Bird Watching and Butterfly Trail
Duration: 13 Nights
Locations: Negombo, Wilpattu, Habarana, Matale, Kandy, Sinharaja, Colombo
Price: USD *** Upwards
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LK10130900: Bird Watching & Butterfly Trail (13 Nights)

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.

  • 1 Night in Negombo

    Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Here, you will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura. After the formalities at the airport you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle and proceed to Colombo and check in to the hotel and relax.

    2 Nights in Wilpattu

    Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary

    Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary

    Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary is one of the more obscure sanctuaries, that lies on the coastal belt between Negombo and Puttalam. Covering an area of 1397 hectares, this RAMSAR Wetland is special for being at a location where three very distinct ecosystems collide. These ecosystems are the forested wetlands, including mangrove swamps and freshwater swamps; the saltwater ecosystem of the coast; and the freshwater lakes.

    Full Day Safari in Wilpattu National Park

    Elephant Foundation

    Apart from the mammals, a Wilpaththu safari can guarantee you an ample of opportunities for spotting incredibly beautiful swamps of butterflies saturated with vivid colours including great egg fly, great orange tip, glad-eye bushbrown, blue Mormon, common Mormon, crimson rose and more.

    4 Nights in Habarana

    During your time in Habarana, you can engage in the following activities.

    Walk through the ancient ruined city of Anuradhapura

    Anuradhapura<

    The city of Anuradhapura, which was the capital for over a millennium until the 10th century AD. View the pagodas, monastic buildings and ponds that are scatter all over the vast area. Visit important landmarks such as Jetavanarama, which was one of the tallest buildings of the ancient world, the Sri Maha Bodhi and the ruins of the huge Abhayagiri Monastery. Gain more knowledge about Sri Lanka’s history as you walk in the footsteps of Kings.

    Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    Sigiriya Rock

    Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ‘ the Lion Rock’. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.

    Visit the Golden Temple in Dambulla

     Golden Temple

    Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.

    Village Tour

    Village Tour

    Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride and experience the world from the view of a village farmer. Have a relaxing catamaran safari through a calm lake. Walk through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Watch an enjoyable traditional cooking demonstration that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Delight your tastebuds with a home cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays. Enjoy the life of a Sri Lankan villager, just this day.

    Bird & Buterfly Trail at the Cinnamon Lodge

    Butterfly Trail

    Spend just about ninety minutes of bliss tracking and watching the sheer beauty of the feathered kind in the company of our experienced naturalist. Many nests are hidden among the floating lotus leaves and the branches of the gigantic “Kumbuk” trees. Across the ramp and up the wooden stairway is an observation desk – a platform that overlooks a myriad of birdlife strewn across the reflecting waters.

    The past continues into the farm that ends amidst the spellbinding Butterfly garden. A riot of clour affixed in petals awaits the nature lovers while the bird trail ends as a truly enriching experience.

    Full Day Excursion in Ritigala Strict Natural Reserve

    Ritigala Strict

    This rocky outcrop, emerging like Sigiriya from the dry lowlands, exhibits several distinct types of forest vegetation becoming progressively moister with increases in elevation until the forest around the summit resembles that of the hill country. There is a very ancient archaeological site within the forest, which we can visit during our afternoon exploration.

    A splendid variety of butterflies includes many of the insects seen during preceding days such as the Blue Mormon and Chocolate Soldier but we will also be hoping for a number of additions with possibilities including; Spot Swordtail (Pathysa nomius), Great Orange-Tip (Hebomoia glaucippe), Lace Wing (Cethosia nietneri) and the Nawab (Polyura athamas), Black Rajah (Charaxes solon), Dark-brand Bushbrown (Mycalesis mineus), Purple Leaf Blue (Amblypodia anita), Common Cerulean (Jamides celeno), Pea Blue (Lampides boeticus), Zebra Blue (Leptotes plinius), Common Pierrot (Castalius rosimon).

    2 Nights in Matale

    During your time in Matale, you can engage in the following activities.

    Riverston in the Knuckles Mountain Range

    Knuckles Mountain Range

    exploring the area for more butterflies and will enjoy our packed lunch at a scenic location. It is elevated approximately 850 metres above the sea level and is located 30 kilometres from the Matale town, rather windy with quite a few hairpins turns but in good condition, offers great views all around. The weather here is on a cooler side and has two great waterfalls ‘Sera Ella’ and ‘Bambarakiri Ella’. When the clouds descend to the plains you get to experience aunique feeling driving through them.

    Sera Ella

    Sera Ella<

    Sera Ella Waterfall in Sri Lanka is a waterfall located in Pothatawela village, a place near Laggala in Matale District’s, Sri Lanka. It is formed by the waters of Kitul Canal which runs down Kaudagammana peak and Hunumadala River which flows from the mountains of Gonamada and Deyuthu Gammmaduwa combining to form the Puwakpitiya River, a waterway which joins Thelegam River to create the waterfall at its point of joining. The magnificient waterfall separates into two sections as it falls down the rockface, both falling down a height of 10m and which is visible from the Dumbara Jungle.

    Bamabarakiri Ella

    Bamabarakiri Ella

    Bambarakiri Ella Falls in Sri Lanka or Bambarakele Waterfall is a tall waterfall in Sri Lanka. Dropping down a sheer vertical rockface down a height of 263m (863 feet), Bambarakanda waterfall takes the position of the world’s 299th tallest waterfall.You will then reach a place called the ‘Mini World’s End’, which is a sharp drop giving spectacular panoramic views of the surroundings. After enjoying the sights at the Mini World’s End and taking a few photographs, you will be returning to the trail head of Pittawala Paththana.

