Bird Watching at Udawattekele Forest

What is there to see?

Near the Dalada Maligawa, there is a patch of rainforest, called Udawattakele, that historically provided protected to the Maligawa. This patch of rainforest, rich in species, has not only provided protection but also received it from historical times. The extent of this forest is about 257 acres and is located behind the most sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa towards North-west direction. Udawattakele plays a very vital role in controlling the pollution of the highly populated city of Kandy. It supports many species of endemic plants and animals, and a 200-300 year old giant endemic liana called “Pus Wela” enhances the natural beauty and value of the forest. Toque monkeys, Porcupines, Mouse Deer, birds and butterflies are very common in this forest.

There are also a few important places located within Udawattakele such as Garrison Cemetery, Senkanda Cave, Buddhist Temples and Hermitages, the Pond and the Lovers Walk.

You may see the beautiful black hooded Orioles and the Black eagle the largest predatory bird of mountains in Sri Lanka – and the Pale-billed Flower Pecker, the smallest bird in the island. During the migratory season, you will see winter visitors such as Wagtails, Flycatchers and Shrikes. The Track outside the hotel takes you to across a wide range of habitats: village gardens, forest patches and open grasslands, so that you see many species of birds.

DISTANCE: 01km from hotel
DURATION: 15 minute drive or can walk
Trip commencing at 7.00 am
COST: 30 US $ up to two persons, 10 US $ per additional person
WHAT IS INCLUDED? Transport to and back accompanied by a resident naturalist, bottle of water, and picnic breakfast on request
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED? Extra snacks, tips, Extra expenditure
WHAT TO WEAR/WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable footwear, clothes suited for visiting a religious temple (long skirts and trousers are appropriate), hat, note pad, binoculars, camera
Decent attire –