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HOURS

  • Morning 06.30 A.M, Afternoon 03.30 P.M

DISTANCE

  • 500m(min) , 32km(max)

NUMBER OF PAX

DURATION

  • 2Hours(min),6Hours(max)

LOCATIONS

Escape to the central highlands of paradiese island. Experience the undulating landscape lush with roses and tree ferns, and home to rare animals and birds. Traverse the tropical forests, lakes and retreat amidst the serene panoramas, unique to Nuwara Eliya.

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains is the highest plateau in Sri Lanka, and was named a nature reserve in December 1965, and later identified as a National Park in March 1988. This beautiful site consists of 3,159.8 hectares of grasslands and cloud forests, and sits at an altitude of 1,800 to 2,300 metres above sea level.

Popular for bird-watching in Sri Lanka, spy the Pied Bush Chats, Mountain Hawk-Eagles, the Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Bar-winged Flycatcher, Zitting Cisticola, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Brown (Philippine) Shrike and the Hill Swallow. Avid birders come in search of the rare and elusive Arrenga or Whistling Thrush. Over 100 birds have been recorded at the Horton Plains National Park, including 12 endemic birds, other resident Birds and migratory bird.

Galway’s Land National Park

Visit Nuwara Eliya, for spectacular Galway’s Land National Park – declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1938 and elevated to the national park status in 2006, Galway’s Land has become home to approximately 50 birds including migrant, endemic and resident species. Apart from the avifauna, the park has valuable floral species of both native and foreign origin, including an array of elegant and exotic orchids.
Some of the Bird species found in Galway’s Land are the Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler and the Dark Fronted Babbler

Victoria Park

Originally established by the planting of an Oak tree by a German Princess who was visiting Nuwara Eliya. The park was later named after Queen Victoria in 1897 to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.
It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times of the day because of the possibility of spotting the elusive Indian Blue Robin, Pled Thrush or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. Victoria Park has recorded more than 50 species including endemics and migrant birds, such as The Kashmir Flycatcher, the Sri Lanka Yellow-Eared Bulbul, Sri Lanka White Eye, Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher and the Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens

Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated at an altitude of 5,400 feet and was established in 1861 as an experimental cultivation of Cinchona, later turned into an experimental Tea cultivation. In 1884 it was transformed into a botanical garden and renowned bird watching site for hill country birds, as the garden is adjacent to the Hakgala Nature Reserve. A wide array of bird species, including endemics, migrants and some rare species can be sighted in this Garden, such as the Greater Flameback, Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Black Throated Munia, Black Bulbul, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher, Grey Headed Flycatcher, Kashmir Flycatcher, Indian Blue Robin, Green Warbler, Sri Lanka White Eye and the Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl.

Bomboru Ella Forest Reserve

Accessible via a footpath through the jungle, Bomboru Ella Forest Reserve offers the best bird-watching experience, steeped in isolation, serenity and the complete immersion in nature.
On certain days, as much as 10 species of birds in a flock can be observed in this forest reserve, such as the Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon, Kashmir Flycatcher, Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher, Indian Pitta, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Forest Wagtail, Sri Lanka White Eye, Trogon and the Sri Lanka Yellow-Eared Bulbul.