Birds Watching Yala

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. Actually it consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public; and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names also, like Ruhuna National Park for the (best known) block 1 and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. It is situated in the southeast region of the country, and lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 300 kilometres (190 mi) from Colombo. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu it was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds. There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.

 

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Birds Watching Koggala

Koggala Lake is a truly unique attraction. Grasping the attention of those nature lovers, it is the perfect haven for those who wish to experience nature in all its glory. Dotted with 16 islands, each island remains as a key part of its whole attraction, playing a vital role in maintaining the lake’s bountiful beauty of lush greenery and large gardens of thriving flora and fauna. A habitat for Sri Lanka’s diverse animal life, whilst strolling around the premises of the lake, one could vividly see the electrifying colours of many birds fluttering here and there and finally soaring above you. A place known for its rich birdlife, the many islands located in the area serve as a nesting ground for its myriad of water birds. A true animal habitat, the islands also acts as a breeding ground for birds of prey, those which are shore based. A haven for bird-watchers, the lake is surrounded by an air so still, you can only hear the soft sounds of the natural surroundings, from the gentle lapping of the water to the whispering noises of the swaying trees. A tranquil oasis, it is undoubtedly a surreal vision to the eyes, one that is filled with mangroves and lagoons. Offering its visitors unrivalled sights of marine bio-diversity, wildlife enthusiasts will find the eco system a delightful experience. Guided tours on the lake can be easily arranged where one can visit Modolduwa, the home of Sri Lanka’s prolific author, the late Martin Wikremasinghe. The island is most famous among locals, where travellers are able to see the Sinhala author’s original house. Still standing still, the remains of the house are where the illustrious writer penned down what is known among locals as the most fascinating and captivating stories, all which are firmly based on the typical southern culture of Sri Lanka. Another island that could be visited is the Cinnamon Island. An intriguing sight for the travellers, visiting the island will reveal a community of village folk, who make their living by planting and harvesting cinnamon. Done based on a traditional manner, the art of planting and harvesting followed by the village folk have been passed on from one generation to another for many years.

Some photos are not clear, because we used a point-and-shoot camera to take these photos.

 

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