Wild Sri Lanka with Ornithologist Pepper Trail

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  • CO2 neutral
  • Wildlife safaris and game drives
  • Wildlife
  • Marine wildlife
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  • duration 10 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
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  • Starts Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ends Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • +6
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  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date prior to 30 days of departure.
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  • Private whale watching from a chartered boat
The tour "Wild Sri Lanka With Ornithologist Pepper Trail " starts and ends in Colombo. It is a wildlife tour that takes 10 days taking you through Galle, Colombo, Ahangama and 5 other destinations in Sri Lanka. "Wild Sri Lanka With Ornithologist Pepper Trail " is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Voyage to one of the finest areas for bird and wildlife viewing in the Indian Subcontinent on this eco-adventure through Sri Lanka, the “Teardrop of India,” led by renowned ornithologist, bird detective and global adventurer Pepper Trail.  The wide range of environments found in this compact tropical island results in a rich diversity normally only found across a whole continent, resulting in a birdwatcher’s dream. Pepper earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University, has carried out field work on bird behavior and conservation across the globe, and when not leading trips for museums and groups such as the Smithsonian, is the USA’s only forensic ornithologist.   Thrilling leopard treks in Yala, eco-safaris in the elephant capital of Udawalawe, bird-filled walks in the untouched rainforest of Sinharaja, blue whale watching in the Indian Ocean and pilgrimages to ancient sites are just some of the highlights of this action-packed journey. Along the way, we will enjoy UNESCO sites, boat cruises, fresh seafood, aromatic curries, colorful bazaars, talented artisans, visits to sustainable community projects, and, yes, time for relaxation at world-class tropical beaches.  Ornithologist Pepper Trail[[{"fid":"265826","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default"},"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"default"}},"attributes":{"height":"261","width":"348","class":"media-element file-default","data-delta":"1"}}]]Pepper grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, on a wonderfully dilapidated 100-acre farm. A family trip to Mexico when he was 12 instilled a lifelong love of travel, which has taken him to all seven continents and across the oceans of the world. He earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University for his field study of the mating behavior of the spectacular Guianan cock-of-the-rock in Suriname, and he's since carried out field work on bird behavior and conservation in the Caribbean, Panama, Polynesia, and Vietnam. A Fellow of the American Ornithological Society, Pepper lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he works at the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory. As the nation’s only forensic ornithologist, he is responsible for identifying all bird remains submitted in investigations of federal wildlife crimes and testifies as an expert witness in courts around the US. Pepper much prefers living birds, however, and his enthusiasm and sense of humor give birders and non-birders alike a new appreciation for the wonders of the avian world.
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  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 16 2017
5 - Excellent
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“Absolutely excellent trip, beautiful surrounding, amazing people and a challenge to remember!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 16 2017
4 - Very Good
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
“A great vacation, exactly like I had expected it to be from the travel schedule provided by Exodus. Camping on various islands close to elephants, hippos and crocs under the stars was just the best. No additional luxuries needed!!”
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 21 2015
5 - Excellent
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
“A fantastic trip, with a good variety of activities. The hotel was lovely, homely and had amazing views. All activities were carried out with a view to safety but were always enjoyable and challenging.”
  • Day 1: Start Colombo Airport; transfer to Ahangama beach hotel.
  • Day 2: Morning private whale watching excursion; afternoon visit Galle Fort.
  • Day 3: Transfer to Sinharaja Rainforest; afternoon walk.
  • Day 4: Full day to discover Sinharaja Rainforest.
  • Day 5: To Udawalawe; afternoon game drive in Udawalawe N.P.
  • Day 6: Morning game drive in Udawalawe N.P.; visit Elephant Transit Home at feeding time.
  • Day 7: Transfer to Tissamaharama; afternoon game drive in Yala N.P.
  • Day 8: Morning game drive in Yala N.P.; to Dickwella.
  • Day 9: Relax by the beach in Dickwella; optional whale watching excursion.
  • Day 10: To Colombo; end Colombo Airport.
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 9 dinners included
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Special Guide & Tour leader throughout
  • Any international flights to/from Colombo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Wild Sri Lanka with Ornithologist Pepper Trail tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Wild Sri Lanka with Ornithologist Pepper Trail tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 31 March 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 31 March 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Wild Sri Lanka with Ornithologist Pepper Trail tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Wild Sri Lanka with Ornithologist Pepper Trail tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
  • Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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