In Sri Lanka, there are 22 National parks where you can do Wild Life activities, most of them are opened and some are closed for some period of the year, we operate tours for every park that available. These are the National parks in Sri Lanka.
Yala,Wilpattu, Gal Oya, Kumana, Udawalawe, Lahugala Kitulana, Maduru Oya, Wasgamuwa, Flood Plains, Somawathiya, Bundala,Lunugamvehera,Minneriya, Kaudulla , Angammedilla , Ussangoda ,Mullaitivu
Horton Plains, Horagolla, Galway’s Land
Hikkaduwa , Pigeon Island
From above Yala, Udawalawe, Mineriya, Wasgamuwa, Kumana, wilpaththu, Horton Plains, and hikkaduwa are very Famous among tourists and most of others atill remains as hidden, If you are planning to see the big cat, yo know what i mean, yes its the tiger, the best places are Yala and Wasgamuwa, Elephants and deers are everywhere in those parks. If you are interested in marine life, the best place is hikkaduwa, Pigeon island is really nice but hikkaduwa reef and around diving areas are the best if you want to explore underwater with your children of if it is your first time.
Yala National Park (6°22′22″N81°31′01″E)
Yala National Park is the 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka.It is situated in the southeast region of the island in the dry zone. The park is situated about 300 km from Colombo(6 to 8 hours of drive from Colombo/Airport) which is capital city of Sri Lanka.. Popular for its Leopards density. This is the most visited and most popular National Park in the country.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. UNESCO named a World Heritage site of the world. To explore Sinharaja Rain Forest you must walk and cannot go by jeeps or any other vehicle.
Udawalawe National Park (6°26′18.04″N80°53′18.44″E)
It’s a 4 hours drive from Colombo/Airport. The reason for creating the Udawalawe national park was to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir. Udawalawe is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephants, which are relatively easy to see in its open habitats. Many elephants are attracted to the park because of the Udawalawe reservoir, with a herd of more than 250 believed to be permanently resident.
Wasgamuwa is one of protected areas where Sri Lankan Elephants can be seen in large herds. It is also one of theImportant Bird Areas in Sri Lanka. The name of the Wasgamuwa has derived through the words “Walas Gamuwa”. “Walasa” isSinhala for Sloth bear and “Gamuwa” means a wood. The park is situated 225 km away from Colombo. It is approximately 5 hours drive from Colombo Airport. Wasgamuwa National Park is home to 23 species of mammals. The park is inhabited by a herd of 150 Sri Lankan Elephants. Marsh elephant roams in the Mahaweli river area. Both monkeys found in the park, are endemic to Sri Lanka. While Water Buffalo and Sri Lankan Axis Deer are common to observe, Sri Lanka Leopardand Sloth Bear are rare. Small Golden Palm Civet is another rare endemic mammal.
Wilpattu National Park.( 8°26′N80°00′E)
The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) – Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater.Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located approximately 180 km north of Colombo.( its 4 to 5 hours of drive from Colombo/Airport. )Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world renowned for its Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population. Park was closed for nearly 20 years due to recently ended war. Now it is opened for the public.
Kumana National Park (6°30′47″N81°41′16″E)
Kumana is renowned for its avifauna, particularly its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. The park is 391 kilometres (243 mi) southeast ofColombo on Sri Lanka’s southeastern coast. Kumana is one of the most important bird nesting and breeding grounds in Sri Lanka. 255 species of birds have been recorded in the national park. During April–July months tens of thousands of birds migrate to the Kumana swamp area annually
Lahugala Kitulana National Park(6°53′N81°40′E)
Lahugala is one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka. Despite its land area, the park is an important habitat for Sri Lankan Elephant and endemic birds of Sri Lanka. This national park is used by elephants traditionally as a feeding ground. Endemic Toque Macaque, Tufted Gray Langur, Sloth Bear, Golden Jackal, Rusty-spotted Cat, Fishing Cat, Sri Lanka Leopard, Wild boar, Indian Muntjac, Sri Lankan Axis Deer, Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Indian Pangolin and Indian Hare are the other mammals found in the park.
Horton Plains National Park(6°48′N80°48′E)
Horton Plains is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plateau is rich in biodiversityand many species found here are endemic to the region. its 6 hours drive from capitol Colombo Airport.
Hikkaduwa National Park (6°08′42″N80°05′33″E)
Hikkaduwa is one of the two marinenational parks in Sri Lanka. The national park contains a fringingcoral reef of high degree of biodiversity. Hikkaduwa coral reef is a typical shallow fringing reef with an average depth of around 5 metres (16 ft). The coral reef reduces the coastal erosion and forms a natural breakwater. The coast of the national park extends four km. Generally the coast is narrow, ranging from 5-50 m according to the climatic conditions of the year. Scuba diving is a popular recreation here.
Knuckles Mountain Range Nature Reserve(7°27′N80°48′E)
Located in the Central province of Sri Lanka is very scenic mountainous and plain like nature reserve. It’s a trekker’s paradise. There are many trekking and hiking possibilities. The entire area is characterised by its striking landscapes often robed in thick layers of cloud but in addition to its aesthetic value the range is of great scientific interest. It is a climatic microcosm of the rest of Sri Lanka. Knuckles mountain range is popular for its scenic landscapes and rural and authentic Sri Lankan villages. It is approximately 6 hours drive from Colombo/Airport.