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Top Most Popular Nature Parks in Sri Lanka - Wild Island Beauty

Despite its relatively small size, the pearl of the Indian Ocean – also known as the island of Sri Lanka – is home to a large number and wide range of wild life, found in numerous nature parks situated across the island. These parks offer unforgettable safaris that will bring you face to face with the countries exotic animals.

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1. Yala National Park

1. Yala National Park

Perhaps the country's most famous nature park, this internationally acclaimed site is renowned for its high leopard population. Elephants, sloth bears, sambur, crocodiles and various bird species can also be found here and one way you can easily explore the park is by way of the wildlife tours offered by Sri Lanka Holiday Travel.

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2. Udawalawe National Park

2. Udawalawe National Park

Located relatively close to Yala, this protected reserve is one of the best places to view the iconic Sri Lankan elephant, which can be seen roaming the park, wild and free.

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3. Wilpattu National Park

3. Wilpattu National Park

The largest of its kind in the island covering a distance of 425 square miles, the park is known for its natural lakes which attract a diverse array of animal and bird life including whistling teal, purple heron and white ibis.

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4. Bundala Bird Park

4. Bundala Bird Park

A hotspot for bird lovers, Bundala is a haven for many different species of migratory and endemic birds. Spot-billed pelicans, crested hawk eagles and Brahminy kites are some of the species that can be spotted here.

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5. Minneriya National Park

5. Minneriya National Park

This protected nature reserve is best known for being home of the world famous event known as "The Gathering" where one can see hundreds of elephants gathering near the reservoir during the region's dry season.