Located in between hills and the low-lying drylands of Sri Lanka, Habarana Jungle boasts a multitude of unique ecosystems that houses a range of wildlife. From majestic creatures such as elephants to little feathery friends such as finches, the diversity at the jungle is indeed astonishing. In terms of topography, there are lakes, rivers, willus (water catchment areas), and even small hills and mountains in the region which in turn offers bountiful excursion experiences to nature lovers and adventurers alike.
Safaris at Habarana are quite common and they indeed let you get up close and personal with the native wildlife. The region is home to over 45 varieties of mammals, 210 species of birds, and hundreds of unique and endemic flora. Some of the commonly spotted animals in Habarana include the elusive Sri Lankan leopards, herds of elephants, Sri Lankan sloth bear, the endemic purple-faced langur, Toque macaques, and many others. Peacocks, the jungle fowl, Sri Lankan wood pigeon, blue-tailed bee-eater, and brown capped babbler are some of the unique bird species that you could catch a glimpse of during your excursion.
You could also explore the jungle by foot and this experience presents you with a whole new dimension of the jungle. The forested region is filled with numerous trails and one, in particular, leads you up to a Rock Cliff. Locals say that sunsets from that particular cliff are quite spectacular and it even has the potential of becoming one of the most spectacular sights one could have ever seen in their life! The scene in the snapshot will have the quaint Habarana lake with elephants bathing in the backdrop of the sun setting over the distant horizon… Splendid isn’t it?
If you plan on taking the trail, there are few things that you should keep in mind. You should definitely have a local guide to navigate (you can find one by getting in touch with the front desk of the property that you are stationed at or by checking online), Appropriate clothing with a good pair of trekking shoes is a must. Also, we recommend that you should travel in groups and not venture alone all by yourself fpr safety purposes.