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5 Must-Visit National Parks in Sri Lanka – Experience the Splendour of Nature

The beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka boasts a number of outstanding national parks. Here visitors will have the opportunity to observe various kinds of interesting flora and fauna.

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park

The renowned Yala National Park never fails to capture the imagination of the nature lover. Yala National Park occupies a large extent of land in the south-eastern part of the island nation, beyond the town of Tissamaharama. This national park is well-reputed for its rich and diverse selection of resident wildlife which is sure to attract the attention of the visitor. At this natural sanctuary, you may be able to observe animals such as a sizable population of elephants in addition to many kinds of attractive birds and other creatures like sloth bears. You may even have the opportunity to spot one of the elusive leopards who prowl this appealing park.

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Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park

Another well-known national park in Sri Lanka is the remarkable Bundala National Park. This park is particularly well-known for the extensive varieties of birds that it contains, including many kinds of migratory birds. The reason that this park attracts so many kinds of birds is because it occupies natural features such as wetlands and coastal lagoons which create favourable conditions for the avian denizens of the park. Varieties of birds to be found at Bundala include the greater flamingo, garganey, waterfowl, black-headed ibis, grey heron, Eurasian spoonbill, painted stork, Asian openbill and waders. You may even spot rare birds such as the lesser adjutant and Eurasian coot.

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Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park

The attractive Uda Walawe National Park is sure to be a delight for those who desire to observe elephants, as this national park boasts a considerable population of these intriguing pachyderms. The Uda Walawe National Park extends over expansive plains situated near the southern edges of Sri Lanka's hill country. You will see that most of the park consists of dry light scrubland with only a few patches of forested area. Due to these reasons the park is very attractive for those who wish to see elephants, as these gentle giants can be easily spotted at this popular park.

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Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park

No tour of the national parks of Sri Lanka would be complete without visiting the famous Wilpattu National Park. This well-known nature reserve features numerous lakes which act as a magnet for many kinds of wildlife. Wilpattu National Park is perhaps best known for its considerable population of leopards, which are the dominant predator in the wilds of Sri Lanka. In addition to these magnificent leopards, this national park contains many other interesting varieties of wildlife such as water buffaloes, sloth bears, and elephants. Wilpattu National Park can be accessed for a day trip while staying at Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw, a conveniently located Chilaw beach hotel that is situated 100 km away.

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Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park is considered to be the foremost nature reserve in the hill country of Sri Lanka. Rather unlike other nature reserves in the island nation, Horton Plains National Park is not greatly renowned for its resident wildlife, although it is reputed as a major site for observing varieties of montane birds. On the other hand, Horton Plains National Park is famous for its spectacular scenery. At this natural sanctuary, you will encounter picturesque misty moorlands, dotted with lovely extents of cloud forests. A popular natural attraction at this national park is the amazing precipice referred to as World's End, at which location the steep cliffs at the hill country's southern edges drop sheerly in a dramatic manner to the scenic plains far below.

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