Sri Lanka Nature & Wildlife

Wildlife is Abundant

Savor the unique experiences

Unique Wildlife all Around the Island

Enjoy Nature & Wildlife

Sri Lanka’s Wildlife & Nature Speaks for Itself

Sri Lanka Wildlife & Nature

Sri Lanka is home to a wide range of rich and absorbing wildlife. Sri Lanka has many national parks, the most popular ones are Yala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Wilpattu National Park and Minneriya National Park.
The Indian Ocean which surrounds Sri Lanka, you have a good chance of seeing beautiful blue whales, sperm whales and lively dolphins.
Sri Lanka also has rainforests, the most popular rainforests are Peak Wilderness Sanctuary, Knuckles Mountain range and Sinharaja rainforest.
So can you say that Sri Lanka is a haven for wildlife lovers, you have a great chance to spot wild elephants and leopards.
But of course there are many more wild animals that you can encounter, such as monkeys, bears, crocodiles, monitor lizards, snakes, frogs, deer and many different kinds of birds,

Sri Lanka National Parks

Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park is located on the west coast close to the historical city of Anuradhapura.
Wilpattu National Park is the largest and the oldest national park in Sri Lanka
Distance: 
160 KM North from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Driving time: 
Approx. 3.5 hours by car.
Area: 
1,317 km2
Entrance Gate:
Hunuwilgama (main entrance).
Opening Hours: 
6 AM till 6 PM.
Time to visit:
Year Round, but the months February to October are the best.
Best time of the day to visit the park:
6 AM till 10 AM (morning safari)
2 PM till 6 PM (afternoon safari)

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka close to the historical city of Polonnaruwa.
Minneriya National Park is the best park to see Elephants.
Distance: 
160 KM North East from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Driving time: 
Approx. 3.5 hours by car.
Area: 
89 km2
Entrance Gate:
Rambawilla (main entrance).
Opening Hours: 
6 AM till 6 PM.
Time to visit:
Year Round, but the months July to October are the best.
Best time of the day to visit the park:
6 AM till 10 AM (morning safari)
2 PM till 6 PM (afternoon safari)

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is located on the South coast close to the city of Kataragama.
Yala National Park is the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka
Distance: 
290 KM South from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Driving time: 
Approx. 4.5 hours by car.
Area: 
979 km2
Entrance Gate:
Katagamuwa (main entrance block 1 & 2).
Opening Hours: 
6 AM till 6 PM.
Time to visit:
Year Round, but the months June to September are the best.
Best time of the day to visit the park:
6 AM till 10 AM (morning safari)
2 PM till 6 PM (afternoon safari)

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is located along the southern coastline of Sri Lanka close by the city of Hambantota.
Bundala National Park harbors 197 species of birds. Including the flamingo
Distance: 
276 KM South from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Driving time: 
Approx. 4 hours by car.
Area: 
33 km2
Entrance Gate:
Weligatta.
Opening Hours: 
6 AM till 6 PM.
Time to visit:
Year Round, but the months October to May are the best.
Best time of the day to visit the park:
6 AM till 10 AM (morning safari)
2 PM till 6 PM (afternoon safari)

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park is a national park on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces in Sri Lanka
At the Udawalawe National Park you can still see authentic nature of Sri Lanka
Distance: 
260 KM South from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Driving time: 
Approx. 3 hours and 45 minutes by car.
Area: 
308 km2
Entrance Gate:
Samanalagama.
Opening Hours: 
6 AM till 6 PM.
Time to visit:
Year Round, but the months December to March are the best.
Best time of the day to visit the park:
6 AM till 10 AM (morning safari)
3 PM till 6 PM (afternoon safari)

Sri Lanka Rainforests

Sinharaja Rainforest

Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja rainforest is the last viable area of primary tropical rainforest.
Sinharaja rainforest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Distance: 
200 KM South from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Driving time: 
Approx. 4 hours and 15 minutes by car.
Area: 
112 km2
Entrance Gate:
Sinharaja Access Rd, Deniyaya (main entrance).
Opening Hours: 
6:30 AM till 6 PM.
Best time to for trekking at Sinharaja:
Year Round, but the months January till May or August till December are the best.
Best time to start trekking:
Morning

Knuckles Mountain Range

The Knuckles Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, in the Districts of Matale and Kandy.
Traverse a unique forest reserve in central Sri Lanka
Distance: 
148 KM from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Driving time: 
Approx. 3 hours and 45 minutes by car.
Area: 
155 sq km
Entering Point:
Hunnasgiriya. (Best place to start hiking)
Opening Hours: 
24 hours
Best time for trekking at Knuckles:
Year Round, but the months December till February or June till September are the best for trekking.
Best time of the day to start trekking:
Morning

Makandawa Rainforest

The Makandawa Rainforest is one of the oldest of its kind in Sri Lanka.
the Makandawa Reserve is a watershed forest on the Kelani River
Distance: 
81 KM from the Bandaranaike International Airport.
Driving time: 
Approx. 2 hours and 25 minutes by car.
Area: 
1155 hectares
Entering Point:
You can reach the forest reserve by boat (close by Kitulgala rest house)
Opening Hours: 
24 hours
Best time for trekking at Makanduwa:
Year Round, but the months August till September or December till February are the best for trekking.
Best time of the day to start trekking:
Morning

Palm Lanka Tours

Travel in Sri Lanka with Palm Lanka Tours. Sri Lanka tour operator. Discover Sri Lanka with one of our tour packages. Private tours or a small group tour of Sri Lanka.

Contact Info

Palm Lanka Tours
496/3 Daluwakotuwa
Negombo. Sri Lanka.
(+94) 77 200 8365

Follow us on