This is a picture-perfect, beautiful range of lush forest valleys and peaks that range from 700 – 1,500 meters in height. The Peak Wilderness declared in 1940 as a sanctuary, is 22,379 hectares in extent. It was also declared a World Heritage Wilderness Area in 2010 owing to its rich biological and ecological diversity. Throughout this beautiful sanctuary, many species of birds can be seen which vary according to the types of forest and height of the peaks starting from a wet evergreen forest up to montane cloud forest cover.
Birds that can be seen here:
Ceylon Grey Hornbill, Ceylon Crested Drongo, Ceylon Spur fowl, Ceylon Green Pigeon, Ceylon Jungle Fowl, Ceylon Trogon, Ceylon Blue Magpie, Ceylon Rufus Babbler, Ashy Headed Laughing Thrush, Layard’s Parakeet, Black Eagle, Mountain Hawk Eagle, Orange Minivet, Green-billed Coucal, and many other species. Most of these species can be seen in the lower elevations of the sanctuary.
In addition, the Ceylon Whistling Thrush, Ceylon Wood Pigeon, Ceylon Hill White Eye, Ceylon Black Bird, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Grey-headed Flycatcher, Scaly Thrush, Mountain Hawk Eagle, and the Yellow-eared Bul Bul, are some of the species that can be seen in the higher elevations of the sanctuary.
Getting to this sanctuary from Colombo takes around four hours via Avissawella, Kitulgala, Norton Bridge, and Nallathaniya, into the Peak Wilderness.