To many travellers around the world, a vacation in Sri Lanka has narrowed down to an image of them relaxing on the beach overlooking the crystal clear waters. But that’s not it! Sri Lanka has so much more to offer you… Top of lies, the rich bio diversity the island has blessed with which makes it’s an ideal eco-tourism destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
Here are a few reasons for you to pack your bags to spend your next nature and wildlife tour in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has proof
Despite its size, Sri Lanka has one of the richest bio diversities in the world. In fact, the island is the second richest bio diversity hotspot in South Asia and has listed among the 20 world’s most bio diverse countries, considering the flora and fauna species richness.
Diversity of eco systems
Sri Lanka has a diversity of ecosystems ranging from tropical evergreen rain forests, dry monsoon forests, savannah grasslands to mangrove ecosystems. This allows nature and wildlife enthusiasts to capture a wide range of flora and fauna options from big mammals such as leopards and elephants to small insects such as butterflies and dragonflies.
Has something for anyone
Whether you are a birder, safari lover, marine life admirer or an entomologist, you will find a plenty of places to explore which promise you what you are looking for each and every time. Let’s talk the numbers.
Mammals – Roughly 123 species (16 of the species are endemic)
Reptiles -177 species (107 of the species endemic)
Amphibians – 140 species (109 Endemic species)
Birds -435 species
Fish -93 species of freshwater fish (50 of which are endemic) 8 species of brackish water fish, 24 introduced exotic fish species.
Butterflies – 245 species ( 23 of these being endemic)
Elephants, leopards, wild boar, blue whale, sperm whale, crocodiles, buffalos, spotted deer, endemic, migrated and residence birds are a common sight to capture in Sri Lanka.
By now, you might be planning to spend a holiday in Sri Lanka. To help you out with the itinerary here we have listed few wildlife and nature rich destinations to visit in Sri Lanka.
Corals -Over 180 hard coral species
Safari in wilderness
National parks are ideal for safari lovers who love to explore thick jungles for wildlife. If you are someone looking forward to spotting elephants or leopards you can visit national parks like Minneriya, Udawalawe, Yala, Wilpaththu…etc.
For those who are like to get a bit more closer to the nature and touch, feel and bond with nature and its pressures species, sign up for a trekking tour (link your trekking tours) to Hortain plains where you can enjoy over 750 species of plants including ferns and beautiful orchids or Sinharaja rainforest (A UNESCO world heritage site)or Roomassala.
In Sri Lanka, you will find several spots around the island perfect for observing marine life. If you are someone obsessed with the marine world under the water, we recommend you a snorkelling tour(link your snorkelling tours) to Hikkaduwa, Pigeon Island, Trincomalee or Weligama. To watch whales Mirissa and Kalpitiya are the best.