Birding and Wildlife Wonders of Sri Lanka

Cost: $3700 USD All-Inclusive | Deposit $500 |  Trip Length: 15 Days

Dates: 15 days from February 13th, 2024

Cost: $3700 USD
IPM member Discount US$200

Bring a friend and Twin Share and save a further US$100 each

Number of Participants: 11

Trip Length: 15 Days

Transport: 18 seater bus

Not Included: All Flights, Drinks, and some lunches. Accommodation and Food at Isis Hotel before and after the tour. Travel Insurance.

Optional Extras:  Single supplement extra US$500

Deposit Required: AUD $500.00 via EFT 

Email Hello@iPhotograhMagic.com to book and pay $500 deposit.

The remaining payment of is due November 1st

Sri Lanka is encouraging tourists to support their country as it turns back to its glory. Tourists are pouring into the country now to  enjoy the warmest hospitality.

Cancellation Policy:  iPhotographMagic will require full travel insurance including Covid medical cover, by all participants. Cancellation policies are available here.

(Full day to day itinerary will be emailed to participants once deposit is received)

Photographic Guides:   

Julie Geldard AAPS AFIAP

Why the Birding and Wildlife Wonders of Sri Lanka are Unique to iPhotographMagic

Julie’s love for Sri Lanka has grown since 2010

Wildlife & Bird lovers are invited to join her for 15 glorious days that will set your Lens and Binos on fire!

Enjoy:  – Full Tour Naturalist guaranteeing over 20 Endemic birds – Local Drivers – Tour company owner will be our guide.

Birding:  

Sri Lanka is home to 34 Endemic species total species is 492 of which 219 are breeding residents. Birdlife Internation recognises Sri Lanka as one of the World’s most significant bird locations.

Wildlife:

Sri Lanka is famed for its wildlife with roughly 123 species of mammals, 41 of which are threatened (9 critically). 16 of the species are endemic, of which 14 are threatened, including the large sloth bear

Visit National Parks selected for their unique wildlife and birds.  Our naturalist will uncover for us birds that a rare and endemic.

Celebration of this amazing tour, increasing our skillset and expanding our portfolios, Most importantly, new friendships with like-minded people.

The premium national parks have been chosen with each one offering a unique experience of its own for our group to capture.

 National Parks and sanctuaries, Dharnushka will share his wildlife hot spots with our group are:

  • Ananwilundawa Bird Sanctuary – These are some rare species – Grey Francolin, Cotton Pygmy-goose, Great Cormorant, Blue-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Red-backed Flameback (Endemic)
  • Wilpattu National Park – Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Endemic), Sri Lanka Brown- capped Babbler (Endemic), Grey Headed Fish Eagle, Brown Fish Owl, Pin-tailed Snipe (migrant), Lesser Adjutant (Rare resident breeder), Indian Peafowl
  • Vankalai Bird Sanctuary – Greater Flamingo (Migrant – During this January we spotted around 3000 of them), Indian Spot billed Duck, Glossy Ibis(Migrant), Western Reef Egret (Migrant), Gageny (Migrant)
  • Anuradhapura Cultural Triangle – We haven’t done birding so it’s hard to give any names
  • Mannar Ramsar Wetland – This is the same as Vankalai Bird Sanctuary. Vankalai is the Ramsar Wetland
  • Wasgamuwa National Park – Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl (National bird), Coppersmith Barbet, Barred Buttonquail, Black winged Kite, White-rumped Shama, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon (Endemic), Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, Baya Weaver
  • Gal Oya National Park – White-bellied Sea Eagle, Sri Lanka Woodshrike (Endemic), Racket-tailed Drongo (Very rare)
  • Kumana National Park – Black-necked Stork (Largest bird in Sri Lanka – rare), Wooly necked Stork, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Great thick Knee, Jerdon’s nightjar, Indian Nightjar
  • Nilgala Sanctuary – This is a very unique place that you can spot these 5 birds (Only at Nilgala from entire Sri Lanka – have to be very lucky) – Painted Francolin, Streak throated Woodpecker, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Jungle Bush Quail
  • Bundala National Park – Sri Lanka Swallow (Endemic), Eurasian Spoonbill, Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Painted Snipe, Yellow bittern, Cinnamon bittern, Chest-nut Bee- Eater, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Osprey
  • Yala National Park – Malabar pied Hornbill, Yellow crowned Woodpecker, White-borwed Fantail, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, Black Capped bulbul (Endemic), Yellow-eyed Babbler
  • Boat ride on Madu River – I haven’t done bird watching on this….