Sri Lanka maybe a tiny island but it has been blessed with plenty of natural resources. It is known for its many beautiful beaches. The hill areas of Sri Lanka are home to vast plantations of tea and a large portion of the country is covered in rainforest, all of which make the island nation an ideal destination for ecotourists. Animal and nature lovers alike can enjoy the diversity of wildlife and the lush greenery that thrives all over the country.
While the urban capital, Colombo, may not be big on greenery it plays host to the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. Alternatively known as the Colombo Zoo and the Dehiwela Zoo, the National Zoological Gardens was established in 1936 and is one of the oldest zoos in Asia. The sprawling 10 hectare land houses over 3000 animals and attracts over a million visitors each year. Extensive landscaping has made the zoo a haven of green in the city, and visitors will find beautiful walkways fringed by flower laden trees.
Visitors can also enjoy special Elephant shows and Sea Lion performances. These involve various acrobatics and other antics performed by the above animals. The shows are usually performed daily with fixed show times. The zoo contains a large aquarium, a reptile house where visitors can find rare Albino Indian Cobras as well as an open aviary. Fans of wildcats will get an opportunity to see two White Tigers, the pair are a relatively recent acquisition.