7 Best Wildlife Safaris & National Parks in Sri Lanka

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ඔබගේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරයට ඇතුළත් කළ හැකි Wild Safari ගමනාන්ත කිහිපයක් මෙන්න:

Here are some of the wildlife safari destinations that you can include in your Sri Lanka itinerary:

Yala National Park Sri Lanka

The Yala National Park (also known as Ruhuna National Park). Although one of the largest wildlife park in Sri Lanka. located about extends over two provinces of Hambantota district of southern province and Monaragala district in Uva province. The entrance to the park is at Palatupana, 12km from Kirinda. The distance from Colombo is 305 km. Park also includes wide varieties of wildlife and plants.

Sri Lanka Yala National Park Safari guide

How To Get There:

  • Distance from Kataragama to: Katagamuwa Entrance: 14Km Palatupana Entrance: 41Km Galge Entrance: 18Km
  • Open hours: 6am to 6pm

Safaris in Gal Oya National Park Sri Lanka

Gal Oya National Park is one of unique experience where boat safaris. Located in the south east of Sri Lanka just west of Ampara. It is a unique experience, there are no buildings. No traffic jams. No internet. It’s a place of calm, peacefully existing as everything changes around it.

Sri Lanka Gal Oya National Park Safari guide

How To Get There:

  • Situated along the Bibile – Ampara/ Inginiyagalla road at the end of the 30km post.
  • 3.5 hours from Kandy / Sigiriya
  • 3 hours from Passikuda
  • 2.5 hours from Arugam Bay, Ella and Yala

Safaris in Minneriya National Park Sri Lanka

Minneriya National Park gives the opportunity to see herds of Elephants throughout the dry season. The park consists of tropical dry mixed evergreen forests, abandoned Chena Lands, Grasslands and Wetlands. Minneriya National Park is located 182 km away from Colombo in the North Central Plains. The main city closest to Minneriya National Park is Polonnaruwa.

Sri Lanka Minneriya National Park Safari guide

How To Get There:

  • Minneriya North Central Province between Habarana & Polonnaruwa.
  • 182 km away from Colombo in the North Central Plains.

Lunugamvehera National Park Sri Lanka

The Lunugamvehera National park is an important habitat for water birds and elephants. This national park also serves as a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park. The national park is located in the Monaragala district in the Uva Province is 261 km (162 mi) southwest from Colombo.

Sri Lanka Lunugamvehera National Park Safari guide

How To Get There:

  • 261 km (162 mi) southwest from Colombo.
  • Nearest City Monargala in Uva Province.

Sinharaja Forest Reserve Sri Lanka

One of Sri Lanka’s last remaining undisturbed rainforest, located in the wet zone of the island. Once entrance to the Park, walk for 2-3 hours through the forest with a guide, and the trip back. An additional 2,772 hectares is considered Proposed Forest Reserve. Sinharaja’s largest and very rarely seen carnivore is the leopard. Other cats include the fishing cat and rusty spotted cat.

Sinharaja Rainforest Sri Lanka

How To Get There:

  • Sabaragamuwa and Southern Provinces, Sri Lanka
  • 82 km from Galle or Koggala Airport. (taxi or a private vehicle take 3 hours)

Safaris in Kumana National Park Sri Lanka

It has to be sad, Kumana is not rich in big game wildlife. Compared to Minneriya and Udawalawe, there are only few elephants roaming and more bird species occur in Kumana.

Sri Lanka Lunugamvehera National Park Safari guide

How To Get There:

  • Okanda and accessed through the Kudumbigala Sanctuary, 28 km south of Arugam Bay.
  • 16 km south of Panama

Knuckles Forest Reserve Sri Lanka

You will not be disappointed by what this place has to offer. this not for wild life safari. It’s more familiar for Trekking Life. The Knuckles Mountain Range in Sri Lanka was one of the main highlights Forest. Located in the districts of Kandy and Matale in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Walking trails are the best way to explore the beauty of the Misty Mountains, Knuckles Forest.

Visit Knuckles Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka

How To Get There:

  • Kandy to Knuckles 38km and 1Hour.40 minutes drive.

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