Wild life & national parks

Bundala National Park

An area of 6216 hectares is one of the 3 “RAMSAR” approved Wetland Reserves in Sri Lanka (the other two are Annaiwilandawa beyond Chilaw and Madhu Ganga Reserve at Balapitiya) that hosts over 20,000 shorebirds, during the period August to April. The Park consists of lagoons and inter-tidal mud flats where wintering birds rest and more »

Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya national park is 230 miles on the Colombo, Kandy, Mahiyangana, Mahaoya and Ampara road, which is the shortest out of the 3 routes. This National Park declared in 1954 is 25,900 hectares in extent and covers most of the catchment area of the Senanayake Samudra. The areas to visit by Jeep are limited more »

Horton Plains National Park protected by UNESCO

20 miles (32 km) from Nuwara Eliya via Ambewela and Pattipola, is the Horton Plains only 3160 hectares in extent. Known to Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831- 1837. Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and upgraded as a National Park in 1988 more »

Knuckles Range protected by UNESCO

The Knuckles Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, northeast of the city of Kandy. The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif, which resemble the knuckles of clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy district. While this name was assigned more »

Kavudulla National Park

In the Polonnaruwa District is 6,900 hectares in extent including the Kavudulla Wewa and the surrounding jungle area. This was opened in September 2002 as a National Park. The entrance is at Door-9 Galoya on the Minneriya-Galoya Junction Road. Kavudulla is home to a large herd of Elephants, Sambhur, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, more »

Lahugala Kitulana National Park

Lahugala National Park is 192 miles from Colombo on the Colombo, Wellawaya, Moneragala and Siyabalanduwa Road. There are 3 tanks (Lahugala, Kitulana and Sengamuwa) within the National Park and all of them are covered with Beru (Opilismanus Compositus) grass favorite among Elephants. Lahugala is connected to Yala East National Park and Galoya National Park and more »

Minneriya National Park

Questo Parco Nazionale di 8889 ettari di estensione è famosa per la sua vasta popolazione di elefanti in branchi da 100 a 150in gira nella giungla e visto nel bacino idrografico del lago. L’ingresso è a Ambagaswewa circa 6 km dal Habarana sulla strada principale Habarana Polonnaruwa. Office è dal lato della strada principale. Gli more »

Sinharaja Rain Reserve protected by UNESCO

Reserve is a national park in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and can been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The hilly virgin rain, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain s ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World more »

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park is an important national park in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The reserve covers 306 km² and was established in 1972 to protect the catchment of the Uda Walawe reservoir. The habitat is open parkland, with some mature teak trees along the river. This popular reserve has more than 500 wild more »

Wasgamuwa National Park

Wasgomuwa National Park was declared in 1984 for Bio-diversity conservation. Wasgamuwa is only 145 (225 km) miles from Colombo via Kandy. The Park comprises of 39,322 hectares. Around 150 – 250 Elephants are found in the Park, Wild Buffalo, peacock ,Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Sambhur, Crocodiles, Leopard, Sloth Bear and other animals of the 23 more »

Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park (Willu-pattu; Land of Lakes) is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) – Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is more »

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is a national park in Sri Lanka. The reserve covers 979 km², although only the original 141 km² are open to the public. It was established in 1894 as a Game Sanctuary.Much of the reserve is parkland, but it also contains jungle, beaches, freshwater lakes and rivers and scrubland. The latter zone more »

Elephants in Sri Lankan History and Culture

In Śrī Lanka no other animal has been associated for so long with the people in their traditional and religious activities as the elephant. This association dates back to the pre-Christian era, more than 5,000 years. Ancient Sinhalese kings captured and tamed elephants which used to abound in the country. Various methods of capture were more »