Trumpeting elephants, playful monkeys, colourful birds, and the majestic leopards ? Sri Lanka’s wildlife is as wild as it gets. ?If the great outdoors is your thing then sunny Lanka has plenty to offer. If you want to live closer to nature you can find villas for sale in Sri Lanka that has the enchanting sights and sounds of the natural environment right outside your home.
Wildlife and nature guide in Sri Lanka
- Safari in Yala National Park
- Elephant gathering in Minneriya
- Whale and Dolphin watching
Take a Safari to Yala National Park
Yala National Park, the home of the elusive leopard and the Asian elephant is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka. It is home to a unique ecosystem found nowhere in the country. The park is recorded to have the highest number of leopards in the world and one can look forward to getting a glimpse of the spotted prince of the jungle during a safari. There are 44 species of recorded mammals in Yala so wildlife enthusiasts have much to look forward to.
Witness the Elephant Gathering in Minneriya
Located on the North Central province of the country between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the Minneriya National Park is a hub for nature lovers. The elephant gathering in Minneriya is quite a spectacle. Referred to as ?the gathering’, in the evening hundreds of elephants assemble around the reservoir to graze the green grass that grows around the tank’s bed and to quench their thirst after. During the peak season from August to September more than two hundred elephants can be seen around the reservoir. According to wildlife authorities, the gathering in Minneriya is the largest grouping of wild elephants in Asia.
Kalpitiya and Mirissa are world-class attractions for its presence of Dolphins and Whales. While Mirissa is ideal to spot a variety of whales including the gigantic Blue Whale, Kalpitiya is ideal to view dolphins. The season to view dolphins at Kalpitiya Peninsula is between December and mid-April and whale watching season in Mirissa starts in November and ends in April.