Sri Lanka: Jewel of the Indian Ocean November 2022

It would be difficult to think of a more perfect destination for birders to escape the winter blues than the warm, beautiful and tropical island of Sri Lanka and Limosa’s long-running birdwatching tour now feature an improved itinerary giving us a great chance of seeing all of the 30+ endemic birds whilst staying at some very comfortable accommodation as we travel around this island nation.


With the help of our expert local naturalist, we will again hope to find everything from the comical Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot through to Sri Lanka Junglefowl and the gorgeous Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Indeed, if we are extremely fortunate, we may even see the rare and recently described Serendib Scops Owl tucked away at its daytime roost.


A visit to Sri Lanka is even more special during Europe’s late autumn and winter months, not just for the opportunity to enjoy some sunshine and warmth but because this gorgeous island is then a winter retreat for large numbers of birds from further North in Asia. As a result, we hope to find the likes of Pin-tailed Snipe, Blyth’s Reed and Green Warblers, Kashmir Flycatcher, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Indian Pitta and the incredible Pied Thrush. Our bird list should also include species which are restricted to Southern India and Sri Lanka such as Malabar Trogon, Indian Pitta and Sri Lanka Frogmouth.


Although the main focus of our tour is birds, we could also encounter some fine mammals including Asian Elephant, Leopard, Sri Lankan Giant Squirrel and even Sloth Bear and with Limosa’s David Walsh as your guide, we are sure there will be opportunities to enjoy the dragonflies and butterflies of this island paradise. There are 24 endemic butterflies, and we should encounter several of these, perhaps including impressive Sri Lanka Birdwing, Ceylon Rose and Ceylon Tree Nymph.


Sri Lanka is not only a very beautiful country but, in general, it has an excellent tourist infrastructure allowing travelling birdwatchers to explore prime habitats whilst, in the main, staying at good hotels. Our improved itinerary for 2022 brings a significant reduction in the amount of time spent travelling and includes a number of upgrades in the accommodation we have selected.


Limosa has been running birdwatching trips to Sri Lanka for over 20 years and we hope to find upwards of 200 species on our tour, so what could be better than spending a fortnight in tropical Sri Lanka, getting to know the birdlife of one of the world’s most enchanting islands.

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