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Sri Lanka

Wildlife holidays to Sri Lanka

Tell me about Sri Lanka …

The verdant tropical island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, is an ideal place to escape the gloom of a British winter.

Although geographically close to the southern tip of India it is culturally very different from its neighbour with a population 69% Buddhist and a proudly independent Sinhalese history.

The rugged terrain of the island’s centre is characterised by mountains and hills rising to over 2,000 metres, and this is the home of the island’s tea industry.

Sri Lanka has magnificent tracts of forest cloaking many of the southern hills. The best example of this precious habitat is Sinharaja Forest which is recognised internationally as a World Biosphere Reserve.

Our Sri Lanka specialist recommends...

"I recommend our ‘Sri Lanka – Wildlife & History’ tour combines a traditional birdwatching and wildlife holiday with the island’s ancient culture also included. We hope to see most of the 33 endemics that are found on the island and the mammal highlights are Asian Elephant and the Leopard."

Rajan Jolly
Operations manager

 

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Sigirya Hotel (Tom Mills)Sigirya Hotel (Tom Mills)Sigiriya Rock (Tom Mills)Land Monitor (Lance Tuckett)The start of the walk up Sigiriya Rock (Thomas Mills)Sigiriya Rock (Thomas Mills)Sigiriya fortress atop the rock (Thomas Mills)Kandy Lake (Thomas Mills)Whale-watching vessel, MirissaWhale-watching vessel, MirissaSpinner DolphinSpinner Dolphins (Anne-Marie Kalus)The start of the walk up Sigiriya Rock (Thomas Mills)Sigiriya fortress atop the rock (Thomas Mills)Sigiriya Rock (Thomas Mills)Dambulla Cave Temples (Thomas Mills)Changeable Hawk-eagle (Colin Brown)Brown Fish Owls (Colin Brown)

Whats special about the wildlife?

Sri Lanka has many zoological affinities with South East Asia and much of the flora and fauna is unique to the island, including 33 species of endemic bird.

Theres a high level of endemism in the fauna and flora especially in the mountainous regions.
An abundance of superb wetlands as well as forests and a benign attitude towards wildlife by the friendly islanders contribute to Sri Lanka being a perfect natural history destination.

Naturetrek tours to Sri Lanka

Naturetrek offers several natural history tours to Sri Lanka. These include bird watching and wildlife holidays (including a bargain bird watching holiday), botanical tours in celebration of Sri Lankas tropical flora and botanical gardens plus a holiday focusing on Blue Whales & Leopards.

Highlights from our Sri Lanka wildlife tours include:

  • A visit to Yala National Park in search of Leopards, Indian Elephants, Sambar & Marsh Mugger Crocodiles
  • Dry Zone bird species such as Indian Rollers, Ashy Swallow-shrikes & sunbirds
  • Wintering birds including passerines from the Himalaya & waders from Siberia
  • Mangrove plant communities, plus orchids, ferns & balsams
  • A chance to see the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy as well as the ancient city of Anuradhapura & the rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Looking for Blue Whales off Sri Lanka’s beautiful south coast

WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Sri Lanka HOLIDAYS

Lester was an outstanding good local leader - enthusiastic, knowledgeable, kind and helpful to all.
Brilliantly organised to maximise viewing. The all-day safari in Yala ensured we were there when the crowds weren't. 3 Leopards were the reward. I would mark Dhammi and Sammi as excellent plus. The Blue Whales extension was well worthwhile and really finished off the trip well.
Without a doubt it was absolutely the best holiday we have ever had. The group was lovely and the two leaders Nick and Dhammi were superb. I was lucky enough to see several Blue Whales on my birthday and my birthday cake wish to see leopards too was amply rewarded. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Naturetrek who worked together to make it such a memorable 50th birthday holiday for me. It was a long saved-for trip of a lifetime and worth every penny.