Sri Lanka - Mammals and Birds
AT A GLANCE
Mammal and birds tour with the emphasis on the more difficult to see mammals and endemic birds.
Target mammals include Fishing, Rusty-spotted and Jungle Cats, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Golden Palm Civet, Grey and Red Slender Loris, Purple-faced Leaf Monkey and Indian Pangolin along with a range of commoner endemic and more widespread mammals.
Target birds include endemics such as Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, Sri Lankan Blue Magpie, Sri Lankan Whistling Thrush and many other species.
CLIMATE From warm at night to hot and humid during the day with the chance of isolated thunderstorms.
Lodges and chalets with private facilities, travel in minibuses and 4x4 jeeps.
After a successful first tour to Sri Lanka in 2019 when all four Sri Lankan cats were seen along with a range of other exciting mammals we are pleased to offer the tour again in 2021. We have made a few changes to the 2019 tour most notably to extend the trip by a day to enable us to include two nights ithe vicinity of Wilpattu National Park which increases out chances of encounters with Rusty-spotted Cat, Fishing Cat and Leopard. The focus of the tour remains seeing Sri Lanka’s exciting cats and endemic mammals and we will have several long spotlighting drives to help us find species such as Fishing and Rusty-spotted Cats, Golden Palm Civet and Grey and Red Slender Loris. We also expect to find many commoner mammals including good numbers of Asian Elephants. Although this is primarily a mammal tour we will also try to see a number of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds.
The tour will visit a number of localities during the tour including Kanneliya Rainforest, Lunugamvehera National Park, Kataragama, Hakgala Botanical Gardens, Horton Plains National Park, Kandy, Sigiriya, Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks, Wilpattu National Park and Anawilunawa RAMSAR Sanctuary.
If anyone wishes to do so there is also the opportunity to arrange an extension to Sinharaja Rainforest to look for more of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds including the famous Serendib Scops Owl.
Day 1 Fly to Colombo,
Day 2 Early morning arrival Colombo. Transfer to Kanneliya. Late afternoon and evening spotlighting walks at Kanneliya. Night Senaro Holiday Resort.
Day 3 Morning Kanneliya Rainforest. Drive to Kataragama. Evening spotlighting along the Kataragama to Buttala road. Night Tamarind Lake Hotel, Kataragama.
Day 4 Morning drive in Lunugamvehera National Park. Afternoon relaxing around hotel. Spotlighting session along Kataragama to Buttala road or Kataragama to Bundala road. Night Tamarind Lake Hotel, Kataragama.
Day 5 Morning relaxing around hotel. Afternoon drive in Lunugamvehera National Park. Spotlighting session along Kataragama to Buttala road or Kataragama to Bundala road. Night Tamarind Lake Hotel, Kataragama.
Day 6 Morning drive in Lunugamvehera National Park. Late morning/afternoon transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Late afternoon visit to Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Night Heaven Seven Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.
Day 7 Morning optional walk in Horton Plains NP. Afternoon drive to Kandy. Evening spotlighting in grounds of hotel. Hotel Tree of Life, Night Kandy
Day 8 Morning drive to Sigiriya. Afternoon birding at Sigiriya. Long spotlighting session around Sigiriya. Night Ehalagala Hotel, Sigiriya.
Day 9 Morning lie in. Afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park depending on the location of the Elephants. Long spotlighting session around Sigiriya. Night Ehalagala Hotel, Sigiriya.
Day 10 Morning lie in. Afternoon walk in Pidurangala forest /rock temple in looking for bats, Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys, mongooses and squirrels. Long spotlighting session around Sigiriya. Night Ehalagala Hotel, Sigiriya.
Day 11 After breakfast drive to Wilpattu. Afternoon birding around hotel and village. Evening spotlighting in buffer zone outside national park. Night Wilpattu Tree House, Wilpattu.
Morning jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park, afternoon at leisure around hotel. Evening spotlighting in buffer zone outside national park. Night Wilpattu Tree House, Wilpattu.
Day 13 Morning jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park. Afternoon drive to Katunayake with birding at Anawilundawa RAMSAR Sanctuary on route. Night Tamarind Tree Hotel, Katunayake.
Day 14 Morning flight back to the UK arriving back early evening.
Potential Mammal List includes
Fishing, Rusty-spotted and Jungle Cats
Golden and Common Palm Civets
Small Indian Civet
Brown, Stripe-necked, Ruddy and Indian Grey Mongoose
Grey and Red Slender Loris
Purple-faced Leaf Monkey
Tufted Grey Langur
White-spotted & Yellow-striped Chevrotains (Mouse Deer)
Indian Palm Squirrel
Dusky Striped Squirrel
Layard’s Striped Squirrel
Sri Lanka Giant Squirrel
Indian Flying Fox
Please note: All itineraries are subject to weather, local conditions and final approval by the relevant authorities.
Dates: Saturday 6th – Friday 19th March 2021
Leaders: Nigel Goodgame plus local guides.
Cost: £3,659 per person sharing a twin room.
Single supplement: £535
Group size: 5 plus leader
Price includes: International and domestic economy class flights including pre-paid taxes, all ground transportation in 4x4s, accommodation with private facilities and meals, park entry fees, services of WildWings leader and local guides throughout, day by day mammal and bird checklist for your use on tour.
Price excludes: travel insurance, laundry bills, alcoholic drinks, other items of a personal nature including gratuities tips to drivers, guides etc.
Saturday 6th – Friday 19th March 2021