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8 INCREDIBLE SRI LANKAN WILDLIFE ADVENTURES

As you know Sri Lanka is Asia's premier wildlife ending place and is often the most attractive outside of Africa. This pearl of the Indian ocean is recognized as one of the amazing ten biodiversity hotspots in the world. This has located in the Indian Ocean and this beautiful Sri Lanka is a comparably small island and is blessed with the world's most extensive natural resources.

Absolutely you can get more experiences traveling where the north, south, east, or west sides. You have come for some exciting wildlife opportunities, In the true sense of the word, an echo of the natural world in every nook and corner of Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka is rich in biodiversity with flora and fauna endemic over this small island. More specifically, 23% of the plants and 16% of the species are endemic.

There are nearly 60 national parks and reserves throughout Sri Lanka, where we call as some of the high biodiversity due to the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Sinharaja Rainforest is endemic to Asia, a significant and biosphere forest believed to be one of Asia's best tropical ecosystems. Nearly 140 endemic trees and amazing endemism are there including butterflies, fish, amphibians, and reptiles, 20 endemic bird species; It is a treasure waiting to be travelled.

Zorhan Mokoele | TDO local expert from South Africa

In the true sense of the word I'm a travelling addicted person to satisfy my soul and escape from my dental student life. I was lucky enough to born in such a beautiful island, Sri Lanka. Travelling is the motivation of my life. Freedom is essential for a human being. So, I wish all the people who read this to take every possible efforts travel as much as possible. If you are really like to visit my country, I'm ready to give any information that you need.

- Raveena Anjalee, a Peradeniya based traveler
Travel Writer & Sri Lanka Travel Designer for TDO

#1 YALA NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

Get a fun with the clean wonderful outdoors in the tropical wilderness and witness the awesome-inspiring sceneries of wildlife and beautiful nature with a ride of Yala safari.

The wildlife park is a great place to change the scenes of your daily life completely. Recognized as the National Park with the highest number of leopards in Sri Lanka, these lazy but ferocious predators are the most attractive creatures in the Yala national park.

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You can capture these leopards specially near the thorn bushes, tall trees, scenic lagoons, and golden dunes. January to July is the busiest month for leopard watching. You can click the sight of vague leopards and look at the playful elephants bathing in the mud. In addition to watching the majestic elephants and leopards, a Yala safari will bring you fascinating views of lazy bears, wild gold, water buffalo, spotted deer, sambar deer, and gold foxes.

Yala is a real heaven for resident and migratory birds in addition to its mammal population. Absolutely you will amaze with the beautiful peacocks, Flamingos, Pelicans, Spoonbills, Painted Stones, Rare Black-necked Stones, Gray Heron, Purple Heron, Night Heron, Darts, Gargoyles, Wimblers, Pigeons, Flychair and more.

Sit at the back of your vehicle and be relax, not letting your camera stop crashing, and be ready to capture as many scenes as you can see the wild animals roaming freely in the bush.

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#2 UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

You can begin the jeep tour near the park's main entrance (GPS: 6 ° 26'18.2 "N80 ° 53'19.0" e) parking lot. If you stay in a hotel 5 km from the park entrance, you are entitled to receive sponsorship from your hotel.

After entering the park's standard process, you will enter the Udawalawe amazing Forest, a popular home for Sri Lankan elephants.

You will first go to the park's savannah pastures to see Sri Lankan elephants, golden foxes, spotted deer, wild buffalo, rabbits, mongooses, and bundikuts. Sea Eagle, Fish Fish, Brahmin Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle, Sri Lankan Wild Bird, Spur Bird, Green Pigeon, Sri Lankan Gray Hornbill, Spot Build Pelican, Little Comrant, Green Bee-eater, Crested Straw also increase the bio diversity in Yala national park.

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Very soon, you will being guided to the shores of the spectacular Udawalawe reservoir with large mountains in the background. You can see crocodiles resting on the beach or swimming in the lakes, birds of prey, and many other birds and animals coming to rest to quench their thirst.

If you are not staying in a hotel within a radius of 5 km from the entrance to Udawalawe National Park, your visit will end at the park entrance. In that case, your hotel will be greeted after completing your safari.

#3 MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

In here you will see the elephant migration between Minneriya, Kaudulla, and Hurulu ecological Park.

There are three national parks in the region. Those are Mineria National Park, Kaudulla National Park, and Hurulu Ecological Park. All three parks are very popular with locals and foreigners around the world for their large elephant herds. Large numbers of elephants are found in Mineria National Park, usually between July and September each year, and migrate to Kaudulla National Park between October and November due to heavy rainfall and lakes' flooding. The elephants travel to Hurulu Ecological Park from December to January for the final stages of their migration.

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Take a golden opportunity to gather the largest elephants in Asia by walking through the green grass above the beautiful Mineria Reservoir, the heart of the National Park.

Minneriya national park Safari is a golden opportunity for wildlife lovers to visit Sri Lanka. This place known as the leading destination for elephants searching for food during the dry months of August and September. Minneriya National Park attracts about 300 giants from near national parks. Get your fun seeing the monkeys roaming among the elephants, explore the forest for majestic elephants, lazy bears, mongooses, spotted deer, sambar deer, water buffaloes, porcupines, and Indian pangolins. Do not miss this safari destination, which offers the best place for wildlife in the beautiful forest.

