TOUR NO 02 - BIRD WATCHING
15 DAYS / 14 NIGHT - LEISURE TOUR
DAY 01 AIRPORT / COLOMBO
Arrive at the airport and be met by our representative and transferred to Hotel in Colombo.

City Tour & Bird Watching at Bellanwila ,Attidiya.
The City Tour will include places of Tourist interest such as Old parliament, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, Buddhist Hindu Temple and Town Hall.

P.M Bellanwila – Attidiya Sanctuary.

A marshland just of Colombo with urban surroundings. Yellow, Chestnut (Cinnamon) and Black Bitterns, Watercock, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Blyth’s Reed and Pallas’s Grasshopper Warblers, Loten’s (Long – billed) Sunbird.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Hotel in Colombo.

DAY 02 : COLOMBO / ANURADHAPURA
Breakfast at Hotel.

Leave for Anuradhapura The first Capital of Sri Lanka founded in the 4th Centuary B.C.
ANURADHAPURA
City Tour includes, visits to “Isurumuniya”, Sacred Bo-tree, the Brazen – Palace, Ruwanweliseya, Samadhi Statue, Abyagiriya, Moonstone Twin Ponds and Jethwanaramaya.

MIHINTALE
Visit the Mihintale. Where Buddhism was officially introduced to a king of the 3rd century B.C. Today it is very popular with Buddhist pilgrims and tourist the complex consists of rocks caves ponds and stupas. First monastery of Sri Lanka and the worlds first declared sanctuary.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Anuradhapura.

DAY 03 : ANURADHAPURA / POLLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA
Breakfast at Hotel.
Leave for Pollonnaruwa.

POLLONNARUWA

2nd Capital of Sri Lanka, City Tour including visits to the Gal Vihara with its majestic rock statues of the Buddha in standing, reclining and seated forms, the Thuparamaya, the princes’ pond, Lankathilaka Viharaya and the relic houses of Watadageya, Hatadageya and the Atadageya.
Proceed to Sigiriya.

p.m. Bird watching in the groves that surrounds the hotel This consist of arboreal, terrestrial and aquatic birds including 4 endemic birds namely Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka Grey Horn-bill, and Brown-capped Babbler. One can also see many waders and raptors including Crested Serpent Eagle, white –bellied Sea Eagle, Little and Intermediate Egrets, Eurasian Open bill and Grey Heron.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Sigiriya.

DAY 04 : SIGIRIYA
Breakfast at Hotel.

SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS

visit Sigiriya rock and climb the Lion Rock Fortress at Sigiriya which contains beautiful frescoes of heavenly maidens with flowers and fruit baskets and a palace garden with an intricate irrigation system - Sigiriya is the 08th Wonder of the World. This was the Royal Citadel of King Kasyapa who ruled in the 5th Century A.D.
The rock has the local race of peregrine and the surrounding scrub jungle has many species of Cuckoos and Weavers.
Sigiriya is one of the best places in the country to see Shaheen Falcon. Among the other birds in the area are Emerald Dove, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Racket-tailed Drongo, Black-headed Bulbul, Brown-capped Babbler and Wooly-necked Stork.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Sigiriya.

DAY 05 : SIGIRIYA / KANDY
Leave for Kandy.
CAVE TEMPLE
En route visit the Cave Temples of Dambulla, which contains more than 150 Statues of the Buddha. This was where a king of the 1st Century B.C. took refuge and latter converted them into a monastery.
SPICE GARDEN
Next visit a spice garden at matale which grows spices and herbs used in Sri Lankan cuisine and medication. Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early sea faring merchants who made the long voyages since it was precious merchandise.

CULTURAL DANCE

Evening enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.
Sight seeing of kandy including Upper Lake Drive and visit to Art and Craft Centres and Gem Bureau.
TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC
Visit the Temple of the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha. This temple, the most important one for The Sri Lankan Buddhists was built in the 16th Century A.D. solely for the purpose of housing the tooth relic.
Overnight at Hotel Tourmaline – Kandy.

DAY 06 : KANDY
Breakfast at Hotel.
Visit Udawatte Kele.

UDAWATTE KELE SANCTUARY.
This is a trek of rainforest rich in species that has enjoyed protection from historical times. It supports many species of bird life. Some of the common birds are Layard’s Parakeet, Gold-fronted and Blue-winged Leafbirds, Spotted and Emerald Doves, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Yellow-fronted, Crimson-fronted and Brown-headed barbets and Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher.

BOTANCAL GARDEN

Next visit the Botanical Garden Peradeniya. Which was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and later made in to a Botanical Garden during the British regime.

This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers. The diversity of trees creates diverse habitats for many species of birds such as Hill Mynah, Tickell’s Blue flycatcher, Magpie robin, black-headed Oriole and endemic Sri Lanka Hanging parrot and Layard’s Parakeet.

Overnight at Hotel Tourmaline – Kandy.

DAY 07 : KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA.
After Breakfast Leave for Elephant Orphanage Pinnawala.

ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
Pinnawala, Visit the Elephant Orphanage, the foster – home of elephants of different age and size feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. These have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. There are even little baby calves born in captivity.

Nuwara Eliya, the misty city is located over 6000 feet above sea level.
The drive will be through refreshing Tea Plantations covering the hills like carpets and cascading waterfalls to mesmerize you.
Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory en route. Sri Lanka being famous for its “Ceylon Tea” adding cheer to many the world over for more than a century.
Arrive in Nuwara Eliya to be greeted by the fresh wintry atmosphere, the cottage type bungalows and the colonial air. ( Nuwara Eliya is also known as “Little England”)

VICTORIA PARK
An ornamental park in the heart of town that has gained a reputation for birds.
Eurasian Blackbird, Indian Blue robin, Pied thrush and Grey Tit are commonly seen.
Overnight at Hotel Windsor Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 08 : NUWARA ELIYA / HORTAN PLAINS
Breakfast at Hotel.

HORTON PLAINS NATIONAL PARK.
Visit Horton plains, which is located on a high windswept saddle at about 2134 meters above sea level. The plains are an expanse of misty grassland with scraggy trees and ice-cold rivulets. This area is a home for Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Orange-billed Babbler, Yellow-eared Bulbul, black-throated Munia and many more birds.
If you like to enjoy the beauty of the area you can visit the 'World's End', considered to be the finest view in all of Sri Lanka. The awesome escarpment drops vertically for about 4,000 feet, hence its name. You can also see the beautiful Backer’s falls.

HAKGALA BOTANICAL GARDENS.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens which was home for many highland bird species. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers, including an excellent collection of orchids.

Overnight stay at Windsor Hotel – Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 09 : NUWARA ELIYA / KITHULGALA
Breakfast at Hotel.
Leave for Kithulgala.
Check in at Rafters Retraet. – Kithulgala.
P.m. corss the Kelani river by canoe an enter “Bandara Kele” a remanent of the virgin forest.

KITHULGALA.
A rain forest across the Kelani River from Kithulgala resthouse, east of Colombo. At the foot of the central mountain massif, this is the area of higest rainfall in Sri Lanka. Mountain and rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagles, Besra Sparrowhawk, Crested Goshawk, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Ceylon Frogmouth, Ceylon(Malabar) Trogon, Ediblr-nest Swift(Indian Swiftler), Three-toed (Oriental Dwarf) and stork-billed Kingfishers, Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Indian Blue Chat(Robin), Green and Largo-billed Leaf Warblers, Layard’s (Brown-breasted) Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Gold- fronted Chloropsis(Leafbird), Ceylon Crested Drongo.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Rafters Retraet.

DAY 10 : KITHULGALA / RATHNAPURA

Breakfast at Hotel.
Leave for Rathnapura.
Check in at Rathnaloka Hotel.
p.m. Visit the forest.
RATHNAPURA
Garden and surroundings of Rathnaloka Tour Inn near Ratnapura east of Colombo, 30 m above sea level. Blossom-headed (Plum-headed) parakeet, Edible-nest Swift (Indian Swiftlet Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Brown-headed Barbet, Brown-capped pygmy Woodpecket, Indian Pitta, Black headed Cuckoo- Shrike, White-browned bulbul, White-throated(Tawny-bellied) Babbler,(Asia) Brown Flycathcer.

GILIMALE FOREST.
R
ain forest north-east of Rathnapura. Pompadour Green Pigeon, Green Imperial Pigeon, Ceylon (Malabar) Trogon, Three-toed(Oriental Dwarf) Kingfisher, Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Indian Blue Chat(Robin), Green and Large-billed Leaf Warblers, Layard’s (Brown-breasted) Flycatcher, Indain Scimitar Babbler, Gold – fronted Chloropsis (Leafbird), Ceylon Crested Drongo.
Dinner & Overnight at Hotel Rathnaloka – Rathnapura.

DAY 11 : RATHNAPURA / EMBILIPITIYA
Leave Hotel for Sinharaja with a pick nick Breakfast pack.
Bird Watching at Sinharaja forest.
SINHARAJA FOREST.
A large rain forest south of Rathnapura, one of the best remaining in the Island. Black Eagle, Mountain and Rufous-bellied Hawk-Eagles, Besra Sparrowhawk, Krested Goshawk, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Indian Cuckoo, Red winged Crested (Chestnut-winged) Chuckoo, Ceylon frogmouth, Ceylon (Malabar) Trogon, Brown –throated Spinetail Swift (Brown –backed Needletail), Edible-nest Swift(Indian Swiftlet), Lesser Yellow-naped Woodpecker, Indian Blue Chat(Robin), Green and Large-billed Leaf Warblers, Scaly thrush, Layard’s (Brown-breasted)Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Gold – fronted Chloropsis (Leafbird), Ceylon Crested Drongo. Among other animals, vry likely to be seen here are the endemic Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and the Giant Squirrel.

