Wildlife Safariin Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island filled with exotic beauty and lush greenery, complemented by many interesting species of endemic wildlife. Nature reserves, such as the Yala, Minneriya, Kaudulla, Udawalawe and Wilpattu National Parks are some of the more iconic sanctuaries that attract spectators from around the world.

The ecosystem in these parks often range from tropical cloud forests to rainforests to montane forests. These ecosystems are home to 123 species of mammals, 180 species of reptiles, 122 species of amphibians, 227 species of birds and 93 species of fish, many of whom are endemic to Sri Lanka. 

Catching a glimpse of these species can be difficult at times, as the seasons do affect their migration patterns and lifestyles. The parks located in the south and east of the country are often best visited between December and March. The months of July and August are the ideal time to visit Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks due to ‘The Gathering’, which is the largest migration of Asian elephants in the world. Make sure to plan your itinerary around this, so that you can have a fascinating wildlife experience in Sri Lanka.