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Madu River is a shallow water body located in southern coastal area and it enters to the sea from “Balapitiya” . Madu River famous for Mangroves and the small islands located in the river with different sizes. Madu river is in 03rd Place in Ramsar Wetland Listing in Sri Lanka.
The mangrove lagoon in Madu River joined to the sea by a narrow canal and containing 15 islands of varying size, some of which are inhabited. It is formed of two shallow waterbodies, Maduganga and smaller Random Lake, connected by two narrow channels. On the islands and shores relatively undisturbed mangrove vegetation contains a rich biodiversity qualifying the wetland for 7 Criteria of International Importance.
The cultural heritage is very prominent, with numerous ancient temples in the area and on the islands. Maduganga helps in flood control by storing water during monsoon rains and retains nutrient run-off from nearby cinnamon plantations. The major occupation of the local people is fishing and agriculture (cinnamon and coconut).
Madu River Wetland governed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation has declared a sanctuary on the 17th of July 2006.
36 Number of islands has been declared clearly identified Madu million. 39 hectares (100 acres) large mahadūva of the main and the biggest Duwa. Galmaṁ Duwa 30 hectares (75 acres) in size are consistent. Relics of ancient temple is located. Dik Dūva, Meema Duwa, Hon Duwa, Dimi Duva, eravana Duwa, Nai Duwa, Muwan Duwa, Werala Duva, Gal Duwa, kaṭu Dūva, Maḍa dūva, Gōna dūva, Thiniya Duwa and are the other well-known islands. The“Satha Pahe Duwa” also well known as it’s the smallest island and it has built a small building.
Mādugan̆ga for which a separate homeland traditional lagoon fishing and fishing culture of the island internal.The National boxes, nets cache, Further Resources, such as hitting karakgeḍi endemic fishing industry since the past. Pools are common in the construction of the boxes for the national shrimp catch. Such widespread during the night fishing.
The Unforgettable Experiences.
During the boat ride in Madu River, you can be witness of the beauty of the untouched mangroves and the beautiful islands which full of biodiversity.
You can experience the famous Fish therapy while at the boat ride. The Facilitators set-up several artificial cage ponds in the natural river the doctor fish are grown there. You can get into the floating stage from your boat and sit and put your legs into the pond. Hundreds of Fish comes and gently nibble the dead skin of your legs. They provide fish food also. Once you feed them, hundreds of them comes and fight for it.
Islands in the Madu River are famous for native cinnamon farmers and some islands are fully occupied by the cinnamon Industry. The daily income of the villagers are by producing Cinnamon oil and there are islands Known as Cinnamon Village.
Koth Duwa Temple
There are several islands in the Madu River with Buddhist Temples. Kothduwa Temple is known as the oldest and most famous temple. This has a unique history and when you visit there, you can get more details from the monks living there. Also there are Buddhist Transcripts written in Ola Leafs available in the temple which ar old thousands of years.
Satha Paha Duwa
Satha paha duwa is the smallest Island in the Madu River and there can be seen the remains of a Hindu Temple which was built in the island long years ago.
There’s a belief that the Snakes which found in the area around Madu River are being taken to this island and released. Nai is the Sinhala word for snakes and people believe this island is full of snakes.
Madu River is Famous for it’s Mangroves. There are 302 species have been identified here Mangroves and 14 species have been identified by the World Conservation Union has been evaluating biodiversity. Most varieties foudnin Madu Ganga are common and they are Kadol, Maha kaḍol, Mal Kadol, Pun Kanda, , Goda Kirala, Gin pol . From mangroves, Ratamilla were only found in Madu River and is a very rare species.
During last few years Sri Lanka has become a hot spot for whales watching. Especially the world largest mammal “ Blue Whale” Could be spotted in Mirissa are in Sri Lanka.
Mirissa located in deep down south in Matara district. Mirissa was famous for a fisheries harbour and now is for Whales and Dolphin watching.
Mirissa also famous as a good surfing beach and lot of foreigners are visiting just to see whales and sure in the sunny beach in Mirissa.
