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Nuwara Eliya was once a popular British hill station and is now a quaint and charming resort town full of somewhat incongruous English-style houses and Victorian architecture.

Thanks to lower temperatures, birdlife is startlingly different; a number of interesting species include two endemics: the handsome yellow-eared bulbul and Sri Lanka hill white-eye. Other residents include pied thrushes, Indian pitta, Indian blue robin, Blyth’s reed warbler and Kashmir flycatcher. Highlights of the area include Hakgala Gardens, Victoria Park, Galway Reserve and Horton Plains.

Horton Plains supports grasslands and dense montane cloud forest. In addition to characteristic flora, a cool and bracing climate plays host to colourful butterflies, wild orchids and almost all of the country’s endemics. Highlights include Sri Lanka blue magpie, dull-blue flycatcher, Sri Lanka junglefowl, whistling thrush, Sri Lanka wood pigeon, Ceylon hill munia, orange-billed babbler, pied bush chat and zitting cisticola. Also present are wild boar, sambar deer, and giant squirrel.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: sambar, leopard, purple-faced langur, scaly thrush, Sri Lanka hill white-eye
  • Where: Central Province, Sri Lanka

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location 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
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Galway Forest Lodge

This lodge is a pleasant hideaway, in a quiet location surrounded by tea plantations, beside the Forest Lodge Nature Reserve – a fantastic location for birders and nature enthusiasts. Its 52 rooms each have en suite bathroom, and the communal areas ooze charm and homely hospitality.