Sri Lanka’s wildlife calendar

If you’re looking to go on a wildlife adventure of a lifetime, you can’t go much wrong with picking Sri Lanka as your destination. Not only is it packed with 26 world renowned national parks filled with big game, it is also arguably the best place in the world to see the largest creature of them all – the blue whale! If you’re looking for the best time to visit Sri Lanka for spotting wildlife, check out our wildlife calendar which shows when in the year is the best time for seeing the various exotic creatures that call Sri Lanka home
January

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe) Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave
  • Migrant birds

Sea life

  • Blue Whale (Mirissa)
  • Spinner Dolphin
February

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave
  • Migrant birds

Sea life

  • Blue Whale (Mirissa)
  • Spinner Dolphin
March

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave
  • Migrant birds

Sea life

  • Blue Whale (Mirissa)
  • Spinner Dolphin
  • Green Turtle
April

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave

Sea life

  • Blue Whale (Mirissa)
  • Spinner Dolphin
  • Green Turtle
May

Land animals and birds

 

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave

 

Sea life

  • Green Turtle
June

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave

Sea life

  • Green Turtle
July

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • The Elephant Gathering at Minneriya
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Mugger Crocodile (Yala)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave

Sea life

  • Green Turtle
August

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • The Elephant Gathering at Minneriya
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Mugger Crocodile (Yala)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave

 

September

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • The Elephant Gathering at Minneriya
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Mugger Crocodile (Yala)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave
October

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave

 

November

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave
  • Migrant birds

Sea life

  • Blue Whale (Mirissa)
  • Spinner Dolphin
December

Land animals and birds

  • Leopard (Yala and Wilpattu National Parks)
  • Elephants (Udawalawe)
  • Primates (Cultural Triangle)
  • Large Reptiles
  • Dragonflies and Butterflies
  • Sinharaja bird wave
  • Migrant birds

Sea life

  • Blue Whale (Mirissa)
  • Spinner Dolphin

Book your Sri Lanka wildlife holiday

We specialise in the customised tours to Sri Lanka and regularly create exciting wildlife holidays to the island that specifically suit our traveller’s wants and needs. Whether you’re interested in big game, a bird watching enthusiast, want to catch a glimpse at the majestic blue whale, or you’re looking for an experience that takes in a bit of everything, get in touch today!