Places to visit in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island home to a rich and spectacular array of flora and fauna. It boasts one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world and ranks among the top five biodiversity hotspots on the planet.

Amidst the lush jungles of the island roam herds of majestic elephants, elusive leopards and swift-footed deer. The mountains and waterways are abundant with a breath-taking array of dragonflies, the fluttering wings of butterflies and hosts of beautiful birds, and rare amphibians. The surrounding ocean also brings the island close to mammoth whales, schools of vivacious dolphins and reefs teeming with colourful fish.

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From expert naturalist and wildlife enthusiasts to island adventurers and the everyday traveller, Sri Lanka offers each and every visitor the most idyllic setting for observing and experiencing the great outdoors.


The leopard is the only species of big cats found in Sri Lanka and resides in the country’s mountainous ranges, rainforests and the dry-zone jungles. Our leopard safaris span across Yala and Wilpattu National Parks enabling good sightings throughout the year. This includes excretions to the Kumana National Park (Yala East); another potential and more secluded area where this big cat maybe seen.


Home to more than 450 bird species, Sri Lanka is a fascinating birding destination for viewing a great variety of birds within a relatively short period of time. Starting from wet zone jungles to the dry zone wetlands our birding tours provide an excellent chance of observing the wonderful diversity of Sri Lankan avian fauna with the guidance of professional birdwatchers.

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Dondra and Mirissa, located in Southern Sri Lanka, are prime destinations for seeing Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and Dolphins in one whale watching tour. The seas of Kalpitiya and Trincomalee, in the East, too provide great opportunities for viewing schools of Spinner Dolphins and both species of Whales. The island is also a top location for sighting the largest Baleen Whale and the largest Toothed Whale in the world.


The Sri Lankan Elephant is best observed at elephant sanctuaries such as the Udawalawe National Park and the Minneriya National Park. ‘The Gathering’ takes place in Minneriya and finds the highest concentration of Asian Elephants in the world (ranked sixth amongst the World’s Greatest Wildlife Spectacles by the Lonely Planet). The Gal Oya National Park also offers a boat safari that lets you witness ‘The Crossing’, where elephants gather and swim from one island to another.


The whole of Sri Lanka is like a giant wetland complex with thousands of man-made lakes and vast areas of paddy fields and irrigation networks. The abundance of habitat makes the island very good for dragonfly watchers with at least 118 species of dragonflies found throughout the island. Jetwing Eco Holidays have run the most number of dragonfly watching tours in Sri Lanka, including the annual tour for the British Dragonfly Society.


Sri Lanka is a paradise for butterfly enthusiasts with 243 species of butterflies and skippers. Even the wetland reserves near the capital of Colombo hold as many as fifty different species. Seasonally, large migrations of whites and yellows take place in a beautiful display of fluttering wings. All year round a breath-taking array of species can be seen all across the island.

Primate Safaries

Sri Lanka has three species of Diurnal Primates (two are endemic) and two species of Nocturnal Primates (two Loris types with one endemic). It is probably one of the best places in the world to observe the social dynamics of Diurnal Primates. The endemic Toque Monkeys have been studied in one of the longest running field study projects in the world.

Sloth Bear Spotting

Sloth Bear is one of the biggest bears in tropical latitudes. The Sloth Bear may well be the largest bear in tropical latitudes, but data on Asian bears is not sufficient at the time of writing to be conclusive. These can be spotted in Sri Lanka during your holiday with Jetwing Eco Holidays, especially in the Palu Season where groups of Sloth Bear feed on the “Palu Trees” which is a beautiful sight to behold

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“Theesa” is a newly identified Female Fishing Cat. A Fishing Cat is a nocturnal animal...

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Thilak Tusker

“Thilak” was probably the oldest and largest tusker in The Yala National Park and spen...

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Anuradha Tusker

“Anuradha” is an elephant that is easily recognized by the immense size of his head. T...

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Nandas (Aunties)

This family group has been named the Nandas (Aunties). They are three similarly aged adult...

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The female is Sita and she is with her calf who has not being named yet. They are part of ...

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Suneetha & Nimal

The female’s name is Suneetha and she is a matriarch. Suneetha is old. Her male calf’s...

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The female’s name is Ayomi and her male calf’s name is Pathum. We first encountered th...

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The female’s name is Ranjani and she is the mother of Ranitha. In this photo she is tryi...

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  • Kumana National Park a paradise for birding & a Haven for Leopards

    Kumana National Park, also known as Yala East National Park is located in the south east corner of the island consisting of over 18,000 hectares. The park which can be accessed only through Panama is a great place for wildlife viewing without the hustle and bustle of most of the other popular parks. The area has a range of accommodation from the Luxurious Jetwing Surf and Kottukal Beach House, […]

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Jetwing Eco Holidays has become the benchmark for wildlife travel in Sri Lanka. Created exclusively for the specialist eco and wellness traveller, expert naturalist and small customized tour operator. Jetwing Eco Holidays designs unique holiday programs to Sri Lanka using expert naturalist guides with many hours of field experience in introducing Sri Lanka to potential travellers. We are also the expert on the ground resource for many internationally reputed Film Crews and Media Crews such as Nat Geo Wild, BBC Wildife, etc having worked with them for many years and on many productions as Sri Lanka’s premier wildlife and wellness operator.

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