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.


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


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


  • Hot Air Balloon Festival, Colombo


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


  • Vesak Celebrations


  • Poson Festival - Ambasthale Dagoba, Mihintale


  • Esala Festival - Katharagama


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


  • Annual LSR Colombo Marathon


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


  • Christmas Celebrations

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