Lying in the shape of a teardrop in the Indian Ocean is a tiny miracle of an island called Sri Lanka. Though small in size this little island is a mighty land that boasts a spectacular array of rich history, culture and of course Wildlife. You might not believe it when you hear that this country, which just a little bit bigger than the US state of West Virginia, is home to a staggering 123 species of mammals, 173 species of reptiles, 227 species of birds, 93 species of freshwater fish, 119 species of amphibians and whole lot of other species! So what are you waiting for? Book a tour operator like the prestigious Walkers Tours Sri Lanka and set out on a range of wildlife Sri Lanka holidays and meet some of our most interesting and fascinating subspecies in the lush jungles of Sri Lanka.
So after you packed your bags and arrived in the Garden of Eden where to go you ask? First journey to the Land of Lakes, the Wilpattu National Park, located in the North West of the island. The unique feature about this park is what gives it its name, Willus- natural, sand rimmed water basins sprawled throughout the park. Among the many creatures you can see here, the highlight will be the magnificent Asian elephant, the fuzzy sloth bear, the ferocious mugger crocodile, and the majestic Sri Lankan Leopard. Yala National Park, the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, is another prominent wildlife park of Sri Lanka. Located in the southeast of the island, the park has similar residents as Wilpattu but with one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
Bird lovers will love the Kumana National Park that houses the Kumana Bird Sanctuary. Nestled within the park are roughly about 255 species of birds. During April and July tens of thousands of birds migrate to the Kumana swamp area. Another park in Sri Lanka famous for bird watching is the Bundala National Park situated in the Southern Province.
Other Wildlife Park to trails through in Sri Lanka includes the Minneriya National Park-where the great Elephant Gathering takes place, Udawalawe and Wasgamuwa. For a different (and colder) wildlife experience in Sri Lanka, travel to the hill country to the Horton Plains where montane grassland and cloud forest house the giant sambar deer and grizzled giant squirrels among other creatures.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.