Sri Lanka is a terrific wildlife destination. The island country is known for its unique and diverse wildlife, including Asian elephants and Sri Lankan leopards. You can also spot hundreds of birds endemic to the country. Take a look at the best spots for wildlife spotting in Sri Lanka.
Yala National Park
Yala National Park, with a land area of 120,000 hectares, remains the most popular eco-tourism destination in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan leopards, a sub-species that’s endemic to the island country, are the biggest crowd pullers here. Other animals you might spot here include monkeys, spotted dear, golden jackals, sambars, sloth bears and elephants. Yala National Park has a rich birdlife too; as many as 200 different species of birds can be seen here.
Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park is perhaps the best place on the planet to catch a sight of Asian elephants. Plenty of them roam around in Minneriya, which makes it easy for you to spot them. Apart from elephants, a visit to the national park enables you to take a look at a range of other animals, such as sloth bears, buffaloes and foxes. One may even spot a leopard here.
Uda Walawe National Park
Uda Walawe National Park is a wonderful place to spot elephants in the wild. The park is not too big, but still remains a hugely popular tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Its grassy plains allow better visibility for wildlife spotting. Other than elephants, there may not much for wildlife lovers at the Uda Walawe National Park; however, bird watchers can have a great time spotting different species of eagles and other winged creatures.
Bundala National Park
A UNESCO biosphere reserve, the Bundala National Park is an important ecological site and is home to nearly 200 species of birds. You can spot the Greater Flamingo, Painted Stork, Eurasian Spoonbill and several other bird species here. Along with a rich birdlife, you will have the opportunity to appreciate interesting wildlife such as elephants, leopards and deer. You may even spot reptiles at the Bundala National Park.
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
Sri Lanka’s premier rainforest, Sinharaja is a lovely place to take a look at some rare flora and fauna. Around 50 percent of the trees here are not found anywhere else on the planet; certain bird species too are endemic to the region. As far as animal life is concerned, you can see leopards, langurs, deer and different kinds of squirrels.