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Wildlife & Nature

For an island completely surrounded by ocean, Sri Lanka surprisingly, has some of the best variety of fauna and flora. The country’s diverse ecological conditionsand varied forests and planes are a haven for some of the bestwildlife in South Asia. The country’s two main national parks are home to large mammals such as elephant, leopard, sloth bear, deer, wild buffalo, monkeysand many tropical birds. A trip to the hills and mountains can reveal brilliant, tropical birdlife, while the country’s many rivers and lakes are home to crocodiles and other kinds of amphibians. The Indian Ocean which surrounds the island is teaming with marine life from majestic Blue Whales to dolphins and hundreds of other marine life. Sri Lanka is a true wildlife enthusiast’s paradise with much to do and see.

Through Our Winner's Eyes

Whale Watching

Sri Lanka has many wondrous experiences to offer visitors. I can confidently say, getting on a boat and getting up close to a Blue Whale is right up there in the top five! My father, despite his age was not going to miss this opportunity to go whale watching which, is a highlight on most tourist itineraries.

And we were handsomely rewarded! Within a short time, we came upon one of these magnificent creatures.

Frankly, I can’t put that moment into words. You have to experience it, to truly understand how profound a sighting can be!

Yala Safari

As wildlife lovers, we were delighted by our trip to the Yala National Park. We were taken on a ‘Jeep Safar’ which is a half a day’s drive through wild, dense jungle that was so diverse and quite beautiful. We had fantastic sightings of elephants, deer, monkeys, wild boar and so many birds!

It was the first time we had ever been so close to a really wild elephant! My girlfriend Pavlina was very impressed and happy to see so many types of birds.

We spotted eagles, cormorants, kingfishers, a beautiful green bird called a bee eater and painted storks! There were too many to remember by name.

‘The Gathering’ Minneriya

I had read about the world-famous elephant ‘Gathering’ in the MinneriyaWildlife Sanctuary, but seeing it was truly something else. We went on what is called a ‘Jeep Safari’ through the sanctuary and came to the Minneriyalake. There were elephants everywhere.

It was amazing in every sense! We probably saw around 40 elephants but we were told the herd could grow to as much as 300! Some of these awesome giants passed by, very close to our vehicle.

The baby elephants were really cute.

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