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national parks of sri lanka

BEST TWO NATIONAL PARKS OF SRI LANKA

One aspect for which Sri Lanka is famous is the safari. There are several national parks on the island where you can experience the thrill of safari.

Each park has different characteristics and the possibility to see different animals.

For this reason we have chosen to make this guide on BEST 2 NATIONAL PARKS OF SRI LANKA, in which you will find all the information you need when you want to choose a park.

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national parks of sri lanka

YALA NATIONAL PARK

This is one of the most famous parks in Sri Lanka. It is located in the southeast part of the island near the Indian Ocean.
The nearest town is called Kataragam, which is about 30 minutes from the park.

In this area you can find many LODGES and hotels, close to the entrance of the park and the sea, a perfect combination of adventure and relaxation.

national parks of sri lanka

Yala national park covers an area of 130 thousand hectares divided into 5 blocks.

This park is famous mainly for the presence of LEOPARDS, in fact here you have the highest density of leopards on the planet.

In addition to these magnificent predators you can also see elephants, crocodiles, bears and many varieties of birds.

Arm yourselves with your spotting scope and prepare to be amazed.

national parks of sri lanka
national parks of sri lanka
national parks of sri lanka

WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit the park is from June to September.

We went to September just before the park closed.

We recommend that you inform yourself in advance about the closing day of the park.

We recommend that you go at dawn when the temperatures are not yet very high and the animals begin to wake up.

national parks of sri lanka

COSTS

There is the possibility to book a tour directly from the park’s website, from the hotels or directly on the street.

The average cost for a tour are:
– HALF DAY 40$
– FULL DAY 75$

The cost includes a jeep for up to 6 people.

The ticket costs :
– ADULTS $15
– CHILDREN 8$

The cost of 8$ for the jeep service + 15% of the taxes has to be added.

We recommend that you change the money first as they only accept Rupie.

national parks of sri lanka
national parks of sri lanka

HURULU ECO PARK

This park is not very famous, and that’s its strong point. It’s perfect if you want to go on a safari to see the elephants and not get 200 jeeps in front.

This park is located in Habarana, 1 hour from Dambulla, where there are many hotels to stay in.

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national parks of sri lanka

This small biosphere was built in 1977 to ensure an evergreen zone for elephants.

In this park, in fact, all the elephants move when the dry period begins in the other parks near.

Hurulu Eco Park covers 25 km2, in this park you can see not only many elephants but also leopards and many species of birds.

national parks of sri lanka
national parks of sri lanka
national parks of sri lanka

WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit the park is from June to September.

We went in early March, and we also saw a lot of elephants and the weather was perfect.

We recommend that you go in the afternoon until sunset when temperatures start to drop slightly and the animals leave the forest to eat.

The great thing about safari is that you never know when you’ll see animals, if you’ll see them and how many you’ll see.

It took us two hours to see 20 elephants, but it was worth it.

national parks of sri lanka

COSTS

Cost of an average tour is $132 for two people which includes :
– 3h safari with private 4×4 jeep
– Water and in some cases sneaks or lunches
– Park ticket + taxes

Ticket costs $25 each.

national parks of sri lanka
national parks of sri lanka
national parks of sri lanka

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