Take this urban Birding trip through Colombo & meet some of the most colorful birds in Sri Lanka. See how they’ve adapted to the urban lifestyle- you don’t have to go off the beaten track or into remote wilderness to spot the avian beauties.
5.45 AM- Welcome to the Rustic Chic where your urban birding begins. Have a hot cup of tea or coffee and get yourself refreshed while our expert tourist guide brief you about the tour.
6.00 AM- Take a walk on the trail, where there is a high chance of seeing few species of birds on our way itself without any binocular or telescope. It is about a 3 kilometer stretch around our early morning birding site which is a perfect paradise for tanagers where we have a good chance to see most colorful birds in Colombo like Purple Swamphen, Blue tailed Bee eater, Black hooded Oriole and Peasant tailed Jacana.
8.00 AM- Walk at a small marshy land which is habitat to quite a few native and migrant birds. Here, be dazzled by an impressive show of Purple heron at the reed bed as it feeds on a variety of aquatic animals while black headed Ibis covered to Asian open bills. Listen to the bird songs while getting refreshed with our packed breakfast.
8.30 AM- Get to the prolific wetland area in Colombo in search of an assortment of tropical flora & fauna as well as aquatic birds who are busy catching worms, flies and insects. Birding can be very productive here and you may look for few endemics such as Sri Lankan green pigeon, Sri Lankan barbet, greater Sri Lankan flame back, Ceylon hanging parrot.
Meet the great photographing challenge on encountering the pied kingfisher, as you're never sure from where or when the bird is going to dive in.
10.15 AM- Head back, after the photographic birding & eco walk of nearly 4 hours.
The urban night wildlife safari was an unforgettable experience for us, thank you very much for the memorable tour. The tour has been organised professionally and efficiently by selecting right locations on right time. Our tour guide, Nim always explained valuable things and shared information about nocturnal animals with us. We never tired during the visit but surprised to see such a range of wild animals in the middle of a capital city.
We had a pre -booked full day tour. We dropped few mails & He was high responsive to the mails. we could learn the evaluation of the city, colonial architecture, traditional paintings,museum. most fascinating part is evening rituals of the devotees & way of life of city -dwellers & street foods. Nim brought us to better restaurant to see the sunset & take photographs. they extremely knowledgeable of Sri Lanka. We learned so much.Thank you!!
For me, it was a struggle to distinguish the different south Asian Cuisines, until I took this activity. There wasn’t any part of the activity that wasn’t full of fun and educational. The guide (Nim) is priceless. He and the chef explained the how comprehensive Sri Lankan cooking artistry is. Would love to do it again and stay in their Villa once more….
I stayed in Villa Ivy Crest for 3 nights and it was an awesome time. they served us really well from the check-in it self and their food is the best food we had during our stay in Sri Lanka. they have several different tours and we took the cooking tour which was one of the best experiences in my travelling life. It was a well planned tour and we got the opportunity to engage from the very beginning of shopping vegetables and other items to cooking. Going to local market and buying the things we wanted to eat ourselves was an unique experience as we were able to get close to the local culture. How they select the better one of each item is something very interesting. After the shopping tour their chef got us involved in every step of cooking; cleaning the vegetables, chopping them, preparing spices, etc. Of course they take relatively a longer time than us Europeans to prepare a meal but you will never regret the time you spent if you taste their food. I believe coconut milk is the secret behind their mouthwatering food. If you want to experience the local culture to the maximum you MUST take their cooking tour