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Whales, Rails and Quails…. in Sri Lanka with David Lindo

3rd - 15th March 2019

Join David Lindo aka 'The Urban Birder' on a Sri Lankan adventure to discover the islands rich and diverse bird life, wildlife and culture.


  • Explore Colombo’s urban spaces as well as the forests, National Parks and coasts of Sri Lanka.
  • Birding in Singharaja Rain Forest, Tissa Wetland, Bundala Wetland Sanctuary & Talangama Wetlands.
  • Whale watching off the coast near Mirissa
  • Wildlife viewing in Yala National Park for  elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambar and spotted deer, and possibly sloth bear, buffalo, wild boar, crocodiles, jackals, monkey, civet cat and giant squirrels.
  • Visit the interesting fort town of Galle & perhaps catch a cricket match
  • Attend the morning’s religious puja at the sacred city of Kataragama


Whales, Rails and Quails.... in Sri Lanka with David Lindo

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Expected species:

Spot-billed Pelican, Greater Flamingo, Painted Stork, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Crested Hawk Eagle, Crested Goshawk, Besra, Watercock, Barred Buttonquial, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Indian Peafowl, Great Thick-knee, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Greater Painted Snipe, Lesser Sandplover, Greater Sandplover, Marsh Sandpiper, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Little Pratincole, Brown-headed Gull, White-winged Black Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Lesser Crested Tern, Greater Crested Tern, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Layard’s Parakeet, Serendib Scops Owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Dollarbird, Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher, Malabar Trogon, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Crimson-backed Goldenback, Indian Pitta, Black-naped Monarch, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Sri Lanka Swallow, Black-capped Bulbul, Black Bulbul, Green Warbler, Large-billed Leaf Warbler, Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Orange-billed Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Sri Lanka Myna, Spot-winged Thrush, Indian Blue Robin, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Legge’s Flowerpecker and many more.

Other Wildlife:

Blue Whale, Sperm Whale, Asian Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Purple-faced Langur, Indian Pangolin and many more.



Per person sharing price £2,995.00

Single supplement:            £  830.00

Party size:                                  4- 6

Includes flights, transport, accommodation, all meals (except lunches in Colombo & Galle), park fees, local guide and host.  



Summary Itinerary:

3 March  Depart London

4 March Arrive Colombo. Early evening birding in Viharamahadevi Park. Dinner in the hotel.

5 March Birding in Colombo – Fort, Galle Face, Beira Lake & Talanga Wetlands. Dinner in the hotel.

6, 7 & 8  March  Singharaja Forest. Dinner in the hotel. Packed lunches.

9 March  Tissa Wetlands. Dinner in the hotel. Packed lunch. 

10 March  Yala National Park.  Dinner in the hotel. Packed lunch. 

11 March Bundala National Park. Dinner in the hotel. Packed lunch.

12 March Puja ceremony at Kataragama. Drive Mirissa. See stilt fishermen. Dinner in the hotel.  Packed lunch.  

13 March  Whale watching cruise. Afternoon visit to Galle. Watch a cricket match if one is being played. Dinner in the hotel.   

14 March Return to Colombo. Afternoon visit to Talangama Wetlants.  Dinner in the hotel.

15 March Fly back to London. 

David Lindo -‘the urban birder’ & your host


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