Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour

Our only 14 day tailor made trip that specialises in both birding and cultural highlights. Run by top Sri Lankan birding expert and qualified tour guide.
Kitulgala rain forest Sinharaja Man & Biosphere Reserve Bundala Ramsar Wetlands Yala NP Nuwara Eliya (Highlands) Hakgala Gardens Horton Plains Kandy Sigiriya rock fortress Polonnaruwa
£1500 excluding flights
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Price is per person based on 2 sharing, half board accommodation, airport transfers, A/C van or car, entrance tickets and safari jeep hire. Tour can be tailored to time availability and other interests.
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Description of Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour

A two week Sri Lanka tour featuring bird watching and cultural sites is an absolute must for discerning travellers and as you’ll be accompanied by a local guide you can expect to learn just as much as you could hope to imagine. Note: Eminent birding and trekking expert Prasanjith Caldera* will organize your tour providing an expert bird watching guide from his team.

Sri Lanka is awash with bird life and is fast-becoming a twitchers’ paradise with well-over 400 different recorded species of birds. In this tour we target to show over 200 birds including all 33 endemic birds to Sri Lanka.

Migrating bird species also make for fantastic images within a camera lens or binocular sights with wintering birds coming from as far north as Siberia in a variety of flocks and in great numbers.

Thanks to Sri Lanka’s convenient shape and size, it’s possible to visit pretty much all of the island’s most important nesting sites over the course of a fortnight however, itineraries are flexible so as to incorporate individual traveller wishes and interests.

As this two week Sri Lanka tour features not only birdwatching but cultural aspects too you can rest assured that you’ll be treated to a history tour like no other stretching as far back as the ancient Chinese traders, some 10,000 years ago.

Some of the characters of the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC are bound to take centre stage as you delve into the history of Sri lanka with Buddhism, Kandy, King Kassapa and the UNESCO site of Sigiriya all notable mentions on any cultural tour of Sri Lanka.

*Prasanjith Caldera is a licensed tourist guide as recognised by Sri Lanka’s official tourist board. He is also a member of Sri Lanka’s Field Ornithology Group, the UK’s Oriental Bird Club and America’s National Geographic Society. Prasanjith has also studied Wildlife Conservation and Management at the Open University of Sri Lanka and worked alongside scientists investigating the rich biodiverse nature of Sri Lanka. Finally, Prasanjith co-composed the audio CD: The Sounds of Sinharaja.

Price information

£1500 excluding flights
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Price is per person based on 2 sharing, half board accommodation, airport transfers, A/C van or car, entrance tickets and safari jeep hire. Tour can be tailored to time availability and other interests.
Make enquiry

Departure information

This trip can be tailormade at a time to suit you throughout the year. The best time for birding is September to April, when thousand upon thousands of northern winter migrants arrive.

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Holiday information

Our top tip:
Best time for birding is September to April, when migratory season kicks in.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Leisurely with early starts.
Small, locally owned guesthouses.
Half board accommodation, transfers, A/C van or car, expert guide, entrance tickets.
For lunch, budget £1-1.50 for great street food.
Solo travellers welcome. Tailor made to include any surcharges.


6 Reviews of Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Dec 2021 by

I rate this holiday as EXCELLENT in all respects, and came home very satisfied indeed. It will suit all ages, single, couple or as a group. As i said earlier, the tour exceeded my expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Mar 2018 by

The birds were wonderful and I especially enjoyed Kithulgala. My guide was very knowledgeable. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 May 2013 by

This was the most fantastic holiday. I was not that keen on going, but my husband is a very keen birder and he really wanted to go. I am now so glad he persuaded me, and will definitely visit Sri Lanka again... Read full review

Reviewed on 15 May 2013 by

This was a really excellent holiday. We had fun, we were stimulated, we were educated and we made good friends with our locals who showed us their country. We also feel that we had excellent value for money with two locals, a new vehicle, most meals, all entrance fees and other extras included for a very inexpensive daily rate. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2013 by

It was great and our guide, Jith, was an incredible birder, funny, and generous. The most memorable was the smiles of all the people in Sri Lanka whom we passed in our bird walks and the children who got all excited and waved and called to us Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by

2 weeks birding in Sri Lanka with a truly professional local guide made the entire experience both memorable and exciting. Any true birder would probably be appalled at the idea of returning home relaxed and refreshed - for us the whole point was to return exhausted and inspired, and this we did. We have relaxed and been refreshed since returning home. Read full review

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Planet and people

The aim of this tour is to provide a natural package of birding without the use of undesirable and harmful methods such as audio play backs, which are detrimental to both the community of rare birds and tourist industry in the long run.

We do not promote commercial sales aimed at tourists, rather we ensure that our rates are reasonable, and some of money you spend will directly and positively affect people at village level.

We seek to improve the lives of the people who affect & conserve the birding habitats by buying products and service of local guiding etc. If the visitor decides to have no meat products (to avoid health risks & other reasons), we make sure that he gets quality organic vegetarian dishes.

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