Wildlife Sanctuaries

These protected areas give you an opportunity to see the varied wildlife of the island. Sri Lanka offers a great deal for the wildlife enthusiasts and we strongly recommend a few treks into one of these sanctuaries to explore the uniqueness of this island paradise.

  • Uda Walawe National Park – this modestly sized national park is home to over 600 elephants and offers one of the best chances of seeing these graceful creatures in the wild. The terrain is that of a dry zone with shrubs not reaching more than 4 to 5 ft making it relatively easy to track and marvel at the creatures

  • Yala National Park, is the island's best known preserve and has a diverse range of species. The park covers a vast swathe of countryside in the southeast of the island beyond Tissamaharama. Much of the park is closed to visitors, but the area which is open boasts probably the richest and most varied collection of wildlife in the country, including a substantial elephant population, elusive sloth bears, gorgeous birdlife and most famously, a significant leopard population – indeed Yala is often claimed to have the densest concentration of leopards anywhere in the world, and although they're not easy to spot, you've reasonable odds of seeing one if you spend some time in the park

  • Wilpattu National park although suffered damage during the civil war is the country's largest reserve and is famous for its leopards and well as plentiful other wildlife. Its proximity to the front line of the war, however, led to it being placed out of bounds for the duration of the conflict, and although small parts of the park were age to the park's environment and wildlife continues.

  • Minneriya National Park attracts the largest number of migrating elephants to the grass fields on the edge of the reservoir during the dry season. The Minneriya tank is the driving force of large herds of elephants and attracts herds of 150 to 200 and in some reports they have estimated to account for over 700 elephants. The Park is also important habitate for the two endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka - the Purple Faced Langur and the Toque Macaque. Rare and endangered species such as the Sri Lankan Leopard and Sri lankan Sloth Bear also reside in this thriving national park.

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