Imagine a place in the south of Sri Lanka that’s brimming with natural wonders. That place is Bundala National Park. It’s like a magical land filled with different kinds of animals and beautiful landscapes. Let’s take a closer look at what makes Bundala so special.


Amazing Natural Beauty

Bundala National Park is a very pretty place. It has lots of wetlands, lagoons (which are like big ponds), and sandy dunes along the coast. People from all over the world think it’s so important that they call it a Ramsar Wetland. This means it’s a place that’s super important for nature.

There are also many different kinds of plants in Bundala. There are big, tall mangrove trees, small shrubs, and trees that love dry places. All of these plants make Bundala a home for lots of different animals.


Animals to See

Bundala is famous for its animals. One of the biggest ones is the elephant. You can spot elephants walking around the forests and drinking water at the ponds.

If you’re a fan of birds, Bundala is like a dream come true. More than 200 different types of birds live here or visit during certain times of the year. You can see pink flamingos, colorful storks, and even mighty eagles. It’s like a birdwatcher’s paradise!

Apart from elephants and birds, there are other cool animals too. There are big crocodiles that live in the water, sneaky leopards, and even pangolins, which are special animals that curl up like a ball.


A Birdwatcher’s Heaven

For people who love watching birds, Bundala is like their dream world. It has lots of wetlands and ponds where birds love to hang out. Some birds travel all the way from faraway places to visit Bundala. So, if you like birds, don’t forget to bring your binoculars and camera.


Going on a Safari Adventure

If you want to see all these amazing animals up close, you can go on a safari. A safari is like a special trip where you ride in a big jeep and explore the park. It’s best to go in the early morning or late afternoon when the animals are most active.

Before you go, make sure to check how much it costs and if you need any special permission. It’s a good idea to book your safari ahead of time so you don’t miss out on all the fun.


Helping to Protect Nature

Bundala National Park works really hard to take care of nature. They protect animals and make sure their homes are safe. They also work with the people who live nearby to make sure everyone can enjoy the park without harming it.

When you visit, you can help too! Follow the rules, be kind to animals, and don’t leave any trash behind. It’s important to keep the park clean and safe for everyone.


Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Bundala is during the dry season, which is from December to April. It’s sunny and nice, and you’ll see more animals. But if you’re interested in certain birds, you might want to visit during their special times when they come to Bundala.


Getting Ready for Your Visit

Before you go, wear comfortable clothes for the warm weather. Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, and bug spray. Stay hydrated by bringing water with you.

Remember to be respectful of the park and its animals. Don’t disturb them, and definitely don’t litter.



Bundala National Park is like a treasure chest of natural wonders. It’s a place where you can see incredible animals and enjoy beautiful landscapes. Plan your visit, experience the magic of Bundala, and help protect this amazing place for future generations.




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Ever thought about visiting a place where the ground is all colorful and magical? Well, Ussangoda National Park in Sri Lanka is just the spot! It’s a cool place for people who like nature and want to see something different.

When you step into Ussangoda, it’s like entering a whole new world. The ground here is red and orange, and the sand is really white. It looks super cool! People used to tell stories that a long time ago, a king’s chariot flew from here, and that’s why the ground is so special.

What’s really interesting is how the land looks. It’s not flat – there are little hills and cliffs you can walk around. It’s not a hard walk, so you can take your time and enjoy the view.

Ussangoda isn’t just about looking pretty, though. It’s home to many plants and animals. If you like watching birds, this is a great place to see them. You might see birds that live here all the time, or even some that are just visiting for a bit.

When you’re at Ussangoda, you can forget about the busy world for a while. It’s peaceful and feels like a secret place that not everyone knows about. Whether you’re someone who loves nature or you’re just curious to see something amazing, Ussangoda is a place you won’t forget.

To sum it up, Ussangoda National Park is like a colorful wonderland where the ground is special, and you can see cool birds. It’s a great place to take a break from regular life and enjoy the quiet beauty of nature. So, get ready to explore Ussangoda – it’s a place where the land tells stories and nature shows off its magic.

Hurulu Eco Park is a wildlife reserve located in the north-central province of Sri Lanka. The park is spread over 10,000 hectares of land and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including over 30 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, and numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies.

One of the main attractions of Hurulu Eco Park is the large population of Sri Lankan elephants that live within its boundaries. The park is home to around 400 elephants, making it one of the best places in the country to see these majestic creatures in the wild. Visitors can take jeep safaris through the park, which offer an opportunity to see not just elephants, but also other wildlife such as deer, wild boar, and jackals.

