Bird Watching Tour in Sri Lanka

Located close to the equator, Sri Lanka has ideal weather to attract birds escaping from winters and monsoons across the world. Relative to the size of the country, it’s bird life is extremely rich. Approximately 433 species of birds have been recorded – including resident, migratory and endemic birds. Blue Lanka Tours introduces a special bird watching tour in Sri Lanka for all bird lovers, nature lovers and anyone looking to explore flora and fauna of this beautiful island. We will take you to the most popular locations for bird watching trails to make sure you have discovered the best of birds in Sri Lanka.

At a glance

Trip length

10 days

When to go

Any time of the year


Airport – Hotel – Tour attractions – Airport

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Discovering new bird species in Sinharaja rainforest

Indulging in beautiful sceneries at the Horton Plains National Park

Going on a bird watching trail at the Hakgala Botanical Gardens

Day 1 Colombo

When you arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport, pass immigration, collect your luggage and walk through the exit. A Blue Lanka Representative, who will be your chauffeur cum guide throughout the tour will be waiting for you at the exit. Colombo will be your first stop on this bird watching tour in Sri Lanka. After a brief city tour, you will check in to Galle Face Hotel for the night.

Sinharaja Rainforest
Day 2 & 3 Sinharaja

The next morning, you will begin a four hour drive to Sinharaja and check in to the Rainforest Eco Lodge for two nights. Later that afternoon, we have scheduled a bird watching tour for you in the Sinharaja rainforest. There are about 280 different kinds of bird species found in Sinharaja, including about 34 endemic birds. So plenty of looking around to do, which is why the whole of day 03 is also scheduled for exploring the Sinharaja rainforest.

Day 4 & 5 Yala

On day 04, you will transfer to Chaarya Hotel in Tissamaharama. In the afternoon, a jeep will pick you up for a tour of the Yala National Park. By about 6pm, you will be taken back to your hotel to relax for the rest of the evening.

On day 05, we have scheduled a full day bird watching tour at the Bundala National Park. This park is internationally recognized as a wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. About 197 bird species can be found here; therefore we advice to make good use of your entire day at the Bundala National Park.

Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya
Day 6 & 7 Nuwara Eliya

The next morning, you will depart to Nuwara Eliya and check in to Golden Ridge Hotel to freshen up. In the afternoon, we have scheduled a bird watching walk at the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. This gardens are one of the best places to see migratory birds during the North-East monsoon and some endemic montane bird species.

On day 07 of this bird watching tour in Sri Lanka, you will visit the Horton Plains National Park in the early morning. This is a nature trail of about 9.5km both ways, including a stop at the spectacular World’s End viewpoint and the ferocious Bakers Falls.

Water Rafting Kitulgala
Day 8 Kitulgala

Kitulgala is your next destination, just 2-3 hours south of Nuwara Eliya. In Kitulgala, you will explore the Belilena prehistoric cave area to find some unique bird species. Palm Stone Retreat will be your accommodation for the night.

Day 9 Negombo

On day 09, you will visit the Makandawa Rainforest in Kitulgala for another bird watching experience and then move on to Negombo – the final destination for the tour. In Negombo, you will check in to hotel Jetwing Beach, after which an interesting boat ride on the Muthurajawela Marsh is scheduled for you in the evening. This is a wetland at the Southern end of Negombo Lagoon and the boat ride here is a good experience for bird lovers.

Sri Lankan Airline
Day 10 Airport

The next day you will be transferred to the airport depending on the time of your flight.

We have now completed this adventurous bird watching tour in Sri Lanka. This itinerary covers in detail all the popular locations  for bird watching across the island. If you have any further requirements or changes to be made to this itinerary, kindly get in touch with us and our team of friendly consultants will assist you.

Trail on the ground

As experienced on Instagram

Real people, real views

How they experienced it

We dreamed it, Blue Lanka delivered it and more!

We asked for close-up wildlife for photo opportunities, with a guide who knew the birds, mammals, ecology, and could provide in-depth cultural experiences. Our guide/driver Aruna is very knowledgeable and can convey the enthusiasm he has for the treasures of his country: the people, the cultures, religions, food, history, and the well-protected natural resources. We spent 17 happy days with Aruna, who drives with great skill and very good humor in rather scary conditions (and I learned to drive in New York, but would not want to drive in Colombo). My husband got the photos he only hoped for (see examples posted), and we saw a great many species new to us, including the hard-to-see endemics. We are wildlife researchers in Latin America and have traveled to see wildlife in other Asian countries, but little Sri Lanka had much to offer us in natural beauty, and the country people have great heart that exhibits itself in many ways, whether in farm visits during harvest, or villages with amazing religious festivals, or national park naturalists with a talent for sharing their beloved wildlife, whether iconic elephants and leopards, or small but no less interesting gorgeous lizards, frogs, insects, and more. The Blue Lanka people are the best! Hoping to return….

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Not to miss in this tour

Evening boat ride on the Muthurajawela Marsh – Negombo

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