ESALA FESTIVALAND 12 DAYS TOUR

ELEPHANTS, ENDEMIC BIRDS AND THE ‘ESALA FESTIVAL’ OF KANDY – 12 DAY TOUR

Around the Island

We cover famous tourist attractions around the Island

12 Days / 11 Nights

You will enjoy your stay at comfortable hotels

Sri Lanka

White sand blue sea and green surrounding best gateway in your life

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches.

It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.

In This tour of sri lanka we cover the most of tourist attractions In Esala Perahera season. whole tour take 12 days and 11 night. Detailed itinerary depicts below.

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PACKAGE DETAILS

DETAILED ITINERARY HERE

DAY 01
Arrival, welcome by a representative of Lanka Sportreizen and transfer to Chaaya Village in
Habarana.
Take an afternoon jeep safari in Minneriya National Park to witness the famous ‘Gathering’ of
Wild elephants.
Overnight stay at the Chaaya Village, Habarana

DAY 02
After breakfast visit Sigiriya Sanctuary for a morning of delightful birdwatching. In addition to
seeing the typical dry zone species the ‘tanks’ around Sigiriya host an array of birds associated
With water.
The more interesting ones include Spot-billed Pelican, Oriental Darter, White-bellied Sea-eagle,
Grey-headed Fish-eagle, SHAHEEN (the local race of the Peregrine, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, sri lanka
Green-pigeon, ‘Square-tailed’ Drongo-cuckoo, sri lanka Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Blackrumped
Flameback, CRIMSON-BACKED FLAMEBACK, sri lanka Swallow, Large Cuckooshrike,
Black-headed Cuckooshrike, sri lanka woodshrike, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White-rumped Shama
And Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
Afternoon jeep safari at the Minneriya National Park for a second chance to witness the famous
‘Gathering’ of wild elephants
Overnight stay at the Chaaya Village, Habarana

DAY 03
An early breakfast is needed today in order to climb to the summit of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Ahead of the mid-day heat. View the ruins of the citadel of King Kashyapa (500 AD) and the
Breathtaking vista right around the rock from 200 m above the plateau.
In the afternoon either rest or visit Minneriya National Park once more to witness the assembly of
Elephants. The tank just outside your hotel and hotel’s bird trails also present a relaxing birding
Session.
Overnight stay at the Chaaya Village, Habarana

DAY 04
After breakfast leave for the hill capital, Kandy where the Temple of the Tooth Relic stands
The Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha is the most important sacred relic in the island and is an object
Immensely venerated by all Buddhists.
After lunch, we relax for some hours to prepare ourselves for a grand evening. Today is our day
Of witnessing the world famous pageant ‘Esala Perahera’ of Kandy. We will have reserved seats for
The parade and it will be well past midnight when we return to the hotel.
Overnight stay at the Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy

DAY 05
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya visiting a Tea Factory en route
Afternoon – birding in Hakgala Botanic Garden.
Birding highlights include sri lanka Woodpigeon, Crimson-backed Flameback, pied flycatcher
Shrike, Yellow-eared Bulbul, indian Blackbird, sri lanka Whistling-thrush, Dusky Blue Flycatcher,
Gre-headed canary flycatcher, sri lanka scimitar babbler, sri lanka bush warbler, great tit, sri lanka
White-eye and black-throated munia.
Overnight stay at the St. Andrew’s Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

DAY 06
A predawn start with a packed breakfast to reach the Horton Plains at first light to see the elusive
Whistling Thrush and for a morning of great birding
Species to lookout for: Ceylon Woodpigeon, Crimson-backed Flameback, Hill Swallow, Pied
Flycatcher shrike, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Indian Blackbird, sri lanka Whistling-thrush, Dusky Blue
Flycatcher, Grey-headed Canary-flycatcher, Pied Bushchat, sri lanka Scimitar-babbler, Sri Lanka
Bush-warbler, sri lanka White-eye and Black-throated Munia.
Possible Mammals: Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Sambar and Dusky Striped Squirrel.
Return to Nuwara Eliya for lunch and spend the afternoon birding around Nuwara Eliya.
Overnight stay at the St. Andrew’s Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

DAY 07
After breakfast leave for Kitulgala.
In the afternoon birding in the Kitulgala village area
Species to look for are: Sri Lanka Green-pigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Layard’s Parakeet,
Green-billed Coucal, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth, Sri Lanka
Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged Ground-thrush, Sri
Lanka Rufous Babbler, Orange Minivet, Legge’s Flowerpecker and Black-throated Munia.
Overnight stay at the Plantation Hotel, Kithulgala or similar

DAY 08
Full day birding in the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve
Birding highlights of Kitulgala will include Sri Lanka Green-pigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot,
Layard’s Parakeet, Green-billed Coucal, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka
Frogmouth, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Black-capped Bulbul, Spot-winged
Ground-thrush, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Orange Minivet, Legge’s Flowerpecker, Black-throated
Munia and sri lanka crested drongo.
Overnight stay at the Plantation Hotel, Kithulgala or similar

DAY 09
After breakfast leave for Sinharaja Rainforest (a UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness Area).
Have lunch at the Lodge and spend the afternoon birding in Sinharaja Forest.
Possible species: Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Layard’s Parakeet, Green-billed
Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka Frogmouth,
Malabar Trogon, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Lesser Yellownape, Black-rumped Flameback, Crimsonbacked
Flameback, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Square-tailed Black Bulbul, Spot-winged Groundthrush,
Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush, Ashy-headed Laughingthrush, Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka
Scimitar-babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch,
Legge’s Flowerpecker, Sri Lanka White-eye, Black-throated Munia, White-faced Starling, Sri Lanka
Hill-myna, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.
Overnight at The Blue Magpie Lodge, Sinharaja
(A Rustic and basic lodge with electricity, running hot and cold water in attached shower room
Cum toilet. Rooms have ceiling fans and mosquito nets. Excellent location and simple Sri Lankan
Food!)

DAY 10
Full day birding at Sinharaja Rainforest with picnic lunch. Sinharaja is Sri Lanka’s last remaining
Rainforests and is home to most of the island’s endemic birdlife.
Species to lookout for: Crested Goshawk, Shikra, Besra Sparrowhawk, Black Eagle, Rufous-bellied
Eagle, Crested Hawk-eagle, Mountain Hawk-eagle, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri
Lanka Woodpigeon, Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, Plum-headed Parakeet, Layard’s Parakeet, Greenbilled
Coucal, Red-faced Malkoha, Serendib Scops-owl, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Sri Lanka
Frogmouth, Malabar Trogon, Yellow-fronted Barbet, Lesser Yellownape, Black-rumped
Flameback, Crimson-backed Flameback, Yellow-browed Bulbul, Square-tailed Black Bulbul, Spotwinged
Ground-thrush, Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush, Ashy-headed Laughingthrush, Brown-capped
Babbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Sri Lanka Rufous Babbler, Velvetfronted
Nuthatch, Legge’s Flowerpecker, Sri Lanka White-eye, Black-throated Munia, White-faced
Starling, Sri Lanka Hill-myna, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.
Overnight at the Blue Magpie Lodge, Sinharaja

DAY 11
After breakfast bird around the Lodge for some time and leave for a hotel near the Airport
Overnight stay at the Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo

Day 12
Transfer to the Airport for departure

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