5 Things a family loves to do on a Sri Lankan Wildlife Vacation
There are so many beautiful, captivating, fun and adventurous places and activities in Sri Lanka, making it the perfect destination for a vacation that the whole family will love! Sri Lanka is internationally recognised as one of the best destinations for wildlife lovers. Here are five wildlife activities that the whole family will be sure to love opt for !
Here are five wildlife activities that the whole family will be sure to love to go....!
1. Go on safari
Sri Lanka, every wildlife and nature lover’s dream! There is no doubt that Sri Lanka is the best destination for big game safaris outside of Africa, and definitely an experience that can’t afford to be missed when visiting this beautiful island nation.
Stretching from the North to the South, you will find an abundance of National Parks all offering unique safari experiences. Be lucky enough to see Sri Lankan Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Water Buffalo, Wild Boar and many more fascinating animals and birdlife out in the wild.
Some of the best Safari spots include Yala National Park, Kaudulla National Park, Gal Oya National Park, and Udawale National Park.
Wherever you choose to do your Safari, you won't be disappointed!
2. Go Whale Watching
Sharing the water just mere meters from some of the largest animals on earth is truly an unforgettable experience and one that you should definitely fit into your program when visiting Sri Lanka! In fact, Sri Lanka is ranked as one of the top three places in the world for whale watching. This is largely due to the annual migration of Blue and Sperm Whales between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, which passes by the coast of Sri Lanka. Aside from Blue and Sperm Whales, you may also spot Bryde’s Whales, Humpback Whales, and Omura’s Whales, as well as several dolphin species including Spinner, Humpback, and Bottlenose Dolphin
Visit during the season for the best viewing opportunity; mid-October-March off the West coast of Kalpitiya for the best dolphin watching experience, November-April for whale watching off the South coast of Mirissa, and May-October off the East coast of Trincomalee.
3. Monkey Kingdom Expedition in Polonnaruwa
Listen to the laughter and see the joy on your children’s faces as they watch families of Monkeys swing and play. These groups of monkeys were the stars of Disney Nature’s Monkey Kingdom documentary! Watch and observe the playfulness, maternal care, grooming, and competition for food as you get up close and personal with this monkey family.
You will be introduced to three different types of monkey, Toque Macaques, Grey Langurs and Purple Faced Langurs. Witness first hand and learn about their social behaviors and social organisations within their large community. This expedition into the monkey kingdom will leave you both delighted and in awe.
4. Madu River Safari in Balapitiya
Rarely visited, untouched, and any nature lover’s dream, that is the Madu river of Balapitiya. Take a boat ride to explore the dense mangroves along this beautiful river and all the biodiversity that lives amongst it. Your children will feel like they are jungle explorers!
With over 300 recorded species including over 110 species of bird, 31 types of reptiles including lizards, snakes, and crocodiles, and many more animals including wild boar, monkeys and squirrels, your family is in for a fascinating journey! You will also have the pleasure of gaining an insight into local life and listening to stories of the past for a truly incredible experience.
5. Go Bird Watching in Sinharaja Rainforest
Approximately 95% of Sri Lanka’s 34 endemic bird species can be found in the UNESCO Site of Sinharaja Rainforest, making it the perfect spot for birdwatching. You won’t only see birds here though! Living within the Sinharaja rainforest there are monkeys, reptiles, otters, squirrels, deer, many types of fish and even fishing cats just to name a few!
Duck and weave your way through the rainforest on foot to explore its beauty and thriving biodiversity. Your local expert guide will be able to share their knowledge and point out all of the wildlife that surrounds you. The whole family will love entering the world of the dense rainforest and becoming explorers for the day!