17 Dec 2019
The Paradise Resorts & Spa, the Browns Group hotel in Dambulla now offers guided birding trails for its discerning guests. The hotel enjoys a peaceful and beautiful setting in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, and its surrounding area is a paradise for birds. In order to enhance the blissful experience offered by The Paradise Resorts & Spa, guests will be treated to especially curated birding tours to spot a wonderful array of avian species.
The rich environs around The Paradise Resorts & Spa is a stamping and roosting ground for a host of birds, especially migratory birds. The hotel offers three exclusive birding tours designed by Sri Lanka’s renowned Ornithological Tour Guide, Upali Ekanayake, who has conducted extensive research on birdlife and authored many scientific publications. He has developed these unique birding trails for the guests staying at The Paradise Resorts & Spa, after conducting extensive observation sessions. Accordingly, the adjoining “Kaludiyapokuna Forest Reserve” plays a nurturing host to over 90 species of birds—endemic, residential and migratory.
Brown-capped Babbler, Sri Lanka Green Pigeon, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Sri Lanka Wood Shrike, Blue-faced Malkoha, Orange-breasted Green Pigeon, White-browed Fantail Flycatcher and Sri Lanka Swallow are some of the endemic species guests can witness during their birding tours. Within this tranquil environment, birdwatches can keep a look out for migratory bird species such as Orange-headed Ground Thrush, Indian Paradise Flycatcher, Bran Swallow, Green Leaf Wrabler, Asian Brown Flycatcher and Indian Pond Heron. Bird enthusiasts can also observe a vast array of resident birds including Painted Stork, Great Cormorant, Crested Hawk Eagle and Alexandrine Parakeet. The area is also home to various species of raptors such as White-bellied Sea Eagle, Black Eagle, Crested Hawk and Crested Serpent Eagle.
Commenting on the birding tours offered by The Paradise Resorts & Spa, Kithsiri Gunawardena, Chairman/Director, Green Paradise (Pvt) Ltd. said, “Lying at the foothills of a looming mountain range in Dambulla, The Paradise Resorts & Spa is an ideal destination for the bird enthusiast. The lush tropical vegetation as well as the surrounding water bodies including the Kandalama Lake, create a thriving environment for many bird species. Therefore, the visitors can observe a diverse range of birds during their birding tours, which makes the experience all the more interesting.” An avid birder, Kithsiri Gunawardena is also a joint Secretary of the Ceylon Bird Club.
The Paradise Resorts & Spa in Dambulla is a lavish fusion of local heritage and modern comfort as it is enchantingly positioned deep in the heart of the nation’s cultural triangle. From the iconic Dambulla Cave Temple to the picturesque Kandalama Lake, guests can explore the many different aspects of Sri Lanka. A part of the Browns Hotels & Resorts, Paradise maintains its high standards while keeping a touch of old world charm as well.
Browns Hotels & Resorts is a subsidiary of the Browns Group; one of Sri Lanka’s largest diversified conglomerates which manages a fast growing and valuable portfolio of brands across several key industry sectors, such as power generation; home and office solutions; agriculture and plantation support services; pharmaceuticals; investments; marine and manufacturing; and healthcare