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Wildest national parks to safari in Sri Lanka – an unending adventure

The terms 'variety' and 'vibrancy' are commonly associated with a majority of Sri Lanka's wildest parks as these are poised to escort you into rich habitats where adventure lurks at every corner.


1. Udawalawe National Park

Famed for a particularly large concentration of elephants that roam throughout the entirety of Udawalawe, visitors arriving here will be treated to a remarkable and joyous time. Located near the Udawalawe reservoir which is known for having the odd elephant swimming in its vast expanse, the wildlife park is also home to species ranging from water buffalos, mongooses, jackals, and grey langers.


2. Minneriya National Park

Renowned for having one of the largest gatherings of Asian elephants, the Minneriya National Park is one such destination that ought not to be excluded ahead of contemplating any safari expedition in Sri Lanka. Whilst grasslands and beautiful lakes dominate the park, it is the variety of animal life here that will have you clicking away at a rate of knots. From sloth bears, wild pigs to leopards and sambar deer, here is a reserve that will whet your appetite for adventure in no time.


3. Yala National Park

If there was one wildlife park that you must direct your attention to it is none other than the Yala National Park which is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Considered an ideal stopover for those of you keen on camping out at night, Yala has access to over 40 species of mammals that can be easily discovered if one is patient and persistent.


4. Bundala National Park

Named a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2005, the Bundala National Park is one of the most sought after of wildlife sanctuaries in Sri Lanka if one is passionate about birds. In fact, the park is regarded as a popular choice for migratory birds that arrive in the hope of finding a safe haven away from the cold winter. In total, Bundala houses 197 species of birds that live in harmony with many of the other highlights of the park that include elephants, leopards, and wild boar.


5. Kaudulla National Park

If staying at any of the Sri Lanka hotels in the immediate vicinity of Kaudulla National Park such as those belonging to Heritance Hotels & Resorts, then you will be found exploring the impressive landscape of this game reserve. Going on a jeep safari will afford you an opportunity to stumble upon a major proportion of the park's 24 mammal species, 26 species of fish and 435 species of birds that call Kaudulla 'home.'


6. Wasgamuwa National Park

Nestled within the Polonnaruwa and Matale districts of the country, Wasgamuwa is yet another wildlife park that has gained a reputation for being an ideal location for spotting the Sri Lankan elephant. Made up of dense jungles and thickets, this reserve is sure to capture the attention of the avid wildlife traveller with its mugger crocodiles, golden palm civets and purple-faced langurs serving as a welcome distraction.

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