Sri Lanka’s National Parks

There are 22 national parks in Sri Lanka with such a diverse range of flora and fauna. You can easily add in a stay in a national park on a tour of Sri Lanka, or we can tailor a specialist wildlife tour showcasing the diversity between the man parks on offer. The most famous (and visited) is Yala, where you get the best chance to see leopard in the wild. It is located in the south-west of Sri Lanka, so can easily be included on a tour combining the Hill Country and the southern beaches. Uda Walawe, again linking the Hill Country and the south is one of the best places to see wild elephant, with a population of about 500. Sinharaja is located in the Hill Country and is Sri Lanka’s last true rainforest, amazing for birdlife. Minneriya in the Cultural Triangle is famous for the Elephant Gathering which happens in August and September, where up to 300 elephants come to gather around Minneriya Lake. Horton Plains is located in the Hill Country, and this plateau is at an altitude of 2000m and superb for birdlife, views and deer. To the east, Gal Oya has the largest indland waterbody, and famous for elephants swimming between islands. Lastly, to the north-west you find Wilpattu and Sri Lanka’s largest park. It is famous for leopard, although sightings aren’t as common as Yala, but is perfect during the summer months when Yala is generally wetter.

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Sri Lanka’s National Parks Itineraries

This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.

A Summer holiday in Sri Lanka

Horathapola - Kandy - Cultural Triangle - Wilpattu National Park - Trincomalee - Negombo  

Most people think Sri Lanka is just a winter-sun destination, but much of the north and east of the county is perfect in the summer months.

15 days from £3654 p. p.

Undiscovered East Coast of Sri Lanka

Negombo - Gal Oya - Passekudah - Trincomalee  

The East Coast of Sri Lanka is slowly opening up to tourism. Combine a spot of wildlife in Gal Oya with a visit to Passekudah and ending in Trincomalee.

14 days from £2955 p. p.

Slow Sri Lanka

Negombo - Yala National Park - Galle - Bentota  

Take your time, and set off on a leisurely itinerary along Sri Lanka’s south coast, letting the shoulders drop as you meander slowly from Yala National Park to Galle and the palm-fringed beaches beyond.

14 days from £3605 p. p.

Classic Sri Lanka

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Tea Country - Yala - Galle - Bentota  

This classic private tour of Sri Lanka takes in all the major highlights from the stunning cultural heritage of the north, the tea country, wildlife and laid-back beaches in the south.

13 days from £2595 p. p.

Sri Lanka’s National Parks Accommodation

This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.

Cinnamon Wild, Sri Lanka

Cinnamon Wild

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Cinnamon Wild is a low key safari lodge with comfortable chalets on the edge of Yala National Park, a perfect base from which to explore the wildlife.

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Gal Oya, Luxury Wildlife Lodge, Sri Lanka | Millis Potter

Gal Oya

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Gal Oya is a high-end yet environmentally responsible lodge located in a remote national park in the east of Sri Lanka.

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Chena Huts

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Chena Huts is a luxurious African safari style property close to Yala National Park in Sri Lanka, offering private pool villas next to a secluded beach.

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Leopard Safaris, Yala, Sri Lanka

Leopard Safaris Yala

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Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris in Yala provide an African style safari camp amongst some of Sri Lanka’s finest wildlife experiences.

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Sri Lanka’s National Parks Experiences

This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.