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.