Discover the diversity of Sri Lanka and let yourself be captivated by the different facets it has to offer, whether on the coast or in the mountains. Sri Lanka's tropical climate provides a unique landscape of lush jungles, white sandy beaches and steppe-like areas that will enchant and elevate the heart of any traveler.
The most famous and oldest national park is Yala Park, located in the southeast of the island. You can find leopards, elephants, crocodiles, water buffalos, monkeys, sloth bears, cormorants and much more. About 80% of the country is considered a nature reserve, which is inaccessible for tourists. The wild and romantic landscape is interspersed with coastal areas, lagoons and dunes, rocks, bush and waterholes.
This national park is located on a high plateau at over 6500 feet above sea level and is divided into western and eastern parts. Mystical cloud forests produce a diverse animal and plant world. Here is also the possibility for a hiking tour e.g. to the end of the world (World's End) where fabulous souvenir photos can be taken or to the Baker waterfalls. Also diving areas with old shipwrecks can be found in the park. When? Dec - May early morning hours
The park has one of the highest elephant densities. Explore during a private jeep safari, it consists mainly of bush, forest and wetland and offers protection for macaques, sambar deer, buffalo and crocodiles, among others. The catchment area blends in seamlessly with Lake Minneriya, on whose shore an impressive Buddha statue stands and where a magnificent sunset can be observed.
The park is known for its happy elephants. It houses, among other things, an elephant camp where young animals without a mother or with injuries are prepared for their release. At the water reservoir you will find crocodiles as well as water birds and buffaloes. If you want to spend the night in the park, you can enjoy bungalows in the middle of the jungle.
In Kandy you can admire the highest sanctuary on the island. The tooth temple. In this temple the tooth of Buddha is kept and presented to the public three times a day in a lavish ceremony. Make sure to cover your shoulders and knees and leave your shoes at the entrance. Around the tooth temple you can visit other smaller temple complexes. Sigiriya
In the heart of Sri Lanka there is the so-called Lion Rock, a gigantic 1200 feet high monolith. In 1982 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, on which the remains of a fortress can be found. On the way up, you first pass the Mirror Wall, which is made of protein and wild honey and has been polished so strongly that it starts to shine when the sun shines on it. Remember to bring enough water and sunscreen, as there is little shade.
In this small paradise you will find a variety of tropical and subtropical plants. It was already created in 1371 and houses over 4000 flowers. Besides shrubs, there are also countless medicinal plants and in the evening even colonies of flying foxes can be observed. The architecture of the garden dates back to the colonial period. Less
There is no best time to travel in Sri Lanka, as the island can be visited all year round and it depends on whether you travel the south, east or west coast. It all depends on your preferences which you can follow. Regarding the National Parks, the time from November - April is suitable. Beaches on the south-west coast are best enjoyed from November - March and in the east from April - October. Whales and dolphins can be observed in the south from January - April and in the east from May - October and turtles from September - March.