National parks trail
Home to numerous national parks and sanctuaries, Sri Lanka is one of the smallest but most biologically diverse countries in Asia.
Renowned for its wealth of endemic species, rare flora and fauna it is an extraordinary place to spot exotic plants, orange minivets, babblers and the endangered purple faced leaf monkey. A walk through the one of these arresting national parks will reward you with a myriad of bird species, lush vegetation, spotted deer and the occasional sloth bear.
UDA WALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Not dissimilar to the savannahs of Africa, Uda Walawe National Park rivals the African reserves for elephant sightings.
Centred around a reservoir on Walawe River, this stunning park is set against the dark hills of Horton Plains and provides glimpses of an astonishing array of wildlife. Outside the park is the Elephant Transit home where injured or orphaned elephants are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. From a viewing platform, enjoy watching these youngsters trumpet and stomp eagerly for food.
GAL OYA NATIONAL PARK
Further off the beaten track, Gal Oya is one of the best preserved and largely undiscovered national park.
Rich in biodiversity and aquatic life on the lake, it is the only place where you can take a boat safari and revel in the sights of elephants swimming magnificently from island to island foraging. This wonderful spectacle will stay with you long after you return home.
With a windswept plateau at an awe-inspiring elevation of 2,500m, Hortons Plains is a world apart from the rest of Sri Lanka.
A 9km trek will reward with a dramatic 1,000m cliff plunge and magnificent waterfalls at World’s End. Spy en-route herds of Sambar Deer, beautiful lizards and many endemic bird species that promises a truly magical experience.