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.