Sri Lanka is indeed a paradise for nature lovers! There are plenty of national parks in the island that a traveler can explore to catch a glimpse of the enchanting beauty of the great outdoors.
Major Safari Spots
Yala National Park is the undisputed royalty among the national parks in Sri Lanka. The world famous destination has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Spotting these majestic beings is quite easy, especially during the dry season. There are also herds of elephants and buffaloes as well as sloth bears to be seen here.
Wilpattu National Park which is largest national park is yet another incredibly popular destination in the island. The ‘willu’s here are natural sand rimmed ‘basins’ that collect rain water. These attract large numbers of birds and reptiles to the terrain.
Minneriya National Park is well loved by those who like to have close encounters with wildlife. Located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, this iconic destination attracts large numbers of elephants. During the dry season, approximately 200 elephants gather upon the banks of the Minneriya tank, to create one of the most phenomenal natural spectacles in the world. The Gathering, as it is aptly named is annual occurrence that truly deserves to be witnessed.
The beautiful Kumana National Park, where the world renowned Kumana Bird Sanctuary is a wildlife destination perfect for bird lovers! Over 225 species of birds have been recorded within its territories. Many rare migratory species of birds can be spotted here in Kumana Bird Sanctuary.
Bundala National Park is also a great place for birding. There are 197 species of birds to be seen here and among these the stylish flamingos easily steal the limelight! 52 species of butterflies are also recorded in the region along with many other species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals.
Places like Wasgamuwa National Park, Kaudulla National Park, Gal Oya National Park and Lunugamvehera National Park are also well loved by nature loving adventurers .