Hop in to Makandawa forest reserve and enjoy a bird watching tour in the jungle surrounded by Kaleni River and explore the little mountain village and the Belilena Cave on a paddling excursion. Kitulgala is one of the best places to experience the different aspect of nature. You will discover some of the lowland endemic species of birds, enjoy lunch by the Keleni river, explore Belilena Cave where evidence of prehistoric human presence was recorded and experience the sceneries and the local village lifestyle during this full day tour.
On completion of the Bird watching tour, you will be taken to Plantation Hotel for your buffet lunch by the river.
After lunch, you can do a cycling tour to Belilena cave which is a great way to experience the sceneries and the local village lifestyles.
You will end the cycling tour at Plantation Hotel.
When the tour is progressed, you will discover mammal species like Grizzled Indian Squirrel, Layard’s Striped Squirrel and the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey. The streams hold endemic fish and many species of amphibians. The Earless Lizard, Kangaroo Lizard and the Hump-nosed Lizard are among the reptile species and are frequently seen in the foliage along the Kelani River.
You will cycle through narrow paths passing rubber plantation, jungle vegetation, and beautiful mountains to reach the Belilena Cave which is located up a steep path on a hillside close to the town of Kithulgala.
Visit Belilena Cave. The Cave’s damp and dark depths are famed for the thousands of bats which have taken up residence in the cave’s cool interior, and they flit about seemingly haphazardly, in the discomforting beam of your torchlight. Colorful butterflies can be seen dancing around the entrance to the cave. Fossils believed to be approximately 32,000 years old have been found inside the cave during the recent archaeological excavations.
You will be picked up from Plantation hotel and transferred by Tuk Tuk to do a bird watching tour at Makandawa forest reserve which is home to many of Sri Lanka’s endemic fauna & flora.
The unique experience of visiting this Kitulgala forest reserve is the boat trip across the river. Most of the lowland endemic species of birds including the Green-bill Coucal, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Red-faced Mal koha, Sri Lanka Spot-winged Thrush, Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Ceylon Jungle fowl and Yellow-fronted Barbet can be seen in this forest.