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    Sri Lanka

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Bird Sanctuaries in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s ideal bird-watching destinations boasting around 450 species of which about 250 are resident and 33 are endemic species. The range of forest habitats found on the island include wet evergreen forests, sub-montane forests, montane forests, intermediate forests, dry forests as well as arid scrub lands and sand dunes providing a diverse and rich eco system that flourishes in these various habitats. Sri Lanka’s location is an ideal destination for many of the 203 migrant bird-species flying over here during the colder months of the year.
The beautiful UNESCO declared world-heritage-site Sinharaja Rainforest, the rolling Horton plains National Park, the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, and many other wet-zone and dry-zone locations on the island are ideal spots for the avid bird-watcher.

Bird Watching in the Wet-Zone Forests: These beautiful and exciting wet-zone and hill forests are home to many to Sri Lanka’s endemic bird species and can be seen in these thrilling locations:

Bird Watching Destinations in the Dry Zone and Intermediate Zone: These destinations comprise a variety of land and water bodies such as scrub lands, tanks and reservoirs, lagoons, mangroves and forests in the dry and intermediate zones in Sri Lanka. These zones provide homeland to Dry Zone Elephants, and a variety of mammals, amphibians and snakes. Below is a selection of some of the more popular destinations for bird watching in these zones.

Wet-Zone Forests - Bellanwilla,Attidiya Bird Sanctuary

Trekking along the path by the Bolgoda canal that runs through the sanctuary, one can enjoy the gently flowing water and silence is broken by the splashing of a fish or a cormorant as it ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Bodhinagala Forest Reserve Ingiriya

Walking through its calm and serene paths, moist dripping greenery and lofty trees, this forest reserve is a small but beautiful lowland tropical rain forest close to Colombo and made up of ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Galway’s Land National Park and Sanctuary

Nestled in the beautiful city of Nuwara Eliya (Little England) in the cool misty climes and home to some of Sri Lanka’s finest tea estates, is this small Park and Sanctuary covering around 57 ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Horton Plains National Park

This 3,160 hectare Horton Plains National Park is located within Sri Lanka’s serene, cool highlands and stands at 2,000 meters above sea level. It is easily reached by driving about 1 ½ ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Kanneliya, Dediyagala, Nakiyadeniya (KDN) Biosphere Forest Reserve

This rich biosphere reserve is home to many species of plants, animal and insects endemic to Sri Lanka and covers 6,114 hectares. Declared a biosphere reserve in 2004 by the UNESCO, it is ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Kitulgala Kelani Valley Forest Reserve

This is a 1,155 hectare protected forest reserve that can be reached from the Colombo-Avissawella A7 road. Kitulgala, where the famous movie “A Bridge on the River Kwai” (A 1957 ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Knuckles World Heritage Wilderness Area

This is one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka. Located within the district of Kandy and Matale in central Sri Lanka, the 30,000 hectare Knuckles mountain range, has derived its name ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Labugama Kalatuwawa Forest Reserve

The Labugama-Kalatuwawa Forest Reserve covers the Udagama Kanda (mountain), home to the Udagama Village nestled on its slopes and is also home to many mammal and bird species ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Meethirigala Forest Reserve

A little 368 hectare-patch of tranquil and peaceful protected rainforest reserve called Meethirigala, can be found just an hour’s drive on the A4 from Colombo. Meethirigala has a ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Peak Wilderness Sanctuary

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 ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Sinharaja Sanctuary??

Wet-Zone Forests - Sri Jayewardenepura Sanctuary

This is a protected sanctuary of some 449 hectares filled with mangrove and waterways, home to many species of amphibians, insects and birds that are both local and migrant. Situated ....

Wet-Zone Forests - The Thalangama Tank and Marshes

These beautiful and tranquil marshes a few kilometers from Colombo city have been home and nesting spots to many species of birds such as waders and forest species as well as amphibians ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Udawattekele Sanctuary

This lush, thick forest sanctuary situated near the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) and the Royal Palace in Kandy, was declared a royal forest reserve called ‘Tahansikele’ or ....

