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Top 5 Reasons You Need to Experience Wildlife Safari Once in Your Life

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

Sri Lanka’s wildlife, serene beaches, and national parks make it a traveller’s paradise. The country’s natural beauty is an escapade. Even for Australians, who have loads of similar experiences Down Under!

Why Experience the Sri Lankan Wildlife Safari?

The wildlife safari is the highlight of any traveller’s trip to Sri Lanka. The experience will make you jump out of your seat and give you an adrenaline rush that is addictive.

If you’re still considering choosing a Sri Lankan safari for your next trip, here are five reasons why a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka is a must-do at least once in your life:

1. Immersive Encounter with Nature

Minneriya Wildlife National Park Sri lanka
Minneriya Wildlife National Park

One of the most compelling reasons to experience the Sri Lankan wildlife safari is the opportunity to immerse yourself in nature. Observing wildlife in its natural habitat is unlike watching videos and pictures or going to the zoo. Experiencing the ecosystem first-hand and the views of the surrounding scenery will leave you in awe.

2. Every Safari Experience is Unique

Sri Lanka offers a lot of safari tours. And the diverse ecosystem in Sri Lanka makes every safari experience unique.

You can embark on an extraordinary wildlife safari adventure in the breathtaking Wilpattu National Park, a must-visit destination on our itinerary from November to March. This enchanting park is home to local animals like the barking deer, jackals, sambar, leopards, and water buffaloes. The park has rare trees and other wildlife, including endemic butterflies, birds, and mammals. While at the Udawalawe National Park, you will witness the majesty of elephants roaming the savannah.

Elephants enjoy a bath in Sri Lanka
Elephants cooling off

But the adventure doesn't stop there! Indulge in the extraordinary opportunity for whale watching, where you can witness these gentle giants gracefully navigating the turquoise waters. Interact with playful dolphins along the stunning South Coast, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. And if you’re a water bug, Sri Lanka during November-March offers an exceptional playground for snorkeling and surfing enthusiasts.

"From April to October, you will travel along the East Coast, including the Minneriya Safari, where you will witness gatherings of wild elephants. You might even get to see giant sea turtles and blacktip sharks!

3. Environmental Awareness

Sri Lanka is one of the countries with tons of wildlife conservation programs. So, when you experience wildlife first-hand, you will learn about the importance of protecting our planet's biodiversity. The encounter will also help you gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by wildlife and their habitats.

And when you go for a wildlife safari in Sri Lanka, you see the conservation efforts, sustainable practices, and the people’s efforts to support the local communities. Witnessing the heartwarming sight of baby elephants at the Udawalawe refuge during the November to March period will make you appreciate the tireless efforts by the locals for environmental preservation and wildlife conservation.

You might even become an advocate for wildlife preservation even after you’re back to routine life!

4. Educational and Cultural Insights

Sri Lanka, a small island country, has a rich culture. Alongside experiencing the animals and the fascinating sites, you would get the opportunity to get an ayurvedic massage or witness the stunning Cave Temples of Dambulla. At Sigiriya, you can enjoy a bullock ride through the rice fields.

Ayurvedic Oil Massage

Food is something that reflects the culture of the place. Even after you return, you will remember the taste of coconut roti and green curry. And because you will have the cooking secrets from the locals, these dishes will be the highlight of any holiday gathering!

During your safari tour, your stay in a rustic lodge will be as unforgettable as experiencing the elephants and leopards. A scenic train trip through tea plantations and a cooking class in a Sri Lankan home will also help you to interact with the locals. You will learn about the roots of the Sinhalese kingdoms, listen to stories about the ancient Sri Lankans and learn about their rituals.

5. Personal Growth and Adventure

You must embark on a wildlife safari at least once because it takes you out of your comfort zone and mundane life. The experience challenges your perceptions of the world, and you will be a changed person when you return. When you’re standing on the ‘Lion Rock’ in Sigiriya, you will be transported to another world as your mind immerses itself in the beauty of this eighth wonder of the world.

Final Words

You might visit a hundred beaches, but the sense of excitement that you experience when you’re close to nature and witnessing animals in their natural habitat is unmatched. Sri Lanka is one of the best choices for a wildlife safari. The rich culture and the unique safari experiences are two reasons Sri Lanka should be the pick for your next trip!

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