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Explore Udawatte Kele Sanctuary with Private and Guided Bird Watching and Trekking

7JXR+HX Kandy, Sri Lanka

Activity provided by Lakpura LLC

5 hours (approx.) - English

Lakpura LLC

Step into a different world ruled by the jungle. Hike through trails underlaid with the stone that were once pretty little avenues in colorful green pleasure gardens, centuries ago. Sight rare and endemic bird species. (SKU: LK75030000)

Highlights
  • Explore the ancient forests of Kandy
  • Sight rare and endemic bird species
  • Identify a number of orchids and other species of plants
  • Visit ancient dwellings used by monks
  • Services of a Professional Bird Guide
Description
The 4-hour Udawattekele Forest Reserve Hike is a unique experience that will take you through the ancient forests of Kandy. Step into a different world, ruled by the jungle, and explore trails underlaid with stone that were once pretty little avenues in colorful green pleasure gardens, centuries ago. Your tour will start at 6:30 am from the entrance of Udawattakele Sanctuary. After getting the tickets, your naturalist guide will take you on an interesting trail through the forest. You will be stopping periodically to rest and refresh yourselves. The 104 hectare Udawattekele Forest Reserve has an interesting history behind it. Historical records state that the caves within the forest were used by monks as dwellings for millennia. Your naturalist might take you for a visit to some of these dwellings. During the Kandyan kingdom, the forest was beautifully maintained with wide avenues for taking walks and was used as a pleasure garden reserved for the Royal Family. As such, the forest was forbidden for all except these family members and those who received a special invitation from them. As you go deeper, you will find much rare flora and fauna, especially a large number of birds. A survey in 2013 identified 58 tree species, 61 shrubs and small trees, 31 indigenous herbs - of which 12 are orchids, and 57 types of lianas, creepers, and vines; many of which are endemic. Amongst the fauna is 80 birds; including endemic birds such as Layard's parakeet, Yellow-fronted barbet, and the Brown-capped babbler and rare birds such as the three-toed kingfisher. There are also several mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies that you may see. Your naturalist will help you identify them and explain their specific characteristics. The hike through the forest will have you returning back to the entrance by approximately 11:30 am completing your tour. The tour includes the services of an English-speaking experienced naturalist, entrance tickets, and refreshments with energy slabs. However, it does not include hotel pickup and drop-off, any transportation up to the trailhead at Udawatte Kele, any additional beverages or food, gratuities, and expenses of personal nature. So, if you are looking for an opportunity to explore the mysterious aura of this dense patch of the forest right in the middle of the urban landscape, then this 4-hour Udawattekele Forest Reserve Hike is the perfect experience for you.
Itinerary

-Hike through trails underlaid with stone
-Sight rare and endemic bird species
-Come upon ancient ruins of dwellings used by monks
-Identify a number of orchids and other species of plants
-Sense the mysterious aura of this dense patch of the forest
-Starting the tour at 6:30 am from the entrance of Udawattakele Sanctuary
-Visit to some of the dwellings used by monks
-Stone walkways with names like Lady McCarthy’s Drive, Lady Torrington’s Road, Lady Gordon’s Road, Russell Path, and Byrde Lane
-Large number of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies
-Returning back to the entrance by 11:30 am
-Service of an English-speaking experienced naturalist
-Entrance tickets
-Refreshments with energy slabs

Starting Location
7JXR+HX Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Itineraries are subject to change.