See over 95% of endemic birds in one spot while you picnic – Sinharaja Rainforest [3 - 4 hours]

With more than 95% of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds found here, bird watching in Sinharaja is a phenomenal experience to have. More than 147 species have been recorded to date.To name a few commonly sighted birds: the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Red Faced Malkoha, Grey Hornbill and White Headed Starling. About 13% of the birds are migratory, coming in for their winter break. Over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies are found in Sinharaja. Besides birding in Sinharaja, watch out for the Sambhur, the most common deer species and the Mouse-deer. Leopards are very seldom sighted, but their frequent presence has been confirmed by tracks and other signs. The most commonly seen primate is the purple-faced leaf monkey. In contrast, the Brown Mongoose and the Golden-palm Civet have been occasionally sighted. The rainforest is habitat to more than 60% of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees, some of which are considered rare.

You will meet: Eco team - udawalawa camp [SID: 3]
arranged with collaboration of udawalawa camp
Availability :365 days of the year
Suggested starting tour time :Morning 6.00- 6.30 a.m. (for the best birding opportunities)
Arrival and departure transport from any location could be arranged on request, at additional cost.
Duration : Three hours
Lead time : Two days prior notice
Experienced local guide
Packed breakfast
Entrance fees
Bottled water
All applicable Govt taxes
Arrival and departure transportation
Any extra beverages or food consumed
Any tips to the staff
Any personal effects not mentioned in this description

Tour In Brief

You will first meet up with the Sri Lanka Day Tours crew and your birding safari guide at the gate entrance to the Sinharaja Rainforest.

The morning tour is the best for bird watching, ideally to start between 6.00 a.m. to 6.30 a.m.

You have the choice of picking the trail with the guide. The three trails are:

Sinhagala, Yodamawatha and Kuda wela.

The three trails will give you three different bird sighting experiences.

While bird watching in Sinharaja, you will have opportunities to relax and indulge in once-in-a-lifetime photography.

Your guide will take you through man-made trails as well.

After bird watching and walking for two hours, you will head for the waterfalls, elusively hidden in the Sinharaja Rainforest.

You can decide on how far you are going to walk inside the jungle depending on your capacity. You can have your lunch once you come out of jungle or ask us to organise you a picnic meal so you can enjoy the meals during the picnic. The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are about 3 elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.

An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Birdwing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.

After 3 hours trekking, you will be back at the entrance finishing the tour.