Adventure, Wild Life & Nature
As a Buddhist country where the very first sanctuary in the world ever was declared, the tradition of preserving, protecting and respecting wildlife continues and will continue.
Despite the fact that Sri Lanka is a remarkably small in size, the inhabitants of the island have generously allocated a great portion of the land to wildlife in the forms of National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
Yala, Willpattu, Minneriya, Kaudulla, Horton Plains, Udawalawe, Lunugamvehera and Bundala are some of the main National Parks where visitors could view and observe wild animals in locations where live and breed.
Animals such as Elephant, Leopard, Jackal, Monkey, Wild Buffalo, Deer, Elk, Sambhur, Wild boar, are some of the animals viewed in the National Parks.
Around 492 species of birds could be spotted in these Parks during the period October to March of which 219 are breeding residents. The number of avian species endemic of Sri Lanka is 26 while more are proposed and awaiting confirmation.
With regard to aquatic life, many species of Fish, Turtles, Crabs, Shrimps, and Eels are found in Salt water as well as in Sweet and Brackish waters.
As for reptiles, Cobras, Wipers and many species of snake family exist though rarely seen while Crocodile, Water monitor, Land Monitor and many other lizards of smaller szes are rather commonly seen.
Organized safaris are available to facilitate the requirements of the visitor.