Wildlife Safaris in Sri Lanka

Being one of the most exciting wildlife destinations in Asia, Sri Lanka has captured most of its reputation for the island’s nature scenes covered with lavish fresh greenery and wildlife. The island’s wide range of altitude and the heavy rainfall of the two diagonally blowing monsoons have given Sri Lanka a variation in climate and biodiversity which is normally found only across an entire continent.

Sri Lanka is a paradise for wildlife, making this a nature lover’s dream escape, Sri Lanka has a forest cover of approximately 14 per cent. Of the ninety-one types of mammals found in Sri Lanka Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bear, wild buffaloes and Sambar draws in most of the attention of wildlife enthusiast. However, the rarest mammals of Sri Lanka are the Toque Macaque, red slender Loris, and purple-confronted Langur, who has indicated by IUCN elucidations are imperiled due to natural habitat loss.

Then the sea around Sri Lanka is home to vast groups of cetaceans including the magnificent blue whales, sperm whales, and energetic dolphins. Altogether 26 types of cetaceans lead the waters surrounding the island, making it one of the best destinations for whale and dolphin watching which is perfect for safaris.

Sri Lanka has one of the richest diversity of amphibians on the planet, containing more than 106 types of species of amphibians of more than 90 of which are endemic. The country has long claimed to have the highest amphibian species density on the planet with a high concentration in the Sinharaja rainforest.

In spite of the elephants and uncommon amphibians found in the island, birds are one of the most important creatures of the Sri Lanka’s wildlife with almost 433 bird species of which 233 are inhabitants. Sri Lanka holds 20 endemic species while another 80 species have created particular Sri Lankan races, contrasted with their cousins in Indian terrain.

Few Facts about Sri Lanka

  • Weather
  • Yala, the most famous national park in Sri Lanka- average Temperature is 26.4 °C (79.5 °F) and Colombo the capital city of Sri Lanka – average temp is 28oC (82.4oF). Nuwara Eliya is one of the coldest cities in Sri Lanka with an average temp of 16oC (60.8oF).
  • Time Zone
  • Sri Lanka standard time zone is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT/UTC (UTC+05:30).
  • Sri Lankan currency
  • Sri Lankan rupee (1 USD = 151 LKR).

    Wildlife Safaris in sri Lanka

    Thinking of a Sri Lankan wildlife safari adventure tour? Hotelstay will assist you to plan a trip of your choice. You will definitely get the chance to see all the wildlife and tropical birds that you have never seen.

    An extensive variety of National Parks, nature reserves and safari cabins and camps have been set up all through Sri Lanka, covering endless regions of bio-diverse territory, from Willpattu National Park in the north of the country to Yala National Park in the south with numerous others in the middle. A lot of wildlife for you to see and parts to do.

    General Cost ideas of Safaris

    1. Morning Safari – Morning safari (4 WD Jeep)
    2. The morning Safari begins at 5.00 am proceeds until 09.30 am
      per person – 37 US Dollars.
    3. Evening safari (4 WD Jeep)
    4. Evening Safari begins at 2.30 pm proceeds until 07.00 pm
      per person – 40 US Dollars.
    5. Full day safari (4 WD Jeep)
    6. Full day safari is scheduled from 5.00 am to 6.00 pm
      per person – 58 US Dollars.
    7. Special 5-12(five twelve) safari
    8. This special safari proceeds at 4.30 am to 12.00 pm (Seven Hours)
      per person – 38 US Dollars.
    9. Special 6-11 (Six Eleven) Birds safari
    10. this special birds safari proceeds at 5.30 am to 11.00 am
      per person – 50 US Dollars.
    11. Breakfast and Lunch can be provided.
    12. Breakfast 2 US Dollars
      Lunch Rs. 3 US Dollars (Rice and curry with chicken or fish)

    Things to take on a Safari in Sri Lanka

    1. Some medicine
    2. Wear socks and shoes
    3. Carry extra water
    4. Some snacks for energy( fruits are the best)
    5. Hats and shades.

    Top national parks in Sri Lanka

    1. Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

    Yala national Park is the second biggest wildlife park in Sri Lanka. The climate at Yala is semi-dry with boundless dry forests and open patches of prairies and is divided into five blocks. Jeep Safar is through the Park will be a remarkable adventure. The Yala national park also includes wide varieties of plants with two large rivers moving through the park and are home to around 32 species of mammals, 125 species of birds, alongside numerous reptiles and lagoon fauna species.

    The birdwatchers paradise is situated near the banks of Kumbukkan Oya in the Kumana national park block. Which was one the best spots for bird watching and should only be accessed in a 4WD vehicle.

