Sri Lanka is a natural wonderland with beaches, mountains, forests, jungles, waterfalls, rivers and 26 national parks. Also, Sri Lanka is a favorite destination with hikers, surfers, birdwatchers and wildlife photographers. Out of all these amazing features, you can choose Sri Lankan National Parks to make unforgettable memories with your loved ones. We can identify best 6 National Parks in Sri Lanka where you can see beautiful animals and most exciting moments with them. Few of them are vulnerable and very rare to see on this earth, so don’t miss this rare opportunity of seeing them.
The most famous one which covers a vast area of countryside in the south-east of the island closed to Katharagama. A substantial section of the park is closed to visitors, but the accessible area is home to probably the most varied wildlife in the country, including an impressive elephant population, elusive sloth bears, beautiful birdlife and, most famously, a significant leopard population. According to the department of wildlife conservation, Yala National Park will be close for visitors from 1st September to 31st October for two months period in every year.
Bundala National Park
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground in Sri Lanka for migratory water birds. Bundala harbors 197 species, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. About 100 species of water birds inhabit the wetland habitats in Bundala, half of them being migrant birds. Greater Flamingo which visits in large flocks of over 1,000 individuals, from Rann of Kutch of India is being the highlight in the past. Other water birds which are present in large numbers include Lesser Whistling Duck, Garganey, Little Cormorant, Indian Cormorant and etc.
Udawalawe National park
Located in southern Sri Lanka, Udawalawe National Park is the island’s 6th-largest reserve. The objective of constructing this national park was to provide a sanctuary for the wild animals exiled due to the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir. Udawalawe reservoir is now considered as the main attraction for the elephants at the Udawalawe National Park. An incredible total of 183 bird species have been recorded as inhabiting the Park and many others pass through on their migratory routes, making Udawalawe National Park a great place for a memorable bird safari.
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains in Sri Lanka, is the coldest and windiest location in the country. It consists of ecosystems such as Montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. The most frequent site of wildlife at Horton Plains are herds of Sambar Deer. Among the other mammals in the park are Strip-necked Mongoose, Long-tailed Giant Squirrel Wild Boar, the endemic Bear Monkey and Toque Monkey and Fishing cat. On the southern edge of the Horton Plains is famous for World’s End. The panoramic and distant views in World’s End are bound to get obscured by the mist from around 10am onwards.
Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks
The Cultural Triangle is home to a pair of popular national parks, Minneriya and Kaudulla, close to Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. The principal attraction in both is elephants – the parks lie on an elephant corridor along which the animals migrate seasonally between the two. August and September in Minneriya are particularly memorable, as hundreds of elephants congregate around Minneriya Tank, the largest meeting of Asian elephants in the world. Take a jeep safari in Minneriya to get up close to these magnificent animals in the wild, as part of Insight Guides Sri Lanka.