My honeymoon to Sri Lanka in August was a wildlife revelation and, although my wife was very keen on relaxation, she is - fortunately - also interested in wildlife (a spectacular bonus!). With the exception of the most built-up areas, there are few places without substantial wildlife interest. Palm squirrels frequent many suburban locations and, in some areas, most private gardens have a resident pair; Myna birds were everywhere!. Safaris into the national parks were awe-inspiring; they provided magnificent views of wild elephants (animals, by the way, that are not restricted to national park boundaries; they frequently cause traffic jams when large groups choose to cross main roads!), and a variety of birds, butterflies and wildlife that I had never seen before. Indeed, a major challenge was posed by identification. The pictures below represent a minute fraction of what there was to see!
Unfortunately, at the time of our visit, many parts of Sri Lanka were experiencing prolonged drought. Large lakes and areas of swamp had all but dried up (see picture below). Those creatures that were unable to travel long distances to find water frequently perished. Elephants tended to move further afield, some of them moving uncomfortably close to human habitation.
All in all, my honeymoon was amazing. A debt of gratitude must be paid to my wife who allowed me to see as much Sri Lankan wildlife as was practically possible within a two week period!
Common Myna Bird
A party of Sri Lankan Elephants
Mother & baby elephant
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill
Red Wattled Lapwing
White Throated Kingfisher