    The Riverston area shelters a number of endemic plants and animals. Bushy plants with mild streams running across make this valley an ideal habitat for the butterflies.

    Visit Mini World’s End in Riverston

    World's End

    You will be hiking through the beautiful plains of Pitawala Paththana. You will then reach a place called the ‘Mini World’s End’, which is a sharp drop giving spectacular panoramic views of the surroundings. After enjoying the sights at the Mini World’s End and taking a few photographs, you will be returning to the trail head of Pittawala Paththana.

    The Riverston area shelters a number of endemic plants and animals. Bushy plants with mild streams running across make this valley an ideal habitat for the butterflies.

    Special Notes

    butterfly

    Pitawala Patana offers excellent habitats for more hill country butterflies. In addition to species already mentioned, insects in this area could include: Banded Peacock (Papilio crino), Painted Sawtooth (Prioneris sita), Common Albatross (Appias albina),Sri Lankan Lesser Albatross (Appias galene) Indian Fritillary (Argynnis hyperbius), Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina), Ceylon Forester (Lethe dynaste), Red Pierrot (Talicada nyseus), Common Silverline (Spindasis vulcanus), Plumbeous Silverline (Spindasis schistacea), Great Orange Tip (Hebomoia glaucippe), Sri Lankan Tiger (Parantic taprobana), Beak (Libythea Laius), Tamil Treebrown (Lethe drypetis), Monkey-puzzle (Rathinda amor), Tropic Dart (Potanthus confuscius).

    Half Day Safari in Wasgamuwa National Park

    Wasgamuwa National Park

    Discover the opulence of the flora and fauna in the dry tropical forest setting, overlooking the stunning landscape of the park. Enjoy a Wasgamuwa safari ride filling your lungs with the refreshing air of the pristine wild and listening to the symphony of crickets and birds. Rest assuring you the sights of mighty elephants in a Wasgamuwa safari ride, the national park is also a home for a diverse of mammals including leopard, sloth bear, purple-faced langur monkey, wild boar, sambar, spotted deer, buffalo, and endemic yellow fronted barbet.

    1 Night in Kandy

    You will start our day early in the morning and after a quick breakfast, you start your long and very scenic drive to Kandy and visit the temple of the tooth relic.

    Temple of the Tooth Relic

    Tooth Relic

    The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in the 16th century as the place of veneration and protection for Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth. Walk through the beautifully embellished passageways and elaborately painted halls, done in red, cream and black. Lounge against delicately carved pillars and get amazed by the beautiful golden statues. Get an unforgettable experience of history and art.

    Visit a Spice Garden in Matale

    Spice Garden

    Take part in a traditional cooking demonstration that shows you how to make Sri Lankan cuisine while making full use of spices. Learn to make roti or create curry powder from scratch in one of the workshops in Spice Garden.

    Witness the Kandyan Cultural Show

    Kandyan Cultural Show

    The Kandy Cultural Show gives an opportunity to experience some of the traditions of Sri Lanka. Enjoy this hour long extravaganza as some of the most popular art forms of the island take to the stage. Get wowed by fire dancers and sword dancers. Watch the colorful Kandyan dancers take to the air to the thrumming primal beat of the drums.

    2 Nights in Sinharaja

    Bird Watching & Natura Trail Trek in Sinharaja Rain Forest

    Bird Watching

    Go on a jungle safari to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Experience the virgin forest with its dense evergreen type vegetation. Feel the adventure as you listen to the screeches of monkeys and see the glimpses of colorful forest birds. Feel the spine-thrilling chill as you watch a green pit viper wind itself amongst the foliage. A wonderful opportunity for those who wish to see Mother Nature at her wildest.

    Special Notes

    Butterflies

    Our principal focus will of course be on the wonderful variety of butterflies inhabiting Sinharaja. Among the most spectacular of the long list of potential species are the black and yellow Sri Lanka Birdwing (Troides darsius) and the equally impressive Red Helen (Papilio helenus) but there are many jewels to look for in this.

    1 Night in Colombo

    Colombo City Tour

    Colombo City

    Experience the colorful lights and bright life of Colombo, the capital City of Sri Lanka. Visit historic monuments such as the Old Lighthouse, the Old Parliament, Galle Face Hotel, Galle Face Green, Gangarama Temple, the National Museum and more. Enjoy the malls of Independence Square or the Race Course. Visit boutique shops and designer stores.

    Departure

    After the breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to airport after spending a memorable time in this island.

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  • Tour Includes

    • • Accommodation based on Double Room basis at the hotels listed on the Hotel Collection above.
    • • Meal plan on Bed & Breakfast basis – Starting with Breakfast on Day 02 and Ending with Breakfast on Day 14.
    • • The vehicle will be available throughout your holiday.
    • • Transport in an Air Conditioned, Private Car, inclusive of all chauffer accommodation, cost of fuel, parking & highway tolls.
    • • Service of an English Speaking National Guide throughout the tour.
    • • All prevailing taxes and service charges (Except for Credit Card Charges).

    Tour Excludes

    • • Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk  for more details / submit your individual visa application.
    • • International / Domestic Airfare
    • • Any expenses of personal nature.
    • • Tips & Portages.
    • • Cost of Beverages
    • • Meals where not specified.
    • • Entrance fees and other services not mentioned above.

     Complimentary

    • • Daily 1ltr Bottle of Water.