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Ten Must Visit National Parks in Sri Lanka – For the Adventure & Wildlife Lover!

The stunning paradise island of Sri Lanka is blessed with flourishing flora and fauna. This article gives information about 10 famous national parks on the island that you should not miss.


Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the most popular national park on the island! It has one of the highest leopard densities in the world! A safari tour in this remarkable destination will give you the chance to spot elephants, sloth bears, and sambar deer as well.


Wilpattu National Park

The beautiful Wilpattu National Park is the largest national park on the island. The unique feature about this park is the 'willus' which are natural, sand-rimmed 'basins' that collect rainwater. The park also has a number of Sri Lankan leopards.


Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a charming attraction that is quite popular among elephant lovers. Every year in the dry season a remarkable natural phenomenon called 'The Gathering' takes place here. A herd of about 700 elephants gathers upon the banks of the Minneriya Reservoir creating this mind-blowing spectacle.


Horton Plains National Park

The enchanting Horton Plains National Park which is found in the Central Highlands of the country is a breathtakingly beautiful destination. It is resplendent in glistening waterfalls as well as cloud forests. Baker's Falls, as well as the World's End, are famous attractions located within the national park.


Kaudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park boasts home to many species of animals. About 200 elephants roam within the beautiful territories of this national park. There are also monkeys and crocodiles to spot here!


Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park is yet another popular attraction in the country which nurtures a large herd of elephants. Located on the boundaries of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, this national park is quite easy to access from many parts of the island. It is an attraction that is quite often included in Sri Lanka wildlife toursenter link description here.


Bundala National Park

Bird lovers who travel on the island should not miss visiting the iconic Bundala National Park. It is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds. You will get the chance to spot close to 200 species of birds when travelling in this remarkable bird paradise. If you want to enjoy a tour in the Bundala National Park, you can get in touch with Nature Odyssey.


Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park which was established to serve as the main catchment area for the Senanayake Samudraya is an immensely popular attraction in the country. The park was established back in the year 1954.


Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgamuwa National Park is located in the Matale and Polonnaruwa Districts. It is said that a herd of close to 150 elephants roam within this beautiful national park. The best time to visit the park is between the months of November and May.


Pigeon Island National Park

The famous Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks in Sri Lanka. It is located in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Those who visit the island will be able to enjoy many hours of snorkelling and diving!

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