Birding Experience in Sinharaja Rainforest with overnight stay – Deniyaya

2 Days

Wander through the unique trails inside a birding wonderland, at the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, Sinharaja Rainforest. Witness the world-famous bird wave with a whopping 147 different species, while enjoying a forest picnic.

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.
  • Your accommodation will be arranged in a Rest House in Deniyaya with a lot of birding opportunities as well as snakes and other small wild encounterswithin the premises
  • The transportation from Deniyaya to the rest house and to the entrace gate will be provided

Tour in Brief

Day 1 :

Arrive at Deniyaya and meet your Biriding guide and drive to Sinharaja Rest in Deniyaya and check in at your room. A short nap will releif your tiredness and around 2.30pm you will be taken to the Kurulugala Entrance Gate for the evening trail.

Sinharaja rainforest has been designated as a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and also a Biodiversity Hotspot by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Before the declaration as a UNESCO world heritage site, Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve was declared as a Forest Reserve in 1875, Man and Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and National heritage wilderness area in 1988. Portuguese, Dutch and English people also have included Sinharaja in their documents for various reasons such as collecting tax from villages who lived near the forest area, to spread their coffee and tea estates, researches which were done about animals and trees in Sinharaja etc…

Today, enjoy a birding trail in the beautiful Sinharaja rainforest that is home to wet lowland forest birds including many endemic species. A specialty of this forest are world’s largest mixed-species bird flocks, averaging up to 42 individual species. The endemic birds of this region include the Sri Lanka junglefowl, Sri Lanka spurfowl, Sri Lanka green-billed coucal, Sri Lanka hanging parakeet, Sri Lanka layard’s parakeet, Sri Lanka red-faced malkoha, Sri Lanka blue magpie, Sri Lanka white-faced starling, crested drongo, serendib scops owl, Sri Lanka spot winged thrush and Sri Lanka scaly thrush. Also, greater flameback woodpecker, Oriental dwarf kingfisher, plum-headed parakeet, Oriental scops owl, and emerald dove can be found in Sinharaja. During the migratory season, Indian pitta, Indian blue robin, brown-breasted flycatcher, brown flycatcher and large-billed leaf warbler join in the diverse avifauna of Sinharaja. Depending on your interest, our guide will help you to identify many butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles and forest mammals too.

After 3 hours trekking, you will be back at the entrance finishing the trail and drive back to your Rest House for enjoying the dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 :

A morning trail which could be done either with a packed breakfast or followed by the sit in breakfast at your hotel.

Back at your rest house after the morning trail and continue to your next destination.

Our Services Include

  • Accommodation at Sinharaja Rest in Deniyaya on double/triple sharing basis.
  • Transportation from Deniyaya Town to the Rest House and to Kurulugala Entrance and back to Deniya Town on the following day
  • Service of a well experienced local birding/trekking guide for 2 trails
  • Entrance fees to Sinharaja Rainforest for 2 trails
  • Water & Refreshmet during the trail
  • All applicable Govt taxes

Our Services do not Include

  • Transportation upto Deniyaya and beyond.
  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned in this description
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 3 travel reviews
Very Good
  1. Simple Accommodaton, but a great experience...
    By David
    from New Zealand
    March 2, 2024
    It was a simple rest house that offered extraordinary hospitality and enthusiastic expert guides for a day walking safari in the Sinharaja Rainforest. Our accommodatio was arranged in a "peaceful chalet" a tuk tuk ride from the main premises in its own enclosure on top of a small hill. Our guide provided us with the transportation from the rest house to the forest gate and took us on two walks with a lot of birds, snakes, lizards and trees & plants. Both our guided walks were provided with refreshments & water, we did not feel exhausted at all. Thank you for everything.
    Date of Experience: February 08, 2024
  2. Amazing Experience
    By Steffen
    from Sri Lanka
    November 8, 2023
    Superb accommodation near the sinharaja forest and we were very happy that we booked this excursion throught Sri Lanka Day Tours. Great staff, the rooms were basic but facilities were greate. We had nice english breakfast and local lunch. We did a full day hiking and bird watching in Sinharaja with a well experienced knowledgeable guide. Thanks for the great service and a big thank to Sri Lanka Day Tours.
    Date of Experience: October 31, 2023
  3. See an Amazing Variety of Wildlife Close Up!
    By John Illingworth
    from United Kingdom
    March 31, 2023
    Sri Lanka Day Tours arraged us a best guide and made our tour really educational and had an amazing ability to spot the snakes, monkeys, lizards, birds and giant squirrels at every twist in the forest trail. We have been on many jungle/rain forest tours but this was by far the best. Partly due to the guide and partly the fact that this area is literally crawling with the most amazing wildlife! Loved it and will be back! :)
    Date of Experience: March 15, 2023

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Birding Experience in Sinharaja Rainforest with overnight stay – Deniyaya
From $205
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $150
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $145
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $140
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $135
/ Adult - 5 or More people
  • SLDT/2404/BW09
  • 2 Days
  • Deniyaya Town
  • 2.00 pm
  • 48 Hours
  • Throughout the Year


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