Elusive Sri Lankan leopards, majestic elephants, shaggy, shambling sloth bears, ferocious crocodiles and a dizzying hundreds of scaled amphibians and furry species along with an assortment of feathered creatures, such as storm petrels, flamingos and pelicans walk this paradise island.
The diversity of wildlife in Sri Lanka is in direct contrast to its size. This small island offers a tremendous range of opportunities for year-round wildlife experiences.
ELEPHANTS AT MINNERIYA
Encountering the elephant gathering at Minneriya Lake is like no other experience.
By the end of the dry season most water sources have long disappeared. The Minneriya lake retains water however and attracts elephants from near and far. These gentle giants congregate here every year, sometimes in numbers exceeding 300. To see so many together with their babies, playing, eating, swimming is nothing short of breath-taking.
Look above the water line for the many species of whales from humpbacks to sperm whales including the largest animal on earth, the Blue Whale.
Sri Lanka is one of the best places in the world for whale and dolphin watching off the islands South and North-West coasts. Super pods of whales and scores of dolphins cut through the brilliant blue sea, leaping and frolicking and even allowing some lucky onlookers to swim side alongside with them.
SAFARI IN YALA’S NATIONAL PARK
Safari in Yala’s National Park – a wild and unspoilt area whose varied terrain supports a diverse range of wildlife including one of the highest densities of the iconic leopard in Asia.
Experienced trackers will advise that the early hours are the best times to see the many wonders that the park has to offer. Setting off into Yala as the sun rises is an epic experience and gives the best chance of spotting the elusive leopard and the impressive array of wildlife that inhabits this arid zone. The sights and sounds of the park will leave you awestruck and wanting to return again and again.
Sloth Bear During Palu
Both Yala & Wilpattu National Parks are good places to see the Sloth Bear, especially during Palu fruit season in June and July.
The Sloth Bear has an elongated snout with no front teeth. Its mouth is effectively a vacuum cleaner and means that the bear can suck in termites very easily then using its powerful claws to ravage the termite homes. ⠀