The park is also home to several ancient man-made tanks, which were used for irrigation during the time of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka. These tanks are now an important source of water for the wildlife in the park, and they also provide a beautiful backdrop for visitors exploring the area.

Hurulu Eco Park is not just about wildlife, however. The park is also a vital source of livelihood for the local communities, who rely on its natural resources for sustenance. The park management works closely with these communities to ensure that they are able to benefit from the park’s resources in a sustainable manner, while also protecting the wildlife and the natural environment.

Visitors to the park can also learn about the local culture and traditions by visiting nearby villages and participating in activities such as traditional cooking classes and handicraft workshops. These activities not only provide insight into the local way of life but also provide valuable income to the communities that live in and around the park.

In conclusion, Hurulu Eco Park is a unique and important destination for anyone interested in wildlife and conservation. With its abundant wildlife, ancient tanks, and strong connection to local communities, the park offers a truly immersive and enriching experience for visitors of all ages.

Galway’s Land National Park is another newly established national park in Sri Lanka. It is situated near Nuwara Eliya City, 2 km away from the city centre. Therefore, this is a nice place to visit during your Nuwara Eliya tour. It is also a fabulous place for those who love wildlife and nature.

Galway’s Land National Park is a small sanctuary with an area of 27 ha. Consisting of montane dense forest, it was first declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938, then became a national park in 2006. Visitors can access this site from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m.

It is a place that you can’t explore with your vehicle and where you need to walk on your own two feet. There is a nice foot path that continues for almost 2km. Together with Victoria Park, the area is considered the perfect place for bird watching in Sri Lanka. It has found 10–30 endemic birds and many migratory birds here. The North East monsoon season is considered the best time to see migratory birds, which is the ideal time to visit Galway’s Land.

Apart from those birds, Galway’s Land National Park is home to other animals, including waterhogs, mouse deer, barking deer, and wild boar. You can also see many flowering plants, large trees, local plant species and a few foreign plant species. The cool and calmness are ideal for those who love to relax within an urban environment. So, we recommend not missing this place during your next Nuwara Eliya visit.



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Kaudulla National Park is a newly established national park in Sri Lanka governed by the department of wildlife conservation. It is situated in the Polonnaruwa district, 197 km away from the capital, Colombo. Habarana is the closest town to the Kaudulla National Park with a distance of 22km. Furthermore, it is 39km away from Polonnaruwa city.

Kudulla National Park was designated as a national park in 2002. It was the 15th such national park in the country, covering an almost 6900 ha area. Hurulu Eco Lodge and Minneriya National Park are two neighbors to the Kaudulla National Park, where they are located very close.

Sri Lankan elephants are the major attraction of the Kaudulla National Park. From August to December, visitors can see large groups of elephants near the Kaudulla Tank. They migrate there to find water and food. For that season, the elephants also migrate to the Minneriya Nationa Park, where it is considered Asia’s largest elephant gathering place. Therefore, a lot of elephant lovers come to Kaudulla to see this beautiful incident of nature too.

In any case, visitors to the Kaudulla can see Sri Lankan Sambar deer, Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl, wild boar, sloth bear, and leopards.It is home to a large number of wild animals, including 24 mammal species, 160 bird species, 9 amphibian species, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species, and 75 butterfly species.

It receives almost 1500mm of average annual rainfall and its average temperature is nearly 26°C. The November to February period is considered the rainy season in the area. So, September is considered the best month to visit Kaudulla National Park.

Going on a safari tour to the Kaudulla is a nice experience to get if you love Sri Lankan elephants. There you can find safari tour providers around the Habarana. You need to pay an entrance fee to enter the National Park. The place is just close to the Sri Lankan Cultural Triangle, so you can go there during your Anuarapahura, Polonnaruwa, or Sigiriya visits.



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Gregory Lake is an attractive place to visit in Nuwara Eliya. It was built by Sir William Gregory in 1873. The place is very popular among local and international travelers. There are many activities to do based on this reservoir. It covers 90.2 ha and the surface elevation is 1874 m.

Gregory Reservoir: History

Britain controlled Sri Lanka during the period of 1796–1948. In 1872, Sir William Gregory was appointed as the new governor of Ceylon. His ruling time was from 1872 to 1877. After seeing wet land there, Sir Gregory went to Nuwara Eliya and decided to build this reservoir. The dam was constructed after damming the Thalagala Stream.

During the British era, the lake was used for recreational and water activities. The water in the lake decided to direct itself into a tunnel for hydropower generation. That happened in 1913. The major aim of that hydro station was to generate essential electricity for the town.

