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National Parks in Sri Lanka
Bundala National Park
Bundala National Parkin the South of Sri Lanka is a well known wintering ground for migratory aquatic birds. It is a refuge for 197 species of birds of which 58 are migratory. The main attraction is the large numbers of Greater Flamingo who migrate to this location from India. It has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It extends over an area of 3700 hectares. The Park contains five lagoons and has 383 plant species on record. It has been declared an important bird area (IBA) by BirdLife International. The Park has on record 48 species of reptiles, 197 species of birds, 32 species of mammals and 52 species of butterflies. It has about 100species of aquatic birds of which half are migrant birds. Contact tour agent in Sri Lanka for budget tour packages in Sri Lanka
Flood Plains National Park
The Flood Plains National Parkis located in the Mahaweli River flood plain. The Park is used by elephants for feeding and migration purposes. The Mahaweli River flows through the center of the Park. Around 38 shallow swamps called willus are found in the flood plains. Besides elephant other mammals seen include Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Jackal, Wild Boar, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Water Buffalo and Leopard. Around 75 species of migrant birds winter in the Park swamps. The marshes also provide a habitat to a large number of reptiles including water snakes, crocodiles and turtles. Discover Sri Lanka National Parks and enjoy your holiday in Sri Lanka
Galoya National Park
The Galoya National Park issituated in the South East of Sri Lanka and is also the main catchment area for the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka – the Senanayake Samudraya. Very rare medicinal plants are found in this Park. Mammals found in the Park include Elephant, Axis Deer, Muntjac, Water Buffalo, Sambar Deer, Leopard, Monkey and Wild Boar. Reptiles include Crocodile and Star Tortoise. Over 150 species of Birds have been spotted in the Park. Boat and Jeep safaris are available. Watch elephants swimming from one island to another in the Senanayake Samudraya (Reservoir). Many budget hotels in Sri Lanka provide an excellent service.
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Parkis situated on a plateau in the central highlands of Sri Lanka at an altitude of about 2200m and is rich in biodiversity. It has many unique species of flora and fauna endemic to the locality. Three of Sri Lanka's major rivers have their source in the plains. Ancient stone tools have been discovered at this location.It is mostly covered by grassland with patches of montane forest. Some of the best hotels in Sri Lanka will cater to your needs.
Kaudulla National Park
Kaudulla National Park in the North Central Province is an eco tour and wildlife attraction. It has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. Located near an ancient irrigation reservoir it has a large variety of plant and animal life. 160 species of birds have been recorded. Mammals include Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, and Wild Boar. Stay at an attractivebudget hotel in Sri Lanka.
Lahugala Kitulana National Park
Lahugala Kitulana National Park in the Eastern Province although small in size is an important habitat of the Sri Lankan Elephant. It is situated around three reservoirs. A great place to watch elephants who feed on the tall grass that is found in abundance in the Park. It also has a sizeable endemic bird population. Endemic Toque Macaque, Sloth Bear, Leopard and Deer are among the mammals found. Hotels in Sri Lanka offer you plenty of choice.
Lunugamvehera National Park
Lunugamvehera National Parkis in the Uva Province and plays an important role in the seasonal movement of elephants. It also has a significant population of aquatic birds including Grey Heron, Black-headed Ibis, Painted Stork and Pelican. 183 species of birds and 43 species of mammals are on record. Elephant, Water Buffalo, Deer, Bear, Wild Boar, Giant Squirrel and Palm Civet are among the mammals found in the Park. Contact tour agent in Sri Lanka forbudget tour packages in Sri Lanka
Maduru Oya National Park
The Maduru Oya Nationsal Parkspans part of the Eastern and Uva Provinces of Sri Lanka. In addition to being a wildlife sanctuary it also acts as a catchment area for five reservoirs. Another interesting feature is the indigenous community of Veddhas (Sri Lankan Aborigines) living within the Park. Mammals include Elephant, Sloth Bear, Leopard, Water Buffalo, Toque Monkey, Wild Boar and Deer. Aquatic birds include Painted Stork, Sea Eagle, Pelican, Cormorant, Ibis .and Spoonbill. Cheap hotels in Sri Lanka help cut down your expenses. Plan your Sri Lanka tour in advance.
Minneriya National Park
The Minneriya National Parkin the North Central Province has the largest seasonal concentration of wild elephants. As many as 700 elephants have been reported to gather at times. Other mammals include endemic Monkeys, Deer, Leopard and Sloth Bear, It has also been declared an Important Bird Area(IBA). 160 species of birds are on record including many aquatic birds such as Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, Pelican, Cormorant and Heron.Discover Sri Lanka wildlife and have a wonderful holiday in Sri Lanka.
Somawathiya Chaithiya National Park
Somawathiya Chaithiya National Parkextends over parts of Eastern and North- Central Provinces and is situated in the plains of the Mahaweli River. 37,762 hectares in extent it provides protection to the willus (swamp lakes) and flood plains in the region. The Park also has a large population of elephants estimated at around 400. Other mammals include leopard, wild boar, deer and water buffalo. It has a rich bird life. Around 75 migrant species including sandpiper, snipe, tern, and godwit winter in the Park. Resident birds include stork, egret, heron, peafowl and hornbill among many others. Choose from different tour packages in Sri Lanka and enjoy yourSri Lanka holiday. Plan your SriLanka tour in advance.
Udawalawe National Park
The Udawalawe National Parkis situated on the boundary of the Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces and is a very popular wildlife sanctuary. It is a major eco tourist attraction and is most famous for its elephants. Herds comprising up to about a hundred roam about the Park. Leopard, Sloth Bear, Water Buffalo and Deer are among the other mammals. The Park extends over an area of 30,821 hectares. It also has a wealth of birdlife including migrants. Trim your Sri Lanka holiday expenses by staying at a cheap hotel in Sri Lanka.
Wasgomuwa National Park
The Wasgomuwa National Parkis situated in the Polonnaruwa district in the North Central Province. The Park is encompassed by three rivers. The main attraction is provided by the herds of elephants found in the Park. Other mammals include leopard, deer, water buffalo and sloth bear among others. Around 143 species of birds are on record including 5 endemic. Enjoy your wedding and honeymoon in Sri Lanka.
Wilpattu National Park
The Wilpattu National Park known as ‘the land of lakes’ is situated in the North West of Sri Lanka. It is the largest and oldest National Park and covers an area of 131,693 hectares with one of the most diverse ecosystems in the island. It has a number of willus or swamp lakes from which it derives its name. It is famous for its leopard population. Mammals include leopard, sloth bear, elephant, wild boar and deer. Bird species include Pin tail, Whistling teal, Spoonbill, Ibis, Egret and Heron. Enjoy Sri Lanka’s National Parks.Plan your wedding and honeymoon in Sri Lanka.
Yala National Park
Yala National Parkis the most popular of all the Parks. It is situated in the South East of the island and covers an area of 979 square kilometers. The Park is known mostly for its wide variety of wild animals. It has also been declared an Important Bird Area (IBA) and has 215 bird species on record. It possesses one of the highest leopard concentrations found anywhere in the world. 44 mammals are on record including elephant, sloth bear, leopard and water buffalo. The Park has a variety of eco systems.
Kumana National Park
Kumana National Park18,149 hectares in extent is situated in the South East corner of Sri Lanka and is well known for its bird population, especially migratory birds that flock in large numbers. A large swamp lake known as Kumana Willu about 200 hectares in extent is located within the Park. 250 species of endemic and migrant birds are on record. Among the aquatic birds are herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills, storks and pelicans. Different tour packages in Sri Lanka are available. Have a fantastic Sri Lanka Holiday.