There are several types of whales could be seen in Mirissa. The main attraction is the Blue Whale. Other than that there are Fin Whales, Sei Whales, Sperm Whales, Orcas (Killer Whales) , Dolphins, Flying Fish, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks can be spotted in the Mirissa coastal area.
The Blue Whale
The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to have lived. It is even bigger than the largest dinosaur that lived – the Argentinosaurus.It is estimated that there are about 8,000-14,000 Blue Whales worldwide.The IUCN Red List counts the blue whale as “endangered”.
The blue whale was too quick and powerful for the 19th century whalers to hunt, but with the arrival of harpoon cannons, they became a much sought after species for their large amounts of blubber. The killing reached a peak in 1931 when 29,649 blue whales were taken. By 1966, blues were so scarce that the International Whaling Commission declared them protected throughout the world.
The little-studied pygmy blue whale, B. m. brevicauda, is found in Indian Ocean and is the one most likely sighted off southern Sri Lanka.
A fourth subspecies, B. m. indica, was identified by Blyth in 1859 in the northern Indian Ocean, but difficulties in identifying distinguishing features for this subspecies led to it being used a synonym for B. m. brevicauda, the pygmy blue whale. Records for Soviet catches seem to indicate that the female adult size is closer to that of the Pygmy Blue than B. m. musculus, although the populations of B. m. indica and B. m. brevicauda appear to be discrete, and the breeding seasons differ by almost six months.
The blue whale is found in all major oceans of the world. It is found mostly in cold and temperate waters and prefers deeper ocean waters to coastal waters.
Blue whales most commonly live alone or with one other individual. It is not known how long traveling pairs stay together. In locations where there is a high concentration of food, as many as 50 blue whales have been seen scattered over a small area. However, they do not form the large close-knit groups seen in other baleen species.
The longest whales ever recorded were two females measuring 33.6 and 33.3 metres (110 and 109 ft) respectively. Blue whales are difficult to weigh because of their size. Measurements between 150–170 metric tons were recorded of animals up to 27 metres (89 ft) in length.
A blue whale’s tongue weighs around 2.7 metric tons and, when fully expanded, its mouth is large enough to hold up to 90 metric tons of food and water. Despite the size of its mouth, the dimensions of its throat are such that a blue whale cannot swallow an object wider than a beach ball. Its heart weighs 600 kilogrammes (1,300 lb) and is the largest known in any animal. A blue whale’s aorta is about 23 centimetres (9.1 in) in diameter.
Blue whales can reach speeds of 50 kilometres per hour (31 mph) over short bursts, usually when interacting with other whales, but 20 kilometres per hour (12 mph) is a more typical traveling speed. When feeding, they slow down to 5 kilometres per hour (3.1 mph).
Mating starts in late autumn and continues to the end of winter. Little is known about mating behaviour or breeding grounds. Females typically give birth once every two to three years at the start of the winter after a gestation period of ten to twelve months. The calf weighs about 2.5 metric tons (2.8 short tons) and is around 7 metres (23 ft) in length.
During the first seven months of its life, a blue whale calf drinks approximately 400 litres of milk every day. Blue whale calves gain weight quickly, as much as 90 kilograms (200 lb) every 24 hours. Even at birth, they weigh up to 2,700 kilograms (6,000 lb)—the same as a fully grown hippopotamus.
Weaning takes place for about six months, by which time the calf has doubled in length. Sexual maturity is typically reached at eight to ten years, by which time males are at least 20 metres (66 ft) long.
Females are larger still, reaching sexual maturity at around the age of five, by which they are about 21 metres (69 ft) long.
Blue whales feed almost exclusively on krill, though they also take small numbers of copepods – a type of small crustacean. An adult blue whale can eat up to 40 million krill in a day. The whales always feed in the areas with the highest concentration of krill, sometimes eating up to 3,600 kilograms (7,900 lb) of krill in a single day.
