Wildlife and National Parks of Sri Lanka
When it comes to land, sea and air, Sri Lanka boasts one the most diverse and extensive ecosystems in the world.
Luckily for visitors there are ample opportunities to view the wildlife, whether it is in one of the 26 National Parks of Sri Lanka, trekking through the unspoilt landscape many species call home, or dolphin and whale watching off the splendid coastline.
Popular mammals for the wildlife enthusiasts in Sri Lanka’s National Parks to spot include leopards (especially in Yala National Park which has a high population density of this amazing predator), sloth bears and the Asian elephant which is an endangered species.
Many of the National Parks in Sri Lanka are also home to an amazing array of flora and birds. Wilpattu National Park, close to the historic city of Anuradhapura, is one of the best places on the island for bird spotting being renowned for its great population of domestic and migratory water birds.
The waters around Sri Lanka are teeming with life, including the largest creature to have ever lived - the blue whale. One of the best beaches in Sri Lanka to go dolphin and whale watching is Mirissa. During the whale watching season (November to April) the blue whale, sperm whale, fin whale and the occasional killer whale are regularly spotted. A variety of dolphin can also be seen, including the Bottlenose, Spinner and Striped dolphin.
Wildlife spots and national parks in Sri Lanka
Situated close to the historic city of Anuradhapura in the north west of Sri Lanka, Wilpattu became a National Park in 1938. The park takes its name from the numerous lakes, known as Willu, that are dotted throughout the park.
Sri Lanka is just as renowned for her sensational and diverse wildlife as it is for its historic relics and stunning scenery, so take the unique chance the island offers with a mornings whale watching in Sri Lanka!
Yala National Park is the most popular national park in Sri Lanka and is home to a diverse range of stunning wildlife. It is arguably the best place in the world to see leopards.
Visiting the Minneriya National Park in the North Central province of Sri Lanka is a highlight of many of our tour travellers who get to witness the spectacular sight of “The Gathering” of hundreds of elephants.
Udawalawe National Park is famous for its herd of two hundred and fifty wild elephants which permanently reside at the park, attracted by the Udawalawe reservoir.
A highlight for many during their Sri Lankan tour with us is the Turtle hatchery in Bentota, where you get to see one, two and three day old turtles.
Although a small island, Sri Lanka has a rich array of bird life that can be spotted in the variety of land and water based habitats found across the country.