October 2017 I have made a roundtrip through Sri Lanka for 2 weeks. Where most visitors of the country focus on the culture and religion, the Focus of this trip where the wildlife reserves that this country has to offer with occasionally some culture.
Wilpathu NP, Yala NP and Udawalawe are the best known nature reserves of the country. Wilpathu NP and Yala NP give the best chances to spot the Sloth bear and Leopard. Udawalawe is well known for its big herds of Asian elephants. Personally I liked Maduru Oya NP the most. Its a much lesser visited park by tourists, which resulted in our car being the only one in the park. The scenic views in this area are incredible with plenty of different kinds of animals.
One of the highlights, for many tourists, in Sri Lanka is Lionsrock. Which results in mass tourisms. I decided to view this highlight from an other perspective. I went to Pidurangala instead. From this rock you get a nice scenic view of Lionsrock.
A visit to Horton Plains was also a nice experience. It's a beautiful area with a trail that leads to Worlds End. A platform with a nice view over the valley, sadly there was a thick layer of fog covering the view of the valley. Horton Plains also houses some endemic species like the Purple Faced Leaf Monkey and the (hard to find) Rhino-horned lizard.