Thousands of migrant birds arrive in Sri Lanka, making the Mannar region including Vankalai their first stop in the island. Similarly when leaving the country, at the end of the season, the birds use Vankalai as their last staging point. Many birds including the very rare migrants the Spot-billed Duck, the Comb Duck and the Gadwall; the rare migrant Long-toed Stint and the uncommon migrants the Peregrine Falcon, the Common-ringed Plover, Temminck’s Stint and the Red-necked Phalarope have been spotted in Vankalai.
Partly-wetland Vankalai declared bird sanctuary is situated between Mannar island and mainland. This wetland comprises a few small islands and strips of mainland and island of Mannar. Altogether bird sanctuary covers more than 4,800 hectares. It consists of arid-zone thorn scrubland and pastures, waterholes and tanks, sand dunes, mangroves, salt marshes, lagoons and seagrass beds and maritime grasslands.
Mannar is on of the few places you can see Baobab trees which was introduced centuries ago by Arab traders. Accommodation is arranged at a fine guest house with breakfast.
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Terms and conditions
Booking : Book online, call us or drop us an email.
Price : The price may slightly go up or down at the time of booking.
Payment : Full payment is settled prior starting the tour/excursion.
Days of the tour or the hours of excursion : The tour or the excursion is completed within mentioned time.
Per hour vehicle detention fee : 3 USD - Tuk Tuk / 5 USD Standard car & van
Weather : If weather conditions are unfavourable activities will be adjusted accordingly.
Today's Marine Forecast : Sri Lanka Department of Meteorology / Buoyweather
Transportation to a destination : Click Here to reserve with an excursion.
Refund : Refund will be determined after reducing third party's and our costs.
About this birding tour
Best season : December - January
Available : Daily
Arranging time needed : 1 day
Hottest month : March & April (33 C°)
Best time of the day to start : Early mornings or early afternoons
Starting point : Anuradhapura & Jaffna - Select transportation
Starting time : 2 PM
Finishing time : 2 PM Next day
Transportation : As you selected above
Restrictions : Do not touch corals please / Be a responsible and ethical snorkeler and diver / No flash photography of ancient paintings / Cover your knees and shoulders before enter any temple. / Do not leave plastics behind. Please do not feed wild animals.
Basic price includes : Transport from and to Anuradhapura or Jaffna / Accommodation at a fine guesthouse with Air conditioning & breakfast / Friendly professional local guide / All Gov taxes.
Not included : Water / Snacks & Lunch
Extra : A binocular can be provided at request with a charge of 7 USD
Child price : Aged 6 - 12 is considered a child / Aged 0 - 6 is free of charge.
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Optional : A well-spoken local animal expert / historian could be arranged with an additional fee.
You may bring : Water / Hat and sun glass / Sun cream / Camera