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Sri Lanka - A Butterfly Tour

Tour Code: LKA01

A 10-day holiday to the island of Sri Lanka, to enjoy its wonderful butterflies, birds and other natural history.

10 days from £2295(inc flights) Land Only Price: £1795 SRS: £495


Sri Lanka is astonishingly rich in wildlife. Although geographically close to India, the zoology of the island displays many affinities with Indonesia and there is a marked degree of endemism, particularly in the remaining tracts of lowland forest to the south of the island. 242 species of butterfly have been identified, 42 of which are endemic to the island. As with the birds, the moist forests of the hill country and the south are home to some of the most interesting species but butterflies are a welcome sight throughout Sri Lanka and the aim of this short tour is to visit some of the very best areas to observe them and identify the species encountered.

  • Look for Cruiser, Chocolate Soldier & Great Eggfly in evergreen sub-montane forest
  • Chance of seeing the endemic Tree Nymph & Blue Mormon
  • Common Mormon, Psyche, Jezebel, Leopard & Tailed Jay, Sinharaja
  • Visit Temple of the Tooth, Kandy & the famous rock fortress, Sigiriya
  • Mammals include Endemic Purple-faced Leaf-monkey, plus tiny Palm Squirrels
  • Endemic birds include Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot
  • Babblers, mynas, laughing-thrushes, drongos, trogons, barbets, & flowerpeckers
  • Common Birdwing, Banded Peacock, Red Helen & Ceylon Tiger at Corbett's Gap 
  •  ‘Dry Zone’ butterflies such as Blue, Peacock, Yellow & Grey Pansies, plus Tawny Rajah
  • Led by expert local naturalist guides

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

Standard tourist hotels, each room with private facilities

Tamil Lacewing (Brian Goodey)

Tamil Lacewing (Brian Goodey)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London

Day 2 Arrive Colombo. Transfer Ratnapura

Day 3 Ratnapura

Day 4/5 Kandy & Corbett's Gap

Day 6 Wasgamuwa National Park

Day 7/8 Sigiriya

Day 9 Depart Colombo

Day 10 Arrive London

The tropical island paradise of Sri Lanka is astonishingly rich in wildlife and contains a wide variety of habitats ranging from misty highland forests and lush rainforest to arid, scrub-filled plains and an abundance of fresh water lakes. Over a tenth of the land mass is designated as protected areas for wildlife and the principal reserves are among the best in Asia. Although geographically close to India the zoology of the island displays many affinities to Indonesia and there is a marked degree of endemism, particularly in the remaining tracts of lowland forest to the south of the island where many of the birds, plants and insects are unique to Sri Lanka. Over 33 species of endemic birds is a high total for a country only a little more than a quarter the size of the United Kingdom, and the large number of endemic insects, plants, trees and reptiles is further evidence of the island's long isolation from the mainland. 242 species of butterfly have been identified, 42 of these endemic to the island. As with the birds, the moist forests of the hill country and the south are home to some of the most interesting species but butterflies are a welcome sight throughout Sri Lanka and the aim of this short tour is to visit some of the very best areas to observe them and identify the species encountered. In the course of our excursions we are sure to see a variety of other wildlife, particularly birds, but the focus will be very much on the butterflies in their myriad of colourful forms. Important note The intention of this tour is to observe and identify butterflies in the wild. The collecting of specimens is not permitted on Naturetrek tours, and furthermore is illegal in Sri Lanka. Any tour member discovered procuring butterfly specimens will be asked to immediately leave the tour and could be subject to prosecution in Sri Lanka. In principle we have no objection to the catching of insects for the purpose of identification as long as they are not harmed and released as quickly as possible but tour members should be aware that this practice is not allowed in any of the Protected Areas in Sri Lanka, nor is it permitted to take nets into these areas. Please do not consider travelling on this tour unless you are prepared to abide to these conditions.

Tamil Lacewing (Brian Goodey)White Orange-tip (Brian Goodey)Sigiriya (Brian Goodey)Prominent Oraesia (Brian Goodey)Lemon Pansy (Brian Goodey)Gladeye Bushbrown (Brian Goodey)Elephants (Brian Goodey)Common Rose (Brian Goodey)Common Peirrot (Brian Goodey)Common Mormon (Brian Goodey)Common Gull Butterfly (Brian Goodey)Common Cerulean (Brian Goodey)Common Bushbrown (Brian Goodey)Angled Castor (Brian Goodey)Blue Pansy (Brian Goodey)Garden Lizard (David Hartill)Shingled Silverweed (David Hartill)Blue Magpie Lodge (David Hartill)Blue Magpie (David Hartill)Buddhist Shrine (David Hartill)Bushbrown Butterfly (David Hartill)Butterflies Everywhere (David Hartill)Caesar Weed (David Hartill)Common Crow Butterfly (David Hartill)Crested Serpent Eagle (David Hartill)Darter (David Hartill)Elephant (David Hartill)Friendly Monkey (David Hartill)Green Garden Lizard (David Hartill)Glad-eye Bushbrown (David Hartill)Leech Socks (David Hartill)Peacock Pansy Butterfly (David Hartill)Red Pierrot (David Hartill)Red-striped Cucumber (David Hartill)Refreshment Break (David Hartill)Frog Posing (David Hartill)Shining Gossamerwing (David Hartill)Sigiriya (David Hartill)Naturetrek Group (David Hartill)Sri Lanka Spurfowl (David Hartill)Spotbilled Pelican (David Hartill)Thilanka Hotel Kandy (David Hartill)(David Hartill)(David Hartill)White Four-Ring Butterfly (David Hartill)

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