Udawalawe National Park
Is situated in the dry zone and is a large area of scrub,
grass and old plantation around a large reservoir. Udawalawe
National Park is very well known for its outstanding scenic
beauty and wealth of fauna species, particularly mammals
and birds. more..
Wasgomuwa National Park
Also located in the dry zone, Wasgomuwa National Park is
almost completely surrounded by large rivers on all its
sides. Probably one of the best places in the island for
near wildlife fanatics as it contains more wildlife, in
terms of both wild fauna and flora. more...
Bundala National Park
A simply picture perfect national park bordering the ocean
fringed with sand dunes, and dotted with numerous lagoons.
The five lagoons of this park are some of the most important
wintering areas for migratory shore birds in the country, more..
Yala National Park
The largest national park in Sri Lanka formed by a completely
diverse landscape ranging from the ocean to jungles, scrubland,
freshwater rivers and lakes, which support a large variety
of wildlife. more..
Minneriya National Park
Virtually built around the Minneriya reservoir, this park
is certainly one of the most scenic in the island. During
the dry season from June to September, the reservoir becomes
a favorite gathering place for scores of elephants who get
together to eat, drink and be merry. more..
Kaudulla National Park
Kaudulla is the newest national park and forms a corridor
for elephants migrating between Somawathiya National Park
in the north to Minneriya National Park, further south.
Is a very popular place for elephant lovers, more..
Horton Plains National Park
Strikingly different from the other national parks in that,
visitors to Horton Plains are allowed to walk on their own
on the designated tracks. The scenic beauty and wildlife
of Horton Plains which is a remote 2000m high plateau just
south of Nuwara Eliya is set to impress even the most discerning
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Sinharaja Forest Reserve or ‘Kingdom of the Lion’ is located
in the south-west part of the island and is one of the
last remaining areas of tropical rain forest in Sri Lanka.
Sinharaja was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in
1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988.more..
Udawattakele Bird Sanctuary
This is the only reserve in the whole of Sri Lanka to
be situated in the suburbs of a city. The Udawattakele
Sanctuary rests on the northern edge of the Kandy city
just above the Temple of the Tooth. The forests are a
haven for birds and some of the birds sighted here include
the Layard’s Parakeet, more...
Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary
Situated just a short distance off the coastal road on
the south coast of the island between Tangalle and Hambantota.
The gorgeous Indian Ocean and rich lagoons and mangrove
swamps characterize this bird sanctuary. more....
Bodhinagala is quite a small area of secondary rainforest
only about a two hour drive from the city of Colombo.
Located in a tropical rainforest surrounding a monastery
and rich in flora and fauna Bodhinagala is a great place
for bird watching. more..
Situated toward the southern part of Negombo, the Muthurajawela
marshes meaning “swamp of royal treasure’ more than does
justice to its name. Home to a staggering number of species
of flora and fauna, more...
The Bellanwila-Attidiya marsh is a precious residual fragment
of the once extensive marshlands around Colombo. Rich
in species it is of major importance as a wildlife refuge
and well worth a visit. This urban wetland is famous for
its abundant bird life. more..
Situated in the wet zone of our island, the Kitulgala
Rainforest is a beautiful forest reserve adjoining Peak
Wilderness Sanctuary in Adam’s Peak. An absolute birder’s
paradise, this rain forest is home to birds such as the
Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Woodpigeon, White-faced
Starling, Black-throated Munia, Dollarbird, Blue Magpie,
Located on the outskirts of Colombo, Talangama is a rich
and varied wetland site. Over a hundred species of birds
have been recorded here. more..
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
Located within a strict nature reserve just 10km away form
the picturesque Nuwara Eliya town, the Hakgala botanical
garden was once a Cinchona plantation. The name Hakgala
or “Jaw Rock” comes from the story in the epic Ramayana
in which the Monkey God takes back a part of the mountainside
in his jaw when asked by Rama to seek out a special herb!
Knuckles / Corbett’s Gap
Lying 25km east of the city of Kandy, the Knuckles mountain
range exists as a unique ecosystem separate from the rest
of the central hills. True to its name this mountain range
consists of five peaks and resembles the knuckles on a persons
folded fist. Covering a distance of about 12 miles Knuckles
extends roughly from the northwest to the southwest of Sri
Peak Wilderness Sanctuary (Adam’s
The Peak Wilderness Sanctuary is a long strip of wet zone
forest and is situated in the Ratnapura District. The key
attraction of this sanctuary is Adam’s Peak itself, which
is the second highest summit in Sri Lanka and is a deeply
religious place of worship among Buddhists, Catholics and
Muslims alike, more...
Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve
The Ritigala Nature Reserve is a beautiful unexplored thick
forest situated right in the midst of the dry zone found
just off the Anuradhapura-Habarana road. Rising 600m above
the surrounding plains, Ritigala is the highest peak in
the entire area and enjoys it’s own micro-climate with relatively
more rainfall and a cooler climate than the rest of north
central part of Sri Lanka. more...