Activities in Lake Gregory

The lake has been very popular for water activities in the past. You can do speed boat riding, swan boat riding, dinky boat riding, normal boat riding, and windsurfing. As well, there is a nice park around the lake. It is very beautiful because of the flowers on it. Furthermore, you can do pony rides, cycling, and leisure walks.

The seaplane can take you to Gregory Lake. You can book your seaplane tour from Colombo and it will take around 30 minutes to get to Nuwara Eliya. There are many hotels, restaurants, and other facilities out there for visitors.

More facts about the Area

Nuwara Eliya is beautiful city that is situated on the central highlands. The cool and wet climate attract many visitors to the location. April month considered as the best time to visit the Nuwara Eliya and Gregory Lake.

If you are planning Nuwara Eliya City Tour, then you can arrange it with Mahaweli Tours and Holidays. We are a leading tour agency in Sri Lanka. Call: 0777 111553 or email: for more details.

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Minneriya National Park is another famous tourist destination in Sri Lanka. The place is widely popular due to its largest elephant gathering. It belongs to the Polonnaruwa District of North Central Province. Minneriya National Park is the home to many wild animals. This covers 8889.4 ha.


Minneriya National Park is situated 182km away from Colombo city. It needs almost 4 hours to reach the capital. The distance from Kandy is about 105km. It will take around 3 hours to reach this from there. Google Maps will help you find the location. Dambulla, Sigiriya, and Polonnaruwa are some of the most visited tourist destinations on the island. Those locations are not far from this national park. Therefore, many of them don’t miss this place to visit.


Minneriya Tank, or what the locals call “Minneriya Wewa,” is an ancient construction. It was made by King Mahasen in the 3rd century AD. The purpose of the tank was to supply essential water for paddy cultivation. The surrounding forest was the main water source for the tank. Apart from that, the Amban River and Elahera Canal bring water to the Minneriya Tank.

The tank and its surrounding forest were declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. It was further declared as a national park in 1997/08/12. The aim of the declaration was to protect the tank and wildlife of the area.


The Minneriya National Park and surrounding area receive an average annual rainfall of 1000–1500 mm. The average annual temperature is around 25–30 °C. The North-Eastern Monsoon is the main rainfall source and it is active from October until February. There is a clear dry season from May to September.


Minneriya National Park is home to 24 mammal species, 1600 bird species, 9 amphibian species, 25 reptile species, 26 fish species, and 75 butterfly species.

Some of the birds that you can watch here are the Sri Lankan Junglefowl, Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot, and brown-capped babbier. It is a paradise for both resident and migrant birds. Along with them, you can identify the Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Buffalo and two types of endemic monkeys.


Minneriya is best known for its largest elephant gatherings. Group of 150 – 300 wild elephants can identify together in the dry seasons. Elephants in Matale, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee disticts migrate to Minneriya National Park in the dry season. They gather around the Minneriya Tank because of the food and water. Therefore, May to September time period consider as the best time to visit this sanctuary.

There are many Safari service providers around this national park. So, you can pick one of them to plan your wildlife tour. As well as you, there are many hotels and lodges for tourists in Dambulla, Sigiriya, Habarana and Girithale areas. This is the National Park that you should visit if you love Sri Lankan Elephants and widlife.

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Did you know that this small island called Sri Lanka is full of great natural treasures? Even though it is a very small country, it is filled with numerous mountains, plains, waterfalls, rivers, and exciting nature adventures. With a tropical weather in most part of the island, it is easy to adapt to the weather and enjoy the tour. This tour is designed to accompany you with a guide to Horton Plains. You will be provided with a proficient guide who is fluent in English and thorough with local knowledge. We ensure that the guides are informative and supportive. Language specific guides can be arranged upon request too. The tour is carefully constructed to give you the best experience of Horton Plains.


Horton Plains: The beautiful heritage

Horton Plains National Park is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is protected by the Department of Wildlife Conservation because the wildlife is very condensing in the area. The original name of the place is “Maha Eliya Thenna” which means “Great Open Plain.” Later the Plains were renamed after a British Governor. Sri Lanka has a lot of non-recorded history and people have come up with many folk stories regarding this place. Horton Plains are blessed with opulent flora and fauna and hikers and trekkers find this place quite amusing.


A must in the travel itinerary: Trekking at the Horton Plains

Are you up to seeing one of the most stunning places in Sri Lanka on a higher altitude? This is for you.

Wander across the cloud forests, green pastures and scattered pools while listening to nothing but the sounds of nature!

Your ears will be filled with the sound of birds chirping, water gushing, and fresh breeze sweeping across your face. For those for you who love trekking, why not inhale all the fresh experience that is in store for you!

