The best 6 national parks to visit in Sri Lanka.

1. Yala national park

The most popular, renowned national park of Sri Lanka is Yala national park. It is located in the southeast of Colombo. It covers a huge swathe of countryside in the southeast of the island. A basic part of the park is closed to visitors, but the reachable area is like home to exactly the most varied wildlife in the country. It includes an interesting elephant population, evasive sloth bears, beautiful birds, and the most popular considerable leopard population. Even though it is a bit difficult to stay with leopards, It will be easy to spend your time in the park according to the guidance of a reputable park tour operator. You will realize that this natural park extends from the sea coast to the jungle.

2. Wilpattu

This is one of the most popular parks in Sri Lanka famous for the rainwater reservoirs. It is located in the north of Colombo close to the city Anuradhapura. Wilpattu is full of wildlife safari with visiting for the day or staying overnight in tented accommodation. You can experience its attractive flora and fauna including leopards, bears, elephants, and deer.

3. Horton plain

Horton plain is one of the coldest and windiest locations in Sri Lanka. It is located just 32 km from Nuwara Eliya. It is covered by mountains, grasslands, and cloud forests with rich biodiversity and many species endemic to the region. This national park is amazing for hiking and trekking amongst the shadows of Sri Lanka’s second and third highest mountains Kirigalpotta and Totapola. Horton place is one of the best tourist destinations and best visited in the early morning. You can experience unforgettable memories in this park.

4. Minneriya

Minneriya national park is famous for Elephant gatherings. So it is considered for the greatest number of elephants to be found at one location in the whole of Asia. It is located in the North-central province of Sriparkska. Habarana and Polonnaruwa are the major two cities closest to the park. The park consists of the tropical day mixed forest, grasslands, and wetlands. This park protects the catchments of three ancient irrigation tanks including the Minneriya tank. It offers excellent mammal visibility by providing shelter for toque macaques, deers, crocodiles, buffaloes, and leopards and is also an important habitat for large water birds. The park is easily accessible and May to October is the best time to visit the park.

5. Sinharaja

forest Sinharaja forest is the last viable area of primary tropical rainforest and UNESCO named as the world heritage. It is located in South-west Sri Lanka. It offers one of the most significant biodiversity in Sri Lanka. If you looking for some unusual wonderful experience with your friends or families, make sure to visit the Sinharaja forest in Sri Lanka. This place shows the hidden true natural beauty of Sri Lanka. The park is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna spot animals like elephants, leopards, purple-faced langur, and different kinds of endemic and migratory bird species. So it is best known for mixed flock feeding and bird watching. January to March and August to September are the best time to visit the park. Dutch Church, Hangover café, Ratnapura, Star fort, and Crow island are some best places to visit near Sinharaja forest for an ultimate adventurous and fun vacation in Sri Lanka.

6. Pigeon Island national park

This is a park famous for the remaining coral reefs and water sports in Sri Lanka. It is considered as only a couple of marine national parks in Sri Lanka. The park is located just 1km off the coastal town of Nilaveli in Eastern province. There are so many routes to reach the town. You can take a flight, train or a taxi. Pigeon island includes two islands a large pigeon island and a small pigeon island. There are over 100 species of coral and 300 coral reef fish in this area. May to October is the best time to visit the island. It is amazing in summer. You can experience the calm sea with the pleasant and bright weather. Koneswaran temple, Kanniya hot springs well are some best places to visit near the park.


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