Wild Life (National Parks)
Sri Lanka’s tropical climate is home to many amazing species if birdlife and wildlife. It attracts more than 400 species of bird life and is a bird lover’s paradise! Almost 200 migrant species descend on the country having flown South during the winter. Within a two-week trip you can easily see all 33 endemic birds along with at least 200 species. We have ground tour operators who are both experienced and incredibly passionate about the tours they conduct.
Yala National Park
Sri Lanka’s second largest National Park, Yala is located 309kms South-East of Colombo and offers a diverse range of terrains ranging from dry flat plains and rocky areas to rich in vegetation and a dense jungle. One of the main attractions for both birds and wildlife to Yala is the abundance of water supply through the natural lagoons, rivers and waterholes. Yala is one of the most popular destinations for travellers who wish to site a leopard during their wildlife experience. During your tour of Yala you are also most likely to see a large herd of elephants, the sloth bear, barking deer, spotted deer, wild boar, Yala crocodiles (marsh and estuarine) , peacock, mongoose jackal, and sambur. The 100 species of birds that call Yala home include the Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl, Brown-Capped Babbler, Stone Curlew, Greater Thick-Knee, Black-Necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Sirkeer Malkoha, Blue-Faced Malkoha, Green Bee-Eater, Pompadour Green Pigeon, Blue-Faced Malkoha, Green Bee-Eater Orange-Breasted Green Pigeon, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Brahminya Myna and Rose-Coloured Starling.
Uda Walawe National Park
Uda Walawe National Park is located approximately 176kms from Colombo and is mainly in the dry zone. Vegetation includes mainly grassland and trees. The park is home to a large number of elephants and other animals one might find here are the spotted deer, water buffaloes, sambur, wild boars, Crocodiles, grey langur to name a few.
Bird life includes Sri Lanka Jungle Fowl, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Wooly-necked Stork, Black-headed Ibis, Black-shouldered Kite, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Shikrs, Sirkeer Malkoha, and Blue-faced Malkoha.
Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu National Park is Sri Lanka’s largest National Park and is located approximately 176kms North of Colombo. The dense jungle terrain makes exploring this National Park a true adventure!