Sri Lanka National Park & Reserve Guides


Sri Lanka provides an incredibly rewarding opportunity to explore savannahs, coastlines, wetlands, woodland and primordial rainforests. Wildlife includes the Asian elephant, some of the best opportunities to see leopards anywhere in the world, some incredibly colourful birdlife, including many endemic species, flying snakes and more..

Here is an Guide to the Protected Areas of Sri Lanka to help you choose where to travel. Aqua-Firma provides expert local guides and logistics for its safaris and wildlife holidays visiting all of the areas. For further information about each region, please click on each image or where you read 'more'. You can also Contact Us with any questions and help in planning your perfect trip to this diverse island.

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park lies on Sri Lanka's south eastern coast. Beaches here attract nesting turtles whilst extensive wetlands attract crocodiles, flamingos and all of Sri Lanka's species of wetland birds - often in large numbers. Away from the wetlands, short thorny forest predominates... more

Horton Plains National Park

   

Horton Plains National Park is a very scenic upland region of Sri Lanka close to Nuwera Eliya. You can enjoy here a mix of rocky escarpments, waterfalls, higher altitude forests and open plains not unlike a Scottish landscape, especially when a stag appears...  more

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary is physically similar to Bundala, with a mix of coastal lagoons, scrub jungle, mangroves and open grassy areas. Birdwatching is the prime reason to visit, where our expert guides can take you out by slow boat... more

Kitulgala Forest Reserve

Kitulgala Forest Reserve is home both to excellent birdlife and as a base for some of Sri Lanka's best adventure travel.  Our adventure options here include white water rafting, mountain biking and white water abseiling. It is equally ideal for slow river descents and nature walks... more

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a dry zone forest not far from the city of Polonnarauwa. A dominant aspect of the park is the 'tank'; a water catchment built on the 3rd Century BC. In the dry season in particular, grasslands surrounding the tank attract large herds of elephants... more

Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve

   

Sinharaja is Sri Lanka's last area of primary (unlogged) lowland rainforest. Amongst trees reaching 45m, reside 19 out of Sri Lanka 20 endemic birds, primates, orchids, tree frogs. Sinharaja is a highly rewarding rainforest experience with one of our expert guides... more

Tissamaharama Wetlands

Tissamaharama Wetlands are adjacent to the pretty Tissa Wewa Reservoir which was built in the 2nd Century BC by King Kavantissa. Along the shore  you can find flocks of aquatic birds including spot-billed pelicans, stork-billed kingfishers and lesser whistling ducks... more

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park is famous primarily for great opportunities to see Asian elephants. This 308 km2 park comprises of open grassy plains and a huge lake which was created by a dam. Here we can see crocodiles, monitor lizards and a large array of birds... more

Udawattakele Forest

Udawattakele Forest borders Sri Lanka's second city of Kandy. There is a surprising variety of flora and fauna here, including several endemic species of plant. About 80 types of bird can be found here including the endemic Layard's parakeet and Sri Lanka hanging parrot. Mammals include... more

Wilpattu National Park

   

Wilpattu National Park in northern Sri Lanka is the country largest national park. It closed during the civil war when it straddled the front line between Tamil and Sinhalese held areas. It has since reopened and its wildlife recovering with sightings of leopards and elephants... more

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is most famous for its concentrated population of leopards and elephants. Your chances of seeing leopards here are pretty much as high as anywhere in the world. This beautiful coastal savannah and woodland reserve in southern Sri Lanka... more

Sri Lanka

Bundala National Park

Horton Plains National Park

Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary

Kitulgala Forest Reserve

Minneriya National Park

Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve

Tissamaharama Wetlands

Udawalawe National Park

Udawattakele Forest

Wilpattu National Park

Yala National Park

 

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