There is still a lot of nature left in Sri Lanka. There are many National Parks, I visited 8 reserves or parks on my trip. I had the best wildlife viewing outside of Africa in Sri Lanka. Following are pictures of plants and animals that I saw during my trip.

Pictures of birds in Sri Lanka and other nature pages are separate:

Birds in Sri Lanka
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All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Sri Lanka Nature

Mountain Forests Center Sri
Mountain forests in the center of Sri Lanka. (607k)
Morning Fog Edge Horton
Morning fog on the edge of Horton Plains. (995k)
Waterfalls
Waterfalls. (1275k)
Waterfall Rainbow
Waterfall with rainbow. (1065k)
Forest
Forest. (1322k)
Forest
Forest. (1335k)

Sri Lanka Flora

Bright Yellow Mold
Bright yellow mold. (1039k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (688k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (498k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (618k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (564k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (794k)
Fern Invasive Species Taking
The fern is an invasive species that is taking over the whole grassland. (1187k)
Ipomoea sp.
Morning Glory (Ipomoea sp., german: Prunkwinden, french: Ipomée). (835k)
Pyrostegia venusta
Flamevine (Pyrostegia venusta, french: Liane aurore). (877k)
Flower
Flower. (608k)
Orchid
Orchid. (551k)
Orchid
Orchid. (592k)
Orchid
Orchid. (531k)
Orchid
Orchid. (740k)
Ipomoea horsfalliae
Horsefall Morning Glory (Ipomoea horsfalliae). (744k)
Phanera coccinea
Red Trailing Bauhinia (Phanera coccinea). (795k)
Osbeckia aspera
Rough Osbeckia (Osbeckia aspera). (565k)
Brunfelsia pauciflora
Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora). (1168k)
Brunfelsia pauciflora
Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora). (708k)
Amherstia nobilis
Pride of Burma (Amherstia nobilis, german: Tohabaum, french: Arbre à orchidées). (801k)
Arundina graminifolia
Bamboo Orchid (Arundina graminifolia). (573k)
Plant Fruits
Plant with fruits. (704k)
Lily
Lily. (577k)
Water Lilies
Water Lilies. (994k)
Water Lilies
Water Lilies. (1061k)
Water Lilies
Water Lilies. (641k)
Water Lily
Water Lily. (737k)
Lotus Flower
Lotus flower. (718k)
Rhododendron arboreum
Maha Rath Mala (Rhododendron arboreum, german: Rhododendren, french: Burans). (1.5M)
Rhododendron arboreum
Maha Rath Mala (Rhododendron arboreum, german: Rhododendren, french: Burans). (934k)
Nepenthes distillatoria
Sri Lanka Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes distillatoria). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (729k)
Rattan
Rattan. (1.5M)
Bamboo
Bamboo. (1448k)
Huge Tree Fern
Huge tree fern. (1.6M)
Plumeria rubra
Temple Tree (Plumeria rubra, german: Rote Frangipani, french: Frangipanier rouge). (644k)
Tabebuia rosea
Pink Poui (Tabebuia rosea, french: Tête Comore). (1112k)
Tree
Tree. (1457k)
Delonix regia
Flamboyant Tree (Delonix regia, german: Flammenbaum, french: Flamboyant). (1079k)
Shorea stipularis
Shorea (Shorea stipularis), a tree about 450 years old. The species is endemic to Sci Lanka and is critically endangered. (988k)
Lodoicea maldivica
Double Coconut (Lodoicea maldivica, german: Seychellenpalme, french: Cocotier de mer). This tree is originally endemic to the Seychelles. (1159k)
Lodoicea maldivica
Double Coconut (Lodoicea maldivica, german: Seychellenpalme, french: Cocotier de mer). (1154k)
Ficus benghalensis
Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis, german: Banyan-Feige, french: Figuier des banians). (1.5M)
Ficus benghalensis
Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis, german: Banyan-Feige, french: Figuier des banians). (1431k)

