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Best Wild Life Experiences of Sri Lanka

Blue Whales

Blue Whales

The biggest creature ever to inhabit planet earththe blue whale is found in Sri Lankan waters. Sri Lanka may will be the best place in the world to see this very rare gentle giant as well its cousin the sperm whale.These sea giants can be spotted along Mirissa(in the south coast of Sri Lanka) during the months of November to April. And Trincomalee( in the East cost of Sri Lanka) during the months of May to September.

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The Gathering

TheGathering

One of Asia's, perhaps one of the world'sgreat wildlife spectacles occurs at Minnariye National Park,known as The Gathering ;Two hundred or more elephants gather for several weeks in one concentrated spot. During the dry seasonin August/September, as rivers & lakes dry up across the surrounding areas and waterholes turn to baked mud number of elephants converge on the retreating waters of the Minneriaye Tank in Minneriye National Park.

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Dolphins

Dolphins

Sri Lanka is an amazing spot for watching Dolphins. Long-snouted spinner dolphins are the most common in Sri Lankan waters. Others regularly seen include, the striped, spotted and bottlenose dolphins. The Risso's& Fraser's Dolphins are also less commonly found. Hundreds of Spinner Dolphins can be seen just minutes off the shores of Kalpitiya in the North West during the season from December to April.

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Turtles

Turtles

Sri Lanka is a major stopping-off points on the Indian Ocean's turtle trails and all of the world's five major species of marine turtle visit the island to nest on beaches. The green turtle is the most common, followed by the Olive Ridley, Hawksbill, The leatherback and loggerhead. Rakewe coast ;deep South of Sri Lanka is much popular as one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in the world.

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Leopards

Leopards

Pantheraparduskotiya ; Sri Lankan leopard, an endemic subspecies of leopard family, is native to Sri Lanka. Its coat is tawny or rusty yellow, stamped with dark spots and rosettes. It is known as probably the largest of all subspecies. Dry lowland national parks like Yala&Wilpattu are the best place to see them. Recent studies show that block 1 at Yala National Park (south of Sri Lanka) has one of the highest densities of leopards in the world, with up to one leopard per square kilometer.

Bird Wave

Bird Wave

Bird Wave at The Sinharaja is an interesting biological phenomenon where a highly visible participation of different species can be observed.According a study of the mixed species bird on average 42 individual birds occur in the flocks, which makes this the world's largest mixed species bird flock. What is more the participation is not just across one taxonomic group like birds, but involves mammals as well.

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