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.
- Arrival time will be 6.30 A.M at Kitulgala.
- Brief description of the trail and the forest reserve
- Starting the bird watching tour at 6.45 A.M.
- Rest stops within every 1 K.M.
- Photography sessions
- Reaching the trail head by 11.30 A.M
Our rate includes
- Entrance tickets.
- Experienced naturalist(s). (For 8 and above we provide 2 naturalists)
- Refreshments with energy slabs.
Duration: 6 Hours
Season: All year
Personal effects for warm/windy/rainy conditions should be carried by clients. Wearing leech socks will be ideal to prevent the leech bite.