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Undertake a Jeep Safari of the Uda Walawe National Park mainly to see wild elephants.
Uda Walawe National Park … It is situated around a reservoir of the same name in the south central area of the island. This park comprises grasslands, thorny scrubs and many valuable species of trees. Large herds of elephants, species of deer, wild boar, water buffalo and jackals are some of the wild animals found, along with a variety of avifauna that abounds the park.
Also visit the Elephant Transit Home
Elephant Transit Home …………..Located just outside the Uda Walawe National Park in the Southwestern Part of Sri Lanka , opened its doors to baby elephants in need in 1995. The babies are well looked after fed and groomed to integrate back into a jungle environment. After a stay of approximately four years .This has turned out o be a successful conservation exercise where interested elephant conservation enthusiasts can become foster parents for these baby pachyderms until they are weaned away from milk and learn to eat other types of food for a reasonable fee.
Yala (Ruhunu) National Park …………..Best known of Sri Lanka’s National Parks , Yala (Ruhunu) National Park is located in the south east of the island bound by sea and river. A terrain of scrub jungle with stunning outcrops of rock includes many fresh water lakes and brackish lagoons. The eastern boundary formed by the sea, is marked by high sand dunes and broad sandy beaches. It is divided in to five blocks out of which Block 1 stand out as the most familiar. With a secondary forest , probably a few hundred years old where thorn-scrub is interspersed with fairly dense forest marked by many flowering trees and rare tropical woods. A large number of historic ruins with in the park indicate that the Yala Area was part of the important Ruhunu Civilization of the Sinhalese. If you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the Big Four – Elephant , Leopard , Bear and Buffalo while sightings of other mammals such as Sambhur , Spotted Deer, Jackal , Mongoose , with several species of Monkeys will stand as a bonus. The avifauna at Yala comprises of 120 – 130 species according to latest sightings which include the endemic and migrant species , the latter coming annually to escape the northern winter.It has been well known for its highest Leopard Concentration.