Sri Lanka Fauna

Snail
Snail. (542k)
Snail
Snail. (687k)
Bee Hives
Bee hives. (1480k)
Termite Mound
Termite mound. (1422k)
Termite Nest
Termite nest. (1091k)
Beetle
Beetle. (504k)
Stick Insect
Stick insect. (596k)
Spider Web
Spider web. (737k)
Large Spider
Large spider. (497k)
Lantern Bug
Lantern bug. (791k)
Beetle
Beetle. (615k)
Grasshopper
Grasshopper. (633k)
Large Wasp
Large wasp. (644k)
Large Wasp Attacking Grasshopper
Large wasp attacking a grasshopper. (658k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (563k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (1322k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (539k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (879k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (638k)
Odonata
Dragonflies (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (500k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (506k)
Cepora nerissa
Common Gull butterflies (Cepora nerissa). (1089k)
Papilio polymnestor
Blue Mormon Swallowtail (Papilio polymnestor). (666k)
Graphium teredon
Narrow-banded Bluebottle (Graphium teredon). (988k)
Idea iasonia
Dancing Ceylon Tree Nymphs (Idea iasonia). These butterflies are endemic to Sri Lanka. (555k)
Large Millipede
Large millipede. (906k)
Leech
Leech. (606k)
Catfish
Catfish. (626k)
Lizard
Lizard. (758k)
Lizard
Lizard. (1036k)
Lizard
Lizard. (675k)
Lyriocephalus scutatus
Hump-nosed Lizard (Lyriocephalus scutatus). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (607k)
Calotes calotes
Baby Common Green Forest Lizard (Calotes calotes, german: Schönechsen). (654k)
Calotes calotes
Common Green Forest Lizard (Calotes calotes, german: Schönechsen). (748k)
Calotes calotes
Common Green Forest Lizard (Calotes calotes, german: Schönechsen) on a Rhododendron. (707k)
Calotes calotes
Common Green Forest Lizard (Calotes calotes, german: Schönechsen). It was hiding behind the tree stem, moving around the tree as I moved around. (782k)
Calotes calotes
Male Common Green Forest Lizard (Calotes calotes, german: Schönechsen). (539k)
Ahaetulla nasuta
Long-nosed Whip Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta, german: Nasen-Peitschennatter). (773k)
Geochelone elegans
Indian Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans, german: Indische Sternschildkröte, french: Tortue étoilée d'Inde). (779k)
Melanochelys trijuga
Indian Black Turtle (Melanochelys trijuga). (550k)
Varanus salvator salvator
Small Asian Water Monitor (Varanus salvator salvator, german: Bindenwaran, french: Varan malais). (1029k)
Varanus salvator salvator
Swimming Asian Water Monitor (Varanus salvator salvator, german: Bindenwaran, french: Varan malais). (1218k)
Varanus salvator salvator
Asian Water Monitor (Varanus salvator salvator, german: Bindenwaran, french: Varan malais). (1200k)
Varanus bengalensis
Bengal Monitor (Varanus bengalensis, german: Bengalenwaran, french: Varan du Bengale). (1170k)
Varanus bengalensis
Close-up of Bengal Monitor (Varanus bengalensis, german: Bengalenwaran, french: Varan du Bengale). (955k)
Crocodylus palustris
Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris, german: Sumpfkrokodil, french: Crocodile des marais). (973k)
Funambulus palmarum
Indian Palm Squirrel (Funambulus palmarum, german: Indisches Palmenhörnchen). (751k)
Ratufa macroura
Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Ratufa macroura, german: Sri-Lanka-Riesenhörnchen, french: Écureuil géant de Ceylan). (538k)
Ratufa macroura
Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Ratufa macroura, german: Sri-Lanka-Riesenhörnchen, french: Écureuil géant de Ceylan) eating a Jackfruit. (577k)
Pteropus medius
Tree with resting Indian Flying Foxes (Pteropus medius, german: Indischer Riesenflughund, french: Chauve souris géante d'Inde). (606k)
Pteropus medius
Swarm of Indian Flying Foxes (Pteropus medius, german: Indischer Riesenflughund, french: Chauve souris géante d'Inde). (771k)
Pteropus medius
Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus medius, german: Indischer Riesenflughund, french: Chauve souris géante d'Inde) in flight. (495k)
Pteropus medius
Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus medius, german: Indischer Riesenflughund, french: Chauve souris géante d'Inde). (867k)
Lepus nigricollis
Indian hare or Black-naped Hare (Lepus nigricollis, german: Schwarznackenhase). (872k)
Herpestes smithii
Ruddy Mongoose (Herpestes smithii, german: Indische Rotmanguste). It is endemic to Sri Lanka and peninsular India. (954k)
Herpestes smithii
Close-up of a Ruddy Mongoose (Herpestes smithii, german: Indische Rotmanguste). (749k)
Herpestes vitticollis
Stripe-necked Mongoose (Herpestes vitticollis, german: Halsstreifenmanguste). (800k)
Macaca sinica
Toque Macaque (Macaca sinica, german: Ceylon-Hutaffe, french: Macaque à toque). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (879k)
Macaca sinica
Toque Macaque (Macaca sinica, german: Ceylon-Hutaffe, french: Macaque à toque). (1072k)
Semnopithecus vetulus
Purple-faced Langur (Semnopithecus vetulus, german: Weißbartlangur, french: Semnopithèque blanchâtre). It is endemic to Sri Lanka. (971k)
Semnopithecus priam
