Victoria Park – Nuwara Eliya

Distance from Hotel 500m
Duration of Excursion 2 to 3 hours
Time of Departure Morning 06.30am or afternoon 03.30pm

The Victoria Park is a public park located in Nuwara Eliya City center, opposite the famed Nuwara Eliya Post Office.

Originally the park was the research field of the Hakgala Botanical Garden, and was established by the planting an Oak tree by a German Princess who was visiting Nuwara Eliya. The park was later named after Queen Victoria in 1897 to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee.

It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times of the day because of the great opportunities it gives to see the elusive Indian Blue Robin, Pled Thrush or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. Kashmir Flycatcher is another attractive bird species found in the park and along with some hill country endemics such as the SL Yellow eared Bulbul, SL White Eye, SL Dull Blue Flycatcher, SL Scimitar Babbler. Even though this is a small park it has recorded more than 50 species including Endemics and Migrant Birds.

No of Pax One Additional Person
Rate P.P. 2,000/= 1,000/=

Horton Plains National Park

Distance from Hotel 32 km
Duration of Excursion 5 to 6 hours
Time of Departure Morning 05.00 am

The Horton Plains is the highest plateau in Sri Lanka, and was named as a nature reserve in December 1965, and later identified as a National Park in March 1988. This beautiful site consisting of 3159.8 hectares of grasslands and cloud forests, sits at an altitude of 1,800 to 2,300 metres above sea level.

Pied Bush Chats are one of the more conspicuous bird inhabitants but other species to look for include Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Sri Lanka Woodpigeon, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Bar-winged Flycatcher, Zitting Cisticola, Sri Lanka Bush Warbler, Brown (Philippine’) Shrike and the Hill Swallow. The rare Arrenga or Whistling Thrush is another endemic found on Horton Plains but is extremely hard to find, although one particular pool is always worth checking in the first half an hour of daylight. So, an early start would be desirable to maximize our chances of seeing this fine thrush. More than 100 birds have been recorded from the Horton Plains including 12 Endemic birds, other Resident Birds and Migratory bird.

No of Pax One Two Three Four Five Six
Rate P.P. 12,500/= 8,250/= 6,500/= 6,000/= 5,500/= 5,000/=

Hakgala Botanical Gardens

Distance from Hotel 9 km
Duration of Excursion 3 to 4 hours
Time of Departure Morning 0730am or afternoon 0300pm

Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 9 km from Nuwara Eliya. The garden has a cool temperate climate because of its altitude of 5,400 feet and the mean annual temperature ranges between 12°C to 25°C. December to February is generally cold, while the warm climate persists from April to August.

The Gardens established in 1861 as an experimental cultivation of Cinchona, which was a hugely successful commercial crop at the time. Once Tea replaced the Cinchona, it was turned into an experimental Tea cultivation. In 1884 it transformed to a botanical garden and since then many sub tropical and some temperate plants have been planted in the gardens.

Hakgala Gardens is a renowned bird watching site for hill country birds, as the garden is adjacent to the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. A wide array of bird species, including endemics, migrants and some rare species can be sighted in this Garden. Some highlighted species are the Greater Flame back, SL Wood Pigeon, Black throated Munia, Black Bulbul, Velvet Fronted Nuthatch, SL Dull Blue Flycatcher, Grey Headed Flycatcher, Kashmir Flycatcher, Indian Blue Robin, Green Warbler, SL White Eye, and the SL Jungle fowl

No of Pax One Two Three Four Five Six
Rate P.P. 6,500/= 4,500/= 7,750/= 3,500/= 3,250/= 3,000/=

Galways Land National Park

Distance from Hotel 2.5 km
Duration of Excursion 3 to 4 hours
Time of Departure Morning 0630am or afternoon 0300pm

Galway’s Land National Park is a small national park situated within the city limits of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka. Having been declared as a wildlife sanctuary on 27 May 1938, the Galway’s Land was elevated to the national park status on 18 May 2006. The park was declared to conserve the montane ecosystem. Galway’s Land harbors about 50 birds including migrant, endemic and resident species. Apart from the avifauna, the park has valuable floral species of both native and foreign origin, including an array of exotic orchids.

Some of the Bird species found in Galway’s Land are SL White eye, SL Dull Blue Flycatcher, SL Yellow Eared Bulbul, SL Bush Warbler, SL Scimitar Babbler, and the Dark fronted Babbler

No of Pax One Two Three Four Five Six
Rate P.P. 6,500/= 4,000/= 3,500/= 3,500/= 3,000/= 3,000/=

Bomburuella Forest Reserve

Distance from Hotel 4 km
Duration of Excursion 3 to 4 hours
Time of Departure Morning 0630am or afternoon 0300pm

This beautiful lake created by blocking the Uma Oya at a point in the thick jungle of Bomburuella is reached via a footpath through the jungle, off the Nuwara Eliya Kandapola highway. Due to the isolation from all vehicular traffic, the bird-watching sanctuary has unique serenity. The nature lover can be sure to observe many species of birds and mammals in this sanctuary, in a very relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.

The track will take you through a virgin jungle and is approximately 4km in distance. The track is rich in fauna and flora. Even the most experienced nature watcher will be pleasantly surprised by the diversity wild life and vegetation of this site.

On certain days, as much as 10 species of birds in a flock can be observed in this forest reserve.
SL Wood Pigeon, Kashmir Flycatcher, SL Dull Blue Flycatcher, Indian Pitta, SL Bush Warbler, Forest Wagtail, SL White Eye, Trogon, SL Yellow eared Bulbul, are some of the commonly reported birds at Bomburuella.

No of Pax One Two Three Four Five Six
Rate P.P. 6,500/= 4,000/= 3,500/= 3,500/= 3,000/= 3,000/=