Wildlife Experiences in Sri Lanka That Should Not Be Missed

Wildlife Experiences in Sri Lanka That Should Not Be Missed

Snapping that perfect leopard pic

Do you dream of snapping the perfect picture of an elusive leopard? It is an experience in a lifetime and if you visit the Yala National Park, it could be a reality. There are a staggering 26 Sri Lanka National Parks in Sri Lanka. Yala is a park that you can visit right throughout the year. However, animal sightings can vary depending on the time of year you are visiting. The rainfall also plays an important role. This is nature and while nothing can be planned to perfection, the experience becomes all the richer for the effort you put in. Don’t forget the park is teeming with many other animals as well, so you will never be disappointed. Pack your camera and your binos, bring along a little patience and you are ready!

Biggest wild elephant gathering

This is a must! This is Sri Lanka’s great elephant migration and it happens at the Minneriya National Park, in north central Sri Lanka. During July to early November, essentially the dry season, the water level in the reservoir reduces. In that area lush green grass starts growing, which these majestic creatures cannot resist. When they do take an occasional break from their constant feeding, the elephants love to head into the shallow waters of the reservoir. Here they frolic in the mud while spraying themselves with the water. It is one of the most heart-warming natural sights you will ever get to see, providing us humans with the very unique opportunity of getting close to wild elephants.

Another great location to see herds of wild elephants frolicking in their elements, is the Gal Oya National Park. The elephant herd at the Gal Oya National park can be seen throughout the year. As it is not as crowded as some of the other national parks, visitors here can enjoy the wildlife at a peaceful pace with a real feeling of being alone with nature. If you prefer to watch these majestic creatures away from the hustle and bustle of crowds, then The Gal Oya National Park is a must visit, as it is also amazing for bird life.

Bird heaven

Enter the world of bird heaven, at the Bundala National Park. Located ideally where the land, sea and wetlands meet, this is animal paradise. It is no wonder it plays host to about 324 species of both big and small animals. And if bird watching is your thing then you are in luck. The park has a staggering 197 bird species, with 58 being migratory. With a climate that can be classified as both hot and dry, the terrain generally consists of dry thorny scrublands and lagoons while closer to the coastline sand dunes dot the area. These lagoons are where you will find the birds flocking in a wave of multi-colours. Here they rest, feed and play and gives us a glimpse into one of nature’s best natural displays.

These are just a few of the amazing  wildlife experiences awaiting you when you visit Sri Lanka National Parks, so why not start planning a wildlife holiday today?

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