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.

Blue Whale and Sperm Whales

Known to be the best place to spot the largest living mammal on earth – The Blue Whale, Mirissa is frequented by travellers who also want to enjoy the beaches.Trincomalee is another famous destination for spotting Blue Whale while Kalpitiya the Sperm Whale.

Elephant Congregation

Minneriya and Kaudalla National Parks are famous as the best places to spot elephants. Pachyderms gathering of 300 and more have been reported at times which is one of the most spectacular wildlife sighting. Although elephants can be seen at many national parks but Uda Walawe National Park is the other reserve where wild elephants are sighted on every safari.

Leopards: the spotted one

The spotted big cat – Leopard is best seen and photographed at Yala and Willpattu national parks where you can spot 4 – 5 of them in a single safari drive.

Sri Lanka has a very well developed tourism infrastructure which attracts tourists from all over the globe. Travellers visit this island nation to enjoy its wilderness and beaches which are one of the best in the world.

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