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Camping in Sri Lanka

Camping is a great a way to enjoy the serene beauty of Sri Lanka. Most National Parks maintain campsites inside the park. You can reserve some of the campsites through the Department of Wildlife, Sri Lanka. But for some campsites reservation, you need to contact park office directly contacting. Reservation fee is usually very small. When camping inside a National Park you need to bring your own tents, foods, and other amenities. Campsite inside national parks are mostly just small cleared areas in the forest and does not have toilets or other facilities.

If you plan to rent tents or other equipment it is advisable to do so before leaving Colombo because it is difficult to find those closer to most of the parks. To go inside the park you need to have a 4wd vehicle. An official guide from the National Park will accompany you. 4wd vehicles are available for hiring close to the entrance of most national parks. There are private providers who do the reservations and all the arrangements, but costs are substantially higher. You can reserve by calling the relevant office during the office hours and does not need to make any payments in advance.

Yala National Park
Yala National Park (Sri Lanka 2012)Where282km from Colombo
Directionsmap link
Best TimeFebruary to September
Reservation OfficeDepartment of WildlifeTel+94112888585
Available CampsitesBlock 1 : Jamburagala, Kosgasmankada, Saifudeen
Block 2 : Poththana, Nuga sevana, Mahirawa, Pilinnawa
Udawalawa National Park
Bathing elephants. Udawalawe National Park. Sri LankaWhere172km from Colombo
Directionsmap link
Best TimeMarch to September
Reservation OfficeDepartment of WildlifeTel+94112888585
Available CampsitesPanshadara, Renagala(Reenagala), Alimankada, Pilimaddara
Gal Oya National Park Iginiyagala
Gal Oya National Park (Senanayake Samudhraya)Where328km from Colombo
Directionsmap link
Best TimeFebruary to September
Reservation OfficePark officeTel+94632242002
Available CampsitesKossapola, Kebellapola
Gal Oya National Park Nilgala
DSCF3345Where208km from Colombo
Directionsmap link
Best TimeFebruary to September
Reservation OfficePark officeTel+94555733260
Available CampsitesMakara, Seenukgala, Mahadorowwa, Paraviyan Ara
Bundala National Park
Haliaeetus leucogaster -Bundala National Park, Sri Lanka -flying-8Where250km from Colombo
Directionsmap link
Best TimeFebruary to September
Reservation OfficePark officeTel+94602489070
Available CampsitesOne by the sea near the sand dune and One near the lagoon.
Wilpattu National Park
WilpattuNationalPark-April2014 (8)Where208km from Colombo
Directionsmap link
Best TimeFebruary to September
Reservation OfficePark officeTel+94253855961
Available CampsitesKali Villu, Marawila, Palugahathure, Kokmote, Mailawila.
Kumana National Park
Kumana National Park (Okanda)Where366km from Colombo
Directionsmap link
Best TimeFebruary to September
Reservation OfficePark officeTel+94555720222
Available CampsitesKumbukkan Moya, GalAmuna, Eda Kumbuka 1 (by the river), Eda Kumbuka 2 (by the river), Bakinigaha (Alimankada) and Heraligas Ara.
Horton Plains National Park
Horton Plains National Park 130Where245km from Colombo
Directionsmap link
Best TimeDecember to April
Reservation OfficeDepartment of WildlifeTel+94112888585
Available CampsitesCampsite 1, 2, and 3.

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Source: http://www.lakdasun.org/forum/index.php?topic=2099.0