Nature & Wildlife

Sri Lanka, with its massive contrasts; topographical, ecological and cultural diversity in its compact 65,610 sq km makes it truly a ‘small miracle’ with endless nature, wildlife and adventure related activities that are possible. A range of natural resources including virgin rainforests, misty mountains, waterfalls, rivers & lakes, wetlands, national parks & sanctuaries, sandy beaches & coral reefs. A lot of wildlife including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, variety of birds etc… makes the Sri Lanka a paradise for nature lovers & wildlife enthusiasts. Wilderness of Sri Lanka welcomes explorers who really love to find the hidden treasures and experience the glamour.

Sri Lanka is fortunate to be gifted by nature and a wealth of animal life & tropical vegetation. The island's 65,610 sq km, dedicates 14% to sanctuaries and nature reserves. Today's wildlife adventurers have been blessed by the legacy of a 3rd century BC King who declared the 1st sanctuary as recorded in the Buddhist scriptures - "The King decreed that all human beings should follow the hallowed Buddhist precept of not harming any form of life".

Birding & Nature Tour

Sri Lanka’s abundant bird-life makes the island a true Ornithologist's paradise. Of the 427 recorded species, 250 are resident and 34 are endemic to the country. With such a variety of environments ranging from wet to dry zone, forest to jungle, and hill country to low lands, there's no end to the fascinating locations in which to spot many of these beautiful birds. Most of the endemic birds (such as the Sri Lankan grackle) are restricted to the wet zone, while birds such as the Sri Lanka whistling thrush and the yellow-eared bulbul reside in the hill country. Others, like the brilliantly plumaged jungle fowl, the striking Red-Faced Malkoha and the shy brown-capped babbler can be found in forests and sanctuaries throughout the island. Among the best areas for sighting these birds are the Sinharaja Rainforest and Adam's Peak Wilderness sanctuary.
About 70 sanctuaries and National Parks spread all over the country provides opportunity to the keen birders to witness the all 427 species of birds. Kalametiya, Bundala & Kumana are some hotspots for dry zone and migrant birds while Horton Plains, Kithulgala and Nuwara Eliya are the best locations for highland varieties. Muthurajawela, Thalangama & Anavilundawa marshes and Bodhinagala forest Reserve are some places where you can view some lowland species.

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Butterfly Safaris

Sri Lanka is home to 245 species of butterflies with 23 of these being endemic to the island has created a paradise for butterfly enthusiasts. Of the 245 species, 76 are listed as threatened nationally, while Ceylon Rose is designated as critically endangered.
The majority of species are found in the foothills. A much smaller number of species are found in the hill country above 4,000 feet, while 20 species of butterfly are restricted to the low lying dry zone. The visitors are advisable to visit during the months of March, April, September and October when the butterflies are highly seen.

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"Big Five" - Nature & Wildlife Tour

Sri Lanka, with its massive contrasts; topographical, ecological and cultural diversity in its compact 65,610 sq km makes it truly a ‘small miracle’ with endless nature, wildlife and adventure related activities that are possible. A range of natural resources including virgin rainforests, misty mountains, waterfalls, rivers & lakes, wetlands, national parks & sanctuaries, sandy beaches & coral reefs. A lot of wildlife including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, variety of birds etc… makes the Sri Lanka a paradise for nature lovers & wildlife enthusiasts. Wilderness of Sri Lanka welcomes explorers who really love to find the hidden treasures and experience the glamour.

Sri Lanka is fortunate to be gifted by nature and a wealth of animal life & tropical vegetation. The island's 65,610 sq km, dedicates 14% to sanctuaries and nature reserves. Today's wildlife adventurers have been blessed by the legacy of a 3rd century BC King who declared the 1st sanctuary as recorded in the Buddhist scriptures - "The King decreed that all human beings should follow the hallowed Buddhist precept of not harming any form of life".

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