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National Parks of Sri Lanka

Nearly a quarter of Sri Lanka has dense forest cover and approximately half of that is devoted to wildlife protection. There are 16 National Parks and two Marine Parks covering the entire range of the island’s eco systems and its flora and fauna. Among these are the Horton Plains National Park which represents the montane wet-zone eco systems and the world famous Ruhunu (Yala) National Park in the southeast popular for watching elephants and leopards.

Other parks open to visitors include Udawalawe in the interior and Wilpattu adjoining the island’s northwest coast. All the parks are reserved for wildlife and people can only visit with a permit issued by the Department of Wildlife Conservation, which can be arranged through Walkers Tours. Walkers Tours can also arrange hotel accommodation near the parks to give guests a chance to stay close to nature, in comfort.

Yala National Park in sri lanka
Yala National Park
Yala National Park is also known as the Ruhunu National Park and is one of the biggest jungles in the country
Kumana National Park, a Premier Bird Sanctuary in sri lanka
Kumana National Park, a Premier Bird Sanctuary
Sri Lanka’s sanctuary for endemic and migratory birds, Kumana National Park, is one of the country’s largest protected breeding grounds
Gal Oya National Park, Centred Around a Reservoir in sri lanka
Gal Oya National Park, Centred Around a Reservoir
The Gal Oya National Park was established in 1954 and embraces a reservoir on which outboard boats take tourists for a safari cruise
Udawalawe National Park, a Nature Reserve in sri lanka
Udawalawe National Park, a Nature Reserve
Udawalawe National Park sprawls over 30,000 hectares along the border of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces
Wilpattu National Park, the Home of Leopards in sri lanka
Wilpattu National Park, the Home of Leopards
Wilpattu National Park is located in the north west of the dry zone of the island with a long coastal boundary