Sri Lanka Wilderness Experience
Sri Lanka, famous as created by divine architect and sculptor ‘Vishwakarma’ for the great Lord Kubera, also known as Lord of Wealth is said to have a history of more than 1,25,000 years. As per the great Indian epic ‘Ramayana’ it was a very prosperous island kingdom thereby naming it ‘Sone kiLanka ‘i.e. Lanka which is made of Gold. Latest archaeological excavations have confirmed that inhabitants of island kingdom of Sri Lanka have been pursuing agriculture even 40,000 years back. Vedda tribal, of whom still around 2500 live are known to be one of the oldest inhabitants of the great island nation.
Famous as one of world's 25 bio diversity hotspots, Sri Lanka has 3,210 flowering plants and 113 mammals of which 27% and 22% respectively are endemic to it. It is one of the best country to spot Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Blue Whale and Sperm Whalealso called the Big Five of Sri Lanka. Small loris, the purple-faced langur, turtles, porcupines and Indian pangolins can also be spotted in 24 forest reserves the country has to offer. The reason behind its tropical warm climate and rich bio-diversity is its 1585 Km long coast line.
With list of 433 known species of birds of which 233 are local residents it is one of the best places to spot birds accordingly government of Sri Lanka has declared many areas as bird sanctuaries.It has 103 rivers, 45 estuaries and 40 lagoons and over 7,000 hectares of mangrove ecosystem. Sri Lanka is famous amongst wildlife enthusiasts and nature photographers as it offers some of the most well managed forests.