The tiny island of Sri Lanka has a lot to offer in terms of adventure and tourism. Among other attractions, safari tours of Sri Lanka are pleasantly relaxing. Sri Lanka is endowed with eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, national parks, lush green hills with rain forested peaks and abundant wildlife. A variety of habitats are home to diverse species of wildlife including elephants, leopards, birds, whales, dolphins and plenty of species in fish. Safari camping is an alluring option to explore the Sri Lankan wilderness and wildlife. Whether you are a layman or a naturalist, Sri Lanka offers plenty to explore.
Here is a list of some popular safari camping locations in Sri Lanka, which are surrounded by the scenic beauty and plethora of flora and fauna.
Yala, Udawalawe and Bundala National Parks Safari Camping
The most visited Yala national park in Sri Lanka is well known for its leopard and elephant population. You will also find bear, deer, sloth and crocodiles. It is also one of the most important bird areas in Sri Lanka with more than 215 bird species. The most easily accessible national park of Udawalawe has spectacular landscapes. It is a permanent home to a herd of 250 Sri Lankan elephants and plenty of species of birds. Some of them are Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Red faced Malkoha, Brown capped Babbler and many more. Wintering ground for migratory birds the Bundala National Park is internationally significant. During winter, it harbors more than 197 species of migratory birds. Greater Flamingos are one of them which migrate here in large flocks. This safari camping site is also rich in flora with more than 383 species including some endemic and threatened species. Safari camping in these national parks is one of a lifetime experience you will never forget.
Sinharaja Rain Forest Safari Camping
Sinharaja rain forest is also a world heritage site. It is a treasure trove of endemic species including reptiles, birds, animals, amphibians, insects and trees. Purple faced Langur is found everywhere and is one of the cute attractions here. Some scary attractions are endemic reptiles and invertebrates including green pit viper, hump nosed viper, inevitable leeches and a large variety of amphibians. Safari camping among this biodiversity hotspot will give you an opportunity to experience the thrill of real outdoor camping amidst the wilderness that is abundant in reptiles and amphibians.
Kalpitiya Safari Camping
The pristine district of Kalpitiya offers a wide range of options to explore. Puttalam lagoon in Kalpitiya district is a marine sanctuary with diverse habitats ranging from the Bar reef, saltpans, mangroves, salt marsh, swamps and sand dune beaches.The most thrilling experienceat Kalpitiya is to camp at a Sri Lanka style lodge and go for dolphin watching, turtle watching and diving. You can also go for boat rides and walk the natural trails. Safari camping at Kalpitiya is never a dull moment with plethora of activities at your bay.
Foreign nationals and tourists need Sri Lankan visa to enter the country. You may get a tourist visa on arrival, but it is advisable to procure a short stay visa, which can be applied online, before you book your tickets and plan your trip.