National Parks Of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka holds its fame with remarkable variety of sights and attractions that invite visitors around the world. The island’s core is certainly its stunning scenery and exclusively its wildlife which can be well explored nowhere but in one of the country’s National Parks. What makes Sri Lanka a wildlife lover’s paradise is its animals found in abundance. Wild Elephants are iconic animals in Sri Lanka’s Wildlife. Herds of these gentle giants can be seen roaming in the green pastures of major National Parks in Sri Lanka such as Minneriya, Kaudulla, Wilpattu, Yala and Udawalawa. Apart from Elephants, great species of Wild animals like leopards, sloth bears, and rare species of amphibians, apes and exotic birdlife can be convinced.

These parks spread from wide forests through to mountains and some are easily accessible. Sri Lanka is one of the islands in the world that holds a rich bio diversity. Sri Lanka’s history convince the Nature preservation illustriously that the island’s first wildlife reserve is said to have been established by King Devanampiya Tissa in the third century BC, while many of the national parks and reserves have been developing since colonial times. Engulf deep into this fabulous nature, you will end up nurturing your soul.

Gal Oya National Park

The south-east of Sri Lanka (Ampara district) provides the location for Gal Oya National Park which was established in 1954 by the Gal Oya Development Board with the purpose of protecting the catchment area of the ‘Senanayake Samudra’ Reservoir.

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Kumana National Park

Kumana National Park is an ideal place for Bird Lovers which is a popular Bird Sanctuary. The park is affiliated to the Yala National Wildlife Park situated on the west side. Kumana carries a rich flora, fauna and a cultural heritage.

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Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a wildlife sanctuary where the magnificent man made Minneriya reservoir locates with its ancient pride. The park situates in the North Central province, center of the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka.

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Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park is the third most visited National Park in Sri Lanka. The Park connects the provinces of Sabaragamuwa and Uva and includes the Udawalawe Reservoir, together with much of its catchment area.

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Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park claims its pride being one of the oldest and largest National Parks in Sri Lanka. The park is situated in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone area in Sri Lanka. The park comprises a unique geographical feature which is a complex of over 50 wetlands like “everglades” called “Villu” (Natural lakes).

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park is known to be the second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka. The huge forest area borders the Indian Ocean, situated in the south east corner of the island.

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