Sri Lanka National Parks and Wild Life Sanctuaries
There are many National Parks you can visit in Sri Lanka after a short travel. Yala is the largest national park. The National Parks of Sri Lanka are managed by the department of Wild Life and Conservation. National Parks are bit different from Wild Life sanctuaries which allow free movements. You need to obtain permission and a guide provided by the park. You are not supposed to get out from the vehicle under any circumstances. You need drive a 4 WD vehicle and stay only in specified roads.
Yala National Park
Yala is situated in the southeast region of the island in the dry zone boarding the Indian Ocean. Park area is belonging to two provinces namely South and Uva Provinces. The total area of the park (which is of 5 blocks) is 97,881 ha.
Udawalawe National Park
The Udawalawe National Park situated in the dry zone of the country and belonging to Sabaragamuwa & Uva provinces. The park area is 30,821 ha. The park was established in 1972.
Wasgamuwa National Park
Wasgamuwa National Park was originally declared as strict nature reserve in 1938 and then change to a national park in 1984. The park lies within central and north- central provinces. The total park area is 39,322 ha.
Maduruoya National Park
Maduruoya is situated by Kuda Sigiriya a great eco location yet to be explored by travelers to Sri Lanka. You can see large elephant herd reaching maduruoya reservoir.
This dry zone sanctuary is mainly comprises with three lakes namely, Weerawila wewa, Debara wewa and Pannagamuwa wewa. Yodha wewa and Tissa wewa are another two lakes, which located little far away from above three lakes. All these lakes are act as ideal habitats for shorebirds. Since they are situated close to south coast and Bundala National Park, which is the south most destination of the migratory birds of Sri Lanka lot of migratory birds also can be seen here.
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Park is in the highlands of the country belonging to central province. This is the highest plateau in the country. This was declared as a National Park in 1988. The park area is 3160 hectare.
Bundala National Park
Bundala National Parkis situated in the southeast part of the country in the semi arid zone. Park belongs to Southern Province. The park area is 6,216 hectares. The park was initially established as a Sanctuary in 1969. Due to its significant role as a wintering site for migratory birds this was declared as RAMSAR wetland in 1990.
Willpattu National Park
Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka Located in Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park lies within the North-central & North-western providences. The area of the park is 131693 ha. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus”(Natural lakes).
Kumana National Park
Known as Yala East Kuman is Sri Lankas best Destination to see large number of migratory bird and aquatic birds including flamingos, herons, ibis and many others nest in the mangrove swamps especially in May and June. You can see endemic Red faced Malkoha in forest areas. You can also see herds of elephants and some times spot leopards and are bears too.
Minneriya National Park
This ancient city by the Tank built by King parakramabahu is a habitat for wild life and birds. Minneriya now a wild life and Games park is an ideal destination to see wild life and elephants.
Giritale National Park
Giritale is a nature destination by an ancient tank, wild Life and a farming community.
Habarana National Park
Elephants are the main attraction in Habarana National Park on the way to the north. The Tank, forest and the peaceful environment of Habarana is appreciated by any tourist who enjoys wild life and elephant safaris , birds and nature.
Lahugala National Park
Lahugala is a beautiful National Park by the east coast Arugam Bay is a place to see Wild Elephants by the beach. You can see herds of Elephants who are different to other National parks.
Galoya National Park
Situated in the eastern part of Sri Lanka, Galoya is an ecological destination and a National Park which centered around the Senanayaka Samudra Reservoir the largest inland body of water in Sri Lanka, Wild Life an Irrigational Culture of a District of many communities. Galoya is a great place for bird watching, nature expeditions and Elephants. Galoya also has several Archeological Site with ancient Ruins.
Randenigala Wild Life Sanctuary
Situated in the eatern part of Sri Lanka, Galoya is an ecological destination and a National Park which centered around the Senanayaka Samudra Reservoir the largest inland body of water in Sri Lanka, Wild Life an Irrigational Culture of a District of many communities. Galoya is a great place for bird watching, nature expeditions and Elephants. Galoya also has several Archeological Site with ancient Ruins.