Because krill move, blue whales typically feed at depths of more than 100 metres (330 ft) during the day and only surface-feed at night. Dive times are typically 10 minutes when feeding, though dives of up to 20 minutes are common. The longest recorded dive is 36 minutes. The whale feeds by lunging forward at groups of krill, taking the animals and a large quantity of water into its mouth. The water is then squeezed out through the baleen plates by pressure from the ventral pouch and tongue. Once the mouth is clear of water, the remaining krill, unable to pass through the plates, are swallowed. The blue whale also incidentally consumes small fish, crustaceans and squid caught up with krill.
Loudest on Earth
Blue whales are also the loudest animals on Earth! Their call reaches levels up to 188 decibels. This low-frequency whistle can be heard for hundreds of miles. The blue whale is louder than a jet, which reaches only 140 decibels! Human shouting is 70 decibels; sounds over 120 decibels are painful to human ears.
Kithulgala located in Wet Zone in Sri Lanka and is famous for water Rafting in Famous Kelani river flowing through Kithulgala. This is a rain forest area, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month.
The Academy Award-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge Kitulgala is the base for white-water rafting in Sri Lanka.
The Kelani river is wide at Kitulgala than other parts in the country, but it is shallow apart from a deep channel near the opposite bank, so in the drier months it provides a safe and attractive place to swim and .
Kithulgala has a jungle area near the river and it’s rich in birds and some endemic animals and plants. This area has most of the rain forest bird species that are found at the World Biosphere Reserve at Sinharaja, although in lower numbers. However, the secondary forest and cultivation at Kitulgala is more open than the pristine woodlands of Sinharaja, and elusive endemic species like Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Green-billed Conical and Spot-winged Thrush may be easier to see.
The water in Kelani river always cold and making a soothing comfort for those who lovet to get on with nature.
Ella is a small town located in Badulla District in Sri Lanka which is surrounded by beautiful landscape. Even Though Ella is a small town, it’s rich with different types of attractions which cannot be seen anywhere in the world. Due to these, Ella currently has become a tourist Hotspot in Sri Lanka.
Attractions in Ella
Ravana Falls & Ravana Cave
The Ravana Ella or the Ravana falls is one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka and is one of the most popular attractions. It is connected to the Hindu epic, Ramayana, a historic tale that covers over India and Sri Lanka. The falls is said to have been named after the famous king Ravana. The story goes that King Ravana kidnapped Princess Sita from India and hide her in the caves behind the waterfall. It is also said the Sita bathed in a pool of water that was collected with the water that fell from the fall. The caves behind the fall are known as the Ravana Ella Caves.
Located in the village of Dhowa on the Badulla – Bandarawela main road, the Dowa Rock Temple is famous for the beautiful paintings and sculptures that adorn its rock walls. Located at the bottom of a hill and close to a picturesque stream, it is one of the major attractions in the Badulla area. The distance from Colombo is about 210 km to the east and approximately 120 km to the south of Kandy.
Ella is very popular for trekking and mountain climbing because of the rocky area surrounded. The comfortable climate and surrounded forestry environment offers these activities more interesting.
The mini jungles around the area provides ideal settings for hard adventure like rope adventure and rope climbing
For more strenuous exercise walk to the top of Ella Rock (1150m) for views across the Hill Country and with the town nestled in the hills below you. This walk is about 2 hours each way, and about half of it is along the railway line before cutting off into the hills. For a longer walk, rather than head straight back to the line from the hill -top, follow the track through the forest.
Overlooks a spectacular gap in the southern mountain wall where the land falls away in a dizzy drop of 3000 ft (915m), to the southern plains and the sea, which is visible in the far distance on a clear day. "Heaven's Edge" is beautifully located overlooking the gap with the black towering Ella Rock on the side and a wooded ridge on the other. The road to Wellawaya through the Ella Gap is a spectacular one, winding the mountains in a series of sharp drops.
