About 3 hours from Galle is this National Park which was created in the 70s to house all the animals displaced when a big dam was built. Its mostly reclaimed farmland and is semi dry (1500mm rain/year – its all relative). The main reason to visit is for its elephants – its one of the worlds best places to see them – and we had no trouble seeing lots on our dawn safari in a jeep.
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Painted storks and egrets
Every dead tree had a peacock proudly perched – this guy had a veritable harem of hens
Cute monkey, big tree
As close as we came to seeing a leopard – hopefully we’ll see some at Yala
Water buffalo doing their thing
Delighted to be elephant spotting in the open jeep
Lone bull with heavy skies
The southern small green and brown curvy beaked finch like bird
Eagle – hunting for the swift moving srilankan mud grub..or something