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Sri Lanka

Teardrop of the Indian Ocean

9 January to 23 January 2018

Leaders: Deepal Warakagoda and David Walsh

Maximum of 12 clients (two leaders with more than six clients).

2018 Cost: £3,499 single room supplement £320

Sri Lanka was one of the most popular destinations for Ornitholidays' groups in the 70s and 80s and this will be our 25th visit to the island. There can be no more attractive destination in the middle of a British winter. An abundant birdlife flourishes in a great variety of beautiful tropical habitats, from palm-fringed coasts to relic patches of lowland rainforest, and from the cool, mountainous tea-estates to the sun-baked lagoons of the arid southeast. We will discover all these delights in an itinerary that is based upon our previous experiences plus up-to-date input from our experts on the island. Nature conservation has an ancient history in Sri Lanka, since King Devanampiya Tissa became a convert to Buddhism over 2,000 years ago and joyfully declared his hunting preserve a wildlife sanctuary. Now one-tenth of the island is set aside as national parks, nature reserves and other sanctuaries. There have been exciting taxonomic changes here recently, resulting in the island now having 34 endemic birds, and we have a good chance of seeing all of them. Many other species from northern climes visit the country during November to March, so we can be sure of an avian feast! In addition we hope to see some special mammals, including Asian Elephant and Leopard, as well as a range of colourful butterflies. The food on this tour has proved especially popular on previous holidays with both western and Asian cuisine to enjoy. We have been fortunate in obtaining the services of Deepal Warakagoda, the country’s foremost ornithological guide (and author of the Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka) he has led our last nine holidays and is able to provide a wealth of background information on the birds as well as the culture and history of this wonderful island.

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Outline Itinerary
Day 1 Depart London
Day 2 Colombo
Days 3-4 Kithulgala
Days 5-7 Weddagala
Day 8 Udawalawa
Days 9-10 Tissamaharama
Days 11-12 Nuwara Eliya
Day 13 Kandy
Day 14 Colombo
Day 15 Depart Colombo,
arrive London