Little Adam’s Peak
Madulsima mountain range at the border of the Uva Province plunges to the eastern plains offering an enchanting panorama. 15 minutes from the hotel by surface. Travel 01Km Namunukula / Passara Road and turn at Sachini Flower Nursery and proceed on the gravel road up to Little Adam's Peak. A 45 minutes’ walk from Ella Town. It’s a beautiful hill with stones spread all over the top and you can witness the beautiful scenery there and to take photographs which shows as you are at the world’s End. This has become a famous location for photo shoots.
Nine Arches Bridge
This Bridge is situated one Kilometer away on the Gotuwala road near the Sutherland bungalow on the left to two Kilometers away from Ella town along Passara road. This bridge belongs to the Madhuragama Grama Seva Division between Ella and Demodara Railway Stations. This name is used since the bridge contains of 09 arches. It is also known as "Ahas Nawaya Palama" (9 Skies Bridge) This Bridge is 300 feet (91.44m) long and 25ft (7.62m) wide. This bridge connects with two high lands and has been made of large cubic stones. The height is 80 ft (24.38m). The bridge has constructed with using an amazing engineering technology.
Kanneliya Forest Reserve located in the Galle district is the largest of the KDN, or Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, forest complex. Kanneliya is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country . The biodiversity of Kanneliya is considered richer, even compared to the world heritage rain forest “sinharaja”. We found several endemic species in Kanneliya during our short visit. There were so many birds who are native to the area and were easily spotted during morning hours in the forest range. Kanneliya is rich in Herbal Plants which could be used to cure many illnesses.
Kanneliya has 02 main hiking trails and it has named according to the specialty of the area. Those are known as Kabbale Kanda Trail and Narangas Ella Trail. Kabbale Kanda trail has been identified as the difficult trail since the end of the trail, there is a mountain which has been identified as a difficult root to climb up.
Also there is a beautiful waterfall along with a natural pool inside the forest range. The forest is rich with endemic plants, insects and animals.
Doona, Hora, Na, Hadawaka and there is a high proportion of endemic among the 234 identified woody tree species, with 141 being endemic to us. About 301 plant species are found. About 133 funnel species with 59 bird types. 14 amphibians with 32 butterfly species and 7 snakes with 10 mammals in addition to 7 fishes and 4 reptiles can be visit in Kanneliya forest reserve of Sri Lanka.
Also A total of 38 species of fishes, including 14 endemic forms, 20 fishes types out of them are endemic to Sri Lanka. Gin Ganga, Udugam Ela, Kanneliya Ela are most popular and suitable places to ground water fishes in Kanneliya forest reserve. Apacheilidae, Anguilidae, Belonidae, Channidae, Matacembelidae, Hetaropneustidae, Siluridae, Bagagridae and Gobilidae are most famous families of fishes.
Wilpattu sanctuary was declared as a National Park in 1938, Wilpattu National Park is located on the west coast close to the historical city of Anuradhapura .The dry zone jungle is thickly grown. Wilpattu National Park is home for many villus, or natural lakes which dot the landscape in the Wilpattu National Park. Except for two, these lakes contain rainwater, thus are important for resident and migratory water-birds.
The history of the park is also of interest with ancient ruins having been discovered in Wilpattu National Park. Queen named “Kuweni” (considered to be the mother of the Sinhala race) is said to have lived in the place known as Kalli Villu. Historical evidence also shows the fact that Prince Saliya, son of King Dutugemunu lived in Wilpattu over 2,000 years ago.
Wildlife in the Wilpattu National Park
There are approximately 30 species of mammals in the Wilpattu National Park which include the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard, Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri, Spotted Deer, Buffalo, Sambar and Mongoose.
Birdlife in the Wilpattu National Park
Wetland bird species found in the Wilpattu National Park include the Garganey, Pin tail, Whistling Teal, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Large White Egret, Cattle Egret and Purple Heron. Also, many species of Gulls, Terns, Owls, Kites and Eagles are also lives here. The endemic Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Little Cormorant and the Painted Stork can also Can be seen.
