Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. Its famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.
When it comes to wildlife tours, Sri Lanka is most famous for majestic Asian elephant and leopards, (one of the five “big cats”). Sri Lanka holds the world record for highest leopard density in the world, here leopard are super large since they are the highest ranking formidable predators in Sri Lanka, they have evolved more like a jaguar with more muscular, more powerful may be even more powerful than a jaguar, they roam National parks proudly with no idea of fear whatsoever. Not to mention Sri Lanka has the highest density of elephants in Asia. Also World largest elephant gathering happens here in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lank attractions include :
Sigiriya (Lion Rock) is an ancient citadel built atop a rock, named for the large lion paws flanking the entrance to the palace. Built by King Kashyapa in the late 5th century, who usurped the throne from his father, this pleasure palace was built on top of this fortified rock in fear of the return of the rightful heir to the throne, his brother, Prince Moggallana. With sprawling, immaculately designed gardens, colorful frescoes and brilliant architecture that baffles even the most sophisticated engineers today, Sigiriya has been named as an UNESCO World Heritage site and is often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The Yala National Park is whereto go for a glimpse of the abundant Sri Lankan wildlife in its natural habitat. Yala is famous for its population of majestic wild elephants, stealthy leopards roaming free, as well as an astounding variety of birds native to Sri Lanka.
The main attraction is Wilpattu National Park, i visited it with help from www.go4safari.com, a travel experts agency specialized in Sri Lanka tours,
Wilpattu National Park is a park located on the island of Sri Lanka. The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” – Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka.
The largest of Sri Lankas national parks at 1,085 square kilometres, Wilpattu National Park (Land of Lakes) is now enjoying a renaissance following the declaration of peace in the country; opening its doors to visitors again after 16 years of closure, with a new visitor centre established in 2003. Before visitor numbers fully return to Wilpattu (it was at one point the most visited of all Sri Lankas parks), it remains a relatively uncrowded and unhurried park filled with a network of Villu reservoirs, dense scrub jungle and grass-covered clearings.