YALA NATIONAL PARK

Yala
Yala
Yala
Yala

YALA NATIONAL PARK, one of Sri Lanka 's premier eco tourism destinations, lies 24km northeast of Tissamaharama and 290km from Colombo on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, spanning a vast 97,878 hectares over the Southern and Uva Provinces.

The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The park is renowned for the variety of its Wildlife (most notably its many elephants) and its fine coastline (with associated coral reefs). It also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

Udawalawe
Udawalawe
Udawalawe
Udawalawe

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city and is a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka . The 30,821 hectares dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and an average temperature of 29.4°C.

It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds of adults and young elephants– feeding or bathing and playing in the water! In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.

A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders that this protected reserve has to offer and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience

MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK

Minneriya
Minneriya
Minneriya
Minneriya

Located between Habarana and POLONNARUWA, the 8890 hectares of MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is an ideal eco tourism location in Sri Lanka . The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka 's favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants.

However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rdcentury AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK

Wilpaththu
Wilpaththu
Wilpaththu
Wilpaththu

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK is located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo) spanning from the northwest coast inland towards the ancient capital of Anuradhapura (50 km to the east of the park). Covering an impressive 425 sq miles, the park is Sri Lanka 's largest, and having reopened in March, 2010 it is just a matter of time before it becomes a popular eco-tourism destination.

Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.

Wasgamuwa National park

Wasgamuwa
Wasgamuwa
Wasgamuwa
Wasgamuwa

WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK is located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo) spanning from the northwest coast inland towards the ancient capital of Anuradhapura (50 km to the east of the park). Covering an impressive 425 sq miles, the park is Sri Lanka 's largest, and having reopened in March, 2010 it is just a matter of time before it becomes a popular eco-tourism destination.

Wilpattu is a fairly thick dry zone jungle interspersed with a number of flood plain lakes banked with delicate white sands. It boasts an impressive variety of flora in huge expanses of forest, and varied wildlife, including deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and leopards.

Bundala Bird Sanctuary

Bundala
Bundala
Bundala
Bundala

The Bundala National Park is located about 250km south east of Colombo in the Hambantota District. Park covers the area of 6,216 ha in Arid Zone of Sri Lanka, the climate classified as hot and dry. Record of the mammals in Bundala is 32 species, including 1 endemic and 5 threatened species. You can see elephants, deer, sambur, fishing-cat, rusty-spotted-cat, mongoose, jackals, wild boar, black bear and water buffaloes. Most of them can be seen near the seasonal waterfalls frequently. The elephants some are residence and some are seasonal migratory herds from nearby sanctuaries. The complex system of wet land made it a paradise for birds. Total of 197 species of birds have been recorded in the park including 139 residence and 58 winter visitors. Among them 3 species are endemic and 10 species are nationally threatened. Wetland birds, forest birds, scrub land birds and grassland birds can be seen here. The lagoons, inter tidal mud-flats and slatterns provide ideal resting and feeding habitants for numerous species. Migrants arrive here in mid-August with the commencement of the harsh winter and continue to stay in Bundala until late April.

Horton plains National Park

Horton Plains
Horton Plains
Horton Plains
Horton Plains

The Horton plains plateau is a sanctuary 2130 meters high offers you Sri Lanka’s most unforgettable views. Here the land plunges down a dizzy gorge to the southern foothills and on a clear day can see the glimpse of the sea more than 80 kilometers away. Many endangered montane species and endemic species can be seen here with the crystal clear water streams. Horton Plains are the habitat of giant rhododendron a flowering flora and kind of daffodils and orchids. You can see variety of birds such as Ceylon whistling thrush. The shaggy bear monkey and the blue Mormon butterfly listed with the endangered montane species.This is named as a sanctuary under the mist with the virginal landscaping which gives you the real smell of Sri Lankan climate, flora and fauna. Park consists of montane cloud forests embedded in wet montane grasslands. Horton Plains has rich bio diversity. Most of the fauna and flora found in the park are endemic and furthermore some of them are confined to highlands of the island. The plains are beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent walks. The most famous and stunning feature is World's End, where the southern Horton Plains come suddenly to an end and drop almost straight down for 700 metres. It's one of the most awesome sights in Sri Lanka

Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya
Gal Oya
Gal Oya
Gal Oya

Situated in the eastern province. Established in 1954, thought of as one of the major reserves in Sri Lanka since it has a very rich biodiverity in its 25,900 hectare area. A famous site for bird-watching since about 150 birds can be observed within the santuary. Boat rides are taken to visit the Bird Island which have a very high concentration of birds. This National Park came about when protecting the largest lake in Sri Lanka, the Senanayaka Samudraya.

Kaudulla Nature Reserve

Kaudulla
Kaudulla
Kaudulla
Kaudulla

The latest national park to be opened in Sri Lanka ( 2002 ). Located just 6 km away from the Habarana to Trincomalee road. A really great place to have safaris where you can see endangered species of leopards, bears and elephants almost close up within the 6900 hectare park. The best time to visit is between August to December.

NATIONAL PARKS IN SRI LANKA : MAP