National Parks & Popular Places



  • Yala is the most visited and 2nd largest national park in Sri Lanka bordering the Indian Ocean. Yala national park is well recognized as one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards.

  • The park covers 100000 hectares and is divided into 5 blocks. Block one is the most visited area since it contains the highest density of leopards.

  • There is also a substantial elephant population along with spotted Deers, Sambar, Wild buffalo, Sloth bears, Jakol, Mongoose, Crocodiles, and rand of birds.


Sinharaja (Virgin rain forest of Sri Lanka)

  • Sinharaja forest reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rain forests in Sri Lanka. A world heritage site by UNESCO.

  • The untapped genetic potential of Sinharaja flora is enormous.


  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975 by Sri Lanka Wild Life Department in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungle.

  • The main attraction is clearly to observe the bathing elephants from the tall river bank as it allows visitors to observe the herd interacting socially, bathing and playing.

  • This elephant orphanage is also a breeding place for elephants. Twenty elephants have been born since 1984 and the orphanage has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.


  • Bundala National Park is an internationally very important wintering ground for migratory waterbirds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors nearly 200 species of birds.


  • Sri Lanka is one of the world's best places to see Blue Whales, Sperm Whales, Killer Whales, Pilot Whales, and Dolphins are also regularly spotted on whale watching trips from Mirissa on the south coast.

  • Sri Lanka beaches are visited by 5 of seven turtle species.


  • Sri Lanka the island is an ornithologist paradise with over 233 resident bird species (33 endemics). But migratory species stretch that an outstanding 482.

Minneriya National Park

  • Minneriya is a small town that is famous for two things. The great Minneriya Lake built by King Mahasen and Minneriya National Park which is a hot spot for safari lovers because of its abundance of elephants.

  • Watching elephants in the original wild habitats is something you should not miss your trip in Sri Lanka.


  • Ambuluwawa is situated in Gampola (40 minutes drive from Kandy/ Enroute to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy).

  • It is 3567 feet above sea level. It is a popular place. The tower is the main attraction here.


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