Leopards - July - September at Yala and Wilpattu wildlife sanctuaries.
Get on board an open-topped jeep and head off on safari to find wild elephants at the "The Gathering". This spectacular congregation of up to three hundred wild elephants occurs at Minneriya National Park a 45 minute drive (41km) from Sigiriya. The best time to see this phenomenon is usually during the dry season (July – September) when water is scarce and these animals congregate around the Minneriya Tank (lake) to socialize, bathe, drink and feed.
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Sri Lanka has a wide variety of beautiful birds. These can be seen in most rural and forest settings. The radiant peacock is a common sight.
Get on board a small boat and head off to sea. The sight of these awesome beasts gliding gracefully past and playfully breaching the surface of the water close to you is exhilarating. Whales can be seen near Mirissa near Galle, Trincomalee and Kalpitiya. The best time for whale watching is December - April.
November - April are excellent times to see dolphins at Kalpitiya. .