    Yala is a great place to visit at any time of the year but from May to July, is identified as the best times to visit as per reviews.

    Accommodation options:

    1. Jetwing Yala
    2. The Safari Hotel
    3. Chaaya wild yala
    4. Oak Ray Lake resort
    5. Ekho Safari Tissa

    2. Wilpattu National Park Sri Lanka

    Safaris in sri Lanka

    Being the largest national park in Sri Lanka, Wilpattu national park is located 30km west of Anuradhapura and Modergam River is found to the south of the park. The best times to visit the Wilpattu national park is from February to October. A unique complex of more than 50 wetlands like “everglades” called “Villu” is the most famous component of the national park jungle. Regularly a jeep safari is one of the best ways to explore this amazing national park of Wilpattu. The best part of Sri Lankan wildlife’s are the Leopard, Elephant, Sloth bear, Deer, endemic birds which can be found easily in the midst of a half day safari, During the safari, the vacationers ought to get off the jeep at the tracks of the wild animals and open themselves to the possible encounters in nature. With the trackers at the Wilpattu National Park guiding the wildlife safaris, the visitors are always safe even in the thick of wilderness.

    Accommodation options:

    1. Mahoora Tented Safari Camp Wilpattu
    2. Big Game Camp – Wilpattu
    3. Palpatha Eco Safari Lodge
    4. Avasta Resort and Spa

    3. Udawalawe National Park Sri Lanka

    The entrance to Udawalawe National Park is situated close to 11km post between Pelmadulla-Timbolketiya A18 roads, the 6th biggest wildlife paradise of Sri Lanka is found 180 km from Colombo in south-central sector of the island. Keeping company to the herds of Elephants, the main attraction of the wildlife park are Wild boars, Water Buffalo, Sambur Deer, Spotted Deer Jackal, Samber, Black-naped hare, mongooses, foxes, bandicoots, the endemic Toque Macaque and Gray Langers. It would be a bonus if you find any Leopards and other smaller cats like Fishing cat & Jungle cat.

    The best times to visit this paradise is from May to September when it is the dry season.

    Accommodations options:

    1. Kalu’s Hideaway.
    2. Centuria Inn.
    3. Luxury camping with Kulu Safari & Leopards Safari.
    4. Standard camping with Mahoora.
    5. Grand Udawalawe Safari

    4. Minneriya National Park Sri Lanka

    Safaris in sri Lanka

    Minneriya national park is situated 182 km’s far from Colombo, in the North Central Plains of Sri Lanka. The significant city nearest to Minneriya National Park is Polonnaruwa. The recently redesigned, the antiquated Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir irrigates a significant region of the district of Polonnaruwa and is the point of convergence of the Minneriya National Park. May to October is the best time to visit Minneriya National Park since the famous gathering of the wild elephant groups. Groups up to 300 elephants are seen inside a couple square kilometers of the immense Minneriya Reservoir. 24 species of mammals and more than 170 species of birds have been recorded here and out Of the 25 species of reptiles recorded in the park, 8 are endemic.

    Best times to visit this fascinating park is from June to September.

    Accommodation Options:

    1. Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
    2. The Other Corner
    3. Habarana Village by Cinnamon
    4. Amba Sewana Resort

    5. Horton plains

    Horton Plains National Park Sri Lanka is one of the world’s best nature reserves and has the best eco-tourism scenes. It is described by a delightful scene of moving slopes, canvassed in upper montane woodland and wet patina meadow. The Horton plains spans approximately 10,000 hectares, it is also the home for a wide range of species and endemic including 24 species of mammals and other many migratory birds. Horton plains is also a location for many other attractions such as Chimmini pool, Bakers Falls and the famous World’s End.
    The best times to visit Horton plains is from March to May where flowers bloom all over Horton Plains, less chance of rain and the temperature is on the average side as well.

    Accommodation options:

    1. Hotel Cranford Villa
    2. Melheim Resort
    3. The Blackpool Hotel
    4. Ceylon Tea Bungalows
    5. The Plains Bungalow

    Entrance fee for tourist (Foreigners)

      Day Visit Overnight Visit Two visits during daylight hours of the same day
    Adults 15.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees 30.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees 25.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees
    Children (6-12yrs) 8.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees 16.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees 12.00 U.S. Dollars or its equivalent in Sri Lanka rupees

        Vehicle entrance Fee

      1. Jeep – 250 ($1.65) Sri Lankan Rupees
      2. Car – 125 ($0.90) Sri Lankan Rupees
      3. Van– 250 ($1.65) Sri Lankan Rupees
      4. Bus – 650 ($4.28) Sri Lankan Rupees

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