Reptiles and Amphibians in the Wilpattu National Park
Monitor Lizard, Mugger Crocodile, Common Cobra, Rat Snake, Indian Python, Pond Turtle and the Soft Shelled Turtle can be seen in Wilpattu National Park.
Flora in the Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu is home for many species of flora and they are Palu (Manilkara hexandra), Satin (Chloroxylon swietenia), Milla (Vitex altissima), Weera (Drypetes sepiaria), Ebony (Diospyros ebenum) and Wewarna (Alseodaphne semecarpifolia).
Mirissa is the famous beach destination in Sri Lanka for whales watching. The world Largest Mammal, Blue whale could be spotted in Mirissa area and the season for whales watching will be from August to May of every year. The sea will be rough during the other months of the year and then the ride will be little difficult. The boat ride will be started early in the morning and you will be served delicious breakfast on the way. We assure that you will be witness for many fish in the ocean such as blue whales, Dolphins, Sperm Whales and flying fish.
No sooner you landed you will be heading to your next destination located in Deep Down South. Yala is the famous Animal Sanctuary located in Southern Province. Sri Lanka is famous as the land of Leopards. Yala is famous for Leopards and Elephants.
Yala National Park has a good density of leopards and the safari jeeps will be provided for the tour. Meanwhile the safari, you will be witness herds of deer, hairs, crocodiles, bears and various types of birds. If you are lucky, you will be enjoy the beauty of native birds in Sri Lanka while this tour.
Yala National Park is known as the most visited and second largest animal sanctuary in Sri Lanka.
During this tour you will be able to witness the world largest animal in the sea as well as the world largest animal on the land.
Thotupola Kanda, also sometimes referred as the Thotupola Peak or Thotupola Mountain, is the third highest mountain is Sri Lanka situated in Nuwara Eliya district 2,357 meters above mean sea level. Mountain is placed within the Horton Plains National Park About two kilometers long trail is there to the top of the mountain that starts few meters away from the Pattipola entrance to the Horton Plains National Park. Most part of the mountain surface is covered with shrubs adapted to the cool and windy climate of .
There is another meaning for this mountain in Sinhala language that is “Thotupola” which used to land or park something. As per the legend of Rama Rawana there’s a belief that when King Rawana kidnapped Sita and taking her to the castle, his Air Plane ; “Dandu Monaraya” landed on the top of this mountain.
Kirigalpoththa is the second tallest mountain in Sri Lanka which is 2388 meters in height and also the highest mountain in the country which is accessible to the general public. This mountain also situated in Nuwara Eliya District and in the Horton Plains range. While the hike you will be able to enjoy the different types of landscapes, endemic and native plants and shrubs, Barking deer, Deer and many types of birds. The area is famous for endemic Rhododendron arboretum trees with it’s beautiful red flower. During this hike you will be getting the opportunity enjoy the mountain beauty and the Sri Lankan Bio-diversity.
Be isolated in the best forest range in Sri Lanka with the lullaby of the birds. Come with us to a lost lagoon and enjoy a night with unforgettable memories…..
We will be starting our ride from colombo early in the morning and will be reaching the windy Riverstan Road from Matale in the morning hours. We will be stopping somewhere to have your own Breakfast and then will start our journey towards the woods…..
Our first stop will be Pitawala Pathana, which is a unique grassland found in the Knuckles Conservation Forest Range.Then you will be taking an easy nature trail of about 0.75 km towards the Mini World's End, which is a deep escarpment situated at Pitawala Pathana. It resembles a small version of the world famous World's End in Horton Plains. This place grants a panoramic view of the Knuckles Range and some of its valleys below.
After spending few hours there we will be reaching our second destination which is Bambarakiri Ella, a beautiful waterfall located on our way to Riverstan. It will take few minutes to reach the fall from the main road and the small village boutiques will help you to quench your thirst by a cup of ginger tea.
Our Next Destination also is a waterfall which is the famous Sera Ella. The uniqueness of this fall is that you could could go into a cave and then you will feel you are inside the waterfall. The water will fall down in front of your eyes and it will create a fascinating scenery which you have never experienced before. Your lunch will be served at the waterfall area and you can enjoy your lunch along with the beautiful scenery.