The main attraction of the place is a drop called “The World’s End” from where you can see the farthest of Sri Lanka. You can see the most beautiful waterfall from top of the plains called The Baker’s Fall which runs from the very top of stony mountains down to the greeny valleys. The whole trekking experience will give you an adventurous thrill while soothing your tired self with cold breeze and perfect peace offered by nature. There is nothing more tranquil than receiving every ounce of nature’s fresh air and breeze from the trees while listening to buzzing bees.


Best of the Bests

This is the place for all candid photographers to capture as many memories as you want. The higher you climb, the better the view, the fresher the breeze, and more beautiful the feeling. Trekking at the Horton Plains has thus far become one of the favorite spots of backpackers, trekker, and globetrotters who love adventures. Our guides will guide you through this miraculous hike explaining the endemic species of trees and animals the place is blessed with. Come and see for yourself!

So, you can plan a horton plains trekking with us. Here are the details of the tour;


Horton Plains Trekking with Mahaweli Tours & Holidays

Possible Starting / Pick-up Locations :
Nuwaraeliya, Haputhale, Bandarawela, Ella, Ohiya, Kandy, Hatton  (You can let us know your exact location for us to check and confirm the possibility)

Duration : It will take around 4 – 6 hours to complete the tour depending on the weather condition and the desire of the travelers.

Tour Type : A private tour. Vehicle and the Guide / Chauffer guide are dedicated to you / your group. Safari tour will be done by an off road vehicle and traveling to the starting point and back will be done by Comfortable Car / Van / Mini coach


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Hakgala Botanical Garden is a nice place to visit in the Nuwara Eliya region of Sri Lanka. It is considered one of the five botanical gardens in the country. The other four botanical gardens are as follows:

  • Peradeniya Botanical Garden.
  • Mirijjawila Botanical Garden
  • Henarathgoda Botanical Garden.
  • Seethawaka Botanical Garden.

Hakgala Botanical is the second largest of those five gardens. This was established in the British Era in 1861.

You need to turn your vehicle into the Badulla–Nuwara Eliya route in the Nuwara-Eliya main town. Driving 6km along that road will take you to the garden. It is really easy to find the location. You can use Google Maps. Buying a ticket is essential to enter the garden.

Annually, 500,000 visitors come to the Hakgala Garden to enjoy its beauty. It contains a variety of plants and species, over 10,000. You can also see a lot of floral verities. The orchid garden and rose gardens always attract visitors. Nobody forgot to take some nice photographs from there. All around, the entire garden is comprised of beautiful landscapes. The place is managed and operated by the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka.

Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated near the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. But you can’t go to the nature reserve. The elevation of the place is 5400 ft. from sea level. It has spread over 28 hectares. You can experience a cool climate all around the year. But the December through February season is the coolest time period. The average temperature is between 16C and 30C.

April is considered the best month to visit here. The period is the spring season in Nuwara Eliya. So, a lot of travelers never forget to come here. March is the off-season for many floral plants, so you will not see many flowers. Hakgala Botanical Garden is open all year round and the opening times are 8am to 6pm. It is a very relaxing and ideal place to visit with your family and friends.

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Udawalawe National Park is the third most visited national park of Sri Lanka which is located on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa & Uva Provinces. Total extend of the park is over 30,000 hectares and a popular place among the tourists who love sighting water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants in their natural habitats.

The rusty-spotted cat, fishing cat, Sri Lankan leopard, The Sri Lankan sloth bear, Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, Indian muntjac, Sri Lankan spotted chevrotain, wild boar and water buffalo are among other mammal species. Golden jackal, Asian palm civet, toque macaque, tufted grey langur and Indian hare also inhabit the park. A study conducted in 1989 found that considerable numbers of golden palm civets inhabit the forests of Udawalawe.[1] Five species of mice also have been recorded from the park. The endemic Ceylon spiny mouse, known from Yala National Park, was recorded in Udawalawe National Park in 1989. Indian bush rat and three species of mongoose are also recorded in the national park.

Jeeps are available to hire at the entrance of the park and you can decide if you prefer a half a day safari or a complete full day one. Camping inside the park under strict guidelines also possible with the prior approval of the authorities.


Distance to the Udawalawe National Park from some of the key places are as follow.

From :

  • Udawalawa – 10 km
  • Katharagama – 60 km
  • Ella – 90 km
  • Nuwaraeliya -144 km
  • Kandy – 200 km
  • Colombo – 160 km
  • CMB Airport – 170 km
  • Galle – 130 km


You can see some of the beautiful photos below;

Elephants in Udawalawe National Park