A WEALTH OF WILD LIFE

HORTON PLAINS:

Most certainly one of the world’s best Nature reserves, within its boundaries lies World’s End, also known as Lovers Leap, which is famous the world over. Bakers falls and Chimmini pool are also a part of this world famous reserve, it’s Flora and Fauna is a great attraction.  Horton Plains Nature reserve which is approximately 12,000 hectares in extent is haunted by giant squirrel, sambhur, leopard, dusky toque, monkey, rusty spotted cat, wild boar, wild hare and a variety of endemic birds including the blue chat and the yellow –eared bulbul as well as numerous resident and migrant birds may be spotted here.  Rare butterflies and endemic plants such as the giant scarlet rhododendron, acetate scented nillo and English Field Flowers:  Poppy, Speedwell, harebells and meadowsweet, grow in profusion.

Traveling time- approx. One & a Half Hours.

YALA NATIONAL PARK

Is situated in the lowest peneplain of the Island.  This peneplain, which is flat and gently undulating, surrounds the hill country on all sides.  Yala National Park, which is 127,900 hectares in extent, is the haunt of Elephants, Wild Pig, Spotted Deer, Mouse Deer, Leopard, Peacock, Sambur, Jackals and many more species of Wild Life.  Birds such as the Ceylon Jungle Fowl, Brown Capped Babblesrand, as well as a variety of other avifauna can be observed.

Traveling time – approx. 2 ½ hrs.

 

TANGAMALE BIRD SANCTURY

The Tangamale bird sanctuary in Haputale offers excellent bird watching where a large selection of Sri Lanka’s 427 varieties of endemic resident and migrant birds, especially jungle and highland species can be spotted.

Traveling time –approx. 30 mts.

 

 

 

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK

Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created 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. The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the third most visited park in the country.

BUNDALA NATIONAL PARK

Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks.Bundala was designated a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and redesignated to a national park on 4 January 1993. In 1991 Bundala became the first wetland to be declared as a Ramsar site in Sri Lanka. In 2005 the national park was designated as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO, the fourth biosphere reserve in Sri Lanka.The national park is situated 245 kilometres (152 mi) southeast of Colombo.

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