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  • Writer's pictureFatma Abdalla

Sril Lanka Part 3 - Safari

Updated: Oct 17, 2022

Sri Lanka is the only place where you get to experience a land safari then head out to the seas. The whole country is mostly forested jungle landscape except Colombo the capital city. There are over 26 national parks in Sri Lanka and most of it are protected by the Department of Wildlife.

So if you’re wondering what are the chances of spotting an elephant in the wild, it’s HIGHLY likely. Just like we did and more than once on our way to Yalla National Park!!

Elephants chilling out on the road!!

We must be careful passing by the elephant on the road so he won't panic and attack us.

People throwing food to elephants on the street to keep them calm and distract them while passing. Also, Elephants are worshiped in Sri Lanka.

There are lots of safari tours in Sri Lanka. They will take care of that needed for the visit from paying for the National Park entry fees and providing the safari jeep to explore the wild life.

Leopard crossing the road in front of audience at Sri Lanka national park Yala.

The popular Yala National Park is believed to have the world’s highest concentration of leopards. The average density of these majestic creatures is as high as one cat to every square kilometer, although sightings of the elusive leopard are still rare.

Other animals you might spot whilst in Yala include both sambar and spotted deer, wild boar, crocodile, langur and toque monkey, golden jackal and even the sloth bear during June and July when the palu tree fruits. Birdlife is also abundant here with over 200 species recorded and the reserve is a perfect combination of freshwater, marine, scrub and woodland areas for the diversity of birds.

Here is a list of National parks in Sri Lanka:

  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve

  • Udawalawe National Park

  • Horton Plains

  • Hikkaduwa Marine National Park

  • Minneriya National Park

  • Wilpattu National Park

  • Bundala National Park

  • Gal Oya National Park

  • Kumana National Park

  • Mirrisa Coast

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