Sri Lankan tourism goes wild in September

Aug 25, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka tourism sector would promote and showcase its wildlife assets in September to attract nature loving tourists with the largest gathering of Asian elephants also taking place during the month. Sri Lanka is only 140 miles across.

These include the elephant, sloth bear, leopard and several species of whales and dolphin. Blue and Sperm whale can be seen easily seen by boat by steaming a few miles off shore.

Sri Lanka has a series of protected primary and secondary forests.

After the end of a 30 year civil war, Wilpattu, a national park that was closed has been opened. Sections of Yala and Eastern forests are also now safe for visitors.

Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 32 percent to 63,339 in July 2011 with visitors in the first seven months rising 36 percent to 465,324.

Sri Lanka’s wet zone forests are also home to a large number of endemic species including over 30 endemic birds.

The Sinharaja, forest which has relic Gondwana fauna has a mixed feeding flocks popularized at the ‘bird wave’.

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Promotion Bureau is having a photographic exhibition and competition where pictures can be uploaded to their website.

From September 07 – 28 a s