Then we will proceed to our night station which is again will be an unforgettable experience for all of you. Those who wish to enjoy the night sky with stars and morning sun rise, they can share the upper challet and those who need to rest inside the room, they can have it too. This would be a typical traditional mud house with no electricity, but we have provided a solar light for you. You can relax while enjoying the BBQ and burst the stories with each others and have a good sleep after a good dinner.
Next day after breakfast, we will be rushing to an abandoned village in the jungle. The village had around 150 families and had a school too but currently only one family left in the village. This village is known as “Redbana” Village. We will be taking a mall hike to the village home and then to the woods to hunt another waterfall. Pathana Ella which is a tall waterfall and you can have a bath there. Yes you need to face to some difficulties to get close to the fall but no sooner you see the beauty of the fall, you will forget all your obstacles faced.
When you return back from the fall, your lunch will be ready at the village home by Hamine Nenda. You can enjoy the lunch, relax a bit and walk back towards the civilization and then to return homes through the windy roads……….
Hot Air Ballooning has become a popular among most Sri Lankan and Foreigners as an adventure tour and a sport. Floating over the beautiful Sri Lanka and witness the dramatically varied landscapes, Rivers, Mountains, Cities, Cultural & Heritage sites and lakes would be an unforgettable experience for all. The UK trained balloon pilots will be taking you through two main paths on the air to give you the best experience in the country.
The departing point would be Kandalama where the access for most beautiful landscapes and heritage sites are gathered in close to each other.
The total travel duration would be 04 hours and you will experience the cold wind up on the sky and the beauty of the land beneath you. Typically flight schedule will be early in the morning where we believe it i the best time of the day to experience the sky and the flight is totally depend on the weather and our balloon pilots always make sure the safety of all and there will be a Jeep following the balloon and communication both ways to make sure the safety at all the times.
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Sinharaja Rain Forest is known as a bio diversity hot spot in Sri Lanka.
reserve is only 21 km from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic Species, including trees, insects, Amphibians,
reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks. There are about 3elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple faced langur
An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless greater racket tailed drongo and the noisy orange billed babbler. Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rain forest species all occur here, including the elusive red faced mal koha, green billed coucal and Sri lanka Blue Magpie.
Reptiles include the endemic green pit viper and hump nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic common bird wing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.
- Kudawa entrance - Colombo --> Kalawana --> Kudawa
- Pitadeniya Entrance - Galle or Matara --> Deniyaya --> Pitadeniya
- Morning Side Entrance -- Galle or Matara --> Deniyaya --> Morning Side Estate
- Neluwa Side Entrance -- Colombo-->Kalutara-->Matugama--> Neluwa-->Warukandeniya
- Sinharaja Division Entrance-- Colombo--> Kalutara-->Matugama-->Neluwa-->Deniyaya-->Beverly estate-->Enasalwatta
Kalpitiya is a small town located in Puttalam District, North Western Province in Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya consists 14 beautiful islands and a famous Bar Reef is located in this area. The people of Kalpitiya are mostly fisherman.
Among the foreigners, Kalpitiya is famous as the best destination to spot Dolphins. Dolphins are commonly been spotted in Kalpitiya sea as large herd. Now the Dolphin Watching tours in Kalpitiya area has been famouse and income generating source in the area. There are several beautiful hotels and rest house to stay over night at Kalpitiya and from there you could arranged the boats to do a sea tour to visit this friendly mammals. Usually boats are leaving from 6 am to do dolphin watching and up to 6 pax could be accommodate per boat. When you travel towards the deep sea, you can witness the large herds of Dolphins covering and passing by your boat.
Sometimes they love to show off their colours to human by jumping and rolling out from the water. It's such a beautiful sight to capture through a Camera.
