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Birding Tour Sri Lanka: Island Endemics and More 2017



We usually find all Sri Lankan endemics on this ‘Birding Tour Sri Lanka’ adventure. Sri Lanka is a picturesque island situated at the southern tip of India and home to 33 currently recognized endemic species. Sri Lanka is a continental island and had been connected to India for much of its geological past through episodes of lower sea level.

Despite these land-bridge connections, faunal exchange between the rainforests found in Southern India and Sri Lanka has been minimal. This lack of exchange of species is probably due to the inability of rainforest organisms to disperse though the interceding areas of dry lowlands. These dry lowlands are still dry today and receive only one major rainy season, whereas Sri Lanka’s ‘wet zone’ experiences two annual monsoons. This long insularity of Sri Lankan biota in a moist tropical environment has led to the emergence of a bewildering variety of endemic biodiversity. This is why southwestern Sri Lanka and the Western Ghats of southern India are jointly regarded as one of the globe’s 34 biodiversity hotspots. Furthermore, Sri Lanka is the westernmost representative of Indo-Malayan flora, and its abundant birdlife also shows many such affinities.

Our ‘Birding Tour Sri Lanka’ excursion also offers plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities and is therefore also suitable for those with broader interests. The main focus, however, is on Sri Lanka’s abundant avifauna, including its 33 endemics. We aim to see 215-235 species of birds during this tour. We usually find all 33 Sri Lankan endemics, and so much more!

The itinerary covers a variety of habitat types, including lowland, monsoon forests and cloudforests, grasslands, coastal mudflats, imposing riverine woodland, and forest. We do a fair bit of walking on our tour, particularly in the earlier stages, as we search for endemics and mixed-species flocks in different forest types. Our walks are gentle and slow-paced to enable us to spot and enjoy the birds.

Accommodation
As far as possible we use accommodation at or very close to the key birding sites to maximize quality birding time. Our Birding Tour Sri Lanka accommodation includes guest houses, game lodges, and star-class hotels.

Duration: 12 days

Limit (Group Size): 4 - 8

Date Start: November 02, 2017

Date End: November 13, 2017

Tour Start: Katunayake

Tour End: Katunayake

Price: US$3534 per person sharing assuming 8 participants, US$4012 per person sharing assuming 6 – 7 participants, US$4241 per person sharing, assuming 4 – 5 participants

Single Supplement: US$531

Price includes:
Accommodation based on twin sharing basis
All food starting from lunch on day 1 and ending with breakfast on day 11
Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
Guiding fees
Entrance tickets
Taxes

Price excludes:
International flights
Mineral water and beverages
Insurance (recommended)
Tips
Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, internet access, shopping, spa services)

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The 2016 Northern India Birding Ecotours trip was everything I had hoped for and more. As a novice both when it came to Asian birds and Indian travel, the trip couldn’t have been better. Andy Walker, our guide, was brilliant at finding the expected birds and some amazing rarities and getting us good looks. I managed close to 400 lifers combined with Fatehpur Sikri, the Taj Mahal, some fascinating glimpses of rural India and a spectacular time in the Himalayan foothills. Our driver, van, train travel and hotels were all comfortable and worked like clockwork. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime.    

Hume Martin, Toronto, Canada
04/22/2016



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