Bird Watching in Sri Lanka

The green bee-eater is a common sight in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park. This energetic bird is easily identifiable by its beautiful green, blue, and orange plumage. At Yala, they have been observed to have adopted the somewhat unusual survival strategy of following Safari Jeeps, as the engine noise and vibrations cause insects (bees, dragonflies, flies, and others) hiding in trees to fly, making an easy meal for these intelligent birds.

The Green Bee-eater is a very common sight in the Yala National Park.
However, do you think that the above behavior is unique to Yala?

The Sri Lankan Sloth Bear

Did you know that a Sloth Bear’s lips are among the most interesting and most distinguishable parts of its anatomy, and are specially adapted for efficiently eating ants and termites? Its muzzle can vary in colour from dirty white to grey, with protruding lips and nostrils that can be closed at will. Its lack of facial hair protects it from the corrosive sticky secretions of threatened termites.

The Sloth Bear is an excellent tree-climber. Do you think it climbs trees for protection or for something else?

Wilpattu National Park Safari

Did you know that the Brown Fish-Owl is the most common species of Owl in Sri Lanka? Although this large owl is named after its fish-based diet, it is also known to eat frogs, crabs, and other small aquatic creatures. Its talons are specially adapted to catch live fish from running water, and to see one of them fishing is a spectacular sight indeed!

Do you think the Brown Fish-Owl’s colour helps it blend in with tree trunks, or if it’s just there to keep it warm?

Udawalawe National Park Safari

Breakfast at Mahoora Udawalawe is a surreal and intense experience, with a spectacular 180° view of the Park!

The Mahoora Tented Safari campsite is located in a thicket on the eastern boundary of the Udawalawe National Park, surrounded by lush forest. The location was carefully hand-picked to avoid any disturbances caused by civilisation (as in the south and west boundaries of the park) to give you the most immersive natural wilderness experience. Tents are well-spread out to ensure privacy.
Our guests get to experience a feeling of what it would be to live inside this national park, as the campsite is located just outside the boundary. Wildlife encounters are not uncommon within the campsite, and if you are really lucky, you might even get a visit from an elephant.

Udawalawe National Park Safari

The Mahoora tented safari campsite at Udawalawe offers a unique experience to all adventurers who have just finished an evening safari expedition. Not far from the campsite is a vantage point where you can take in an amazing view of the sunset over the Udawalawe National Park.

What Mahoora adds to this experience is luxury and high comfort where you least expect it. You can recline on an ultra-comfy beanbag chair on top of a 30 foot rock, with a delicious tropical cocktail in your hand while watching the sunset with other members of your group.

What other way to relax after a long safari adventure than that?