Dolphins Spotted In Kalpitiya
- Spinner Dolphin
- Bottle nosed Dolphin
- Risso Dolphin
- Humpback Dolphins
Kalpitiya also famous for Kite Surfing during the season. The wind and the sea is very supportive for the activity and most young blood could be seeing enjoying surfing during the day time. Also snorkeling in the Bar Reef area is another activity you can enjoy while staying at Kalpitiya.
Yala National Park is the most visited second largest National Park in Sri Lanka. The park is lies in both Southern and Uwa Province and this has a good density of Elephants and Leopards.
The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public, and also adjoining parks.The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. Also the park is famous for aquatic birds and migratory birds.
Yala National Park has a variety of Ecosystem including moist monsoon forests, dry monsoon forests, semi deciduous forests, thorn forests, grasslands, marshes and marine wetlands. The forest area is restricted to around the Menik River while rangelands are found towards the sea side
There are 215 birds species could be seen in Yala National Park and from them 07 are endemic to Sri Lanka. Half of the birds are migrants.
44 species of mammals could be found in Yala National Park including Elephants and it has the highest leopards densities in the world. There are Sloth Bears, Toque macque, Golden palm civet, red slender loris, fishing cat and wild water buffalos can be sighted in Yala.
47 species of reptiles have been recorded in Yala and six of them are endemic to Sri Lanka. Also two breeding crocodile species inhabit the park.
There are 18 amphibian species has been founded in Yala National park and 02 of them are endemic to Sri Lanka.
Yala National Park is the most visited national Parks in Sri Lanka and annually more than 200,000 tourists visit the park.
Bambarakanda Fall is the Tallest Waterfall in Si Lanka with a height of 263m.It ranked as the 299th highest waterfalls in the world. Bambarakanda Falls Located in Kalupahana area in the Badulla District and is about 5Km away from the A4 highway. The waterfall formed by Kuda Oya which is a branch of a Walawe River. The most top point of the falls can be founded in a forest of Pine Trees.
Walking towards the Bambarakanda falls and climb down parallel to the fall is bit risky but very adventurous activity which could enjoy by the hikers who love hiking. There are around 20Km walk from the start to end through the beautiful bushes and landscapes. Thus it’s a tired journey, the sceneries and the beauty of the nature will help to heel all your sorrows.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT SRI LANKA
Sir Lanka is a beautiful country filled with unforgettable locations and rich in vegetation. The beauty of the country could not be compared with any other country since the uniqueness of different places will touch your heart in different ways and with different experiences. Yes ... It's a very small country but let us show you the beauty of the country through our tours which we have designed to cover the most beautiful areas of Sri Lanka. Let us take you to through the heaven!
Sri Lanka has 09 Provinces. Which are different to each other. Some areas are very hot and some areas are very cold. The vegetation are different in each area. Sri Lanka has World's Best Beaches and the coastal area activities are more popular among both Sri Lankans and Foreigners. The beach areas are famous for sun bathing, Surfing, Snorkeling and Diving. Different areas are specialized in different activities.
Sri Lanka has the 08th World Wonder which is known as sigiriya; which was the fortress of king Kashyapa. The country has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island. The remains of the Buddhist monuments are still available in different areas of the country.
The present Sri Lanka is a republic and a unitary state governed by a presidential system. The capital, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte is a suburb of the largest city, Colombo. An important producer of Tea, coffee, gemstone, coconut, rubber and the native cinnamon.
Sri Lanka is known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean because of it's natural beauty, its shape and its location. The island contains the tropical forests and diverse landscapes with high bio diversity. The rare birds and endemic plants are available in certain areas and we are proud owners of the best rainforest in the Asia with so many species.
Sri Lanka is a home to 26 endemic birds and 50 snakes and few others are yet to finalize. 16 Mammals are endemic to Sri Lanka while 91 terrestrial mammals are being recorded.
There are about 127 endemic plants in Sri Lanka and most of them could be found at Singharaja Rain Forest which provides the shelter for large percentage of endemic species in Sri Lanka.
Even though this beautiful country is small in size, there are lot more things to be witness and experience which we believe you should collect them to your memory book. So come with us to see the beauty of this little heaven.