The Wilderness with Blue Lanka Tours

A flourishing ecosystem, plentiful waterways, and thick jungles have created the perfect wilderness paradise for wildlife in Sri Lanka. Positioned on the migratory path for many birds, it is also the ideal bird-watching destination. Two monsoon seasons, a varied landscape, and wide-ranging altitudes, all contribute to a climate and biodiversity seen only on a whole continent. There are altogether 22 national parks in Sri Lanka, but you can see wild animals on a normal jungle-trek or even on the grounds of some of the resorts. About 5800 wild elephants roam the island’s jungles, and the highest leopard concentration in the world is known to be from here. Sambar deer, water buffalo, crocodile, sloth bear, and langurs inhabit the lush wilderness. From Blue Whales to spinner dolphins to sea turtles, the waters off the coast of Sri Lanka are also rich in biodiversity.

Tips to remember

  • Always carry bottled water
  • Wear hats and plenty of sun protection
  • Patience is a virtue – animal sightings take time
  • Never wander off by yourself
  • Avoid perfume and perfumed products
  • Do not leave rubbish behind

Where you can experience

Yala National Park

Yala’s high density of leopards makes it one of the busiest parks for wildlife safaris in Sri Lanka. Extending to the southeast coast, it forms the perfect mixture of wetland, jungle, and coastal wildlife.

Bundala National Park

If Yala is your cup of tea, then extend your wilderness experience to Bundala National Park – a wetland stretching 20km along the coast of Yala. There are almost 200 species of birds here.

Udawalawe National Park

Marked by the Great Uda Walawe Reservoir, the open plains of the Park contain a staggering number of elephants. They congregate at the reservoir for water.

Sinharaja Biosphere

It is Sri Lanka’s last remaining rainforest and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are more than 50% endemic species of animals and plants here, and half of these are rare.

Horton Plains National Park

Its sweeping plains almost look like the English countryside, thus the moniker ‘Little England.” The main feature of the Park is World’s End, an 800m drop with views of the valley below.

Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu is Sri Lanka’s biggest national park and features nearly 106 lakes. It is a major Sri Lanka safari tour destination and home to leopards and elephants.