Being an island in the Indian Ocean Sri Lanka is known world over for its natural beauty and the beaches that wash the shores of the island. However this tropical island is also home to countless number of wild life. Having one of the UNESCO world heritage site declared rain forest it’s no surprise for the abundance of the flora and fauna in the country. Some of the famous national parks in the country include , Yala , Udawalawe , Wilpaththu , Kumana among others.
Yala is a key sanctuary in the south and remains a popular spot to catch a glimpse of leopards. With its popularity rising there has been a significant expansion of hotels in yala Sri Lanka. One that remains in the forefront is The Secret Hotels set among the thick tropical forests the surroundings of the hotel is home to many exotic species. The hotel is a perfect place to make the most of Yala.
Among some of the fascinating facts about Yala , the national park has the highest leopard population in the world. The second most visited national park in Sri Lanka Yala has thousands of visitors every year.
Sri Lanka has one of the highest endemism in the world , most species of flora and fauna are endemic to the country. Sri Lanka also boasts of the highest elephant concentration density in the world , and Habarana secondary forest take credit for this.
The reason for the wild array of wild life in Sri Lanka can be attributed to the difference in altitude in the country. From sea level elevations rise upto 2500m. The country remains home to many species that are endemic , however in the recent past there has been expansion of human population which resulted in loss of habitat and as a result the reduction of habitat.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+