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Standing at the road-end just a few minutes’ drive from the park offices, Blue Magpie Lodge has 12 simple but comfortable rooms with verandah, fan and en suite bathroom with hot water.

Birders will enjoy the opportunity to see more than 20 endemic species in the surrounding forest – particularly in the early morning. The huge virgin forest reserve of Sinharaja - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and international Biosphere Reserve - is home to a remarkable variety of endemic species, and the local guides and park wardens are extremely knowledgeable.

The restaurant serves first class Sri Lankan food and the nearby river is a perfect spot for a refreshing dip after a forest trek. 

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Highlights

Wildlife enthusiasts! Immerse yourself completely in the stunning scenery of a variety of national parks and the heritage sites of this beautiful country. This itinerary takes in several parks, where you can spot leopard, elephant and a myriad of bird species, including some endemics.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2.595 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is Sri Lanka’s only primary lowland tropical rainforest and is a treasure trove of nature. Its rolling terrain and series of ridges and valleys provide a diversity of habitats and a vast repository of endemic tree species, as well as being one of only a few homes to the blue-faced leaf monkey.

  • Where: Sabaragamuwa & Southern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: crested serpent eagle, purple-faced langur, green pit viper, orange-billed babbler, red-faced malkoha
  • Excellent for: Birdwatching