Birdwatching Trek in Kitulgala Forest (Private 2-hour trek)
Second only to Sinharaja Rainforest, the Kitulgala forest reserve is an ideal rainforest habitat to spot most of the lowland endemic species of birds.
- Low-land endemic bird species
- Mammals such as Purple-faced Leaf Monkey
- Reptiles such as Hump-nosed Lizards
- Service of an experienced, English-speaking naturalist.
- Entrance tickets (Kitulgala Forest Reserve)
- All Taxes & Service Charges
- Hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Any transportation up to the trail head at Kitulgala Forest Reserve
- Food and Beverages (where not specified)
- Gratuities (Optional).
- Expenses of personal nature.
What to Expect
Second, to Sinharaja, the Kitulgala forest reserve would be the ideal rainforest habitat to spot most of the lowland endemic species of birds including the Green-bill Coucal, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Red-faced Mal koha, Sri Lanka Spot-winged Thrush, Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Ceylon Jungle fowl and Yellow-fronted Barbet. The newly discovered Serendip Scoops Owl was also first heard in this forest. Plenty of insect repellent and anti-leech socks, if you have a pair, are useful to wear when entering the forest.
Mammal species found here include the Grizzled Indian Squirrel, Layard’s Striped Squirrel, and the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey. The streams hold endemic fish and many species of amphibians. The Earless Lizard, Kangaroo Lizard, and the Hump-nosed Lizard are among the reptile species and are frequently seen in the foliage along the Kelani River.
- 6:30 AM - Arrival to the trail-head of Kitulgala Forest Reserve
- 6:30 AM - 6:45 AM - Meet and Greet, Brief description of the trail and forest reserve
- 6:45 AM - Starting the bird watching tour and trek
- 11:30 AM - Returning to trail-head
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour.
- Rest-stops within every 1 KM
- Photography stops along the trail