Ceylon Wild Life  

Ceylon Wild life conservation has a great background in Sri Lanka. According to chronicle history, Sri Lanka’s first wildlife reserve been establish by King Devanampiya Tissa in the third century BC. while many of the national parks and reserves that make up today’s well- protecting network date back to colonial times and earlier. The Department of Wildlife Conservation is the government authority, these protected areas cover almost fifteen percent of the island’s land area and encompass a wide variety of terrains, from the high altitude grasslands of Horton Plains National Park to the coastal.

 

Sri Lanka  has 22 national parks declaring by the Department of Wildlife, including  two marine parks at Hikkaduwa and Nilaveli (Pigeon Island). Also most tourist gatherings are Yala, Udawalawe, Horton Plains, Bundala, Minneriya and Kaudulla.

There are numerous other protected areas dotted across the island that are run under government supervision. These are categorizing  variously as nature reserves, strict nature reserves (entry prohibit) and sanctuaries too. In generally, these places possess important botanical significance but lack the wildlife found in the trackers.

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Most Popular National Parks

In Sri Lanka has 22 National parks and 40 Of reserved forests whole over the island. Below are a few famous National parks.

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Minneriya 

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Minneriya National Park Is Located about 200KM From Colombo to North central. Closes town to the Minneriya National Park is Habarana Attraction Surrounded Dambulla caves / Sigiriya Rock Fortress/ Pidurangala/ Polonnaruwa ancient city / Kaudulla National park. And Minneriya National park is one of a most popular Safari Destination in Sri Lanka.
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Yala

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Yala National Park is known as the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is located about 300 km from Colombo. in boder of  Uva and Southern Provinces. It is one of the main national park in the country. There are 5 blocks in Yala national parks but block 1 and 2 are regular for the visitors.

Udawalawa

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Udawalawa National Park Entrance on the Embilipitiya to Tanamalwila road by passing Udawalawa junction. About 160 Km, 4 1/2 hrs. drive away from Colombo.
Through the southern lowlands faces of central highlands. Udawalawe developed as one of Sri Lanka’s most popular national parks. Mainly to see the large and easily spotted wild elephants. Udawalawa is the best place in the island to see the wild, in other range of fauna and habitats of Yala and Bundala. Localization wise Udawalawa is situated beautiful part of the separation of south of the hill country. While at its center the Udawalawe Reservoir. catchment area it originally establish to protecting.

Willpattu

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Wilpattu is a vast swathe of land stretching border of the Northern Province, about 170 km. North from Colombo capital. It can be reaching by vehicles. about 3 1/2 hr. direct travel. Wilpattu National Park is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. And one of the most popular until the onset of the civil war. At the end of that civil war, Wilpattu National park fully reopen in 2009. Wilpattu is slowly recapturing some of its former glory, although the overall density of wildlife remains lower than in parks such as Yala. The park is best known for its leopards and sloth bears after Yala. Wilpattu is probably the best place to go scouting for both of these elusive species. While there are also elephants, spotted deer and sambar, water buffalo, mongooses, crocodiles and also many types of birds.
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Wasgamuwa

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Wasgamuwa National Park is one of the oldest forests in Sri Lanka. The forest is spread over three provinces and mainly two districts. Boundaries are Northern Boundary- Parakrama Samudra. Amban River West Boundary- Elahera and Bakamuna. Southern Boundary Dunuwila Oya. a tributary of the Mahaweli River. Eastern Boundary – Mahaweli River Whole national park is about 36900 hectares. It is very difficult to get to Wasgamuwa National Park as it is border by mountain ranges, rocky hills and rivers. There are two main access points. One of these is the 45 km road leading to Kandy and turning right at Hasalaka junction on the Mahiyangana road. The other is the 16 km-lane road leading to Wilgamuwa, Matale.

Bundala

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Bundala National park is located 250 km south of Colombo. Closer to the Kirinda juntion, Hambantota, in the Southern Province. This is  sanctuary declare by the Department of Wildlife Conservation 1969. Also its declaring  as a national park in 1992.
In 1996, Bundala National Park add to the Ramsar List as Sri Lanka’s first internationally recognize wetland.
The National Park, which covers an area of 6,200 hectares, contains 90 species of plants belonging to 47 families. It is widely famous as a bird’s paradise. Fifty-three bird species belonging to 150 families have been identify according to research carring out.