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List of National Parks in Sri Lanka – Delights for the Wildlife Lover

The lovely island nation of Sri Lanka is renowned for its natural treasures. Nature and wildlife lovers will be enthralled by the island's national parks which contain many attractive species.


Yala National Park

This outstanding national park is one of Sri Lanka's best known and most popular natural sanctuaries, offering remarkable experiences for the visitor. Yala is especially noted for its significant leopard population; in fact, this park is reputed to feature one of the highest densities of leopards to be found on the globe. Additionally, Yala is also well-known for its resident elephants as well as other wildlife species. In fact, this park contains as many as 215 varieties of birds in addition to 74 kinds of reptiles. Attractive mammals such as the golden palm civet and wild buffaloes also contribute to Yala's attractions in the eyes of visitors.


Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is another of Sri Lanka's foremost natural sanctuaries that is sure to capture the imagination of wildlife lovers. This national park is particularly renowned for its abundant varieties of birds; here you will find flocks of cormorants and flamingos in addition to other avian varieties including flying and aquatic birds. You may also have the opportunity to come across other kinds of wildlife here including elephants, langurs, leopards, Indian pangolins, spotted deer and more. Other highlights at this park include a variety of amphibians, reptiles and fish, with four varieties of turtles to be seen at this park according to the seasons.


Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The forest known as Sinharaja is undoubtedly one of Sri Lanka's natural treasures. Undertaking a hike into the expanses of this pristine area of forestland is sure to be a memorable experience as you will have the opportunity to observe the reserve's splendid flora and fauna in their natural environment. The Sinharaja Forest contains a remarkable selection of resident wildlife including a host of interesting birds and reptiles. You may also have the chance to spot engrossing mammals like leopards, squirrels, barking deer and wild boar. You may also avail yourself of the opportunity to hike through the reserve's trekking paths with the assistance of guides or the villagers who make their home here.


Udawalawe National Park

This national park is regarded as being another of the island nation's premier wildlife attractions. The most significant highlight of this national park is the opportunity it offers for visitors to conveniently observe its abundant population of elephants. Herds of elephants congregate at this national park due to the presence of the local reservoir, where the pachyderms arrive to drink and wallow in the waters. In fact, this park was initially established in order to create a sanctuary for these resident elephants. Additionally, you will also come across mammals such as rusty spotted cats, leopards and sambar deer, as well as a host of interesting birds. A choice in Sri Lanka wildlife tours that you can consider where you can conveniently visit this national park would be Jetwing Eco Holidays.


Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park is renowned for the splendid opportunities that it provides for captivating wildlife safaris. Here you will have the chance to view many interesting kinds of mammals including elephants, spotted deer, mongoose and wild boar. It also contains many fascinating kinds of birds like owls, kites and eagles amongst many others. You will also come across interesting reptiles such as crocodiles, lizards and snakes. However, the best known attractions at Wilpattu are the rather elusive leopards and sloth bears. The splendid wildlife of these Sri Lankan national parks is sure to capture the imagination of the nature lover.