Overview

Our Sri Lanka birding and wildlife tour takes us to without doubt one of the world's most pleasurable birdwatching and game viewing destinations. This friendly island nation boasts verdant scenery, characterised by terraced tea plantations and forest patches, and is blessed with many surprisingly large national parks brimming with game and birds. These attractions, coupled with a fascinating history and vibrant culture, make this a truly exotic destination and a pleasure to explore. From the central highlands to the rich lowland rainforests, Sri Lanka is one of only a handful of magical destinations where it is possible to see every single country endemic in a well-planned trip such as this, making this extension a ‘must’ for the keen birder!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Wood & Sri Lanka Green Pigeons, Green-billed Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Serendib Scops Owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted & Crimson-fronted Barbets, Red-backed & Crimson-backed Flamebacks, Layard's Parakeet, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Sri Lanka Woodshrike, Sri Lanka Drongo, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Black-capped & Yellow-eared Bulbuls, Sri Lanka Swallow, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar, Brown-capped & Orange-billed Babblers, Ashy-headed Laughingthrush, Sri Lanka White-eye, Sri Lanka Hill Myna, White-faced Starling, Spot-winged, Sri Lanka Whistling & Sri Lanka Thrushes and Dull-blue Flycatcher.
Top Mammals
Leopard, Sloth Bear, Purple-faced Langur, Water Buffalo, Asian Elephant, Stripe-necked Mongoose
Habitats Covered
lowland dipterocarp forest, teak woodlands, montane forest, lakes, wetlands, mudflats, saltpans
Expected Climate
warm in lowlands, cool in highlands, chance of rain in forest areas
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader / 12 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
undemanding
Accommodation
basic to very comfortable lodges and hotels
Ease of Birding
mostly unchallenging with very few skulky species
Number of Species Expected
+-230
Other Attractions
Yala National Park, Sinharaja Rainforest, tea plantations
Photographic Opportunities
good
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

This was my last hard core birding tour, and I did it so that I could have David Hoddinott as my guide again. He is so very superb and I got quite teary giving him a hug goodbye! I also enjoyed Holly Faithfull a great deal. And our entire group was most delightful.

Another amazing trip with Rockjumper. The quality of not only the Rockjumper guides but the local guides as well was first class. Travelling with Rockjumper means you basically don’t have to worry about anything other than getting the birds in the binoculars, the guides take care of the rest which results in a really relaxing and enjoyable bird watching trip.

Enjoyed Clayton very much. He has great potential as a leader.

My trip to Sri Lanka was a wonderful experience, and exceeded my expectations. The in-country logistics were smoothly handled and the accommodation and transport were very comfortable. David & Daniel handled the guiding expertly and with great passion and enthusiasm. They were very knowledgeable on the birds and other wildlife of Sri Lanka, and were always willing to share their knowledge with the group.

So much went right on this trip that it is difficult to summarise all of our positive thoughts. One highlight: some of our group had the Sri Lanka Field Guide to birds, while others including ourselves were not able to get it prior to the trip. While en route, we expressed interest in getting this book; soon after the bus pulled over, the guide, Stephan Lorenz, exited to talk to someone, and returned with brand new copies of the field guide for all who needed it. We were flabbergasted! I call that service above and beyond. Everything else worked out very well, from the excellent guiding to the food and accommodations. Thanks again for a great trip experience.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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