Get a Firsthand Experience of Nature at her best: Safari in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankas’ amazing wildlife sanctuaries offer an unprecedented view of raw Mother Nature. The variety of species found in them are one of the largest in the Asian continent. Going on safari in one of these parks, especially Yala and Minneriya will give you a sneak peek into the untouched lives of the forest dwellers and their habitats. It will be an experience of a lifetime.
The fourteen wild life parks of Sri Lanka is sanctuary to 86 different species of mammals as well as birds and reptiles. Large herds of wild elephants form the center of attraction. Among the predatory animals, the leopard steals the limelight. Among the other predatory animals are sloth bear, jackal and mongooses. Primates such as common Langurs, endemic macaque, purple faced leaf monkey and shaggy bear monkey roam amidst the woods in huge troops.
Sri Lanka boasts of 14 National Parks that covers 8% of total land area of the island. They are;
The Yala National Park claims to have one of the highest densities of leopard anywhere in the world. The leopard is also the top predator on the island. This lends it an air of confidence, which together with the open nature of the park’s terrain, allows for some excellent and action-filled Leopard watching. The rocky outcrops scattered over the park provides vantage points to enjoy the sprawling areas with Sri Lanka’s dry zone.
The unique feature of this park is the existence of Natural lakes whicha are in essence natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Wilpattu is the largest and the oldest National Park in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world-renowned for its leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population.
This is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997. It was originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area.
This is a natural park in Sri Lanka situated in the Matale and Polonnaruwa Districts. It was declared to protect and make a refuge for the displaced wild animals during the Mahaweli Development Project in 1984 and is one of the four National Parks. The nearest large town is Polonnaruwa, 10 km from...
A visit to the Uda Walawe National Park will guarantee guests sightings of some magnificent creatures. During the months of September and October, the ‘Gathering’, which is an annual migration of elephants to the receding shores of the Minneriya Lake, is always a spectacular site.
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969.
Gal Oya National Park can be reached from Colombo via Ratnapura, Pelmadulla, Udawalawe, Thanamalwila, Wellawaya, Moneragala and then north from Siyambalanduwa to Inginiyagala. The park entrance is 20 km west from Ampara at Inginiyagala. Inginiyagala affords...
The Hurulu Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka is a thriving eco system with a variety of creatures. It was designated as a biosphere reserve in 1977. The forest reserve is a very important habitat of the Sri Lankan elephant. The animal is known for its migratory behavior and does so especially in the dry season between the forests situated...
The Kumana National Park, also known as Yala East National Park is located in the Ampara district of south-east of Sri Lanka at a distance of 391 kilometers from Colombo. The gateway to Kumana National Park is at Panama. The park office is located at Okanda, 22km south of Panama.
Kaudulla National Park is located 190 km away from Colombo in the Polonnaruwa district of the north central province of Sri Lanka. Kaudulla can be reached by Colombo- Trincomalee main road. The entrance to Kaudulla is 22 km north of the village of Habarana. The closest railway station is at Minneriya.