#4 WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

This is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and attract tourists from around the world.. Explore the breathtaking dry tropical rainforests and small silver-blue pools, and stunning views of the incredible wildlife.

Wilpattu Safari offers views of elephants, leopards, spotted deer, barking deer, golden foxes, sambar deer, wild boar, and water buffalo, ensuring mighty elephants' views.

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In addition to mammals, the Wilpattu Safari guarantees you many opportunities to explore the incredibly beautiful swamps of butterflies, including the Great Egg Flies, the Great Orange Hint, the Glad-Eye Bushbrown, the Blue Mormon, the Common Mormon, and the Crimson Rose.
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Thanks to the beautiful coastal margin, shallow lakes, shrubs, treeless meadows, and lush forests, during your Wilpattu safari experience, you will catch a variety of wildlives. Little water bodies scattered around the park enhance the park's photographic nature and attract the authenticity of waterfowl and reptiles.

Wilpattu Safari is a must for those who love tropical wildlife.

#5 WASGAMUWA NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

Discover the richness of flora and fauna in the background of dry tropical forests. Enjoy a safari in Wasgamuwa, fill your lungs with the refreshing air of the forest, and listen to the orchestra of crickets and birds.

The Wasgamuwa Safari ensures the sighting of mighty elephants. The National Park is home to various mammals including leopards, lazy bears, purple-faced langur monkeys, wild bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, and water buffalo.

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The little water pools can be seen throughout the national park are rich habitats for various aquatic life, including crocodiles, pythons, and different wonderful aquatic birds. This gives wildlife-lovers a clear idea of the wildlife around the pools, giving them a world where they can take their cameras home.

From November to May is the best time to visit the park, which guarantees you large herds of elephants. For those planning to explore Polonnaruwa and Dambulla's ancient cities, an exciting and adventurous safari trip to Wasgamuwa National Park is a must.

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#6 KUMANA NATIONAL PARK SAFARI

Kumana National Park Safari will be an amazing journey for those who are interested in bird watching. Kumana National Park is known as a habitat for migratory and resident birds and is a testament to Sri Lanka's diversity.

For bird lovers, the we wonderful place is a promising heaven for unforgettable safari adventures and bird watching. Located in the Ampara District in Sri Lanka, this park is a real nest for breeding, feeding, and breeding more than 430 species. Enjoy the Kumana Safari experience and capture unforgettable views of pelicans, spoonbills, white ibises, herons, painted Stokes, egrets, cormorants, and many more.

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Every year within the April-July period, tens of thousands of birds worldwide are welcomed by Kumana. White-breasted springs, ducks, black-crowned night herons, Indian pond herons, purple swamps, and common moors are standard on Kumana safaris and make many migratory trips to Kumana.

In addition to the abundance of birds, Kumana lists endangered wetland species, including elephants, leopards, gold foxes, wild gold, European otters, rare turtles, and crocodiles. Lagoon 20 and other freshwater bodies are scattered throughout the national park, The exciting creatures in their natural habitat to allow tracking the park.

#7 BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK PRIVATE SAFARI

Bundala National Park is located near the Yala and Kirinda beaches and is home to several residents and migratory bird sanctuaries in Sri Lanka.

Due to its wetland background and terrain diversity, it has created various habitats and welcomes a variety of unique creatures to its shed. This is located 251Km away from Colombo and various colorful bird species are inhabiting more than 200 species.

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At the Bundala safari experience, with its fascinating Bitter Lagoon, an essential part of the ecosystem, attracts rare aquatic animals, including rare turtles and crocodiles. In addition to the diversity of wildlife, the National Park is home to various flora and fauna that provide the best color in a tropical forest.

With over 10,000 migratory birds, you can visit Sri Lanka's Bundala, Sri Lanka's most incredible bird sanctuary, every year during September and March.

#8 KAUDULLA NATIONAL PARK PRIVATE SAFARI

This is the place that you can see the elephant migration between Minneriya, Kaudulla, and Hurulu Ecological Park. When you come to there, you will see three national parks in the region. These are Mineria National Park, Kaudulla National Park and Hurulu Ecological Park. All three parks are home to large herds of local and foreign elephants around the world. Elephants usually visit the Mineria National Park in large numbers from July to September each year and migrate to Kaudullah National Park between October and November due to heavy rainfall and lake flooding. The elephants travel to Hurulu Ecological Park from December to January for the final stages of their migration.

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Visitors to Kaudulla National Park, a historical city in Sri Lanka, have ample opportunity to see elephants in their natural habitat. In addition to elephants, sambar deer, Sri Lankan porcupine deer, chevron, wild boar, Asian spoon, gray-headed fish eagle, painted oak, and open bill oak are familiar sights in the park. Apart from this, one can rarely see leopards and lazy bears in the forest.

It is a great adventure to walk through the evergreen forest of Kaudullah National Park along small paths that wildlife lovers cannot say 'no' to. Kaudulla Reservoir is the lifeblood of the park's wildlife and attracts Mineria, Wasgamuwa, and Somawathiya National Parks near the elephant herds during the dry season.

The thin green line with the blue sky and the silver lake and the emerald green meadow that contrasts with the rocky black elephant is a beautiful sight that attracts tourists from all over the world.

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