Lakpura Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Sigiriya Birdwatching Hike
About The Sigiriya Birdwatching Hike
This tour gives you the unique opportunity to go birding in the dense forests of Sigiriya. Hike through the historic countryside that forms the Sigiriya Sanctuary. Watch the colorful plumages of various bird species deep in the heart of the forest. Catch glimpses of the other wildlife that inhabit the area. Have a picnic breakfast surrounded by nature.
- Birding in Sigiriya Sanctuary, complete with a nature guide
- Picnic breakfast in the jungle
- Birding Guide
- Refreshments and snack
Your two hour hike will begin early in the morning at 6:00 am in front of the Sigiriya rock. You will take a trail that will lead you through the forests that border the lake. A naturalist will also be accompanying you
The Sigiriya forest is ancient and has a high biodiversity despite the human populations nearby. The many water tanks created by King Kasyappa for his kingdom has assisted in keeping the eco system balanced with lush greenery and good watering holes for the wildlife. A major portion of the wildlife i the sanctuary are birds, both endemic and migratory; though other mammals such as elephants, reptiles and such also make their home here. Hence, it was declared a Protected Forest Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary recently.
You will be passing through thick vegetation which may be difficult to travel. However, while watching closely within the foliage you may be able to the birds hidden there or their nests. You will be able to get more information on the identification and their habits from your nature guide. He will also be able to identify and point out the location of some birds based on their calls.
Here is a list of the noteworthy bird species that you may get to see:
- Shaheen (a species of Peregrine)
- Grey-bellied Cuckoo
- ‘Square- tailed’ Drongo-cuckoo
- Indian Cuckoo
- Crested Treeswift
- Stork-billed Kingfisher
- Coppersmith Barbet
- Indian Pitta
- Ceylon Woodshrike
- Large Cuckooshrike
- Black-headed Cuckooshrike
- Asian Paradise Flycatcher
- Ceylon Grey Hornbill
- Malabar Pied Hornbill
- Ceylon Small Barbet
- White- browed Fantail
- Tawny-bellied Babbler
- Orange-headed Thrush
- Jungle Prinia
- White-rumped Shama
- Purple Sunbird
- Thick-billed Flowerpecker
- Greater Racket-tailed Drongo.
Along the way you will stop in a clearing for breakfast. The meal will consist of traditional Sri Lankan food with tea or coffee. After the meal you will coninue the hike. You will finish your excursion at 8:00 am, back at your starting point.