National Parks of Sri Lanka

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national parks of sri lanka

There are fifteen national parks of Sri Lanka that are administered by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Most of the national parks are popular among local and foreign tourist owing to the diverse flora and fauna. The most popular national parks of sri lanka are as follows:

Yala national park is the most visited and the second largest national park in sri lanka which consists of five blocks. Along with Wilpattu national park, one of the first two national parks of sri lanka, having been designated in 1938. Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara the two important pilgrim sites are situated within the park.

Wilpattu national park which covers 1,317 square kilometers, is the largest national park in sri lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world-renowned for its leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) population.

Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala national park declared as the first Ramser wetland in sri lanka in 1991. National Bird Ringing Programme (NBRP) was launched in Bundala by in collaboration of Department of Wildlife Conservation and Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka in 2005.

Kumana national park renowned for its large flocks of migratory waterfowl and wading birds. One of the most important bird nesting and breeding grounds in sri lanka.

Udawalwe national park is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. The third most visited national park in Sri lanka and a popular tourist destination.

Sri Lankan elephants can be seen in large herds in Wasgamuwa national park. Also one of the Important Bird Areas in sri lanka and situated 225 kilometers away from Colombo.

Large herds of Sri Lankan sambar deer feature as typical mammals in the Horton Plains National Park, and the horton plains are the head waters of three sri lankan major rivers Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawe.