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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Land of King Kubera - Sri Lanka

Land of King Kubera – Lord of Wealth, known to have been created by the divine sculptor and architect ‘Vishwakarma’ – Sri Lanka. With history of more than 1,25,000 years or may be much more it is an island nation well known for its bio diversity and natural wonders. Once inhabited by the Vedda Tribal of which only around 2500 are known to be still there it is also known to be abode of King Ravana and it is said that Lord Rama fought for her concert Mata Sita here.
Tourism map of Sri Lanka

One of the top 25 biodiversity hotspot of the world Sri Lanka is well known for its Big 5 – Leopard, Sloth Bear, Elephant, Sperm whale and Blue whale. 27% of its 3210 flowering plants and 22% of 113 mammal species found here are endemic to this beautiful island nation. Although it has lost a big part of its forests to growing population and modernisation in last few decades still its natural beauty and wildlife is second to none. Government of Sri Lanka has preserved its existing natural heritage under 24 national parks situated in different part of the country. With 1585 Km of sea coast, 103 rivers, 45 estuaries, 40 lagoons and 7000 hectares of mangroves it is also a birding paradise with 433 known species of birds of which around 240 are residents and rest migratory.
Leopard are easy to spot in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers who can visit reserved forests spread over the island with some famous ones being Yala national park, Minneriya national park, Kaudalla National Parks, Uda Walawe National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Wilpattu National Park, Wasgamuwa National Park, Kumana National Park, Bundala National Park and Gal Oya National Park. Mirissa, Trincomalee and Kalpitiya are the best places to spot both Blue whales (the largest mammal on earth) and Sperm whales.

Blue Whales can be spotted in Sea around Sri Lanka
The spotted predator – Leopard is king of Sri Lankan jungles and best seen at Yala national park with elephant congregation at Minneriya national park famous for spotting even up to 300 of these largest land mammal at a time in summers. Mirissa is well known for spotting blue whales and Kalpitiya for spotting Sperm whales along with its bigger cousin. Gal Oya is often visited by bird watchers as being one of the top birding site in the nation.

Visiting Sri Lanka is not limited to wildlife but this island nation has history spread over the whole place. Archaeological excavations have shown that the land was inhabited for thousands of years and it is said that the remnants of Ramayana age can still be seen. Sri Lankan culture is very rich and one of the oldest Buddhist settlements can also be seen here.
Vedda Tribal Community has inhabited Sri Lanka for Thousands of years

So, if you want to enjoy wildlife, nature, culture and history at a place just do not think just plan a trip just visit – Sri Lanka.