Visitors can enjoy leopard spotting at Yala
National Park and visit Bundala, a bird sanctuary recognized by the Ramsar
Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. There are several bird-watching
locations beyond the national parks, including the ancient hermitage of
Sithulpawwa, the Debarawewa wetlands and the Palatupana salt pans. The coastline is a
major nesting ground for marine turtles, a protected species in Sri
Bundala National Park
Bundala National Park is a fantastic maze of
waterways, lagoons and dunes that glitter like gold in the late-evening sun.
This wonderland shelters almost 200 species of
birds within its 62-sqkm area, with many journeying from Siberia and the Rann
of Kutch in India to winter here. It also has a small but
very visible population of elephants, as well as civets, wild boars and lots of
Yala National Park
Yala National Park is Rudyard Kipling’s The
Jungle Book brought to life.
One of the first National Parks of Sri Lanka
(opened in 1938) and referred to by locals as Ruhunu, it is one of the best
places in the world to observe and photograph leopards. The reserve is also home to a large population
of elephants, as well as spotted deer, sambar deer, wild buffalo, sloth bears,
jackals, mongoose, pangolins and crocodiles.
Jungle River Safari
Boat rides on the Walawe River takes visitors through an area of rich biodiversity, with six varieties of
mangroves, 72 bird species, 52 fish species, 38 plant varieties and 28 mammal
Kudawella Blow Hole
The "Hummanaya Blow Hole" is a
natural fountain of sea water that is pushed upwards through an underwater cavern.
Hummunaya is located in Kudawella, a southern coastal fishing village between
Dikwella and Tangalle. From the top of the rock formation, visitors can enjoy a
panoramic view of both the Sinharaja Forest and the Indian Ocean.
To the right of the
Resort’s seaside is the perfect place for animal lovers and eco-tourism seekers
- a turtle breeding beach. Guests of the resort can find five out of eight
known species of turtles laying eggs here.