Sri Lanka is the home to several national parks which are distinctive and unique to say the least. The whole island is very green and Horton Plains National Park, Wasgamuwa National Park, Uda Walawe National Park, Gal Oya National Park, Yala National Park, Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Bundala National Park add all the diversity that one can expect from any country which has a large green cover. The National Parks in Sri Lanka are one of the main tourist draws of the country. Though it is definitely not to suggest that the parks are the only reason for the island’s tourist attractions, the country has many more things to offer. Sri Lanka as a country has a rich heritage and is also culturally very rich.
The national parks in Sri Lanka are spread across the length and breath of the country. Horton Plains can be termed as one of the best destinations for eco tourism. There are several rolling hills within the park premises which add to the beauty of this park. The main features of this park are the upper montane forest and wet patana grassland. This park is situated on Sri Lanka ‘s highest plateau. Mahaeliya or Horton Plains is popular with everyone, the locals and the tourists. Try coming here on weekdays as weekends are always on a rush. Another very significant national park in Sri Lanka is Bundala National Park which is famous for birds. There are innumerable lagoons in this park making it easier for the birds to catch easy unsuspecting preys. The park falls within the southeastern arid zone and so the park has a dry and hot climate.
Another interesting national park in Sri Lanka is the very unique Sinharaja Forest Reserve. It is near Ratnapura and is least disturbed amongst all the natural reserves of Sri Lanka. The lowland rain forest is fast becoming one of the “must see” of the tourists. It is recognized by UNESCO as part of its international network of biosphere reserves.