Wildlife safari in Sri Lanka is probably the best in all of south Asia. It is the only country where you can witness the largest marine mammal the Blue Whale and the largest land mammal the Elephant within a day […]
Wildlife safari in Sri Lanka is probably the best in all of south Asia. It is the only country where you can witness the largest marine mammal the Blue Whale and the largest land mammal the Elephant within a day of traveling. Its convenience in exploring more in short distance are a great advantage. It is usual for our tailor-made holidays to include one or two days of wild life safari in Sri Lanka. Depending on the season of your travel you may get the opportunity of see one or two national parks.
Sri Lanka is also fortunate that it has many passionate wild life guides, naturalists in the parks who live and breath what they do. Their knowledge and insights are often make the wild life safari a memorable experience.
Sri Lanka’s elephant is a subspecies of the Asian elepant. It has recorded over 5000 elephants living in the island. The largest national park in the island Yala has about 350 resident elephants. Minneriya National park is unique in elephant sights as during its dry season there is a grand elephant gathering occur. The number average about 200 but it has recorded where some instances there were nearly 600 elephants were seen in this gathering.
Uda Walawe National Park has a renowned elephant rehabilitation establishment ‘elephant Transit Home ( ETH) ‘ it is also verified by the Born Free Org. in the UK.
Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park also has the largest leopard concentration in the world and certainly a highlight for any one visit there. Kumana National park which is contiguous with Yala, is popular among the passionate wildlife enthusiasts.
There are many endemic and migratory bird species at Bundala National park located in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Gal Oya National park is a lesser known park which has its own distinctive features. It is located away from the central highlands of Sri Lanka yet surrounded by lush mountains. The remote national park has a serene lake where you could see elephants crossing from one end to the other swimming!
Horton plains located near Nuwara Eliya in the highlands among a semi-European like climate, is home to Samba Deer. It also has many endemic bird species.
Wilpattu National Park is the largest yet one of the least visited park in the island. Therefore we recommend a safari there for the wildlife enthusiasts. It is located in the north-west of Sri Lanka. Nearly three quarter of Wilpattu remain as the dense forest preserving its true nature. It has the second best Leopard sighting after the Yala National Park.
Water buffalows, monkeys (purple faced leaf monkey only seen in Sri Lanka), dotted deers, sloth bears, jungle fowls, mongoose, Jackals, are among the other fascinating species in this rich and diverse wildlife of Sri Lanka.
Among ocean safaris, the Blue whale watching in Mirissa during Nov – Mar and in Trincomalee during May – October are the most popular. Dolphin watching in Kalpitiya is also a popular activity where you can catch the sight of nearly a thousand dolphins enjoying the swim.
Sri Lanka also offers diving and snorkelling that won the hearts of many divers around the world. It’s underwater life is as fascinating as its land.
Please click the links below to read more about our recommended national parks to include in your itinerary.
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