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endemic wildlife, rainforest and coast

A perfect introduction to the wonderful wildlife of Sri Lanka, which boasts an enviable number of endemic species.

Our visit starts in the historic city Kandy, the former Sri Lankan capital. During our trip we will travel slowly south and west, taking in a range of habitats from hilly tea plantations, beautiful cloud forests, lush wetland, dry grasslands and wildlife-rich rainforest. Our itinerary is designed to give a flavour of the diversity of wildlife including striking birds, orchids, forest mammals, colourful butterflies, reptiles and amphibians, as well as plenty of opportunity to come face to face with some of the country’s many endemic birds and mammals.

Our visit wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of Sri Lanka’s national parks and forest reserves, including Yala, Bandala and Udawalawe, as well as the tropical rain forest of Sinharaja – an essential birdwatching location.

The final days of our holiday see us heading to Mirissa on the south coast with sandy beaches lapped by the Indian Ocean. The easy access to the deeper waters of the continental shelf make these waters an ideal location for cetacean watching, and we will take at least one boat trip to look for species including Blue Whale, Risso’s Dolphin and Sperm Whale.

Sri Lanka is home to amazing wildlife possibilities and we hope to encounter a wide variety of birds including endemics such as the Brown-capped Babbler, Green-billed Coucal, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot and Sri Lanka Yellow-fronted Barbet, as well as Leopard, Sloth Bear and Asian Elephant, among many other mammals.

This will be far more than a bird watching trip, with opportunities to see much of the country’s other wildlife.

Indian Pitta standing on sandy ground, Sri Lanka
Exacum trinervum ssp. trinervum flowers, Sri Lanka
Common Indian Toad close-up, Sri Lanka