Camping: meet nature up close

The island of Sri Lanka holds a large amount of natural teasures. Sri Lanka has diverse wildlife species, hidden jungles, and waterfalls. The amount of flora and fauna in this country is overwhelming. As such, many visitors choose to spend a few nights camping in this wild environment. 

For nature lovers, camping is the best way to explore the wonders of Sri Lanka. Many national parks and camping companies offer camping experiences that range from luxury sites, where tents, food and drinks are all catered for, to basic facilities where you have to bring your own tent.

Scenic views

The Yala Wildlife National Park is a popular camping destination. The surroundings are filled with beautiful scenic views, lakes, and rocky pools. Visitors are quite likely to come across elephants, leopards, crocodiles, bears, and many birds. 

Refreshing camping holiday

Similarly, the Udawalawe and Wilpattu National Parks are well-known for their huge elephant population, along with deer, wild boar, and jackals. If one ventures towards the Matale and Kandy districts, the Knuckles mountain range provides a new camping experience with several tea plantations, mountain trekking, and waterfalls. The fresh air makes it the perfect destination for a refreshing holiday. 

Apart from jungle camping, tourists can camp by the lakeside in Mahiyangama, to enjoy some fishing and bird watching. Meanwhile, camping in the rainforests of Kithulgala and Sinharaja is adventurous and relaxing at the same time. Kithulgala is filled with activities such as river trips and rafting, along with peaceful jungle walks.

Luxury accommodations

Luxury accommodations, tents, and safari camping are the main options to select from. Depending on the facilities at hand, remember to pack a sleeping bag, tent, lantern, sunscreen, first aid kit, food and water. Mosquito repellent may be helpful as well. The cost of entrance and camping in a Sri Lankan national park or jungle can range from between LKR 4000 to 6000. However, safari camping can be more expensive.

Sri Lanka has many wonderful camping spots within its many national parks. Tourists usually travel to destinations by buses and train. When camping, it is important to always be accompanied by an experienced tour guide. The best seasons to go camping largely depends on the particular destination. Many national parks are in season throughout the year. However, the best time to visit is between February and October. 

Get up close and personal with nature

Camping in this little island is truly the best way to get up close and personal with nature. The highlights are the magnificent animals, lush greenery and spectacular views. Sri Lanka’s natural habitats are full of many surprises waiting to be explored.