Wet-Zone Forests - Victoria, Randenigala and the Rantambe Sanctuary

This beautiful 42,087 hectare Sanctuary is located between the Kandyan Mountains and the Knuckles mountain range is easily accessed from the historic city of Kandy. The main reason for ....

Dry Zone - Anawilundawa Sanctuary

This lush wetland comprises serene mangrove fresh-water swamplands attracting a variety of migrant and endemic water birds and is a popular location for bird and nature enthusiasts. It is ....

Dry Zone - Bundala National Park

Situated in the south-east semi-arid zone in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka, this 6,216 hectare park consists of dry thorny scrubland and lagoons while its rich bio-diversity of streams ....

Dry Zone - Chilaw Sand Spits

A sandy beach that includes lush green mangroves and a rich lagoon that can be accessed along the Colombo-Negombo-Chilaw road. This is home to many species of birds such as the rare ....

Dry Zone - Chundikulam Sanctuary

Watching the water in the Lagoon rippled by a pristine white stork as it dips its long beak into the water or a cormorant dives in for a catch, this beautiful location is an ideal spot in the North ....

Dry Zone - Gal Oya National Park

The Gal Oya National Park is found south east of Sri Lanka in the eastern and Uva provinces and is 25,900 hectares in extent. It was ideally established to protect catchments of the Senanayake ....

Dry Zone - Giant’s Tank Sanctuary

Yodha-wewa or ‘Giants Tank’, irrigating some 11,000 hectares of paddy cultivation southeast of Mannar, is one of the largest tanks in Sri Lanka, built by King Dhatusena (459 – 477) and fed by ....

Dry Zone - Kaudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park is situated about 190 km from Colombo, where the famous Kaudulla Tank which is said to have been built by the sister of King Mahasena. Declared as a National ....

Dry Zone - Kumana,Yala East National park

Kumana spans some 18,148 hectares, joining the Yala National park on the west and lies on the southeast coast of the eastern province. It is close to the famous Arugam Bay and easily ....

Dry Zone - Lunugamvehara National Park

Located in the Moneragala District of the Uva Province, The Park was established to protect elephant migration providing a corridor from the Yala National Park to the Uda Walawe ....

Dry Zone - Minneriya National Park

This beautiful area showcasing the splendor of the impressively expansive Minneriya Tank, is home to the Minneriya National Park located about 182 km from Colombo. Spanning some ....

Dry Zone - Nawadankulama Tank

Another beautiful water-body, the Nawadankulama Tank is found in Anawilundawa and is also a RAMSAR wetland which comprises nine tanks that are linked to form a distinctive system of ....

Dry Zone -Pigeon Island National Park

The beautiful Pigeon Island National Park situated about 1 km off the beautiful sands of the Nilaveli coast in the Trincomalee district. Named after its famously existent Blue Rock Pigeon a ....

Dry Zone -Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve

This 1,528 hectare Strict Nature Reserve is made up of four peaks of the Ritigala mountain range of which the highest is the ‘Ritigala Kanda’. ....

Dry Zone -Sigiriya Sanctuary

The Sigiriya Sanctuary spans some 5,099 hectares of land incorporating forests and various water bodies. An important part of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka that dates historically 7,000 ....

Dry Zone -Udawalawe National Park

Located in the Dry Zone, the park is mainly made up of grasslands and thorny scrubs. With altitudes ranging from 100 meters on the plains to about 373 meters at the crescent of Ulgala, ....

Dry Zone -Vankalai Sanctuary

This sanctuary declared a RAMSAR site in July 2010, is a 4,800 hectare wetland made up of four sections; the Puliyantivu Island, Tiruketiswaram, Pallimunai, Vankalai and the area on either ....

Dry Zone -Wasgamuwa National Park

Ideal for viewing herds of Elephants as well as Langur, Spotted Deer, Sambhur, Barking deer, Wild Boar, Crocodiles, and Water Buffalo, this park is also famous for its stunningly beautiful ....

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