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Adventure and Wildlife in Sri Lanka

Did you know?

A BBC study revealed that Yala National Park Blocks 1 and 2 have the highest density of leopards in the world.

An Insider's Perspective

Udaya Wikramage Udaya leads the sales team at Sri Lanka In Style, and particularly enjoys designing adventure and wildlife trips. Find out why below...

"From the misty mountains, to the hidden valleys, across lush green tea estates to end up starring at the stars on lying down on the bank of a river, Sri Lanka is the fountain to quench the thirst of any adventurer".

Which national park would you recommend for families?
Wilpattu, the largest park in Sri Lanka, covered with arcs of large trees, plentiful with natural water tanks and bordered by the north east coast. The park itself is beautiful and is the one of the best in Sri Lanka to spot leopards and sloth bears with dozens of other flora and fauna. Since it was open to the public recently the wildlife here is very raw and untapped unlike the other national parks of Sri Lanka.

Your top three Sri Lankan adventure activities?
Take a walk from Haputale to Hatton through tea estates, past planters bungalows, natural water streams and Horton Plains.

Camp at Yala on the banks of the Menik River listening to the cries of animals and embark on a game drive early morn to spot some leopards.

Climb Adam’s peak from the Hatton base, witness the sun rising up from the peak of the mountain and descend to the Ratnapura base. Then explore the Sinharaja Rainforest the day after.

Your best adventure/wildlife experience in Sri Lanka?
Camping at Yala and then driving up to Haputale to trek onwards to Hatton and relax at Tea Trails.

Top Tip?
Carry plenty of water, some good music, sunglasses, caps, basic first aid and insect repellent and you should be fine. :)
One of the spectacular features of Sri Lanka is that outside the large cities, it is still wild and natural, remarkably rural and unspoilt. This means that there are fantastic opportunities for adventure travel whether you are in to white-water rafting; hiking along tea trails; mountain biking through paddy fields, ancient cities and tea plantations; kite-boarding and surfing; caving; or canoeing up jungle-lined rivers with the chance of seeing crocodiles and water monitor lizards…One of the ultimate adventures is travelling by four-wheel drive with an experienced driver and tracker through national parks such as Minneriya, Yala and Wilpattu, where you can see elephants, leopards, sloth bears and much more. Staying over night in the parks is another highlight; sitting beside a river and enjoying freshly cooked rice and curry by gas lamp, listening to the sounds of nature around you. For a small island, there is so much to experience for all those who love the thrills that nature has to offer.