Wildlife Tours and Safari Holidays in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tropical island rich in biodiversity, having many lush green rainforests filled with flourishing flora and fauna. The wildlife is so exotic in Sri Lanka, filled with tropical birds and endemic animals. Many of our adventure tours like hiking and trekking let you see some of them, but our wildlife safaris enable you to experience the glamorous life beyond the roads.

Our wildlife safaris to national reserve forests and national parks let you explore more than you usually do and see our great elephants, shifty leopards, various snakes, and many exotic birds in their natural habitat.

Safari tours into the forest for overnight camping are among the most exciting adventures for a nature lover. Camping under the dark sky to observe the wildlife or even take a stroll into the sightseeing spots with our tour guide to see more of our wildlife. This is guaranteed to be one of your best experiences. We have many wild safari destinations and get a great tour.

POPULAR WILDLIFE NATIONAL PARKS IN SRI LANKA

Yala, the second-largest national park, is a vast area of grassland and dry woodland. This is a home to many mammals, including elephants and leopards. You also can see many reptiles, birds, and fauna of the lagoon. During the dry season, the majority of the animals can be seen around the waterholes.

Located at the south-central, the entrance of Udawalawe National Park is 11 km from Pelmadulla- Thimbolketiya Road. Herd of wild elephants can be seen here and many other animals like Spotted Deer, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Bandicoots, foxes, and many more.

Wilpattu, the largest national park in Sri Lanka, is located in the west of Anuradhapura. Having several wetlands, it has earned the name Wilpattu. With several waterfalls interconnected through gravel roads, the park is best to visit from February to October. Deer, sloth bear, elephant, leopard, and many more endemic birds.

Wasgamuwa is located on Matale, between Polonaruwa and Habarane. And this is, undoubtedly, one of the best places to go on a safari to see elephant herds, from November to May. Apart from elephants, you can visit other mammals like Purple-faced langur monkeys, wild boar, sambar, and many other reptiles, including crocodiles, water monitors, and pythons.

Located in the North Central plains, Minneriya national park is located closer to the Minneriya Reservoir. This is the world's largest elephant gathering place, as hundreds of elephants can be seen as herds at the Minneriya reservoir. Apart from elephants, you get to see many endemic species, including mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Bundala National Park, located closer to Tangalle, is a designated wetland and biosphere. Over five brackish water lagoons serve as a major feeding site for thousands of birds, including the fabulous flamingos. The waterhole can be seen entirely covered by the flamingos like a pink carpet.

Kumana National Park is located on the east side of the Yala Nation park. It was designed as a bird sanctuary but is home to many mammals found in Yala. A mangrove swamp is used as a bird nesting place from May to June. From the frequent visiting pelican to rarely seen black- necked stork,

Gal Oya National Park, located in the southeast of Sri Lanka, is found along with the Senanayake reservoir settlement and is rich in flora and fauna. The majority of the park being a rainforest, and the rest compromising grasslands, it is home to many mammals, including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and many more birds.

Located in the elevated plains of Ohio, Horton Plains National Park is a world heritage site. Interconnecting Gampola, Nuwaraeliya, and Peradeniya, this park has varied temperatures throughout the day. The region holds a significant place as the early caveman tools, and remains of Balangoda Man were found here.

Lunugamvehara is located in the Monaragala district is a subway for Southern province and Sabaragamuwa Province. This operates as a sanctuary for wildlife around the Lunugamwehera reservoir. This park interconnects Yala National Park and Udawalawe Park, and this has become a great safari destination to spot elephants, making it their habitat.

Kaudulla National Park

In the North Central Province, Kaudulla national park is the corridor for elephants migrating from Minneriya to Wasgamuwa National Park. With several irrigation tanks in the park, many animals can often be spotted around the tanks during the dry season, including elephants.

Sinharaja is one of the significant rainforests in the world as it is a biodiversity hotspot. Though the reserve forest is relatively more minor, it holds more significance. More than several hundred endemic species can be seen in this forest, including plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Knuckles Reserve Forest

Located in the districts of Kandy and Matale, Knuckles Reserve Forest is also a biodiversity hotspot. With many rivers, diverse vegetation, and varying climate Knuckles Mountain range is home to several plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, including Loris, Mongoose, Jackal, Monkey, Elephant, Wild Buffalo, Wild boar, Lorikeets, Barbets, Black Eagle and many more.

Kitulgala Reserve Forest

Located in the Sabaragamuwa province, Kitulgala is a serene village with mountain ranges coated in green carpet and flowing waters of the Kelani river. Kitulgala Reserve Forest was established to protect the wildlife around the Kelani River. As it is located in the Wet Zone, the vegetation is similar to the Sinharaja reserve forest.

Pigeon Island Marine Sanctuary

Situated north of Trincomalee, offshore of Nilaveli, Pigeon Island Marine Sanctuary is One of Sri Lanka’s Marine National parks. Upon entering, a traveler sees the endangered species, blue rock pigeons nesting on the rocks.

Anawilundawa Bird Sanctuary

Located in the Puttalam district, Anawilundawa Bird Sanctuary has different ecosystems; freshwater tanks, coast, and mangroves. This diverse ecosystem has made this sanctuary home to many endemic and endangered species. Not only birds, some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians also can be found here.

Talangama Wetland

Situated in the outskirts of Colombo Talangama Wetland is centered on conserving the wildlife around the irrigation tanks, paddy fields, canals, marshes, and ponds. The diverse biodiversity allows any traveler on a safari tour to observe various flora and fauna species.

Kanneliya National Park

Kanneliya National Park, comprising the Kanneliya, Deniyaya, Nakedeniya, is a low land forest situated in the south of Sri Lanka. This national park is well known for the delicate vegetation that helps to maintain vibrant biodiversity. It is a designated biosphere having several hundred species of plants, mammals, endemic birds, reptiles, and insects.

Kalawewa National Park

Kalawewa National Park is located around the irrigation tanks Kalawewa and Baalu wewa. Herds of Tusker elephants can be seen gathering around the tanks, which makes it very special than the other elephant sighting spots. Apart from the elephants, thousands of open billed storks can be seen during the dry season in addition to the picturesque landscape.

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