More Safaris in Sri Lanka

Turtle Watching Safari

Five out of the seven species of Sea Turtles come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka, making it an ideal country to go Turtle Watching. Turtles are very nervous when they are looking for a place to nest and can therefore be easily scared.

The turtle can only be approached when she starts laying the eggs because by then she is engaged in a very mechanical, almost trance-like behavior and it is unlikely for her to be frightened by spectators.

This activity involves some waiting and some walking on the beach because as with all of nature, it is the turtle (not us) that sets the time and place of the event. The entire process of a nesting turtle can take up to 3 hours and can include ‘false crawls' (non-nesting emergence). Of course there is no guarantee that the turtles come to nest every night, but sitting on a deserted beach under the open starry sky in Sri Lanka is an incredible experience in itself.

Elephant Back Safari in Habarana

Habarana is the most popular place for Elephant back safari in Sri Lanka.Habarana located 210km north east from Colombo is the transit point of the large herds of wild elephants at the National Parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla. Habarana is a popular location among the wildlife enthusiasts and nature tourists. Moreover, Habarana being the central location of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, the culture tourists touring therein too grab the opportunity to enjoy an Elephant back safari in Habarana. The irrigation reservoirs and waterways of the area bring in a riverine terrain where the elephants would wade through, or swim to reach the banks in the farther end. The ride would also takes place over the main road, the pathways, villages, jungles, swamp and river.

The best period for Elephant Back Safaris at Habarana is during March to July when the water level of the river is high enough to ride the elephant, with a good part of it submerged. From August to November the level of water of the river is low. December to February being the rainy season at Habarana, river would in full flow.

Bentota River Boat Safari

The safaris start at the last section of the broad Bentota River (The Bentota Lagoon), and cruises inland. The Bentota Lagoon scattered with small islands and natural landscapes provide tangled mangrove swamps. The boatmen will meander through the islets and mangrove swamps randomly located on the river. Your sight will be mysterious and beautiful at once, as you cruise through shaded waters beneath huge roots. The longer you need to explore, the further upriver you want to cruise, the more unspool the scenery becomes. Aquatic birds-herons, cormorants & colorful kingfishers and water monitors & crocodiles can be seen during your safari.

Gregory lake boat safari in Nuwara Eliya

Gregory Lake was built under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the visitors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax. This was used as a place for water sports and for re-recreational activities during the British time. Gregory Lake gets crowded during the April tourist season. 

With the recent face upliftment in Nuwara Eliya area, many recreation facilities introduced around the Gregory lake area. You can buy a ticket and visit the Lake Park and enjoy your evening by the lake. If you like to have a boat ride, there are several people offer that service. If you like to ride your own, there are two sweater Swan Boats for hire. Kids may like to have a pony ride.