geography make this one of the cheapest and easiest places in the world for safaris.
The island is dotted with national parks, nature reserves and bird sanctuaries. Entrance fees are reasonable, as are the prices of jeep safaris compared to countries such as South Africa. Elephants, leopards and sloth bears make up the Sri Lankan “Big Three”, there are plenty of deer and monkeys, and the island attracts an extraordinary array of migrating birds from three continents.
DON’T RIDE AN ELEPHANT
a popular tourist attraction, this has become a deeply uncool activity as people understand better the physical and psychological pain it causes the gentle animals. Sadly, some tour operators still offer this option. Just say no, and choose an ethical way to see elephants up close, such as a visit to the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe (eth.dwc.gov.lk). Orphaned elephants are raised here with minimal human interaction, before being returned to the wild at five years of age. Feeding times are a joy to behold.
REMEMBER THE OCEAN