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Why Sri Lanka Is Ideal As A Safari Destination

Sri Lanka the pearl of Indian Ocean. It has become one the most desired safari destinations in the world thanks to its abundance of national parks,diverse wildlife including elephants and leopards and sustainable approach to conservation.

Sri Lanka is a tear shaped island in the Indian Ocean and it boasts of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world.Sri Lanka has an abundant of Birdlife around 400 species and its famous for its big four elephants, leopards, sloth bears and blue whales.Sri Lanka is one of the few places that you can see blue whales and same day do a land safari. .

There are 26 state-owned national parks covering an area of 5,734 square kilometres.these are protected by Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation. Below mentioned are some of the best safari destinations in Sri Lanka.

1. Yala National Park

May 08, 2019 | by Krishan

Yala National Park is one of the premier national parks of Sri Lanka and its stretches along a long stretch of coastline.Yala National Park is one of the best safari parks to witness Leopards and it’s a place to witness sloth bears too.

2. Minneriya National Park

May 08, 2019 | by Krishan

Minneriya national park is situated in short distance from Sigiriya rock and it is one of the best places to witness heard of Sri Lankan elephants and it is arguably most popular tourist attraction in the country. In the season time from September to October hundreds of elephants gather around the old reservoir. .

3. Wilpattu National Park

May 08, 2019 | by Krishan

Wilpattu National Park is located west side of Anuradhapura & Wilpattu National Park has a good network of gravel roads. No wildlife excursions can be truly experienced unless you go on safari and Wilpattu National Park is no stranger to expeditions thus far and you can be sure that leopards will almost always make a grand entrance here. Wilpattu has lot of waterholes which are good places to observe wildlife. Jeep Safari is the regular norm in exploring the Wilpattu National Park. While the big 4 of Sri Lankan wild life the Leopard, Elephant, Sloth bear, Deer, endemic birds can be sighted easily during a half day safari. When youre on your wildlife safari in wilpattu you will find this elusive leopards cross the gravel roads of wilpattu forest and sometimes gliding through the undergrowth of forest for their next meal. .

4. Udawalawe National Park

May 08, 2019 | by Krishan

Udwalawe is known as the best place in all of Asia for observing elephants in the wild.It also hosts as an elephant transit where abandoned or orphaned elephant calves are cared for and treated before being released back into the wild.

5. Kumana National Park

May 08, 2019 | by Krishan

The Kumana was declared as a National Park in 1983. The Kumana National Park is one of most important nesting and breeding grounds for the most of the bird species of Sri Lanka.Kumana Bird sanctuary has a record of 225 species.The vegetation of the park is mainly tropical dry zone.

Other than the birds it is home for large number of mammals like Sri Lankan elephant,Sloth bear,Leopard European Otter, Fishing cat, Wild boar and the Golden jackal and reptiles are the Mugger Crocodile. .

6. Galoya National Park

May 08, 2019 | by Krishan

Gal Oya National Park is another lesser known gem in Sri Lanka and it offers boat safaris and opportunity to see elephants and crocodiles in Senanayaka Reservoir Other than the jeep safaris you can do walking safari with an experienced tracker and ranger.it’s an good way to get up-close and personal with wild animals. There are walking safari tours from morning to late night. There are tracks with different levels of difficlulty.

Another way to witness wildlife of Sri Lanka is by Hot air balloon. this is weather dependent and most tours only operate between December and March.Other than that there is possibility to experience safaris all year round. There are two monsoon seasons in Sri Lanka and the National Parks are scattered around Sri Lanka.There are excellent opportunity to indulge in safari tours though out the whole year.

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