Proceed to Embilipitiya.
Overnight at Centuria Hotel - Embilipitiya.

DAY 12 : EMBILIPITIYA / TISSA
Leave Hotel for Udawalawe with a pick nick Breakfast pack.

Bird Watching at Udawalawe.

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK.

A mix of habitats in the dry zone:grassland, scrubland, tall forest and water-associated. South of the hill zone, near Embilipitiya. Spotbilled Pelican, Lesse Adjutant and other water Birds, Grey –headed Fishing Eagle and other raptors, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Blossomheaded (Plum-headed)parakeet, Blue-faced Malkoha, Sirkeer(Malkoha), Indian Plaintive (Grey-bellied) Chckoo, Brown Fish owl, Crested Tree Swift, MALABAR pied Hornbill, Forest Wagtail, Blyth’s pipit, Yellow-fronted Pied(Yellow-crowned) Woodpecker, Indian Pitta, Yellow-eyed Babbler, Large (Jungle) Prinia. The Park is especially good for Indian Elephant.

Leave for Tissmaharamaya.
Check in at Hotel Chandrika.
p.m. Bird Watching around Tissamaharama and Weeraviala.

TISSAMAHARAMAYA.
Five large tanks (reservoirs) around Tissamaharamaya in the south – east. With paddy fields and urban surroundings. Yellow, Chestnut (Cinnamon) and Black Bitterns, Cotton Teal (Pygmy-goose), Pheasant- tailed Jacana, Watercock and many other water birds, Blue faced Malkoha, Brown Fish Owl, Stork billed Kingfisher, Black – backed Yellow (White napped) Woodpecker, Clamorous reed Warbler.

Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel Chandrika.

DAY 13 : TISSA / BENTOTA
Leave for Bentota. En route site seing of Galle and Visit Turtle Hatchery.

Galle - An ancient city which is now a modern and buzzing town today. It was the most important sea port way back in history, where the sea faring merchants arrived to trade and barter. This is also where the Portuguese first set foot in the year 1505 and built a fortress, Which was later captured and fortified by the Dutch. The fortress is one of the best preserved in the island. A visit to the fortress and to watch the sunset from the rampart is an experience unforgettable.
The oldest Protestant church in the country called the ‘Groote Kirk’ built by the Dutch is located inside the Fort. It is situated close to New Oriental Hotel also built by them as the Governor’s Residence in 1684

BEACH STAY

At leisure – Beach Stay with many choices of spending your time. Leisurely strolling on the Golden Beaches enthralled in the magical atmosphere.
Lazing on a Sun deck reading a book of you choice, and sipping a cool fresh tropical fruit drink of pine apple, Mango, Banana.
Water skiing, Wind Surfing, Snorkeling or cutting through the choppy on a jet water scooter and much more….
Overnight stay at Hotel Hemada Bentota .

DAY 14 : TISSA / BENTOTA
Breakfast at Hotel
At leisure
Overnight stay at Hotel Bentota.

DAY 15 : BENTOTA / AIRPORT
Breakfast at Hotel.
En route visit the Turtle Hatchery.

Leave for Airport for Departure.
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HOTELS : Berjaya Mt. Lavinia / Sudu Araliya Anuradhapura / Hotel Sigiriya Sigiriya / Tourmaline Kandy / Windsor Nuwara Eliya / Rafters Retreat Kithulgala / Boulder Garden Rathnapura / Centuria Embilipitiya / Chandrika Tissa / Hotel Hemada Bentota / Hotel Hemada Bentota /

OUR QUOTATION IS BASED ON A HALF BOARD BASIS

TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Ø Welcome at the airport by our representative on arrival.
Ø Transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa in Air-conditioned Vehicles
Ø The accommodation in Double or Triple bed rooms in the hotels mentioned or similar
Ø Bed Breakfast & Dinner Basis (Room + Breakfast & Dinner on all Nights)
Ø Air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking Guide (Bird Expert) will be provided. (Micro Coach or Car)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE :
> Meals at hotels (except Breakfast & Dinner which is included)
> Entrance fees & Jeep hire charges to visit reserve to be paid directly as applicable > for different programs. (Entrance Fees are Subject to Change Without Prior Notice).
*Jeep at Rathnapura = 43 USD
*Jeep at Embilipitiya = 35 USD
*Jeep at Bundala = 35 USD

*Entrance fees to the following sights.
*Sinharaja Forest USD 06 per person – Bird Watching Site.
*Udawalawe USD 15 per person – Bird Watching Site.
*Bundala USD 15 per person – Bird Watching Site.
*Anuradhapura USD 15 per person – Cultural Site.
*Pollonaruwa USD 15 per person – Cultural Site.
*Sigiriya USD 15 per person – Cultural and Bird Watching.
*Dambulla USD 05 per person - Cultural.
*Kandy USD 12 per person – Cultural Site.
> Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, porters, laundry, telephones, etc.
> Air Port Taxes


Entrance fees payable by guests at the relevant sites.

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