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Sinharaja Rainforest - Walking through a Birding Wonderland

The last of the country’s extensive area of rainforest lies in the south-west of Sri Lanka: Sinharaja Forest Reserve. With over 8000 hectares, this is paradise to endemic wildlife, especially birds. In May 1875, Sinharaja was declared a forest reserve and since then it has had a long history of protection. A century later, UNESCO recognised it as a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and as a World Heritage site in 1988. A day tour to this biodiversity hotspot, should not be missed.

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Why should you book this trip?

  • With more than 95% of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds found here, bird watching in Sinharaja is a phenomenal experience to have. More than 147 species have been recorded to date.To name a few commonly sighted birds: the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Red Faced Malkoha, Grey Hornbill and White Headed Starling. About 13% of the birds are migratory, coming in for their winter break.

  • Over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies are found in Sinharaja.

  • Besides birding in Sinharaja, watch out for the Sambhur, the most common deer species and the Mouse-deer. Leopards are very seldom sighted, but their frequent presence has been confirmed by tracks and other signs. The most commonly seen primate is the purple-faced leaf monkey. In contrast, the Brown Mongoose and the Golden-palm Civet have been occasionally sighted.

  • The rainforest is habitat to more than 60% of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees, some of which are considered rare.

 

STARTING FROM

28 USD
PER PERSON

1 PERSON - 35 USD
2 PERSONS - 32 USD PER PERSON

3 PERSONS - 28 USD PER PERSON
4 PERSONS - 28 USD PER PERSON

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Quick Facts

  • Availability :365 days of the year
  • Suggested starting tour time :Morning 6.00- 6.30 a.m. (for the best birding opportunities)
    Arrival and departure transport from any location could be arranged on request, at additional cost.
  • Duration : Three hours
  • Lead time : Two days prior notice

 

Included in the price

  • Experienced local guide
  • Packed breakfast
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • All applicable Govt taxes

Exclusions

  • Arrival and departure transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned in this description

 

Tour in Brief

You will first meet up with the Sri Lanka Day Tours crew and your birding safari guide at the gate entrance to the Sinharaja Rainforest.

The morning tour is the best for bird watching, ideally to start between 6.00 a.m. to 6.30 a.m.

You have the choice of picking the trail with the guide. The three trails are:

Sinhagala, Yodamawatha and Kuda wela.

The three trails will give you three different bird sighting experiences.

While bird watching in Sinharaja, you will have opportunities to relax and indulge in once-in-a-lifetime photography.

Your guide will take you through man-made trails as well.

After bird watching and walking for two hours, you will head for the waterfalls, elusively hidden in the Sinharaja Rainforest.

You can decide on how far you are going to walk inside the jungle depending on your capacity. You can have your lunch once you come out of jungle or ask us to organise you a picnic meal so you can enjoy the meals during the picnic. The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are about 3 elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.

An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Birdwing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.

After 3 hours trekking, you will be back at the entrance finishing the tour.

 

Important

  • Suitable casual clothing for all weather conditions should be brought.
  • All cameras and recording devices should be securely carried.

 

Special Package

  • The Half Day tour may give you limited opportunity to take explore Sinharaja Rainforest.
  • An upgrade to a Full Day tour or the addition of more days would certainly enhance your experiences at birding in Sinharaja.
  • Upgrade includes accommodation at competitive rates which can be provided near the reserve.
  • The accompaniment of a Naturalist.

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