Sri Lanka Comprehensive Birding and Mammals
Sri Lanka is an exhilarating place for birders, and this tour provides an excellent overview of the island's natural history. There are extremely realistic chances to catch up with all 33 birds endemic to the island, as well as a host of restricted-range species shared only with peninsular India, and a selection of migrant visitors from India and further afield in Asia which overwinter here. As well as this, two of Asia's most iconic large mammals, a good selection of endemic mammals, reptiles, and an abundance of butterflies, and spectacular locations.
This tour provides comprehensive coverage of the island's principal habitats in all climatic zones. We begin in the lowland rainforests of the wet zone, home to almost all island endemics and the largest itinerant bird waves in the world. From here we move into the dry zone, to the jungles and coastal lagoons of the southeast of the island, where among a selection of birds we have a good chance of the Sri Lankan subspecies of Leopard. Finally, ascending into the highlands to the grasslands and cloud forests of Horton Plains National Park will allow us to catch up with endemics restricted to this habitat and elevation.
A 4-day tour extension provides the chance to experience some spectacular whale-mammal watching during morning pelagic excursions from the island’s southern coast. These waters are fast becoming recognized as one of, if not the best site for Blue Whales in the world, regularly seen here alongside a host of other marine mammals.
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