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Nature & Wlidlife

Horton Plains

The landscapes of this high,  misty plateau, some 20km south of Nuwara Eliya. It is a wildlife park in the Nuwara Eliya area where you can spot leopards and birds endemic to Sri Lanka. Wildlife includes sambur, which keep to the edge of wooded areas, bear monkey, often seen.  Many visitors make a beeline for World’s End, the 900m (2953ft) drop off that forms an abrupt southern boundary to the plains. It is also a place to go trekking, hiking or even camping.

Hortan Plains
 

Sinharaja Rain Forest

A world heritage site Sri Lanka’s most beautiful and the biggest rain forest situated close to Ratnapura. It is a unique blend of biodiversity with endemic flora and fauna. A variety of indigenous plants and animals, flowing rivers and silent streamlets cover up nearly 9800 hectares. There is no end to what may be discovered during a rainforest exploration in Sri Lanka. The awe-inspiring experience cannot be described in any words, you have to experience it.!

Sinharaja
 

Royal Botanical Gardens

Cover some 150acres of trees, lawns and flowering shrubs, including (50acres) arboretum of more than 10000 trees. Under British rule the royal park became a botanical garden in 1821 and is largest of Sri Lanka’s three main botanical gardens. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees, while you will surprised at the variety of bamboo that can be found in one place.

Royal Botanical Garden
 

Hakgala Botanical Gardens

After the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, Hakkgala, 10km south of Nuwara Eliya, is the second most important garden in Sri Lanka. Though on a smaller scale than those at Peradeniya, Hakgala,s plantation of roses, shrubs, ferns and montane woodland are delightfully located, with scenic views.

Hakgala
 

Pinawala Elephant Orphanage

The only Elephant Orphanage in the world at the Pinawala. A visit to the elephant orphanage near Kegalla, 20km ( 12miles) west of Kandy on the Colombo highway, where young orphaned or abandoned elephant are cared for is a must. The herd usually numbers about 50 from tiny infants to hefty adolescents and young adults.  

Pinnawala
 

Yala National Park

This is Sri Lanka’s most popular national park. It is famous for its elephant population, seen in small and large herds, Spotted deer, Sambur, Barking deer, Monkey, Wild Buffalo, Wild Boer, Sloth Bear and innumerable varieties of birds, endemic and migratory. Peacock is the most famous of the birds at Yala.

Yala
 

Udawlawe National Park 

It is next in popularity to Yala., and elephant could easily be observed even midday. In addition 39 species of mammals and 183 species of birds have been recorded.

Udawalawe
 

Wilpattu National Park

Close to Anuradhapura is unique in its topography having several inland ‘villus’ (lakes) that attract thousands of water birds. Leopards, spotted deer, elephants, wild boar, sloth bears and crocodiles can be found in this fairly thick dry zone jungle area.

Wilpattu
 

Bundala Bird Sanctuary

It is a must seen destination between Kirinda and Hambanthota. It displays lagoons, wetlands, jungle and numerous species of wildlife, all wrapped in the natural setting of the nature reserve. The parks is the last refuge of the Grater Flamingo in this part of the island, up to 2000 of these birds have been recorded during Nov/Dec.

Bundala
 

Kumana National Park

It is home to a multitude of birds and is regarded as an important bird nesting and breeding ground. Tens of thousands of bird migrate to the Kumana swamp area from April to July.

Wasgomuwa
   

Wasgomuwa National Parks

Situated in North Central Province closer to the ancient cities  especially Polonnaruwa, at Wasgomuwa wild elephants could be easily sighted. It is also rich in other large mammals.

Kumana