Yala National Park
Yala National Park is only a mere 14km (20 mins) away from Kirinda Beach Resort and it is well known for its large wild leopard population. The park also contains a range of other interesting species, some of which are rare and endemic to Sri Lanka. Yala or commonly known as Ruhunu National Park offers dense jungle to scrubland and also to open parkland. Different methods of adaptation of plants to the drought are really interesting such as the trees being rather short, sometimes with spines and a reduced leaf- surface. The most prominent wild life species found in the Yala wild life reserve in Sri Lanka are The Elephant and The Leopard., but there are other several species as deer, sambur, bear, wild boar, wild buffalo, peacock, crocodiles and many varieties of birds including migratory species.
Bundala National Park
Bundala National Park is 16km (30 mins) away and it’s an important wetland habitat for many migratory birds. Bundala is a much quieter park in comparison to Yala but equally interesting. Basic camping option can be done inside park. Bundala national park is Sri Lanka’s only declared Ramsar wetland and honoured internationally for its significant role for hosting over 20,000 shorebirds at any given time from August to April. Every species of water bird found in the country is said to visit this national park. It is famous for its aquatic birdlife which feed on the rich harvest provided by the numerous lagoons throughout the park. The park covers some 6,216 ha and during the winter months more than 160 species of birds can be found within its boundaries. The park is the last refuge of the Great Flamingo in this part of the Island and encountering one of the huge flocks of Flamingo’s can be truly breathtaking.
Lunugamvehera National Park
Lunugamvehera National Park is only a mere 14km (20 mins) away from Kirinda Beach Resort. It was declared in 1995, with the intention of protecting the catchment area of the Lunugamvehera reservoir and wildlife of the area. The national park is an important habitat for water birds and elephants.The catchment area is vital to maintain the water levels of the five tanks in the down stream of Kirindi Oya and wetland characteristics of Bundala National Park. This national park also serves as a corridor for elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National Park. Lunugamvehera national park is situated 261 km (162 mi) southwest from Colombo. After being closed because of the Sri Lankan civil war, Lunugamvehera national park is now open to the general public.
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park lies on the boundary of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, in Sri Lanka. The national park was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals displaced by the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir on the Walawe River, as well as to protect the catchment of the reservoir.The reserve covers 30,821 hectares (119.00 sq mi) of land area and was established on 30 June 1972. Before the designation of the national park, the area was used for shifting cultivation (chena farming). The farmers were gradually removed once the national park was declared. The park is 165 kilometres (103 mi) from Colombo. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan Elephants. It is a popular tourist destination and the 3rd most visited park in the country.