Bird watching and trekking in Kitulgala

Makandawa Forest Reserve is extremely significant because it’s connecting with the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. This makes the only remaining altitudinal graded rainforests in the country. The forest reserve with its rain forest habitat, similar to the Sinharaja forest reserve home to many endemic birds and resident breeders. Makandawa Forest Reserve is home to 54 bird species.

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  • What's included :
    • Entrance tickets.
    • Experienced naturalist(s). (For 8 and above we provide 2 naturalists)
    • Refreshments with energy slabs.
    • Photography sessions.
    • Entry/Admission - Makandawa Forest Reserve
    What's excluded :
    • Any transportation up to the trail head at Kitulgala forest reserve trailhead..
    • Any additional beverages or food, would ordered extra.
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Makandawa Forest Reserve, Yatiyantota D.S, Kithulgala South GS division, Kitulgala Sri Lanka

    The Makandawa Forest Reserve in Kitulgala (195 Ha) was established to protect the watershed
    of the Kelani River and is home to many of Sri Lanka’s endemic fauna & flora. This area is also
    famous for its adventure activities including rafting on Grade 3 and 4 rapids down the Kelani
    River and jungle treks or mountain bike rides through jungle-clad hills and plantations growing
    low-country tea and rubber. The breathtaking scenery here was used for the filming of the
    Oscar-winning classic `The Bridge over the River Kwai’ by David Lean. The unique experience of
    visiting this Kitulgala forest reserve is the boat trip across the river.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.

    Duration: 5 hours

    Pass By: Makandawa Forest Reserve, Yatiyantota D.S, Kithulgala South GS division, Kitulgala Sri Lanka

    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.

  • Departure Point :
    Makandawa Conservation Center (Makandawa Forest), Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    6:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Personal effects for warm/windy/rainy conditions should be carried by clients. Wearing leech socks will be ideal to prevent the leech bite.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Kurumba DMC

Activity ID: V-227066P92

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