Bird watching in Bundala National Park
The lagoons of Bundala support an amazing array of aquatic birds, including great flocks of pink flamingos. It's an important wintering spot for the birds with nearly 200 species making use of the rich food the wetlands bring. In 2005 the importance of the site was acknowledged by the granting of a Unesco Biosphere Reserve status. As well as the birdlife, there are elephants, leopards and deer and a fantastic array of reptiles.
Uda Walawe National Park
Modestly sized and yet one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see elephants in the wild, the park is mostly composed of grassy plains that allow easy access to visitors searching out the impressive array of flora and fauna. The further north in the park you head, the more rugged the terrain. The presence of the elephants combined with good access means this is one of the more popular tourist parks in Sri Lanka.
Sinharaja Forrest Reserve
This superb stretch of lush and unspoilt tropical rainforest is a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to some of Sri Lanka’s rarest birds. The forest nature of the reserve means wildlife can be trickier to observe than in other park on the island.