Introduction to Nature Reserves, Sri Lanka
Throughout Sri Lanka’s length and breadth there are currently 26 National Parks in areas protected by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. The diversity of eco-systems and habitat ranges from sand dunes in the northwest in Adam’s Bridge Marine National Park through scrubland in the central areas to the tropical jungle of Yala National Park in the south-eastern corner. All the individual Parks offer something unique and safari jeep drives (or boat trips in some cases) will enlighten visitors and give the opportunity to view many magnificent animals and birds in their natural habitat.
Adam’s Bridge, on a sandy dune peninsula is temporary home to many migratory bird species as well as dolphins and turtles. Minneriya National Park in the central area is possibly the best National Park to view wild elephants, especially in summer as they gather around a large reservoir. Its 9000 hectares of scrubland and light forest is also home to an incredible variety of birdlife.
Yala National Park in the south east is the most frequented National Park in Sri Lanka for visitors, boasting the highest variety of Sri Lanka’s wildlife in a range of eco-systems, and has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world.
The extensive Uda Walawe National Park in the southern central area features stunning scenery; dramatic hills rising behind grasslands around a large lake/reservoir. There are many species of mammals, reptiles and a fascinating number of endemic bird species.
Among the other notable National Parks is Horton Plains in the central highlands in ‘tea country’, with mainly cloud forest and famous for two sheer precipices - Worlds End and Baker’s Falls.
We offer a private nature tour which is a fully guided 9 day tour of Sri Lanka, especially designed for wildlife enthusiasts while still incorporating some of Sri Lanka’s famous historical sites. Details here for full tour itinerary.
Details of the hotels in the Nature Reserves offered by Holiday Designers.
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