Group of Tufted Gray Langur (Semnopithecus priam, german: Südlicher Hanuman-Langur, french: Entelle de Ceylan). They are endemic to southern India and Sri Lanka. (1137k)
Semnopithecus priam
Tufted Gray Langur (Semnopithecus priam, german: Südlicher Hanuman-Langur, french: Entelle de Ceylan). (921k)
Semnopithecus priam
Male Tufted Gray Langur (Semnopithecus priam, german: Südlicher Hanuman-Langur, french: Entelle de Ceylan). (905k)
Semnopithecus priam
Close-up of Tufted Gray Langur (Semnopithecus priam, german: Südlicher Hanuman-Langur, french: Entelle de Ceylan). (590k)
Semnopithecus priam
Tufted Gray Langur (Semnopithecus priam, german: Südlicher Hanuman-Langur, french: Entelle de Ceylan) with baby. (789k)
Canis aureus naria
Sri Lankan Jackal (Canis aureus naria, german: Goldschakal). (927k)
Muntiacus muntjak malabaricus
Indian Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak malabaricus, german: Indischer Muntjak, french: Cerf aboyeur). (793k)
Axis axis
Herd of Chital (Axis axis, german: Axishirsch, french: Cerf axis). (1458k)
Axis axis
Female Chital (Axis axis, german: Axishirsch, french: Cerf axis). (1204k)
Axis axis
Male Chital (Axis axis, german: Axishirsch, french: Cerf axis). (1378k)
Axis axis
Close-up of male Chital (Axis axis, german: Axishirsch, french: Cerf axis). (768k)
Rusa unicolor unicolor
Male Indian Sambar Deer (Rusa unicolor unicolor, german: Sambar, french: Sambar). (1140k)
Rusa unicolor unicolor
Male Indian Sambar Deer (Rusa unicolor unicolor, german: Sambar, french: Sambar). (1189k)
Sus scrofa cristatus
Indian Boar (Sus scrofa cristatus, german: Wildschwein). (1101k)
Sus scrofa cristatus
Indian Boar (Sus scrofa cristatus, german: Wildschwein) and Eastern Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis coromandus, german: Kuhreiher). (1002k)
Sus scrofa cristatus
Group of Indian Boar (Sus scrofa cristatus, german: Wildschwein). (1012k)
Sus scrofa cristatus
Indian Boar (Sus scrofa cristatus, german: Wildschwein) and Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromandus, german: Kuhreiher). (637k)
Bubalus bubalis
Wild Asian Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis, german: Wasserbüffel, french: Buffle d'Asie). (842k)
Bubalus bubalis
Wild Asian Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis, german: Wasserbüffel, french: Buffle d'Asie). (855k)
Melursus ursinus inornatus
Sri Lankan Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus inornatus, german: Lippenbär). (732k)
Melursus ursinus inornatus
Sri Lankan Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus inornatus, german: Lippenbär). (722k)
Panthera pardus kotiya
Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya, german: Sri-Lanka-Leopard, french: Panthère de Ceylan) an endangered subspecies of leopard, endemic to Sri Lanka. (917k)
Panthera pardus kotiya
Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya, german: Sri-Lanka-Leopard, french: Panthère de Ceylan). (1221k)
Panthera pardus kotiya
Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya, german: Sri-Lanka-Leopard, french: Panthère de Ceylan). (929k)
Panthera pardus kotiya
Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya, german: Sri-Lanka-Leopard, french: Panthère de Ceylan). (889k)
Panthera pardus kotiya
Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya, german: Sri-Lanka-Leopard, french: Panthère de Ceylan). (843k)
Panthera pardus kotiya
Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya, german: Sri-Lanka-Leopard, french: Panthère de Ceylan). (826k)
Panthera pardus kotiya
Sri Lanka Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya, german: Sri-Lanka-Leopard, french: Panthère de Ceylan). (812k)
Leopard Track
Leopard track. (1.6M)
Elephas maximus maximus
Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus, german: Sri-Lanka-Elefant, french: Éléphant du Sri Lanka). (1132k)
Elephas maximus maximus
Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus, german: Sri-Lanka-Elefant, french: Éléphant du Sri Lanka). (671k)
Elephas maximus maximus
Feeding Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus, german: Sri-Lanka-Elefant, french: Éléphant du Sri Lanka). (950k)
Elephas maximus maximus
Close-up of Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus, german: Sri-Lanka-Elefant, french: Éléphant du Sri Lanka). (993k)
Elephas maximus maximus
Close-up of Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus, german: Sri-Lanka-Elefant, french: Éléphant du Sri Lanka). (1068k)
Stenella longirostris
Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris, german: Ostpazifischer Delfin, french: Dauphin à long bec). (1037k)
Balaenoptera musculus
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus, german: Blauwal, french: Baleine bleue). (876k)
Balaenoptera musculus
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus, german: Blauwal, french: Baleine bleue). (895k)
Balaenoptera musculus
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus, german: Blauwal, french: Baleine bleue). (782k)
Balaenoptera musculus
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus, german: Blauwal, french: Baleine bleue). (900k)
All Boats Race See
All the boats race to see the Blue Whale. Just like the cars on land when a leopard is sighted. (665k)

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