Sri Lanka is considered to be one of the finest wildlife watching countries in the region. The island may be small in size, but offers a variety of habitats and a wide range of wildlife which would do justice to a country many times its size. A visitor with only the most casual of interest will be awed by the sight of great herds of elephants, enormous whales, elusive leopards, schools of dolphins, hundreds of colourful birds and reefs teeming with rainbow-coloured fish.

Wildlife Calender

February to June: Best time for Butterfly watching in Sri Lanka

April to May: Bird flocks of Sinharaja

May to July: Sloth Bears in Yala

June to September : Leopard watching in Yala National Park

June to September: Sea bird migration off the West coast of Sri Lanka

June to December: Climb Adam’s Peak during the off season and get a chance to see the wildlife.

July to September: The ‘Gathering’ of Elephants in Minneriya. The biggest gathering of Elephants in the world.

August to September: Bird flocks of Sinharaja

October to April: Migrating Waders & Shore birds.

October to April: Migrating Himalayan Migrants

November to April: Dolphin watching in the west coast of Sri Lanka.

December to March: Whale Watching in the South coast.

December to March: Sea turtle nesting in the south and east coast.

All year round: Endemic Birds in Sinharaja & Horton Plains.

All year round: See the Wild Flowers of Sri Lanka.

January

  • Duruthu Perahera - Kelaniya Temple
  • Galle Literary Festivals
  • Thaipusam (Nallur Kandhasamy Temple)
  • Kala Pola Colombo
  • Thai Pongal Festival

February

  • Independence Day Parade
  • Nawam Maha Perahera
  • Maha Siva Rathri

March

  • Hot Air Balloon Festival, Colombo

April

  • Nuwara Eliya Horse Races
  • Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrations
  • End of Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) Pilgrimage Season

May

  • Vesak Celebrations

June

  • Poson Festival - Ambasthale Dagoba, Mihintale

July

  • Esala Festival - Katharagama

August

  • Kandy Esala Pehera
  • Feast of Our Lady of Madhu, Vanni (North of Sri Lanka)
  • Colombo Adi Vel Festival

October

  • Annual LSR Colombo Marathon

November

  • World Spice Food Festival – Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Design Festival
  • Deepavali Celebrations

December

  • Christmas Celebrations
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