Wild Life Safari
Udawalawa National Park
Great place to enjoy the giant Elephants very closely and the third most visited park in the country. Situated about 200 km south-east of Colombo. Udawalawe National Park is famous for its large population of elephants. Hence, this national park is ideal to observe the herds of marvelous Asian elephants in their unique natural habitats. It is known that about 400 elephants in total are sustaining here while about 250 of them are considered as permanently resident. Other than the elephants, the national park provides home for many other species of mammals such as the rusty-spotted cat, fishing cat, Sri Lankan leopard etc. The Sri Lankan sloth bear is rarely seen in Udawalawa national park. Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, Indian muntjac, Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain, wild boar and water buffalo are among other mammal species that could be seen. Golden jackal, Asian palm civet, Toque macaque, tufted grey langur and Indian hare also reside in the park. The endemic Ceylon spiny mouse was also recorded in Udawalawe national park in 1989. Udawalawe sanctuary is also known as a good bird watching site in Sri Lanka. Bird lovers would get a wonderful opportunity to observe many different varieties of birds including endemic species and migrants as well. Endemic birds such as Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill and Brown-capped babbler are among the birds found in Udawalawa national park. The reservoir attracts a huge variety of water birds such a cormorants, the Spot-billed pelican, Asian open-bill, Painted stork, Black-headed ibis and Eurasian spoonbill.
Yala National Park
Yala national park is being the most famous and second largest wild life sanctuary in Sri Lanka. Yala national park is located in the southeast region of the country and lies at the edge of the southern province and the beginning of the eastern province. Yala National park is home to 44 varieties of mammal and over 200 species of birds. This part of the country has the greatest concentration of leopards, elephants and spotted deer. The vegetation in the park comprises predominantly of semi-arid thorny scrub, interspersed with pockets of fairly dense secondary forest. Small patches of mangrove vegetation also occur along the coastal lagoons. The park is renowned for the variety of its wildlife, most notably it’s many Leopards and it also boasts a large number of important cultural ruins, bearing testimony to earlier civilizations and indicating that much of the area used to be populated and well developed.
Ridiyagama National Park
The Department of National Zoological Gardens is eager to unveil it’s another flagship project for the nature lovers and pleasure hunters browsing the down south of Sri Lanka. A 500 acre drive through Safari Park, the first ever Safari Park in Sri Lanka is being culminated in Ridiyagama, Hambantota. No doubt this will add one more landmark destination to the tourist map of Sri Lanka and to the gloriest history of the Department of National Zoological Gardens and its 79 years commitment to ex situ conservation. Currently there are three zones in operation, which include the Lion zone, World Herbivore zone and the Asian elephant zone. The animals move around freely in their respective zones and are protected by automated gate systems to minimize the risk to humans.