Captivated by Camping in Sri Lanka National Parks
The Khiri Travel Sri Lanka camping product came to life after the experience of two team members. These camping and outdoor enthusiasts shared their experience of trekking through the tea estates of the Hill Country. Passing by picturesque waterfalls and rural villages, they often stopped to meet with locals to share a meal or a cup of tea. They found the true essence of Sri Lankan hospitality while relishing in the natural beauty of this island.
Sri Lanka is a very small Asian county, but the protected wildlife is on par with world-renowned places in Africa. The country has 26 national parks with the top five being Yala, Wilpattu, Gal Oya, Kumana and Horton Plains. Each of these national treasures has its’ own charms depending on the season. Sri Lanka is open for visitors year round. Click here for a short video of some amazing highlights of wild Sri Lanka.
Horton Plains National Park, located in the Central Highlands, has a refreshingly cool climate. Visitors are allowed to trek through the park. The excitement of camping at this park is the frequent sightings of leopards, but never as a threat to humans.
Wilpattu National Park is located approximately 176 km north of Colombo and covers almost 2000 km2. Spotting wildlife involves the excitement and anticipation of animal tracking due to the dense jungle cover. There are numerous delightful little lakes, known as villus, which are good spots to find a leopard or sloth bear taking a drink. The lakes attract birds so this park is full of pleasant chirping sounds in the treetops.
Khiri Travel’s camping package often starts with an evening safari where recent explorers have spotted sambar deer and jackals. The camp cook is on hand to prepare delicious evening meals such as hearty chicken curry with rice noodles. Morning wake up calls come early at 5 am to take advantage of an active time for the animals. The early hour also means fewer jeeps making the adventure feel wilder with fewer disturbances to the wildlife. Breakfast can be packed and eaten on the go or served on return to the camp.
On our most recent morning safari, our expert naturalist spotted the elusive Wilpattu leopard lounging peacefully on a distant tree branch and getting ready for a morning snack. Later that evening, we spotted a sloth bear, walking down the middle of the road without a care in the world and fearless of the jeep. Usually it is easy to spot elephants in Sri Lanka national parks, but this wasn’t our day for elephants.
As night falls our campsite is set up with hammocks and comfortable chairs around the campfire. Relaxing with a drink, your travelers can share stories especially the camp naturalist who is happy to share his tips and tricks for the best safari experience.
Camping and safaris in Sri Lanka’s national parks will make another memory in the book of great adventures. For more information about this kind of tour experience in Sri Lanka, please contact to [email protected]