Wilpattu National Park
Famous for being the largest national park in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu is one of the oldest national parks in the country and is situated 30km’s West of Anurdhapura. The park is 1,317 square kilometers of pure wilderness and is dotted with natural, sand-rimmed water basins called “Willus”. World renowned for its Leopard population, Wilpattu national park is a dream come true for Safari lovers.
Yala National Park
Undoubtedly the most well-known national park in Sri Lanka, which is the second largest in the country and is celebrated for having the highest concentration of Leopards in the world. The park contains five blocks, two of which are open to the public and covers approximately 979 square kilometers. Yala national park is not only famous for its Leopard populations, but also for hosting a wide variety of animals and is an important site for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.
Udawalawe National Park
An important habitat for Elephants and Water Birds and is the third most visited national park, covering 119 square miles. Visit during the dry season to witness the magnificent gatherings of the gentle giants who come to quench the thirst from waterholes.
Wasgamuwa National Park
Regarded as a strict nature reserve, the park is home to Elephants that can be seen in large herds. It is also considered as one of the most important locations for birds in the country. You are more certain to see the elephants during November to May.
Minneriya National Park
The Park is popular for being a dry season feeding ground for the wild Elephant populations that dwell in the forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee districts. It also considered as one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka.
Kumana National Park
The Park is renowned for its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds and is considered as one of the best locations for bird lovers. Apart from the birds that’s found in abundance here, tourists can also witness mammals and reptiles from the adjacent Yala National park.