National parks trail
Home to numerous national parks and sanctuaries, Sri Lanka is one of the smallest but most biologically diverse countries in Asia.
One of the smallest but most biologically diverse countries in the world and a hotspot that is home to an astonishing 21 National Parks with 52 Sanctuaries. Spy up to 300 elephants emerging at the end of the dry season at Minneriya National Park. Watching them playing, eating and swimming is nothing short of breathtaking.
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.
Camouflage working its magic in Wilpattu National Park.
The park is one of Sri Lanka’s largest and oldest protected areas covers 1317 square kilometres. It is a haven for wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, sloth bears and deer to name but a few, thanks to a series of interlinked lakes called ‘willus’ from which the park takes its name ‘Willu-Pattu’ meaning land of lakes.