Table of Contents
- Observing Wild Animals in Sri Lanka
- Booming of Sri Lanka tourism industry
- Yala National Parkk safari
- Yala National Park camping
- Beach life in Sri Lanka
Observing Wild Animals in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s national parks, including Yala, Wilpattu, and Udawalawe, all have luxurious hotels, lodges, and tented camps where visitors may enjoy privacy, tranquilly, and outstanding wildlife viewing.
Many people visit Sri Lanka every year because it is a well-liked tourist spot in Asia. Popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, such as Yala and Udawalawe national parks and beaches, can get gridlocked with the influx of visitors.
It’s more likely to see a queue of jeeps on the open grasslands of Yala National Park or Minneriya Wildlife Reserve, two of Sri Lanka’s most popular national parks for wildlife spotting, than it is to see a leopard, elephant, or bear.
Booming of Sri Lanka tourism industry
Since the end of the civil conflict in northern Sri Lanka ten years ago, the country’s tourism industry has flourished because of the increased safety it provides its visitors. The price of a vacation package to Sri Lanka has dropped significantly over the past few decades, making it more accessible to people from all over the world. Visitors from India, Thailand, Japan, China, the Middle East, and many other Asian nations can now visit Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves on long weekends because of the widespread availability of low-cost flights to the country’s capital.
Yala National Parkk safari
In fact, thousands of people visit Yala National Park every day during the winter holidays in hopes of spotting leopards, bears, elephants, and other exotic animals. The increasing number of visitors and jeeps in the park has increased the number of obstacles for the wild animals. In some tragic cases, safari jeeps have even killed wild animals. The government of Sri Lanka has responded by enacting new legislation to try to stop the abuses. At the same time, park rangers, aided by the military, cracked down on illegal crops and hunting inside the park in an effort to protect the vulnerable environment.
So, how can you get away from all these people? If you want to see wildlife in Sri Lanka, a local tour operator who cares about the environment is your best chance. The discerning traveller can enjoy luxury, privacy, and proximity to the natural surroundings at any one of a huge number of discreet lodges, tented camps, and luxury hotels that dot the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s national parks.
Yala National Park camping
Dozens of luxury campgrounds provide lodging for visitors near Yala National Park’s eastern border, where it meets Yala Wildlife Reserve and Kumana National Park. Visitors to these camps will not find swarms of other tourists or even many other vehicles. Guests are taken from the nearby city of Tissamaharama to the reserve’s outer reaches after they have arrived. You will be completely alone as you approach the camp in one of Sri Lanka’s most well-known wildlife viewing areas.
It is common for camps to be constructed in such a way that they blend in with the surrounding vegetation, making them invisible to anyone who isn’t a native animal of the jungle. Most lodging establishments keep a limited number of rooms available to guarantee their guests a private and secluded time in the wilderness.
Most tents have lantern lighting and are larger than most hotel rooms. The tents have private bathrooms with flush toilets and hot showers, as well as king-size beds upholstered in hand-carved teak and topped with goose-down duvets and faux-fur blankets.
The camps offer stunning vistas of the park’s border region, an ideal spot for observing wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, deer, wild boar, and a plethora of bird fauns.
If you are fortunate enough to view Sri Lanka’s big cat, leopard, bear, or elephant on a wildlife safari that begins at one of these camps or resorts, you will have the animals to yourself. To reduce its environmental impact, the park is closed for two months during the dry season (August and September), at which time the tents are packed away and the camp spots vanish.
Choose a two-night Sri Lanka wildlife trip to Yala (open-air camping with a makeshift tent) into the park’s remotest areas for the ultimate in privacy, or go on a guided wildlife safari or walk along Yala’s pristine beaches and enjoy a refreshing sundowner with a cold beer or soda you brought along.
Beach life in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a tropical country that is mainly visited for its beaches and cultural sites, but the country’s natural wealth is also a valuable asset that may be explored during adventure vacations and wildlife safaris. Most tourists from other countries don’t know that Sri Lanka is home to fantastic wildlife shows. A trip to Sri Lanka isn’t complete until the traveller has sampled all the island nation’s most popular tourist activities.
Seerendipity Tour, a real local business, provides a wide variety of tour packages to Sri Lanka that feature the island nation’s interesting blend of culture, nature, animals, and beaches. Check out Seerendipity Tours’ online booking platform to see if the vacation of your dreams is already available. Otherwise, you can ask for their help organising a free of charge ideal tour itinerary to Sri Lanka.
A visit to the east coast of Sri Lanka in the months of April through October, or the south and west coast between November and April, is a great way to round out an exciting Sri Lanka safari vacation.
Along the coast, you can choose from a broad variety of places to stay, ranging from five-star resorts to more modest bed and breakfasts. However, most visitors choose to stay in one of the many chain hotels that are packed tightly along the beaches and palm trees.