of which 58 are migratory. Afternoon at leisure.

 Overnight stay at Chaarya Resort or similar.

9
DAY 09 : BUNDALA | NUWARA ELIYA (Approx. 4 hours)

Leave for “Little England” Nuwara Eliya. Rest of the free to walk around the city.

Overnight stay at Araliya Green Hills or similar.

10
DAY 10 : NUWARA ELIYA | HORTON PLAINS (Approx. 1 hour)

Early morning visit to Horton Plains National Park. The most frequent site of wildlife at Horton Plains are herds of Sambar Deer. Among the other mammals in the park are Strip-necked Mongoose, Long-tailed Giant Squirrel Wild Boar, the endemic Bear Monkey and Toque Monkey, Fishing cat, Otter and all of the Montane endemics of Sri Lanka are found in Horton Plains. Sri Lanka bush warbler, Dull-Blue flycatcher, Sri Lanka whistling thrush and the yellow-eared bulbul, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Sri Lanka White-eye, Spot-winged Thrush, Dull-blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Scaly Thrush, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Spur-fowl and Sri Lanka Jungle-fowl. Other highlights are the Himalayan Migrants Pied Thrush, Kashmir Flycatcher & Indian Pitta. Black Bird, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Black Eagle, Jerdon’s Baza, Pied Bushchat, Hill Swallow and Hill Munia.

 Overnight stay at Araliya Green Hills or similar.

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DAY 11 : NUWARA ELIYA | KANDY (Approx. 3 hours)

After the breakfast visit a tea plantation and then leave for Kandy for one night. Visit the Kandy Temple and view a cultural show.

Overnight stay at Amaya Hills or similar.

12
Day 12 : KANDY | NEGOMBO (Approx. 3 hour)

Proceed to Negombo, Relax on the beach.

Overnight stay at Goldi Sands or similar.

13
Day 13 & 14 :  NEGOMBO

Full day at leisure.

14
Day 15 : NEGOMBO | AIRPORT (Approx. 10 mins)

Proceed to airport for your departure.

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