Get a Firsthand Experience of Nature at her best: Safari in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankas’ amazing wildlife sanctuaries offer an unprecedented view of raw Mother Nature. The variety of species found in them are one of the largest in the Asian continent. Going on safari in one of these parks, especially Yala and Minneriya will give you a sneak peek into the untouched lives of the forest dwellers and their habitats. It will be an experience of a lifetime..
The fourteen wild life parks of Sri Lanka is sanctuary to 86 different species of mammals as well as birds and reptiles. Large herds of wild elephants form the center of attraction. Among the predatory animals, the leopard steals the limelight. Among the other predatory animals are sloth bear, jackal and mongooses. Primates such as common Langurs, endemic macaque, purple faced leaf monkey and shaggy bear monkey roam amidst the woods in huge troops.
Sri Lanka boasts of 14 National Parks that covers 8% of total land area of the island. They are;
Yala National Park Safari
The Yala National Park claims to have one of the highest densities of leopard anywhere in the world. The leopard is also the top predator on the island. This lends it an air of confidence, which together with the open nature of the park’s terrain, allows for some excellent and action-filled Leopard watching.
Lahugala Kitualana National Park Safari
It is one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka but despite its small land area, the park is an important habitat for many endemic creatures. Many animalsSri Lankan elephant and endemic birds of Sri Lanka. The national park contains the reservoirs of Lahugala, Kitulana and Sengamuwa and they are ultimately empties to Heda Oya river
The unique feature of this park is the existence of Natural lakes whicha are in essence natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Wilpattu is the largest and the oldest National Park in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world-renowned for its leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population.
This is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997. It was originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD.
Wasgomuwa National Park Safari
This is a natural park in Sri Lanka situated in the Matale and Polonnaruwa Districts. It was declared to protect and make a refuge for the displaced wild animals during the Mahaweli Development Project in 1984 and is one of the four National Parks designated under the Project.
A visit to the Uda Walawe National Park will guarantee guests sightings of some magnificent creatures. During the months of September and October, the ‘Gathering’, which is an annual migration of elephants to the receding shores of the Minneriya Lake, is always a spectacular site.
Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of birds, the highlight being the greater flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka.
Gal Oya National Park Safari
Gal Oya National Park in Sri Lanka was established in 1954 and serves as the main catchment area for Senanayake Samudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. Senanayake Samudraya was built under the Gal Oya development project by damming the Gal Oya at Inginiyagala in 1950. An important feature of the Gal Oya National Park is its elephant herd that can be seen throughout the year.
Horton Plains National Park Safari
Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya is a protected area in Sr Lanka. Located in the central highlands of the country and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau at an altitude of 2,100–2,300 metres (6,900–7,500 ft) is rich in biodiversity and with many species of flora and fauna being endemic to the region.